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Old 02-22-14, 04:55 PM   #226
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I guess that was to be expected.

I'll be happy to sell them to you at that price, btw. I'll even pay for the shipping. Where do I send them?

In these parts, 51 buys you a complete Campy NR set:



I think $15 for the pair is more realistic.
I think these type of derailleurs in this type of condition should be very easy to find for a cheap prices.
I wouldn't be surprised to see them for sale at 5 euros for the pair.
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OK, here's my entry. I am not sure how to value the bike. I answered a CL listing for a Traveler for $40. The seller tried to sell me a Trek 800 that he had listed for $40 as well. I declined (I have N+2 now), so he asked me to take a look at another road bike. It was a 1980 Schwinn Continental in great shape for $10. I said no thanks, so he gave it to me.

I have wrapped the right side of the bars with cork tape removed from a Trek 330. The left side tape is original. The original RD had a spring that had sprung, so I put on a Suntour (see pix).

The wheels came from a Schwinn World dumpster find (the original wheels were OK except for a low spot on the rear), but I want to keep them for another build.

I have about 20 miles on it now. Every now and then I need to add air to the rear tire - like every 4 or 5 days.

Well anyway, this is my entry.

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^^ You're going to to win the Enormous Crank Rings category at least, with that huge outer protective ring on that Conti That crankset looks like it should be orbiting the moon of distant gas giant, or something.

More grungy details on my Dumpster Darling Redline Thirty we first met back in post 90:

Original pedals get to stay with the bike! When they first emerged from the dumpster, one of them would spin just barely and the other one not at all. I hosed them down with WD40 where the spindle goes into the plastic body, and worked 'em gradually back and forth with a pedal wrench, and they eventually broke free. Followed up with a squirt of white lithium in a can, and now the one pictured spins like-new, and the other one, well it spins well enough to probably make it 100k.


Careful consideration has brought me to finally select a saddle. This no-name cheap fake Unicanitor is one I've had since 1973 (Forty years? Yeeesh!) It came on a Winchester 10-speed I got for my 13th B-day, and was my main saddle on every bike I've owned up through about 2011. As you can see, it's not long for this world, but as a 'parts bin' special with arguably $0 resale value, it's perfect for this build. (BTW, I absolutely LOVE this saddle. If anyone has one just like it and you're not using it, PM me please. This is the kind with the thinner, harder, slipperier plastic like on a Unicanitor, not the kind with the heavier sort of rubbery-feeling HDPE)


Got the Dirty Thirty mostly put together and went mountain climbing as a shakedown run. Just meant to go around the block a few times to test shifting and brakes, and ended up coming back with 14 miles on the GPS. That's a good sign, I think! Wrapped the bars last night, after the ride.
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Got the Dirty Thirty mostly put together and went mountain climbing as a shakedown run. Just meant to go around the block a few times to test shifting and brakes, and ended up coming back with 14 miles on the GPS. That's a good sign, I think! Wrapped the bars last night, after the ride.
Amazing job! I can't wait to see the final version.
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What, no baby seat? Massive points deduction.
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What, no baby seat? Massive points deduction.
I'm pretty limber for a fat old guy, but have you ever tried to swing your leg up over a babyseat? My high-hurdle days are well in the rearview mirror.
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I'm pretty limber for a fat old guy, but have you ever tried to swing your leg up over a babyseat? My high-hurdle days are well in the rearview mirror.
its like you aren't even trying. First you start with a garage queen...then you remove the copilot seat. Tsk tsk.
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I'm pretty limber for a fat old guy, but have you ever tried to swing your leg up over a babyseat? My high-hurdle days are well in the rearview mirror.
Too funny. Bike looks great, nice job.
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Old 02-23-14, 06:34 AM   #234
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If complete and unbent, those Exage derailleurs would be asking $12 a pair at a swap meet, you'd offer six, then settle for nine. That's about €6.50 or so, I think.
That's settled then. $9 it is.
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Lascauxcsveman, you and I are the same age. I had that saddle on my first ten speed, an Atala Giro D'Italia. I can't say I found it comfortable. I stuck with it, or it stuck to the bike until the bike was stolen.
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Lascaux, bonus points if you sell the child seat to a hipster couple for 20.00, (of course you'll have to install it for them ) then buy a pair of new Panaracer tires with that.
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^^ You're going to to win the Enormous Crank Rings category at least, with that huge outer protective ring on that Conti That crankset looks like it should be orbiting the moon of distant gas giant, or something.

More grungy details on my Dumpster Darling Redline Thirty we first met back in post 90:

Original pedals get to stay with the bike! When they first emerged from the dumpster, one of them would spin just barely and the other one not at all. I hosed them down with WD40 where the spindle goes into the plastic body, and worked 'em gradually back and forth with a pedal wrench, and they eventually broke free. Followed up with a squirt of white lithium in a can, and now the one pictured spins like-new, and the other one, well it spins well enough to probably make it 100k.


Careful consideration has brought me to finally select a saddle. This no-name cheap fake Unicanitor is one I've had since 1973 (Forty years? Yeeesh!) It came on a Winchester 10-speed I got for my 13th B-day, and was my main saddle on every bike I've owned up through about 2011. As you can see, it's not long for this world, but as a 'parts bin' special with arguably $0 resale value, it's perfect for this build. (BTW, I absolutely LOVE this saddle. If anyone has one just like it and you're not using it, PM me please. This is the kind with the thinner, harder, slipperier plastic like on a Unicanitor, not the kind with the heavier sort of rubbery-feeling HDPE)


Got the Dirty Thirty mostly put together and went mountain climbing as a shakedown run. Just meant to go around the block a few times to test shifting and brakes, and ended up coming back with 14 miles on the GPS. That's a good sign, I think! Wrapped the bars last night, after the ride.
Some real result already, it seemed hardly possible when you pulled that thing out of the trash. Very nice. And that looks like a great riding area too.
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Hilarious thread!
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Today we've had some very nice weather, and I really wanted to try out the Atala, instead of wrestling with an abused rear wheel. So I mounted the derailers and the brakes in a hurry, grabbed the nearest set of wheels from the garage and took her around the proverbial block. It was also an opportunity to try out Strava, which I'd just installed last night. Pretty cool app! I'd apparently pressed a wrong button at first, so I'm missing the first bit, but I'll learn how to use it some day. A little over 25 kilometers in total, by the looks of it.



She performed beautifully (yes, it's a she now). The size is perfect and she rides like on rails. Strava expected me to enter the weight, so I weighed it: 11.35 kg's (which is 25 pounds - not too bad for a 63 cm frame with less than high-end parts, methinks)

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[QUOTE=Lascauxcaveman;16518390]^^ You're going to to win the Enormous Crank Rings category at least, with that huge outer protective ring on that Conti That crankset looks like it should be orbiting the moon of distant gas giant, or something.

Yeah, that is a big chain guard ring, but you've got to love the Ashtabula cranks - and the seat is too low for me - but it just looks right when I ride
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I started breaking things. Snapped a rusty simplex quick release . Might have been able to save it if I had unscrewed the other side with a vice grip first, which is what I had to do anyway when the lever broke off.

Also cleaned and regreased the headset. Took longer than I expected, was outside in the dark with a flashlight, trying to locate loose ball bearings for the stronglight headset which was no fun. I probably got them all.

Next step is to clean up the RD, I don't think the little pulleys are spinning well. Things bind up while pedaling backwards.

I know I need to clean out the bottom bracket, but the crank bolts are rusty and the tool to pull the cranks costs more than I have in the bike.

Took it out for 9.5 more miles (15km), so I am up to about 15 miles (24km). Went to the state park and rode on some unpaved trails. Defeated the purpose of having a lightweight bike by adding a seatpost rack, bag and too many tools. A bit gravelly at certain points, I was worried about my 40 year old cracking tires, but they survived. Ride would have been longer but my riding companions spontaneously attempted to create a tandem bike at speed and crashed. No major injuries.

If I can get the RD cleaned up quick, will take it out again today at lunch time.
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I'm out.

The build I thought was going to work for this is now likely to come in over-budget. The deal-breaker is probably going to be the rims and tires.

Also, when it completes, the bike (fixed/free Schwinn LeTour) likely won't be nasty enough to qualify as a klunker - despite heavy use of recycled parts.

We'll see how it goes, but I'd rather build something that isn't going to kill me. And there are enough horrible bikes around here now - the only exceptions residing within the local Mennonite community and the Berks Cycling Club.
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Here is my clunker, a 1980 Centurion Elite with 27" Araya's with schraders. Probably still has the original tires being these are crazy weather checked. Best part is the Suntour Cyclone Gt and barcons. Check out the short toptube for a 23" frame. Talk about stuffed. Crazy geo. Oh, and the David Lee Roth bartape.


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@OldsCOOL, misspelling, you did mean barftape.
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@OldsCOOL, misspelling, you did mean barftape.
Come on, it goes with my Joe Dirt kit!
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This thread is great! So much ingenuity. Wish I could join in - maybe next year...

@OldsCOOL - not bad at all other than the tape! May I ask what crank that is? It looks like it may be 110 bcd but is it forged or swaged?
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Here is my clunker, (SNIP) Oh, and the David Lee Roth bartape.

As dated as the bartape.
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As dated as the bartape.
There it is.
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This thread is great! So much ingenuity. Wish I could join in - maybe next year...

@OldsCOOL - not bad at all other than the tape! May I ask what crank that is? It looks like it may be 110 bcd but is it forged or swaged?
The crankset is an SR Apex with RG on the spider. Not sure if I could tell if it is swaged or forged??

Poor bike. I cant take it anywhere nice with tape like that.
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It only took 10 pages to get around to David Lee Roth.
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