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Old 03-16-14, 08:21 PM   #376
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Did a basic cleaning and teardown a few days ago. Today I repacked the BB, headset and rear hub. Swapped out the steel rings with alloy. I have some 27" knobbies laying in wait that I picked up at the thrift for .44 each and a WTB saddle that I picked up at a swap for $2. I'm planning to swap out the pedals as well. Everything else will remain the same. I lubed the cables and they feel great. Wheel truing remains to be seen.........they look good to my eye.......but my eyes aren't that great.

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Here's my official entry.............purchased at the Goodwill for $39.99 as shown on the saddle and still untouched.


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What a fun thread.
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What a fun thread.
It is. And my build is holding up great and has proven to be a great little beast to commute on now that the sun's out again.
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I love this thread too. I thought about jumping in with a build but had to remind myself I am trying to downsize.
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I am submitting my clunker now, the 1976 American Flyer is ready to ride!

Total cost about $75.00

Some of the features that I believe make me a candidate for the win:
-Steel rims
-Giant stem shifters and safety levers
-lots of reflectors (some partly held on by zip ties)
-Giant speedometer
-Giant mirror
-license plate
-kickstand
-Giant spoke protector

Can't wait to do some Cat 6 racing on this bike!




This photo is going to be stiff competition for the moss growing on the MTB earlier. A cockpit custom suited to biking uphill at 60mph while checking your competitors eating your dust in the aptly sized rearview mirror.
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Yeah, that speedo is a scream!
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I have now completed 64mi/104km on the budget Peugeot (over multiple rides).
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tube from another bike & computer battery 5
Total: 35(usd) for 100km of riding within 100 days

Only problems were loosening friction shifters and in the last few miles a weird shimmy in the steering which I hope is a bad tire.

I have a new set of tires ready to be installed, and I guess they need to go on now, rather than later. Those were $25 or so. I want to replace the stem as the Ava which is on there has a bad reputation for failure. At a recent swap meet, I picked up a stem, bars and aero brakes for $10. I hope I can sand down the the stem to fit. Also hope my bar end shifters will fit the new bar. The original brakes are long gone, so there is no issue about swapping in the other brake levers.

Another $10 netted me a frame pump and seatpost mounted bag/bottle holder. There are no bottle cage mounts on this bike, so the bag was a good find. Also got a Fizik seat for $5.

Assuming I put all the new stuff on, I am at 85USD. This bike is my only drop bar bike and my favorite for pavement riding. It needs nothing else save for a way to add a 2nd water bottle for summer riding.

I hope to eventually do 100km in one ride on this, but its difficult to find the time at the moment.


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I haven't posted in this thread at all, as my "clunker" is actually my #2 bike and came in at a bit more than $100. Unless you get to discount for parts removed and replaced with lesser stuff, in which case I'm well below purchase price.

Just wanted to give kudos on the builds. This has been one of the cooler threads to watch, in terms of creativity and development. Good times, even as a spectator!
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Just wanted to give kudos on the builds. This has been one of the cooler threads to watch, in terms of creativity and development. Good times, even as a spectator!
Thanks for that! All credit goes to @Narhay for the idea and the initiative. I'm certainly enjoying it, as it forces me to do things differently (cheaper, mainly). And I've finally found an excuse for not having thrown out a lot of 'junk' that has been clogging my workshop for the past years.
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According to the original post we have 100 days complete the challenge, so there's still time for me to fit an entry in. Here's my find, a Raleigh Technium 480. Current build cost: $20
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According to the original post we have 100 days complete the challenge, so there's still time for me to fit an entry in. Here's my find, a Raleigh Technium 480. Current build cost: $20
That is one nasty, neglected Technium. Are you going to replace the mainsail?
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According to the original post we have 100 days complete the challenge, so there's still time for me to fit an entry in. Here's my find, a Raleigh Technium 480. Current build cost: $20
OH YEAH!

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According to the original post we have 100 days complete the challenge, so there's still time for me to fit an entry in. Here's my find, a Raleigh Technium 480. Current build cost: $20
What, is that a bike or the Curse of the Black Pearl?
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Crusty, but I bet it cleans up very well!
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What, is that a bike or the Curse of the Black Pearl?
This made me laugh considerably.

I did an initial tear down and gave the frame a quick wipe (going to take some work to get all the crud and stickers on the stays and fork off) before I ran out of work time for the evening. So far the only things I know I'm going to have to replace are the saddle, cables, tires and probably the pedals.

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As judge, I decree you are not allowed to remove the wheel fabric.



(Just kidding...sort of)
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Ahhhhhhh I'm too late.
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Well if you're still needing an entry, these BSOs are at the Macomb Salvation Army Store, only $19.99 each. Must be rare and precious metal at that price. I will facilitate!!

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I thought I was done, but just did a 75km (46mi) ride on the Peugeot, the longest so far on this bike. The good news is that replacing the tires made the shimmy go away. The bad news is that the derailleur started disintegrating about 15 miles in. Things felt weird and at about 30 miles I stopped to check things. One of the small sprockets in the derailleur had become half a sprocket.


The better news is that we brought out 2 new challengers for the contest who accompanied me on the 46 mile ride.
The first is an old 1980's Raleigh Record, purchased for $40, added $10 in flea market drop bars, $4 in mismatched ebay bar tape, and a tightening of the front wheel. The other is a real nice 2003 Fuji Finest. Tiny, 44cm, with 650 wheels. Paid $50 + a $16 chain. Got thru the ride, but needed a flat fixed because it had a 700 tube wedged in there and it wore thru where it was folded. Seems to have spent the last few months outdoors, so surface rust, ruined chain but had not yet become really nasty.
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Well, maybe I'll enter after all. I picked up a 1983? (components all have 1983 date codes on them) High Sierra at the Goodwill Clearance Center today, $10. I figured the Suntour thumb shifters are worth more than that. Bike is neglected, but pretty complete. May just do another drop bar conversion on this one. I've already got it torn down to the frame. I have a little rust abatement, then its reassembly time. Its going to require a new chain, cables, housings, bar tape, tires, drops and stem. I have a garage full of donor mtbs right now, I'll find most of the parts there.

The bull moose bars have some value, I'll have to let them soak in OA a bit.

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Didn't acquire recently, but was given to me about 3 years ago. It's been sitting outside since and the condition has not changed in the slightest.
The go to for light commutes, groceries and other errands.

Bike was free
Replaced the awful metal pan seat with a schwinn "comfort foam" from the 70s that I found for $2 at a thrift shop
Otherwise she keeps on truckin
I'll bet a blow a tube now that I say something!

Wow time machine! That shifter is familiar to me. My second bike, circa 1968 (and not new) had one like that. That bike taught me a lot about the mechanicals on a bike, as I was constanting fixing it. Very sloppy shifter.
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OK, I think I may be done here, Friday I completed a one-shot 101.9 km ride on my clunker. As loaded it was within spitting distance of 40lbs. A full metric century of what felt like riding through a couple inches of sand. (Except the descents, they were great.) More details and pix on the "Where'd you ride today" thread.

I caught the bus out to Forks, WA (Yes, the land of romantic teen vampires!) then rode back home 63 miles to Port Angeles, by way of beautiful Lake Crescent, a mix of highway and trail riding. I'm thinking I may never ride this bike again; certainly not any distance like that, anyway. Those last uphill stretches just seemed never ending and this is the only ride I've clocked that had an average speed of less than 10mph.

Plenty of nice scenery along the way, but I could have enjoyed it just as well or better on a lighter bike.





Apart from being a trudging, joyless tank to pedal, the clunker held up well and got me home without incident.

Slowly.
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Well, maybe I'll enter after all. I picked up a 1983? (components all have 1983 date codes on them) High Sierra at the Goodwill Clearance Center today, $10. I figured the Suntour thumb shifters are worth more than that. Bike is neglected, but pretty complete. May just do another drop bar conversion on this one. I've already got it torn down to the frame. I have a little rust abatement, then its reassembly time. Its going to require a new chain, cables, housings, bar tape, tires, drops and stem. I have a garage full of donor mtbs right now, I'll find most of the parts there.

The bull moose bars have some value, I'll have to let them soak in OA a bit.

We must use similar filing systems. How do you cope with box o' parts management?
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The pair was listed for $125 total, I offered $135, but the kindly retired fellow ultimately only would take $125.00.

You should see the $25 PDG 20 from a garage sale nearby. A bit small at 15" seat tube.
Man I paid $125 for mine and thought I got a good deal, lol:

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