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Old 06-06-11, 09:58 AM   #1
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New rescue, commute or mtb

Walking the dog last night near our local university campus I came across an abandoned Novara Alpine. It is pretty rough, lots of rust, rotted tires, torn up saddle, but the shifters are good. It was obviously used as a commuter, as it is set up with an old Blackburn rack and a very relaxed position. I'm currently commuting on my crosscheck, which o love, so I don't know if I am going to keep this bike as a commuter or take it back to dedicated mtn bike. What does the group think?
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Old 06-06-11, 10:08 AM   #2
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If you want to invest the money then by all means make a back-up commuter out of it. 1.5" street tires, tubes, frame-pump, etc. are all readily available. Decent saddles are easy to come by as well. One never knows when waking up to a slow leak will ruin one's day. W/a back-up it's a moot point. Off you go w/out a hitch.
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Old 06-06-11, 11:40 AM   #3
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Other than a new saddle, I have everything I need from upgrading my current commuter. Where my real quandary comes from is deciding between keeping the Novara as a rack-free MTV or taking the rack and handle-bar bag off my cross check and making the Novara my main commuter. Variety and all that...
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I recently did something similar and picked up an old Miyata Elevation. Put some 1.75 semi slicks on it and a new saddle, a little simple green and tri flow, and its a fine bike for commuting or coffee shop cruising. There's no way it'll replace my crosscheck as a commuter though, but its a fun bike to ride every now and then.

I'd just make that Novara into a mtb, and maybe get a set of clip on fenders and use it for a bad weather commuter.
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What does the group think?
I don't think you should claim things that aren't yours regardless of the shape it is in. Contact the University Police and let them know that you think the bike is abandoned.

They will either confiscate it or put a notice on it that the owner needs to remove the bike within a certain period of time or it will be confiscated. Usually the University Police will tell you what you need to do in order to claim it from that point.
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Given the time of year I would assume the bike was in the trash. I work at a University and at the end of the school year all kinds of useful and could be made useful (the bike in question does not sound like it was in ride-able shape) things get thrown out.

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I don't think you should claim things that aren't yours regardless of the shape it is in. Contact the University Police and let them know that you think the bike is abandoned.

They will either confiscate it or put a notice on it that the owner needs to remove the bike within a certain period of time or it will be confiscated. Usually the University Police will tell you what you need to do in order to claim it from that point.
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Given the time of year I would assume the bike was in the trash. I work at a University and at the end of the school year all kinds of useful and could be made useful (the bike in question does not sound like it was in ride-able shape) things get thrown out.
The OP stated he "came across" it near his local university. He should contact the University Police or Local Police to find out if it was stolen. If it is not stolen he can ask them what he needs to do to claim property that is not his. Even if the bike was in the trash I would ask just to be on the safe side.

It doesn't matter the time of year. You can't claim things that are not yours without first notifying the proper authorities. Otherwise I would have claimed a 2009 Specialized Tarmac that was in my size . It had a flat tire for over a month and was thus un-ride-able . Since it hadn't been moved for over a month it must also have been abandoned .
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Good find! Take a picture of it when you are done with it so we can see how it came out!
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