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    I dont know what kind of bike this is. help?

    i found a a bike by a dumpster and i was wondering if it is worth my trouble to mess with. it says mt shasta on the frame and is a dark blue/black color paint. any ideas on what it might be? thank you for the help.

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    Low-end, best for transportation use or some casual riding. If it's by a dumpster, there may be a good reason, so inspect it for bent forks, crumpled frame tubes from a frontal impact, then move on to the bearings, wheel trueness/roundness/denting, shifter operation and brake systems.

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    Pretty good old-school mtbs. Not worth throwing much money at. If you're good at wrenching and it doesn't need many new parts, or you have a bin of parts already then it's worth it if you ask me.

    I probably wouldn't spend more than $40 on it unless I rode it and fell in love for some reason.

    Don't we get pics?
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    I'll get some pics up today. The only thing that I can see wrong with it is it needs new tires pretty bad. Nothing is bent and the brakes work fine. I peeled about 5 million stickers off of it. Should be getting new tires for it today though then maybe painting it a flat black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    Pretty good old-school mtbs. Not worth throwing much money at. If you're good at wrenching and it doesn't need many new parts, or you have a bin of parts already then it's worth it if you ask me.

    I probably wouldn't spend more than $40 on it unless I rode it and fell in love for some reason.

    Don't we get pics?
    I don't think I would pay anything for a bike found at a dumpster.
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    junkyard = shrewd businessman
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    Put new tires and tubes on it. It rides great. Taking it to the local park for a ride here in a little bit.

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    Just saw that this bike has shimano decore xt brakes and sprockets. I tried to do a little research on them but I was just wondering if they were good? Also it's a mt Shasta backwoods? Any info on these things would be greatly appreciated.

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    Googling tells me this bike is a GT. Or atleast riddled with many GT parts. Early 90s. Pics would be nice but googling provided a few beauties

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    woooo XT! Never seen one so nicely specced. All I remember is Shimano A-groups and their predecessors the x00 GS groups.

    Looks like there were XT equipped Shastas, the tempest model. Someone must've upgraded the RD on your Backwoods.

    The backwoods still has a Tange frame though, so you're stoked. I love Tange tubing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    I don't think I would pay anything for a bike found at a dumpster.
    Sounds good to me. Feel free to drive by these lousy dumpster finds and leave them for me to pick up. I've racked up ~$800 between 3 dumpster finds flipped on CL. One was a really nice condition Bridgestone road bike that I put new bar tape and tires on, greased bearings, rode for a summer, then sold for $300. Total score.
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    Oh yeah, sure, what if everyone thought that way? Then internet forums would merely be places where rational people exchange useful information and ideas - instead of the chaotic, emotionally-charged circuses that they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
    Sounds good to me. Feel free to drive by these lousy dumpster finds and leave them for me to pick up. I've racked up ~$800 between 3 dumpster finds flipped on CL. One was a really nice condition Bridgestone road bike that I put new bar tape and tires on, greased bearings, rode for a summer, then sold for $300. Total score.
    I was simply responding to Lester who said he'd pay $40 for the bike found at the dumpster. To me, that seems like poor economics when you can have it for free.
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Maybe he meant $40.00 in upgrades....
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    In that case, I agree fully.
    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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