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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 01-21-05, 09:16 PM   #1
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So I was riding my fixie home and saw a bike tossed in the bushes right by the sidewalk. It's a junky myatta MTB with pretty old and components and a u-brake (you know it's old-school when...). The handlebar was completely cleaned off and just left there on the stem. Brake cables were disconnected and the rear one was neatly coiled up and hanging around the head tube. Both of the brakes were disconnected like someone was about to take off the wheels but both wheels were on there. Deraillure cables were cut cleanly (no fraying or twisting).

I originally suspected this bike to be stolen but only the brake levers, shifters, and grips were missing. They could have taken the front wheel and the saddle (both on quick release) but didn't. It even had a decent amount of air in the tires but the whole drive-train was rusted.

I locked the bike up to the nearest rack and rode over to the nearest police precinct but those donut-munchers are only open 'till 7. What should I do?
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Old 01-21-05, 09:21 PM   #2
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Mmm, old school Miyata MTB. Yummy!

Sorry, I don't have any advice. The world needs more people like you who care, though!
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Old 01-21-05, 09:52 PM   #3
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If it's not right next to someone's backyard, I'd grab it. I'd then get the SN and check with the local cops to see if it's stolen. If they don't have a record of it, I'd say you're clear for a rebuild. It sounds like it's been abandoned from your description, but I'd check with the police to be sure.
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Old 01-21-05, 10:23 PM   #4
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ride the shi_t out of it!
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Old 01-21-05, 10:29 PM   #5
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what if that's someone's junker they use as transpo so they don't have to lock it up in fear of someone stealing it? hahahaha. were the bushes and grass growing through it or anything?

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Old 01-21-05, 10:33 PM   #6
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I locked the bike up to the nearest rack and rode over to the nearest police precinct but those donut-munchers are only open 'till 7. What should I do?
Go on a crime spree.
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Go on a crime spree.
hahaha. That's great.
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Are Miyata MTB's pretty good? I've got a Miyata 912 (road) and see a MTB every now and then.

Are they still doing their whole triple butting? What makes em great?
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Old 01-22-05, 05:59 PM   #9
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i found a bike like that once. it was at an old skate spot and id seen it there every time for like 2 years. it had some alloy parts that werent rusted so we just helped ourselves. while we were walking away with it slung over my shoulder we got arrested. how crap is that??!! they let us off because it was obviously not going to get picked up by any previous owner, but we still got banned from ever setting foot on Vanderbilt Uni campus again.
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wait 'till after seven
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i found one in pretty much the same shape as yours,
i went to the police and they said they'd take care of it,
next day i spotted it in the dumpster behind the station and grabbed it,
i guess cops don't like bikes?
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Call CSI
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I go to garage sales after 1:00. Most advertise 10:00 till 2:00. If they have a bike left over, the price is $20. I wanted a unc 72mm bb and cranks for my Raliegh 20 project and scored exage xt this way. The rest goes to an lbs that specialises in putting old cr** back on the road.
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Old 01-22-05, 06:42 PM   #14
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god.

I've got about 10 abandoned bikes on my back porch.

a couple roadmasters and huffys. those things have an approximate lifetime of 9 months-- after that, the plastic brake levers inevitably break, the rims get stomped and the deraileur shifts into the spokes. it's an intentional design, you know.

also got a trek 720 "hybrid" bike, an old-ass Raliegh Rapide, a "centurion" 70s road, a Fuji Grand Tourer road (intact), a rusty old, old 80s mtb that had Deore XT cranks on it when I found it...more arriving daily.

as soon as the many inches of snow melt I'm gonna curb nearly all of it. Might build up a 700c coaster wheel for the Trek, though.
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Old 01-22-05, 06:43 PM   #15
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something else I wanted to say:

there's nothing better than finding a beater bike on the way home from the bar and goin' for a ride. ditch as appropriate. that's how I ended up with the huffys and roadmasters, which didn't want to stop. disconnected brakes.

take what you need, leave the rest...
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anyone in the midwest missing a bike they parked outside a bar?
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