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Old 11-29-23, 12:36 PM
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Sure you can lighten it! If money isn't an issue, and you want to have a fun, challenging project, I'd do it.

Some more suggestions: Compressionless brake housing is also a way to go. And swap out as many steel fasteners and bolts as you can for aluminum (ideally) or titanium.
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Originally Posted by macstuff
With judicious use of money, you can usually shave 4 pounds off fairly easily on the older bikes. I got my 28lb. Dawes Galaxy down to 23lbs.
Coincidently, I too recently acquired a 23 lb. bike without a judicious use of money and didn't have to shave anything.

All I had to do was go buy it.

(Bike appears all stock as pictured. I weigh all my bikes. I don't fake guesstimates.)

Sure is easy to buy bikes in the winter from students moving back home!
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Originally Posted by soyabean
Coincidently, I too recently acquired a 23 lb. bike without a judicious use of money and didn't have to shave anything.

All I had to do was go buy it.
The point is, with a bit of money, you could probably get your 23 lb. bike down to 19 or 20 lbs.
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So I got ripped off when I could have just upgraded my bike for under $50 ?
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Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun
Aluminum rims also stop much better than steel.Especially when wet.
Since your bike has 27" wheels, that's a fly in the ointment, trying to find good, used ALUMINUM ones.

Maybe your "donor" bike will be enough of an upgrade, she'll willingly ride it and put the old bike up in the attic?
Back in the 90s I went to visit my buddy Tom in the Bay area, around Daly City. I borrowed his steel rimmed Schwinn Varsity on a rainy day and saw my life flash before my eyes on one of the areas famous downhills. Never again.
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Originally Posted by soyabean
So I got ripped off when I could have just upgraded my bike for under $50 ?
I have no idea what upgrades you did or if you feel youíve been ripped off.
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Originally Posted by Sedgemop
Cheap donor bikes are abundant. This one isn't far away.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...type=top_picks
that was a STEAL !!!!!!!
Hope the OP got it !!
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Originally Posted by soyabean
Coincidently, I too recently acquired a 23 lb. bike without a judicious use of money and didn't have to shave anything.

All I had to do was go buy it.

(Bike appears all stock as pictured. I weigh all my bikes. I don't fake guesstimates.)

Sure is easy to buy bikes in the winter from students moving back home!
Yes, but lightweight crap is still crap.
(Rocky Mountain?)
As a bike mechanic, I would suggest that if a person is satisfied with an off the rack bike, they are not a bike mechanic, but a consumer following others into discomfort, soon to ask questions of a bike mechanic.
... Or perhaps just following trendy nonsense.

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Originally Posted by veganbikes
Find a more practical bike. This bike is old and of little actual value beyond maybe sentimental value. While you could go to the trouble of spending ridiculous amounts of money on a bike boom style bike and you could lose small bits of weight mostly from the wallet, the bike is just not a great candidate for it. Plenty of awesome vintage bikes with decent components and nicer frames or even better plenty of great modern bikes that give you better gearing and braking and will likely be lighterweight. You can save this and still ride it but don't pour a ton of money towards it unless the sentimentality is that great and even then strip the bike completely and put the frame on the wall so you can look at it daily.
You missed some key words in the OP.

​​​​​​My girlfriend has an old 1980s Miyata road bike. Itís not a high end bike, but it rides well and has a lot of sentimental value.
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Choose the free option. Take off the racks and lock. Don't stop. Ride from doorstep to doorstep only. Store the bike in the bathtub.

No excuses.
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Originally Posted by dedhed
You missed some key words in the OP.

​​​​​​My girlfriend has an old 1980s Miyata road bike. Itís not a high end bike, but it rides well and has a lot of sentimental value.
I guess I did...oops!
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Funny calling a new condition $50 Rocky Mountain crap, when these types of basic bikes are the easiest for me to flip fast during the season at high ceiling prices.

Definition if crap? Vintage 80s steel bikes that are "so valuable" that no one wants them as those ads get reposted again for months/years/forever.

I like to make good money, sadly vintage crap isn't part of my line up
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Originally Posted by soyabean
Funny calling a new condition $50 Rocky Mountain crap, when these types of basic bikes are the easiest for me to flip fast during the season at high ceiling prices.

Definition if crap? Vintage 80s steel bikes that are "so valuable" that no one wants them as those ads get reposted again for months/years/forever.

I like to make good money, sadly vintage crap isn't part of my line up
Yeah, real glad you've learned how to take out the garbage. An extra ten here and there is always good. At least you can afford a bicycle, but YOU and YOUR prowess with Walmart bikes has very little to do with the focus of this thread .
So you recommend the OP buy a used Walmart bike to solve his issues? Is that it? And you take pot shots at other people's posts to do it?
Take a couple of those Lincolns your making moving garbage around and buy some self esteem would be my only advice to you.
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Originally Posted by macstuff
Yeah, real glad you've learned how to take out the garbage. An extra ten here and there is always good. At least you can afford a bicycle, but YOU and YOUR prowess with Walmart bikes has very little to do with the focus of this thread .
So you recommend the OP buy a used Walmart bike to solve his issues? Is that it? And you take pot shots at other people's posts to do it?
Take a couple of those Lincolns your making moving garbage around and buy some self esteem would be my only advice to you.
Guessing you're unfamiliar with Rocky Mountain bikes, if that's what you're referring to. They've been around since the mid-'80's and are not Walmart bikes.

See, for example, this $4K-plus full-suspension carbon MTB.
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I reckon if you could get an AI to find all the bikes being sold where the photo is taken non-drive side (and ideally with the chain fallen off the ring to make it look even worse), youíd be able to mint it flipping them.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak
Guessing you're unfamiliar with Rocky Mountain bikes, if that's what you're referring to. They've been around since the mid-'80's and are not Walmart bikes.
Agreed.

I need these smart vintage crap folks to keep thinking the way they do, so I can keep buying quality bikes to keep reselling
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