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Old 11-05-19, 10:11 AM
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On the local FB Marketplace for $20. I see plenty of Sierras but not appearing to be this vintage. Pretty much plan on grabbing it as it appears to be decent enough for the money. Any thoughts?
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Old 11-05-19, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by roadbikeChris View Post

On the local FB Marketplace for $20. I see plenty of Sierras but not appearing to be this vintage. Pretty much plan on grabbing it as it appears to be decent enough for the money. Any thoughts?
Don't remember seeing these with chrome before, no way to go wrong, Blackburn? rack, wheels if in good shape, or not, all good.
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Old 11-05-19, 11:18 AM
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Don't remember seeing these with chrome before, no way to go wrong, Blackburn? rack, wheels if in good shape, or not, all good.
"Blackburn?" I guess one shifter is broken....any idea as to the year?

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Originally Posted by roadbikeChris View Post
"Blackburn?" I guess one shifter is broken....any idea as to the year?
There is one on efbay listed as an 1989 Comp, probably what the chrome denotes. Blackburn's were some of the early well made ones, still doing it.

I would get this done if I were you,especially if you need a larger one like this.
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I do, as I am over 6 ft tall...planning on pickup in the morning.
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Originally Posted by roadbikeChris View Post
I do, as I am over 6 ft tall...planning on pickup in the morning.
Hope it's still there, seems like there are a lot of good samaritan's out there telling folks their stuff is too cheap, had that twice lately when I thought they were a bit high, makes it hard to get a deal and this is a heck of a deal.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
Hope it's still there, seems like there are a lot of good samaritan's out there telling folks their stuff is too cheap, had that twice lately when I thought they were a bit high, makes it hard to get a deal and this is a heck of a deal.
Its been up for over a week, and he is bringing it to work tomorrow so I can get it in the morning! Speaking of too high I saw a "Meet the Beatles" album stating its the first US issue, heck I bought one for $10 at a record shop and some guy has a less than mint one listed for $1700. Yikes.

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Originally Posted by roadbikeChris View Post
Its been up for over a week, and he is bringing it to work tomorrow so I can get it in the morning! Speaking of too high I saw a "Meet the Beatles" album stating its the first US issue, heck I bought one for $10 at a record shop and so e guy has a less than mint one listed for $1700. Yikes.
Sounds good, in PDX something like this probably wouldn't last a day. I have made arrangements to buy, started off across town, check one last time, "oh I sold it to someone else for more/who got here first, etc."

I always try to make it happen as quickly as possible before its gone.

Here's a good example, I was there in a couple hours of the ad being posted, clear across town, $40 PX-10.


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Old 11-05-19, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
There is one on efbay listed as an 1989 Comp, probably what the chrome denotes. Blackburn's were some of the early well made ones, still doing it.

I would get this done if I were you,especially if you need a larger one like this.
Yep 1989!
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Sounds good, in PDX something like this probably wouldn't last a day. I have made arrangements to buy, started off across town, check one last time, "oh I sold it to someone else for more/who got here first, etc."

I always try to make it happen as quickly as possible before its gone.

Here's a good example, I was there in a couple hours of the ad being posted, clear across town, $40 PX-10.

Beauty!!!! I am moving my pickup to when he gets home from work...
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Great bike for riding I really like the geometry on these for a larger rider. I have 89 Hardrock that has this size geometry frame with nearly identical components which is one of the nicest all around riders I have owned. As for value I would say it's worth $150-200 nicely fixed up and ready to ride.
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Originally Posted by roadbikeChris View Post
Beauty!!!! I am moving my pickup to when he gets home from work...
Tx! Better safe than sorry.

Here's another from the same weekend , it was $100, talked down from $200

Still a smokin deal IMO.


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Old 11-05-19, 07:28 PM
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Old 11-05-19, 09:11 PM
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Got the Sierra tonight. The paint is severely compromised but it looks like the shiny finish underneath. Brakes need work as does the broken shifter for the front derailer. I like the bike and I am thinking what to do next. Maybe a single speed, or just go ahead and fix what's there....
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Originally Posted by roadbikeChris View Post
Its been up for over a week, and he is bringing it to work tomorrow so I can get it in the morning! Speaking of too high I saw a "Meet the Beatles" album stating its the first US issue, heck I bought one for $10 at a record shop and some guy has a less than mint one listed for $1700. Yikes.
Which has 3 or 4 generations of copy tapes the UK "With The Beatles" does not have. Some variations of "Meet The Beatles" are worth more than others. For $1700, for me, it better be the USA original mono/Stereo master tapes which Capitol has in their vaults, with no more than one generation added as a safety master. Better than what consumers get. 15 IPS full track mono and 15 IPS half track Stereo tapes. Nothing less. I've gotten lower generation source material than an LP for less not that long ago. But not playable on consumer grade equipment. Mint in record collecting I've used once in 46 years of collecting, most records are Near Mint or lesser strictly graded. But it's off topic here, and for Foo. P.S. and on topic, the Sierra is a nice classic mountain bike/ATB. Enjoy it. And late in the life of the Schwinn company C&V riders love, the one the reputation was built on. Enjoy the bike, and the ride. As that's what we're here for.
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Old 11-07-19, 01:15 PM
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Conundrum....

Severe paint damage on the mountain bike. Stopped at my local Lowes with a sample that was nearly identical. They couldn't come close to a match. SO my options are either live with it or repaint the entire bike. Ugh!
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Conundrum....

Severe paint damage on the mountain bike. Stopped at my local Lowes with a sample that was nearly identical. They couldn't come close to a match. SO my options are either live with it or repaint the entire bike. Ugh!
Normal hack for this is to wheel it right into Walgreens, CVS, etc, to the nail polish, find the closest, match, touch up the worst of it. Craft stores like Micheal's or hobby shops have model paint as well that you can often find a close match that would be better.

Sort it out mechanically and get it on the road, make sure it fits and you like it then see if an industrial or Auto paint supplier will put a custom match in a 2 part spray can, usually runs around $50 or less.

I know the paint is pretty rough but I would keep it original with touch up for the time being.

You're in this right enough but you won't be after a refinish so make sure before you go down that rabbithole.
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Since the chrome under coat looks good and there doesn't appear to be any rust I would say clean up nice maybe some touch up and bit of wax. I would just ride it with the nic's rather than repaint.
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$20? I'd leave paint as is. Little character. How bad is that shifter?
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You'll need to change your name now @roadbikeChris. With the broken shifter you might want to think of doing a drop bar conversion.
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Since the chrome under coat looks good and there doesn't appear to be any rust I would say clean up nice maybe some touch up and bit of wax. I would just ride it with the nic's rather than repaint.
Sure leaning that way, its really hacked up. Looks a little more like character now.
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$20? I'd leave paint as is. Little character. How bad is that shifter?
Seems stuck but it could be that there is no lever on it, at all.
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You'll need to change your name now @roadbikeChris. With the broken shifter you might want to think of doing a drop bar conversion.
What does that entail, just the handlebars? Excuse my lack of knowledge but I did look up the thread on the subject here....
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What does that entail, just the handlebars? Excuse my lack of knowledge but I did look up the thread on the subject here....
It already has a nice dirt drop type stem. So handlebars, tape, brake levers and some bar end shifters.
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