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Old 07-26-10, 11:08 AM
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???US team bike 72/76 olympics???

Found on craigslist, looked like a potential deal, no picture, no brand, just a discription as "like the US team used" from mid seventies olympics.

Emailed and got a picture and these come back. I'm new at this, just looking for a solid bike to ride for some light competition without spending the $300 it cost to get into a used modern entry level road bike. Been learning a lot from this forum and missed a couple of opportunties so far. All this to say maybe I don't know what I'm seeing.

Is there any way this is even a decent bike. Non-lugged frame. Plastic clips holding the continuously shrouded cables. Stem shifters. Crank doesn't look like the ones I've been shown as quality.

She's reposted saying it's the actual bike that was raced in the olympics and was bought for her as a present after seeing them. My guess, the present giver exaggerated a bit. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Is there any reason to even go look at this bike?

Asking $75
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Old 07-26-10, 11:31 AM
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Low end Sears bike, it would make a good boat anchor
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Old 07-26-10, 12:24 PM
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It's a piece of junk, and the seller is lying to you if she's purporting that crab-trap raced anywhere, much less The Olympics. If she gave it to you for free, the cost of new tires would well exceed the value of the bike.
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stay far away. The U.S. Team in '76 actually had a respectable result in the road race. I don't think they would have made it down the big hill, much less up it many times if they had to ride one of these.
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Crap, crap, crap.
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Flag that mother.
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WOW what a fabulous find!



why would an "Olympic Race Bike" have reflectors and a kickstand?
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YOU'RE ALL WRONG! I have pictures of the 1976 Olympics and this bike was certainly there.



One of the spectators had it off to the side, that's how close this bike ever got to a real race.

Gee, it still has the same flat tire!
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It's just a small typo: That's a bike from the '74 Olympics.
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I find adverts like this charming in a flimflam sort of way.
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Originally Posted by WilmingtonSkip View Post
Been learning a lot from this forum and missed a couple of opportunties so far. All this to say maybe I don't know what I'm seeing.

... Please correct me if I'm wrong. Is there any reason to even go look at this bike?

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Go to the library or used book store and get a copy of the Complete Book of Bicycling by Eugene Sloane. Any edition, but the early one if read first and the third one next will show you the progression of enthusiast bike development in the USA. After you read those or even one, you will be well on your way to having confidence in knowing what you are looking at. I got my copy for Christmas 1970, and right after I started saving for my first real bike after Sting-Rays.
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I find adverts like this charming in a flimflam sort of way.
Patent Medicine anyone? Guaranteed to sooth the black humors.
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I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. I believe that she is just saying what she was told when given the bike. Now if she had been trying to get more for it maybe I could see intentional misrepresentation.

BTW, how did they even connect those tubes? Are they simply mitered and brazed without a lug?
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I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. I believe that she is just saying what she was told when given the bike. Now if she had been trying to get more for it maybe I could see intentional misrepresentation.

BTW, how did they even connect those tubes? Are they simply mitered and brazed without a lug?
yes. that was considered a 'cheap' way to build a bike in the '70 but standard now for most steel bikes.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
yes. that was considered a 'cheap' way to build a bike in the '70 but standard now for most steel bikes.
Bianchigirl, you are glossing over things a bit. There are plenty of ways to weld steel tubes together as you know. Even on the stellar example of the original poster, it probably has two or three types of welding used, the common factor is they are all cheap and fast.

I will agree that the old view of its welded therefore its cheap is a hard one to place a blanket over all welded bikes today. It does make the gap between cheap bikes and upper end welded appear not as wide as it should be, so it goes.
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well it was quick reply I had to run out, plus I didn't think is nessacasry to get into the differences between TIG and MIG, Fillet brazing and so on.
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You guys are all wrong, again. This bike was used by the Principality of Sealand in the Olympics - 1978, if I am not mistaken. It's a rare bird indeed.

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well it was quick reply I had to run out, plus I didn't think is nessacasry to get into the differences between TIG and MIG, Fillet brazing and so on.
nesess-scary correct. The original poster presented that they don't know how to evaluate a bike by quick review. That is why I suggested the Sloane book, the majority of decent vintage bikes will be lugged, the book does a good job of showing what to look for, and what at the time was cheap.

The very latest TIG welded bikes can really confuse folk, welds look like welds to most, and a huge spread of quality all use welds. To learn this stuff from scratch today is more than one can get from this forum for sure.
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