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Old 04-24-14, 06:53 PM
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1984 specialized expedition

Cl is generally very slow in my area. It has been 2 years since I found anything of worth to me locally. This one popped up this AM. Listed at 375 and offered 300 cash + pickup which seller accepted. We both seemed pleased with the price. Overall the condition is good to very good esp on frame. Appears stock but not sure about seat. Some rust on bolts, but frame and components look good. 56cm which is really not what I normally ride but when I stood over it seems......like........it........wants.......to........fit. The wife claims I wont sell it even though I promised her. No rush but guess this type bike really needs ebay exposure. These pics show bike as picked up one hour ago. 600-700 maybe on ebay with right buyer but ebay is such a hassle, I would rather keep it and attempt the once a year bike swap sell "I tried". Not really sure on the year but figured 84 maybe?

edit, so i see a very similar one though 51cm on ebay now, will see how it comps out. definitely some sold comps actually. maybe 800+- as 56cm should be somewhat desirable. like I said hassle city though

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Old 04-25-14, 09:45 AM
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These are sought after. EBay is your best bet. Hassle yes, but it will be hard to get near the price you would get on eBay locally.
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Old 04-25-14, 01:26 PM
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That's my size; that's a sweet bike. I'm jealous and I have too many bikes! You could also sell it on this site without putting any work into it. You won't get as much as on ebay but you won't have to put any work into it either and you won't have to hassle with ebay. You will have to pay to become a premium member which won't cost much. You probably could swap it as well for a bike that you like in your size.
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The extra $300-400 is worth the hassle. Would you rather waste you weekend waiting around for CL lowballers and no- shows?
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So now that reality has set in--It does need an overhaul of course and took a close look at hubs, rims. Still not sure of the year but these are 27 rims, front is araya on sunshine and rear is weinman on joytech, both 36 spokes. The hubs and rims look dated to others of that era, pretty sure not some recent toss on. 700c was oem? Otherwise it needs standard 30 year loving on hubs, headset, bottom bracket, disassemble all parts for cleaning, etc. I do enjoy rehabbing old bikes and this one would be an honor.

Also I just cannot let this one go without one jaunt since the ride is so legendary. It feels like my 58 vintage fujis when saddled sizewise but maybe just my wistful thinking--it does measure 56. Did see several different pictures with really high stems and seat posts, are these just jonesers like myself trying to ride on what they found or standard practice on these relaxed frames? Realistically too small but you never know till you can ride it and needs overhaul before I even roll around the driveway.

edit never mind, answered my own question regarding wheels and these unlikely to be stock but odd --seems like anybody who wanted the wheels would have taken the whole bike but maybe they swapped them back in the 80s? The seller definitely would not have swapped them based on our conversation but he was not original owner. Certainly affects value but who cares at this point still glad to have paid 300 and will be fun to overhaul.

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Old 04-26-14, 08:34 AM
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Put pics + any information I could decipher on velospace, node 47871 Will start another thread in cv for overhaul project as it progresses. Excited for this one, thanks for the input.
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Put pics + any information I could decipher on velospace, node 47871 Will start another thread in cv for overhaul project as it progresses. Excited for this one, thanks for the input.
If you ride a 58, it shouldn't be too hard to get this to fit with a longer seatpost and a nitto technomic stem. You might get away with just raising the stem and the seatpost without replacing anything as well.
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I pulled the freewheel, repacked hubs, trued wheels last night and getting ready to do bottom bracket. There was wiring coiled on bottom shell from the internal cabling system for the generator/light? that I moved out of the way and doh! Shell is clearly stamped 54. (sheephishly admits never had a vintage bike actually stamped with size) Guess these are not measured center to top of lug, as that is right at 22. So that pretty much seals that this one is too small for me. I like bikemig idea of trading via paid membership, would gladly work with anybody who has a 58 or possibly 60 but these frames seem to run big? Or the yahoo group may be a place to look around.

Well at least I wont go spend a bunch more money upgrading this thing although I did already buy some nice fizik wrap, nos gum hoods and new shimano freewheel but those can go to other bikes.

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I pulled the freewheel, repacked hubs, trued wheels last night and getting ready to do bottom bracket. There was wiring coiled on bottom shell from the internal cabling system for the generator/light? that I moved out of the way and doh! Shell is clearly stamped 54. (sheephishly admits never had a vintage bike actually stamped with size) Guess these are not measured center to top of lug, as that is right at 22. So that pretty much seals that this one is too small for me. I like bikemig idea of trading via paid membership, would gladly work with anybody who has a 58 or possibly 60 but these frames seem to run big? Or the yahoo group may be a place to look around.

Well at least I wont go spend a bunch more money upgrading this thing although I did already buy some nice fizik wrap, nos gum hoods and new shimano freewheel but those can go to other bikes.
That's right around my size but I don't have any large frames and/or bikes to swap, . There is a thread in the C&V forum where you can try to swap the bike out. That is a desirable frame and it wouldn't surprise me if someone might not spring for it.
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Hi - Would you consider a trade for either my 1986 Specialized Sequoia (55 cm frame with a 31 1/2" standover) or my 1984 Sequoia (56 cm frame with a 32" standover)? I've been keeping an eye out for a 54 cm, 1984 Expedition.... Thanks, John
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