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Old 04-20-05, 10:16 AM
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I happened across a Western Auto single speed at a thrift yesyerday, and it piqued my interest. I didn't buy it (yet!), as it was incomplete and kind of ugly. The saddle was missing and someone had put some old chromed (Schwinn maybe?) drop bars on it.

But I'm sitting here thinking about it, and I'm remembering that the frame ( a smallish cruiser type) was a bit unusual in construction. Is there an online reference to these, or can someone tell me more about them?

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Originally Posted by bigbossman
I happened across a Western Auto single speed at a thrift yesyerday, and it piqued my interest. I didn't buy it (yet!), as it was incomplete and kind of ugly. The saddle was missing and someone had put some old chromed (Schwinn maybe?) drop bars on it.

But I'm sitting here thinking about it, and I'm remembering that the frame ( a smallish cruiser type) was a bit unusual in construction. Is there an online reference to these, or can someone tell me more about them?

John D.
They used to give those away with the purchase of a full set of tires for your car. If you're going to go over to the dark side, you can turn in your Fuji Team over at mswantak's place.

But seriously, they are kind of different, but nothing special without a large helping of nostalgia to go along with them..
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They used to give those away with the purchase of a full set of tires for your car. If you're going to go over to the dark side, you can turn in your Fuji Team over at mswantak's place.
Why, so he can hang a basket on it, install some flat bars, and sell it to a Berkeley freak as a campus bike? The Horror!!


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But seriously, they are kind of different, but nothing special without a large helping of nostalgia to go along with them.
OK, that's what I figured. And if I can't profit from hanging a basket on it, installing some flat bars and selling it to a Berkeley freak as a campus bike, I ain't interested.....

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Why, so he can hang a basket on it, install some flat bars, and sell it to a Berkeley freak as a campus bike? The Horror!!
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No - So he'll have something to trade me for when I find his International. If wants to hang a basket on it and install some flat bars on the International, that's his business
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No - So he'll have something to trade me for when I find his International.
Cut out the middleman - trade with me directly.
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Cut out the middleman - trade with me directly.
OK - I've got an old Raleigh Deluxe Sports frame. I'll trade you that for that Fuji... Maybe if I throw in a Murray too?
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Alright, you schmendrakes...

In spite of you casting aspersions on flat bars, I probably have a saddle you can use on that WA if you decide to buy it.

Something to keep in mind when off-brand bikes turn up in the next couple months; Burning Man is coming up the end of August. In the Bay Area at least people will be looking for $50-and-under beaters they can take and not worry about.
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Alright, you schmendrakes...

In spite of you casting aspersions on flat bars, I probably have a saddle you can use on that WA if you decide to buy it.

Something to keep in mind when off-brand bikes turn up in the next couple months; Burning Man is coming up the end of August. In the Bay Area at least people will be looking for $50-and-under beaters they can take and not worry about.
True enough, and point taken RE: Burning Man.

I just went back and looked at the Western Flyer that I mentioned n the original post, and still gave it a pass. It has been repainted a puke-green (a long time ago), and all the chromed or expose metal parts exhibit considerable rusting. The tires and tubes are long since rotted beyond redemption. In addition, the seat is there but mostly destroyed, and the original bars have been replaced with drops. Also, it isn't a single speed, or at least didn't used to be. Thre is a (presumably) 3 speed hub on the rear, but the chain, cable, and shifter are long gone. I could not discern the hub maker because of a heavy crust of rust.

I'll leave it for some other lucky fellow.

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a wise decision. real rust really sucks.
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