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Old 06-12-15, 08:11 PM
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Dumbster Find: Ross Bike Looking for Guidance

New to the forums and there is a lot of information here. Unfortunately there inst much information on the "Ross" or "ChainBike Corp" bike line, that I was able to see at least. Looking to turn this incomplete frame into a bike that I can cruise around with my 4 year old when he is riding his bike. I was able to find a serial number on the bike but it doesn't match the 1982 or 1985 catalog that is available online. Serial # 1179814122 and the bike appears to be gold. Any suggestions on how to handle this resurrection would be great, any guidance to the read this thread first sticky that has all the info I need would be awesome as well.

I have attached a few pictures that outline the parts that are currently installed.

Appears to have a ROSS Professional sticker residue on the frame.
Sun Tour VX Derailleur (Front and Back)
Takagi Tourney Cranks
Shimano Hand gear lever
Sakae Randnner Handle Bars inscribed with "Road Champ"
F Comps Brakes I believe

Sorry for my lack of knowledge of the correct lingo.
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Old 06-12-15, 08:40 PM
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While your bike is not high end, it should serve your intended purpose well with a rebuild and repack of the hubs, bottom bracket, and headset. As for tires you may want to put panaracer paselas on it as they are nice tires for the money spent.
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Old 06-12-15, 08:52 PM
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Get thee to thine local bike co-op for the necessary missing parts. Might make a nice neighborhood rider but not worth spending a lot to replace the missing parts. Make sure the frame is actually useable (not bent or rusted out) before going any further.
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Old 06-12-15, 09:59 PM
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Do we need to start a "saved from the dumb" thread?
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I think it would be dumb to put a pair of $50 Paselas on a bike worth $60-$80 all fixed up. Kenda high pressures!
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Concur on the Kendas and the bike co-op... if there is one around.
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I believe that the nearly complete history of Ross Bikes can be found here on this very same bikeforums: http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...oss-bikes.html

If the frame is in decent condition, it's worth building back up using used parts and if it fits you well, would be a decent rider.
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Ross made a ton of bottom end stuff and a small quantity of high end stuff. This bike is from the former category. Since it was free, that is still good.

+1 Manage your spend carefully. Its easy to get upside down value wise, even on a FREE bike. I see it all the time.
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Awesome info provided thanks a lot.

Not looking to flip the bike to make money. Just interested in getting it rolling. The Kenda tire seems to fit a decent price point with tubes.

Just need to find a rim/saddle.
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Any direction on where to find a rim? I believe the rim is 26 by 1 but am unsure.
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