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It's been a long time since I picked up a bike - but I got the grail.

Old 08-26-15, 03:52 PM
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It's been a long time since I picked up a bike - but I got the grail.

So it's been a long time since I have messed around with bikes - I have a bunch hanging in my garage, but the market to buy and repair has pretty much dried up. I say pretty much, because just the other day I was at a convenience store, and I noticed an incredible bicycle chained up outside. I went in to look around, and only found two old guys playing video slots. I speak a fair bit of Spanish, so I asked whose bike it was, and quickly made a deal to buy it for a crisp C note.

What did I buy? How about a 1978 Peugeot Super Competition.



I have already spent the day cleaning it up, and have some new hoods and bar tape for it.

Sadly the saddle is long gone, so I found an Ideale on ebay.

Just for reference, here is how the very short old man was riding this 58CM bike.
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Old 08-26-15, 04:32 PM
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Nice pick up. Now, we need a full drive side shot.

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Old 08-26-15, 04:42 PM
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And you need to add a couple of these shots to the Drillium thread.
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Congrats on getting your Grail.

be sure and get the serial number so if it's stolen, you can prove it's yours. I do that with all my good bikes.
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I'm not really looking for a bike but I'd buy one of these in my size in a heartbeat. Nice score.
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Congrats! Nice-looking Pug.
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I have everything I need - when it's done I will do a full driveline shot.
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I have everything I need - when it's done I will do a full driveline shot.
Nice pickup
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I'd say, since the seller was willing to part with it for only a hunny, and seeing how it was set up, NICE RESCUE!!
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Sweet score!! Beautiful bike!!
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I'm not really looking for a bike but I'd buy one of these in my size in a heartbeat. Nice score.
Your pants are on fire!
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Nice save, congrats.
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Your pants are on fire!
Nah, I just picked up three bikes: a 1992 Trek 950, a 1984 Trek 610, and a 1990ish specialized rockhopper. I'm really not looking for a bike at this point, lol. I need to fix these up first.

But I would buy a px 10 in a heartbeat if I found one I liked.
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....if bicycles could talk some of them would have great stories.
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Originally Posted by custermustache View Post
I went in to look around, and only found two old guys playing video slots. I speak a fair bit of Spanish, so I asked whose bike it was, and quickly made a deal to buy it for a crisp C note
All the while the real owner was in the john.....
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....if bicycles could talk some of them would have great stories.
They don't actually talk, but their stories can still be figured out, if you look carefully and think about it. My opinion, of course.
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All the while the real owner was in the john.....
I was thinking the same thing. LOL
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Well, the guy had the key, so I guess he was the owner.
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That's downright agressive buying for someone coming back in the game. Way to go!
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Unfortunately, the former owner probably blew the hundred on more video slots.
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Great to see you again @custermustache!


How does a hobo bike stay that nice and not dinged up and all together over the course of the past (almost) 40 years?

I'd be worried about the provenance of that bike.

A yard sale, CL... whatever... short hobo guy riding a really clean 40 year old bike... that sounds hot... and not in a Paris Hilton sort of way.
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They don't actually talk, but their stories can still be figured out, if you look carefully and think about it. My opinion, of course.
...I do some historical analysis at the co-op from time to time, when asked or when bored. It really is interesting to speculate, based on the little clues left behind.

The hardly ridden ones with the alignment issues or the seriously curbed wheel are gimmes. I enjoy these rescue stories, because you do see some nice bikes riding around town on occasion with the upturned bar and the sad look of hard times sort of radiating from them.


I'm a believer in the idea that a good chunk of the shiny, nicer, high end bikes get stolen at least once.
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They don't actually talk, but their stories can still be figured out, if you look carefully and think about it. My opinion, of course.
Sounds like Bicycle Forensics 101.
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So it's been a long time since I have messed around with bikes - I have a bunch hanging in my garage, but the market to buy and repair has pretty much dried up. I say pretty much, because just the other day I was at a convenience store, and I noticed an incredible bicycle chained up outside. I went in to look around, and only found two old guys playing video slots. I speak a fair bit of Spanish, so I asked whose bike it was, and quickly made a deal to buy it for a crisp C note.
Orale!
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Congrats...it is always great to see someone purchase their Grail!
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