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Old 12-11-15, 05:31 PM
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Couple years ago I bought someone's barn find.
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I have picked up a couple of pretty nice bikes from Goodwill. Until about a year ago there was a Goodwill that I used to drive by pretty regularly. It had a bike rack out front where they would have the bikes they were selling. If I was driving by and I had time I would stop and take a look. I usually found 1 nice bike a year. I found my daughter's Basso Gap for $15 and a Trek 520 for $20. One time I stopped and bought a Trek 330, Ross Signature 292S and Trek Navigator for $70. They moved the Goodwill about a year ago and I very seldom drive by it so I have probably bought my last bike from them.
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Originally Posted by gomango

My orange 1967 Porsche 912 and my red/silver 1967 Bultaco Sherpa T.
That pretty much covers fast ans slow.

In the mid-70s my dad had a Sherpa T and an Alpina. I still have a soft spot for Bultacos.
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I've only had one actual "barn" buy... it consisted of three bikes. A department store mtb, a seventies step thru frame of department store quality, and a chrome chromoly framed bmx w blue components. I bought them because I felt sorry for the seller... he had gotten many craigslist enquirers, and dutifully went to meet the callers at the barn, but everyone had been a no show up to me. Thinking my son might find the vintage bmx bike interesting, I paid him fifteen bucks for all three. All three were coated in bird poop and dust... to the point where I couldn't really tell too much about them. I took them home and hosed them off and found three bikes I really had no interest in. Neither did my son. Not more than a week later, someone at work commented that their cheap mtb that they used at their campsite had came up lame (a brake issue that was too expensive to fix). Gave him the mtb, even though he insisted in given me money for it (we settled on five bucks). I was going to strip the derailleurs from the step thru, but instead took it and the bmx to the local coop. The coop owner flipped over the bmx bike... he had a lot of people asking for vintage bmx stuff (he later told me it sold, unrestored, for 75 dollars, along with the step thru). So, not a great story, but a feel good story (sorta).
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Best deal I ever got was a divorce sale.
Spite can supply some real bargains.
True dat. In the same vein, I recall a number of years ago on Ebay a woman began auctioning off her man's hight-end bike stuff to fund her "girl's weekend out" after she got pissed about her hubby taking off with his buddies for a golf weekend. In the end, it appears it was partly a misunderstanding and partly a bad joke, but I wonder.

I personally - if I knew, that is - would pass up deals such as these. I've been on the end of being pretty much penniless going through a split and it ain't fun. It must be even worse when it's not just one's insignificant other making out like a bandit

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[MENTION=185977]clubman[/MENTION], your business is the perfect excuse I've been looking for to convince my wife to come and vacation in Nova Scotia one summer.
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1983 Ritchey shed find $25 , here it is after some new tires, cables and decals and some polishing . The guy threw in a new XT crank as well : )
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
@clubman, your business is the perfect excuse I've been looking for to convince my wife to come and vacation in Nova Scotia one summer.
That's great and when you do, contact me! Beautiful countryside, great food, cheap with the exchange! . Forget summer, we're having our annual lobster party next week and we'll go through about 200 of the tasty monsters at $6 a pop, order you a few? I'd love to meet C&V'ers passing through. Lots of bike/wine/food touring here with nice accommodations if you prefer that.The local white wines are starting to excel.
Lets hope the snow melts by May this year.

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1983 Ritchey shed find $25 , here it is after some new tires, cables and decals and some polishing . The guy threw in a new XT crank as well : )
Love that!
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Originally Posted by clubman
That's great and when you do, contact me! Beautiful countryside, great food, cheap with the exchange! . Forget summer, we're having our annual lobster party next week and we'll go through about 200 of the tasty monsters at $6 a pop, order you a few? I'd love to meet C&V'ers passing through. Lots of bike/wine/food touring here with nice accommodations if you prefer that.The local white wines are starting to excel.
Lets hope the snow melts by May this year.
Do you have any snow yet? We've barely seen a flurry or two. Yesterday it was a balmy 45F and I thought about riding in shorts!

Lobster Party!?! If I'd only known. Next year maybe! Although it is a tough time of year for a pastor to ditch town for a weekend!
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Originally Posted by thinktubes
That pretty much covers fast ans slow.

In the mid-70s my dad had a Sherpa T and an Alpina. I still have a soft spot for Bultacos.
Me too - first dirt bike (in 1981) was a 73 Sherpa T....awesome bike from an awesome man.

Apropos this thread, my latest acquisition(s) were 4 bikes from a work colleague - her mother was downsizing the family home so I got 3 early 70s mid range bikes (Le Jeune Mixte, French built Supercycle, and a Shields), and her Dad's old bike.

Prior to that, finding my Miele ATB on my street less than a block away in the trash was a nice find....and getting my wife's Norco at a school yard sale (practically unridden) for $10 - there was another one there - almost identical, but I left it behind as a) I felt a bit guilty, and b) my wife was not in on the plan and I was already worried about bringing home 1 stray let alone 2.

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
I personally - if I knew, that is - would pass up deals such as these. I've been on the end of being pretty much penniless going through a split and it ain't fun. It must be even worse when it's not just one's insignificant other making out like a bandit

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I'd also hate to think of what a dick I'd be if I were in that situation and saw any of my bikes being proudly posted with the story of of a spite sale.
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Personally, I hate to think of my poor wife being stuck with all my stuff if I should happen to croak. Including bike stuff.
And I do think about it, on occasion. More than I used to. So, time to divest!
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Shed find "grail".....I had watched this old Trek sitting under a blue tarp (shudder) for 2 years and nothing I could do about it. Then one summer day I had business to attend to at her home. I asked 2 years prior that if she had any inkling to sell the bike she would give me first dibs. Upon leaving she wheeled a Trek 760 in most excellent condition out front with a smile. I bought (gifted) this beaujolais babe for 100clams....
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
Do you have any snow yet? We've barely seen a flurry or two. Yesterday it was a balmy 45F and I thought about riding in shorts!

Lobster Party!?! If I'd only known. Next year maybe! Although it is a tough time of year for a pastor to ditch town for a weekend!
Same temp here today...building a great big doghouse for a great big Pyrenees, in shorts. Me, not the dog. Winter comes late now it seems but I'll never forget last years storms. A massacre!
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Yeah. Last year we had 5 feet on the Cape. Unheard of. But Boston got ten feet!
Doesn't look likely this year. Is it El Nino?
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Same temp here today...building a great big doghouse for a great big Pyrenees, in shorts. Me, not the dog.
I'm still trying to figure out a way to get Mr. Dog to wear pants.
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It's not nearly as interesting a story as the others, nor as interesting a bike for that matter, but a couple of years ago my then-local shop gave me a call to let me know that a customer dropped off an old bike to be recycled - the shop wanted to know if I was interested in taking it. Sure. It turned out to be a fairly minty Moto Grand Touring. It's a few cm shorter than ideal, but has decent reach. Riding in the drops was never comfortable with it stock, so eventually it got reimagined as a single speed errand/rain-bike with flipped Sparrow bars. It sees winter duty as well, hence the long toe straps. The grips sit around midway vertically between the tops and drops on the better fitting road bikes. It works well, but is a little noodley and certainly isn't an all-day bike. Fun, though.

I filled up the shop's mini-fridge with delicious beer in return. Good shop.



@clubman Cool sign and shop, awesome bike. Good luck...!

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I found my Club Fuji one Saturday when I got off work early and saw a yard sale sign on the way home. I turned down the road to do a drive-by and saw a pair of skinny tires, so I stopped. They said it was their brother's bike and just wanted it gone, so make an offer. I said $20, and they said okay without hesitating. It looked decent on the surface, with no rust and the wheels spun true. When I got it home I found the seat post was seized. It took a few days, but I was able to get it out with no damage. I greased the wheel bearings, but I didn't have a crank puller, so I let that go. I got some cheap tires and a new seat from the LBS and cleaned and lubed everything. When I went for the first ride, it kept making a random click in the crank. After I checked that everything on the outside was tight, the click was still there, so I ordered a crank puller and took it apart. Apparently the bike had been leaning against something on the left side, because there was a water line in the bottom bracket and 2 or 3 bearings had rusted away about 1/3 of their mass on one side. There wasn't enough pressure on the crank to hear the noise in the stand, it was only when I was pedaling on the road that it became apparent. Some new bearings and grease (the cups were fine) and it is good as new. The bike doesn't look like it has many miles on it. There is little wear and the paint damage looks more like from rough storage than crashing. I gave it to my son when he got tall enough to ride it. Since he got his driver's license, it doesn't get as much use, so I take it out occasionally for a change of pace.
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Years ago I was gifted a Peugeot PH10L by a neighbor who saw me riding my Centurion around the neighborhood. It fit and I kept it. After a couple of weeks passed another neighbor gave me her son's old bike (didn't fit and was cheap-cheap) which I passed on to the Goodwill. Within another month, 3 other unknown neighbors gave me bikes (none worth keeping). Word had gotten around that "the crazy guy on a bike" would dispense of their unwanteds. The PH10 was the only one worth keeping, but now long gone.
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Originally Posted by rootboy
Personally, I hate to think of my poor wife being stuck with all my stuff if I should happen to croak. Including bike stuff. And I do think about it, on occasion. More than I used to. So, time to divest!
Don't divest until the right time, once it's gone it's gone - so be sure, your time may not be now. Been there, now back to 4 nice C&V, plus the newer ones that never left.
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I posted about this one a couple years ago...

I was at my local flea market and at an outdoor section, just past the last regular spot, a guy had two bikes next to his pickup truck, one leaning against a tree. That's all he had, just two bikes. He wasn't in what you'd call an assigned space, just took up some leftover room next to the last space in the row, right near the fence. I saw the first bike, an old junker Schwinn, I believe, and looked at it, then noticed the "other" bike behind a tree, leaning against it. I looked around the tree for a closer look, and it was a nice little black bike, looked closer at the components (note: at the time I knew virtually nothing about vintage bikes) and saw "Campagnolo" on every single component except the stem and drop-bars, which both said "Cinelli". Flipped it over to see what serial number scheme was on the bottom-bracket, found it, and it said "Cinelli" also. The stickers on the frame and forks said "Columbus", and the paint was a metalflake black, almost pristine. Except for a few scrapes on the frame, I couldn't find a single scratch on any component. Well, I'd never heard of a "Nobilette" bike, so I turned the back back over (noticing how extremely light the thing was) and asked the guy leaning against the pickup, "How much did you want for the bike?" He said "130 bucks". Having only $60 on me, I knew enough to rush home, hit the internet, do a search on "Nobilette" and "Campagnolo", grabbed a couple twenties from my stash box, a ten and two ones off my dresser, and $2.50 in quarters, and hauled back to his "booth". I told him, "Hey, I've got 114 dollars and 50 cents (holding it all out in front of him in my hands all splayed out), would you take that for the bike? It's all I got." He was on his cell phone, and he spoke some Spanish to whoever he was talking to, then said, "Yeah, I'll take it."

So, for $114.50, I got an '88 Nobilette custom, full Campy SR, Cinelli bars/stem/bottom bracket, Concor Supercorsa saddle. It was way too small as it turned out, 49cm, and I eventually found another home for it after cleaning, polishing, lubing, and staring at it for a long while.

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Originally Posted by rootboy
Personally, I hate to think of my poor wife being stuck with all my stuff if I should happen to croak. Including bike stuff.
And I do think about it, on occasion. More than I used to. So, time to divest!
Heh heh - I wonder if I should appoint somebody here to dispose of my modest collection after I croak? It's a little sad to think about what would happen were it to fall to someone not at all conversant with its value or history. Not that I guess I'll be too concerned about what happens to it after I've shuffled off

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I have a number of "barn find" bikes. I didn't find them myself but I bought them from people who did.

1967 all original Peugeot PX-10 with clincher and sewup wheels. It had been sitting in a shed for at least 25 years and had about 1mm layer of dust and crude all over. The before pictures were taken after a quick once over with a vacuum cleaner to get rid of the loose crud.




1969 Gitane Tour de France. I bought this one from Stone's Cyclery in Alameda, CA. Dennis Stone (RIP) originally sold this bike in 1969. He updated the derailleurs in the early 80's to Shimano 600's. It too had been sitting in a shed since the late 80's and was in the same condition as the PX-10 above.

The second picture shows before and after a quick cleanup of the right and left chainstays



I got both of those bikes within a week of each other at the end of 2007!


1970ish Gitane Super Corsa. I got this one from Dennis Stone too. He updated the components for his customer in the 1980's but it was never ridden much after that. This one was wiped down a little before it was put it up for sale. I haven't gone over this one yet.




This 1974 Gitane Tour de France was a barn find from Australia. I bought it as a bare frame. Pictures show original condition and after I built it up.




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