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Old 06-11-16, 11:02 PM
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Andy K, they work fine, main thing is to(as you will anyway) is to fully lube cable inners, shifters, and grease guides so there is minimal pressure on the derailleur, they should keep going for ages, oiling the plastic to stop it drying out works well too. I use a 5wt Motorcycle fork oil.
Anyway a whole bunch of info that is already known
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Not known to me -- thanks! This is my first time with a Simplex.
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Old 06-12-16, 12:48 AM
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Making this thread even more clunkish:



Everything on the bike so far seems to merely suffer from neglect rather the overuse, so that's good news.
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Old 06-12-16, 04:56 AM
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If it moves, bends, or pivots oil or grease it.
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Asking price of 100.00, agreed at 60.00. The front tire (Steel rimmed natch) has no valve stem of any kind but is not flat. I believe it has been stuffed with rags. I picked up my little (Rog) Pony while I'm visiting Western MA and as soon as I get home I'll let you know what I find in there.

...do three speed internal hubs usually have a neutral gear?
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ChrOmOly, essentially gear 2 is thought to be neutral, I have found this to be the case on Sturmey Archer and Shimano's anyway.
a little 5 wt oil and ride it if it does not shift keep riding, for the most part it can take a little while for the oil to soak into the dried up old lube.
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Old 06-12-16, 06:51 AM
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I had one of those loop frame folders. If you can survive 100km on that I'd be chuffed.
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Originally Posted by Chr0m0ly
Asking price of 100.00, agreed at 60.00. The front tire (Steel rimmed natch) has no valve stem of any kind but is not flat. I believe it has been stuffed with rags. I picked up my little (Rog) Pony while I'm visiting Western MA and as soon as I get home I'll let you know what I find in there.

...do three speed internal hubs usually have a neutral gear?
I also have a Rog Pony, I think that makes two of us. I got it from a neighbor several years ago. After fixing it up, my daughter took it to college. Mine looked like it had been painted with house paint, but while stripping it down, I saw the original white with gold decals.

The N position is 2nd gear, N being direct drive, or no change. L is 4:3 under drive, H is 3:4 over drive. There is a neutral spot between N and H where the pedals will turn freely, but if you keep finding it, it is an indication that your cable needs adjusted.
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Andy_K are you going to replace the inner and outer cables? You maybe able to get away with repurposing the rear inner cables as fronts? I do this as a rule, saves a bit over time on a number of bikes.
Definitely new cables all around. The original rear cable would barely move when I got it.
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Originally Posted by Chr0m0ly
The front tire (Steel rimmed natch) has no valve stem of any kind but is not flat. I believe it has been stuffed with rags.
genius!
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I don't know how but that front tire contains a tube with air in it. The tire itself is rotten and disintegrating under my hands but that's an inflated tube in there. The back tube is holding air but the BB and hubs need cleaning and regreasing. Any tutorials on Sturm and Archer hub disassembly?

I have no idea ifvI can get this rideable with $40.00 but it will be fun to try.
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Originally Posted by Chr0m0ly
Any tutorials on Sturm and Archer hub disassembly?
I was just talking to @​Velocivixen about this earlier today. She mention utilizing online resources when she was learning to rebuild those hubs, so she can probably point you to some good info.
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howdy - thinking about jumping into the challenge with a Schwinn Continental.
- I don't know my Schwinn's - $40 worth? I was thinking of offering $30.... gotta get the whole deal rolling for under $100 and ride it 100k!
ps - kind of keen on the chrome fork and the center pull brakes, mostly.
Try $25 max, Continental is a very heavy bike. The Super Sport, Sports Tourer or Superior models are fillet brazed, Chrome Moly-tubing and many don't know this, so sometimes low priced. Varsity & Continental are not Chrome-Moly. Don
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Originally Posted by Chr0m0ly
Any tutorials on Sturmey Archer hub disassembly?
Sheldon Brown has links to many.

Edit: Might as well jump in to this too. Not sure if this meets the C&V criteria - a 1994 Diamondback Viper



Looks OK from a distance, but there's lots of rust.

It was free about 10 years ago, then I tuned it up and gave it to a neighbor kid, family gave it back when he grew out of it.

He also stripped the fork threads. I'm arbitrarily giving it a value of $25.

NOT looking forward to riding 100km on this...

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I'm in i have this crazy Anlen commuter bike that i picked up from the local co-op for $20 bucks. i had a thread started about this bike here

but here's a picture of the bike in question.


shes a decent bike i think a 1993 model with Tange Double Butted tubing and Shimano 700CX componentry.

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I have to say, I am feeling the pressure. I think my clunker isn't getting a new coat of paint. I might just have to clearcoat it raw and use the $10 in spray paint for a new chain.
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I found the bike!

A Raleigh Sprite.
I know nothing about Raliegh's. My wife talked me into the bike. It does fit me....and..
I think I can ride 100k as is.
Under semi-close investigation, it looked like the only downfall was the ass hatchet saddle that came with the bike.
If I can tune the bike, keeping the tires and tubes intact, that saddle and I will be getting to know each other over the 100k.
I want the bonus points for no changes!!
I have an extra $30 if it needs consumables.
Pics are on my wife's cell phone. I touch that about as often as I touch her purse. I will bring the bike home from the storage unit this week, and tune it.
I will post pics then.
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I have to say, I am feeling the pressure. I think my clunker isn't getting a new coat of paint. I might just have to clearcoat it raw and use the $10 in spray paint for a new chain.
Paint? Paint? I thought this was a "Clunker" Challange, if it was painted I think it would not qualify anymore?
Haha.
Just my 2cents, cable it up and ride the wheels off it!
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There are two streams of clunker thought. One is the best, nicest bicycle you can possibly make for $100. The other is the biggest POS you can imagine for less than $100. And then there's everything in between.

Bonus points are awarded for 100km on a BMX and also for original parts status.
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Yes I know, just razzing, I will be going for POS that rides nicely.
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@RandolphCarter : You're insane. You should have started that the first day so you could ride that thing 1k 100 times.
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Hey all, unfortunately I am unable to make time to enter this challenge. But what I can do I donate a 60cm UO-8 FF, rear wheel, headset. I am in So Cal, I got it for free and you can do the same and have a zero dollar starting point. PM and it is all yours, I am happy to ship it but it would clobber the 100.00.
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quick questions:
i can get this TREK 420 (1984) for $80:
- size I think is good for me. bit more than I wanted to pay for this challenge. not a 'full on' touring bike, like i'd like

i'm also attracted to this '60s Raleigh (seller asking $100, thinking of offering $40~$50...):
- i'd love to have an IGH. the fork on this is way cool. probably weighs 50lbs....

any thoughts? thanks.
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Really want to do this but there's definitely some clunker-less klunkers in this thread. If I get a Masi Prestige with rust on the chrome for $20 is that really a clunker?
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Originally Posted by Bradleykd
@RandolphCarter : You're insane. You should have started that the first day so you could ride that thing 1k 100 times.
when I was a kid I used to ride one of those 20km a day (school and back)... but that was a long time ago and I was a lot shorter!
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