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When you find a bike that you really like

Old 08-06-16, 04:49 PM
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When you find a bike that you really like

but its just far to small

Part it out? Use the parts on some other bikes? Keep it in the hope that I meet my dream girl who is short enough to ride a 49cm? Try to swap the frame? Its not the most awesome find, but if it was between a 58 and 60cm, it would already be cleaned up and regreased, have drop bars back on it, and be put into the rotation, since I have been hankering for a pink frame. I really like these frames, had one once, the triple butted 4130 stuff handles my weight well, without being to harsh.

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Riding is not a popular pastime where I live. So when I do find something like this at a yard sale(usually someone who moved here some years ago, brought their bikes, and then never rode them on the shoulderless hills)I never know what to do with them.

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Old 08-06-16, 04:52 PM
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I'd say part it or save it for your (potential future) child.
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Old 08-06-16, 05:01 PM
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What was it that you really liked about it?
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Old 08-06-16, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Wileyone View Post
What was it that you really liked about it?
Could run 700c wheels with 35 mm tires and fenders and no toe strike. Also I don't currently have a steel bike with downtube bosses.

Mostly it's just n+1 frustration. Have not found a frame that fits for some time.
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Old 08-06-16, 05:50 PM
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I've bought several like that with intent of giving my nephew a choice of machinery when he gets tall enough to ride --- alas - not a lot of interest- but my brother asked me to build his old Centurion Sport for the lad

So I have just begun parting the stuff out

Now I have a couple of buckets of parts I don't know what to do with --- good serviceable and sturdy parts , but nothing flashy enough to dress out a high end frame

This one hurt a little to dismantle -- was ready to ride, -- flashy little red Raleigh, size 48 , but no apparent interest --- this one is the rare exception where I could use the 600 tri color group again on anything under the sun that came along

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Old 08-06-16, 09:56 PM
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Cry about it for a few minutes, then move onto something that WILL fit.
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Old 08-06-16, 09:58 PM
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I came across a fuji design series once, 52.......Super devastated.
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Old 08-06-16, 10:12 PM
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Leave it for someone it fits. It could be someone's dream bike. Parting it out might make you a couple of bucks but deprive someone of that dream. And buying it for a future girlfriend? Would you buy a fur coat for that person you haven't met yet. And how would you feel if a new girlfriend said "I bought this for you. Before I met you." A little weird maybe?

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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
Leave it for someone it fits. It could be someone's dream bike. Parting it out might make you a couple of bucks but deprive someone of that dream. And buying it for a future girlfriend? Would you buy a fur coat for that person you haven't met yet. And how would you feel if a new girlfriend said "I bought this for you. Before I met you." A little weird maybe?

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That was a joke. sorry I did not use a emoticon on that one
I already bought the bike, which had according to the seller, been in at least four of their yard sales over the years but not sold. It was destined for the recycler if it didn't sell at this one, thus the 25 dollar price. I have been doing this for a long time, and just cant unload anything like this, even for free, in my area to anyone other than others who will strip it and ebay the parts.

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Old 08-07-16, 12:08 AM
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Originally Posted by shuru421 View Post
Cry about it for a few minutes, then move onto something that WILL fit.
Yah, at least its not something like a paramount. That happened three years ago, a 54cm. It was a Japanamount, but fairly nice. I did move on to a kid in a nearby city who was pretty fast, but could not afford a good bike. He sold it a few weeks later, kept riding the mediocre Nishiki he already had. I imagine it fueled his weed habit for a week or so.
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Save it....Don't disembowl and kill!!!!!
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If you were in my neck of the woods, I'd ask how much you want for it. I'm always looking for small "chick friendly" bikes. I'd put upright stem, upright swept back handlebars & either thumb shifters or grip shifters on it. It would become a loaner city bike for trips down the Path system. Have fun. Be good.
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If you were in my neck of the woods, I'd ask how much you want for it.
Me, too. My daughters would love that bike.
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