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Old 11-20-16, 12:18 AM
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** Update ** Two Vintage bike rescues this week

So here are my finds this week. The red bike came from a thrift store, salvation army, in Anahiem CA. The yellow one caught my eye hanging in the window of a Mexican market where they had a few used bikes. My observation on the yellow one is that it is a very poorly converted fixie. The red one seems unmolested. I am not very familiar with these bikes. Can anyone chime in as to what I have here. Also, really weird that they are both the same brand.

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Old 11-20-16, 12:21 AM
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Both of them are junk.

I can send my address to send them to, I'll even pay for the shipping.

You're kidding, right? TWO Eddy Merkx bikes? Trust me, ride 'em like you stole 'em!
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Both of them are junk.

I can send my address to send them to, I'll even pay for the shipping.

You're kidding, right? TWO Eddy Merkx bikes? Trust me, ride 'em like you stole 'em!
I'm thinking that this could be a trolling thread, A fairly pristine Merckx found in a thrift store and a beat up one in a Mexican bodega?

If not, the OP hit the jackpot on these 2 bikes and I need to spend more time hanging out in Mexican bodegas looking for high end European racing machines!

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Old 11-20-16, 01:32 AM
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Uhmmmm...."unmolested"?.... more like mint, that SLX Merckx is.......
Maybe bikemig might be right about this post. Just a bit TGTBT..... but I guess weird things sometimes happens......
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Old 11-20-16, 01:34 AM
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
I'm thinking that this could be a trolling thread, A fairly pristine Merckx found in a thrift store and a beat up one in a Mexican bodega?

If not, the OP hit the jackpot on these 2 bikes and I need to spend more time hanging out in Mexican bodegas looking for high end European racing machines!
Not a troll. I just got lucky I guess. I saw the yellow one in the window of the market from the stoplight I was sitting at, otherwise I would not have been in that store.

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Old 11-20-16, 01:39 AM
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you got to be a bit of a troll, even though its sort of appreciated. just google merkx SLX and you will have plenty of hits telling you what you have. still good story!

I mean common, if you can find bikeforums.net, you can find google!
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Old 11-20-16, 01:41 AM
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One other thing... just because I got this from a thrift store does not mean I got it cheap. I feel like I got a good deal on it. Here is the salvation army listing for the bike. When it did not sell I went over there and got it. Thanks for the warm welcome.

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as long as there are pics we love it.
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You got two very different beasts here. One is a great Nice weather showstopper and the other is a beater that will be a great everyday rider. That red bike With full Chorus is in amazing condition ! How anyone can be stupid enough to ride brakeless With those pedals is far beyond my comprehension ! Have fun With the seatpost on the beater , it looks stuck ?
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Old 11-20-16, 05:36 AM
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Score! Get some brakes and ride the snot out of the yellow one, it has nice patina. The other one is a beauty.
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Congrats! Score!
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I sure hope you didnt pay too much for those bikes, mister.



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Originally Posted by VanLogan View Post
Thanks for the warm welcome.

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Ya gots to thicken the skin a little in this room, don't take it hard. A great deal of detailed knowledge here, and sometime a little attitude sauce on top. If your weight isn't close to the SLX max and the frame size works for you, you have a lifer. Great score. And if your yellow one can be safely un-brutalized, you have a wet ride and a dry ride. Good for you!
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Nice finds, and welcome. Do they fit you? There both small for me (6' even), and if they're too small for you then maybe you can use them as trade bait to get an EM that fits.

I think it would be prohibitively expensive to bring the yellow one back to original components, assuming you can sort out what that was. Maybe just measure the rear dropouts and get a good looking, readily available group that fits, and allows you to ride hard and have fun.
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Ya gots to thicken the skin a little in this room, don't take it hard. A great deal of detailed knowledge here, and sometime a little attitude sauce on top.
Thanks Good to Know.
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Originally Posted by plodderslusk View Post
You got two very different beasts here. One is a great Nice weather showstopper and the other is a beater that will be a great everyday rider. That red bike With full Chorus is in amazing condition ! How anyone can be stupid enough to ride brakeless With those pedals is far beyond my comprehension ! Have fun With the seatpost on the beater , it looks stuck ?
Thanks for the info. The seat post is officially unstuck now.
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Originally Posted by Kevindale View Post
Nice finds, and welcome. Do they fit you? There both small for me (6' even), and if they're too small for you then maybe you can use them as trade bait to get an EM that fits.

I think it would be prohibitively expensive to bring the yellow one back to original components, assuming you can sort out what that was. Maybe just measure the rear dropouts and get a good looking, readily available group that fits, and allows you to ride hard and have fun.
They are on the small side for me. All my other bikes are 55 or 56. These look to be 53 or 54. I think I can mostly build up the yellow one with parts I already have.

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They are on the small side for me. All my other bikes are 55 or 56. These look to be 53 or 54.
Even if the seat tube and head tube look shorter than you're used to, measure the top tube. I don't know if it's the case with Eddy Merckx, but some brands (like LeMond) tend to build bikes with longer top tubes. If your bikes are built that way, they could fit even if you're used to a slightly taller frame.
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great find - I love the Chorus group, especially the RD with the correct DT shifters.
Are they Synchro or friction?
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great find - I love the Chorus group, especially the RD with the correct DT shifters.
Are they Synchro or friction?
It is a 6 speed friction.
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those are great shifters.
I'm shifting a 2nd gen Chorus RD with C-record DT friction and 8-sp Record cassette (130mm axle).
It is the best shifting I've ever experienced, and I know at least one other person who goes out of his way to find this combo.
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So I know this is petty, but it's a (one of many) pet peeve...

Can we stop referring to acquiring inanimate bicycles as "rescue"? You got a bicycle. It's not that dramatic and you didn't do it for some grand altruistic purpose.

Two merckx bikes at a thrift...sheesh. Congrats.

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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
So I know this is petty, but it's a (one of many) pet peeve...

Can we stop referring to acquiring inanimate bicycles as "rescue"? You got a bicycle. It's not that dramatic and you didn't do it for some grand altruistic purpose.
Hi KonAaron,

You did not see the bodega this bike was pulled out of. If you had, you would not be objecting to calling it a rescue. I also disagree that there was no drama. I was dodging homeless junkies in the alley where I parked, dealing with proprietors in a language I am only 18% fluent in and risking life and limb by just stopping there to get the bike. And... you have no idea what my purpose was/is for seeing a bike and rescuing it from its current situation. Therefore, I respectfully and completely reject your whole post and I will continue my quest to "rescue," liberate, salvage, release and unshackle the abused European race bikes of the world. Here is some advice for you... "Don't sweat the petty stuff" and consequently "Don't pet the sweaty stuff." (removing tongue from cheek now)



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Two merckx bikes at a thrift...sheesh. Congrats.
Thanks
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Beautiful machines!
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