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Old 01-14-19, 10:47 AM
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I often dump parts at a particular shop of which has always left the back bins available to me. Much as the owner respects the old classics, he has zero interest to sell, restore or time for any of it.

Anyways, this '72ish Witcomb WO-1 tt racer was donated and the bike shop owner surprised me with it.

I did the usual full service and preservation. No paint rework.




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Old 01-14-19, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by fleslider View Post
The Best free ones.. there was two at the same time from the same person.

My brother @tuna has a friend that her uncle passed away and had some of his stuff in a storage unit. she was cleaning it out and he had two bikes in there that needed to go. She knew my brother liked old bikes so she offered them to him, both bikes were too big for him but more my size. so he passed down these two bikes to me. The uncle was the original owner of both these bikes and had good taste in my book!



1974 Raleigh Professional



1974 Paramount P10
When they wheeled those bikes out of the storage unit, my jaw just dropped. I was expecting some old Roadmasters, not TWO Campy equipped race bikes. I knew they would be in good hands with @fleslider and he'd be able to actually ride them! I'm tall but not that tall!!
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Old 01-14-19, 11:01 AM
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Couple of years ago my brother in law, a real trash picker, found this frame in a pile of old bikes and scrap metal in a back alley. He did ask the guy, and took home two bikes and this...

After stripping off the ugly green spray paint, and applying a bucket load of $$$, a 1973 Raleigh Super Course emerged.


Well, at least the frame was free.
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Old 01-14-19, 11:05 AM
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I've found/received a lot of free bikes over the years, but this is probably the cleanest. '92 XO-3. All I did was add the rack and bars.

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Old 01-14-19, 11:52 AM
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A fellow that I know dropped this early Carlton Pro off in my back yard one day. Sadly, after being forced into early retirement, I felt that I had to sell the bike. WHAT A MISTAKE..!
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Old 01-14-19, 12:37 PM
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The original owner of this 1950 Raleigh Clubman listed it on Boston's CL and was about to give it to me for free, but I insisted he take $20.

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After much OA treatment and lots of polishing:
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Old 01-14-19, 01:53 PM
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Probably these 'Doc' Morton tandem track hubs. Hand turned billet-alu hubs, an anomaly in the era of steel hubs, back in the days of the 'sixes'. He guided Canadian cycling through 5 decades as a racer, frame builder, coach and head mechanic for many Canadian track riders.
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Old 01-14-19, 02:44 PM
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This was free


Restoring it, certainly was not

1982 Champione del Mondo

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Old 01-14-19, 02:55 PM
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I still have this Puch Bergmeister that my neighbor let me grab from his bulky pick-up pile. It's not objectively valuable, but it was priceless as an intro to doing my own repairs and refurbishments.

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Here's mine. 1974 Cinelli Speciale Corsa, given to me by my friend's uncle who was the original owner. On top of this, I found out that the uncle rode this on the 1978 Davis Double Century, which I also rode. In fact our times weren't that different so we probably saw each other during the ride.


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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
I often dump parts at a particular shop of which has always left the back bins available to me. Much as the owner respects the old classics, he has zero interest to sell, restore or time for any of it.

Anyways, this '72ish Witcomb WO-1 tt racer was donated and the bike shop owner surprised me with it.

I did the usual full service and preservation. No paint rework.




Great recovery and rehabilitation of the Witcomb!
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My local LBS who put up with me drooling on his display cases as a teenager and now, as a shop ghost.
Latest C&V items, this 1980’s Park truing stand and a lone Raleigh wheel cover. But modern stuff is big time.
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Old 01-14-19, 07:28 PM
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Old 01-15-19, 08:11 AM
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The one that meant the most to me was, of all things, a Mirycle mirror.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
Today was close to the best, free Routens frame with BB and HS that he was going to scrap and it's small for me so we'll see.
I ride a 21”, *hint* *hint*




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Old 01-16-19, 12:11 AM
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Eisentraut Rainbow, from an old friend just a few months before he passed away. The first pic is when I got it, the second pic is recent.



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1970 Cinelli SC with full Spence Wolfe Alpine kit, by the owner, with the bill of sale. Unridden since about 1973. Too big for me to ride, but a keeper and show bike forever.
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Old 01-16-19, 07:12 AM
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jjames1452 gave me this 1986 Schwinn Tempo frameset. It became one of my favorite bikes.
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1971 Stella Mid level bike
Nothing too special , but a real nice riding bike. A close friend asked me if I wanted it and I took it. It had not been ridden since the late seventies so I had to take it apart and clean / replace cables etc. We used to be riding buddies in the seventies post Viet Nam era. I wish it were a larger frame but the extra long seat post that came with it helps. I found an Ideal saddle for it at Eroica a couple of years ago that is now on it. I wrote about it on my blog joesvintageroadbikes.wordpress
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Old 01-16-19, 07:30 AM
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The 1969 Magneet that Poguemahone gave me back in 2006. I rebuilt it as a state-of-the-art-1972 touring bike and have been riding it ever since. I think my cyclometer has better than 7500 miles on it now. It's due in the next couple of weeks for a complete teardown, and replacing the Weinman center pulls with Mafacs.

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Old 01-16-19, 08:09 AM
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I don't think it was exactly C&V when I got it, this Fuji Professional is the best freebie that comes to mind. I was working in a shop and had built one of good customers a beautiful Cramerotti cyclocross bike. It was his frame and I just assembled it per his instructions, with a little input from me. A week or so after he picked up the bike he comes into the shop with his Fuji Pro, sans wheels. I asked what he needed done to it, and he said nothing he just wanted me to have it for doing such a great job on his Cramerotti build. He was a great guy and for some reason despite there being a more experienced mechanics in the shop he usually insisted I do his work. Maybe it was my passion or he just wanted to make sure I got to work on something other than Huffus and Univegas

I put the HF hubbed Mavic wheels on it along with the longer stem, wider bars and seatpost. Sadly someone got away with the orginal SR pedals and other take off parts. It was a great riding bike and I put lots of fun miles on it but alas it was just too small, so I sold here a few years ago. I think it lives in Ill. now, perhaps I'll get to see it at the Coppi ride.

These are not the wheels I usually used on this bike, I had built HF hubs onto silver Mavic Montherly Route rims, solid but still nice riding wheels. These are HF hubs on Ambrosio rims.
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One frame was free (Nishiki) the other frame I paid $15. (Centurion Comp) . The guy I got the frames from wanted to sell me both but all I wanted was the Comp so he gave me the Nishiki . Both were just a frame no fork or anything

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1970 Cinelli SC with full Spence Wolfe Alpine kit, by the owner, with the bill of sale. Unridden since about 1973. Too big for me to ride, but a keeper and show bike forever.
Ok, you know the drill," pics or it didn't happen".
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There are some pretty nice freebies here.

Some kind BF members have sent me various components, for which I am grateful. The biggest freebie? This past year a co-worker gave me a complete 9-sp Ultegra gruppo, including wheels with Open Pro tires. Not exactly C&V. I'm not sure what to do with it. My only 130mm frame is the Thommasini which currently carries an 8-spd friction setup with Campy derailleurs. I don't really want to take it apart.
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