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Old 05-12-19, 03:16 PM
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As bugs would say You're getting warmer doc finally got in a ride that wasn't a short errand, 14 km bringing me to 80 km total. Called my Mom to wish her Happy Mothers day and hit the road.



Alki Point looking north west-ish

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Ok here we go now, the banjos playing.

This is is my mysterious red machine, it was pulled off the fence at the coop, destined for the landfill. What the heck is that? French? The coop gurus asked me, lol. My best reply after taking a look at it was maybe German, Swiss? the bike just didn't look like anything French I recall. Don't know didn't really care, they were serious when they said dump. There's even a chance it could have gone to Africa, really this coop is quite the operation.

Back to the bike it's rattle can red whipes off with solvent. Completely gone through bb, hs, front and back all still user friendly. No rust!!!! As you have seen in a previous post I did have to preform fork adjustments, that worked out great. The drive side came forward about half inch, a little over. The nondrive about an 1/8". Surprisingly after the two simple tweaks the fork legs were equal. Hell yeah that was cool no further rake crap.

The seatpost and gooseneck were extracted with no issues the internals of the frame is bare steel, no rust. The front brake is Weinman 750, the rear is the Weinman 800. I've never seen that centerpull. Both calipers have Diacomp pads. The red dot levers ollo ollo has dated at least 1965, thanks Don, are very clean. Nary a scratch! The cable runs front, and back, actually work great and are very snappy on the release. In between of the two brakecable housings is a TA Specialties product it's supposed to control the cables but please it doesn't do a thing. I wrapped the cable with a loose spoke.I'll say it again I'm surprised, the back cable with the internal routing just gets me laughing.

This bike has all the Campy bits shifters, derailleurs front and back. The cable guides even a pump peg with a backer that I've also never seen before.

Nevar cranks but the set installed came from a Raliegh Sports, has Stronglight rings. Leotard pedals they need clips. The wheels don't look to be original. They are Weinman rims made in Belgium on 'Maillard hubs with the numbers 39-87. The skewers are labeled P1001.
I moved the pump peg to under the seatlug, the pump interference with the shifters brought that change about.

So after looking at it I think it's a Styer, much like the Ted Williams Sears Model. Though that looks close those only have chrome forks.

Test ride maybe tomorrow.

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Old 05-12-19, 06:38 PM
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I still need to clean the spokes.



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My prices, bike $20 (tax free), Ideal 80 saddle $10, frame pump $3, no idea where I got the seatpost other than the bin.
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Old 05-12-19, 07:13 PM
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Very nice!
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Old 05-13-19, 06:18 AM
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Those fork ends are sure down and dirty....
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Old 05-13-19, 04:35 PM
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This okay? I found it leaning against a tree with ants crawling over it. When I checked it out a second time a guy came out of his house and asked if I wanted it. Since he didn't want it anymore I said sure.

The chain cover (is that what it's called) is loose, it is a three speed with at least 2 of the gears still working. The left crank is loose, and there's generous amounts of rust. Tires are flat but they did inflate and look reasonably in good condition.

I don't know anything about 3 speeds so I am not keen on taking the rear hub apart because I might not be able to put it back.

Because I'm lazy I will try to do the minimum required to make sure the bike is able to stop and go. Then I'll try to see if it (and I) survive 100kms. If it does, then maybe I'll try to wash it and remove the rust. Okay maybe I will wash the seat and the grips before riding. Or at least wipe it down.

It is a bike from Sears, made in Poland.
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Old 05-14-19, 03:02 AM
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That may be the rustiest CC100 entrant ever. Excellent.
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Old 05-14-19, 11:37 AM
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^^ reminds me of when Dorothy first meets the Tinman... Good luck @rgvg don't endanger yourself -those tires look suspect not to mention the pervasive rust. I would be concerned about the cables and springs for brakes and shifting and the conditions inside that poor 3 speed hub. Definitely a candidate to Podium in the Rust bucket division of the Clunker Challenge
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Old 05-15-19, 01:04 AM
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OK, I'll bite... I've enjoyed reading some of these anyway, so maybe this time I can participate

Bought a Benotto 800 through Marketplace, in Amsterdam. I had to be in the neighborhood anyway to pick up a 2nd hand bike bag so off the train it was, bought the bike, biked to the adress for the bag, and on the train again. First 15 km in the pocket!
Had to replace the backtire (inner + outer) at the start, and halfway through bought new pedals. The old ones were terrible, some old kind of shimano PD-1550. Terrible with normal shoes...









Interestingly, the bike has a sticker from a shop here in Arnhem. The seller bought a bike lot from Zeeland, a province in Holland. Nowhere near Arnhem. So the bike has been around already

Parts are all over the place. Shimano 105 scratched brake levers, tourney brakes, even an ultegra wheel-close thingie in the front.

It rides suprisingly well, all said. Id'probably replace some stuff if I hit 100 kms but will keep most of the mishmash on this bike. Beacuse why not.

Total costs in euros:

bike 65
pedals 7
rear tire inner:3
rear tire outer: 10
Will probably pick up downtube shifters today, used 105s. Seller asked 15 so that's the end of my budget. Hope he has some spare cables with them
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Here is a update on 2 of my clunkers. I am up to 56.68 miles on the 1972 Raleigh sports. I have been putting Saddle soap on the weathered Brooks saddle, it is looking better but I don't know if it will ever soften up.

On the Specialized Hard rock sport I am at 30.21 miles, trying to do most of the riding on dirt roads and trails.


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Old 05-17-19, 09:57 AM
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It is a bike from Sears, made in Poland.
a PUCH, perhaps? My wife has a SEARS bike made in Austria. I assumed it's an old PUCH.
So that thingy sticking out of the IGH? Is that an oil port? I'm thinking it's not seen any oil anywhere on this bike in this millennium.
Nice find, by the way! ...as all free finds are nice. Looking forward to how this end up by the time you ride it 100k.

I think we are half way? Is that correct?

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Old 05-19-19, 11:24 AM
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Got in a quick, well semi-quick, 9 km this morning before spending time as the Not for profit Uber driver for my Daughter. Getting close now at a total of 90 km hope to finish next week and then I can upgrade the cockpit, pedals and bar tape. I still need to sort a saddle but I have a couple Brooks I can swap with other bikes.



Morning overcast


Goodies; taller stem, wider bars, platform pedals & bar tape


Dark blue to play off the Trek decal
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Who but @Mr. 66 could come up with such a classy Clunker for $33?

Further dating info: NR derailleur with Patent only is 1968-1969 mfr. VeloBase.com - Component: Campagnolo 1020/A, Nuovo Record v2 ("PATENT" only, w/ spring, solid rivets) Don
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Old 05-19-19, 08:17 PM
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And...

The banjos are playing, the final tweaks have been twonked, replaced the cranks for some of the same of a Raliegh Sports from the curb. Thankfully the original were English threading. Christophe Special toe lips have been added, the brake pads in back and readjusted the cable.

The test ride! Fails, two blocks the cotter pin on the NDS gives way. Dang the walk of shame back home.
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Nice Hart frame(ing) tool Don
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Old 05-21-19, 09:03 AM
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My shop time lately hasn't been on the Clunker Challenge - finding my long-lost Puch Royal X and putting it back on the road took priority. Then my father passed last week, which I will be dealing with for a while. All the same, I spent some time turning wrenches with my almost 12-year-old working on a drop bar conversion of a 24-in wheel Trek 800 from the early 90s, which led me to turn an eye to the '94-ish Bianchi Timber Wolf that was my other contender for this year's festivities. I never ever had a good feeling about the Bottechia, though I will probably finish assembling it for sheer bloody-mindedness, but the idea of having a beater suitable for accompanying my budding cross country runner took over.

I started with this, $14.99 at Salvation Army -


- and late last night when I couldn't sleep I went out to the workshop and poked through my parts bins and wound up with this -



- which necessitated some scrounging through parts I never touch to make it work. To wit, a SunRace 7-speed replacement shifter taken from a dead and abandoned Bianchi Ocelot (long gone!) coupled with a no-name shifter from a Magna or similar XMart bike thrown in at a yard sale. We'll be generous and assign $1 each to the shifters and $5 for the used SunRace rear derailleur removed from a bike I paid $50 for.



It helps that I had some dramatically nicer wheels lying around, and I will assign to them, tires and cassette the value I paid for the whole bike they came on - $15. Brake levers came from some long-dead trash-picked carcass, and the ghastly bar-tape was originally either the bottom or middle layer of tape on a DBS someone gave me eight or nine years ago. I did have to use a new brake cable for the rear, so that's another $3. The saddle came on a $10 junkyard find complete bike, so call it $1. Scavenged used cables we'll call $1. The SR randonneur bend bars were a whopping $10, and we'll give the stem the same value.

So we're at $61.99 - but it feels like it will actually work and not be such an awful bike. There's enough in the budget for some bar tape and something other than hastily shaved bottle corks for bar plugs. And if I successfully removed the damaged mounting bolt from the left side, I have a set of Shimano Altus shifters that could replace these for $0, which is tempting. It's a much better feeling bike than the Bottechia, and I might actually be able to get the miles in before deadline on this one. Fingers crossed!
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Sorry for your Loss @rustystrings61, I went through that in 2012. Peace.

Nice looking Bianchi btw, I did last years challenge on an Ibex
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A little late to the party but here's my entry - 1973 Schwinn Super Sport.

Bought for $30 at local estate auction.

Stripped it down, cleaned, polished and repacked bearings.

New Kenda tires, tubes and rimstrips $29 including shipping from Bikesmiths.

Yellow tape was $10 from Amazon, I would have preferred the original Hunt Wilde type but that was $40 (!) on ebay.

Shorty Wald fenders, two used inner cables, toe clips and straps all from my parts bin, figure $15 value. Total cost $84.

Just finished reassembly, still needs some fine tuning but plan to start putting on the miles tommorow.





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Old 05-24-19, 05:43 PM
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Im inspired. Off to scour the area for a potential project...
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A little late to the party but here's my entry - 1973 Schwinn Super Sport.

Bought for $30 at local estate auction.

Stripped it down, cleaned, polished and repacked bearings.

New Kenda tires, tubes and rimstrips $29 including shipping from Bikesmiths.

Yellow tape was $10 from Amazon, I would have preferred the original Hunt Wilde type but that was $40 (!) on ebay.

Shorty Wald fenders, two used inner cables, toe clips and straps all from my parts bin, figure $15 value. Total cost $84.

Just finished reassembly, still needs some fine tuning but plan to start putting on the miles tommorow.



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Although there was a curious absence of cheering crowds and podium girls I did actually finish the clunker Challenge today. Got a ride in along Alki before the rains come this afternoon. The trusty Trek 520 Cirrus took me a total of 105 km, my only complaint was the Stock Vetta saddle which required me to wear cycling bibs under shorts to make it tolerable for anything longer than about a 3 km ride. Some upgrades in store but for now it will go into dry dock.



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Last Saturday I made a 15 mile ride to a Gas station/store that closed down in the 1970s it was pretty out dated when it closed. I thought it would be a good place for some photos of my 1972 Raleigh Sports. I have now put 71.80 miles or 115.55 KM on the bike. The area I live in is vary flat so it is a nice area to ride an old 3 speed. I paid 5.00 for the bike , aired up the tires , greased the bearings and oiled the rear hub, the bike didn't need any parts. I shined the chrome and tires, I like the patina look so I just cleaned the painted parts saving the rust.
Old Gas station closed down in the 1970s


Old car i spotted on the way.




The bike where I found it.


A nice old Lady used to sit behind the counter by the window on the left.
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Here is another clunker I have been working on and riding, I am late posting most of the miles are on it now. I got the bike from a bicycle bone yard along with 4 other bikes for 25.00 I have greased the wheel and crank bearings, still need to do the head set. replaced the back tire and tube with a good used one from a yard sale, replace the rear brake cable and chain with ones from a frame that i found in the trash. Most of the other cables were froze up but I was able to save them. I have put 51.36 miles on the bike so far.
Where I found the bike.


The day I got it home.


The crank bearings were a little over due for service.


All cleaned up.




The center frame was the rear brake cable and chain donor.


First ride.


Pine River
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I set out on a ride to surpass the 100 K mark, but 3.5 miles into the ride my wife called me with an emergency at home , so I turned around and went home,. I road 7.67 miles today , so I am now at 59.03 miles, just over 3 miles to go. Here are 2 photos from a ride a few days ago and 3 from todays ride.
This building used to be a dairy , my Grandpa drove Milk truck for them.


Some yard art along my ride.


Memorial Day ride to the Tridge.


Muddy waters from all the rain we have had.
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