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Old 05-31-19, 05:37 PM
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Best Garage Sale Day for Me Ever?

Possibly my best day ever. Started innocently enough, I picked up a decent Yakima bike rack that fits my camper, $10. Since I was already close to full up on bikes this trip, and its only week one, I figured I might just need that rack. Then I picked up a Trumpet, $5. Then the bikes started rolling in.

First pickup was a like new, zero wear, Trek 400. With a typical garage sale price. OK, why not. Then the big stop. Guy had a nice Merckx Century, TSX Columbus frame, mix of Dura Ace and Ultegra components. Next to it was a Litespeed Obed. Full Deore XT components. Very clean. Not typical garage sale prices, but the deal was a good one. So why not?

So far this trip I picked up a 1992 Trek 930, a 1984+/- Panasonic DX4000 (full arabesque), an unknown Mongoose MTB with full Deore XT, a pile of parts, and the finds today. I may have to dismantle the Panasonic to make room for any additional finds.....

Brought my cheapie Aldi work stand with me. Its come in handy!

I have already parted out the Mongoose (rattle can paint was dreadful), and I donated the Trek 930 to a local co-op. Just ran out of room!!

The Merckx has an awful stem on it, but I already picked up a nice Cinelli stem/drop bar combo, so that should be no problem. Headsets on the Litespeed and Merckx are both Chris King.


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Old 05-31-19, 05:40 PM
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OK, I posted this in the wrong place, I've asked for it to be moved.
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Great scores Bill, keep 'em coming!
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Friday garage sales? Or is it Saturday there? Nice stuff. Funny how that Merckx is called Century. Very unlike any bike they call "Endurance" these days but looks like much more fun to me.
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Cool, congrats! 👍 I'm biting my tongue, trying to wait till Monday. Not for a bike, so much as the gruppo on it. 😉
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
The Merckx has an awful stem on it, but I already picked up a nice Cinelli stem/drop bar combo, so that should be no problem.


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I will have to disagree about the awful stem on your Century. Here is the stem that was on a Century I bought as part of a packaged deal with my MX Leader Motorola Team bike.

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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
Great scores Bill, keep 'em coming!
Thanks! The challenge now is I am full. If another bike comes in, something has to leave. Right now, this means parting out the DX4000 and donating the frame. Then doing the same on the Trek 400. Its going to have to be something super special.
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Originally Posted by rjhammett View Post
I will have to disagree about the awful stem on your Century.

...+1. Here's the stem that came on a Bob Jackson tourer I bought a few years back. I wonder what gets into people ?


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Congrats on your finds! I went to 5 or 6 garage sales today, which yielded zip.
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Very nice. They seem to come in bunches, don't they?
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Dear God, those stems!

@wrk101, Bill, if you end up parting out the Merckx, that running gear is pretty much how I'm planning on outfitting my Corsa Extra when I finally put its C-record stuff in the vault (soon, I hope). Let me know if you want to make a package deal on it.

But please, not the stem!
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
Friday garage sales? Or is it Saturday there? Nice stuff. Funny how that Merckx is called Century. Very unlike any bike they call "Endurance" these days but looks like much more fun to me.
That's a great find, certainly worth several hundred dollars even at a garage sale.

I think of the Century model as the original endurance bike, if only because they explained exactly what the changes were to the Corsa that made it a Century.
They kept the geometry intact except for the seat tube angle, which shortened the reach, giving this bike a higher stack-to-reach ratio.

I was actually pretty far along in my life of cycling before realizing that my leg-to-height proportion was rather long, and that I needed such a bike, not because I wasn't fit enough to ride a typical RR bike without the stem raised to the limit. And when I found a bike with the right amount of forward reach, typically I'd have the seatpost raised right to the line.
My bike collecting actually started because I was always looking to find a better-fitting bike(!), and led to my having a preference for quite a few bikes of the gas-pipe variety (that tended to have closer to an "endurance" stack-to-reach ratio).
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Friday garage sales? Or is it Saturday there? Nice stuff. Funny how that Merckx is called Century. Very unlike any bike they call "Endurance" these days but looks like much more fun to me.
Around me, Friday is the normal starting day for garage sales, sometimes even on Thursday. By Saturday, most sales are closing by 1 or 2 o'clock because of nobody coming in. Sometimes there is a sale that is only on Saturday or Saturday/Sunday, but not often.
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Best I've done is a Repco Superlite for $50 once. LOL I didn't even use that frame.

I have come across some great bargains when I've had no money to spend on them though.
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The asking price at a yard sale was $25, but they quickly accepted my offer of $20. The original Campag. Gran Sport push rod front derailleur was shot (erosion of the square aluminum case, allowing excessive play in the cage when the cable was pulled), and it had a dull red paint job and one of those crummy padded vinyl saddles, but it had been upgraded to Nervar Star cranks. Of course, I spend a lot more on the paint job and the maroon Brooks Pro ... .

Having owned one Capo previously (given to me as a forkless bare frame plus cranks by a college pal, brought by me to riding/commuting condition, eventually crashed in a classic left-cross collision), I really wanted this one as soon as I noticed the head lugs and head tube badge. No one else at the yard sale had any idea what it was, other than a "sort of cool old bike."
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But what was the trumpet?
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But what was the trumpet?
I think it is a Bundy, not sure. Made in USA. Also bought a crazy ski waxing tool box/set up.

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Riser stems vrs. a rideable bike.

My two cents on the riser stems is to not throw stones, particularly when you don't know why the person did so, it could all be because a riser stem allowed them to ride the bike.

A lot of things could be at work there, age, injury, etc. Going into the drops is really just a now and then thing when I want to go fast for a bit, all the rest is on the top of the bars/hoods and the stem is up. A 67 year old body after spine surgery isn't a 27 hear old body. You adjust to what the body wants and you ride on. You don't and injury happens, sadly often permanent and then you have to live with it and its limitations. I even have a beautiful black Nitto riser stem to bring me up enough that the back doesn't hurt on my Panasonic Team 1200 Custom PICS bike and once cleared to ride again really look forward to the ride. It lets me ride the bike and that to me is what it's all about.

Better to ask and learn the story, there's always one there, it's their story about their bike, always a good story too.
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I need to hit the garage sales...
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Riser stems vrs. a rideable bike.

My two cents on the riser stems is to not throw stones, particularly when you don't know why the person did so, it could all be because a riser stem allowed them to ride the bike.

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Well, absolutely. I certainly wouldn't tease anyone about their stem; not to their face. I'm going to assume it's a comfort issue, and none of my business. But since the appearance of our vintage bikes is kind of a big deal to many of us, anything that departs that far from our own narrow, conservative tastes is worthy of comment.
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I certainly wouldn't tease anyone about their stem; not to their face.
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