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Old 09-19-20, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
Interesting find as rookie at this will give serious bonus status if you can manage to ride 100km on a FFS type 2 drive train. As for dating the bike is 81-82 made in Japan by Panasonic but could be US built would need to sea numbers to be sure.
The 4 digit date number on the head badge ends in 9. There is a sticker on the bike that says made in China.
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My wife works at the Salvation Army Thrift store, when she came home from work Friday she told me they got a bike in, she couldn't remember much about it. She was pretty sure it was a ladies bike because she was pretty sure it didn't have a top bar. The only thing she knew for sure was it had a big seat and a bag hanging under the seat, they couldn't get the zipper open on the bag but it had something in it. She was not the one that priced it but thought it was 10 or 12 dollars because it was pretty rusty. So Saturday morning I was there when they opened to see what it was, turned out to be a Schwinn World Tourist, I thing it is a 1989 but not sure, the 4 digit date code ends in 9. The bike is in better condition than I expected , with just rust spots on the chrome and was vary dusty. It has a front free wheel I had never heard of a front free wheel, its kind of odd seeing the chain rings and chain going around even when costing. I found out some of the World Tourist were made by Giant but I don't know if this one was, the serial number starts with SA and the bike was made in China. By the looks of the tires the bike has had vary little use. All it needed was air in the tires, I don't even need to change the seat hight. The price was 11.00, I got the bag open and it had a rain jacket in it, I was hopping it would have some tools and an extra tube. Before going home I road 7 miles, then went home and spent some time cleaning it, it cleaned up good. Today I put another 13.3 miles on it.



I have road this bike for 8 days in a row, that is everyday since I bought it. The bike is as good as the day the original owner got it at Wesley's Bicycle shop in Saginaw Michigan. It is the worst riding bike shop bike I have ever been on, not much fun to ride if you are going more than a mile or 2. The longest ride was 13.30 miles and the shortest was 6.32 miles after 8 rides I am now at 103.53 km So I spent 11.00 on the bike and the only thing I done to it is clean it up




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☹️8 days of the worst! I glad it is over. It looks nice. Maybe it mak s someone else happy. I will beware Salvation Army bikes.
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After two weeks of not even being able to step onto the porch without my eyes burning from the smoke, we got a good rain yesterday and like a miracle the air is fresh enough to enjoy being outside today!



This is the first chance I've had to get my clunker out on the road. I took a 14 mile tour of the western suburbs, heading along my usual commuting route (which I haven't used in six months) and then winding back through some back roads in the as-yet undeveloped area south of Hillsboro.

I thought there was a real chance that I might genuinely like this bike, and that may still happen with some mechanical adjustments and improved saddle position, but I have to admit being initially disappointed. By the end of the ride, it was distinctly growing on me. Maybe it's just being out of the house for the first time in two weeks, but I definitely enjoyed the ride. It's been a long time since I've ridden a bike with flat bars. I gave them up because they gave me wrist pain on anything over a 30 minute ride. I was hoping this bike would have enough sweep back to avoid that, and I think it does. In the first mile, the shifting felt great but the brakes seemed sketchy. Over the rest of the ride those impressions were entirely reversed as I ground through the hard outer later of the brake pads (should have sanded them down to start with) and the derailleur decided it was going to jump around a bit whenever I applied much power to the pedals. (I think there may be a part missing because the cage started leaning in toward the spokes as the ride went on.)

My first photo op was the the Our Lady of Peace Retreat, just down the road from my house.



A pleasant but decidedly un-photo-worthy route through neighborhood streets led me to the intersection of Rosa Road and River Road. The county is adamant that this is a dead end street.



Google Maps says otherwise, but the Google Street View is exactly like when you're playing a video game and you get to the edge of the map.



As it turns out, @gugie and I explored this road recently and found it to be a pleasant stretch of gravel road behind a private golf course. It was definitely my favorite part of the ride today.





At the other end of the road, the county had not changed their story.



Before I knew, I was back in my storybook suburban neighborhood.



And, all too soon, back home.

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I'm not big on kickstands, but I think it would be appropriate on that bike.

And lose the eggbeater pedals, go platform. This is a quick grocery store run bike. Heck, a Wald basket would look sweet on it.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
I'm not big on kickstands, but I think it would be appropriate on that bike.

And lose the eggbeater pedals, go platform. This is a quick grocery store run bike. Heck, a Wald basket would look sweet on it.
You're definitely right about the kickstand. I've still got the one that came with this bike and have been meaning to put it back on.

The egg beaters are there because they came from the Box O' Crap and I want to use as many BoC parts on this build as I could.

As for the Wald basket, I don't have room in the budget for that. Maybe after the challenge.
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Hmm, so does the affinity for the recycling bin mean your bike is proud to be made from recycled parts or that it’s destined for the bin after accumulating 100k miles—or both?

BTW, that’s one of those photos that makes it look like your fork is bent!
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
BTW, thatís one of those photos that makes it look like your fork is bent!
Oh, it was bent, by me! Was 95mm OLD, now 100mm.
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Hmm, so does the affinity for the recycling bin mean your bike is proud to be made from recycled parts or that itís destined for the bin after accumulating 100k milesóor both?
Probably both, but definitely the former.



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BTW, thatís one of those photos that makes it look like your fork is bent!
I've only got one bike with a fork that isn't bent.

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Completed the last of 100k this morning.

1990 Stumpjumper (base model w/complete Deore DX group):......$40.00
Rear shifter cable:......................................................................$3.00
Scavenged rear derailleur adjuster bolt:....................................... $3.00
Oury grips...............................................................................$15.00
Total.......................................................................................$61.00

It rides as well as every Stumpy owner says they do. It will be hard to part with. I'm keeping my 2020 Clunker Fail. I can't keep this one too.

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Classtime Congrats, If I lived closer I would take that sweet stumpy off your hands, I have my eyes peeled for a Rock Hopper

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45km on the Shogun 2-speed
It's been a long time since I've ridden flats for any distance. My feet kept coming off the pedals. It was annoying to the point that I forgot about the hop in the rear wheel.

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The Definition of Cheating and Metaphysical Identity

In August 2020, I bought a 1978 Raleigh Super Course with almost entirely original components (including a 115mm GB stem that caught my eye) for CND$120 (then equivalent to US$90.47); perhaps I should have stopped there and just ridden my 100km. Instead, I succumbed to temptation and took a much darker path – I decided to gild the lily (did I mention that the Super Course was Gold?), no doubt at this point I should show you the fine bicycle I acquired, before we dive into this stem-winder of a tale:


As purchased, after the pedals and ratty bar tape were removed

The handlebar tape was trash, so I replaced it with some used white PU “leather” tape I had bought at the bike co-op ($2, total CND$122), and I added some flashy gold valve stem caps I ordered last year from China ($1.50, total CND$123.50). Then I began removing parts for resale, including:
  • Suntour Bar Con Shifters, Cyclone GT RD, Compe-V FD and 14-28 freewheel
  • Raleigh-branded SR crankset and chainrings
  • Raleigh-branded Weinmann brake levers and calipers
  • Raleigh Italienne handlebar
  • Original Suede Saddle and Raleigh-branded SR seatpost
  • Weinmann A124 concave rims laced to Atom hubs
  • Reynold 531 Reynolds frame and hi-tensile fork
and I threw in the cables, housings, chain and pedals. Happily, these parts assembled together well with an SR 80mm stem (actually what was specified for this bicycle in the 1978 Raleigh catalog, and is circled below) that I had bought from the bike co-op for $6, and I sold the assembled parts for CND$450. See below the assembly of removed parts that was sold:


Assembly of used parts removed (and added stem)

As a result of this sale, my budget became: US$6.45 (what remained after I had spent the equivalent of US$93.55), plus CND$444 (CND$450 less the CND$6 cost of the added stem) , equivalent to US$336.33; for a total of US$342.78 available to spend. To the retained 115mm GB Stem I have added the following:
  • Campagnolo DT friction shifter: CND$20 (it may be 20g heavier than the Shimano 600 Arabesque one that I bought for $5, but it sits just below the Campagnolo sticker on the frame... and some standards must be maintained, even among cheaters)
  • Suntour Cyclone II M-GT RD and ARX FD: CND$15
  • Shimano 600 Arabesque crankset and crankrings: FREE (pulled from the recycling bin at the bike co-op because the rings required straightening and the removal threads required chasing)
  • Suntour Superbe brake levers: FREE (the pivot pins had been damaged/lost, so I had to make replacements) and Shimano Tourney centerpull brake calipers (junky, but they are blue mink to match): CND$5
  • Brand New Kool Stop salmon brake shoes: US$8
  • SR Randonneur handlebars: CND$10 from the bike co-op
  • Avocet Touring 1 saddle and SR Laprade fluted seatpost: CND$10 from the bike co-op
  • Shimano 600 wheelset and salvage tires: CND$35 from the bike co-op
  • 1976 Raleigh Professional Mk IV frame and fork: CND$280
  • miscellaneous used cables, housings, stops, clamps, bottom bracket, pedals and chain: CND$12
The additions total to: CND$387 (equivalent to US$293.16), plus the US$8 for the brake shoes), so I have US$41.62 left to spend before I hit the $100, but I still need to tape those handlebars...and I no longer have flashy valve stem caps!

All of this reminded me of the discussion from my college Metaphysics course where we discussed whether a thing was still the same thing if you gradually replaced all of its parts. Only the GB stem remains from the original bike I bought... something to ponder as I ride my 100km (with my beaming grin). Here is a snap of my $58 Raleigh Professional Mk IV after my shakeout ride (I am seriously considering splurging to replacing the denim “strapping” that holds the rear brake housing to the top tube, but it is hard to deny denim from worn Levi’s also seems to go with blue mink, in a klunky sort of way):

The more things change, the more they stay the same (please excuse the gaping underseat bag where the camera is kept)

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Old 09-22-20, 05:47 AM
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RandomTandem my head hurts after reading that convoluted tale but that could just be a lack of coffee. Nice parts swap
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RandomTandem's post above should be a sticky to illustrate the finer points of bike junkie math. It's a textbook-quality example!
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I have completed the build/assembly/work out the kinks portion of the challenge. Life, and a few other setbacks have delayed the process, but now I feel like I am ready to start putting some miles on the clunker.
I cleaned/rebuilt the front brakes, put on a different style straddle cable and "bridge", cleaned/lubed the rear derailleur, put on a new chain, installed nice chainrings (the ones that were on it were beat), found some barely used (but with some cracking issues) Continental Town & Country 26 x 2.1 tires that I hoped would fit in the frame/fork at the bike thrift store (picked up a tube at the same time), put on a blingy Rock Ring chainring protector, swapped out the bottle cage (the one on the bike when I got it was cracked), put on some bar end handle grip things, installed some olde school mtb plastic toe clips and straps. I might put some used bar wrap on the handlebars, as grabbing onto the bare bar is a little uncomfortable. I hope I can deal with that ultra-clunker saddle for 100km.

So far I have ridden it about 1/4 mile around my back yard.

Here's my balance sheet as of right now. Prices are based on what the local bike thrift store charged me (rounded up to show tax paid), what they charge for similar parts, or based on "I could not get twice the price for this at the few swap meets I dragged this part to, so I am halving my price and using that number.

$20 purchase price
$6.50 two Continental Town & Country 26 X 2.1 tires, used, from thrift store (2 x $3 +tax)
$3.25 one tube from thrift store ($3 + tax)
$13 chain, new KMC 8.1, from bike shop ($12 + tax)
$5 Rock Ring & mounting bolts, from parts pile (installed strictly for style points)
$15 three chainrings (3 x $5), from parts pile
$5 handlebar end grab-onto thingies, pair, from parts pile
$2 shimano cable guide hanger, front, from parts pile
$2 new straddle cable, front from parts pile
$3 used shifter cable, from parts pile
$5 pair used toe clips & straps, from parts pile
$3 water bottle cage, from parts pile
$2 crank bolt dust caps, from parts pile
$84.75

I have a little wiggle room remaining, so if I need a tube or something, I should still make it under $100.

As purchased:



As assembled for the Clunker Challenge:






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Ok, so after a few more laps of the back yard, I decided to dig a used, dirty, faded, torn piece of handlebar wrap out of the garbage can, and "reverse wrap" it (so that the dirty/faded part is being wrapped over) on the outer sections of the bars. Looks ok and feels better than just the bare bar.
I feel I am being overly generous at valuing these pieces of used, dirty, faded, torn wrap at $.25, and that is mostly taking into account that I did use some electrical tape for the ends.
So now I am at an even $85.

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Very XTreme bike for 20 bucks! Good tires, and those toe clips will protect your toes in the rock gardens where your Rock Ring is needed. Cool Clunker. The stem is my favorite part.

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I rode 71km today to bring the total to 78.5km, only 11.5km to go (that's only 5,361 more hops to go, but who's counting?).
I rode another 55km on my 1982 Bridgestone Regulus klunker (taking us well past the 100km threshold), and introduced my erstwhile steed to its new life of craphounding:



30kms on I stopped to examine and acquire a 25" 1981 Schwinn Super Le Tour that has been set up with a Shimano Inter 7 Nexus coaster brake hub. To get home we pulled the Schwinn on Regulus' new towing hook for 25km:

After more than 150km on this klunker, I look forward to replacing the rear wheel with a replacement that is closer to round, and replacing the butterfly handlebars some regular drop handlebars, but, as usual, it was also a great ride.

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I am with you in spirit, in budget, as I just bought last Saturday, a Cannondale M 300, which was grimy and needed air in the tires, some cleaning, some love, and to be ridden. Might be short of 100 km, because of one week of Mom's pre-surgery quarantine on Friday morning. But won't quite officially put this entry in because of possibly not quite making 100KM. Do have around 15K on it in the first almost 5 days. Total investment so far, $65 and some elbow grease. It's a nice ride, and nimble and comfortable. Will get to ride again next Thursday with luck and Mom doing fine.
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I came full circle with this years Clunker having sold it and made a tidy $100 profit (thank you Covid?) I actually drove out to deliver the bike which I never do but I fear this market is collapsing

Thanks for the memories Univega Hybrid...

post clunker with new chain cassette grips and rack
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1st of hopefully two clunkers!

Picked this up off fleaBay for $86. Trying to find cable/housing + new chain for $14 to stay in this and make the riding pleasurable LOL.

Using for work ride basically as is. 1986 prelude with 27" wheels and cyclone mechs. Rides a treat even as is. Also have an 89 lude dressed up with Shimano rsx brifters 3x7. This version is a little more relaxed geometry. Slightly small, big picture would want longer reach stem and longer seat post.

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I came full circle with this years Clunker having sold it and made a tidy $100 profit (thank you Covid?) I actually drove out to deliver the bike which I never do but I fear this market is collapsing

Thanks for the memories Univega Hybrid...
The afternoon I got home from completing my 100k on my '69 Raleigh Sprite 5-speed COVID build, I listed it on CL and sold it that evening for $100. Seemed like the holistic thing to do.

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Originally Posted by ryansu View Post
I fear this market is collapsing
It looks that way here as well, bike prices have tumbled and most of the bikes left have been listed for quite awhile. The brand new WalMart beach cruisers that were selling for twice retail a few weeks are now languishing on local CL and FB Marketplace even though now priced below original retail. The $200 Schwinn Sprints, Travelers, etc are dropping to $100 or less which is still too much but prices are coming down.The "C & V" pickings seem to have dried up for now too. Although I did snag a decent '85 Raleigh Competition for reasonable money last week.
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Hoods and tape cost me $32 with shipping, so that's how much I'm into this one for.




I put 47 kilometers on it yesterday. The ride quality was impressive. A middle-of-the-line bike with butted cro-mo main tubes and high-ten fork; it was comfortable, responsive, and predictable.
The tires, marked "27x1," measure at 23mm wide. It's been at least two decades since I rode on tires this narrow. They made me a little nervous when riding pavement with wide cracks in it and, pumped up to 80 pounds to avoid pinch flats, a bit uncomfortable on the gravel portion of the ride, but they handled the packed gravel/dirt just fine.



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