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Old 09-26-20, 07:43 PM
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I got this Huffy Sportsman 3 speed a couple weeks ago at a yard sale for 5.00 . It was missing handle bars and front brakes, but I had the spare parts on hand. It was made around 1964 in England by Raleigh for Huffy. Someone had changed the SA back wheel for a 3 speed Shimano wheel the threads in the shift cable were not compatible with the original shifter so I put a spare SA back wheel that I had on the bike. I cleaned the frame up and road the bike 6.6 miles today. I need to put front brakes on it and grease the bearings before riding it much more. Photos from the day I got it and todays ride.




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Complete and ready to ride!
That's a good looking bike! What's it doing in this competition?
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I took my Clunker for a ride today.



Then I rode the bike. ;-) This was my second ride. I rode the first section of the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway from Rood Bridge Park to Fernhill Wetlands, then took a slightly different route back, about 24 miles in total, brining me up to 60 kilometers.

I forgot that there were some adjustments I wanted to make after the last ride. The only thing I did was re-inflate the tires and ride, so I had to deal again with the slightly out-of-adjustment bottom bracket, slipping gears, too far forward saddle, and as you may notice in the pictures gradually increasing saddle tilt, not to mention still no kickstand. :-O



This old building is one of my favorite sights along the TV Bikeway, and a fitting backdrop for this bike.


Oak Knolls Winery and Tasting Room.


This way


A lot of farm land on this route


Put a bird on it!


Wetlands


I overcorrected the saddle tilt.


'Merica!


Sun power!

I'm hoping I remember to make the mechanical adjustments before my next ride, but even if I don't this bike is definitely growing on me.
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Peugeot P8

So, it occurs to me that I paid $80 for, as it turns out, is a 1982 Peugeot P8 in 2017(?). I was living in NJ and found this on Craigslist


Recent photo, little to no work done.
After some issues with other old bikes (stuck stems, losing bearings, stuck seatposts, bloody knuckles, and grease on the living room carpet) I was a little gun shy about tackling this. Then the COVID clunker challenge rolls around and...why not.


Holy crap! The seatpost and stem came right out! Without a hammer!
So, after bearings, brake and shifter cables, and 1 tube (all of which came out of my drawer oí crap) I figure $10 in parts is safe. Grease and PB Blaster are free, right? So Iím at $90. Hereís hoping that 38 year old ďmade in FranceĒ tires hold up!


Post shakedown ride around the block last night.
I think itís about 1 size too small. Which is odd, since I pretty much always ride a 54cm, which the frame claims this is


Sticker under bottom bracket
Iíve heard it said that everyone needs a gas pipe French frame in their Arsenal! Might as well use if for a clunker challenge. The only real problem is the rear wheel isnít perfectly true, and rubs on the brake nicely every time the wheel goes around. I guess itís just letting me know it hasnít fallen off yet. Hereís to 100km!
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First ride, broken chain

Soooo


Crap
crap on a stick. One of the outer links was cracked, so I figured this was coming. Something like a half mile walk (purposefully didnít go far). Might just take a link out (I think it was long anyway) but I do have an $8 chain I bought. Weíll see how surgery goes. 4km down, haha!


Before the break
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Well if my math is correct we have until into the second week of November before the 100 days of the challenge are up, My work contract ended at the close of September so that leaves me with some time on my hands in the short run and look what wondered across my path for $50 yesterday. A 1986, near as I can tell, Shogun prairie breaker I. I have been looking for a old Rockhopper but when I saw the biplane fork, bullmoose bars and thumbies in a bike my size I couldn't pass it up. The tires are mismatched and differing widths 2.125 in back and 1.5 up front but after lots of looking I did find some Schwable Jet city tires that would keep me (barely) under budget so if I can't stand the tires I can swap them out. This will be clunker # 2 in a year with the theme of bike brands I have never had in my stable before - Univega and Shogun.


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I have greased the headset and front wheel , but have not been able to get the crank bolts out so far. i have had the bike on a few short rides and am at 30.79 miles

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Supercourse Fondo A Go-Go, or

100km in one shot!

Yesterday morning, I woke up before dawn, checked my tire pressure, pulled on my kit, ate a bowl of oatmeal, and met a couple friends to ride 100km.

Running with Giants.

We had a typical Ohio fall day, with a frost advisory until 9 and afternoon temperatures in the low 60's.

43įF mostly cloudy with moody clouds.

On the way out, I learned where the Suntour V GT Luxe derailleur liked the Simplex prestige levers to be during gear changes. I also learned that the cooler temperatures shrink the aluminum bars and clamp enough that riding on the hoods would move the bars on me more easily than I like, especially over the bumpy and occasionally root-raised asphalt of the trails. I rode on the ramps or in the drops instead. It also became clear to me that while my hands might not lose all feeling in the cold, my joints will certainly move slower. We had a unanimous vote to buy a warm beverage when the opportunity arose.

Old whistle stop diner, basically halfway. Excuse the NDS shot.
The diner's coffee was excellent black, by diner standards. The clouds began thinning enough for the sun to start shining through. It was pleasant. Our destination was less than a mile away.
This destination was the goal.
I had intended to try some glamor shots with the bike in and around the bridge, but we were behind (a rather optimistic and frankly brutal) schedule. I took a couple pictures of the headbadge in nice light instead.

Glamour headshot.
We had a nice chat with a Senior walking his dogs at the park. His dachshund gave my rear tire a sniff and a short bark, which the gentleman translated as his dog telling me she likes my bike. He asked us where we came from and staggered when we told him we'd come from Columbus. "That's got to be 30 miles away! You guys must want to live to be 100!" We chatted for a few more minutes, then started the return leg. My GPS watch was running low on battery, so I started recording on my phone. My watch died about a quarter of the way back, so I'm glad I did; I needed to have a proof of my ride! A steady 6 mph quartering wind had picked up as well, first from the south, then later the north.
Returning to Columbus involved plenty of deceptive "invisible" climbs. Our route utilized the extensive and expanding network of MUPs that typically follow waterways, and now we were returning upstream. Just before the steepest incline of the ride, I realized my seatpost had been slipping imperceptibly, and I had lost 1-1.5 cm of height. I was really regretting not bringing an adjustable wrench along now. I weighed my options, then decided to add some zig-zags to my seatpost, for optimal pedaling efficiency when I really needed it.
Not long after that, I noticed my rear tire had gone flat after a section of the trail that uses an overpass that is always glittering with broken glass. My fellow riders were on Gatorskins and were happy their stiff, heavy tires fended off the sparkling shards. I was happy that I (as usual) had my flat kit and the frame pump.
About 9km from home my buddies peeled off to grab some lunch and a few beers. I had already finished my electrolyte mix, half a 500mL bottle of water, an apple and two Rxbars over the ride, but now my leg muscles were still threatening to cramp, with another two climbs left. I wished I still had bananas at home. The last bit I took easy, and rode in my small ring (I've turned in my "hard cyclist" card already &#128546 while stretching my muscles as best as I could. My children were outside playing and ran to hug me. I didn't mind trying to stay standing as they ran into me.

She might not look tired, but I was!

😬 Seatpost slipped down during the ride, now i have zig-zags. Boo.

I've decided that if I can ride this bike for 100km comfortably, then I'll keep it. I'm not entirely happy with the reach on the handlebars, but I'm sure that more time refining lever placement will help that.

I'm not sure how to account for the frame pump, as it's not permanently attached to the bike, and I routinely carry a pump of some sort and a toolkit for flats or other minor mechanical problems. Including that cost will put me over $100.

TLR
I rode the Supercourse for 110km in one go. I like the bike (and love the color) and will keep her in the stable. I couldn't tighten the 12mm nuts for my slipping handlebars and seatpost, and I had a flat.

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Old 10-06-20, 02:09 PM
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Great SuperCourse clunker!
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I decided for my second Clunker this year to have a theme - Combo Challenge! This Saturday the annual Coffeenuring challenge kicks off so I am going to ride the Shogun Prairie breaker a long way to coffee over the next few weeks. This week in addition to letting my lungs recover from the horrible AQI we had last month I am preparing the bearings on the Shogun for this Combo Challenge. I have completed the front hub, including mounting new rubber to the rim and the headset, the rear hub is done and the wheel is in the truing stand and the BB has been removed and is getting cleaned. With the new rubber I will be right up to the edge of the budget but I think it will be worth it just to avoid riding on suspect old knobbies. I Expect to have the bike ready to go by the 10th and my wind is improving.




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So, I see the wear line in the bearing race around the cup above. I see that amount of wear frequently in hubs I use, but I've wondered if there's an indication of how much useful life is left in a hub like that. Anyone want to school me?
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Got all 4 bearings serviced and new tires (Schwable City Jet 26 x 1.5) mounted on clunker #2 , so my totals are: Bike $50, tires $47, front reflector replacement from stash 50 cents and water bottle cage from stash $1 =$98.50 total . I just did 2 miles to coffee as a shake down cruise, need to dial in saddle height and position but its in the ball park for fit, we shall see how it does on longer rides. 3.2 Kilometers down


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57 kilometers yesterday puts me over 100. A warm, breezy ride out onto the Point Reyes Peninsula.






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Got all 4 bearings serviced and new tires (Schwable City Jet 26 x 1.5) mounted on clunker #2 , so my totals are: Bike $50, tires $47, front reflector replacement from stash 50 cents and water bottle cage from stash $1 =$98.50 total . I just did 2 miles to coffee as a shake down cruise, need to dial in saddle height and position but its in the ball park for fit, we shall see how it does on longer rides. 3.2 Kilometers down

That's a good looking bike, and I like the tire choice.
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I'm a little late to the party, but with all the ridiculous pricing on used bikes around here, I didn't think I'd find a project, until yesterday.
I picked up this beat up Nishiki Sport on Offerup to the price of $40. It was in pretty sorry shape, but looked like a good project.
I stripped it down, polished up the heavily oxidized paint, which turned out surprisingly nice. I'm digging the pink.
There's a ding in the top tube, I might try to roll out, but it's pretty close to a cable guide. I'm considering possibly doing a fixed gear
or single speed conversion, but one thing is certain, it's about to get all Miami Vice up in here.





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I was tempted when I saw the ad. Glad to see another Nishiki saved......
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I was tempted when I saw the ad. Glad to see another Nishiki saved......
It shouldn't be too hard to get this rolling and looking pretty good for under $100. The stem is bent like it got ran over by a truck, but somehow the bars and forks are straight.
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Alright.

I hadn't thought I'd participate in the Challenge this year.

Wife and I freed up a chunk of time next month by hiring a painter for our porch, instead of doing it ourselves.

So, more time (Yay!) and less money (Boo!). I can fit in one project bike. A 1995 Diamondback Joker:




Pulled this off a trash heap in 2019. It had been sitting outside for a while and I think it had spent some amount of time underwater. The wheels and bottom bracket were seized. The headset was surprisingly ok. Let's say it's worth $30.

But that drab charcoal gray is just too... bleh. - it needs a splash of color:


I have another set of wheels to toss on it, let's say $20 for them, along with $10 for some parts bin tires and tubes. Freewheel's currently soaking in paint thinner. I'll need pedals, grips, front brake housing, and a seat, all from from the parts bin, so another $15 there.

Reusing the original bars, stem, headset, cable detangler, rear brake, rear brake cable, cranks, and chainring. Not sure about brake levers, I may have tossed them,

I also have no idea how I'm going to ride 62 miles on this.
Got everything all together and have been buzzing around the neighborhood:


I've gotten 10-ish miles behind me so far. At least my neighbors think "fat old man on a kid's bike" is amusing, rather than creepy.

Another 52 miles is going to be a real challenge to get in on this thing.
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cheat a little?

I think you should do like Natloz (see post #150 ) and hire a pro to do the riding!
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Ride #2 on the Shogun combo challenge - coffee and clunker. Not very far as I still feel like I am riding with one lung tied behind my back. Hoping my breathing improves and I can do longer rides but I am chipping away and up to 8 kms



misty Sunday looking toward downtown Seattle
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This Soma is the best Challenge bike I've had, a genuine pleasure to ride, but I just can't get any time to ride! I've only got in 28 miles! I'm going to have get busy and get some riding done.
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Challenge Complete

Well I finally managed to log the miles just in time to have knee surgery. It took some time and I think my longest ride was 18 miles with most of them in the 2-3 mile range. Now I can set about making much needed improvements:
-fenders
-rear rack
-wheels that are actually round
-possibly a front low rider rack
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When does the challenge end?

After having neglected my Nishiki Clunker for a while, I got it back out on the road today. I had planned to know out the rest of the mileage today, but I was just meandering and guessing at how far I had ridden. I ended up with 20 miles today, brining my total for the challenge to 92.9 kilometers. There may not be another dry day here before this thing ends, but I can probably manage another five miles to finish it off in the next week or so.

I started out with a ride to Commonwealth Lake Park. You can't tell from the picture, but there were a lot of people there today. Very typical of this part of Portland, I overheard a couple of parents speaking to their children -- "It's not a native species." (probably talking about nutria, which are all over this lake) -- "when a heron is white it's usually called..." -- plus at least three people (two of them on cell phones) speaking middle eastern or south Asian languages I couldn't identify.



I think this is at the Cedar Hills Recreation Center. I really like when the leaves turn red.



From there I headed to the Highway 26 Bike Path, which gives you all the thrill of riding on a three lane highway without the danger. It's also a relatively flat route across the West Hills.



At the top I decided I better turn around and head home to make sure I didn't run out of daylight.



I still stopped for a couple more pictures. This is the wall at the base of the 26 Bike Path.



More fall colors against the evergreens, back in my own neighborhood.



And, finally, back home just before dusk.

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I still stopped for a couple more pictures. This is the wall at the base of the 26 Bike Path.


I love this.
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When does the challenge end?

After having neglected my Nishiki Clunker for a while, I got it back out on the road today. I had planned to know out the rest of the mileage today, but I was just meandering and guessing at how far I had ridden. I ended up with 20 miles today, brining my total for the challenge to 92.9 kilometers. There may not be another dry day here before this thing ends, but I can probably manage another five miles to finish it off in the next week or so...
If my math is correct the challenge ends a week from this coming Thursday, on November 19th.
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