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Old 03-27-21, 09:00 AM
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Could be worse!
I brought home one like that and as soon as I leaned it against the house, the ANTS started swarming out of it.
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That fluted seat-post is a real find! Congratulations. I will start the bidding at $300.
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Old 03-27-21, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
That fluted seat-post is a real find! Congratulations. I will start the bidding at $300.
got it!



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I'd clear-coat it and put it on Craig's as a valuable, vintage bike.
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Old 03-27-21, 09:47 AM
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after seeing the top tube, that would go in the "convert to bike stand" pile at my house.
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Old 03-27-21, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
after seeing the top tube, that would go in the "convert to bike stand" pile at my house.
Windchimes?
Toilet paper holder?
Easel?
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
Windchimes?
Toilet paper holder?
Easel?
I can't say that it inspires a great amount of hope, but I have been surprised in the past. Factors working against you here are the internal cable routing and the fluted seatpost - both of which provide pathways for water penetration.

This said, I'd give it the benefit of a tear-down and taking it down to the bare metal, just to see if there's any hope. I'd hit the worst-looking spots first to see if going further is going to be a waste of time.

These things (see below) and a rotary tool are invaluable. However, if paint dust bilids up in the air pathways of your tool, it will become toast.





If you do get it down to metal, and still feel like it's "borderline", you could always put it on a trainer and see how it holds up.
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one might say "it is a Trek which has met its Waterloo"


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Old 03-27-21, 11:08 AM
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That frame should still be covered under Trek's warranty. Clearly factory-defective paint job.
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Old 03-27-21, 12:23 PM
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Make sure your tetanus is up to date before working on that one.
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Old 03-27-21, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
Internal cable routing...
Scrolling through the thread I was leaning towards give it a shot. After seeing that last shot, I wish you luck salvaging parts.
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Old 03-27-21, 01:00 PM
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I emerged uninjured...

Salvage:
1. Sovis hubs/Weinmann original wheels...must have been a replacement hub...? Oddly, they are true as an arrow.
2. Brakes/yellow dot levers. Dia Compe 500s with spider babies. Sort of...
3. SAkae CX, SR Custom customized crank combo. The Bottom Bracket came out easily...like ice cream. Bearings optioned to the minors.
4. Slightly scuffed from removal Blackburn custom flaking caboose.
5. Very cool unidentifiable Shimano RD
6. Trek Seatbolt and intact seatpost
7. My fingers and skin

Every other bolt was stripped so stem, HB,
5.

Paint was easier to remove than the bolts for the rack...

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Old 03-27-21, 02:48 PM
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Those non-series Shimano Friction derailers were the successor to the Tourney which was near-identical to the Dura-Ace but for steel cage plates.
Very well-designed derailers.
As such they are excellent-shifting units, and which handle a lot of chain take-up.
They have no B-tension screw but are optimized for a 28t, 5 or 6-speed Uniglide freewheel.
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Old 03-27-21, 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
I emerged uninjured...

Salvage:
1. Sovis hubs/Weinmann original wheels...must have been a replacement hub...? Oddly, they are true as an arrow.
2. Brakes/yellow dot levers. Dia Compe 500s with spider babies. Sort of...
3. SAkae CX, SR Custom customized crank combo. The Bottom Bracket came out easily...like ice cream. Bearings optioned to the minors.
4. Slightly scuffed from removal Blackburn custom flaking caboose.
5. Very cool unidentifiable Shimano RD
6. Trek Seatbolt and intact seatpost
7. My fingers and skin

Every other bolt was stripped so stem, HB,
5.

Paint was easier to remove than the bolts for the rack...
I have a couple of those RD's that came off Schwinn Sierra's they look very close to the deerhead's on the Stumpy's.
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Old 03-27-21, 03:27 PM
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That is a good example of abuse of a bike. Someone should report that! But seriously, why do people let bikes get in that kind of state?
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Old 03-27-21, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
I have a couple of those RD's that came off Schwinn Sierra's they look very close to the deerhead's on the Stumpy's.
strong and springy...cannot day the same for the shifters...the band is rust fused to the down tube and the cable to the shifters. Not sure where a FD went.
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Old 03-27-21, 06:08 PM
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That's a nice trellis for beans and tomatoes.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
That's a nice trellis for beans and tomatoes.
It already looks like a tomato vine.

Though if there aren't any other thin spots, it'd be a lot of fun to braze on an external top tube shim. Good for a "hey, it's more than crap and it still works" joke.

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Yes. No.
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Nice rack.

Does the computer still work?
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Nice rack.

Does the computer still work?
It was not, I don’t think.
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Would be dangerous to ride. Frame could break at any time. Invest your time in a better project.
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Would be dangerous to ride. Frame could break at any time. Invest your time in a better project.
Once I saw the big hole and the duct tape under paint, it became garden art.
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Yard art it is!

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