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Old 03-27-21, 05:38 AM
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Worst free bike ever...Save or not?

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Yuck

Derailleur looks fine

BB eek...

Time for duct tape?

I canít begin to imagine the fusion...
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That is one nasty looking Trek.

The saddle gets serious style bonus points.

That rear rack looks salvageable.

This bike has real promise though as yard art. There is stuff growing on that bike that you should leave be and see what happens . . .
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Strip it of useable parts and bin it. That one is for bike Valhalla.

The oval headbadge...I'm totally guessing but some kind of trek? I said fuji before but then saw the dropout.
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If you can read the SN the year and model can be determined . X20 of some series.
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Old 03-27-21, 06:13 AM
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If you can read the SN the year and model can be determined . X20 of some series.
itís definitely a ďTrekĒ. I am toying with the idea of using a drill mounted grinder to see if there are decent bones under the carcass.

Amazingly, despite how they look the wheels are original and butter smooth.

Crank is one of my favorite cheap ones...Sakae CX triple.
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
That is one nasty looking Trek.

The saddle gets serious style bonus points.

That rear rack looks salvageable.

This bike has real promise though as yard art. There is stuff growing on that bike that you should leave be and see what happens . . .
i will have to de-home the spiders, but I bought a Schwinn Link for the bike giveaway and was gifted this jewel of the Nile...
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Should probably salvage the head badge for a badge less Trek Elance I built my son...
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Old 03-27-21, 06:24 AM
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I don't think I could bin a trek like that without seeing if I could save it. It's been rattle canned, and has terrifying looking rust, but maybe it's worth a media blast? I'd media blast it (carefully) and then at least you can repaint it white and donate as a ghost bike.

Yikes to that BB indeed!

ha ha no that frame is toast!!

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Clunker Challenge bike!
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Perhaps not the “worst free bike ever” but certainly qualifies for entry into the “worst condition” competition . I would guess that the frame is beyond saving but after a complete disassembly and some serious sand/bead blasting, things may not be as bad as one might think . It would truly be a “labor of love” and the sweat equity would likely never be recovered. For someone with nothing better to do, it could be fun challenge .
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Trash that one.

A bike which is structurally sound, but looks bad, is a good bike. People are not likely to steal it.
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What have they done???

This is the bicycle equivalent of those abused dogs they show in the commercials where they want you to donate $1.15 per week to help save them...
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Take it apart and kiddie-pool it OA. How valuable is your time?
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Clunker Challenge bike!
I actually thought about that...emphasis on challenge...does sandpaper count in the cost...?
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I don't think I could bin a trek like that without seeing if I could save it. It's been rattle canned, and has terrifying looking rust, but maybe it's worth a media blast? I'd media blast it (carefully) and then at least you can repaint it white and donate as a ghost bike.

Yikes to that BB indeed!
Scarily enough, I think it might be original paint...

im going to blast it with a 3m pad drill attachment first...
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Take it apart and kiddie-pool it OA. How valuable is your time?
Iím a teacher...my time isnít valuable!

Might evaporust the BB area first to see if it dissolves...
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Fork looks bent. Otherwise, that'll buff right off.
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I would very carefully place that bicycle in the trash.
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Save the rear rack
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Nope! That is one old road bike that I would not bring home. Perhaps snap up the wheels, but the rest of rust should be allowed to rest in peace.
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Doubt it

Originally Posted by GrainBrain View Post
I don't think I could bin a trek like that without seeing if I could save it. It's been rattle canned, and has terrifying looking rust, but maybe it's worth a media blast? I'd media blast it (carefully) and then at least you can repaint it white and donate as a ghost bike.

Yikes to that BB indeed!
Looking at pics donít I see a rusted through top tube with fiberglass auto body tape on it? Isnít that also a cracked upper headtube lug with perhaps holes behind it? Looking at the pics on my iPad vs a larger screen, but makes one wonder how it didnít fold in half. 100 lb rider maybe?
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Originally Posted by GrainBrain View Post
I don't think I could bin a trek like that without seeing if I could save it. It's been rattle canned, and has terrifying looking rust, but maybe it's worth a media blast? I'd media blast it (carefully) and then at least you can repaint it white and donate as a ghost bike.

Yikes to that BB indeed!
actually...it has been rattle canned...
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The fork is straight...

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Im a sucker for patina but...

...that machine looks beyond salvageable. Good components that somebody could use?
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Internal cable routing...

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