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Clunker 100 Challenge COVID 2.0 edition #7

Old 05-22-21, 05:00 PM
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Looking at my clunker here after I cleaned up the dropout adjuster holes on my Colnago, I couldn't help but think that it was missing something. I had a bike with a headbadge and no decals. No name.

Taking the cue, I decided that I should name it according to the use I am putting it to - the great clunker challenge. No doubt this bike and countless others that have graced this contest either came from the dump or were destined for it. So, I settled on something fitting, yet nice enough that it rolls off the tongue: Giro Discarica (Dump Tour). Paint pen was on hand, so I'm calling freebie unless there are any objections.
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Old 05-23-21, 03:14 PM
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Here is a update on my Araya. I have now put over 100 miles on the bike. spent 2.00 for the bike , 1.50 for the seat at a thrift store, I didn't have a seat post that fit so I shimmed one that was close with part of a aluminum tea can to save money on the challenge. I put on a clamp on bottle cage that I had. So I will say I spent 3.50 plus 5.00 for the used seat post and bottle cage from my parts stash. making the bike cost 8.50. I greased the crank and wheel bearings and will do the headset some time. I like the bike and it fits so I will find a seat post that fits and put a better seat on it now that I have completed the challenge.


After cleaning.

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I done a few miles of gravel road riding.
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Old 05-24-21, 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by tyler_fred View Post
... I had already found a steel seatpost clamp in my pile of crap, so I robbed the upper piece along with the hex nut and bolt. Now I needed to fabricate the lower half of the clamp. Peugeot made these from delrin and so often times, they broke. I don't think that they are readily available, definitely not for this build anyway. I have lots of wood in my shop, and had thought of making the lower clamp from this, but then I would have to make the concave radius somehow. While digging through the wood, by a stroke of luck, I noticed the ductwork on my dust vacuum. I abandoned the wood idea and began looking for a piece of leftover PVC drain pipe. I found said piece and compared the seatpost to the ID and it was a very similar radius, so I cut a section from the pipe and then quartered it. With some C-clamps and PVC glue, I laminated my cradle together.
I'm watching this adventure closely, as this could become Plan B. Allegedly I will be receiving a 4 oz. spray bottle of Corrosion Block tomorrow, and I will be spraying it liberally into the juncture of seatpost and seat tube in hopes of separating the two later in the week. It occurs to me that if I can't get the seatpost to budge, I could laminate sections of schedule 40 4-in PVC pipe into a 2 cm or so thick shim to go between the top of the post itself and the underside of the lower cradle. Drill a hole and run a longer bolt through post top, shim, cradles and top nut and Bob's yer uncle.
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Old 05-24-21, 08:24 AM
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After meeting my daily yard cleanup and honey do responsibilities, I found time Friday evening and Saturday afternoon to work on my Follis Clunker: Took apart the rear hub and found it was in slightly better shape than the front with remnants of dark, but still a bit of clean, red grease. Re-did everything with marine bearing grease which I favor for NW riding conditions. Unlike the front, rear wheel was out of true, but was able to improve it some. Rim got the same Brasso polish as the front and looks pretty good now. Tires both in good shape with no cracks or damage showing. Bike seems to have had some maintenance over the years as Headset, BB and Pedals all spin freely so I decided to leave them undisturbed for now and moved on to cleaning what remains.

Bike was filthy with years of caked on grime and lots of damaged paint with multiple places showing samples of things it had scraped against over the years. What to use? I settled on some Lysol Kitchen Cleaner I found under the kitchen sink. Label brags "Cuts Grease and Grime". Stuff did the job, although typical "Old Man Work" with a few missed spots.. Paint looks good, metal bits shine and sparkle.

For all the places where paint was missing and surface rust showed through, I found a couple nearly empty spray cans of paint, 1 labeled White and 1 Navajo White. The Navajo White has a Standard Brands price sticker of $1.99, so pretty old, but still squirts. A mix of 1 long squirt of Navajo White + 4 squirts of White gave a fair match to Follis White. Results were, good except for the a few I overlooked. Bike really needs new cables and sheaths, but no $ for that in my budget, so just going to fiddle with them til they work better then, I'm ready to ride 100 km. Don

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Rear wheel innards, grease wasn't fresh, but still a bit red, maybe Sta-Lube axle grease?


Sparkling Clean with touched up paint

Before Cleanup

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After Cleanup

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Old 05-24-21, 08:50 AM
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Good Work on the ARAYA @Oldsledz! With its forged rear dropouts, looks to be a cut above my FOLLIS. Don
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Old 05-24-21, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by ollo_ollo View Post

This looks soooo much like my c.1972 Liberia that I rode in the 2018 challenge! Same fork crown, same Bocama 18/I lugs, same Nervex cable stops and stamped dropouts ... what is the seat post measurement? Mine was 25.8 mm. These bikes ride so very much better than they should!
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Thank you Narhay. I’m not sure how, but I somehow discovered the first COVID edition, and thought it was a fantastic idea, but it was already over. I was thrilled to see the second, so I will try to honor its spirit.

I went on a spree during COVID, picking up a senseless number of C&V bikes from CL, FB, and dumpster. I sheepishly admit I have 6 bikes more than pre-COVID . The week before my work office shutdown, on March 11, 2020, I bought a Green 1970 Raleigh International (not a clunker, >$100; grail bike) on Facebook Market (FB). Fast forward to about one year later, March 13, 2021, the week of my first vaccination, when I bought a Green 1973 Raleigh Super Course ($45) from Craigslist (CL). Because both were green Raleigh’s, and because they were bookends to my spree, I felt like the $45 SC marked the demise of COVID, so should be my candidate for a COVID Clunker ride.

I had already begun disassembling this one, but luckily I had saved pics from the original CL ad. But, this is my first ever post on this Forum, and apparently I can not upload pictures until I've done 10 posts. So will upload pictures later when I may.

Pics from the original CL listing, in as-bought condition


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Old 05-24-21, 11:46 AM
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Noteworthy details of the $45 SC: wide-flange rear wheel hub, 27x1-1/4, but 700c front wheel; both tires look new; not-original saddle (sadly, or maybe luckily, already discarded pre-challenge); piece broken off from front shifter (downtube) (oh, well, who cares?); original plastic Simplex derailleurs, badly faded but intact; lovely rear bike rack and kick stand (to be removed); brake hoods missing (oh, well, not essential) ; cottered steel cranks, 52/42, peeling chrome and has pedals; enough rust and faded paint to be a clunker, which includes rust on chrome tips of forks and rear stays; I particularly liked the front fork duct tape, and I imagine it had some purpose at some time.
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@rustystrings61, Seatpost measures 25.4, which co-incidentally is also the weight in pounds finished weight. Thought the flyer claim of 25 pounds weight was probably ambitious but I guess not. The non-original gel saddle, derailleurs, tires/tubes probably account for the extra 4/10th pound. Don
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I have a clunker to post but must first work up to my required 10 posts before I can upload photos and make my own posts... (2of10)
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I have a clunker to post but must first work up to my required 10 posts before I can upload photos and make my own posts... (2of10)
Welcome! Plenty of time left in this challenge to get your pics posted.
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Welcome! Plenty of time left in this challenge to get your pics posted.
Thanks! Our farmhouse driveway is beginning to look like a bike shop full of plain old hobby work. Im still hunting for a decent place online in Canada to buy brake and shifter cables, housing and other gak besides Amazon. A friend gave us 3 broken bikes last week in hopes that my boys are really s inspired to build 3 working bikes out of them. By far, the 2 vintage Kuwahara mtbs are my fave. Itching to find one that fits me... the XL Shasta and XL Butte are my eldests.
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Originally Posted by BFisher View Post
Looking at my clunker here after I cleaned up the dropout adjuster holes on my Colnago, I couldn't help but think that it was missing something. I had a bike with a headbadge and no decals. No name.

Taking the cue, I decided that I should name it according to the use I am putting it to - the great clunker challenge. No doubt this bike and countless others that have graced this contest either came from the dump or were destined for it. So, I settled on something fitting, yet nice enough that it rolls off the tongue: Giro Discarica (Dump Tour). Paint pen was on hand, so I'm calling freebie unless there are any objections.
Epic nameology! Ive been riding the same undesignated Craigslist $75.00 find I scored 21 yers ago. She has been well cared for but has not had many upgrades. Sometimes the olclunkers last.
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Originally Posted by tarinalynn View Post
Epic nameology! I’ve been riding the same undesignated Craigslist $75.00 find I scored 21 yers ago. She has been well cared for but has not had many upgrades. Sometimes the ol’clunkers last.
Hey, thanks. And you are right, of course. Plenty of old bikes are still plenty useful.

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I have a clunker to post but must first work up to my required 10 posts before I can upload photos and make my own posts... (2of10)
Me too! I have spent amazingly few $$ but many hours getting my ride ready. It's just about ready for a test drive. I hope yours goes well.
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Originally Posted by rustystrings61 View Post
If you're even considering entering this exercise ire misplaced priorities but lack a suitable frame, I may be able to enable ... I mean, help. Sitting in my workshop as I speak are three framesets with varying amounts of hardware associated with them. One is a 58x58 cm Bottechia that takes a 26.4 mm seatpost, frame, fork, headset, cottered BB, Carnielli bars and stem with Shimano aero brake levers shoehorned into Dia Compe hoods. There is also a Gitane Grand Sport 54x54, frame, fork, headset. Finally, in the event the person I have already offered it to doesn't claim it, I have a 25-in Schwinn World Sport, one of the ones with at least some chro-moly in the main tubes and an integral derailleur mount, which is frame, fork, headset, seatpost, binder bolt, bars, stem, brake levers, stem shifters and Shimano light action derailleurs. All I would want is shipping on these from 29649 to your zip code.
the Bottecchia sounds really interesting. They have some of the best paint in the 1970s...easy to polish.
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$1.99 for a rattle can of paint! How old is that stuff? Nice.
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Old, very old but not as old as the Follis. Recently married, Wife sold her home in Aloha. Furniture and some other stuff went to new home in Florida. Whatever survived the giant dumpster toss, ended up in my garage and basement shop where lots more is now being tossed or donated by me. Don
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Me too! I have spent amazingly few $$ but many hours getting my ride ready. It's just about ready for a test drive. I hope yours goes well.
Thanks and to you with yours!
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This is exactly my kind of thread. I'm a massive cheapskate lmao

Late 70s- Early 80s Chimo Concourse--
Found on side of road less than a month ago. Replaced horrific mountain bike handle bars with a set of curved road bike bars off an old women's Schwinn and took the dual position brake levers along with them. Also replaced the dumpy narrow Mongoose saddle with an old Wrights springer that I took off an ancient British bike sporting a Sturmy geared hub axle, forgot the make of bike, might still go buy it for a resale, it deserves a restoration....

Bike- Free
Handle bars, brake levers, Wrights saddle- $6 bucks scrap price
Chimo still needs tubes, tires and the rear wheel needs to be trued before I can test her out.

Other bike I'm currently riding is a Roadmaster Hurricane Ridge that I again, found on the side of the road less than a week ago. Bike had a totally seized chain, derailleur, rear hub, very rough crankset, seized brakes etc etc. Almost completely toast, definitely sat in the guys yard for probably half a decade considering the condition of the drivetrain... Removed the brakes, the wheels, derailleur upper and main, all cables, handle bars. Tore it almost completely down minus the crankset and front fork assembly. Sprayed a good amount of PB Blaster into the crankset and spent a few minutes spinning it till it was ridable at least lol.

Bike- Free
Parts bike (crappy walmart Next full suspension)- $11 bucks scrap price
Scrapped parts frame and old rusty wheels- $3 greenbacks returned

Took the riser bars, the brakes, the shifters, wheels and tires, chain and derailleurs off the crappy Next bike and began to assemble some of the bits on the Roadmaster. Installed the Shimano Tourer main derailleur and the upper as well, swapped the best wheels and tires I had on, threw on the riser bars, removed all the old shoddy cables and installed just the front brakes onto the bike for now until I get some lime green cable sheath to replace the stock bits that the bike came with. Rides great considering it has terrible front brakes and is stuck in one gear for right now. Also need to figure out how to free up the seat post so I can lower the saddle a bit...

Chimo total investment- $6.00
Roadmaster total- $8.00

Total miles ridden on the Roadmaster is probably just shy of 15, I rode it to the gas station twice when initially testing it while it had no brakes, and today I took it for a nice ride to the waterfront, about 6 miles from my place one way. The Hurricane is a nice urban terrain bike for sure, but I'm dying to ride the Chimo. The Chimo is very dainty, and looks like it probably hauls ass with enough effort from the rider.

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...Some people look for bargains like that and try to build the best bike they possibly can for $100. That can be fun...
Others look for the absolute crappiest bike they can find and try to endure 100km riding it. That can be fun too, though I think there's a higher failure rate among this group. Want more fun? Put in two entries.
I like this idea. The Chimo is definitely going to get some love with new tubes and tires and bar tape, but the Roadmaster is a total beater that I'm using nothing but scrap yard and road side parts to build, other than the new lime green cable sheath which is a must have for this purple frame lol

The Roadmaster is ready for 100 miles as is, no gears and all...
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got in a short 3.4 mile loop this morning.


(that's my speed, uphill, not my cumulative mileage)
cumulative mileage so far: 5.6mi / 9.01km
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I like this idea. The Chimo is definitely going to get some love with new tubes and tires and bar tape, but the Roadmaster is a total beater that I'm using nothing but scrap yard and road side parts to build, other than the new lime green cable sheath which is a must have for this purple frame lol

The Roadmaster is ready for 100 miles as is, no gears and all...
...Have we considered a balance bike 100KM? I'd like to see a rolling frame, no drive train get pushed 100kms. It would be legendary!

Absent that, I think you mean a single speed, since you'd have one gear combination.
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After stringing together as much patience as I could manage, I'm now ready to declare the finish work on the Takara frame done (minus a few spots that may need touch up). I was really pleased with what I was able to accomplish with Rust-Oleum, wet sanding, and Meguiar's Ultimate Compound. I didn't bring the whole frame up to a uniform level of perfection, but a few parts of the main tubes look really good. I had a college calculus professor who liked to say that when you ask a mathematician to prove something, they'll go just far enough to convince themselves that it can be done, then they'll declare "Q.E.D." and leave the rest unfinished. That's kind of where I'm at with this paint job. I went far enough to convince myself that I could, given enough time and work, achieve really spectacular results with the techniques I was using and decided the rest was good enough.

I splurged on "custom" decals from doityourselflettering.com because I don't like bare frames. You may recognize the font as Arial Black Italic. Does anyone really remember what the Takara decals looked like anyway? This is kind of close.



I also felt like the seat tube needed something. The original seat tube decal was far too ornate to attempt to reproduce, so I drew some inspiration from this Takara that I found online.



A couple of years ago I ordered some chrome tape for similar stripes on my Raleigh Competition. I needed about 7 inches, but I had to order something like 50 yards, so I've basically got a lifetime supply of the stuff. I used the same tape for the transitions from paint to the chrome socks. Here's a better shot of the seat tube treatment. The tape nicely accentuates just how smooth the underlying paint isn't.



I still feel like it needs something between the stripes. I may reach out to the Black Iron Grill and see if they'd be willing to give me a suitably sized decal with their logo on it.

Finally, I left the head badge in more-or-less "as found" condition as a slight tribute to patina and originality. I also left the chrome on the fork crown exposed, even though it was originally painted, as a way of thumbing my nose at patina and originality.



I may still use this frame as a guinea pig for trying out some recently acquired Sharpie paint pens for lug lining.
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that looks super cool! Like the chrome tape! Great job!

Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
After stringing together as much patience as I could manage, I'm now ready to declare the finish work on the Takara frame done (minus a few spots that may need touch up). I was really pleased with what I was able to accomplish with Rust-Oleum, wet sanding, and Meguiar's Ultimate Compound. I didn't bring the whole frame up to a uniform level of perfection, but a few parts of the main tubes look really good. I had a college calculus professor who liked to say that when you ask a mathematician to prove something, they'll go just far enough to convince themselves that it can be done, then they'll declare "Q.E.D." and leave the rest unfinished. That's kind of where I'm at with this paint job. I went far enough to convince myself that I could, given enough time and work, achieve really spectacular results with the techniques I was using and decided the rest was good enough.

I splurged on "custom" decals from doityourselflettering.com because I don't like bare frames. You may recognize the font as Arial Black Italic. Does anyone really remember what the Takara decals looked like anyway? This is kind of close.



I also felt like the seat tube needed something. The original seat tube decal was far too ornate to attempt to reproduce, so I drew some inspiration from this Takara that I found online.



A couple of years ago I ordered some chrome tape for similar stripes on my Raleigh Competition. I needed about 7 inches, but I had to order something like 50 yards, so I've basically got a lifetime supply of the stuff. I used the same tape for the transitions from paint to the chrome socks. Here's a better shot of the seat tube treatment. The tape nicely accentuates just how smooth the underlying paint isn't.



I still feel like it needs something between the stripes. I may reach out to the Black Iron Grill and see if they'd be willing to give me a suitably sized decal with their logo on it.

Finally, I left the head badge in more-or-less "as found" condition as a slight tribute to patina and originality. I also left the chrome on the fork crown exposed, even though it was originally painted, as a way of thumbing my nose at patina and originality.



I may still use this frame as a guinea pig for trying out some recently acquired Sharpie paint pens for lug lining.
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1987 Crest Cannondale, 1987 Basso Gap, 1992 Rossin Performance EL, 1990ish Van Tuyl, 1980s Vanni Losa Cassani thingy, 1988 Faggin Matrix with not Matrix tubes, 1990ish MBK Atlantique, 1982 Rossin Record, 1987 Trek Elance

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