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Old 04-30-21, 06:42 PM
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Something you didnít need but couldnít resist...

I know this probably explains a healthy proportion of everyone’s parts bin (or entire collection), but I was inspired by this little find today. Someone posted a Suntour Competition for sale locally, and I couldn’t pass up this corner of bike history for $20. Had to have it.

It’s hard for me conceive of a use for such a limited range and capacity given the hills near me, but I know I would have regretted passing this up.

Share your finds in the same vein — the only requirement is that it’s something special to you.






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Old 04-30-21, 06:47 PM
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My cycling history predates the bike boom of 1970 and I taught English in Japan 50 years ago but I don't ever remembering seeing one of those.
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WOW!

thanks for posting

have never seen one of these either

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when i read the header me first thought was that member non-fixie could simply post a single overview image of his entire fleet*

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* yes, i know, he would need one of those special wide angle (or "fisheye") lenses to get everything in...


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This bike was in the metal pile at the dump where I used to live in Idaho, you're not supposed to take stuff, but... I couldn't pass it up!

Not sure what I'll do with it quite yet, but its a nice frame and fork, its a Trek with full 531 frame stays and fork...


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Old 04-30-21, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Doug Fattic View Post
My cycling history predates the bike boom of 1970 and I taught English in Japan 50 years ago but I don't ever remembering seeing one of those.
Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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have never seen one of these either
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Nor had I, but when I saw the sale posting I checked out the interwebs and found entries on Velobase, Disraeli, and even a mention on Retrogrouch, so I bit.
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Well.....not bike related at all to be honest. But I saw this one day while out antiquing. Couldn't get it off my mind so about 3 months later I called the see if it was still there and then made the 3 hour round trip to get it. Makes no sense what so ever, LOL!







I still need to refinish it. It's all solid butcher block type wood under the paint. Just something whimsical someone made one day I guess.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
Well.....not bike related at all to be honest. But I saw this one day while out antiquing. Couldn't get it off my mind so about 3 months later I called the see if it was still there and then made the 3 hour round trip to get it. Makes no sense what so ever, LOL!







I still need to refinish it. It's all solid butcher block type wood under the paint. Just something whimsical someone made one day I guess.
Thatís incredible!
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Every bike in the frame except the Ritchey. I could have stopped there and had one really great bike.

But then I wouldn't have the other 5 (now 6) great bikes.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post


I still need to refinish it.
DON'T TOUCH IT! Have you never watched Antiques Roadshow?

Meanwhile, here's a little Swiss-made Condor 3-speed that was at the co-op forever. Didn't need it, don't have space for it, have no use for it. Cute, ain't it?


Alloy 700C wheels with a Sturmey hub, DT spokes, stainless fenders, lots of neat little touches.

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Given CF, Ti and lugged steel each with Ergo10spd = my entire vintage group is really unnecessary.

But lately = Weinmann Delta brakes, gold Galli components, matched Mavic drivetrain, condorino handlebars, celeste Bianchi frameset, German Rickert touring frameset. For starters.

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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
...I saw this one day while out antiquing.
I've done something like that, but unlike your seat-like device that might actually have some use, mine requires a high perch to be effective. Fortunately, the section of house roof inside the garage will do.
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Old 04-30-21, 09:19 PM
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Yeah, pretty much every bike in my fleet.
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the famous excuse,"ah, honey....i'm just getting it for the parts". umpteen complete bikes, later

if i were to narrow down to one something special, it would be the '82 trek 614 90% original for $125 on the local CL. it was years ago and sold the frame after several years of enjoyment to fund something else "special". in retro, i should have kept the trek....though i didn't need it. i did keep the drivetrain, though
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Nice score!
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It fit my wife; didn't fit me, but it was so beautiful I couldn't resist. I even drove 1,300 miles round trip to pick it up!

I eventually donated it to a museum.







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Iíve always been curious about suicide rod shifters. And I can confirm they kind of suck.
but I had to have one. Bike came with it as a bonus. Now I love riding it all over town.






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Old 05-01-21, 02:39 AM
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I don't think I ever bought anything I didn't need.
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Yea, Iím in the middle of a build , or at least getting started. A 1980 Motobecane Grand Sprint showed up locally on CL minus wheels for $20. I had it powder painted and got some decals and now sifting through my parts bin to make an outlaw bike(non original) . I am thinking Campy NR for at least some of it. It came with Shimano drive and Spidel brakes. I will keep the original Motobecane cranks , I like the 52/40 combo. As if I need another bike......
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Recently there was a turbo saddle on V-sales I didn't need but I wanted. It stayed on a bit, then I said screw it I'm gonna go for it but thankfully (I guess) someone bought it.
But I didn't let a DA Crankset get away that I absolutely Do Not need.
Also any bike after my '86 Ironman.
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All the time! The need always flollows the want!
The most extended build of wants Is this:
late 80's De Rosa Professional on Flickr

the most recent bike related WANT is this:
P1040744 on Flickr

and/or this
P1040762 on Flickr
P1050080 on Flickr
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I did not need a third Capo, particularly a repaint, but it is in otherwise great condition, a top-of-the-line Sieger, full butted Reynolds 531, and a littermate of my other Sieger (see serial numbers in signature). As my workload winds down back to normal, I hope to have time to give both, and my sister-on-law's Carlton, the attention they deserve. I bought my other Sieger as a complete bicycle with almost all of the original parts, and my plan is to rebuild that one pretty authentically and to restomod this one.

The Sieger model always had Rathausmann on the seat tube. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rathausmann_(Wien)
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I’ve always been curious about suicide rod shifters. And I can confirm they kind of suck.
but I had to have one. ...
Aren't suicide shifters the subject of the M*A*S*H theme song, "Suicide Is Painless"?

One of my high school buddies had a 1960 Schwinn Continental with a Simplex suicide shifter, and I recall being tempted years ago by an eBay offering of a 1958 Peugeot with suicide shift. Earlier Capo Siegers had Capo-branded derailleurs, which look like crude copies of their Simplex equivalents. This is the system that Adolf Christian rode to a third place overall finish in the 1957 Tour de France (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Christian). By 1960 Otto Cap had wisely switched to Campagnolo derailleurs and focused on framebuilding, which was his real strength.



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Originally Posted by SJX426 View Post
All the time! The need always flollows the want!
The most extended build of wants Is this:
late 80's De Rosa Professional on Flickr

the most recent bike related WANT is this:
P1040744 on Flickr

and/or this
P1040762 on Flickr
P1050080 on Flickr
I've always wanted one of those Miche Seatpost just because of how cool they look. I've just never bought one....yet.
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Yeah! My last 8 bikes. Had a perfectly good one, but ran across the others, mostly as frames and couldn’t resist the urge to build 1 more. I think I’m done!
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VAR Swiss thread bottom bracket taps. Got them at a good price several years ago, but still haven't used them.
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