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Old 11-04-09, 06:43 PM
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Thanks to a PM last Thursday from a BF'er I've never had the pleasure of meeting in person, I was given a heads-up on a garage sale listing on CL in my neighborhood for 7am Saturday.

I got there at 6:40, and was the first to arrive at the scene. Long story short, walked out with a Raleigh M60 in lightly-used (almost perfect) condition for $45, a Fuji Sandblaster in dirty but lightly used condition for $25, and a like-new Fender (Squire) Precision bass guitar for $50. The Fuji needed cleaning, a rear wheel bearing overhaul, and some shifter/BB adjustment, but it came with a quick-release front basket, a rear rack/pannier, and a Specialized computer with manual.

Not too bad for $120. The Fuji is all cleaned and tuned and will be off to CL, the guitar goes to my brother, and the Raleigh might just be my new rabbit hunting bike.





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Old 11-04-09, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by EjustE
The crank is too compact for touring and this FD can be used only with compact cranks. Shifters and breaks are MTB specific as well.
You know I am building up a nashbar touring frame right now and choose a new LX crank set with 22/32/44 gearing. I wanted to have plenty of low end to move a loaded bike up a hill without killing my knees. I am not that concerned with a high top end speed -- and am perfectly happy to coast down hill.
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Old 11-04-09, 06:52 PM
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I have the same era M60 that I have been using for the past 2 years and have put about 3000 miles on it so far. Solid bike with sturdy components and enjoyable to ride in a very utility sort of way.

Originally Posted by bigbossman
Not too bad for $120. The Fuji is all cleaned and tuned and will be off to CL, the guitar goes to my brother, and the Raleigh might just be my new rabbit hunting bike.
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Old 11-04-09, 10:01 PM
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World's lightest seat!
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Old 11-04-09, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by sonatageek
I have the same era M60 that I have been using for the past 2 years and have put about 3000 miles on it so far. Solid bike with sturdy components and enjoyable to ride in a very utility sort of way.
Cool.. I'm not up on vintage Shimano mtb hardware, but apparently the STX group this bike is wearing is solid mid-level hardware for that era.

I just finished wiping it down, and it appears almost new. The headset was a tad loose, but that was it.
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Old 11-04-09, 11:56 PM
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Apr 1972 Ladies Schwinn, green and white. Made in Chicago.

I was over at the Thrift store and saw this bike. Looks like all original stuff including the seat. It's green. It near Atlanta. If there is any interest I'll get a pic and post the location. They want around $10 for it.
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Old 11-05-09, 06:00 AM
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Thanks I know But I think I am just going to leave it alone and ride it as it is
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
World's lightest seat!
Yea I am looking around for A seat and A seat pole
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Old 11-05-09, 07:24 AM
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A friend was cleaning out her garage (she had just sold a mid-eighties European Bianchi for $10.!) and gave me this '87 Ross (Mt.Hood), mountain bike. I've researched it a bit (info. is spotty), and decided to keep it as a beater/friends without bikes ride. It has Cr-Mo frame, Sakae SX crank w/Oval-Tech gears (48-38-28),Shimano SIS six speed rear, 36 spoke alloy Araya rims, and some very lg. Shimano brakes. I'll add some rapid fire shifters, bullhorns, and do a tire match to complete it. Forgot ta say the pink paint is already gone!



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Old 11-05-09, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by DavidInAtl
I was over at the Thrift store and saw this bike. Looks like all original stuff including the seat. It's green. It near Atlanta. If there is any interest I'll get a pic and post the location. They want around $10 for it.
You saw what bike?
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Old 11-05-09, 03:23 PM
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Picked up a nice Suntour Blue Line derailleur/lever set off fleabay.

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Originally Posted by EjustE
The only LX component that could be used in a Touring set up from those is the RD. That's about it. The crank is too compact for touring and this FD can be used only with compact cranks. Shifters and breaks are MTB specific as well.

Regardless, I agree that this is an excellent score. Those were some sweet hardtails back in the day.
You a flat lander?

Looks like a 44 or 48 to me.

That would be correct on a bike with a freewheel that only went down to a 14 but Wrong on a bike made in the 90's up with a 11 and 12 on the rear.

I have swapped what I think is the same model 28-38-48 crankset on my 88 worldsport and find it a nice range for general riding.

MANY touring bikes made early 90's up come with compacts with 42 and 44. They have 11 on the cassette so top end is not a big problem when you do the math. The gearing advantage is less big jumps on the cassette so you can find a better gear for maintaining speed without spinning out or dropping too low of cadence.

My 95 T700 C-Dale came with a 44 and my 98 came with a 42. Swapped up to a 48 on the 98 when I went to a 9 speed with 11-28 and find it and an excellent choice for a touring and Centuries where I am trying to maintain a nice average pace around 15mph in moderate hills. I wouldn't want any higher on a loaded touring with a 8-9speed Cassette rear wheel with a 11-28 range.

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Old 11-05-09, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Grim
You a flat lander?

Looks like a 44 or 48 to me.
no... much not a flat lander. I live in the middle of a mountain with a 1000 ft elevation on my training rides...

looks smaller to me, but it could be perception.

My 2 century bikes have this set up:

bike 1: 46/36/26 with a 7 speed 12-28 (27 lbs) - cross bike
bike 2: 52/42/32 with a 6 speed 14-28 (23 lbs) - road bike

bike 2 is my hilly racing bike as well (but I change the rear wheel to a 11-13-15-22-26-28)
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Old 11-06-09, 06:24 AM
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Argh! I had pu t all of that in the header.

I saw a Green/white Ladies Swchinn. Built in Chicago Apr 1972
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Old 11-06-09, 06:52 AM
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Originally Posted by HillCusser
A friend was cleaning out her garage (she had just sold a mid-eighties European Bianchi for $10.!) and gave me this '87 Ross (Mt.Hood), mountain bike. I've researched it a bit (info. is spotty), and decided to keep it as a beater/friends without bikes ride. It has Cr-Mo frame, Sakae SX crank w/Oval-Tech gears (48-38-28),Shimano SIS six speed rear, 36 spoke alloy Araya rims, and some very lg. Shimano brakes. I'll add some rapid fire shifters, bullhorns, and do a tire match to complete it. Forgot ta say the pink paint is already gone!

What, paint the pink! I thought it looked pretty cool. Anyway, it's got some pretty decent components on it. Those Vetta saddles are my favorite, I think they are insanely comfortable and I have been hoarding each one that I come across.
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One word of caution on the Ross stems: Ross used a heavier wall on their steer tubes, but still 1 inch OD. Therefore, the stem quill measures .883" (or something like that) and is subsequently not interchangeable with a standard 1" (22.2 mm) quill stem. Should you have to ever replace your fork, or stem, you'll have to replace both. Unless you can find a shim or something.

Very lovely bike, by the way. I love early mountain bikes! I would'nt change the paint as it screams 1986!!
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Keller, I gots two O' them Vetta saddles...in white!
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Originally Posted by HillCusser
A friend was cleaning out her garage (she had just sold a mid-eighties European Bianchi for $10.!) and gave me this '87 Ross (Mt.Hood), mountain bike. I've researched it a bit (info. is spotty), and decided to keep it as a beater/friends without bikes ride. It has Cr-Mo frame, Sakae SX crank w/Oval-Tech gears (48-38-28),Shimano SIS six speed rear, 36 spoke alloy Araya rims, and some very lg. Shimano brakes. I'll add some rapid fire shifters, bullhorns, and do a tire match to complete it. Forgot ta say the pink paint is already gone!

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I would ride it tomorrow, I like it.
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Old 11-06-09, 11:16 PM
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What, paint the pink! I thought it looked pretty cool.

Evidently, others did too. The lady's boyfriend had purchased one in the same color for himself as well. Interesting.. guess it's a love it, or hate it thing. I'll have to check that Vetta saddle out.

One word of caution on the Ross stems: Ross used a heavier wall on their steer tubes, but still 1 inch OD. Therefore, the stem quill measures .883" (or something like that) and is subsequently not interchangeable with a standard 1" (22.2 mm) quill stem.


Thanks for the 'heads up' Smokin': I missed that when digging for info.






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Saved this Miyata 110 from the trash... it might be trash, but it is good old Japanese Cro-Mo. We will see...





I measured it against my road bike and it is the same geometry and size, so it was the "lucky find!"
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GCRad1, if you decide to rid yourself of that horrible, horrible Miyata ( kidding ), let me know. I want to build up a road bike for my 11 year old daughter, as she wants to try triathlons next year.
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Yes, that Miyata is just plain trash. You should ship it to me so I can dispose of it properly..By that I mean buidling it up and riding the heck out of it. Truthfully that is a pretty good find..
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Originally Posted by rccardr
Keller, I gots two O' them Vetta saddles...in white!
I have never seen the white version, you are a lucky man.
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Got pretty lucky with two bikes today. The dump guys know me and leave any bikes "with those goofy curled over handlebars" off to the side for me. Usually it's old Huffys and such but today was a little better.

The first one really caught my eye. I love the color. It's a Lotus Challenger-I know nothing about Lotus and haven't researched it at all but it looks like a decent little bike.

(apologize in advance for cell phone pics)


Tange 900 tubes (assuming the stays are hi-ten?)


The paint is flaking and rust is showing through in a few places..I love the color so I'm not sure what I'll do, maybe just clear coat it?


The other bike I found isn't as exciting but still a nice find because it's in great shape.
Motobecane Mirage that I will clean up, add a chain and new cables and flip in the spring
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Scored at a yard sale this morning...three Schwinns - two Varsities and a Continental and two mixtes...a Soma Cosmopolitan and Raleigh Rapide...$25 for the lot...


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