Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Your Catch of the Day / Saved from the Dump!

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Your Catch of the Day / Saved from the Dump!

Old 11-19-09, 05:54 PM
  #3176  
Senior Member
 
kingfish254's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 970

Bikes: 1989 Dahon Stainless Classic III Folder - 1990 Dahon Mariner Classic III Folder - 2005 Dahon Jetstream P8 Full Suspension Folder

Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Originally Posted by JunkYardBike
'72 Raleigh Sports. Needs a bit of TLC.



Sweet catch! Even better than my $35 1948 Rudge. Practically the same bike though. Hard to beat a classic.
kingfish254 is offline  
Old 11-19-09, 05:55 PM
  #3177  
Dropped
 
JunkYardBike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Northwestern NJ
Posts: 6,080
Liked 21 Times in 18 Posts
Originally Posted by EjustE
Perfect rails to trails or town cruising bike. Tremendous catch. You can make 10x your investment on the saddle alone
Well, maybe 5x. It's in pretty sad shape. However, it should work for infrequent, short rides.
JunkYardBike is offline  
Old 11-19-09, 06:30 PM
  #3178  
Back In The Saddle
 
High Fist Shin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 2,318

Bikes: N+1

Likes: 0
Liked 8 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by JunkYardBike
Yep, and I loved the sales promo! It's my size, so I figure I'll get it back on the street and use it for fun, flat rides (which unfortunately doesn't include my immediate neighborhood).
I know the feeling. I live at the bottom of a bowl. Every direction is up.
__________________
In life there are no mistakes, only lessons. -Shin
High Fist Shin is offline  
Old 11-19-09, 06:32 PM
  #3179  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 66
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Wow, I'm so jealous. Nice find
Psy Guy is offline  
Old 11-19-09, 06:36 PM
  #3180  
Steel Member
 
fiataccompli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 1,427

Bikes: N + 1

Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
The neighborhood where I live is all hills....but over time I've come to appreciate it. I can get a great ride leaving from my front door and after that it's hard to find a hill that I'll think twice about.
fiataccompli is offline  
Old 11-19-09, 06:41 PM
  #3181  
Senior Member
 
r0ckh0und's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Plano, IL.
Posts: 1,523
Liked 223 Times in 105 Posts
Originally Posted by Chicago Al
Here is my just-home CL find, a nice starter bike for my 13 y o son. It popped up on Chicago CL yesterday for $25. I replied immediately and was apparently first. The guy called me and we agreed on a deal, but by that time I would not have been able to make the 1.5 hr drive out to get the bike then back into town to pick up son from school, so he agreed to keep it until this morning. Then last night he emailed me that he had about 20 more emails and felt he was giving the bike away at $25. I asked him what he thought was fair and pointed to a similar bike on eBay that is attracting no attention at $100. So he suggested $65 and I said fine. This was a bike he'd gotten new when he was 13 and a couple of our bikes have come from original owners like that. In such a situation it's more important to me that everyone be happy with the deal than to get the absolute bottom price. Call it karma or call me a sucker, I know my son is going to be very happy with this:




1985 Fuji Allegro. Needs cleaning and a bit of touch-up, new rubber and cables; will get red bar tape, and a reflector-ectomy. Too bad it isn't an '86 as there were upgrades that year, but oh well!
Glad this one found a good home.............I replied to this one also, the bike looked pretty clean even in the hazy CL pic.......I hope your son enjoys it! Nice find and still a bargain at $65.
r0ckh0und is offline  
Old 11-19-09, 06:43 PM
  #3182  
Steel Member
 
fiataccompli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 1,427

Bikes: N + 1

Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
3 10 speed junkers today....

Univega (only badging is on the downtube where it says "chromoly frame tubes")


a KIA Deluxe with 26" wheels and lugged tubing (heavy....glued lugs? built like a demolition derby bike...not sure what to do with this one)


and a Rampar Rapide


I know, I know, you are all green with envy...I'm sorry to throw down such an awesome haul like this...

Actually, the Rampar is a nice looking bike in great shape that may be inherently theft-proof..or at least a classy beater and the Univega has the usually nicely-built frame you should expect from pretty much any Univega...it may end up replacing my flat bar road bike conversion that is just a little smaller than I need.
fiataccompli is offline  
Old 11-19-09, 06:49 PM
  #3183  
Dropped
 
JunkYardBike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Northwestern NJ
Posts: 6,080
Liked 21 Times in 18 Posts
Originally Posted by Machin Shin
I know the feeling. I live at the bottom of a bowl. Every direction is up.
Hey, at least your home stretch is down hill! I live at the apex of a ridge, about 1000 ft above sea level (fairly high elevation for NJ). I rarely drive to a ride, so after a long ride, I'm usually faced with a 500 ft ascent after 60+ miles of hills. I really don't mind the terrain on my road bikes with triple chainsets, but it would be a bit much for me with the SA 3-speed.
JunkYardBike is offline  
Old 11-19-09, 09:28 PM
  #3184  
Back In The Saddle
 
High Fist Shin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 2,318

Bikes: N+1

Likes: 0
Liked 8 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by JunkYardBike
Hey, at least your home stretch is down hill! I live at the apex of a ridge, about 1000 ft above sea level (fairly high elevation for NJ). I rarely drive to a ride, so after a long ride, I'm usually faced with a 500 ft ascent after 60+ miles of hills. I really don't mind the terrain on my road bikes with triple chainsets, but it would be a bit much for me with the SA 3-speed.
That's why you're such a good rider. Hill training on every ride.
__________________
In life there are no mistakes, only lessons. -Shin
High Fist Shin is offline  
Old 11-19-09, 10:16 PM
  #3185  
WV is not flat..
 
brandenjs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Charles Town,Wv.
Posts: 1,406

Bikes: 1 away from divorce!

Liked 446 Times in 179 Posts
Man, I have not found a single bike worth considering for a long time. I'm getting discouraged....
brandenjs is offline  
Old 11-19-09, 10:31 PM
  #3186  
Sarcastic Bastid
 
mastronaut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Cis-Lunar Coast
Posts: 265
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Here's one I found recently, ...I added rims and tires.





mastronaut is offline  
Old 11-20-09, 06:59 AM
  #3187  
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York, NY, and High Falls, NY, USA
Posts: 40,777

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Liked 2,723 Times in 1,579 Posts
mastronaut, I like that. What does it weigh? And will it be getting a rear brake?
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 11-20-09, 09:32 AM
  #3188  
Sarcastic Bastid
 
mastronaut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Cis-Lunar Coast
Posts: 265
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by noglider
mastronaut, I like that. What does it weigh? And will it be getting a rear brake?
It probably weighed about 17lbs tops with the correct wheels. I'm going to put a standard side pull on the rear after it stops raining...
mastronaut is offline  
Old 11-20-09, 03:05 PM
  #3189  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 294
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I revived a Miyata Sports Model for a friend...goal was to go as cheap as possible...only parts I had laying around plus the standard bike flip consumables.

Didn't get a pic before I started taking it apart but here it is relatively intact:

Here are a few parts that went into the OA bath (brakes were pretty rusty on the opposite side):


I replaced the housings and cables, repacked all of the bearings, replaced the steel bars with with some alloy randonneur bars and both steel wheels with alloy. Swapped out the 5spd freewheel for a shimano hyperglide (I think) 6spd freewheel. Also put on a newer old seatpost as the other one had flaking chrome and was rusted to hell:




Pictures don't shine as much as they should as it was a nasty overcast day but the chrome is blingy and the paint polished up quite nicely. Alloy parts saved some weight and braking is quite solid now.
ottothecow is offline  
Old 11-20-09, 03:36 PM
  #3190  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 294
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by JunkYardBike
'72 Raleigh Sports. Needs a bit of TLC.

How's that saddle? I just got a similar looking model in NASTY condition and have been having good luck restoring it.
First I fed it a TON of lexol leather conditioner and then I had to manufacture my own tensioning bolt out of some old nuts and bolts. Today I sanded on the cracks a bit (they were all over) and I might sand a little bit more. Otherwise, the next step is a coating of sno-seal to hopefully finish the top and provide some waterproofing. It will go great on my next city bike project but I fear that there is too much stretching/cracking around the rivets on the front that might give way under riding.
ottothecow is offline  
Old 11-20-09, 04:11 PM
  #3191  
Wherever I may roam....
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Topton Pa
Posts: 1,853

Bikes: A few bikes

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Some random junk....







RobE30 is offline  
Old 11-20-09, 04:21 PM
  #3192  
Dropped
 
JunkYardBike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Northwestern NJ
Posts: 6,080
Liked 21 Times in 18 Posts
Originally Posted by ottothecow
How's that saddle? I just got a similar looking model in NASTY condition and have been having good luck restoring it.
First I fed it a TON of lexol leather conditioner and then I had to manufacture my own tensioning bolt out of some old nuts and bolts. Today I sanded on the cracks a bit (they were all over) and I might sand a little bit more. Otherwise, the next step is a coating of sno-seal to hopefully finish the top and provide some waterproofing. It will go great on my next city bike project but I fear that there is too much stretching/cracking around the rivets on the front that might give way under riding.
Yeah, it's got issues. Cracking around the rivets and front. It's still got some suppleness, but it's far too flexy. I'm also worried if I try to stretch it with the adjusting bolt, the nose will tear off. I may just give it a couple coats of Proofide and ride it sparingly. Might also try a light application of natural Neatsfoot oil first.
JunkYardBike is offline  
Old 11-20-09, 11:00 PM
  #3193  
Senior Member
 
raverson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: beautiful Chehalis, Wa. 98532
Posts: 1,402
Liked 10 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by ottothecow
I revived a Miyata Sports Model for a friend...goal was to go as cheap as possible...only parts I had laying around plus the standard bike flip consumables.
Very nice save.
raverson is offline  
Old 11-21-09, 04:28 PM
  #3194  
sultan of schwinn
 
EjustE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
Posts: 3,536
Likes: 0
Liked 15 Times in 9 Posts
First thrift store find of the season:

late 70s early 80s Ross Professional ($5):



Small touring bike, it should clean up nicely. Alloy 27 inch rims, Shimano components, 1020 steel

1976/7+ Raleigh Record ($5):





Not sure of the date, haven't even looked much into it, Suntour components, Weinmann brakes and alloy 27 inch rims make it an 77+, but it has a cottered crank; 2030 steel, really typically nice Raleigh lugs. Looks close to the 77 in Sheldon Brown's site (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/retroral...d-limited.html)
Fully operational, will also clean up nicely.

Both will go in the car wash after Thanksgiving...

I am spreading the love: I got them here (https://allentown.craigslist.org/gms/1473634416.html ; link to the CL ad by the Thrift store). They had about 8 more bikes (a couple of which will make great donors, including a TIG-welded recent entry level road bike and numerous entry level mountain bikes), but these were the best there today, I had my sons with me and only 2 spots on my hitch carrier... If anyone lives nearby, would be a good place to check

Last edited by EjustE; 11-21-09 at 04:32 PM.
EjustE is offline  
Old 11-21-09, 09:06 PM
  #3195  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Tidewater, Virginia
Posts: 78

Bikes: Lotus Legend, Fuji Cambridge VI, Schwinn Sprint

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Ottothecrow, How did you get the rust off the chrome so nicely. I have a Schwinn Sprint that needs just such a treatment. I'd very much appreciate it it if you could give me a reasonably detailed description of what you did. Don't assume I know much as I'm a newby at this stuff. Thanks.
keelbolts is offline  
Old 11-21-09, 11:31 PM
  #3196  
WJV
Junior Member
 
WJV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Laramie, Wy
Posts: 184
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Much smaller than most of the finds around here but its a part I needed and finally found! A 32 hole C-record hub. I polished half and the other half is how I got it. Coming down to the last few bits for my winter build. Stem, freewheel, tires and a saddle and Im ready to ride. But considering it took almost 4 months to find a stinking hub at a decent price, it could still be a while.

I also finished my new work bench today so thought I'd show and tell...



WJV is offline  
Old 11-22-09, 01:30 AM
  #3197  
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA area.
Posts: 44

Bikes: Specialized Allez '83-Yoshi Kono / Raleigh Super Course-Pickem'up truck junk yard snag

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Raleigh Super Course

Sitting in line waiting to pay for dropping junk at the dump and...

Think it's a 1984. Rust comes off with a little spit and my thumb nail.
Head Badge reads Raleigh of America yet the Serial # is 4D500387, Raleigh from Kent, WA should be "R"XXXXXXXX.
555 manganese tube.
Mixed bag of componenets with Shim 600 derailluers and 700c and 27" wheels.
Traingle stem with panto Raleigh.
Check out the Ernesto Colnago(?) crank and rings???

Winter fun in store....

Last edited by Reed19; 11-22-09 at 01:33 AM.
Reed19 is offline  
Old 11-22-09, 01:56 PM
  #3198  
sleep and eat. then bike.
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: South City SAINT LOUIS, Missouri
Posts: 2

Bikes: Scott Yecora, Kuwahara Count

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Kuwahara Count

Hey everybody.

About a week ago I replied to an ad on the craigslist free forums. This older dude had a couple bikes both of which I had never heard of. I'm not experienced in bikes whatsoever. I've been riding a 12yr old + Scott Yecora mountain bike that I purchased new in 95/96 and while it's a good bike I've always wanted a decent vintage road bike.

So I go and check out this guys barn and pull out two bikes. A Takara and a Kuwahara road bike. The Takara looked very nice but was too big for me so I left it. But the Kuwahara fit perfect and despite all the layers of dust and cobwebs it looked to be in really good condition as well. It must have sat there for 10+ years because there were tons of bugs using it as a home. I have found spiders, caterpillars, lady bugs and beetles galore crawling around my apartment since the Kuwahara came into my home.

This forum has addressed Kuwahara bikes a little. But this one is a Kuwahara Count. It's has a beautiful purple/blue paint job and all the components look straight and from what I can tell everything still works. There isn't much info on Kuwahara road bikes out there, but a near mint Kuwahara Count for free has catapulted me into the world of vintage road bikes. I am so excited to learn more adn get it rolling!

How rare are these Kuwahara road bikes? I'm pretty sure it's all original down to the tires. All the components are either Sugino GT, Nitto, Suntour and Dia-Compe. The frame is really very light and has a sticker that says Champion 3 Tubes 4130 Chromemoly Butted Tubing

I am so excited to have found something good that I can use to learn on and fix it up to like new, and all for free!

I'll take some pictures here when I get a chance and post them up here.

I'm curious though, if I were to fix this bike up like new what would it's value be? Or can a value be determined? Not that I want to sell it, I'm just pretty clueless about this stuff and it would be nice to know. I'm going to be using it next spring as my main commuter bike and I don't want it to get stolen or anything, that's for sure.

Respectfully,
-Kenneth aka total newb
sleep/n\eat is offline  
Old 11-22-09, 04:20 PM
  #3199  
missing in action
 
Chris_in_Miami's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4,483
Liked 49 Times in 29 Posts
Originally Posted by sleep/n\eat
...snip...

This forum has addressed Kuwahara bikes a little. But this one is a Kuwahara Count. It's has a beautiful purple/blue paint job and all the components look straight and from what I can tell everything still works. There isn't much info on Kuwahara road bikes out there, but a near mint Kuwahara Count for free has catapulted me into the world of vintage road bikes. I am so excited to learn more adn get it rolling!

How rare are these Kuwahara road bikes? I'm pretty sure it's all original down to the tires. All the components are either Sugino GT, Nitto, Suntour and Dia-Compe. The frame is really very light and has a sticker that says Champion 3 Tubes 4130 Chromemoly Butted Tubing
A purple Count you say?



One! One Kuwahara! Ah ah ah ah...

Seriously though, it sounds like a winner and free is always a great price. Please do get some pics of it posted...
Chris_in_Miami is offline  
Old 11-22-09, 04:42 PM
  #3200  
Senior Member
 
Bikedued's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 10,963
Liked 108 Times in 61 Posts
LOL @ "One! One Kuwahara!" hehehe....

A friend of mine had this in his yard for nearly a year, and I had to do something! I offered my big orange stretch cruiser, and he bit. No it's not stolen... He got it from the original
owner who began having children within a few months of buying it. So, it sat unused in his attic since 1993(4).. The dirt is from sitting in the friends yard, and should clean off easily.
Yep, that's a Burley Bossa Nova touring tandem!! Suntour XC pro components, Specialized cranks. Dual rear brakes(hub and cantis) and single canti front brakes. Four water bottle mounts,
that I can see anyway. There might be more that have gone unseen. I am thinking of Specialized Armadillos and yellow wrap on both bars. I am not sure who picked the red wrap, since
white and yellow are the only two colors other than the metallic black. Should be a project and a half, but it will be worth it. Originally $2,300 brand new, what a find,,,,BD

Something tells me I will need a dirt drop, periscopa, or a Technium.



__________________
So many bikes, so little dime.

Last edited by Bikedued; 11-22-09 at 04:47 PM.
Bikedued is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.