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Old 03-09-10, 11:23 AM
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Any chance the tubes are suppose to be bent like this?
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Old 03-09-10, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by autonoz
Any chance the tubes are suppose to be bent like this?
Yes, they are supposed to look like that...after they run into a brick wall!
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ouch. that frame looks to be toast.
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Old 03-09-10, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by wrk101
Today's find is my fourth Lotus, a 1981 Lotus Prestige. It has double butted Ishiwata "Magny X" frame/forks and stays. Typical project bike price. One plus is it has 700c rims.

wrk101, you are the Lotus freakin master! Great frame and paint! I suspect this one will be a rider rather than a flipper?

(I think it's time I dusted off the old Lotus headbadge avatar)
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Old 03-09-10, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by JunkYardBike
Yes, they are supposed to look like that...after they run into a brick wall!
LOL, I know. Just hoping someone would say it was a specially designed frame to look bent.
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Old 03-09-10, 01:47 PM
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The more I fiddled around with the chain and derailleur, I realized how true your advice is. Alas, I don't have the tools to do a cassette, so I cleaned up the old chain and put it back on, and all is right with the world. This is the first mtb I've ever touched. Even rough road bkes come to me in better condtion than this.
Thanks for the advice.

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Old 03-09-10, 02:53 PM
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Glad to be of help. Basically, some sprockets wear down together with the chain, and the shape is "accustomed" to the elongated links and can't deal with a new chain. If the owner had replaced his chain more frequently, he would have slowed down the sprocket wear. Eventually, you have to replace both at once. Replacing one without the other makes the problem worse, not better.

I bit the bullet on one bike I was restoring, an old Schwinn Varsity. Chain absolutely needed replacement, and I couldn't avoid that. It skipped in the highest gear. I had to buy a new freewheel.

I recommend getting cassette tools. They will pay off!
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Originally Posted by autonoz
Any chance the tubes are suppose to be bent like this?
Nope... that frame is toast.
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Old 03-09-10, 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by autonoz
LOL, I know. Just hoping someone would say it was a specially designed frame to look bent.
I have a frame that looks just like that. Bending it (and trying to replace it) opened my eyes to the whole world of C&V.
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Old 03-09-10, 04:56 PM
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Found this in the trash a few years ago, it says Centurion on the chain stay, the only part that wasn't painted over. It also got a sort of 'aero' frame.

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Old 03-09-10, 07:13 PM
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Found this Murray Alpine with Shimano 3-speed hub by a dumpster. I came across this forum and joined to find out more info. It has medium rust on the chrome bits and some dings and scratches, but rides fine. Everything seems original. Sticker says 03-79...assuming this is the bikes model year. Any info or value? By the way, reading this forum has got me looking out for more bikes...I'm hooked!
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Old 03-09-10, 07:44 PM
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Purchased this from CL today on a rebound. I missed out on another and was determined to buy something. Looks and rides like new.
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fastmummy, I don't mean to be discouraging. That bike has no value. But it will help you appreciate your next acquisitions.

You could use it for experiments, at things such as painting.

Stick around, and you'll learn a lot. Have fun!
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A nice old bike but nuthin special. Not worth too much unless you happen to find a Murray collector (don't count on it). If you want to clean up the chrome, try using aluminum foil and lemon juice; I've had good results with that. A good cleaning and it should shine.
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Old 03-09-10, 09:33 PM
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Change your Avitar to Fastmurray and we'll send our extras. Really, if you don't mind spending the time, there are a lot of cheapo bikes that you can get for nothing. Recent Huffy pickup that had a missing oddball seat post. Finally found one and put it back on the road. Made a whole $50 on it.

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Sometimes good fortune just seems to find you.

I’m posting this in C & L as well as in Tandems.

I’ve been looking around for a cruiser-type tandem. I own a vintage Santana touring tandem, but my daughters aren’t big on drop handlebars and toe-clips, so I was looking for something more relaxed for them. A neighbor stopped by my house the other day, and said he had an old tandem I might be interested in.

Voila! It was a late 60s or early 70s Columbia Twosome, 5 speed, with a drum brake/caliper brake combination. Check out that chrome. He restores vintage cars for a hobby, and I think he started working on this, and then got bored. He even threw in two brand new tires. Not bad for $150!

This bike has a complete lubrication and some new chains in its future!














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Old 03-10-10, 06:35 AM
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Originally Posted by fastmunny
Found this Murray Alpine with Shimano 3-speed hub by a dumpster. I came across this forum and joined to find out more info. It has medium rust on the chrome bits and some dings and scratches, but rides fine. Everything seems original. Sticker says 03-79...assuming this is the bikes model year. Any info or value? By the way, reading this forum has got me looking out for more bikes...I'm hooked!
Not worth a lot but I get $100-150 for older 3 speeds like that in my area completely serviced,so for a dumpster find that's not to bad depending on what kind of parts it may need. The chrome on the older bikes is so much better then what is used now and that bike should clean up nice.
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Old 03-10-10, 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted by motomurphy
Found this in the trash a few years ago, it says Centurion on the chain stay, the only part that wasn't painted over. It also got a sort of 'aero' frame.
I want to know what this bike is? Never seen one like it before!,,,,BD
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I redid a Columbia Twosome from the early 60's that I picked up from the orig owner last year in a trade. It had been sitting in a barn since the early 70's and looked nothing like yours, the only new parts that were needed were tires,tubes and reflectors for the wheels and I replaced the seats (the seats came from a his and hers matching ten speeds that I got from the same guy ) which I had in stock. After a complete tear down and cleaning I sold it for $300 on CL to a life guard in Ocean City ,he paid me $50 more then I was asking because of how nice it was and in Nov I received a email from him saying how much he liked it and where ever he went with it people couldn't believe that it was from the 60's because of how clean it was.



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Excellent work, glennfordx4!
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Originally Posted by Bikedued
I want to know what this bike is? Never seen one like it before!,,,,BD
Yeah, I haven't been able to find any info on it. Like I said, it has a sort of aero frame, the downtubes etc. are all shaped like blades. Its got a Suntour GPX front derailleur, Shimano Biopace crank and a Shimano SIS rear derailleur. Its been repainted that sweet mauve so I don't know what if anything is original on it.
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Glennfordx4, that is one beautiful bike. I'm hoping this one cleans up as nicely with some car wax and some buffing. I just have to find the time to do it now. :-(
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A few recent finds , no bargains though so I sure hope people are still looking for road and touring bikes this spring.

Can you spot the gems in the lot?



Looks like a good saddle on the nishiki
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Originally Posted by motomurphy
Found this in the trash a few years ago, it says Centurion on the chain stay, the only part that wasn't painted over. It also got a sort of 'aero' frame.
That is really interesting. Could you throw some pics up of the downtube and BB connection. That downtube just doesn't look stiff at all. It feels like looking at some ancient species that was related to a sucessful one, but went extinct without evolving further.
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Originally Posted by motomurphy
Found this in the trash a few years ago, it says Centurion on the chain stay, the only part that wasn't painted over. It also got a sort of 'aero' frame.
Does it say Centurion on the frame or is it just on a stick-on chainstay protector?
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