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Old 09-25-11, 10:12 PM
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Originally Posted by toytech
I have not been hunting much lately, but could not pass this up. It is even my size!
Trek 520 all original and in need of some quality time in my garage.




Nice find, those 520's were great reliable bikes. By the way, was those photos taken last Christmas? Just wondering because there's a bunch of lawn care tools in their boxes behind the bike.
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Actually, the picture was taken today. We don't have a lawn, the sprayers are for fertilizer tea and my son's auto detailing chemicals and the leaf blower is my son's also for drying cars when detailing.
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Just a pocket full of Campy bits, a very interesting seat post, and some old Diadora cleated road shoes in my size.
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Originally Posted by rhm
H over C, perhaps Hercules? Often the head badge was repeated on the seat tube.

That "7"-shaped seat post means it's pretty old. Like, 1930's old.

Looks like it has a 3-sp hub, which should tell you something, whether Hercules, Sturmey Archer, or other brand.

Post it again, with better photos, when you have it in hand.
Could be a Rollfast Harvard, haven't seen the bike and I have a 50s JC Higgins ladies 26" with a 7 post so it might not be that old.
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Originally Posted by toytech
I have not been hunting much lately, but could not pass this up. It is even my size!
Trek 520 all original and in need of some quality time in my garage.




To borrow a word from Spanish language commercials, CICLODELICIOSO!

Did you want to reveal the price, did you get all you hoped for?
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Literally saved from the dump (was on a truck recycling metals): rusty Concore Aquila with various Campy bits, blue Modolo speedy brakes & levers, nice Concorde 3TTT Stem:


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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Just a pocket full of Campy bits, a very interesting seat post, and some old Diadora cleated road shoes in my size.
Seatpost #2 this week! Might you post a picture and some background, now that my curiousity is piqued?

Thanks!
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Nice 520 and Concorde! Reminds me a little of the time I found a chrome old school Torker on the back of a recycling truck for ten bucks. Sold it to my vintage bmx buddy for $150 the same day. Nothing like seeing a flash of chrome in the mid morning sun, hehe.,,,,BD
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Retrieved from the Grove. Chrome is Cool, Rust rubs right off in spots. Rear Hub, Junk Sprocket froze, dog springs disintegrated. All controls have become one with the universe and are frozen in time. New rear wheel, tire and shifting cable found this weekend. Forgot to grab a chain or I would be riding today. Picked up a new box of steel wool. Might have enough to knit a new coat.
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Originally Posted by toytech
Actually, the picture was taken today. We don't have a lawn, the sprayers are for fertilizer tea and my son's auto detailing chemicals and the leaf blower is my son's also for drying cars when detailing.
I figured as much, I was trying to be funny. I guess I failed at humor...again!
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Originally Posted by incrediblemagpi
...Retrieved from the Grove.....
From the grove, or from the grave?
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Originally Posted by stevenc
Literally saved from the dump (was on a truck recycling metals): rusty Concore Aquila with various Campy bits, blue Modolo speedy brakes & levers, nice Concorde 3TTT Stem:
Amazing! BTW, someone is looking for a Concorde fork in the ISO thread (post # 7077).
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Originally Posted by Rollfast
Seatpost #2 this week! Might you post a picture and some background, now that my curiousity is piqued?

Thanks!
Found a lower bb cable guide and pump mounts and a Nuovo Record seatpost.
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Originally Posted by incrediblemagpi
Retrieved from the Grove. Chrome is Cool, Rust rubs right off in spots. Rear Hub, Junk Sprocket froze, dog springs disintegrated. All controls have become one with the universe and are frozen in time. New rear wheel, tire and shifting cable found this weekend. Forgot to grab a chain or I would be riding today. Picked up a new box of steel wool. Might have enough to knit a new coat.
Great score, you don't see many of those in chrome

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How do you guys get so much stuff from the trash/dump? Just right place at the right time? I was at the dump/recycling center the other day and I asked a guy working there, but they don't pull bikes out and it sounds like I can't either. So, do you have to stop people before they chuck it in? Or are some dumps just better for grabbing stuff from?
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Originally Posted by mattk42
How do you guys get so much stuff from the trash/dump? Just right place at the right time? I was at the dump/recycling center the other day and I asked a guy working there, but they don't pull bikes out and it sounds like I can't either. So, do you have to stop people before they chuck it in? Or are some dumps just better for grabbing stuff from?
Most dumps don't allow scavenging. Some have reuse areas. Best bet is to hit up metal recycle facilities near you. They won't get per pound what you can offer them for a mixed metal item...
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Originally Posted by mattk42
How do you guys get so much stuff from the trash/dump? Just right place at the right time? I was at the dump/recycling center the other day and I asked a guy working there, but they don't pull bikes out and it sounds like I can't either. So, do you have to stop people before they chuck it in? Or are some dumps just better for grabbing stuff from?
Buy the guy that works there a 6 pack / make friends with him. My dad has been friendly with the 'dump guy' in my home town for years and mentioned to him that I like to ride and fix/sell old bikes. Now whenever a bike comes in he sets it off to the side. Nine times out of ten they are junk and when my dad gets there they just toss them in the metal dumpster. Sometimes it's a minty fresh 60's Raleigh Sports Now that I think of it though, nothing decent has come through the dump all summer. Patience is key when looking for old bikes (and not wanting to spend lots of money).
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Trek 850 Mountain Track--USA-made--from the scrapyard

Our local scrapyard is very local, family-run, in a town of only 1300. I've developed a relationship with the owner and his sons. If I pick a handfull of parts, I always offer the owner $5-10, explaining that I'd have to drive 15 or 20 miles to the bike shop to get parts and I really appreciate getting parts so close to home. I drop off my scrap for free. On my last trip on Friday I picked up a working 12in miter saw and this bike frame for $40. It's a made in the USA Trek 850 Mountain Track. It was missing the wheels and pedals, which I had in stock. It had spent a season outdoors, because I had to remove weeds from the derailleurs, but everything worked fine without adjustment. Put it together today and it rides beautifully! What always mystifies me is why someone would dump a bike like this? What was their nicer bike that needed those wheels and pedals? Does anyone know when Trek stopped making bikes in the USA? I have a 1990's Trek Antelope which is made in Taiwan and is not nearly as nice as this 850.
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Originally Posted by rdjohannes
Does anyone know when Trek stopped making bikes in the USA? I have a 1990's Trek Antelope which is made in Taiwan and is not nearly as nice as this 850.
My guess is like the majority of the other companies based out of the US who've moved production over-seas is that it just started costing too much to make the bikes here and overseas they've got mass production down to a science... granted a low quality science... but it's still easier than dealing with the red-tape and wage raises/ product taxation of making anything state-side now days as unfortunate as that is.
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Came across an oddity today while we were cleaning up the yard at the co-op... front wheel with a CR18 rim laced to a Gary Fisher branded cartridge bearing hub.

That, and I picked up a Suntour XC front hub with the WTB grease guard to add to my ever growing collection of this excellent group.
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Originally Posted by Ducttape
My guess is like the majority of the other companies based out of the US who've moved production over-seas is that it just started costing too much to make the bikes here and overseas they've got mass production down to a science... granted a low quality science... but it's still easier than dealing with the red-tape and wage raises/ product taxation of making anything state-side now days as unfortunate as that is.
Also red tape includes pollution control red tape here in the US. This is why China is have a huge problem with industrial waste in their water ways and in the air. China after making a majority of their rivers unsafe and unhealthy is only now trying to figure out how to clean the mess. China overlooks "little" problems like that as well as problems with worker safety which we go to the extreme with, and public safety. In fact the public safety is at such peril that cancer has skyrocketed there. If you remember the concern during the 08 Olympics in Bejing they had to stop manufacturing for a week prior to the event starting and limit car use, and a lot of contestants were scared of the pollution. The pollution so bad it's carried in the air and goes across the Pacific and gathers over Bakersfield and Los Angeles making those two cities some of the worst particulate pollution levels in the United States...which is one of the reasons I decided to leave Bakersfield! A lot of their farm lands have been destroyed due to not having enough or not having safe water to water the crops with. That's not good with a huge population to feed. In 03 there was an estimated, and China always estimates very low on figures such as these, that 550,000 people a year were dying from pollution not including an additional 300,000 from the effects of indoor pollution. Not sure if China cares though because their population is so over burdensome they may think those deaths are a blessing! But when China decided the those numbers of deaths estimates that were released in 05 not to have any of that information released! World Bank released information outside of China stating they were estimating the deaths closer to 750,000. Combine that with almost 5,000 dying in mines last year, another 89,000 in car accidents, another million to cigarettes. I guess you could say their thinning the herd.

Pollution control in China is non-existent, and if they ever decide to go the western route of controlling it then the prices of all our precious stuff we buy will go skyrocketing to cover the massive clean up cost unheard of in ancient or modern history, and I doubt they will ever be able to clean it up. There is a major effort to convert the use of dirty fuels to wind and solar but they have a tremendous problem to overcome that will take lots of money to make it work even half way, and the cost of that effort will be seen by us.

So whenever your buying products made in China your helping them to thin their herd, not to mention grow their military to be aimed at one target. Maybe one day they'll thin our herd too.
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Picked up a NOS set of wheels and headset yesterday. The wheels, 700c Mavic Reflex SUP laced to Shimano 600 Tri color 8/9/10 speed hubs with DT SS spokes. Headset is a Shimano 600 Ultegra, $130 for the wheels and $15 for the headset both which I get to work off.
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Just moved my bike shop to my new place... much bigger, but man do I have a ton of crap. It's incredible to me how three years of slow accumulation can lead to this. Now nothing has a place and it looks like so much stuff. WOW. gotta thin it out. Just had to vent.
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Just moved my bike shop to my new place... much bigger, but man do I have a ton of crap. It's incredible to me how three years of slow accumulation can lead to this. Now nothing has a place and it looks like so much stuff. WOW. gotta thin it out. Just had to vent.

It's called "HOARDING"

Hey maybe you can get on one of those A&E or TLC channel shows but for having a bicycle problem... could make some sales!

Just teasing!
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I had the chance to rummage through some boxes of junk at a LBS and it yielded a few useful (to me) pieces. Some vintage Suntour and Shimano road parts, an excellent condition XT FD, an oddball SRAM SX-5 derailleur, and a Deore M510 freehub.
The Suntour stuff consists of a later model Cyclone FD, and ARX RD. Unfortunately I later discovered the B-screw is damaged and could use a replacement or alternative substitute. If anyone knows the threading, PM me!
Shimano RD is a long cage Light-Action in very good condition. I read these are nice performers. Two 7-speed freehubs: a RX100 126mm and a NOS black anodized OEM shimano model with a 135mm axle.

I've no experience with SRAM 1:1 stuff, and don't have a set of 1:1 shifters. I hope friction shifters have enough travel for it.

Oh, plus a Blackburn MTB rack too, all for the cost of a large pizza.

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