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Old 10-19-14, 04:14 PM
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This was at the landfill swap shop,at first thought it was a late '80's Japanese frame. Saw the B on the lug & within a couple of minutes of googling the Quarttro components figured out what this was despite the hidious re spray. Obvious swapped out bits - seat post from Ofmega to Advent, RD to Shimano Exage 500EX. Wheels, not shown, Joytech hubs & Araya rims. Needs a ton of attention but it's coming apart easier than I thought.
The head tube/fork crown shot shows where quite a bit of paint flaked off. Under florescent light I can't tell if that's primer or if this was originally actually Cileste.
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Old 10-25-14, 01:25 AM
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Saved from being dumped by the other mechanic at the shop. Score!

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Originally Posted by Chris_in_Miami
I haven't bought a bike (or posted here much) in well over a year, but I fell off the wagon at the flea market today:



RB-T, I think it's a 1994 and all original apart from the saddle and tires. I've always wanted one of these and it may replace my beloved Voyageur SP.
Love the green tires. They make the bike stand out.. I have green tires on a Red Grand Prix.
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Old 10-25-14, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris_in_Miami
I haven't bought a bike (or posted here much) in well over a year, but I fell off the wagon at the flea market today:



RB-T, I think it's a 1994 and all original apart from the saddle and tires. I've always wanted one of these and it may replace my beloved Voyageur SP.
That is a great bike you got, and a rare find at that. I saw one on e-bay sold for about $500 supposdely like new condition but the pictures were gone by the time I saw the ad. The tubeset was Ishiwata EX4130 which Bridgestone never mentioned in their ads which Grant Peterson still doesn't do to this day! Ishiwata went bankrupt in 1993 which means that Bridgestone used that tubeset because they got it very cheap due to left over tube sets in the warehouse.

I don't think there is a lot of difference between your Voyager SP which used a mix of Columbus SL and SP so I don't think you'll notice much of a difference although the frame geometry on the Voyager is a touring geometry while the RBT is a randonneur which means it wasn't built to carry the heavier touring loads that Voyager was built to do thus they were built a bit lighter, plus the geometry of the frame which is in between a race and touring geometry gave it a bit quicker handling then a touring geometry but that also means comfort was also in between the two,; all of this doesn't make the RBT a lessor bike just built for a different reason.

I surly wouldn't sell your Voyager though just in case you get a hankering to go touring or just one another bike to have around. Last month I found a regular (not SP) Voyager in a dumpster which I'm still working on so I haven't had a chance to ride it for comparison sakes with others that I have, but I did ride it and it rides nicely but it's also the Tange Champion 2 tubeset which some sources on the internet say it was a bit better than the Columbus sl sp mix used in the higher end Voyager SP and other touring bikes, but it cost less so bike manufactures probably thought it wasn't quite as good! That website I gave above he loves Tange stuff over anything else...just his opinion of course.

But that RBT is most definitely more rare than the Voyager SP, and that alone makes it unique and worth to own.

Congrats on finding it, sorry of the long blabbering about it.
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Old 10-25-14, 06:22 AM
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I texted this guy to offer $200, but it was already sold. For $100,,,,BD

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Saved from being dumped by the other mechanic at the shop. Score!
Nice!!
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Old 10-25-14, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by dwightisright
Love the green tires. They make the bike stand out.. I have green tires on a Red Grand Prix.
They're yours for the cost of shipping

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That is a great bike you got, and a rare find at that. I saw one on e-bay sold for about $500 supposdely like new condition but the pictures were gone by the time I saw the ad. The tubeset was Ishiwata EX4130 which Bridgestone never mentioned in their ads which Grant Peterson still doesn't do to this day! Ishiwata went bankrupt in 1993 which means that Bridgestone used that tubeset because they got it very cheap due to left over tube sets in the warehouse.

I don't think there is a lot of difference between your Voyager SP which used a mix of Columbus SL and SP so I don't think you'll notice much of a difference although the frame geometry on the Voyager is a touring geometry while the RBT is a randonneur which means it wasn't built to carry the heavier touring loads that Voyager was built to do thus they were built a bit lighter, plus the geometry of the frame which is in between a race and touring geometry gave it a bit quicker handling then a touring geometry but that also means comfort was also in between the two,; all of this doesn't make the RBT a lessor bike just built for a different reason.

I surly wouldn't sell your Voyager though just in case you get a hankering to go touring or just one another bike to have around. Last month I found a regular (not SP) Voyager in a dumpster which I'm still working on so I haven't had a chance to ride it for comparison sakes with others that I have, but I did ride it and it rides nicely but it's also the Tange Champion 2 tubeset which some sources on the internet say it was a bit better than the Columbus sl sp mix used in the higher end Voyager SP and other touring bikes, but it cost less so bike manufactures probably thought it wasn't quite as good! That website I gave above he loves Tange stuff over anything else...just his opinion of course.

But that RBT is most definitely more rare than the Voyager SP, and that alone makes it unique and worth to own.

Congrats on finding it, sorry of the long blabbering about it.
Thanks for the comparison. I had a similar impression from the brief rides I've taken on the RB-T, but it's not kitted out the same as the Voyageur, so it will be hard to make a comparison until I put my Paselas and saddle on the new bike. I've always felt that the Voyageur has a pretty lively feel for a touring bike, it's a "sweet spot" combination of tubing and geometry. Congrats on your dumpster find!
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Old 10-25-14, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris_in_Miami
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Old 10-25-14, 07:00 PM
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Picked up this 1982 Schwinn World Sport today, it was my size and cheap. It has almost the full checklist of undesirables, Hi-Ten frame, stamped dropouts, claw mount rear derailluer, bolt on chrome steel wheels, steel seatpost and handlebars, stem shifters, turkey levers, dork disc, foam grips and possibly the cheapest plastic bottle cage I have ever seen clamped on with heater hose clamps. Paint is really beat up but no frame rust, it has rust on most of the chrome EXCEPT the wheels, they're like brand new and perfectly true. It seems the crappy wheels always are. Tires are good, tubes are new, it has long reach Weinmann center pulls but both brake levers are hosed and it needs all the cables replaced. I have another set of levers and piles of cables so there will be no further financial investment needed. I soaked it down with Zip 505 cleaner and hosed it off, it cleaned up nicely all things considered. The plan is to make it functional and to put it on my stationary trainer for the really crappy days this Winter when I can't force myself out in the elements. The seller was a flipper that knew next to nothing about bikes other than he could make a few bucks off them. This is the CL photo.

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Picked up this Halfords Sport this morning for €25. I bought it for the parts (especially the MAFAC brakes, and the super light aluminum fenders and stays) , but I felt guilty dismantling it. I don't think it was used for anything else than taking up space in a garage for forty-odd years. My guess it's a Belgian frame, made by Flandria or Superia.



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Now that's a Classic.


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Old 10-27-14, 04:57 AM
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Originally Posted by non-fixie
Picked up this Halfords Sport this morning for €25. I bought it for the parts (especially the MAFAC brakes, and the super light aluminum fenders and stays) , but I felt guilty dismantling it. I don't think it was used for anything else than taking up space in a garage for forty-odd years. My guess it's a Belgian frame, made by Flandria or Superia.



To be in the UK and have it my size. A very nice bike. I'd give 25 after ya took the parts off of it that you wanted. Very classic.
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Picked up this Univega Activa Trail today from the local CL. It has a very nice ride - I think it's going to be a keeper.



I'm going to change the saddle and think about a drop-bar conversion.
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Picked up this Vittorio Populair. It was sitting on our local classifieds site with a ridiculously low bid on it. Vittorio are well-known for their hand-built high-quality trekking bikes, and even though the Populair is not their most expensive model I felt this one deserved a better fate than the weekly pub run. It also happens to be mrs non-fixie's size, so I rescued it. As bought:



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This one was strapped down on the top of the pile in a local scrapper's trailer. I saw the dropout adjusters and had to rescue it. Went back twice before finding him at home, gave him twenty bucks for it as shown. He was happy, I was happy! I checked with the local PD as well as a couple other sources to try and make sure it wasn't stolen. This thing makes me contemplate taking some Monday off to stand at the Northern Recycling gate to see what else is getting chopped up! The components that are left on it are pretty generic, so my plan is to build it up with the Tri-Color bits I've got laying around.

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Excellent save... I love my Berthet pedals.

My catch of the week... will be swapping in some cross tyres for the rest of the season.

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This is my favorite thread...

My catch from last night. It didn't sale I guess at a garage sale this week end for $150. I picked it up last night for much much less than that.

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Originally Posted by non-fixie
Picked up this Vittorio Populair. It was sitting on our local classifieds site with a ridiculously low bid on it. Vittorio are well-known for their hand-built high-quality trekking bikes, and even though the Populair is not their most expensive model I felt this one deserved a better fate than the weekly pub run. It also happens to be mrs non-fixie's size, so I rescued it. As bought:




Interesting and rare find, the company is till in business too! Which was unusual for a Belgian bicycle company to remain in business as long as they did. See this: Vittorio Home You might be able to e-mail them to get the history and specifics on the bike if they have it and if you're interested.
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Interesting and rare find, the company is till in business too! Which was unusual for a Belgian bicycle company to remain in business as long as they did. See this: Vittorio Home You might be able to e-mail them to get the history and specifics on the bike if they have it and if you're interested.
I've been in touch with the new owners (Jan Groot no longer runs the business) a couple of years ago. Regrettably they don't have the old build records anymore, but they told me that the 'Populair' models were built with frames imported from Belgium. They couldn't tell me who the actual builder was.
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Double Score! Trek Elance 300 and Schwinn Traveler III, both free on the curb, unadvertised. And both 23", just my size.

While raging against the dying of the light on my standard after work route, I came upon these two leaning against a speed limit sign. Called the wife, who was glad to pick me up (doesn't like me riding in the dark), along with the bikes.

I'm pretty stoked about the Trek. It has a lot of paint missing, but looks to be stock except for the rear brake, which was upgraded with a Sora dual pivot. I want to build it up for riding the Raleigh greenways. I think the taller, wider 27" wheels will smooth out the tree root humps. Previously I was given one just like it in mint condition, but 21" (too small).

The Traveler III is older and way heavier but in very good condition. With some alloy wheels it might make for a comfy greenway ride too.
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Double Score! Trek Elance 300 and Schwinn Traveler III, both free on the curb, unadvertised. And both 23", just my size.

While raging against the dying of the light on my standard after work route, I came upon these two leaning against a speed limit sign. Called the wife, who was glad to pick me up (doesn't like me riding in the dark), along with the bikes.

I'm pretty stoked about the Trek. It has a lot of paint missing, but looks to be stock except for the rear brake, which was upgraded with a Sora dual pivot. I want to build it up for riding the Raleigh greenways. I think the taller, wider 27" wheels will smooth out the tree root humps. Previously I was given one just like it in mint condition, but 21" (too small).

The Traveler III is older and way heavier but in very good condition. With some alloy wheels it might make for a comfy greenway ride too.

So that's where my bikes went!
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A lady advertised some bikes owned by her late father. I missed a possibly nice Trek (she couldn't remember the model - her mother gave it away) and a Peugeot mixte. This Fuji Royale was left, so it came home with me. Here are some photos after a quick wash and removal of some accessories (anyone want a Radio Shack AM bike radio?).

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Ok, pretty sure we need to see the AM bike radio.

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A lady advertised some bikes owned by her late father. I missed a possibly nice Trek (she couldn't remember the model - her mother gave it away) and a Peugeot mixte. This Fuji Royale was left, so it came home with me. Here are some photos after a quick wash and removal of some accessories (anyone want a Radio Shack AM bike radio?).

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Ok, pretty sure we need to see the AM bike radio.
OK Mechanicmatt, here it is along with a Cateye computer from way back that was also on the bike.

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OK Mechanicmatt, here it is along with a Cateye computer from way back that was also on the bike.

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