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Old 07-12-16, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy_K
I love this modification!

How do you like it in use? It looks awkward, but so did Gevenalle shifters until I tried them.

What did you have to do to get the shifter hardware to mate to the brake lever?
The modification is "...a most scathingly brilliant idea"* and simple to do. I just got another MTB that I'll be keeping and replacing this one with. I'll take the shifter apart and do a step-by-step of the modification and assembly. I'll have that posted in the Bicycle Mechanics forum by tomorrow.

Thanks for all the interest.

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Old 07-13-16, 04:36 PM
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My wife and a friend went on an excursion today. She called me about two Peugeot bikes she had found in a thrift shop. Here they are:

The paint is remarkable and the tires are new. The man's bike has Sachs/Huret derailleurs and drive train, the mixte has Simplex. The man's has a derailleur hanger on a forged drop, the mixte a claw on a stamped drop. Both have stem shifters and Weinnmann brakes and levers.

The saddles are toast and must be replaced. The fabric cover is releasing and the under glue is sticky and dirty. It appears that the were tuned up by a bike shop and left in a hot shed for a couple of years.

The men's bike has a sticker (3367001) and a stamp on the BB (Y4012641). The mixte sticker is(2995003), a "Z" stamp on the BB, and (Y306 19719) on the NDS drop. Both have Carbolite 103 tubes.

She paid $26 for both - good girl.
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Old 07-13-16, 04:51 PM
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She done good!
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Old 07-16-16, 02:59 PM
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Picked up from the town dump's "swap" area today:




All it needed was a good cleaning and the tires re-inflated. Oh wait, I also had to replace the missing front reflector (I took one from my son's long-outgrown bike).
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Old 07-17-16, 05:49 PM
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Monday evening, while out of town last week, I discovered the el cheapo Wal-Martian mountain bike I had purchased last month while at same location didn't just need a new rear gear shift cable it needed a new rear gear shifter. I made this comment to an aunt who was present at the time who lives in the area and was told my uncle had tossed her old bike on the back of his pickup truck to haul to the scrap yard a week prior and that if still their I was welcome to dig it out from under the rest of the junk and have it. I find some irony in that the near forty year old rear gear shifter is in better functional condition than one from a bike that couldn't be over two years old... Not pictured is the rear wheel that was literally so badly rusted that a section of the rim cracked off when I tried rolling the bike. Did salvage the reflector, washers, and all but one nut from the rear wheel before contributing it back to the scrap pile. Sadly the free wheel was completely rusted frozen and I couldn't even free it from the hub, also had to cut the almost completely fused chain off of the bike with a hacksaw.











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Old 07-18-16, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Miele Man
That is too cool - going to have to steal that idea for my next build ( a 1982 Giant built Schwinn World ). Neat idea.
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Old 07-18-16, 03:07 PM
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Snagged a Panasonic AL-9000 for a song today. Specs in the Panasonic catalog say Shimano 105 components, but this one has mostly Sport LX stuff. Whatever, it's a neat bike. Tires need to be replaced, stem should be lower, the chain needs lube and the tri-bars got to go, but other than that it's pretty much good to go. Needs new pedals, too, I guess, but the rat traps on it work OK.


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Old 07-18-16, 05:34 PM
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Nishiki Gran Tour 15

Bought this Nishiki for $15 from the original owner, he had converted it to a flatbar town bike and then mothballed it in a shed for a loooong time. Raided the parts bin for some wheels, a light action RD, bars and levers, and shifters (placed low due to recycled cables that are a bit short - wanted to keep the build cost at zero). She's a very nice rider.

Stripped frame shortly after buying:


Rebuilt with parts on hand:


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Old 07-19-16, 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by game_player_s
Monday evening, while out of town last week, I discovered the el cheapo Wal-Martian mountain bike I had purchased last month while at same location didn't just need a new rear gear shift cable it needed a new rear gear shifter. I made this comment to an aunt who was present at the time who lives in the area and was told my uncle had tossed her old bike on the back of his pickup truck to haul to the scrap yard a week prior and that if still their I was welcome to dig it out from under the rest of the junk and have it. I find some irony in that the near forty year old rear gear shifter is in better functional condition than one from a bike that couldn't be over two years old... Not pictured is the rear wheel that was literally so badly rusted that a section of the rim cracked off when I tried rolling the bike. Did salvage the reflector, washers, and all but one nut from the rear wheel before contributing it back to the scrap pile. Sadly the free wheel was completely rusted frozen and I couldn't even free it from the hub, also had to cut the almost completely fused chain off of the bike with a hacksaw.

Wow. That's the biggest POS on the thread so far. Looks nearly impossible to resurrect, much less ride a 100K.

In other words, great find!
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Old 07-22-16, 01:50 PM
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Found this 1985 Fuji Club at the LBS sidewalk sale. Other than the saddle, bar tape and missing decals, it appears to be all original down to the (hardly used) tires. Oh, and it's my size. Not that I need another bike.
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Old 07-22-16, 04:10 PM
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I picked up this Gary Fisher Aquila recently. When I got it the rear wheel wouldn't turn. I gave it an overhaul and I am ready to pass it on to someone else. It is in excellent condition. I have a total of $22 invested in it.
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Old 07-22-16, 04:51 PM
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1976 Schwinn Continental. Nothing special for a collector, but, in 1978 I purchased a slightly used twin to this one. Filled with nostalgia I snatched it from a pile of throw-a-ways and put in a few hours work.
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Old 07-22-16, 06:12 PM
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This Univega frame just arrived from a fellow forum member, EXTREMELY well packed and ahead of schedule. Looking forward to building up a bike with canti brakes and BIG TIRES.
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Old 07-23-16, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman
Wow. That's the biggest POS on the thread so far. Looks nearly impossible to resurrect, much less ride a 100K.

In other words, great find!
Haha thanks! It's still a toss up as to whether to harvest the rear derailer and re-use it on the el cheapo POS Next mountain bike or if I should just hold out for finding a 26" rear road bike wheel to mount back onto this "Scorcher" frame. If I fix the "Next" MTB there's always going to be that lingering question of what will break next and when, though it might surprise and last a couple of weeks before something else catastrophic breaks on it. But if I fix this rusty clunker I have the sneaky suspicion it just might cling to life a few more years, so unpredictable.

Needless to say the hunt for a discarded bike which could potentially contribute back to both is underway. But being that I am notoriously cheap that just means I am keeping a keen watch out for trash piles.
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Old 07-23-16, 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted by game_player_s
Haha thanks! It's still a toss up as to whether to harvest the rear derailer and re-use it on the el cheapo POS Next mountain bike or if I should just hold out for finding a 26" rear road bike wheel to mount back onto this "Scorcher" frame. If I fix the "Next" MTB there's always going to be that lingering question of what will break next and when, though it might surprise and last a couple of weeks before something else catastrophic breaks on it. But if I fix this rusty clunker I have the sneaky suspicion it just might cling to life a few more years, so unpredictable.

Needless to say the hunt for a discarded bike which could potentially contribute back to both is underway. But being that I am notoriously cheap that just means I am keeping a keen watch out for trash piles.
I must say, for some reason I got confused and thought I was replying to your post on the "Clunker Challenge 100" thread. Hence the bit about riding the bike 100k.

You should consider diving in on that
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Old 07-25-16, 06:43 PM
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Needed nothing but a clean up. Marin Bear Valley SE
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Old 07-27-16, 07:10 PM
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“At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.” -- George Orwell
Orwell, or Carlin..?
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Old 07-27-16, 09:06 PM
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I'm sure Carlin was influenced by Orwell.

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
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Found an 89 Team stumpjumper after returning from vacations, it had been sitting on CL for a month with no buyers!




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Found this Schwinn 24" cruiser on Fort Wayne Craigslist today. This should be great for my 8-year-old who is outgrowing his 20" Trek. This one is definitely a project in need of a full overhaul to say this least. With that said, the frame is sound and the chrome is in great shape. This will be a fun fall/winter project for sure.
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Found an 89 Team stumpjumper after returning from vacations, it had been sitting on CL for a month with no buyers!





Nice platform to work from. That could be extremely cool with the right mix of parts. Even a drop bar conversion would be cool!I found a Hard Rock Cruz in that color scheme once. I wish I had followed through and built it. Just never got around to it, and let it go in a purge. Looking forward to the build!,,,,BD
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Hopefully picking this up Sunday if all goes well. Been wanting a steel Gary Fisher for a while, and this one looks decent for the age. It will get my usual over improvement. Probably drop bars and an XT/LX bits.,,,,BD
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Old 07-30-16, 12:47 AM
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Found this '84 Centurion Elite GT at a garage sale this morning. $40 bought a bike with "less than 10 miles" according to the original owner--and I believe it. This thing is unbelievably pristine and original. I assume the stem shifters were added at original purchase. The only thing missing is the original water bottle, but the cage is there! Even the internal wiring is still coiled at the headtube and bottom bracket.


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Old 07-30-16, 07:50 AM
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Nice One, they would probably like to see it over here... https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...tabase-70.html
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Old 07-30-16, 08:04 PM
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Picked this up today. Always amazes me how schwinns clean up. This conti is pretty rough but original down to the tires. Brought it home gave it an hour of elbow grease,aired up the tires and went for spin.
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