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Old 08-24-16, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by AngryFrankie
Here's a "Saved from the dump!" A craigslist ad appears late Sunday, "BIKE $30", so it's a PUCH Pathfinder with stamped dropouts, stem shifters, High Ten decal, steel rims, and a custom painted rear triangle, probably by some creative child. A bike I would normally pass on. But the "2nd bike is free" bike looked more interesting.
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So, I reply, 'I'll come and get them right now' figuring worse case, I'm getting a few parts for 30.00. I have the junk man bike gene if you haven't figured that out by now. So, I get up there just before dark and three very matronly ladies are having an estate sale and offer me yet a third bike for an additional $5, and can't get me out of there fast enough (I went to the car to get another $5 and turned around and they were each standing behind me holding one of the bikes like they were gonna throw them in my trunk and say "see ya!" So...the third add on bike is a Le tour lux that cleaned up very nicely. BUT, the diamond in the dumpster, was the PUCH Force II which measures 55x55 CC which is what I am professionally fitted to. I've really just cleaned off the "dried sewer muck" looking stuff and not really rebuilt it yet.
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This is really what I love about this hobby. You just never know what will turn up!
SUPER SCORE!! The bike cleaned up SO NICE!!
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Old 08-24-16, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by AngryFrankie
BUT, the diamond in the dumpster, was the PUCH Force II which measures 55x55 CC which is what I am professionally fitted to. I've really just cleaned off the "dried sewer muck" looking stuff and not really rebuilt it yet.
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This is really what I love about this hobby. You just never know what will turn up!
Oh, what a score! That is a slightly newer version of the Puch Royal X I rode in the late 70s and early 80s and that i really regret parting with! Yours is cleaning up nicely, and I think you will really dig the ride quality. I look forward to seeing more pix later!
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Old 08-24-16, 08:07 PM
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My catch of the day is $200 cash. Sold the Team Miyata fixed gear. The best part was the guy was super enthused about it, so I know it went to a good home.,,,,BD
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Rescued from the metal recycling bin. A 1966 Ladies Raleigh Sports 3 speed that will be used by my kid who starts college in the city next week. Hoping to keep it ugly enough to prevent being stolen.

Cleaned, changed cables, and wrapped loose cables in electrical tape. Need to change the brake pads too.

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Old 08-28-16, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Totoro
Rescued from the metal recycling bin.

Nice find! I found one at the curb on trash day next to a supercan. Tied up traffic to retrieve it before the truck got to it first. The things people throw away.
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Old 08-29-16, 06:17 AM
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Originally Posted by AngryFrankie
Here's a "Saved from the dump!" A craigslist ad appears late Sunday, "BIKE $30", so it's a PUCH Pathfinder with stamped dropouts, stem shifters, High Ten decal, steel rims, and a custom painted rear triangle, probably by some creative child. A bike I would normally pass on. But the "2nd bike is free" bike looked more interesting.

So, I reply, 'I'll come and get them right now' figuring worse case, I'm getting a few parts for 30.00. I have the junk man bike gene if you haven't figured that out by now. So, I get up there just before dark and three very matronly ladies are having an estate sale and offer me yet a third bike for an additional $5, and can't get me out of there fast enough (I went to the car to get another $5 and turned around and they were each standing behind me holding one of the bikes like they were gonna throw them in my trunk and say "see ya!" So...the third add on bike is a Le tour lux that cleaned up very nicely. BUT, the diamond in the dumpster, was the PUCH Force II which measures 55x55 CC which is what I am professionally fitted to. I've really just cleaned off the "dried sewer muck" looking stuff and not really rebuilt it yet.

This is really what I love about this hobby. You just never know what will turn up!
Whoa.
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Old 08-29-16, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Rocket-Sauce
Whoa.
wow that's an amazing find, err should I say finds. What year is the Le Tour Luxe?
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Old 08-29-16, 12:07 PM
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I think it was probably a 1984? Mountech derailleurs and no tubing sticker. I'm furiously trying to clean up and move on a heap of old bikes and that one has already moved on!
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Old 08-29-16, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by AngryFrankie
I think it was probably a 1984? Mountech derailleurs and no tubing sticker. I'm furiously trying to clean up and move on a heap of old bikes and that one has already moved on!
What color was the bike? Champagne, which is really an odd like moss green color, or dark grey was 1984 color scheme for that year of Le Tour Luxe; 83 they used a dark grey and a dark blue; while in 85 they used a bright (light blue, what Trek called a dusty blue) blue, and a metallic cocoa.
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Old 08-29-16, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by thumpism
Nice find! I found one at the curb on trash day next to a supercan. Tied up traffic to retrieve it before the truck got to it first. The things people throw away.
Any pics?
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Old 08-30-16, 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Totoro
Any pics?
This find took place years ago and miles away and I have posted about it elsewhere, but here you go.
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Old 09-04-16, 07:01 PM
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Super...of Course

I got a "bonus" bike when going to buy a Fuji S12-S from a craigslist seller recently. He says, "You fix up old bikes? How about this one here?" I snagged it for $1 extra (and as it turned out, there was a dollar in the saddlebag of the Fuji )

Crazy tall frame...but I plan on fixin' her up anyway. Looks 100% original down to the Raleigh branded tires. Dynamo and headlamp are interesting. Can these old things be revived? The bike is so filthy, I'm almost loath to touch it. It's like a museum piece.

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Old 09-05-16, 06:34 AM
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Wow. That Raleigh is loaded with bits. I dig it.
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Old 09-05-16, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by SpiritCyclist
I got a "bonus" bike when going to buy a Fuji S12-S from a craigslist seller recently. He says, "You fix up old bikes? How about this one here?" I snagged it for $1 extra (and as it turned out, there was a dollar in the saddlebag of the Fuji )

Crazy tall frame...but I plan on fixin' her up anyway. Looks 100% original down to the Raleigh branded tires. Dynamo and headlamp are interesting. Can these old things be revived? The bike is so filthy, I'm almost loath to touch it. It's like a museum piece.

What the heck? Was this bike fished out of a river or lake? Lots of rust, I would be very leery buying that without removing the bottom bracket and seatpost to see what damage there is inside tubes.
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Old 09-05-16, 11:16 AM
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^ "I'd buy that for a dollar."

It needs a complete teardown, but even if the frame is toast (Which it's probably isn't), theres some scrappage value or at least a lot of cool stuff for the parts bin
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Old 09-05-16, 11:22 AM
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Exceptionally nice score if those are Blumels fenders in good condition.
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Old 09-05-16, 12:53 PM
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Saved from SF fixter hell $20 but not really a deal because I'll spend hundreds on it for sure ; )

Tip of taper sheared off and is stuck in crank. Never seen this. Must have way over tightened bc I think taper is correct.
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Old 09-06-16, 01:47 PM
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Not quite vintage or classic yet, but worth mentioning as a catch of the day, local CL $100 bucks pickup

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Old 09-06-16, 02:13 PM
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SpiritCyclist, that is a lovely old Super Course! I suspect that after cleaning and repacking everything, replacing the chain and the Simplex derailleur set with vintage SunTour like we all did back when, it will be an awesome bike! At the risk of sounding insulting, you ARE planning on soaking all those REG bottle cages and their parts in some sort of OA or Evapo-rust or something, right?

LOVE the Bluemels fenders, and I wish I had hung onto my last set! There are no words for how much I wish someone would put those back into production, especially in white!
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Old 09-06-16, 03:49 PM
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I had made a thread on this earlier, but thought I would post the (95%) finished bike!

If you didn't see my other thread, I volunteer at a local donations collection agency, where people send in things like clothing and they are packed and put in a large shipping container to go to Nicaragua. This summer, back in early July, I noticed that we had a large pile of bikes out back under a tree. Every week I came to help, I passed by the pile and noticed one in particular was in great shape. After a while, I couldn't stand to see it piled under a bunch of lesser, Walmart Huffys and Iron Horses (though there was a nice mid-90s Schwinn Crossfit in there, but it was too far gone), so I asked the owner of the agency if I could take it home. She readily agreed, and so it came home with me.

Gave it a thorough cleaning and was happy to see that the only rust was surface rust, which came off easy with vinegar and a brillo pad. Then I waxed it all.
Replaced all cables, as a couple were badly corroded.

New bar tape replaced the hardened old stuff.

"New" fujita belt leather saddle was ordered off of Ebay (thanks user [MENTION=226065]Metacortex[/MENTION] for the reccomendation)

Finally, I put on a set of new Kenda tires (the old ones were in decent shape, but the rim strips were toast so I replaced the tires and tubes while I was at it)

Without much more ado, here is my saved from the dump 1978 Schwinn Le Tour III



Its a little big for me framewise, but at the same time its incredibly comfortable to ride. Only thing I want to add is an Acorn roll bag, but it remains to be seen if I can nab one when the next batch comes out at the end of the month!

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Old 09-06-16, 06:12 PM
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Real barn find.

I deviated from my normal bike purchases today, bought this and a couple others of similar vintage I don't have pics of yet but this was the real prize.......... and it wasn't really in a barn, it was in and old hog shed.

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Old 09-09-16, 06:16 PM
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CL find locally, "Vintage Road bike". One picture, but a zoom revealed what appeared to be hi flange hubs with circlips and stronglight cranks. Campy record hubs and stronglight cranks and headset, shimano 600 Arabesque derailleurs, shifters, and brake calipers. All stuff I really like. Motobecane w no model name, only a few M logos, no tubing sticker. Cosmetically terrible, just like I like. $150 was easy to fork over for this ride. Rides nice.
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Old 09-09-16, 06:29 PM
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[MENTION=345195]Murray Missile[/MENTION] - holy crap that's cool. Love the spring fork.
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Old 09-09-16, 06:52 PM
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[MENTION=345195]Murray Missile[/MENTION] - holy crap that's cool. Love the spring fork.
Here's a better picture and 3 others I snagged at the same time.....









Going back to try to make a deal for another pre-war Schwinn and a couple unknown makes.
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That'll clean up surprisingly well. Get all that ugly electrical and bar tape off. Clean up the drive train and lube. I've done a lot of raleigh bikes over the years. They can almost always be shined up run well. Lotta elbow grease there. Enjoy!

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I got a "bonus" bike when going to buy a Fuji S12-S from a craigslist seller recently. He says, "You fix up old bikes? How about this one here?" I snagged it for $1 extra (and as it turned out, there was a dollar in the saddlebag of the Fuji )

Crazy tall frame...but I plan on fixin' her up anyway. Looks 100% original down to the Raleigh branded tires. Dynamo and headlamp are interesting. Can these old things be revived? The bike is so filthy, I'm almost loath to touch it. It's like a museum piece.

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