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Old 05-08-18, 05:03 PM
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That sign is a great find, I bet you could get it polished up and looking great again pretty easy.
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Old 05-08-18, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by shuyo
That sign is a great find, I bet you could get it polished up and looking great again pretty easy.
Unfortunately, it is suffering very badly from exposure. You can see where the bottom edge is rotted from resting on the ground for who knows how long, and it's not hard to see several areas devoid of paint. Most of the rest is very badly cracked and peeling. I'll get a closeup tomorrow. It will probably get hung up on the backside of my garage, under a deep eave that should help to protect it a bit. I just could not bear the thought of it being tossed, which is most likely what would have happened. Not many people have space for a 7'Hx6'W flaky, rotted thing that weighs about 80 pounds. I just happen to be very lucky in that respect.

I spent several mostly-happy years working at that place.
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That is a great memory save! Remind me of my 15 foot long Tour du Pont banner I have, but no place to hang it, according to the Wife!
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Old 05-09-18, 06:16 PM
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A couple of followup pix will show you how bad the sign's condition really is. The task here is to prevent further decay, nothing more. I'll save that energy for the bike fleet.



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I found this bin of brake parts & more for super cheap. That's 2 sets MAFAC "RACER", one set Dia-Compe center pulls with matching stretcher and quick release hangars, some stem shifters, a few front / rear derailleurs, (no pairs), some aluminum wing nuts, and a set of 27" wheels.

The Normandy hubs and Atom freewheel from those 27" wheels went to a BF C&V'er.

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Old 05-11-18, 04:50 PM
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In 1973, this was Gitane's alternative to the UO-8. Found on our local CL for $45, belonged to seller's mom and was hanging in her Sausalito home for "at least 30 years". included 2 new tires + 2nd set of shift levers + 2 front DR's to replace the broken original. Just a light dusting of rust on the chrome bits.

Pics taken after clean-up + some Blue Magic for the bar & rim chrome. Amazed that wheels and BB spin free, but will be doing a full tear down, clean, polish & lube. Don
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See how high I had to raise the saddle just for a driveway ride after install of the front DR. It will come way back down for one of my grand daughters to ride it.

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Old 05-11-18, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by ollo_ollo
In 1973, this was Gitane's alternative to the UO-8. Found on our local CL for $45, belonged to seller's mom and was hanging in her Sausalito home for "at least 30 years". included 2 new tires + 2nd set of shift levers + 2 front DR's to replace the broken original. Just a light dusting of rust on the chrome bits.

Pics taken after clean-up + some Blue Magic for the bar & rim chrome. Amazed that wheels and BB spin free, but will be doing a full tear down, clean, polish & lube. Don
That is pretty. I've always had a soft spot for the mixtes, especially French models.
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Old 05-11-18, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz
I spotted this in the CL thread and decided I needed a Paramount in my life. A forum member was able to help get it from Chicago to me, the bike feels great, love it.



Were those pics taken at The Beaches in Toronto?
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Old 05-11-18, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by ollo_ollo
In 1973, this was Gitane's alternative to the UO-8. Found on our local CL for $45, belonged to seller's mom and was hanging in her Sausalito home for "at least 30 years". included 2 new tires + 2nd set of shift levers + 2 front DR's to replace the broken original. Just a light dusting of rust on the chrome bits.

Pics taken after clean-up + some Blue Magic for the bar & rim chrome. Amazed that wheels and BB spin free, but will be doing a full tear down, clean, polish & lube. Don
Looks like there's a shop sticker on it, so you should get a closeup and post it in the "Shop Stickers" thread.
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Old 05-11-18, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by ollo_ollo
See how high I had to raise the saddle just for a driveway ride after install of the front DR. It will come way back down for one of my grand daughters to ride it.
You don't often see the Gitane "quick release" decals in that fine of shape, they look perfect. Nice score, chapeau.
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Old 05-11-18, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Wileyone
Were those pics taken at The Beaches in Toronto?
Yup, I live close to the beaches, just moved out of Parkdale where I lived for 33 years
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Old 05-13-18, 04:14 PM
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A couple more pix of the sign in its new home. Thanks to bro-in-law Jeff for help getting it boosted into position.

Moral of this story: if you drag home a big ass sign, be sure you have a bigger ass wall to hang it on. I'll be installing windows in the shop area below the sliding glass door in the loft, hence the sign's offset.

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Old 05-15-18, 01:51 PM
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Old 05-19-18, 07:53 PM
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This bike was at a garage sale 3 years ago for $50 bucks. It was pulled back a little and the seller's said it was already claimed but the buyer needed to get money. Today was their neighborhood sale and I asked if they had any bikes for sale. They brought out the Centurion and said someone never came back and wished they'd sold it to that other guy. Free, but those years outside did it no favors. Late 70's...
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz
Yup, I live close to the beaches, just moved out of Parkdale where I lived for 33 years
I am just east of dvp myself.
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Univega Superstrada

Acquired a very nice Univega Superstrada- need advice, info, help please.
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7 speed cassette on ď853 Oversized ď frame.
Very new at this and donít know how to get info of make contact...
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Acquired a very nice Univega Superstrada- need advice, info, help please.
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Old 05-26-18, 04:28 AM
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Picked up a couple cool bikes at a yard sell yesterday. Really wish the Miyata was bigger, it would be a cool dropbar project.









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Picked up a $40 UE-18M to rebuild for my niece - she liked the mixte I did for her mother so thought I'd surprise her with her own. I removed a ton of crud to reveal a pretty nice paint job, some rust but not bad at all. The decals say 80's to me and I didn't think they made these (or the Delrin derailleurs) after the 70's, nor have I ever seen one with a fully chromed fork. That RD also has a long cage, something I haven't run across on the plastic Simplex RD's yet - lots of novelty here for me. The gentleman who sold me the bike said he got it in Europe for his wife when he was in the Air Force. Should be a fun project when I get around to it.


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Another C&V book find! From 1972, a Petersen Publishing guide for the "average Joe" with a $3.95 cover price.From a cyclist's point of view, most of the bikes in it are junk., Sloane's book
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I bought that issue when it came out! I was a Junior in HS riding the wheels off my Raleigh Grand Prix I had just got for my 16th birthday. As I recall I was fairly disappointed in it, the book not the bike, but cycling magazines were very rare on the magazine rack of the corner drug store in small Midwest farm towns so I grabbed everything I could get my hands on.


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Another C&V book find! From 1972, a Petersen Publishing guide for the "average Joe" with a $3.95 cover price.From a cyclist's point of view, most of the bikes in it are junk., Sloane's book
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Picked up a $40 UE-18M ...

That might be the easiest to identify Peugeot bike I've ever seen.
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Originally Posted by Murray Missile
I bought that issue when it came out! I was a Junior in HS riding the wheels off my Raleigh Grand Prix I had just got for my 16th birthday. As I recall I was fairly disappointed in it, the book not the bike, but cycling magazines were very rare on the magazine rack of the corner drug store in small Midwest farm towns so I grabbed everything I could get my hands on.
I had Eugene Sloane's book back then, which I actually still have. Remembering the time period, I get a kick out of this one. Petersen pushed out a schlocky book to make a quick buck. I can just picture guys in loud plaid sport jackets approving the project. The "catalog" section is a real "hoot". ..AMF, Columbia, Murray, Huffman, Rollfast, Royce-Union, Sears, and Hedstrom kid's bikes!! They did also have Schwinn, Raleigh, Peugeot, Cinelli, and Atala. I did like the photos of Ray Reese's Raleigh, which he rode around the world in 1971. His bar-end shifters look custom made. The nice looking woman on the cover has got to be around 70 now!!! BTW, I was riding the wheels off my Schwinn Varsity back then. The Raleigh Grand Prix was somewhat of an exotic, high-end import to the average guy in 1972!

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