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Old 05-14-21, 09:56 AM
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Well I donít know of any Park Tool I wouldnít pick up for $1.

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Old 05-14-21, 08:25 PM
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I got it very cheap, and with a little elbow grease and a few parts from the co-op itís looking and riding pretty nice. Was missing a seatpost and seat and the shifters were broken. My parts bin coughed up the shifters and seat; and a brand new $5 seatpost from the co-op got it back on the road. Going to flip this one as itís too small for anyone in my family....
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Last thing I need is another bike...

But this followed me home. Parts scavenge. Anyone in Chicago/burbs who wants frame with shoved in post is welcome to it.




Keeping wheelset, bars/levers and components. Seatpost is a shame though.
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Old 05-15-21, 12:22 PM
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Bike Co-op reject, Olmos

Found this at the local co-op in their "strip" pile. A lower end Olmo. They wanted $10 for the shifters. Rear wheel missing, but I propped the bike up with this one. Yes, it is a wreck, but I love the lugwork. I tried to look up the serial number but their website is very hard to figure out. I think this is a 1970's, but don't know. There mechs are Shimano. Probably originally a drop bar? Or did they just put modern risers on it?

Does anyone know about this bike, obviously a lower end model, but still pretty.




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Headbadge completely worn out, nice lugs



Original? Don't think so, I think this had drop bars originally? Allow on it now.



Bottom bracket has updated sealed bearings



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[QUOTE=Nubra;22060792]Found this at the local co-op in their "strip" pile. They wanted $10 for the shifters. Rear wheel missing, but I propped the bike up with this one. Yes, it is a wreck, but I love the lugwork. I tried to look up the serial number but their website is very hard to figure out. I think this is a 1970's, but don't know. There mechs are Shimano. Probably originally a drop bar? Or did they just put modern risers on it?

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Mafac racers

Front mech

The usual

Serial Number, no help

Flared brroks saddle

Sealed bottom bracket in place
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Old 05-15-21, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Nubra View Post
Found this at the local co-op in their "strip" pile. They wanted $10 for the shifters. Rear wheel missing, but I propped the bike up with this one. Yes, it is a wreck, but I love the lugwork. I tried to look up the serial number but their website is very hard to figure out. I think this is a 1970's, but don't know. There mechs are Shimano. Probably originally a drop bar? Or did they just put modern risers on it?

Does anyone know about this bike, obviously a lower end model, but still pretty.




Olmos



Headbadge completely worn out, nice lugs



Original? Don't think so, I think this had drop bars originally? Allow on it now.



Bottom bracket has updated sealed bearings



Shimano
I kind of like it too. It looks like it spent its life in Santa Cruz or somewhere near the ocean.. I think that that the bars were changed when the basket was added - is there embossing on the headbadge that would give a clue to the maker?
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Old 05-15-21, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by dweenk View Post
I kind of like it too. It looks like it spent its life in Santa Cruz or somewhere near the ocean.. I think that that the bars were changed when the basket was added - is there embossing on the headbadge that would give a clue to the maker?
It is an Olmo, thought I posted that?
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Old 05-15-21, 06:33 PM
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[QUOTE=Nubra;22060798]
Originally Posted by Nubra View Post
Found this at the local co-op in their "strip" pile. They wanted $10 for the shifters. Rear wheel missing, but I propped the bike up with this one. Yes, it is a wreck, but I love the lugwork. I tried to look up the serial number but their website is very hard to figure out. I think this is a 1970's, but don't know. There mechs are Shimano. Probably originally a drop bar? Or did they just put modern risers on it?

more photos

Mafac racers

Front mech

The usual

Serial Number, no help

Flared brroks saddle

Sealed bottom bracket in place
I think that you are probably right that it might be a lower end bike but that is somewhat relative. Low end or not, I still think that this is a way cool bike and definitely worth salvaging and saving if you possibly can. Hopefully that Brooks saddle isn't too far gone. Great find!
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Old 05-18-21, 05:44 AM
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Found a few weeks ago dumped behind our communal bins. Much befuddlement on my part as to its age & model but not expecting much, especially with the 'groovy' paintwork.
Much, confusing, research later we have the answer: Bianchi Caurus Proto in Columbus Max tubing. This is going to be fun and vexing to blueprint, especially on my non-existent budget but I have my wife's loony friends in Italy on the case, hoping that they can locate the correct 'aero' fork, apparently unobtanium!
Gradually warming to the pearl coral & black.
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Old 05-18-21, 05:56 AM
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Originally Posted by brandenjs View Post
Well I donít know of any Park Tool I wouldnít pick up for $1.

Over the years I have found many Park tools in the local pawn shop's bins of miscellaneous tools. Just last week two were found. Usually the price for miscellaneous tools is $5 for one handful. It's like Christmas when those blue handles are spotted.
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Old 05-20-21, 10:38 AM
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The next one:

Renegade Midnite 12

$51 on Kijiji -- Yes, the guy wanted the $1... Sorry for the picture of a picture... I've gotta remember to take a 'before' pic ahead of stripping and cleaning it next time.

Anyone able to help on the year?
Serial #: L0437-04236-40929
Just got around to posting the update. Nothing special, but given new life as a commuter for a friend!

Renegade Midnite 12 - by Raleigh Canada c. 1984?

Mainly just new consumables (cables/housings, chain, bar tape, tubes), updated brake levers and seat, and a good clean/tune-up!
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Old 05-20-21, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
That's pretty steep. I'd expect the price for a good one to be about half that but I'm no specialist. I did sell the bikes new.

Also, you need to be aware that the Vent Noir (model) II is the one available in smoke chrome. The original VN, like the one you linked to, is only available in the matte black finish. Both very nice and probably no other differences in the frames other than the finish but if you want chrome, you should probably get chrome. Good luck!
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Thank you for letting me know. I couldnít find anything on the chrome finish but now that you have confirmed they did make them I will begin my quest on finding one. The matte black is nice but the chrome is better. Maybe Iíll get lucky and wonít find one that is overpriced.
Veering off course here toward a Vent Noir mixte thread, but if you ever decide to "settle" for the matte black, here's a better deal. For $0.01 more than the ebay listing you get these gorgeous gold wheels with the original black DA hubs AND a 1976 issue of Bicycling featuring a review of this bike.
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...64871221476745





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Old 05-23-21, 09:11 AM
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Just got home with this...... and no, it's not an optical illusion. The fork blades do trail the centerline of the headtube slightly. Bent or made that way? I'll make a separate thread with more pics and details.
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Originally Posted by dweenk View Post
I kind of like it too. It looks like it spent its life in Santa Cruz or somewhere near the ocean.. I think that that the bars were changed when the basket was added - is there embossing on the headbadge that would give a clue to the maker?
Yes, it is an Olmo as someone has already said. The big clue was the headset, but then the badge matched the same shape as an Olmo badge, so it's an Olmo.
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Just got home with this...... and no, it's not an optical illusion. The fork blades do trail the centerline of the headtube slightly. Bent or made that way? I'll make a separate thread with more pics and details.
Every tall bike that I ever seen the forks seemed to be bent back just a tad, not sure if that was due to the extra length of the fork combined with the bike manufactures didn't make the fork any more stouter than a regular size bike combined with rider weight and time; OR, it could be that the headset is worn and the play moves the fork back just a tad which gives it the appearance of being bent.
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Just got home with this...... and no, it's not an optical illusion. The fork blades do trail the centerline of the headtube slightly. Bent or made that way? I'll make a separate thread with more pics and details.
Impact damaged or otherwise, she is puurrrty!
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No play or binding in the headset. I put a straight edge down the headtube and the fork blades do trail but not as badly as it appears in the picture.

Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
Every tall bike that I ever seen the forks seemed to be bent back just a tad, not sure if that was due to the extra length of the fork combined with the bike manufactures didn't make the fork any more stouter than a regular size bike combined with rider weight and time; OR, it could be that the headset is worn and the play moves the fork back just a tad which gives it the appearance of being bent.

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No play or binding in the headset. I put a straight down the headtube and the fork blades do trail but not as badly as it appears in the picture.
It seems to me that I read somewhere on this forum that Peugeot built their forks like this from the start, with a certain amount of "trail" built in. Is my memory failing again? Am I misremembering?
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just my opinion:
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I didn't know Uri Geller was on this list! *ducking*
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These are some great saves! I am excited to get started on the 1987 Kuwahara Butte XL mtb I just yanked from a rust pile. Pics when the forum allows a newbie to post Ďem. (3of10)
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Great accidental find today when I was picking up my groceries. Miyata 912, outside a sports store with a buy it now price. Pink is the theme of my day!

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Great accidental find today when I was picking up my groceries. Miyata 912, outside a sports store with a buy it now price. Pink is the theme of my day!
With my recent find (posted upthread) I have to agree that pink & black steeds are for winners!!
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No play or binding in the headset. I put a straight edge down the headtube and the fork blades do trail but not as badly as it appears in the picture.
You are there, does it look the same bend when you eyeball it in the exact same position as the camera was in?

It could be very slightly bent and bent at the steerer tube slightly, or it's an illusion, or the bike was built that was as one poster mentioned.
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
You are there, does it look the same bend when you eyeball it in the exact same position as the camera was in?

It could be very slightly bent and bent at the steerer tube slightly, or it's an illusion, or the bike was built that was as one poster mentioned.
Bent right where the steerer tube meets the crown. I'm going to find some bar stock to just fit inside the steerer for support and give it a little "nudge" then inspect for signs of cracking or fatigue. If it passes back in it goes. Been in QC for 43 years, much of it doing just that type of inspection. Plus I picked a metal working tip or two along the way so I trust me.
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