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Old 01-24-22, 10:15 PM
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Originally Posted by VtwinVince
Thanks for the clarification merziac, definitely a fan of this gen from Kawa Heavy Industries.
Anytime, I have several from bracket racing them for 40 years, just posted in another thread about racing bikes which I never did but these were used to deliver and receive 1000's of azz whoopins.


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Gotcha, keep up the good work!
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Very happy to have snagged this lovely light recumbent thing on a FB Marketplace ad listed as "Bike" (lol!). I picked it up for $50 in Capitol Hill and it just needed a new rear tube and tire. This is a BikeE CT RoadE edition from the early 1990s. It has a 3 speed Sachs IGH and a 7 speed cassette with a Shimano XTR rear derailleur (probably not standard; seems super high end based on my reading). Boy was changing out that rear 451 tire total hell - I had to cut the already torn existing tire to get it off and I stretched out the new tire by the radiator in my apartment before I could get it on the rim. In the past few days I finally adjusted the rear derailleur properly by tightening down the B screw and adjusting cable tension so that the chain was directed at the proper gear or in the proper orientation at each gear, especially lowest and highest. It feels great and rides great. It is less maneuverable than a folding bike, and I affectionately refer to it as a bicycle tractor trailer, but it should be great for some long rides in the DMV.


My BikeE RoadE CT at Dalecarlia on the Capital Crescent Trail
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Old 01-27-22, 03:49 AM
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Originally Posted by merziac
Anytime, I have several from bracket racing them for 40 years, just posted in another thread about racing bikes which I never did but these were used to deliver and receive 1000's of azz whoopins.


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Old 01-27-22, 04:23 AM
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Yep, always been about 2 wheels.

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Old 01-27-22, 09:55 PM
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Picked this up so my daughter can go ride some trails with me this summer:







Going to make a few changes to the cockpit (shorter, taller), new saddle, and we’ll be in fat city! Nice little bike for a $20 dollar bill!
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Old 01-27-22, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Smokinapankake
Picked this up so my daughter can go ride some trails with me this summer:







Going to make a few changes to the cockpit (shorter, taller), new saddle, and we’ll be in fat city! Nice little bike for a $20 dollar bill!
Great find ! She will have a lot of fun on it !
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Originally Posted by Smokinapankake
Picked this up so my daughter can go ride some trails with me this summer:



Going to make a few changes to the cockpit (shorter, taller), new saddle, and we’ll be in fat city! Nice little bike for a $20 dollar bill!
Very similar bike to my 1996 Raleigh M400 that I've had since new. The major (minor) differences look to be that my Raleigh has wishbone seat stays and STX-RC Rapidfire levers. Your front wheel looks like a replacement, but a quality one. I hope your daughter enjoys it!
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Thanks all! Yes, the front wheel does not match the rear, but it is a nice Mavic 230 rim on a period correct LX hub. Wish they matched but oh well. Would like to trade out the Grip Shift for proper STX-RC Rapidfires but again, oh well. I do have some SunRace 3x7 speed trigger shifters I may put on just because Grip Shift from that era sucks. I may also upgrade her brakes to V-brakes just because I have some hanging around....
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Old 01-28-22, 09:35 PM
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Just got this 70s or 80s road bike from a friend! He is moving from DC to Houston and couldn't take it. It's a British Falcon bike and seems to be chromoly construction. He had already inflated the tires, so I rode it from the subway station home through the light snowfall, no problem. I'm going to WD-40 the rusty bits and lube up the chain in the next couple days.


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Old 02-01-22, 06:47 PM
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Grabbed a nice 1985 Trek 600 today. 531 with the 600 group. Someone swapped out the non aero levers to the aero Superbe Pro's. Should clean up nicely. I need a seat binder bolt for this, anyone know the length for these?


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In nearly 20 years of bikes, this is my first 4130 Schwinn. '73 Super Sport, LBS find. Going to flip it as it's too small for me (and I'd build a Sports Tourer first before I'd bother with an Ashtabula crank), but couldn't resist the opportunity. Virtually fell into my lap.

Front tire is the original



As found. Believe it or not, the only thing between these pics is the removal of the bottle cage, the bar position, and a pair of tires filled up so they don't look flat




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Old 02-02-22, 08:46 PM
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A nice looking bike except for Ah! the dreaded Schwinn "electrical tape" on the handlebars -- go away bad dream.
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Originally Posted by TCollen
A nice looking bike except for Ah! the dreaded Schwinn "electrical tape" on the handlebars -- go away bad dream.
Agreed, that Hunt-Wilde tape isn't comfortable. But it certainly looks better than the Pacific saddle sitting there in place of a Brooks B.15.

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Originally Posted by cudak888
In nearly 20 years of bikes, this is my first 4130 Schwinn. '73 Super Sport, LBS find. Going to flip it as it's too small for me (and I'd build a Sports Tourer first before I'd bother with an Ashtabula crank), but couldn't resist the opportunity. Virtually fell into my lap.

Front tire is the original



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I tried very hard to not buy a Super Sport in yellow for $100. What made it much tougher was that it still had its Brooks saddle and came upgraded with bar-cons, which I haven't gotten to try yet. It fell into the weird area of wanting it enough to bookmark it hoping the price would come down naturally until I couldn't refuse, and not posting the link to the "are you looking for one of these" thread, while still hoping that someone else would buy it and remove the greedy temptation.
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Old 02-03-22, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by cudak888
Agreed, that Hunt-Wilde tape isn't comfortable. But it certainly looks better than the Pacific saddle sitting there in place of a Brooks B.15.

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Old 02-05-22, 12:22 PM
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Univega Gran Turismo

First thrift store find in a long time, Univega Gran Turismo, Suntour BL components, 25” with 22” top tube. Looks to be in pretty good shape, seatpost and stem aren’t stuck, has Cane Creek replacement hoods. A couple of pics as found.



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Old 02-05-22, 12:30 PM
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Looks just like mine, except mine was pulled out of a junk pile behind a thrift store, in pretty rough shape. This is in pretty nice condition for being almost forty years old.

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First thrift store find in a long time, Univega Gran Turismo, Suntour BL components, 25” with 22” top tube. Looks to be in pretty good shape, seatpost and stem aren’t stuck, has Cane Creek replacement hoods. A couple of pics as found.




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Originally Posted by cudak888
In nearly 20 years of bikes, this is my first 4130 Schwinn. '73 Super Sport, LBS find. Going to flip it as it's too small for me (and I'd build a Sports Tourer first before I'd bother with an Ashtabula crank), but couldn't resist the opportunity. Virtually fell into my lap.

Front tire is the original



As found. Believe it or not, the only thing between these pics is the removal of the bottle cage, the bar position, and a pair of tires filled up so they don't look flat




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I know, the darned Ashtabula crank! Don’t be too quick to dismiss it though. I weighed the stock setup, a 3 piece with rings, and the Ashtabula with a 110bcd spider adapter plus rings. The Ashtabula with spider and aluminum rings is only 1 lb heavier than a three piece. I bet that difference wouldn’t deter you from something else more prestigious, and it is really that “cheap bike” look of the crank that gets you. A lot of the dreaded extra weight is in the steel chainrings and chain guard. The Ashtabula is pretty indestructible and easily serviced too. It isn’t a paramount, but the SS is a close cousin, and the frame geometry keeps it interesting.
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Raleigh Mountain Tour

Brought home a 1986 Raleigh Mountain Tour Crested Butte yesterday. In remarkably good condition. I put the Brooks on and it’s good to go. A nice riding classic mountain bike.
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Thrift store find, from what I've just read might be a better ride them my Paramount.
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I was given this derailleur this morning. I know some people aren't fans due to performance, but I think these are beautiful. And since I'm an old man and performance isn't an issue, I'm pretty damn inclined to find a project to put it on.

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Originally Posted by Alleytom
Thrift store find, from what I've just read might be a better ride them my Paramount.
Maybe, very nice bikes, it will depend on which truly speaks to you.

A bit of an apples and oranges scenario, Gilmours are a true one at a time custom builds and while the Paramounts were handbuilt with many being custom, they were cranked out by the dozens and hundreds, often at a dizzying pace. It was called "the cage" with good reason.

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This literally was saved from the trash pile. It's high tensile steel and absolutely nothing special but it's no longer headed to oblivion and someone will get some use out of it. It's got decent indexing thumbies. I replaced the saddle, rear hub and rear spokes with used but good condition ones, lubed, shined and painted. (black is easy to touch up), and put some pretty nice used road tires on it. I was very disappointed to find the seatpost is stuck. It extends about a foot down the seat tube and isn't really worth the effort to remove it so it goes out as is. I got a nice rear rack out of it so I'm into it for about zero dollars.
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What a bargain...! The StX stuff is really good stuff.


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Picked this up so my daughter can go ride some trails with me this summer:







Going to make a few changes to the cockpit (shorter, taller), new saddle, and we’ll be in fat city! Nice little bike for a $20 dollar bill!
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