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Old 02-26-23, 11:23 AM
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You got a free C'Dale with M900 XTR bits? Holy crow.
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Old 02-26-23, 12:45 PM
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You got a free C'Dale with M900 XTR bits? Holy crow.
Thanks for the info. I didn't know that. I figure this is an M700 with a replaced fork which was a recall.
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Old 03-06-23, 09:24 AM
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Teaser

The not for sale frame, is not for sale...
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Old 03-06-23, 03:37 PM
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I've had this bike for about a week now, but since I have learned more about it, I feel it belongs here. I found it in an antique shop in Alabama. It was inexpensive and in my size. The Campagnolo dropouts and Nervex lugs clued me in that this was probably something special. It's a late 1960s-early 1970s F.W, Evans. They were built and sold out of a shop in London. As it turns out, the frame is 531 tubing and was generally well regarded. It is a mystery how the bike ended up in Alabama. Someone on Facebook said he worked in the shop back then and they sold a lot of bikes to American tourists. After riding around the country, some people would sell them back to the shop, others would ship them home. This is my first British bike and my first 531 bike, so I am anxious to see if it upholds the reputation. The frame looks rough, but the seat post and stem came out with little drama and the rust is only superficial. I don't know what parts were original, so I'll probably start with the Sun Tour Vx derailleurs and Weinmann Vainqueur brakes and work from there. New decals are on the way. I'll put it together and get a few miles in before I decide on paint. I'm sure the shop was trying to keep the price down, so they didn't go for any fancy paint jobs. I think I want to do something to highlight the fancy lug work, either with lining or two-tone.


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Old 03-08-23, 05:43 PM
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Welp, this mid-70s (i think) Holdsworth Mistral (I think it's a Mistral?) followed me home today for $20. 531 tubing and a mix of nice Sugino, Campy, Suntour, and Shimano parts. We'll see what gets salvaged and what becomes of the frameset--it could make a fun Eroica bike for my wife if the fit works out.





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Old 03-08-23, 05:50 PM
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Welp, this mid-70s (i think) Holdsworth Mistral (I think it's a Mistral?) followed me home today for $20. 531 tubing and a mix of nice Sugino, Campy, Suntour, and Shimano parts. We'll see what gets salvaged and what becomes of the frameset--it could make a fun Eroica bike for my wife if the fit works out.


That is quite the mix of parts. I like the Crane (1st Gen Dura Ace) rear derailleur. Nice catch!
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Old 03-12-23, 08:41 AM
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Need some love but really great save today with that Specialized Epic Carbon 1993 on a 105 groupset ! Whrenching it soon !

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Old 03-18-23, 04:57 PM
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A Holdsworth and a Proteus walk into a bar...Barkeeper asks why are not riding






they had to because they had no pedals!
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Old 03-18-23, 08:25 PM
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Not exactly saved from the dump, but I had the stars line up this time. A gentleman in the Raleigh Restoration group that I belong to put up the Raleigh Competition GS up as a "free to a good home" deal, and I just happened to be browsing the posts right after he had done so. He bought it new back in 1978, and says he hasn't ridden it since 1987, and that after so many years that he had to accept that he would likely never get around to bringing it back. The one stipulation he put on it is that whomever took it would need to bring it back to a roadworthy state. While it's a bit large for me, it's the perfect size to be the "guest bike" when my large son-in-law visits, and isn't so nice that I'd be really steamed if something happened while it's being ridden (the MK I Pro fits that description, and even that is a bit small for him).

Anyway, I told my wife about it and we made today a road trip to Cary, NC and back. Super-nice guy, and I could tell letting it go was difficult (I got the sense that his wife had been the catalyst for his decision). I'm definitely going to honor his condition, and I told him that if he's ever going to be in my area (an actual possibility), to let me know, and he can come and ride it, or just visit it. Mostly needs cleaning and servicing and replacing consumables, and hopefully not too much else.







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Old 03-19-23, 01:07 PM
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A little OT

Not a bike but thrilled when I pulled it out of a scrappers pile. Hes my neighbor so let me have it for free. A 60-70s Hedlund 42 American sled.
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Old 03-19-23, 02:41 PM
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Not a bike but thrilled when I pulled it out of a scrappers pile. Hes my neighbor so let me have it for free. A 60-70s Hedlund 42 American sled.
"Rosebud" ?
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Old 03-19-23, 04:12 PM
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HA! That word crossed my mind as I walked back home with it.
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Old 03-19-23, 09:50 PM
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I missed out on a 1975(ish) Motobecane Grand Record that someone posted for sale locally for $25, then decided not to sell when I contacted them about it...but lo and behold, this beauty was lurking near my folks' place when I visited this weekend:



1975, 22" Moto Le Champion in silver lilac, basically all original except for the swapped out saddle, handlebars, & brake levers. Followed me home for $80. Dusty but it looks perfectly restorable; the paint & decals are all in very good condition, and the drivetrain just looks like it needs a good cleaning. I'll get some better pics of it up here when I get the chance, but it may be a couple of weeks before I can focus on this one.
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Old 03-21-23, 10:27 AM
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Schwinn High Sierra

I picked up this '86 (I think) Schwinn High Sierra for $5 at a thrift shop on a recent trip to the coast. And it's in my size! The paint is in rough shape so I envision repainting it in the same root beer and brown color scheme, and recreating the decals for it. The chain and steel fasteners are rusty but the alloy bits seem to be in good shape (although I haven't tried to put them through their paces yet). It also has the quirky roller calipers on it that I'm looking forward to restoring. As long as everything is restorable/repairable, I think I'll keep the running gear stock and just modernize the consumables. There are some beautiful examples of these bikes here in the Forums that will no doubt be an inspiration on this project.



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Old 03-21-23, 10:42 AM
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Great find, those roller cams and bear traps are pretty collectable.
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Old 03-21-23, 11:16 AM
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daywood I got a full set of High Sierra decals for my 87 from this Ebay seller. Have not used them yet, but they seem good quality. They look brown in this picture from the listing, but they are gold.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/333128025998


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Old 03-21-23, 07:58 PM
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I'm always a sucker for a Columbus Tenax Schwinn. Had to grab this 1987 Tempo with a cool mix of parts. 105, tricolor 600 fd and pedals, Dura ace seat post, Concor saddle and Cinelli bars. And it's in my size

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Old 03-29-23, 10:48 AM
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This was listed as a Cannondale 26" touring frameset:for $50.
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The serial number showed 25" frame built December 1988, so I took a drive to see it. SunTour and Sugino makes it a ST400

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Old 03-30-23, 06:10 PM
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A friend said his son was throwing out an old saddle and some junk pedals and if I didn't want them could I toss them for him. I have a hard time saying no. Now I'm wondering what it came off.
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Old 04-05-23, 06:52 PM
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I've been looking for a decent Chicago Schwinn frame for a Repack Klunker project and came across this beast. Haven't taken off the rear wheel to check the serial number for the year, but it's early. Looks to have the aftermarket 9 hole rack and I haven't been able to match up the chainguard with what model it might be, but those will probably go. I guess I could have some fun with it for $5.
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Old 04-06-23, 06:22 PM
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Did not catch this when you first posted it but WHAT AN AMAZING FIND!
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Old 04-06-23, 07:24 PM
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Finally got the 77 Raleigh Competition GS finished. The only odd thing is the saddle was brown, but over the years it turned a very dark brown, now I have to figure out a way to change the leather handlebar tape to a very dark brown faster than 30 years! I should have bought black, but I was afraid the black would be too dark, instead the tape is too light! argh! Anyone have any ideas I would like to hear it. I am going to wrap twine over the black tape on the handlebar tape, then shellac the twine, I'll do that once I figure out how to darken the tape...or I'll buy another Brooks to match the tape. I got all Campy Nuova Record stuff put on; even rebuilt my old Zefal pump. The brake levers are original, they use to have those bar levers, I took them off but it left that red thing the levers went into, I have Campy levers, but I was in a hurry so left them off for awhile, I have to buff some scuff marks off of one of the levers. So here it is washed and waxed. I rode it today and it rode wonderfully, felt like a brand-new bike! Quiet, no rattles or ticks, just a great riding bike.


Worked quickly on this one, I wanted to finish it before summer so I could ride it in a couple of special city rides.

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Old 04-07-23, 09:20 AM
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Finally got the 77 Raleigh Competition GS finished. The only odd thing is the saddle was brown, but over the years it turned a very dark brown, now I have to figure out a way to change the leather handlebar tape to a very dark brown faster than 30 years! I should have bought black, but I was afraid the black would be too dark, instead the tape is too light! argh! Anyone have any ideas I would like to hear it. I am going to wrap twine over the black tape on the handlebar tape, then shellac the twine, I'll do that once I figure out how to darken the tape...or I'll buy another Brooks to match the tape. I got all Campy Nuova Record stuff put on; even rebuilt my old Zefal pump. The brake levers are original, they use to have those bar levers, I took them off but it left that red thing the levers went into, I have Campy levers, but I was in a hurry so left them off for awhile, I have to buff some scuff marks off of one of the levers. So here it is washed and waxed. I rode it today and it rode wonderfully, felt like a brand-new bike! Quiet, no rattles or ticks, just a great riding bike.


Worked quickly on this one, I wanted to finish it before summer so I could ride it in a couple of special city rides.
Beautiful bike! I think the cheapest and easiest solution would be to just change the tape to match the saddle. Even in that case your tan brake covers would still match your tan-wall tires.
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Beautiful bike! I think the cheapest and easiest solution would be to just change the tape to match the saddle. Even in that case your tan brake covers would still match your tan-wall tires.
Thanks for the compliment, I found that bike leaning against a dumpster about 3 months ago! All that was wrong with it was a frozen headset...due to dried-up grease! I checked the bearings there were no signs of scarring, so I cleaned the gunk off and regreased the old bearings up, and it works beautifully. The paint was dull from age, a mild buffing compound took the dullness and fine scratches out, then made the black look even sharper by using ceramic wax made specifically for black-painted cars. I also replaced the cables which goes without saying, but it ran well with the old Campy Gran Sport derailleurs, but the Nuovo Record derailleurs seem to shift faster and more positive, not sure why since they were supposedly the same except for the finish, and level of polish? The entire bike from the factory was Campy except for the brake levers and calipers which were Dia Compe Carrera which did come from the factory with those, but I want to switch those over to the Campy stuff I have just so it all matches.

The only issue I'm having with the Nuova Record rear derailleur is that it's a short cage unit, the Sport was a long cage unit, so now I can't shift into first due to the short cage pulley hitting the gear, so I found a corncob style Suntour Winner Pro 5 speed NOS 13-17 freewheel from Ebay I ordered yesterday.

Hmm, yeah, the tape thing might be the cheapest, but the saddle is old, with cracks, but it wasn't used much due to the lack of sit bone indentations, that was one of the reasons I thought about replacing the seat, it was brown originally, but I learned recently that back then they used a much darker brown then they do today. So looks wise, would you rather see that bike with black seat, black tape, or brown seat, brown tape? I'm leaning towards black on black, but I'm not good with color matching. And leave the tan hoods to match the tan tires like you said.

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