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Old 07-18-09, 06:03 PM
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It's hard to tell, is that a Reynolds sticker on the downtube? That's a great looking bike, I can't believe someone was going to throw it out. It's good to have great friends!
Yes, it sure is! I can't win though. I haen;t so much as taken this thing around the block yet. I left my pump up in Maine so I went out and bought one in a LBS where I just happened to be, 40 mile away from home. The kid spent about 40 minuits trying to sell me a $2500 bike and a $200 seat but ZERO minuits checking to see if the thirty dollar pump worked. Well, guess what. Nope, it doesn't work. I STILL have no idea if this thing sucks or not.
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Old 07-18-09, 10:41 PM
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I was on a long ride today and stopped at a yardsale. Picked up a Raleigh Olympian Mixte for $20.00. (called my girlfriend to pick it up for me) Earlier I was at a snobby bike shop looking to buy a mounting bracket for my lock... but I walked out just before spending $20.00 on it because I really just didn't like the people there. The Raleigh had a brand new one on it so I sort of got a free bike. I fixed all of the little problems (rear axle wobbling like crazy) This will be my loaner bike at my workplace... so that my out of town Photographers and Stylists can ride when they work with us.

Never rode a mixte before... going to give it a spin tomorrow morning.

What are your thoughts on these?
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Old 07-18-09, 10:48 PM
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This is not the bike, but is the same make/model/color. (thank you unknown contributor from the Internets)
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Old 07-19-09, 01:14 AM
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dura ace ax, bought these a few days ago on ebay for $150, just came in on friday, beautiful!



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That Dura Ace is very pretty... it deserves a nice bike.
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Old 07-19-09, 11:00 AM
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I go to the GoodWill every other Saturday because that's half off day. This is my first find besides a 12" fixie for my two year old. What do y'all think? Does anyone know enough about this extinct steel to be able to tell the model with the decal missing? All of the other decals are there but they are cracking. The whole thing is totally dry-rotted but hey it was $17. The exposed parts of the cables are rusty but they aren't frozen. All of the bearings seem alright. I'm amazed it has as little rust as it does. It came from Illinous or however that's spelt.
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Old 07-19-09, 01:04 PM
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Wow,17 bux -----great score !
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Old 07-19-09, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by mr,grumpy
Yes, it sure is! I can't win though. I haen;t so much as taken this thing around the block yet. I left my pump up in Maine so I went out and bought one in a LBS where I just happened to be, 40 mile away from home. The kid spent about 40 minuits trying to sell me a $2500 bike and a $200 seat but ZERO minuits checking to see if the thirty dollar pump worked. Well, guess what. Nope, it doesn't work. I STILL have no idea if this thing sucks or not.
It definitely does not suck! Thats a very nice bike so take great care of it.
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Nice bike.

and, it's Illinois.
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Old 07-19-09, 04:38 PM
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Detel Marathon 2000

Got this from a guy who owed me money about 20 years ago. I was going to sell it, but decided to fix it up and ride it. Nice to ride. The company was only in business for a couple of years.
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Got this from a guy who owed me money about 20 years ago. I was going to sell it, but decided to fix it up and ride it. Nice to ride. The company was only in business for a couple of years.
OOPs Newbie goof up . It's a Detel Marathon 2000. Sorry
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Old 07-19-09, 04:50 PM
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I go to the GoodWill every other Saturday because that's half off day. This is my first find besides a 12" fixie for my two year old. What do y'all think? Does anyone know enough about this extinct steel to be able to tell the model with the decal missing? All of the other decals are there but they are cracking. The whole thing is totally dry-rotted but hey it was $17. The exposed parts of the cables are rusty but they aren't frozen. All of the bearings seem alright. I'm amazed it has as little rust as it does. It came from Illinous or however that's spelt.
That looks like an entry level Sekai. The frame is likely straight gauge high-carbon steel; nothing special but plenty sturdy. Maxy crank -- so-so. Looks like SunTour drivetrain otherwise; perhaps VGT-Luxe rear derailleur and Compe-V front, with ratcheted "power shifters" on the downtube. Good stuff -- well worth hanging on to. Dia-Compe cenerpull brakes, copies of the venerable Weinmann centerpull, made under license in Japan. Probably Suzue high flange hubs; very fashionable these days.

For $17 it's well worth it.
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Old 07-19-09, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Python4
OOPs Newbie goof up . It's a Detel Marathon 2000. Sorry
Cool, I have a Detel frame hanging in my basement. I think it's a Legend 2000 model. Yeah, there's not much information about that company out there. I wonder if all of their models were something or other "2000?"
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Old 07-19-09, 07:35 PM
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Got this from a guy who owed me money about 20 years ago. I was going to sell it, but decided to fix it up and ride it. Nice to ride. The company was only in business for a couple of years.
I'm guessing 84?
Looks dressed out exactly like the 84 Trek I just sold. Suntour hub, ARX derailers, Diacomp 500 brakes, Custom 39/52 crank, Araya or Rigda rims. Custom stem and I don't recall the make of the bars.
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Old 07-19-09, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by sonatageek
CCM Concorde Mixte that is in great shape.

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That's the best looking dork disk I've ever seen.
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Old 07-19-09, 07:52 PM
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That's the best looking dork disk I've ever seen.
No doubt, it's cool. But not as cool as the Sekine

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Old 07-19-09, 08:50 PM
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I forgot to mention: I got a PM on my local bike club forum; a friend said that there was a bike out for trash at the curb at the house next to hers. She let me know in case I wanted to get it, at 1:45 pm. I didn't get online until 3:30; I got over there 4:00 and it was gone. I told her next time, just grab it and keep it in her garage until I can pick it up!
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Picked up this pretty Panasonic Sport 500 a few weeks ago. The rear brake cable is frozen and needs replacement, but over all it is in nice shape. I think the choice of handle bars detracts from the overall look of the bike. I am trying to decide if I fix it up as is and sell it, convert it back to drop bars (from the parts bin) or set it up with a north roads?

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Old 07-19-09, 09:29 PM
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i'd vote northroads....come to think of it i have a very similar mixte (in Ralight Marathon badging) that I ought to do the same with....
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Old 07-19-09, 09:57 PM
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Yeah, North roads all the way. Drop bars always look kind of funky on women's frames. I think most people that buy women's frames probably prefer north roads too, of course that is a completely unscientific opinion.
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Hey Ben, what does that sticker on the seat tube say, right below the twin top tube of the Concorde?
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Picked up this pretty Panasonic Sport 500 a few weeks ago. The rear brake cable is frozen and needs replacement, but over all it is in nice shape. I think the choice of handle bars detracts from the overall look of the bike. I am trying to decide if I fix it up as is and sell it, convert it back to drop bars (from the parts bin) or set it up with a north roads?

Looks a lot like the 1987 Schwinn Sprint I garbage picked and fixed up for a friend of my wife- separated at birth?

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I'm seeing double!
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If I'm not mistaken, the Sprint frame was made by Panasonic.
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Met this guy on craigslist, he wanted to sell this wheel for $30, or trade for for an 18 tooth single speed freewheel cog... me- "Oh yeah, I have one of those" (heads to lbs, picks one up for $6)

although, I now I have to find a matching front wheel, hmm



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