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Old 09-16-19, 08:01 PM
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And the policy is quite sound.

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Found in a dumpster..
I was going to attach a sweet photo of the restoration but first post, so no pictures.
Pretty weak policy.
It's green with white tires and gold chain.
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Old 09-16-19, 08:11 PM
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It is my belief that 70's era gas pipe specials will one day be the rarest of all breeds. They just won't survive.

First off, almost everyone hates them. They are disposed of like trash with no one giving them a second thought.

Secondly, the aftermarket upgrades, which replace the original components, cause remaining bikes to be less than original.

Thirdly, they are pretty cheaply made, so rust and corrosion is a real factor in their longevity, or lack thereof.

Having said that, I do not consider ANY bike from the Schwinn brand to be low end. I know I could not afford one. They were 2-3X the price I could manage. Also, when I got to ride one, it was like heaven on Earth. They were a breed apart.

Low end for me was a Royce-Union purchased when on sale at a local auto parts store. It had 26" wheels with no quick release. It was purple. Even Huffy and AMF were more expensive than my Royce-Union.
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Old 09-16-19, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Bad Lag View Post
It is my belief that 70's era gas pipe specials will one day be the rarest of all breeds. They just won't survive. First off, almost everyone hates them. They are disposed of like trash...
The problem is they're so strong, you just can't destroy the things. You gotta leave 'em out in the rain for, like, 30 years. They're like Christine.
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Old 09-16-19, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Bad Lag View Post
Low end for me was a Royce-Union purchased when on sale at a local auto parts store. It had 26" wheels with no quick release. It was purple. Even Huffy and AMF were more expensive than my Royce-Union.
Depends on perspective. My brother had a Royce Union. That was high end. I had an even cheaper mystery brand from the local discount mart. My neighbors had Huffys. Didn't stop us from going on long (25 mile) adventure rides when we were 10. I think my parents would be arrested for that now... A couple years later I had a Motobecane and was riding with the local bike club. Gots to start somewhere.
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Old 09-17-19, 12:03 AM
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I'll give my take:

The Peugeot UO8 and its touring variant, the UE8 are low end bikes that deserve high recognition here. My UE8 rides well and smooth. Although heavy as heck, I can see myself taking it on a decent light tour somewhere and not having to worry about comfort as long as there are small hills and mostly flats. It just lacks the appropriate gearing for out of town use or climbing.

On top of that, the UE8 has wiring braze-ons for light generators. It's just an all around crazy cool bike (to me at least).

Also shoutout to low-end Apollo bikes up here in Canada.
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Old 09-17-19, 06:05 AM
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My only legit C&V bike is a 1969-1970ish Pug UO-18. In many respects, it's the best-riding bike I own.



I need a white garage door picture, don't I?

For a brief period in time, I had a 1984 Schwinn World Sport, in drop tube frame. I bought it with a bent fork, and swapped in a yellow Fuji fork that matched the yellow accents on the frame perfectly. I rid the bike of the drop bars, installed a riser city bar with flat bar controls, and it was a really fun bike to toss around. This one really got me interested in the short reach frames common to "lady frames" and mixtes. Shortly after I sold this Schwinn, I found the Peugeot pictured above, and I really enjoy it.



I wouldn't turn up my nose at another Schwinn.
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Old 09-17-19, 06:25 AM
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Here is my small Flandria foldiing bike (70's). Used to be white and belonged to my grandmother.
I decided some time ago to give it a new colorscheme... Yes it orange but it fits well with and in my trailer (also an oldie )

--> yes there is a MTB also in the back (but newer / late 90's)


My 70's Flandria folding bike


my oldie trailer
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Old 09-17-19, 11:53 AM
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Low end is the only end for high theft places. Or make sure your other end stuff is super beat up, and carry around a chain that weighs more than a high end bike.
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Old 09-17-19, 06:19 PM
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Here is a low end bike I bought on a online auction last week. It was dirty and had 2 flat tires , but had a neat fork mounted Miller light so I bid 4.00 and got it for 3.00. I got it home aired up the tires and a little cleaning , then went on a 9 mile ride, I think it had a easy life sitting in a garage and still rides decent. It is a Western Flyer made by Murray.
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Old 09-17-19, 10:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Oldsledz View Post
Here is a low end bike I bought on a online auction last week. It was dirty and had 2 flat tires , but had a neat fork mounted Miller light so I bid 4.00 and got it for 3.00. I got it home aired up the tires and a little cleaning , then went on a 9 mile ride, I think it had a easy life sitting in a garage and still rides decent. It is a Western Flyer made by Murray.
Not sure how far you're willing to go for wrenching, but you can replace the front halogen bulb for an LED and it makes a big difference. If its the right size, maybe I can send you a couple to try.
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Old 09-18-19, 07:28 PM
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Not sure how far you're willing to go for wrenching, but you can replace the front halogen bulb for an LED and it makes a big difference. If its the right size, maybe I can send you a couple to try.
Thanks for the offer but i don't ride in the dark the light will be just for looks.
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Old 09-19-19, 08:45 AM
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These mid range bikes often don't get enough love what with folks like Cuda having a stash of Paramounts and others with some pretty spectacular rides.

These mid range bikes are built for daily driving day in and day out and do not pretend to be anything else... that in itself is something beautiful.
I'll quote 65'er in the hopes it'll bring him back, and I couldn't agree more. I'd like to have a grail bike but one in a large frame is hard to find. All mine are middle of the road to entry level, but they work fine for me in flatlandia. Updated my list to include the '75 Continental, one of the most fun rides I have if I'm riding solo, and even with the group on no-drop nights. The '84 Team Fuji now resides in Seattle with oldest daughter, so it's off.
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Old 09-19-19, 08:52 AM
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One of my favorite bikes is a middling quality bike: a Sekine SHS 271. Nothing fancy but it gets the job done and it rides great. It has decent tubing (likely Tange no. 3) and decent components (early shimano stuff) but it is no high end bike. I also really like my mid 70s Peugeot UE 8 which is a "true" lower end bike; it's also a heck of a good riding bike:


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Collection in the states is mostly Raleigh's: 2 Grand Prix 74 & 76; 3 SuperCourses, 73, 77, & 78; 1 RRA 80; 1 Grander Sportier getting gugieized with a Dawes Galaxy in my basement to be built and a Centurion Pro-tour (that doesn't count here) and here in Cambodia I have mostly low end Japanese reuzit bikes and another Centurion Pro-tour.
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