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Old 02-23-15, 09:33 AM
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DMR Trail blades Bike Forks - I... does it come with the snake?
What the ... ?
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Cute, but I can imagine some people who would be rather turned off by those photos.
Snakes...why did it have to be snakes?
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Harrison Ford movie? How about American Graffiti...
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This "bike"...

[h=2]Napa Auto BMX Bike (ina/old father)[/h]
Like new. Only rode 1x.
Asking $100 FIRM or will trade for tools, sporting goods
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Originally Posted by bikecrate
Snakes...why did it have to be snakes?
Appears to be a red boa constrictor. We had one living in our dorm when I was at University. The owner used to have us in for the feedings, which were done with live mice, gerbils, etc. We'd make book on how long it took for snaky to dispatch the poor mammal.

Buffalo PD Finds A Decomposed Body, Then A Boa Constrictor: Part 2 - Cops - Video Clip | SPIKE.com

This snake is not to be confused with the boa "constructor" in the "COPS in Buffalo" episode from the above link.
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Presenting the most "Winnipeg" Kijiji ad I've ever seen.

filthy banger style | road | Winnipeg | Kijiji

Still up for grabs this sweet ride, whether its just a quick rip to Sev or your girl needs a double to the circle.Endos like a champ, North End custom reversed bars to make beer runs easy. Stone cold ready down tube, pegs and banger not included.

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What could have caused this?

Speaking of whacky I saw this on Craig's List & was wondering what would cause this [broken seat tube at the bottom bracket--but no where else!]?



59cm 1984 Trek 520 - needs welding
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Old 02-24-15, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by J.Oxley
This "bike"...

Napa Auto BMX Bike (ina/old father)


Like new. Only rode 1x.
Asking $100 FIRM or will trade for tools, sporting goods
It's nice to see a symmetric fender installation for once...
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Originally Posted by Velorific
Speaking of whacky I saw this on Craig's List & was wondering what would cause this [broken seat tube at the bottom bracket--but no where else!]?



59cm 1984 Trek 520 - needs welding
Overheating during brazing, most likely. I wouldn't see welding as a long-term fix -- it'll work for a while, then break again above the weld bead. The real fix would be to pull the seat tube and replace it, which is a big job. Unless you can do the work yourself, replacing the frame would be more cost effective.

The fork, headset, and bottom bracket are salvageable. Perhaps a low-ball offer might make it worth while?

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Old 02-24-15, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
Overheating during brazing, most likely.
Thank you for your reply John. I was just curious--what threw me was there was no other damage to the frame & I'd think right there (at the part where it broke) would be about the strongest part of a frame?
One of these days I really want to learn more about framebuilding--I love, love, love the looks of vintage lugged steel bikes!
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
How about this one for something a bit different?
eugene.craigslist.org/bik/4880660776.html

Counterpoint version of a Hase Pino. The boom hanging loose off the front end is kinda creepy.
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It's recent vintage, you can tell by the shifters. Or it's old vintage, you can tell by the other shifters.

Vintage Schwinn Super Sport

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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty
It's recent vintage, you can tell by the shifters. Or it's old vintage, you can tell by the other shifters.

Vintage Schwinn Super Sport

Interesting bike.

When I was in the bike co-op recently, one of the mechanics (I think) was trying to bargain for a set of old Shimano Brifters. He was saying they had broken bits and needed rebuilt, but he was planning on using them as brakes without the shifters. I presume they make comfortable brake levers (although the twist is odd).
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
Interesting bike.

When I was in the bike co-op recently, one of the mechanics (I think) was trying to bargain for a set of old Shimano Brifters. He was saying they had broken bits and needed rebuilt, but he was planning on using them as brakes without the shifters. I presume they make comfortable brake levers (although the twist is odd).
Looking at Bikepedia, the frame appears to be a '00 which originally came with 105 brifters. I'm guessing these got stuck. The wheels and seat post are not original. My eyeball / component knowledge isn't good enough to pick out other possible changes. It was a nice enough bike to begin with and could be again.
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boa? that's a corn snake
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
Overheating during brazing, most likely. I wouldn't see welding as a long-term fix -- it'll work for a while, then break again above the weld bead. The real fix would be to pull the seat tube and replace it, which is a big job. Unless you can do the work yourself, replacing the frame would be more cost effective.

The fork, headset, and bottom bracket are salvageable. Perhaps a low-ball offer might make it worth while?
I told the guy that the seat tube would need to be replaced. I'm working on him on getting the head badge, but if someone wants to low ball him, go right ahead
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Originally Posted by Velorific
Speaking of whacky I saw this on Craig's List & was wondering what would cause this [broken seat tube at the bottom bracket--but no where else!]?



59cm 1984 Trek 520 - needs welding
I bought a Colnago frame a while ago with a nasty seat tube crack with the intention of repairing it. But, I haven't fixed it yet as I'm not quite comfortable enough with my welding skills. I talked to a frame builder who quoted an outrageous price for the repair.

I had wondered whether it had been an accident, or what. The builder I had discussed it with suggested that it was a stress fracture, and probably was ridden as the fracture was progressing.

Anyway, the notes that I'm seeing indicate that 501 tubing can be tig welded
Originally Posted by caterham
okie- let me spell it out more clearly for ya-

531 was developed primarily for relatively low temperature, long duration brazing techniques(ie-lugged construction). On the butted 531 tubesets, the butts are longer and more gradually tapered.

501 was developed as a lower cost, more robust, tubeset intended for high volume production methods which require a heavier wall thickness specifically to handle high temperature, short duration TIG & robotic welding techniques.On the 501 DB tubesets, the butting is shorter, and tapers quickly.
Here is another discussion of that frame.
for sale - 59cm 1984 Trek 520 in need of welding - The Chainlink

Anyway, you could try to unbraze the seat tube, and replace it. The result would be "as good as new"..... more or less. It would still be a repaired and repainted frame, so while it might get a nice paint job, that would necessarily detract from the "classic" value.

Looking at E-Bay, an intact Trek 520 frame is probably a $100 to $300 frame, which isn't bad, but not super high either.

I'd probably just tig weld it (which would be visible). Paint it up, then ride it as a commuter/light touring/grocery getter bike (as the seller apparently has been doing).

On the ChainLink forum above:
I concur. I had a Trek of the same year and tubing (and color) a few (ok perhaps 10) years ago and on that bike, the rear end suffered from a weird swaying when loaded when I stood up off the saddle. It was painful to sell it as it was a fantastic bike when not loaded, but what is the use of bike one can't load up with camping gear or groceries or cat food or whatever?
Perhaps the flex contributed to the stress damage. Nonetheless, it sounds like it would only be a moderate quality grocery getter anyway.

How much is it worth? Hard to say.

The fork, headset, bottom bracket, and seat post may well be worth a bit.
This has apparently been up for about 20 days with out a sale.
I'd offer $25, with the expectation of going to $50 or so, hoping the seller would also toss in the Cantis, with that being about the value of the "extra bits".
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CliffordK, thank you so much for your in depth reply & the links I was just flummoxed (sp?) as to what would cause such a break at that particular spot (you'd think it would be nearly the strongest part of the frame....) and no breaks anywhere else on the frame--it just didn't compute

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Originally Posted by kunsunoke
Appears to be a red boa constrictor.
Nope. Corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus).

Edit: Looks like someone else beat me to it.

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The top of the bottom bracket should be a strong point in the frame, but there is a strong alternating right-left twist from pedalling. Once the crack starts forming, no doubt with continued use it eventually encircles the lug. I doubt the failure occurred on a single ride, but perhaps occurred over months of continued use as it slowly failed.

Here are some photos of my Colnago frame that I'm told has a wicked stress fracture (unconfirmed).



Although, apparently this model (biTitan) suffered from flex. Perhaps Colnago's twin downtube design gained lateral strength while compromising the strength of the seat tube.
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This showed up on Craigslist today.

Cargo bike frame




Unique brake and handlebar design. I've seen the turned up bars before, but usually not with the grips rotated towards the rider, nor with grips on the bars.

With some luck, it might need a rear wheel and could be ridden home. Otherwise it might be awkward to haul on my bike.

I've sent a note to the seller. Keeping my fingers crossed, but unfortunately I found it about 12 hours late
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Originally Posted by Lanovran
Nope. Corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus).

Edit: Looks like someone else beat me to it.
Should have caught that one - sorry, guys!

But you have to admit the video was pretty funny.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
I'd probably just tig weld it (which would be visible).
Originally Posted by Velorific
CliffordK, thank you so much for your in depth reply & the links I was just flummoxed (sp?) as to what would cause such a break at that particular spot (you'd think it would be nearly the strongest part of the frame....) and no breaks anywhere else on the frame--it just didn't compute

Thank you again.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
With some luck, it might need a rear wheel and could be ridden home. Otherwise it might be awkward to haul on my bike.

I've sent a note to the seller. Keeping my fingers crossed, but unfortunately I found it about 12 hours late
That's pretty sweet for $75, let us know if you pick it up, I'd like to see some pics of how it looks once you put it all together!
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I might buy this cargo bike just to get the saddle. The non-matching pedals is also a nice touch
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