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Old 05-06-17, 04:34 PM
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Check out the saddle mounting in the second and third photos. And this is an ad that a shop is running.
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Wait.... it's in there...somewhere

Vintage White Peugeot Carbolite 103 - $275 (berkeley)

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Shimano Wheel Bag...NEW - $25 (alamo square / nopa)

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Geez, don't these people even care to check their ads if the pictures are large enough? SMH
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Here is a Huffy Glacier. I suppose it's not too fast.

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/6081652625.html

Yesterday I spied a kid's 16er called a Magna Major Damage. Is that really a good name for a bike?

At least the yellow and black Batman kids' helmet they show on that page accessorizes.
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I have a Priority Classic, and I can tell you the seat didn't come like that.

The QR seat collar is maybe aftermarket? Mine did not have that.
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This is a hoot. Some student of history might want to buy the thing, or at least put all the photos on Velobase

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/6117695651.html

Nos 1974 Bicycle 2 stroke engine - $350 (Los Banos)

Nos 1974 Chicken Power 2 stroke bicycle engine ... complete kit..this is brand new from 1974 in the box with manual, instruction booklet..

would look great on any vintage bicycle
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
This is a hoot. Some student of history might want to buy the thing, or at least put all the photos on Velobase

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/6117695651.html
That looks like it might be fun.

Not the big motors that powers the bike with occasional pedalling. But, just enough to give a bit of a boost. Actually, though, if it does a full HP, that should be about 745 watts, and enough to get one's bike humming along pretty well.
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Old 05-08-17, 02:22 PM
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On the DC Used Bicycle Marketplace (Facebook Page)

"Why the f*** to I own this?
$100,000
Washington D.C.

I have an unassembled side-by-side tandem in my garage"



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For the fillet brazed cognoscenti... here's a Super Sport, but with much different than stock components for the stated year (when it should have had a one-piece crank, Huret RD, and stem shifters), and the following ad copy

Selling a classic 1973 schwinn super sport bike. I bought it for $500 from a friend who's grandpa bought it new back in Chicago where they were made brand new. His grandpa was a semi professional rider and it was gifted to him after a competition. It was stored most in my guest bedroom and never ridden by me. I'm about 6'0 as you can tell in the picture, it was never my right size. Bringing it from the mid-west here was a great idea until I never rode it.

The SuperSport was the best in the Schwinn Varsity and had a quality light weight chrome frame better than the continental and le tour. The SuperSport was the last Schwinn high quality light weight alumninum frame bike.

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This is one Vintage Bike can be enjoyed by all and admired from a far for its stylish look and amazing style. It is in very good cosmetic condition, but has some scratches to give it personality. Mechanically it is sound except it needs a tune up and some air in the tires. Be warned it's pretty fast and I especially liked the wide gear range and indeed preferred it to the extremely lighter bikes because it was more stable. I cleaned it, pumped up the tires, lubricated the chain, and reattached the cable for the front derailleur about 5 years ago.
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Cursed Satanic Vintage Ideale Bike Bicycle Saddle Model 80 -
$66.60

Weight 19.4oz (666 grams)

carries the souls of countless slain riders

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Old 05-09-17, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
This is a hoot. Some student of history might want to buy the thing, or at least put all the photos on Velobase

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/6117695651.html
You know, you can buy an engine kit like that NEW for about $250 (and it's probably more powerful, too).
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You know, you can buy an engine kit like that NEW for about $250 (and it's probably more powerful, too).
It's definitely a collector's item and not something you would install and use, it's got 45yo grease and seals. The asking price doesn't seem plausible to me, but then this is the Wacky thread. I think if I were starting something this crude today I'd use a cordless electric power tool
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
It's definitely a collector's item and not something you would install and use, it's got 45yo grease and seals. The asking price doesn't seem plausible to me, but then this is the Wacky thread. I think if I were starting something this crude today I'd use a cordless electric power tool
A 2-cycle engine is mostly self-lubing. Any grease would only be in the drive system. Hard to say on the seals, but they could last quite well if kept clean and dry. Many engines can last a good long time.

Most of the engine installations that I've seen are chain drive. This chicken drive is a tire drive which makes it unique.

Probably a bit high on the price, but it is an attempt to hit the collectors market, and it isn't outrageously high for a NOS kit.
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9yo photos, or 9yo camera with new battery?

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On the DC Used Bicycle Marketplace (Facebook Page)

"Why the f*** to I own this?
$100,000
Washington D.C.

I have an unassembled side-by-side tandem in my garage"



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Can you imagine taking a sharp curve with that? I would imagine that the natural reflex to lift the inboard pedal would end up in grounding-out the crank.
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Can you imagine taking a sharp curve with that? I would imagine that the natural reflex to lift the inboard pedal would end up in grounding-out the crank.
I can't imagine going in a straight line on that, much less any sort of curve. It just looks like an accident waiting to happen.
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I can't imagine going in a straight line on that, much less any sort of curve. It just looks like an accident waiting to happen.
I'm trying to figure out how the pedals work. I guess it's just like a two-person paddle boat. Steering and braking seems to be only on the left side? So that is the solo mount. I guess it keeps your pants leg clean. The right side does get to ring the bell (or is that a light?)

When I first looked at the pics, I read the decal as "Budget Bike!" vs "Buddy Bike!". That did not inspire confidence.

Edit: The idea of the buddy bike (now much better implemented) is to ride tandem with special needs children and have them up front and participating. They now use a more standard front / rear config, but with the parent in the rear and still in control. Neat idea, so I give them some leeway in regards to having some wacky missteps along the way to accomplish the goals.

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I'm still trying to figure out how you'd mount it without 2 more people holding you up. Can you ever stop?
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I'm trying to imagine how the problems you're all imagining are problems. Yeah it looks a little awkward, but definitely not impossible.

The question in my mind is, would the fraternity of tandem riders let you join?
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Another thing to consider; while a single rider can ride a regular tandem, how can 1 person safely ride this monstrosity?
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Another thing to consider; while a single rider can ride a regular tandem, how can 1 person safely ride this monstrosity?
If the left crank was flipped 180 degrees out of sync, then you could probably ride it reasonably well by sitting on the tube between the seats. Or even adding a third seat.

Orient the cranks parallel to the ground for hard cornering (or any cornering).

A recumbent design would solve the crank problem. Weights for the two people would have to be fairly close, unless it could be built so lighter person would sit a little more outboard than the heavier person.

I'm surprise the right steering is "dummy steering", rather than full dual steering.
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Another thing to consider; while a single rider can ride a regular tandem, how can 1 person safely ride this monstrosity?
Just lean it over until it balances. I managed to ride my Dad's Schwinn trike on two wheels, this doesn't seem as bad as that.
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Just lean it over until it balances. I managed to ride my Dad's Schwinn trike on two wheels, this doesn't seem as bad as that.
Not sure this is an option since a single rider would have 100% of their weight completely over the center of gravity of the bike to begin with. If you were to mount the bike, how would you "lean over" if the pivot is as high as it is? I suppose that's why it's "built for two" - it can't be ridden alone?
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Out Of Wacky

century nishiki bike for sale - $60



"I put fair as its condition but its def more on the good side haha. ride perfect, just has a few rust spots on the top and a small rip in the seat. good for 6 foot person."

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(No, no, no; "fair" doesn't begin to describe it. "...good side haha" is closer. When the front wheel obscures some of the downtube lettering, that's when I dare the seller to ride it around the block, clockwise.)
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Just lean it over until it balances. I managed to ride my Dad's Schwinn trike on two wheels, this doesn't seem as bad as that.
With the off-side cranks banging the pavement?
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