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Old 02-11-19, 01:28 PM
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That is all plagiarized from this page (which could be getting info from elsewhere, but I'm not seeing it).

https://roadbikeaction.com/tour-of-c...erican-flyers/
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As the team tackles the roads of California they will also be celebrating 25 years of American cycling history. It was back in 1985 that the cult classic American Flyers hit the screen. It was this movie that inspired a young Bobby Julich. Julich would go on to become one of the most successful cyclist in American history. In his career, Julich finished third in the 1998 Tour de France, and won Paris-Nice in 2005. Julich now works for the Saxo Bank team and is responsible for the idea of creating the commemorative edition American Flyer bikes for the team to ride during the Tour of California.

The original 1985 Allez from the movie American Flyers. The frame was constructed using Tange Prestige tubing and featured lugged construction.
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In 1985 Specialized provided the alloy bars and forged quill stem. One thing that hasn’t changed is the iconic ‘S’ head tube logo.
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1985 was four years before the first STI brake/shift levers appeared in the professional peloton. The 1985 Allez used downtube friction shifters.
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The original Campagnolo crankset spins on a square taper bottom bracket spindle with loose pack bearings.
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The 1985 bikes featured Campagnolo Super Record derailleurs with six-speed free wheels. The frame used horizontal dropouts for wheelbase adjustments and proper wheel alignment.
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A legendary Selle Italia Turbo saddle adorns the Allez. The Turbo was a mainstay in the professional peloton well into the late 1990s, and is still used by a few diehards.
Thing is, of course, that is likely an "American Flyer" 10-speed bicycle from the mid 70's, probably pre-dating the film mentioned by a decade, and having nothing to do with the Specialized Allez.

Probably also made in Japan.

70's American Flyer road bike?

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The price does reflect that the bike is not a Specialized Allez with full Campagnolo... and probably $150 is within what one might expect for the High-Ten Flyer in reasonably good condition.
So maybe the whole ad is just puffery? It sure looks like the ad language is touting the bike for sale as the tange prestige specialized American flier but maybe not and it's just a weird ad that has nothing to do with the bike being sold? OK, that's not how I read the ad but then maybe that's what the seller is saying.

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So maybe the whole ad is just puffery? It sure looks like the ad language is touting the bike for sale as the tange prestige specialized American flier but maybe not and it's just a weird ad that has nothing to do with the bike being sold? OK, that's not how I read the ad but then maybe that's what the seller is saying.
Hard to say.

Much of the text was clearly taken from the Specialized article, but it was also edited and shortened.

The seller likely was clearly aware of the American Flyers movie (or found it). So, they were trying to connect their bicycle to the movie.

But, yes, "puffery".

As we've seen in the C&V world, there are many "commemorative" bikes made. For example, various Olympic commemorative bikes (often using low quality components).

The seller may have assumed that this American Flyer was commemorative to the movie. However, I don't see any indications of a connection.

There was also a "Western Flyer" bicycle, but there is no clear connection between the Western Flyer and American Flyer, and the head tube badges seem to be quite different.
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Old 02-11-19, 08:22 PM
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All bearings sealed against contamination by moisture and dirt . The price is pretty funny too .

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...809674955.html
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Old 02-11-19, 09:24 PM
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All bearings sealed against contamination by moisture and dirt . The price is pretty funny too .

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...809674955.html
The ad is a straight copy from the 987 Schwinn catalog referenced in the first line. Including the "All bearings sealed ......"
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Old 02-11-19, 09:32 PM
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^^^^ Yeah, that one's checking all the boxes. Those "aerodynamic" spokes look pretty round to me. And aero stays/fork? Who knew?

How did he cram 36 spokes into the "32 spoke" wheels? And only 25 inches?

The bag over the saddle should have a "Sanitized for your protection" band over it...

Coup de gras - the upside-down flat-on-the ground shot to show the NDS.
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Old 02-12-19, 03:16 AM
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Head Rampage Comp Full Face Helmet Size XL, Made With Kevlar+Recon Displan US $220.84



I think these are actually "real" helmets. Taking more ordinary helmets and augmenting them. I'm not sure about cooling for warm weather riding.

There seem to be much more unique motorcycle helmets available for those riders that wish to stand out.

Who needs MIPS when one can have one of these?

https://www.ebay.com/sch/6747/i.html...=custom+helmet
https://www.ebay.com/itm/JK22-Cool-C...L/282759475455

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Old 02-12-19, 04:39 AM
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^^^ "THIS is your brain on drugs. Any questions?" ^^^
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Old 02-12-19, 11:07 AM
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You think those are bad, how about the guy who modified his CPAP mask (treatment for sleep apnea) into a face hugger from Alien?
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Old 02-12-19, 11:13 AM
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Old 02-12-19, 12:07 PM
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You think those are bad, how about the guy who modified his CPAP mask (treatment for sleep apnea) into a face hugger from Alien?
Hopefully he has a portable CPAP machine that he can take with him, for example on an airline.

Wait for the person next to one to zonk out cold and stewards/stewardesses to retreat for the night, put on the mask/machine, and doze off.

Earplugs would help.
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Old 02-13-19, 09:56 AM
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my brain hurts

https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bi...818145151.html

70s shwinn sburbuan


suburban, root beeer brown, custom parts, radio, front and rear motorcycle lights, speekers shcwinn, mud flaps, huge rack, tassles. i was told the hub alone is 400. i got it like 6 years ago.when my next door neighbor died and they.cleaned out the shed. i drove it a lil prob ok bly 1st timd i. 25 years since he road it.. needs some tlc
iwas gonna restore it but im too busy. im looking for a laptop 4 me one basic one just 4 online nothing gaming ( I dont) just just want something decent or cash.
Open 2 trades for gaming systems, t.v., anything
Also just got a 58cm tribe switch rear hub, fixaytion pedal straps, front tire is flat but im gonna clean her up tomorrow..its too tall 4 me.i also have other parts if I end up with her in switching to bull horn bars or regular drop bars.
.. it's a nice bike open to trades, they start around 400. just petels and straps are like 75. just learned the lame hipster bell goes for 20 lol. i just don't have time 4 it, working 2 much 70
also got a few other bikes.. i think ones a pure fixie ones a 6ku




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Old 02-13-19, 12:49 PM
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^^^^^^ /thread. I honestly don't know what could top (bottom) this.

So how many accidental hits does the ad get based on searches for "huge rack"?.... (And I don't mean antlers....)
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That Schwinn could make a great commuter/errand bike for the right person. I've seen ones like that with a few extra bells and whistles around town on occasion.

Get all the lights updated to LEDs.

Mirrors sticking out to enforce one's space.

Could one find a mechanical tachometer?

Hopefully the guy would be willing to negotiate. He hasn't listed a price, but seems to be stuck on "400" a few times in the ad.

$75 on a good day?
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That Schwinn could make a great commuter/errand bike for the right person. I've seen ones like that with a few extra bells and whistles around town on occasion.

Get all the lights updated to LEDs.

Mirrors sticking out to enforce one's space.

Could one find a mechanical tachometer?

Hopefully the guy would be willing to negotiate. He hasn't listed a price, but seems to be stuck on "400" a few times in the ad.

$75 on a good day?


$75?! Are you kidding me? This has pay to haul it away written all over it, that said dang that cool, lol. That bike is like the bike my pop gave me when I turned 13, *ucking heavy. By the time I was 15 it was rebuilt with alloy wheels and what crap parts I could find to lighten the beast. Screw that gift shift, I ended up getting a robins egg blue Falcon, and trashed the Schwinn.
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uuuuhhhhhh, ok? wtf???

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Can...S!-1:rk:4:pf:0

Vintage Cannondale Touring Fork with Eyelets and Shimano 600


Fork is from a Cannondale ST500. Not marked, so not sure if chromoly or hi-ten steel. Comes with some nice Shimano 600 bits. Fork is straight.
BUY WITH CONFIDENCE!


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uuuuhhhhhh, ok? wtf???
Seller read on Bike Forums that a bike was worth more parted out than whole?

That has the Shimano 600 EX style headset.



It looks like the headset is in good shape, but one would make a mess out of it without the proper tools.

The frame was probably toast for one reason or another. Cracked aluminum? Wreck?
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Headtube has the cool "depot" logo; would make an interesting pen holder (or maybe part of a DIY hookah.....).
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That has the Shimano 600 EX style headset.

It looks like the headset is in good shape, but one would make a mess out of it without the proper tools.
Nonsense. Just pick the right Park HCW tool (with 32mm?) and a large Crescent wrench and use a light touch. That'll work.
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My nephew put whitewalls on a Triumph Bonneville and it looks almost that bad.
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Once it gets big enough... you get a FLYWHEEL!!!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bicycle-Cyc...l/173793237015



Oh, love the rear wheel of the guy in the "Flywheel" ad (NDS side, of course).

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Once it gets big enough... you get a FLYWHEEL!!!

Oh, love the rear wheel of the guy in the "Flywheel" ad (NDS side, of course).
The kickstand? The terrible photoshopping job that makes the wheel look flat? The erased spokes? That fact that he does not appear to be using his own product (it should be visible around the hub if it were that big, no? The complete lack of any freehub?
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That gives me an idea. Someone should invent a brake disk, with teeth on the outside, that doubles as a 50 tooth goat path bailout gear.
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Once it gets big enough... you get a FLYWHEEL!!!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bicycle-Cyc...l/173793237015

Oh, love the rear wheel of the guy in the "Flywheel" ad (NDS side, of course).
Terrible ad, but I wish this was available (or I had known about it) when I bought a 11-42 10sp for my Krampus last year
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