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Murray USA!! Where the Roadbike's any good?

Old 04-28-10, 11:45 PM
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Murray USA!! Where the Roadbike's any good?

Where they a good maker of road-bikes?? One is for sell and the Org owner only road it a few times cause hes a Lazy MAN. Looks in top shape with really nice handles.The frame seem to be Solid and lugged. Nice looking welds on the frame.
Had a USA sticker on it !!!
>> Had Dr.Pepper Label on it and the Frame was the Dr.Pepper Color?? <<

This is what the Components look like.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3079/...619d1ddd29.jpg

Where they a good road-bike maker in the 70's and 80's?

Like to make it A Recreational Bike for Bike trails!!!

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Old 04-29-10, 01:47 AM
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Was it an expensive or extremely high quality product? Probably not.

Is it a serviceable product? Yes, most likely. As much as most (including myself) like to furrow our brows at department store brands, the fact is they are probably more than adequate for most people.
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Murray bikes were department store bikes. it is as mkeller said a serviceable product but not of high quality. if this is free and you want something to ride a block to the 7/11 it is a good deal if it is rideable, or if you are looking for a bike to learn bike repair on.

however while this bike looks in good shape (clean and not rusty) it does not look like a safe rider to me. the sagging rear brake cable indicates that perhaps the brakes are out of adjustment. I also suspect the fork is a replacement which may indicate frame damage or even a flatspot on the front wheel.
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It's cheap junk.
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
It's cheap junk.

and after Mkeller and I tried to be diplomatic about it LOL
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If you buy it, I'd swap out the handlebars for North Roads bars and use it as a cruiser. Cheap as they are, the bottom brackets, steel wheels (once trued properly), and frames are bombproof and would make for a good lockup bike if you're going to use it to commute to a train station or downtown or some such.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
and after Mkeller and I tried to be diplomatic about it LOL
It's a direct answer to a direct question. There's no point in being diplomatic about a bike he hasn't bought yet.
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well i guess i can safely post this then...

i made a x-mart fixed gear out of one that would have otherwise seen the dump:



i think i have $80 in it all told.
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It's a direct answer to a direct question. There's no point in being diplomatic about a bike he hasn't bought yet.
Well, if it was a newer wal-mart bike I would have said junk right away, after working on two of them. Still, old Huffys and murrays DO suck, but they aren't really the worst... they can be ok.
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Well, if it was a newer wal-mart bike I would have said junk right away, after working on two of them. Still, old Huffys and murrays DO suck, but they aren't really the worst... they can be ok.
To my way of thinking, they can't both suck and be okay. They just suck.
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
It's cheap junk.
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It's a direct answer to a direct question. There's no point in being diplomatic about a bike he hasn't bought yet.
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To my way of thinking, they can't both suck and be okay. They just suck.
...and some folks wonder why we as a group can be accused of snobbery!

Is it collectable? No. Is it high quality? No. Is it something that vintage bike aficionados would take notice of? No.

But to someone down on their luck (not saying the OP is) a bike like that could make all the difference in getting to a job, or not. Or getting to the grocery, or not. "It sucks" is a really unfair answer because to another person that Murray would be your Hetchins.

Everything has a place. Lighten up Francis.
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Well the 'it sucks' label fits, especially when you can likely find a decent enough old bike for the same price with a bit more looking. I have fixed up a few old Huffy and Murray bikes, and they really push the envelope as far as return on the investment of time. Heck, I was the proud owner of 'The Dude' forever immortalized on old ten speed gallery.


Not being a snob, just trying to make sure someone knows where and what their time and effort is being invested.
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Originally Posted by khatfull View Post
...and some folks wonder why we as a group can be accused of snobbery!

Is it collectable? No. Is it high quality? No. Is it something that vintage bike aficionados would take notice of? No.

But to someone down on their luck (not saying the OP is) a bike like that could make all the difference in getting to a job, or not. Or getting to the grocery, or not. "It sucks" is a really unfair answer because to another person that Murray would be your Hetchins.

Everything has a place. Lighten up Francis.
With aggressive looking, you can find a bike that does not suck for around $25. Typical places to find them are garage sales and thrift stores. My favorite bike cost me $16. I picked up a nice Centurion last week at a thrift store for $25. To me, its not about being a snob, its recognizing something decent versus junk.

And FWIW: The same thrift store had a P*O*S Roadmaster right next to the Centurion, for the same price.

And for someone looking for a good recreational bike for local trails (in the OP), a nice rigid frame mountain bike will do the job nicely. I find them in the $10 to $25 range a lot.


So I am OK with telling the truth, they suck.

I would not want to see someone put money into a lousy bike without at least first knowing it is a lousy bike. It costs just as much to rehab a junker as it does to rehab a good bike. Tires, cables, bearings, grease, tubes, bar tape, etc., costs are all identical. But when you are done, you can either have a nice bike that will provide great service, hold its value, and ride well, or you will have a junker, that will be very heavy, stops and shifts poorly, etc.

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Other than worse finish and workmanship (and upgradable) basic components (other than the crank), this bike is just up there with the Varsities and Continentals of the world with Ashtabula cranks (minus the historic aspects) as far as riding experience goes. Do they suck? That's subjective. Can one do better with $25. Yes. Anything with a 3 piece crank (including a later Huffy) would be better than this.
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If you need a bike for transportation, get an old mountain bike with a bike shop brand, not Huffy or Murray. The things are a dime a dozen, are easy to ride and you can jump curbs and other fun stuff with them. A rack and a set of cheap road tires and you've got a bike you can use.
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Murray made some decent bmx bikes for a short period. Team Murray something of other. I remember a neighbor telling me he was getting one and thinking it would be crap, but it was pretty nice.
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Lighten up Francis.
Francis?
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
It's cheap junk.
It was cheap junk in the 70s and 80s...now, it's old cheap junk.
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If you want a one-piece crankset, and don't mind the weight of the bike, try a Schwinn Varsity or Continental. They are relatively inexpensive, indestructable and will outlast the Murray by lightyears.

The wheels are usually impossible to true properly, the frame tubes can separate from each other, the chrome plating can get"flakey" ... and chrome plating flakes can cut your fingers badly, and everything about the bike is just cheap. Look for a well maintained older Fuji, an '80s to early '90s Schwinn, or any other bike that a reputable LBS proudly placed their shop label on.
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To my way of thinking, they can't both suck and be okay. They just suck.
No big deal, your assessment isn't wrong or anything. I would argue that there are varying degrees of suck, just as there are different levels of good. Some of the newer dept. store bikes definitely suck more than an old huffy.

Anyway, a two page Murray thread is pretty impressive.
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Ok No go on the the Dr Pepper Bike LOL
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Ok No go on the the Dr Pepper Bike LOL
I'd say that is a good choice.
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Originally Posted by Shp4man View Post
If you need a bike for transportation, get an old mountain bike with a bike shop brand, not Huffy or Murray. The things are a dime a dozen, are easy to ride and you can jump curbs and other fun stuff with them. A rack and a set of cheap road tires and you've got a bike you can use.
I'd love to find a big frame rigid 80's MTB. In the past year, there's been one Raleigh rigid MTB that was $250. That's looking at Bloomington, Lafayette, Terre Haute, Evansville and Indy craigslists...

If I could find an '80's Stumpjumper that's bigger than 56cm, I'd love it. But, the bigger bikes are harder to find, and are nearly always expensive. That's why I'm building my Univega into an 80's esque trail bike (the original 29er!) with bullmoose bars and friction thumbies
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Ahh, but an Iverson...now THAT'S a bike (j/k)
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