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An Interesting Garage Exploration

Most of what I found was rusted out gas pipe garbage, but there was one interesting piece...

Looks French to me. Stronglight Crank. Very old Dura Ace brakes. Atom pedals. Not sure on tubing, but it wasn't gas pipe judging from the weight. Lugs look like maybe Bocama, not the neatest filing I've seen.















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I'm not sure what hubs were on it...and the rear derailleur is a Huret, but I don't know enough about their components to know what I was looking at. Condition was rough.

The only other stuff that was interesting was this Schwinn







And this very beat up British bike





If anyone wants to tell me about any of these bikes...fire away.
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Old 04-29-10, 07:43 PM
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You got yourself (I hope you did ) a 1970s Stella SX-7x (where X is the last number of the year) Racing Elan




Durifort (of Vitus fame) DB tubing... This one is really nice and a bike that not one often sees. I suspect that the DA bits were a later addition
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It's not mine and may not be. Here's the deal...my fiancee's friend wanted me to check out the bikes in her garage before they get put into an estate sale. I didn't know what this was, but it clearly was something based on the weight and components. I told her it was definitely worth saving...and told her it would probably sell for around $100 in the condition it was in when I saw it (ugly). I have no idea what she or her family are going to want to do with it. I don't really want to offer much money for a bike in that condition with a hodge podge of parts (suntour DT shifters, dura ace brakes, exage brake levers). I have no clue what the hubs were, but the wheels were really rough. I have no idea what they'll do with it.
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What a shame about the condition, the spokes on the Stella looked like yarn! I passed on a Legano in similar condition recently, could have been nice, but too much of a headache.
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BTW, the front wheel on that Stella is not original. Because of it's better condition and the wheel retainer clips it might have come from a late 80's/early 90's, probably, American bike (Schwinn?). that's when the feds convinced bicycle manufacturers to add those goofy things to keep bicyclists from killing themselves in case a front wheel skewer was not tightened properly. Try to find the original to complete the bike if it is to be saved/restored, so the original French front hub can be re-used.
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I think you seriously over valued that bike given it's present condition.
I'd say the frame and crankset are salvageable, everything else looks a bit too
far gone to me. I'd say maybe $50 for it.
Or you can let it go to the estate sale and then offer the sellers $10 for it after it
doesn't sell.
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Cleaned up, with period correct parts in decent condition, I'd say $500.

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I think you seriously over valued that bike given it's present condition.
I'd say the frame and crankset are salvageable, everything else looks a bit too
far gone to me. I'd say maybe $50 for it.
Or you can let it go to the estate sale and then offer the sellers $10 for it after it
doesn't sell.
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Cleaned up, with period correct parts in decent condition, I'd say $500.

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I'm sure that you're right...I probably do tend to shoot high. I thought the pedals and brake calipers might be usable too...and perhaps the head set. I'm also certain the bars are reusable and the saddle looked possible as well. I've never seen those bars before, but they looked French and very cool.

I'll say this...given frame condition, rust, peeling decals and mix/match trashed components...this might make a great fixed conversion with a repaint. Non-drewed of course.
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Ew. Those spokes are giving me the heebiegeebies.
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Not quite a diamond in the rough, but perhaps a really nice, semi-precious stone. Looks like a great project, but I'm not looking for another project.

Parted out, and with a dab of elbow grease, you could get $100.00 for it.
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Not quite a diamond in the rough, but perhaps a really nice, semi-precious stone. Looks like a great project, but I'm not looking for another project.

Parted out, and with a dab of elbow grease, you could get $100.00 for it.
It would be a shame, but parted out, parts cleaned and properly identified and described, I suspect you could get well over $100. I wouldn't be surprised to see the crank alone go for $100, the same for the frame, and at least $25 for each the saddle, bar&stem, brakes....
That's not to say it would be worth the effort. They should try to find the original wheel, and sell the whole thing to someone who wants to restore it. I am sure that person can be found (probably on this forum).
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It would be a shame, but parted out, parts cleaned and properly identified and described, I suspect you could get well over $100. I wouldn't be surprised to see the crank alone go for $100, the same for the frame, and at least $25 for each the saddle, bar&stem, brakes....
That's not to say it would be worth the effort. They should try to find the original wheel, and sell the whole thing to someone who wants to restore it. I am sure that person can be found (probably on this forum).
I don't think they're going to want to make that effort. Just getting the crank puller for those is going to be a bear. They won't want to use acid or polish parts. My best read is that since so many of the parts are totally shot and/or replacements...the smart thing to do is part out, PB blast/powder coat and build as something else.
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I think the Schwinn probably will have the most potential to sell, the tank bikes have pretty broad appeal. That one is most salable if you leave it as-is.
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It would be a shame, ...
Yes, and no. There's a lot that isn't original already. I'd hold off on selling the frame to someone who is going to attempt to restore it - even if it doesn't bring in a lot.

I'm referring to the Stella. The Schwinn doesn't hold my interest, even though Chris is most likely correct.
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Oh, I don't agree. A pair of Mafac brakes is easy to find, but the DA's are a reasonable upgrade; some people might prefer them (Mafacs are very squeaky). Vintage wheels, also not that hard to source.

I'm sure this bike would clean up to be a very nice vintage rider, with the looks of a beater but a glorious ride.

Not my thing, since I have a PX10 which I got in comparable condition; and this one's not my size anyway; but for the right person, a labor of love and certainly worth the effort.

I bet if you put it in the C&V sales for $100 plus shipping, you'd find a buyer in short order.

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I'd hold off on selling the frame to someone who is going to attempt to restore it - even if it doesn't bring in a lot.
Huh? Who would you rather sell it to?
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