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Ross signature Jim Redcay Mountain bike. Is it worth restoring? Force I 386

Old 04-30-10, 11:55 PM
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Ross signature Jim Redcay Mountain bike. Is it worth restoring? Force I 386

Last weekend I picked up one of these and it was in pretty funky condition with gold rims, duck tapped seat and a bungie cord holding something together, and some rust. It needs everything done to it including sawing out the stuck seat post. If it wasn't for the excellent craftsmanship on the frame I would of walked off without a second thought. Can anyone tell me about this bike? Tubing, what happened to Jim Redcay etc... It's not my size but is it worth restoring? It might need a new seat tube. There are a couple of pin holes on the seat tube near the BB. I think it's a 1982. I'll post pictures of the actual frame tomorrow. Here is what it looks like.

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Old 05-01-10, 05:35 AM
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If the frame is rusted through, my vote is no - I think it'd cost too much. However, these are rare, so I'm guessing I'll be voted down.
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I would vote for fixing it up -- Can't wait to see actual pictures. I have a lower end (than your bike) all chrome Mt Hood frame and fork waiting in the attic for an oxalic acid bath and build up.
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Redcay was an excellent and highly regarded custom builder out of New Jersey. He is now retired. http://www.classicrendezvous.com/USA/redcay_jim.htm
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I wouldn't. I may be in the minority, but when we're talking replacing a main frame member, all kinds of bells and warning lights are going off. The cost, how to match the paint, decals. OMG and we still don't know about the rest of the bike.
Sometime the mountain is just too tall and it's best to let go.
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Need pics to determine how damaged it is first. Otherwise the bike is a collectible.
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I really missed the 'pin hole in the seat tube' -- I was thinking just a stuck post, which can almost always get removed. It the seat tube needs replacement, I would say too far gone.
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Seems like replacing the seat tube would be the easiest tube to replace. I'll post pics in a couple of mins.
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OK here are some pictures. Let me know what you think.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3470/...bc13a314_b.jpg



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Yeah, I'd say that frame is toast. It's a shame. Beautiful lugwork.
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