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Old 11-27-12, 06:43 PM
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Christmas Bike Thread..........

Every year, whether I need it or not (let's face facts, I do not), I...
try very hard to buy myself a new (to me) bicycle from Craig's List
that will ensure that I get at least one thing I really want for Christmas.

A couple of year's ago it was this Dura Ace equipped Battaglin:




Last year, I honestly cannot remember what it was, there were
so many nice things floating around unloved and underpriced on CL.

But this year, under the tree (probably a citrus tree, because I just
don't have the heart to cut down and set up an evergreen indoors),
it's gonna be this swell KHS Olympian, that appears to have dropped
through a rift in the space/time continuum and landed here:




Just a nice, solid, Reynolds tubing, Suntour equipped piece of history.

I would tell you what it cost, but you would hate me, and after all,
Christmas is the season where it's all about giving......and good will.

Somehow, the poor thing has ended up with Cheng Shin tires, which
will go away post haste, a decent padded bar tape, a black saddle
to match it, clips and straps, and a quick check of the spoke tensions
and bearing lubricant conditions and end play and I am off to the races.

As I have generally not been on the good kids list this year, this is one
more example of how life is not fair, and what they told you as a child
very often turns out to not be true.
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Good timing on the post.

I bought myself a flip bike that I'm not going to sell. It's a beat-up Continental. I had one stolen from me in High School, a low point in a low time of my life. I had to ride a woman's Raleigh three speed for the ramainder of the year.

The brake levers are not stock, the rims are alloy of unknown provenience. Money is tight, so it'll be a slow resto. Looking for brake levers with turkey wings. For $20, it was cheap enough.

Lemon Yellow or Burnt Orange?
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Originally Posted by Flying Merkel
Good timing on the post.

I bought myself a flip bike that I'm not going to sell. It's a beat-up Continental. I had one stolen from me in High School, a low point in a low time of my life. I had to ride a woman's Raleigh three speed for the ramainder of the year.

The brake levers are not stock, the rims are alloy of unknown provenience. Money is tight, so it'll be a slow resto. Looking for brake levers with turkey wings. For $20, it was cheap enough.

Lemon Yellow or Burnt Orange?
Lemon Yellow...........it's only November yet and it's gonna be a lot
darker for a lot longer before the long daylight comes back.

I had a Dunelt swiped from me when I was in the Navy in Charleston,
South Carolina, and even though I now know it was a low end Raleigh,
if I ever see another in my size I'm gonna grab it.

Peace on Earth and god helps those that helps themselves.
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer
Peace on Earth and god helps those that helps themselves.
So I helped myself to the mashed potatoes, the pumpkin pie, some more turkey, etc.

Here's my Christmas project from last year. It led to two others but that's another story. Very soon I hope to swap this crank for a Velo-Orange compact double that is on another bike. This one is 165mm, and with a high BB it doesn't need a short crank. But another bike in the collection does. That's another story too.

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Good things come in threes................

......so it turns out that in the extra time I had over Christmas, I managed to buy
and put back on the road three sorta interesting riders.

The original Xmas Olympian, which now looks like this:

An '84 Serotta frame built up with more recent stuff:



And this swell old Raleigh Superbe, which deserved a better fate:

......................many thanks to Santa Craig.
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Santa Craig brought a virtually unridden Trek 2300 time capsule, which will be my first foray into STI shifting. Also, apparently a well used Peugeot PSN-10. Hmmmm, maybe I was good this past year after all.

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Originally Posted by Flying Merkel
Good timing on the post.

I bought myself a flip bike that I'm not going to sell. It's a beat-up Continental. I had one stolen from me in High School, a low point in a low time of my life. I had to ride a woman's Raleigh three speed for the ramainder of the year.

The brake levers are not stock, the rims are alloy of unknown provenience. Money is tight, so it'll be a slow resto. Looking for brake levers with turkey wings. For $20, it was cheap enough.

Lemon Yellow or Burnt Orange?

You want brake levers with turkey wings? Want some? They're yours, PM me. Mine even have perfect white hoods.
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Christmas was good to me. I gave myself this.....



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Originally Posted by Michael Angelo
Christmas was good to me. I gave myself this.....
Yessss...................let's face it, charity begins at home.
And who deserves these bikes more than us, anyway ?
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I have been good apparently

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This year I didn't buy a bike like I usually do, just a pile of parts that I'd been wanting. Last year, though, there was this one owner Raleigh Competition in my size. We've had a few good rides in the last year, really good.
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Well, I haven't taken any photos yet because there's some work to do but I found a Raleigh Twenty for my wife to give me for Christmas. Fun. Hopefully even more fun when I'm done messing with it.
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