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So I bought a land shark... and I think I got a good deal...

Old 04-16-16, 08:37 PM
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So I bought a Landshark... and I think I got a good deal...

We had our annual bike swap today here in Bozeman. I walked in looking for a mid 80s - early 90s DT shifting steel bike in my size for around $200-$300. Unfortunately, there was absolutely nothing in that category. Period. The only bike that looked interesting was an old Landshark Road Shark. I had seen it walk in last night and I had looked it up. Apparently they were very expensive bikes back in the day.

Anyway. I had convinced myself that I didn't need it during the day. I have two nice road bikes at home and this one isn't necessary. Besides, it's not what I wanted when I walked in here. I told myself that if it was still here later in the day when all of the prices for the bikes drop, then I'd reconsider. Well, the day went on. I saw a few people ride it. (I was volunteering at the "technical" station, checking out bikes, doing quick repairs, telling people what's wrong with bikes, telling them if it's worth it, etc.) But, as many times as I thought someone had bought it, it was still sitting along the wall, getting lonelier and lonelier by the hour. It seemed like every bike around it was selling. The few people interested in it said "Well, maybe after it drops in price."

So anyway, the time finally came that we kicked everyone out to drop the prices. The bike was still there. I was EXTREMELY surprised it survived all day. So I reconsidered. My "nice" road bike is a bit too big for me. I've done MUCH to make it fit me better, but honestly it's a 58 and I can ride, MAX a 56. (I'm more of a 54.) I've never felt super comfortable on that bike.

The bike was originally priced at $400. I remember seeing ebay adds for similar bikes last night priced higher than that, not including shipping. Some ebay ads were MUCH higher. I knew this was a good bike. It had a full Dura Ace groupset. It was a nice, lightweight steel bike that rode nicely. (And most importantly, it fit me!) Some parts aren't original. If I had to guess I'd say the rims are not original, the hubs are though. The handlebars and stem are not original (and I will probably replace the stem with a non "high rise" stem), and I don't think the fork is either, but still. The bike was priced right and had a full dura ace groupset. That's hard to beat. The ONLY thing I could complain about is the replacement rear rim is a relatively cheap mavic single walled rim. The original owner had it laced with what looks like the original hub, so it'll be.... annoying to lace something better on to it.

It DEFINITELY needs cleaned, but I think it'll be a good bike for me. I ended up getting it for $350. I think pretty good for a handmade frame (I think?) with DA components... So, without further ado, here are the pictures.

EDIT: And yes, I will be re-wrapping the bars. The original owner had super wide 44ish cm bars on it that were too wide for me. I threw some 42s on it and it's better. I did a quick wrap job because the wrap was... well, gross, and I'm going to replace it anyway.






Smell the bacon apparently...



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Old 04-16-16, 08:40 PM
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You did good; this is a really high end bike and it fits you, .
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Old 04-16-16, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
You did good; this is a really high end bike and it fits you, .
Thanks. And yes, the old DA components' shifting is divine... For example, the front brifter is indexed, but the "trimming" between the two main gears is infinitely variable. It's... odd, but works wonderfully.

Oh, and I would almost argue that the bike had been in some sort of front end collision and the original owner had replaced everything up front, (Rim, fork, stem, handlebars) but this bike was ridden extensively in it's current form. How do I know? There were sweat stains under the tape on top of the bars. So even if it was in an accident, it still obviously rides well enough. And there is no damage to the brifters or front QR, so I'm not sure.

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The large chain ring is shot, likely the chain also, hard to tell from the pics if the rear cluster needs replaced also.

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How can you tell from the pictures that the big ring is shot?
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How can you tell from the pictures that the big ring is shot?
I'd say it's because the chain doesn't fit all of the way around the chainring nicely. But that could just be the chain being stretched. The big ring doesn't have any obvious shark fin profiling (no pun intended.)
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Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
I'd say it's because the chain doesn't fit all of the way around the chainring nicely. But that could just be the chain being stretched. The big ring doesn't have any obvious shark fin profiling (no pun intended.)
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How can you tell from the pictures that the big ring is shot?

As mentioned above.
They aren't shark finned yet but there isn't any reason to let them get that far.
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Originally Posted by 02Giant View Post
As mentioned above.
They aren't shark finned yet but there isn't any reason to let them get that far.
Chain replacement is literally the next thing I'm doing for this bike, all the while cleaning it. The chainrings and rear cluster look in OK enough shape to take a new chain without problems. We'll see. Either way, it's not a big deal, both are wear items. They wear out, it happens.
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It's not a bad deal but certainly not one of John's crazier paintjobs which I think 'sharks are known for.
7400 era stuff is great. Probably one of the best iterations of DA you can find I have the 6speed era of 7400 and it is perfection.
Plus you did get a pretty great deal on it, $350 for a LS ain't bad. I paid $500 for my Cilo and I thought that was a damn fine deal. This is way better.
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It's not a bad deal but certainly not one of John's crazier paintjobs which I think 'sharks are known for.
7400 era stuff is great. Probably one of the best iterations of DA you can find I have the 6speed era of 7400 and it is perfection.
Plus you did get a pretty great deal on it, $350 for a LS ain't bad. I paid $500 for my Cilo and I thought that was a damn fine deal. This is way better.
Thanks. I've never been one to like or dislike a bike based on paint (although crazy paint jobs are certainly fun.) I'm happy I found this bike.

Oh, and no pictures of any seat tube decals because there are none... unfortunately.
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Thanks. I've never been one to like or dislike a bike based on paint (although crazy paint jobs are certainly fun.) I'm happy I found this bike.

Oh, and no pictures of any seat tube decals because there are none... unfortunately.
True, paint isn't always the main event but sometimes is. You can find vintage decal makers or sometimes NOS stuff I bet LS could tell you what you might need on there if you wanted to fully complete the look.
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USA Smaller Frame, Batch making, shop Construction seems pretty normal for a steel Frame.

I paid $350 for a Brand New Bridgestone RB-1 F&F in 1990, from the dealer .
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