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Old 06-18-16, 02:49 PM
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Rebuilding a trashed BSO with leftovers.

I'm purposely building a bike people will likely make fun of but I hate to see things go to waste, even BSO's, plus I want a bike I can throw in the back of the truck or car without worrying about scratching it and if it gets stolen, no great loss. I acquired a NEXT Revolution aluminum frame MTB that had been vandalized and I was going to use it as a parts donor for the other BSO's I frequently repair for people. The frame is actually big enough I can make it fit fairly well. While looking for a part for something else I realized I have everything to make it whole again, even better that it was, right in my collection of parts. Stuff I bought that didn't work for the intended application, parts that are functional but have severe cosmetic issues that I am unlikely to use on anything decent and so forth. I put a bike back in service AND clear out some of my clutter in one fell swoop. I can't wait to hear the comments when people notice the beat but functional Araya/Maillard wheelset, Terry Liberator saddle, Deore XT RD and Ritchey SPD pedals on a WalMart bike LOL. Let the BSO hate flow!
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Old 06-18-16, 04:11 PM
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Nothing wrong with that. My brother left a Montgomery Ward 3 speed in my parents' garage, I've thought about doing the same with it.
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Old 06-18-16, 04:36 PM
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Nothing wrong with that. My brother left a Montgomery Ward 3 speed in my parents' garage, I've thought about doing the same with it.
Go for it! It's not logical but it sure is fun.
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if it gets stolen, no great loss.
The semi-expendable beater. Everybody should have one.
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The semi-expendable beater. Everybody should have one.
Don't do that much with bikes these days, but I have guns like that.
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Originally Posted by Murray Missile View Post
I can't wait to hear the comments when people notice the beat but functional Araya/Maillard wheelset, Terry Liberator saddle, Deore XT RD and Ritchey SPD pedals on a WalMart bike LOL. Let the BSO hate flow!
Who would notice, let alone care enough to comment?
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Don't do that much with bikes these days, but I have guns like that.
Semi-expendable guns will get you into trouble.
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When you finish post some pics...I wanna see it!
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Old 06-19-16, 07:50 AM
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The semi-expendable beater. Everybody should have one.
Yeah, I have one, but mine is an old GT hybrid....
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Who would notice, let alone care enough to comment?
Well, you cared enough to comment.
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Semi-expendable guns will get you into trouble.
Not necessarily. In keeping with the theme of this thread, I work with them to keep up on and expand my gunsmithing skills without worry about screwing up something high end.
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Well, the NEXT has finally made it to the head of the line. Rolled it up to the front garage a little bit ago and will finish tearing it down. A few items had already been removed before I took pictures like the mangled derailleurs, shredded saddle and the "suspension" seat post. The condition of the shift indicators will give you a good idea what the derailleurs looked like. Somebody really worked it over but surprisingly the wheels and spokes are still straight, the rear hub is sloppy but I think the cones are just loose, it's getting better wheels though since I have a set.




I think the Flambeau sticker is staying in memory of the old guy that put it on there. I was told he would ride the bike 25 miles one way on Friday to a nearby campground to stay in his little camper then ride it home on Sunday, he did this several times a year. On his last visit he had someone pick him up, he left the bike and camper and they never saw him again. After a couple years they auctioned off the camper and his other stuff to pay back lot rental. I got the bike from the guy that bought most of it.



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I've never rebuilt one of the newer BSOs, but I've done plenty of old steel rigid MTBs and old school Schwinns. It can be a lot of fun to put together a Frankenbike just for kicks and to use as a beater.
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This is a great project! Somehow that man's story sounds sad... like he came every year, until he didn't show up anymore and everyone kind of guesses tat he is dead.

Looks like it has steel handlebar (because rust), so I assume it is all steel and rusty? Are you planning to replace all nuts, or do you think they can be de-rusted enough?

These days I was thinking to expand my bicycle hobby to getting old trashed bikes and fix them up and sell them. Hoping any "profit" would cover tools etc. I just enjoy tinkering with bikes, but an out of family and my own bikes to fix. Just don't have na idea where to get semi-decent old bikes for cheap. People on CL seem crazy wanting $50 for a pile of rust. Maybe I hit some garage sales.
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Are those pods on each side of the handle bars shift indicators? You have to keep that "feature"

I'd try to get rid of the horrid front suspension fork.
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Well, didn't get as far as I had hoped, the BB put up one helluva fight. Finally got it out without damaging the threads in the frame but I was sweatin' it for awhile. Rear wheel adjusted up fine, bearings are nice and smooth so I can use them on something else but the bearings in the BB are toast. Unfortunately I don't have a BB that fits so I'll have to buy one. Haven't pulled the headset but it feels good.

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This is a great project! Somehow that man's story sounds sad... like he came every year, until he didn't show up anymore and everyone kind of guesses tat he is dead.

Looks like it has steel handlebar (because rust), so I assume it is all steel and rusty? Are you planning to replace all nuts, or do you think they can be de-rusted enough?
Thanks, bars, stem and crankset are steel and are getting replaced with aluminum pieces from the parts bin to lighten it up. I'm going to clean it up some but not make it look too nice, I'll leave a little bit of rust. I'm putting decent quality used parts on it that are functionally good but cosmetically challenged.
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I volunteer at a non-profit bike Co-op a few hours a week. This time of year we see of flood of department-store BSO's get dropped off with us. I despair at receiving these bikes, as most of them will never get looked at due to their poor condition and/or the amount of time that would be required to repair and update them to safe rideable condition. So we end we have to haul them off to the dump. We always try and strip useable parts off of donor bikes, but most of the time, the parts are so cheaply made that it would be a waste of time....

In the shop with have limited time, and pressing priorities, and if I never see another department-store 90s vintage MTB, I'd be OK with that.

The other thing is that cheap MTB suspension bikes are close to the worst bikes made for city riding. They are heavy and slow. The extraneous cheap suspension components do nothing but rob your pedaling energy due to suspension bob. And the linkages wear out quickly and break. Due to the flexy suspensions, and unnecessary knobby tires, the steering/handling of these bikes on pavement ranges between vague and scary. No-suspension MTB's from the 80s are far-better beater-commuter choices.

We always worry that by enabling people to ride on cheap, crappy bikes, it may be unsafe, or permanently turn them off the riding experience. Some of the bikes that people bring in for repairs are so hopeless and dysfunctional, that we are providing a societal benefit by refusing to work on them.

Things to think about...
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Are those pods on each side of the handle bars shift indicators? You have to keep that "feature"

I'd try to get rid of the horrid front suspension fork.
Shift indicators are toast and impossible to get parts for. I have a better quality set but they're 3 X 8 and this will be a 3 X 7 due to the rear hub being for a freewheel. It will get a set of 3 X 7 trigger shifters/brake levers I took off one of my other bikes when I upgraded it to 3 X 9. Yes, the fork is going to be replaced by a "better" one with lock out and rebound adjustment. It's one of the few new non-consumables I'm putting on it, it's not a real high end item but MUCH better than what's on it, it was a closeout item and I got it CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP.

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I volunteer at a non-profit bike Co-op a few hours a week. ........................................................ Things to think about...
I'm well aware of all that and agree 100% Dave. I know I'm putting lipstick on a pig but this bike is one of those "because it's there" projects, no logical reason for doing it other than I want to. I have a set of ugly but fully functional Deore XT front and rear derailleurs, Tektro V-brakes and Araya rims on SunTour hubs from an old Bridgestone MTB I'm using on it.
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I love this effort.

Some of the pigs I’ve put makeup on have turned out really well. I’m looking forward to seeing what you can make.
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I sincerely hope you are able to come to your senses before getting too involved with this project.
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I always like the challenge of a Zero-dollar / parts-on-hand project of any sort.

My bike parts stash isn't quite big enough for a Frankenbike yet, but my wife's got no idea what kinds of things I've got squirreled away in the garage..
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I sincerely hope you are able to come to your senses before getting too involved with this project.
Huh? Involved? There's nothing "involved" about it, it's a bicycle, an erector set for grown ups, OK maybe a grown up of questionable maturity LOL. Now, if we were talking about this one that would be another matter.....



...and who knows, maybe I'll take a stab at it one of these days! Nah,it is hopefully a parts bike IF I can get it apart. I need the fork, truss rods and chain guard. I'm thinking of making wall clocks out of the tank halves. If not, it's yard art until it rusts to dust.
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Huh? Involved? There's nothing "involved" about it, it's a bicycle, an erector set for grown ups, ....
So true, since you put it that way.
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Are those pods on each side of the handle bars shift indicators? You have to keep that "feature"

I'd try to get rid of the horrid front suspension fork.
I tuned up a bike with those on it for a friend last year. A friend of the family left it in her garage after riding it for a while, probably long enough to get her drivers license. My friend asked if they wanted the bike back after it was there for a few years and they told her she could keep it, so she brought it over for me to work on for her. She was a little dissapointed the shift indicators didn't work, but realized they were a gimmick when new and weren't worth replacing.
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I tuned up a bike with those on it for a friend last year. A friend of the family left it in her garage after riding it for a while, probably long enough to get her drivers license. My friend asked if they wanted the bike back after it was there for a few years and they told her she could keep it, so she brought it over for me to work on for her. She was a little dissapointed the shift indicators didn't work, but realized they were a gimmick when new and weren't worth replacing.
Yeah, even the "good" set I have seem a bit flakey, thought my wife might like them on her hybrid but she wasn't impressed either.

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So true, since you put it that way.
I've always had an overactive imagination, I look at a pile of junk and see all kinds of possibilities.
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