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Old 08-22-20, 04:23 PM
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Found a bike today!

So today I finally decided to dispose of a junky remnant of a bike that I had kicking around for no real reason. Our building has an enclosed area designed as large item drop-off for trash: things like furniture etc. So I dragged my junker to the area, and noticed that someone else had disposed of their bike there as well. I could see though that the bike they dumped was actually pretty decent: it was covered in stickers, so you couldn't see a brand name but all the components were Deore LX which piqued my interest, so I investigated further. The chain was rusty but no links were seized up and the gears shifted well. The only thing wrong with it as far as I could see were the flat tires. I pumped them up and the rear one has since deflated, so I guess it has a slow leak, but the bike seems in a really great shape otherwise! I am not sure why someone would throw it out but hey, not my place to question it!! Planning to fix the leak this weekend and give that baby a spin!! Just wanted to share my excitement.
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Old 08-22-20, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by chephy View Post
So today I finally decided to dispose of a junky remnant of a bike that I had kicking around for no real reason. Our building has an enclosed area designed as large item drop-off for trash: things like furniture etc. So I dragged my junker to the area, and noticed that someone else had disposed of their bike there as well. I could see though that the bike they dumped was actually pretty decent: it was covered in stickers, so you couldn't see a brand name but all the components were Deore LX which piqued my interest, so I investigated further. The chain was rusty but no links were seized up and the gears shifted well. The only thing wrong with it as far as I could see were the flat tires. I pumped them up and the rear one has since deflated, so I guess it has a slow leak, but the bike seems in a really great shape otherwise! I am not sure why someone would throw it out but hey, not my place to question it!! Planning to fix the leak this weekend and give that baby a spin!! Just wanted to share my excitement.
I envy your enthusiasm for something that was being thrown away. Seriously, being happy over a little thing is a gift.

If someone gave me a new Colnago C64 with Campy Super Record I would probably frown.
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Old 08-22-20, 07:17 PM
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One man's trash is another man's treasure.
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Old 08-22-20, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by chephy View Post
So today I finally decided to dispose of a junky remnant of a bike that I had kicking around for no real reason. Our building has an enclosed area designed as large item drop-off for trash: things like furniture etc. So I dragged my junker to the area, and noticed that someone else had disposed of their bike there as well. I could see though that the bike they dumped was actually pretty decent: it was covered in stickers, so you couldn't see a brand name but all the components were Deore LX which piqued my interest, so I investigated further. The chain was rusty but no links were seized up and the gears shifted well. The only thing wrong with it as far as I could see were the flat tires. I pumped them up and the rear one has since deflated, so I guess it has a slow leak, but the bike seems in a really great shape otherwise! I am not sure why someone would throw it out but hey, not my place to question it!! Planning to fix the leak this weekend and give that baby a spin!! Just wanted to share my excitement.
Wow! That's money saved you could have spent somewhere else useful!

I envy you because nobody throw away functional bikes here! I would have done the same thing in your situation
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Old 08-23-20, 07:49 AM
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Back in our junior high school days (mid-70s), a good friend came up the street one day with a new-to-him bike.

It was an Azuki 10 speed similar to the one I rode that a neighbor had left on the street for trash collection!

We repainted the frame, replaced the damaged saddle and gave it a tune up and he rode that bike for many years. I know he was still using it in college days.

Really worked out well for him and to his credit for noticing it because it was left out some houses away from where he lived.

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Old 08-23-20, 08:05 AM
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Deore LX pretty good stuff. If the bike came stock with those components then the bikes well made enough made to a keeper and fixer up!
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Old 08-23-20, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Mulberry20 View Post

If someone gave me a new Colnago C64 with Campy Super Record I would probably frown.

sounds like my current mindset as well
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Old 08-23-20, 11:47 AM
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Found a great one

Picked up a Iron Horse for $15 that looks like its been rode 20 miles at most.
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Old 08-23-20, 11:59 AM
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Nice find! I once acquired a very nice vintage frame that way. Sometimes, the trash has good stuff.
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Old 08-23-20, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by chephy View Post
So today I finally decided to dispose of a junky remnant of a bike that I had kicking around for no real reason. Our building has an enclosed area designed as large item drop-off for trash: things like furniture etc. So I dragged my junker to the area, and noticed that someone else had disposed of their bike there as well. I could see though that the bike they dumped was actually pretty decent: it was covered in stickers, so you couldn't see a brand name but all the components were Deore LX which piqued my interest, so I investigated further. The chain was rusty but no links were seized up and the gears shifted well. The only thing wrong with it as far as I could see were the flat tires. I pumped them up and the rear one has since deflated, so I guess it has a slow leak, but the bike seems in a really great shape otherwise! I am not sure why someone would throw it out but hey, not my place to question it!! Planning to fix the leak this weekend and give that baby a spin!! Just wanted to share my excitement.
This is a post that really needs to have pictures attached.
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Old 08-23-20, 01:17 PM
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Yes , Pictures or it didn't happen
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Old 08-24-20, 07:52 PM
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Yes , Pictures or it didn't happen


Still gotta fix that flat...
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Old 08-24-20, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by cubewheels View Post
Wow! That's money saved you could have spent somewhere else useful!

I envy you because nobody throw away functional bikes here! I would have done the same thing in your situation
Here no one does that either. People try to sell rusty Walmart BSOs for $150. This was a crazy rare find.
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Here no one does that either. People try to sell rusty Walmart BSOs for $150. This was a crazy rare find.
Sounds like you're extremely lucky!

I have an aunt in NZ and there, people often put bikes they no longer need beside their trash bins. They often bin their old MTB's. The bikes are still in relatively good condition (usually casually-ridden) they are at least good for spare parts and if very lucky, parts upgrade! I think you can build a decent bike in there spending nothing other than gas (to drive around, looking for binned bikes) and your free time.
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Old 08-24-20, 08:09 PM
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Nice find. I found a Cranbrook, with a broken seat clamp last month. Never nothing real good.around here. Might need to look up junk days for the rich areas. Need to get rid of bikes or rent storage.
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That's your old bike saying thanks for keeping me at home all that time !
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