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Old 02-15-02, 10:50 AM
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I found two 20" Trek Mountain Lion bicycles in a garage sale (a swanky gated community), one boys frame and the other a girls frame. The girls bike looked like it had been ridden very little. The boys was in good shape but needed a new shift cable (SRAM six speed). Seeing that the sale was over and the brand new Gary Fisher bikes the owner had just purchased for her kids, I offered her $20 to take away both bikes. She was asking $80 each. My 5 year old daughter is riding her "new" Trek now - it gave her an extra motivation to get out and ride. My 2 year old son is dying to get off the Huffy I rescued from a curb and pushes the "new" Trek all over the place!

This is my first post. I like the way this is set up!

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Old 02-15-02, 11:01 AM
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I have also picked up a lot of nice components my friends were going to let collect dust. Last year I picked up a set of Spinergy Rev X wheels with Shimano 9-Speed cassette and Syntace aero bars. Several years ago I picked up a Trek 2300 that is now my favorite road bike. When I picked up the Spinergy wheels I added those to the Trek 2300 and upgraded the Ultegra down tube shifters to 9 speed STI. The bike is pretty hot now!
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Old 02-15-02, 12:04 PM
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Savengering is like treasure hunting, my wife and co-workers are constantly breaking them when I slow down and look.
The best place for great deals is auctions. Police Departments and municipal auctions have loads of bikes especially near large municipalities. Parents buy their kids fancy bikes they get stolen and the parents just right it off never suppling the PD with the serial #. After six months to a year they have an auction, it's great for parts but sometimes you can get real good bargains. My best buy was a mongoose and diamondback BMX for three dollars
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Old 02-15-02, 08:19 PM
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Not from dumpster diving, but was given a 1958 Ideor road bike by a guy who used to own a bike store in my town. It's a great fixed gear, a customer getting ready to move didn't want to shlep one other bike and gave it to him, and it was too old and weird for his taste! Makes an excellent fixed gear with clearance for 28c's and fenders, and has old Mafac Dural Forge brakes--real brakes so I don't have to back pedal too much with my creaky knees.
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Old 02-19-02, 02:12 PM
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Last night I just picked out of the trash a Panasonic mtb. with Deore XT derailleurs and rapid fire shifters. Everything is complete, minus a chain. Paint is not so good but frame is solid for a repaint. I can't wait to see this baby stripped and hanging from the basement ceiling next to the other frames of worth!! The Deore will make it to my mtb. eventually this Spring during it's rebuild.
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Old 02-20-02, 04:20 AM
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Hey ED,

You could set up your own little Fess Up bike shop.

It's great to know that bikes can get a second chance...all power to you mate!

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Old 02-20-02, 10:09 AM
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I've found countless English 3-speeds at the dump and at curbside on trash collection day. These are PARTS MINES!!
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Old 03-27-02, 09:28 PM
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Hi,
I saw Luis's post regarding his best find being a mid-80s Nishiki Sport. I think I just scored one for 25 bucks at a thrift store (the urbanites garage sale). I was hoping he, or someone else, could tell me a little about it so I can hopefully figure out if I have one, or even better post a pic (I don't have a digital camera to post a pic). I haven't been able to find any thing about older Nishikis and don't know enough about bikes to acurately describe the features for any kind of bike database.
This is the best I can do:
Cruiser handlebars
Step-through frame with a "split" (?) top tube that extends to the rear axle
by split I mean the top tube is 2 metal rods connected with 3 small horizontal rods which widen toward the rear axle

Thanks for baring with me. Any tips would be greatly appreciated

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Old 03-27-02, 11:50 PM
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A friend of mine picked up a bike from a rubbish tip. It wasn't the greatest bike in the world but he didn't want anything special.

All it needed was a couple of new tubes so he wheeled it in to the local bike shop where one of the guys gave him a strange look. It was him who had dumped the bike.
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Hi einsamRocker, and welcome to the forums.

In answer to your question about the Nishiki Sport, the one I have seems to be quite different than what you have described.

Mine is a standard diamond frame road bike. From what you describe, your frame is a "mixte". Mine has drop style handlebars, as do all "road" bikes. The cruiser bars you mentioned, suggest it probably is a "hybrid".
Also, the dead giveaway: mine says "Sport" on the top tube.

I may be wrong, but unless Nishiki reused the name "Sport" for other bike models, I'm guessing you have something other than a Sport.

Sorry I cannot post a picture

Once again welcome, and hope you enjoy the forums

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Sounds like the Nishiki Sport is the
mixte version.

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Thanks for all the welcome messages and responses to my post. And sorry, Louis, for spelling your name wrong.

As for my bike, it definitely says Sport on the top tube, but it does sound like a hybrid from what others have told me. I don't know. To my uneducated eyes it does look like a cross between a cruiser and 10 speed road bike. It looks great for getting around this city and I really liked the design. I am looking forward to refurbishing it. It really doesn't need much work other than removing the thick layer of dust and some rust on the handlebars and wheels. The breaks and gears seem to be in excellent shape. I think I must have gotten a decent deal. Someday I'll get a pic and post it.

Thanks again, everyone.

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Evidently Nishiki made the Sport in a mixte frame model as well as the diamond frame.

I'm sure you will enjoy many miles of fun and good health. The more you ride the better it gets, until it becomes a way of life.

Suggestion - If you are not mechanically inclined, take your bike to a good bike shop and have them clean and re-grease the wheel hubs, bottom bracket assembly and headset. Also a good inspection by a mechanic as well as some adjustments would be in order.

It would be money well spent in the long run. Enjoy. :thumbup:

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