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So I got an old All Pro K-Mart Special...

Old 08-31-13, 06:47 PM
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So I got an old All Pro K-Mart Special...

It was an impulse buy at a local yard sale. Almost certainly overpaid at $30, but hey. It's in reasonable condition, just needs a little work. Front tire is flat, needs new rim tape before I can fix it. Brakes need some love. Hub gear appears to work still. I'll throw some pics up shortly. Mine came without fenders, unfortunately.

I got this to fulfil two basic needs: 1) To have a tinker-with bike that was very different from my own current one and 2) Inexpensive "backup bike" in case mine goes MIA.

It certainly fills the first because it's a hub gear (mine is derailleur) and has side-pull caliper brakes (vs my linears). So, lacking opportunity to get hands on know-how for these kinds of things, I have solved that problem.

It it works well, I might kit it out with some fenders, cheap rear rack and the like. If all else fails, it's a learning experience.

Fun fun.

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Old 08-31-13, 08:50 PM
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I'd clean it up and flip it on Ebay.

Pictures would be nice.
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Old 09-01-13, 08:41 AM
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Here's it when we picked it up:



Was quite an adventure getting it back, given we were already cycling. Ended up strapping it to my SO's rear rack:




Pushed it three miles, since we couldn't find a position that let her pedal. Exercise!

I've got a couple shots of some of the components, but they're not too useful. The brakes are going to need new cables and the pivot is going to need grease, but otherwise it appears to be fine.

I might craigslist it when I'm done, or toss it up on SOMD online (tri county forum). Or, like I said, it might be a backup / grocery getter for my house. Depends how much I like it.

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Cool!

Clean it up, tinker with it as needed and use it as a backup bike as long as it's a good fit for you!
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sounds like you know what your getting into. I don't know much about IGH's but check the oil. Have fun with it.
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It's handy to have a cheap bike for Walmart, K-mart, WinCo and the like small shopping runs. I'd keep it just for that.
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I like it just for the funky 70's graphics. The fact that you can probably ride it around and use it is just gravy.

Reminds me that I found a matched set of seventies his 'n' hers Sears bikes at the flea market a couple of months back, but didn't have the scratch to take them home. Big, heavy steel things with hub gears, kind of like the ones my folks had when I was a kid (probably why I wanted them).
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It is intensely nifty. I might try and strip the paint sometime in the near future to try my hand at frame painting. Until then I think it just needs new cables. Can one relube the shifter cables easily? The thing shifts but I think it could be smoother. The shifter itself squeels a bit when shifting down but not up, so.I will see if chain lube does it om that spot...or is that a mistake?

Also, what do these hubs.get lubed with? I found what looks like short greese gun nipple, but that might be misleading.

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