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Old 03-06-08, 08:15 AM
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Greetings from Sydney Australia =D

Hello all =)

I have recently moved to the city and my girlfriends ex gave me a road bike so i have been shooting around Sydney like a madman and absolutely LOVING it. Who needs a car in the city? ^_~ I am slowly getting more fit went on a 45km ride the other day with my girlfriend but she is studying so she doesn't have much time for long rides. My house mate is a crazy keen rider though so we are organizing some good long treks in the future.

Anyway i just turned 20 years old in Feb. I moved up here to go to uni but didn't get in but thats a good thing cause i changed my mind lol now I'm looking for some work in the music industry with my step-brothers company and i'm trying to talk my girlfriend into moving to Melbourne with me next year (Sydney is so filthy) so might go to uni there.

Nice to join such an active forum and i look forward to my time spent here. Pedal power ftw!

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Old 03-06-08, 08:27 AM
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Hello Raskah, what road bike was given to you? That was a nice gesture from the girlfriend's ex!

Welcome to BF!

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The brand is Repco SLX Sport. I am very new to cycling so i'm not too sure about all the bits. Its not the best and needs some work but i am slowly learning. Here is a picture. We have about 8 bikes in our house at the moment, it's hard to move haha.




I actually found some wheels in a dumpster the other day, the brand is "Mavic Ksyrium Elite". They are almost new. I can't beleive the things people throw out! My household get's 90% of out food from supermarket vegie bins =D.

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Your bike is actually a Nishiki underneath that 'Repco' badge. Repco re-badged Nishiki bikes for many years in Australia.

What are the components on the bike?

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Ok all i can find is that the wheels say "Kin Lin" on them, the handlebars say "Sakae" and all i can find other than that is it says near the gears "Accushift". I want to put these Mavic wheels on it but not sure if i need to buy new gears was going to ask in the mechanics forum.
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Why put on the Mavics? If they are in good shape you could sell them. They are worth at least a couple of hundred dollars US.

That bike should clean up pretty nicely, and it would be a great way for you to learn how to do maintenance on the other bikes . Is there a name on the rear derailleur?

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No i can't find anything written on the derailleur =(. You don't thinki should use the Mavic's? I was thinking about starting with them and building an awesome roadie from scratch =D. I don't know i could use some cash but realisticly i have everything i really need hehe i try and be a fair minimalist. Do you think i would be better off finding a new frame and gears for the Mavic's? Here is a pic.



They seem to be barely used. The only thing they had on them was a postit note around one of the spokes saying "brake shoes". Not sure what that means.

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Yeah, I don't know why there would have been a note with 'brake shoes'. Odd. Well, anyway, those wheels are priced at just under $500 US new, so they are nice wheels. You could do a build on another frame with them.

Your Repco will last just about forever if you do the little maintenance things, such as repacking bearing, replacing brake and shifter cables, etc.


I'd just clean it up, take photos, and ask the opinion of the folks in the Classic & Vintage forum. It's a lower end model (it has a separate rear derailleur hanger, which is a clue), but still well worth getting back into running condition. By the way, I'm guessing it's a mid 1980s model.

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Oh cool I'll make sure to drop in and post some pics in the vintage forum. I have been learning a lot already i learned how to replace the bearings in my front wheel the other day =D. I'm looking forward to learning as much as i can i rode bikes a lot as a kid but got lazy when i got a car.... since getting this bike i am an instant convert. Thanks for your replies East Hill =).
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Oh cool I'll make sure to drop in and post some pics in the vintage forum. I have been learning a lot already i learned how to replace the bearings in my front wheel the other day =D. I'm looking forward to learning as much as i can i rode bikes a lot as a kid but got lazy when i got a car.... since getting this bike i am an instant convert. Thanks for your replies East Hill =).

Good! Vintage steel bikes are a lot of fun.

(now I will admit that I own 12 vintage bikes , including five Nishikis ).

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HAHA awesome =). I'm going to take those repco stickers off and paint it black and orange. I will make a monster machine mwahahah.

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