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Old 05-30-15, 05:41 PM
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My $5.23 ct like new Nakamura MTB (found and maintained).

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Nakamura - Album on Imgur

In parts of Europe people generally don't value bikes much and MTBs get the least love out of any type of bike. 4 weeks ago, right across from my house in East Berlin, i saw this Chromo Nakamura in a bike rack. It had a small bit of rust, was missing a shifter pod and the back tire had a big gash. Otherwise though, it was in excellent and barely used condition. No lock at all! I waited 2 weeks. Put on a note with my nr. and mail saying to contact me if this was the bike of the reader, waited two more weeks. Heard nothing. Took the bike.

Since i am a pro bike mechanic and also a total bargain hound, i managed to source a used friction Shimano thumbshifter for $1.95, bought a stainless steel inner cable, replaced the back tube and tire with used ones i had lying around and added new el cheapo break blocks on the front and filed down the back ones to be flat and grippy. My total cost for the bike $.5.23 and about 3 hours of maintenance. I pretty much maintained everything on it, most of it was not even necessary but once i start i tend to check, clean, maintain and grease the whole bike. It rides fast, shifts crisp and i can easily lock up the wheels, tons of break power.

The whole bike is lower? mid level. Alivo parts, Chromo frame, ringed double wall rimms but cheaper spokes. Quite some steel parts like the handlebars, stem and seatpost. I might have some in Alu lying around and replace in order to bring weight down a little.

Pretty sure i am going to remove that weird sprung seatpost, i take it is a POS? Seems stuck anyhow. If i find some cheap slicks, will mount those.

When i say like new, i mean that the paint is really quite good and the rimms were very straight and clean and the drivetrain had almost no wear on it! Very weird, like someone bought it 25+ years ago. Barely used it. Used it decades later, had blowout and shifter was gone anyway so just ditched it! So much the better for me! Makes an amazing 2nd bike, beater, loaner etc. I do think i will spray paint it. I would be unfortunate if the formerly completely disinterested owner suddenly says he wants it back now that is in awesome condition...

Any thoughts? You guys think it was morally questionable to take it? Anybody have info about or experience with Nakamuras? I only found this info: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/i...8034754AAv9vVz

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Neat story, how about a pic?
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Originally Posted by bananafruitcake View Post
Neat story, how about a pic?
Unless he edited the post, there is a link...

I did a double-take on the scale pic, until I realized it was kg

Quite a deal, although the story seems bizarre to me. Who just leaves a bike unlocked in a rack for 4 weeks? While it's not NYC, around here I can't imagine an unlocked bike making through the day.
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Strangest looking seat post I have ever seen,, Interesting story, thanks.
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Glad some people got something out of the story! Truth be told, in 33 years of living in Holland and Berlin, i have found at least 50 bikes obviously abandoned, most of the time i left them. Usually they will have bigger problems than this one but not always. There are generally a few reasons and backstories for this. -Theft is rife! in larger cities. So students sometimes buy stolen bikes or steal bikes for temporary use/joyriding. They will ditch them in a drunken fit or if something that they can not be bothered to fix breaks. If i walk home from the town/party center to my home in a more outlying area on Saturday morning i am bound to find at least! one abandoned bike that could fairly easy be made serviceable. So while theft makes people in some areas become more careful and wary, here often it is the opposite effect, resulting in a "easy come, easy go", "why bother trying to retain your bike, it is a matter of when, not if,..." attitude towards bikes people have gotten cheaply. People will rather spend 65 euros on another bike every year or two than 40 euros on a ABUS hardened chain... weird and stupid IMHO, but just how it is. -People truly dislike old/steel MTBs here, in the 90s there was glut of terrible!!! heavy, slow as hell, knobbly tired, build to fail "Huffy" type bikes from dept. stores and DIY centers, so people became prejudiced. Ask any Dutch guy about good race bikes and he will know brands and even models, MTBs, likely not, the MTB boom was not as widespread as in the US, no mountains and few trails here. Seatpost, i am pretty sure it is a cheapo aftermarket thudbuster type of add on, it sits on top of the original seatpost, i think the owner must have added it when everyone started switching to sprung MTBs. It looks pretty terrible IMHO but i wanted to try it out. Going to ditch it.
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well by the looks of that seatpost i would say a taller rider must have added it to increase his reach from the bars and bottom bracket rather then buy a new bike that actually fit right for all of the reasons you listed about bikes in your area and no one wanting to buy them. it still is though the strangest seatpost i have ever seen haha.
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