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04-16-17, 08:13 AM
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Posted By Flying Merkel

It's not so much where to start, but where to...

It's not so much where to start, but where to stop. This one is all there, it's going to be made as pretty as possible, rode for a month or two on beach trips, and sold to a nostalgia freak. I have...
04-15-17, 11:58 PM
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Posted By Flying Merkel

Found this Varsity at a garage sale for $20. ...

Found this Varsity at a garage sale for $20. Surprisingly nice condition. It has the bike sticker from Bill's Schwinn, which was the coolest & most popular bike shop in Orange CA back in the 70's. ...
03-14-17, 11:57 AM
Replies: 6,485
Views: 1,509,867
Posted By Flying Merkel

I bought one off Craigslist for $30 with a...

I bought one off Craigslist for $30 with a taco-ed front rim and collapsed fork. It was a way better bike than I thought it would be. Kinda sorry I sold it.
...
03-14-17, 11:37 AM
Replies: 6,485
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Posted By Flying Merkel

Judging by the wear on the original components,...

Judging by the wear on the original components, the Stumpy didn't get a lot of use before the hubs disintegrated. I hit the local swapmeet up 2-3 weekends a month. There's a lot of great $25 bikes...
03-13-17, 09:39 PM
Replies: 6,485
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Posted By Flying Merkel

I bought this '85 Stumpjumper at the local...

I bought this '85 Stumpjumper at the local swapmeet for $25. Both front and rear hubs were cracked, but the nice Flag components & Deerhead derailleurs were in great shape. Sold the components on...
05-27-16, 11:05 AM
Replies: 17,415
Views: 2,667,023
Posted By Flying Merkel

Behold the Alenax, languishing on Craigslist:...

Behold the Alenax, languishing on Craigslist: ALENAX UNIQUE BIKE 3 SPEEDS (http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/5594339109.html)
http://images.craigslist.org/00808_8xjFr6JAG5c_600x450.jpg
05-25-16, 10:38 PM
Replies: 17,415
Views: 2,667,023
Posted By Flying Merkel

Optimist of the month, Huffy style. A 1943 Huffy...

Optimist of the month, Huffy style. A 1943 Huffy Good Vibrations cruiser only $235

Huffy Good Vibrations Vintage possible pre-1950s very Origina...
03-25-16, 02:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,649
Posted By Flying Merkel

Another possiblity is to increase the rotating...

Another possiblity is to increase the rotating weight of the rims, turning them into energy-storing flywheels.
02-26-16, 12:20 PM
Replies: 17,415
Views: 2,667,023
Posted By Flying Merkel

Best brake lever placement ever: Peugeot...

Best brake lever placement ever:

Peugeot Bicycle 5 speed runs good (http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/5465546803.html)

http://images.craigslist.org/00K0K_aY5nTb3p02v_600x450.jpg
02-25-16, 06:26 PM
Replies: 17,415
Views: 2,667,023
Posted By Flying Merkel

Optimist of the week. Huffy hybrid thingy: ...

Optimist of the week.

Huffy hybrid thingy:

"Interesting" barter/trades considered: Collector: Windsprint, 26" VGC (http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/5464320044.html)
02-14-16, 12:48 PM
Replies: 17,415
Views: 2,667,023
Posted By Flying Merkel

Maybe then he'll be able to afford the electrons...

Maybe then he'll be able to afford the electrons to write a full description
02-10-16, 07:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 646
Posted By Flying Merkel

Sears Steyr 3 speed

Picked up this three speed bike yesterday for $20. According to the date code on the Sachs hub, it's a 1969. Not in bad shape. Anybody have any experience with these? 503898503899503900
02-05-16, 08:18 PM
Replies: 17,415
Views: 2,667,023
Posted By Flying Merkel

I'm not sure what this guy was aiming to do, but...

I'm not sure what this guy was aiming to do, but it didn't work.

prewar Vinage 1920 Mead Ranger bike for sale or trade (http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/5398944215.html)

prewar Vinage...
02-05-16, 08:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,155
Posted By Flying Merkel

I vowed to never sell my Univega Super Strada,...

I vowed to never sell my Univega Super Strada, complete with Dura Ace AX aero components. Bought it in '85 for the princely sum of $650. It never quite worked for me. The rear derailluer was crap,...
02-04-16, 02:13 PM
Replies: 17,415
Views: 2,667,023
Posted By Flying Merkel

This poor guy has been trying to sell the...

This poor guy has been trying to sell the Softride for about 5-6 years now. $1,000.

Softride Road Wing full Shimano Ultegra (http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/5411519772.html)
02-01-16, 07:29 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,622
Posted By Flying Merkel

My first ride to school bike was a Schwinn...

My first ride to school bike was a Schwinn Stingray for first grade in 1968. Next up was a used rental Schwinn Varsity for 7th grade. Had all the faults & virtues that we read about. In high...
02-01-16, 12:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,955
Posted By Flying Merkel

Curious to see what she came up with.

Curious to see what she came up with.
01-19-16, 08:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,992
Posted By Flying Merkel

I was forced to ride a Huffy to work back in...

I was forced to ride a Huffy to work back in 1979. Horrible. Nothing worked. The brakes dragged and still wouldn't do much to stop the bike. Rims would go out of true just sitting in the garage...
12-04-15, 03:20 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,012
Posted By Flying Merkel

Driving through the alley I saw a Schwinn Ranger...

Driving through the alley I saw a Schwinn Ranger in pieces. I discovered it had been hit by a car. Put it together with parts I had on hand.

Behold the Heffalump:
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It's now an 8 speed,...
11-29-15, 01:13 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 3,950
Posted By Flying Merkel

Trueing rims truly doth suck. I can take a...

Trueing rims truly doth suck. I can take a potato chip'd rim and make it somewhat less potato chippy. Never straight.

Working on bikes that weren't designed to be repaired. The cheap awful...
11-12-15, 10:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 642
Posted By Flying Merkel

Memories of a Huffy 10 speed in the 70's still...

Memories of a Huffy 10 speed in the 70's still haunt me. Most awful thing on wheels.
11-12-15, 11:55 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,899
Posted By Flying Merkel

This Schwinn was found in the alley in Corona Del...

This Schwinn was found in the alley in Corona Del Mar, CA. It's a very wealthy area. My aunt loves combing the alley for stuff. The forks were backwards. I took it home, cleaned it up, tuned it...
11-09-15, 11:30 PM
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Views: 107,719
Posted By Flying Merkel

Dad found this out by the curb for pickup by...

Dad found this out by the curb for pickup by Goodwill. He brought it home for me. The people protested, but he pretended not to understand.

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Just brought this home Saturday. Damn...
11-09-15, 03:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 905
Posted By Flying Merkel

My signature bike is an American Eagle. When the...

My signature bike is an American Eagle. When the rusted out spokes start breaking, I plan to switch to 650B. The Raleigh's rims have a lot of life left.

The Honjo fenders are pricey but perty
11-09-15, 02:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 905
Posted By Flying Merkel

1973 it is. Looked up Raleigh catalogs, it's...

1973 it is. Looked up Raleigh catalogs, it's most likely a '73. This is going to be a wallhanger/ occasional rider. Really nice bike. The tires seem fine, but the rear hub needs oil. Got to get...
11-08-15, 10:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,422
Posted By Flying Merkel

This: 486968 The Schwinn Ranger. Found...

This:

486968

The Schwinn Ranger. Found it in the alley. It was hit by a car. Mostly intact. It's now an 8 speed. It's going to be a beater/grocery getter/cruise to the beach bike. I'm...
11-08-15, 01:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 905
Posted By Flying Merkel

1971? Raleigh Sport dumpster find

Been a while since I've posted, but this is too good.

Got a call from an old guy who buys & sells beach cruisers. His friend found the Raleigh in a dumpster after the owner died. It probably was...
08-12-15, 09:34 PM
Replies: 17,415
Views: 2,667,023
Posted By Flying Merkel

It comes with upside down serial numbers. ...

It comes with upside down serial numbers. Increases the value by a factor of 10 or more

Super RARE Collectors Vintage Schwinn Bicycle Bike | eBay...
06-16-15, 11:30 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,749
Posted By Flying Merkel

I justed found a Pacific-Schwinn women's beach...

I justed found a Pacific-Schwinn women's beach cruiser in the alley. Great looking bike with the pink paint job and springer fork. It's a 7 speed. A friend wants a bike to tow a doggy trailer,...
05-12-15, 03:01 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,732
Posted By Flying Merkel

Late 60's American Eagle roadster '82 Univega...

Late 60's American Eagle roadster
'82 Univega Gran Turismo
'91 Shogun Prairie Breaker MTB.

Bikes last.
04-16-15, 06:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,955
Posted By Flying Merkel

Still a claw hammer, just with a weird handle

Still a claw hammer, just with a weird handle
04-02-15, 04:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,955
Posted By Flying Merkel

5 years from now, you'll be able to pick one up...

5 years from now, you'll be able to pick one up on Craigslist barely used and real cheap. Looks like a pointless gimmick.

Re-inventing the bicycle is like re-inventing the claw hammer.
03-23-15, 10:44 AM
Replies: 17,415
Views: 2,667,023
Posted By Flying Merkel

Optimist of the week, or best story: Hollywood...

Optimist of the week, or best story: Hollywood movie studios beach cruiser 26 inch 5 speed (http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/4938102690.html)
03-14-15, 07:22 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,047
Posted By Flying Merkel

Opened my eyes back in the day. Changed the way...

Opened my eyes back in the day. Changed the way I looked at cycling

"Just Ride" I agree 85% with 85% of what he says. I like Grant's philosophy.

"It's Not About The Bike" Lance is a turd.
03-14-15, 07:15 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,240
Posted By Flying Merkel

I gave away a 1959 Hercules 3 speed. Really...

I gave away a 1959 Hercules 3 speed. Really regret now.

The bike I regret selling:

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e234/djbower/SchwinnJaguar1.jpg...
02-27-15, 11:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,238
Posted By Flying Merkel

No need for me to add anything to the list except...

No need for me to add anything to the list except "Good Score". I paid $20 for one in far worse condition. Got $80 for it.

Alloy rims, new brake pads, maybe new shifters. The Schwinn shifters...
02-27-15, 10:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 780
Posted By Flying Merkel

Can't go wrong. Cycle Tech at Fairview/Baker in...

Can't go wrong. Cycle Tech at Fairview/Baker in Costa Mesa is another place
02-21-15, 06:49 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 5,462
Posted By Flying Merkel

That picture just about made me cry. Like...

That picture just about made me cry. Like replacing the water pump on my Plymouth Voyager 4 cylinder did.
02-20-15, 12:19 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 5,462
Posted By Flying Merkel

I found a Nishiki hybrid in the alley. Decided...

I found a Nishiki hybrid in the alley. Decided to fix it up for quick sale. Everything was worn. Ball bearings were cracked, the stem was cracked, the brakes crumbled when I pulled them off. The...
02-18-15, 11:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,559
Posted By Flying Merkel

Just Patience. Hit C-list 3-4 times a day, know...

Just Patience. Hit C-list 3-4 times a day, know what you're looking for, read ads that make no sense. I picked up a very nice Shogun MTB. The ad read "beautiful bike". Period.
02-05-15, 05:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,627
Posted By Flying Merkel

By trying to shift through the entire range in...

By trying to shift through the entire range in one shot. Smacked my significant others against the top tube.
02-05-15, 05:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 654
Posted By Flying Merkel

Don't know what you mean by quite old, but...

Don't know what you mean by quite old, but without putting forth any effort, I'd say 10-15 years at the most. Good source of info: BikePedia (http://www.bikepedia.com/)
02-05-15, 05:09 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,897
Posted By Flying Merkel

3 years and counting. A Raleigh mixte that...

3 years and counting. A Raleigh mixte that needed a wheelset. Eventually, I'm going to build a 3 speed coaster rear wheel. Got the hub, can't seem to get going.
02-05-15, 04:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,139
Posted By Flying Merkel

If I was a guy looking to jack a bike & rider,...

If I was a guy looking to jack a bike & rider, I'd set up a clothesline under a bridge on SART or SGRT at night and wait. You can take out King Kong if you have the element of surprise.

Find a...
02-03-15, 08:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,045
Posted By Flying Merkel

I previously had an '82 a few years back. I met...

I previously had an '82 a few years back. I met with a dopey college girl & her splendid mommy. Mom fell in love with the bike and would have bought it to ship to New York. Dopey ended up buying...
02-03-15, 08:33 PM
Replies: 17,415
Views: 2,667,023
Posted By Flying Merkel

That's in my area. Might check it out for yucks

That's in my area. Might check it out for yucks
02-03-15, 08:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,045
Posted By Flying Merkel

Good info. The bars are 23.5 mm, might be able...

Good info. The bars are 23.5 mm, might be able to shim them. When I sell a bike, I always assume I'll have to face the new owner down the line.

God bless the French, God damn their components.
02-03-15, 07:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,045
Posted By Flying Merkel

Yep, plastic levers.

Yep, plastic levers.
02-03-15, 06:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,045
Posted By Flying Merkel

Mafac brake lever help

I was given a Peugeot mixte in decent shape. Been putting it back together, and the original Mafac brake levers are bent and broken. Can I get replacement levers, or do I have to find a set of 23.5...
02-02-15, 01:33 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 16,313
Posted By Flying Merkel

Looked great, rode like poop. ...

Looked great, rode like poop.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e234/djbower/Clist%20sales/Dyno3_zps76223ff9.jpg...
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