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Old 10-12-09, 12:29 PM
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can it barspin?
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Old 10-12-09, 01:38 PM
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My Raleigh Twenty IS already fixed gear!
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Old 10-13-09, 04:57 AM
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Those remind me of the old 80's Mongoose Supergoose, which was a 20" BMX
w/ super-long head & seat tubes, and the early 90s? Schwinn Qualifier, which
was a funky geared 20" (That I'm dying to find!)

https://i499.photobucket.com/albums/r...nick/qual1.jpg


https://i499.photobucket.com/albums/r...nick/qual2.jpg

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Oh noes ... i spelled somethinf worng on theintervebs, thanks man.

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Old 10-13-09, 07:59 PM
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I want one really bad now... this place sells the cycroc flat 1
https://www.chariandconyc.com/flat1-typesgreen.aspx
... I used to ride BMX and MTB before a road bike, and I always felt awkward on a bmx and comfotrable doing flatland tricks on an MTB but found the tires unforgiving when doing more advanced tricks. I wanna try one out for the hell of it. maybe ill find this to be a happy medium with the added fun of fixed gear...
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Old 10-13-09, 08:02 PM
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Jesus christ...
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Old 10-13-09, 08:03 PM
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thats cheaper than the sillgey one that goes for over 1000... don't think I'm getting one anytime soon... but its something to look forward to for next summer...
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Old 10-13-09, 08:11 PM
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I mean they would be pretty fun to mess around on but for that amount of cash you could get a decent full sized bike. And for 1,000 you can get a nice bike. If they were priced like some of the folding bikes I've seen, maybe I'd consider it.
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Old 10-13-09, 08:31 PM
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I would rather find a non-folding Raleigh twenty or other vintage solution.
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Old 10-13-09, 10:12 PM
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I'd rather just have a BMX
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Old 11-05-09, 06:36 PM
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F1 Evolution?

Just my 2 cents....
I just bought a used one these as an impulse purchase on Ebay. The story I got from the previous owner,(an online vendor I trust),was that these bikes are based off of "Formula 1 " style frames. F1 bikes are geared and race on auto-cross like courses that are set up in parking lots. These are still popular in Japan but the craze didn't take off when it was pitched in the U.S. in the mid 80's. Several large companys are supposed to still make frames for the JDM but since the idea was a bust over here we never hear about them.I've heard these are popular with the bike polo crowd due to their acceleration(sp?) and low COG. I'm interested in trying the polo thing but if I can't find team close to where I live I'll plan on keeping the bike at my office and use it for running errands at lunch.I usually ride a 60cm + frame and this bike is only supposed to come out to a 57cm. I'll get a long seat post and hope for the best.
Fed-ex just delivered the bike.l'll try and follow up with a review on how these ride if anyone is interested.

BTW: check the 'net for a guy named Willie Rockfish.I beleive he made the frame I just bought.
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I bought a stock 48cm Schwinn Qualifier. It needs a veery looong stem to get a comfortable height. Other than that it'll make a great singlespeed mini velo.
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Old 11-05-09, 07:41 PM
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Chari and Charon has a few minivelos in stock. Think they are on sale too, check their site since I'm too lazy to look up the link.

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Old 11-05-09, 07:47 PM
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find an old mountain bike meant for somebody super tall. Then put little 20" wheels on it.

Then you got the high bottom bracket you need for the cranks to clear the road with tiny wheels, and the thing is still tall enough for you to ride.

I mean, if you wanna be cheap n all.
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Old 11-05-09, 11:47 PM
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That would be Chari and Con NYC. The mini velos are sold as track bikes in 46mm and 48mm versions. The 48mm model would be the default one for adults and the price is very reasonable!
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Old 11-06-09, 06:21 AM
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
I bought a stock 48cm Schwinn Qualifier. It needs a veery looong stem to get a comfortable height. Other than that it'll make a great singlespeed mini velo.

Pleeeze don't hack, paint or alter it too severely-
Only around 200 actually made it into production in 1989.
They'll be worth some major bucks soon, if not already.
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Old 11-06-09, 12:39 PM
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I paid all of $95 for mine that I picked up off CL. The legend has it Schwinn made only 200 for the market and most of them went unsold. I doubt people realize how rare they are! I'd like to powdercoat it black and just keep the Schwinn badge. I think all those decals are just hideous!
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Old 11-06-09, 12:46 PM
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I doubt people realize how rare they are! I'd like to powdercoat it black and just keep the Schwinn badge. I think all those decals are just hideous!


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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
I paid all of $95 for mine that I picked up off CL. The legend has it Schwinn made only 200 for the market and most of them went unsold. I doubt people realize how rare they are! I'd like to powdercoat it black and just keep the Schwinn badge. I think all those decals are just hideous!
you come upon a rare and potentially valuable bike, and your first impulse is to powdercoat it? Haven't you ever watched the Antiques Roadshow?
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you come upon a rare and potentially valuable bike, and your first impulse is to powdercoat it? Haven't you ever watched the Antiques Roadshow?
hahaha.

"This painting is really rare - but I think I'd like it better if it was just painted all blue"
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Old 11-06-09, 03:13 PM
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https://img269.imageshack.us/img269/5...ualifiers6.jpg

been researching them a bit and looks like a lot of people seem to buy them and cut off braze-ons/paint etc.

Bet there are very few left in orig. condition.
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Yep. One could keep the head tube badge and paint it a nice solid color. Too many decals I think iwere part of the reason it didn't sell in the first place.
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
Yep. One could keep the head tube badge and paint it a nice solid color. Too many decals I think iwere part of the reason it didn't sell in the first place.
You realize that by blasting it and painting/powdercoating, you are essentially making it go from rare/classic/collectible to worth next to nothing?
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You are comparing a bike with a Rembrandt or a Van Gogh. I don't think bicycles are intrinsic works of art. A work of art is priceless and no one wants to change it.
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
You are comparing a bike with a Rembrandt or a Van Gogh. I don't think bicycles are intrinsic works of art. A work of art is priceless and no one wants to change it.
No, I am comparing the value/collectability of a rare unrestored original bike to that of a one that is no longer original (stripped and powdercoated). I collect/fix/ride old bicycles and motorcycles, almost no matter what, an unrestored original in working order will be worth, much, much more than even the best restoration.

I don't care what you do with it, it is your bike, just wanted you to know that if you ever want to flip it sometime down the road, you are going to get pennies on the dollar after tarcking it out.

Heck, I've seen decent shape Stingrays go for well over a thousand bucks and they literally made millions of them.... just some food for thought.
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