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Old 10-23-14, 07:19 PM
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Awesome find!!!

No I didn't find a great bike for chump change.

Tell us about the one's you found, and show us some pictures.
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Old 10-23-14, 08:13 PM
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Already told this story in the C&V section. I ride stuff others think is completely outdated by preference. Following is a short novel about how I got it.

For several years a guy who runs one of those places that sells broken and used crap for only a few dollars more than you can get things new(slight exaggeration but you know the sort of place I mean, a place that always has more new stuff out and seems to sell things, but when you stop they want 200 dollars for a chainsaw that they swear will run if they had gas...)has been telling me he had a box of old bike parts in the back, but it was behind other things.
One day I stopped, and the owner told me he had found the box. We go into the back, and he pulls out an old bike box. In it was this Davidson frame, never assembled. 61 cm, touring bike. 1988. My size. Custom built frame for a friend of his who he said was my size, who passed away before getting it built.
I fully expected him to tell me that it was more than a new bike, but he said he didn't know because there was another box of parts he had to find that went with it. Pressing him on it, he said about 200. I figured that that was a carrot and stick price and kept a poker face while saying I might be back the next day. After four years of checking now and again we both knew I would be there.
Next day, I showed up and he had actually found the box of parts. Looking into it, my heart sank, as it was all NOS Suntour, Shimano, Specialized, and more. As a Vintage enthusiast I wanted it more than ever, but the aggregate price tags on the boxes came to four hundred at late eighties prices.
I braced myself and asked again what he wanted for it all. He said "Well, I said two hundred, didn't I?" Keeping my seriously bad poker face on, I sort of acted like I was thinking about it, then nodded, took two hundred out of the seven I had got at the bank on my way over, and paid.
All the way home I was vibrating with excitement.
Sold two things out of the box I didn't need on ebay(NOS pedals)and made the purchase price back then some. Built it up with parts I have on hand, and its nice, probably the best touring bike I have ever ridden. It seems to have a very tight geometry, feels like a crit bike but not exhausting to ride a hundred miles. A little limiting on tire size, 32mm is max with fenders or without. There is no center hole in the fork crown. But it rides like it was made just for me.
Since I do borderline ultralight touring, I have not done a long trip with it fully loaded, but did put full racks on it, four panniers, and 60 pounds on water. It felt great, still stiff but spirited. I seldom get over 25 pounds, even with bags.
Ridden it unloaded a lot, it feels fine either way to me. Since it has such a "fast bike" feel with the steep angles and all, it has become my major go to bike for any long trip.
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Old 10-23-14, 09:01 PM
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Nice shipwreck ! What a steel (pun intended) Why am I always the guy who buys high and sells low?
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Old 10-23-14, 09:33 PM
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Hey Shipwreck...

That is SO COOL.





...I'll be in my bunk.
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Old 10-23-14, 10:28 PM
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...I'll be in my bunk.
Yep. Real beauty, ain't she. Yes sir. Right smart purchase, this vessel. I'll tell you what, you buy this ship, treat her proper, she'll be with you for the rest of your life.

Son? Hey, son! You hear a word I been sayin'?
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Old 10-23-14, 10:36 PM
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I can't come close to topping shipwreck's find (and I'm still drooling about the Davidson,) but I picked up this RB-T at a flea market last weekend. I was pretty excited about it, I almost never see touring bikes for sale around here...



This is the as-found photo, it only needs some minor swapping of the consumables and addition of my racks.
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Old 10-23-14, 11:03 PM
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Nice RB-T! Still looking for that elusive true touring rig. Problem is I want a C&V one. I'll find the right one eventually. The hybrid and rigid mtb conversions have worked well. The mtb was a $20 purchase and the hybrid was free but needed a lot of work.
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Old 10-23-14, 11:22 PM
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I paid $160 for a used 26" recently overhauled wheelset. The front wheel is a 36 hole Velocity Mountain Goat laced with DT spokes to a SRAM i-Light D-7 Dynamo hub. The rear wheel is 36 Hole Dt Laced Sun Rhyno Lite disk compatible with a Shimano Hub. Included was an almost new 8 speed 11-32 cassette and Schwalbe Mondial Tires. The rim surfaces look like they have plenty of life left in them. I've been riding on the wheels for a few weeks now and they've been fantastic. I think I paid a good price?

(I put the wheels on an older Diamondback Ascent I found on CL for $60.)

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Old 10-23-14, 11:41 PM
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Can't beat any of the above finds, but I did haul home a new Campy record rear hub, ergo shifters, and bar end shifters, plus some other nice bits and pieces still in their packaging (i.e. Cinelli bar tape) a few weeks ago. Guy brought them in to donate at the bike co-op. I used my volunteer credit and walked out with them for about two hours of work that I would have donated anyway.

I couldn't stand to see them built up on a box-store Schwinn. Not that I have anything against any bike, but I think that would have been a shame.

Now that I think on it, I often come across some incredibly good random parts at the co-op, and will occasionally drag something home for a future project if it fits in my pannier or messenger. Not why I volunteer there, but it is an added bonus.
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Old 10-24-14, 08:24 AM
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Well, I would call my touring bike an awesome find!

The story goes something like this: I met an Englishman named Paul Newman at a local campground as I was out riding my old, crappy do-everything MTB. He'd just travelled across the country on a bike, and is actually my primary inspiration for my own cycling tour across Canada. After I bid Paul adieu, after spending the day biking around my small town with him and bombarding him with a million questions. I spent the next year looking for a touring bike of my own, and was saving up to buy one that my LBS had for $650. Little was I to know what I would find while browsing Kijiji one day...

I came across the Ad. Clicked on it. Blinked. Blinked again, checked the price, checked the price again. Sent off an email, asking if the price was indeed what it said. It was. I was amazed. A Swiss woman who was cycling across the country from Vancouver to Moncton, NB, via the Trans-Canada Trail, was selling her touring bike for FIFTY DOLLARS CANADIAN.

A week later, I met her at the train station in Moncton - which was just an hour's car drive from my home... I gave her the fifty... Again, checking the price before I handed it over. She even threw in the pannier bags for free.

Amazing. And here it is:



I've only had to add a new dynamo light (and might have to replace the whole dynamo hub, as it doesn't appear to be working!) And I'll need to add a handlebar bag and will put new tyres and tubes and spares on - before I ride across Canada next year, but aside from that, she's good to go!

Bit of a golden goose, just unfortunate that I haven't been able to ride much this summer!

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Old 10-24-14, 09:20 AM
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jargo432, There are three things about my find. It's the brand I wanted, it's the size I wanted and the selling price was the same as I would've put on it. I rebuilt it using a new wheel set, my parts bin including some Cannondale roadie take offs and converted to 8S.

It's evolved since this just-built prior to it's first ride photo.

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Old 10-24-14, 01:23 PM
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- Brand new 1993 Trek 820 still in its original box. Paid less than a used one goes for around here.


-2010 Cannondale T2 in like new condition. A nice find, and a nice experience. The woman's husband bought it to commute on, rode it for 3 months, and decided commuting in Oregon was not always fun so he put it in storage. It was a long drawn out process. I saw it on Craig's List and called. She lived 120 miles away and we set up appointment. She called back within a few days to cancel due to a family emergency, and that she would be out of town for an indefinite time, but would call me on her return. Two months went by and I forgot all about it until she called. I went to look at it and was more than willing to pay her asking price, and would have paid even more. She looked at me and said, "you are not even going to negotiate?' So I lowered the offer by $50, and she smiled and shook hands. The last year Cannondale made touring bikes, last year Cannondale bikes were built in the US, and my size!

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Old 10-25-14, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by scozim View Post
Nice RB-T! Still looking for that elusive true touring rig. Problem is I want a C&V one. I'll find the right one eventually. The hybrid and rigid mtb conversions have worked well. The mtb was a $20 purchase and the hybrid was free but needed a lot of work.
Thanks Scott! I think the only reason it came my way is because I wasn't looking for it. Your MTB conversion have been great, I've seen the photos
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Doug64, I had a mid '90s 820 I used as a MUP bike. If I'd kept it (should have) it would have made a nice touring bike.

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Old 10-26-14, 08:27 AM
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I did my first longish tour on a trek 820 conversion. The frame was WAYYY to small. Ever since I have wanted to find another in the size you have there. They make a fantastic tourer, theres no way some of the roads/trails/paths I was on could be done with the my regular touring bike.

Till then this is my KHS Expedition, pulled from a dumpster and with some new parts, though the wheels were fine, have not even replaced the bearings on the Suzue hubs, or had to true them! All I had to do was carefully strip off the crackhead all over(and I mean all over)gray primer paint.

I guess that free is a screaming deal, right? Oh, and the pedals that are on this and on my Davidson were in the box of parts, four sets!

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