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02-20-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By bargainguy

Pre-pandemic, even $525 is pushing it, but during...

Pre-pandemic, even $525 is pushing it, but during a pandemic, you're paying top dollar.

So do you really need that second bike right now, or can you wait for prices to stabilize and supply to...
02-13-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 753
Posted By bargainguy

What the OP is really talking about is wholesale...

What the OP is really talking about is wholesale vs. retail.

What would I like to pay for any given bike? Wholesale.

What would I like to sell any given bike for? Retail.

In everyday life,...
02-11-21, 02:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 497
Posted By bargainguy

Get a wrench on that tension bolt and dial in a...

Get a wrench on that tension bolt and dial in a little more sag. That helps alleviate the riding-on-a-brick feeling.

I know Brooks doesn't recommend detensioning a saddle when you're breaking it...
Replies: 2
Views: 271
Posted By bargainguy

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I built this Manitoba last year, roughly the same vintage, into a street bike....
Replies: 16
Views: 951
Posted By bargainguy

Not a realistic value, especially with the beat...

Not a realistic value, especially with the beat up paint.

This outfit operates as a charitable organization. But like their BBC competitor across town, they ask eye-watering prices.
01-29-21, 08:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 221
Posted By bargainguy

Excellent. Thank you blakcloud!

Excellent. Thank you blakcloud!
01-29-21, 01:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 221
Posted By bargainguy

Beefy Bontrager fork. Can anyone ID the bike it fits?

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Replies: 7
Views: 445
Posted By bargainguy

Litespeeds of that era had rear triangle...

Litespeeds of that era had rear triangle alignment issues. Before purchase, highly recommended to insert a rear wheel and make sure everything's OK.
Replies: 5
Views: 503
Posted By bargainguy

Back in '97, I believe there were two steel...

Back in '97, I believe there were two steel tubing sets for LeMonds: TrueTemper for models up to the Alpe d'Huez and Reynolds 853 for the Zurich & Buenos Aires. As such, not their top tier, but a...
01-24-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 357
Posted By bargainguy

I don't think the derailleur is the issue. If...

I don't think the derailleur is the issue. If the shift lever flops back when you apply tension, that's your problem. Missing parts? Not installed in correct order?
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By bargainguy

No slouches here! I like the Trek for the 531...

No slouches here! I like the Trek for the 531 frame, investment cast lugs and triple crank. The proof is in the ride. Go try both and let us know how they feel to you.
Replies: 6
Views: 428
Posted By bargainguy

If I were trying to sell, I'd play up the...

If I were trying to sell, I'd play up the lightweight frame and also the chatter-dampening nature of these alu / carbon hybrids. What is a dead feeling to some - the antithesis of a lively steel...
Replies: 6
Views: 428
Posted By bargainguy

Some of these have rigid forks, some have...

Some of these have rigid forks, some have suspension.

If yours has a rigid fork, much easier to deal with, as there's very little to go wrong other than damage.

If yours has a suspension fork,...
Replies: 13
Views: 564
Posted By bargainguy

https://www.handbuiltbicyclenews.com/c33-tubing--m...

https://www.handbuiltbicyclenews.com/c33-tubing--materials/368-super-magnesium-the-next-big-thing

According to this article, Paketa found out that corrosion could occur under a powdercoat.
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Replies: 13
Views: 564
Posted By bargainguy

Welcome. They're still around: ...

Welcome. They're still around:

https://paketabike.com/

If you go to the Intro forum and say hello to nine of your new friends in their posts, you can post pix, and we can see what you have.
...
Replies: 5
Views: 528
Posted By bargainguy

Found a similar one for sale here at $650: ...

Found a similar one for sale here at $650: https://cocosvariety.com/products/serotta-colorado-al-road-bike

If memory serves, these aluminum frames were sourced by Kinesis (I see the Kinesis...
12-16-20, 06:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 249
Posted By bargainguy

On p. 29 of the 2000 Cannondale catalog, we have...

On p. 29 of the 2000 Cannondale catalog, we have a pic of the bike with the white Saeco logo:

https://vintagecannondale.com/year/2000/2000.pdf

In addition, here's a link to a used bike with the...
12-15-20, 07:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,495
Posted By bargainguy

If anyone decides to sell on FB rather than just...

If anyone decides to sell on FB rather than just buy, something to keep in mind.

FB uses metrics to decide whether you're a worthy seller. For ex., if you don't respond to PM's, or if you respond...
Replies: 11
Views: 1,098
Posted By bargainguy

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I had a 19" Jubilee Sport that I converted to singlespeed a few years ago. Sold...
Replies: 12
Views: 654
Posted By bargainguy

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'85 'Goose with a biplane fork. Mix of components, but it has that fetching chrome...
Replies: 3
Views: 372
Posted By bargainguy

It's a good price. You'll want to verify that...

It's a good price. You'll want to verify that you can shift into every gear. Shimano brifters (brake/shift levers) tend to gum up when not used. You can free them with solvent followed by...
Replies: 12
Views: 732
Posted By bargainguy

Worth the ask. Round tube aluminum Treks - made...

Worth the ask. Round tube aluminum Treks - made with Alcoa or Easton tubing - are nice rides. The later Alpha Aluminum series with the triangular section downtube, not so much.

Couple things about...
Replies: 2
Views: 495
Posted By bargainguy

Welcome. It's impossible to give a valuation...

Welcome. It's impossible to give a valuation without more information and preferably photos. You'll need 10 posts total before you can post pix.

Going from memory, the 434 is one of the frames...
Replies: 11
Views: 980
Posted By bargainguy

Yes. Early Fisher is nice stuff. Deore group...

Yes. Early Fisher is nice stuff. Deore group alone is worth the asking price, and you've got fenders and a rack in addition.
Replies: 11
Views: 980
Posted By bargainguy

Could be an '88. Photocopied pic is marginal but...

Could be an '88. Photocopied pic is marginal but at least confirms DT decal (p. 12):

http://www.vintage-trek.com/Trek-Fisher-Klein-Lemond/1988specmanualFisher.pdf
Replies: 9
Views: 428
Posted By bargainguy

It's not a hybrid conversion. I'm not even sure...

It's not a hybrid conversion. I'm not even sure there is such a thing. It's a road bike with a riser bar / trigger shifter conversion.

Keep in mind this will change dynamics and handling...
Replies: 5
Views: 515
Posted By bargainguy

The Tournado isn't a typical small folder. It's a...

The Tournado isn't a typical small folder. It's a road bike based on Tom Ritchey's BreakAway concentric seat tube design:

Dahon Tournado (http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/current/tournado.htm)
...
09-26-20, 12:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 489
Posted By bargainguy

Been awhile, but the ML swap was mostly classics,...

Been awhile, but the ML swap was mostly classics, balloon tire and cruiser bikes. Not much in the way of modern road stuff. There might be some there, but that's not what the swap is built around.
09-22-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,880
Posted By bargainguy

All people make mistakes, all businesses make...

All people make mistakes, all businesses make mistakes.

What differentiates a business is how it responds to its own mistakes. That tells you how much they want, or don't want, your business in...
09-13-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 550
Posted By bargainguy

Nitto Albatross & North Road bars are similar. ...

Nitto Albatross & North Road bars are similar. On the Albatross, the handles go straight back from the bar at almost a 90 degree angle, whereas on the North Road, slightly flared to the outside. ...
09-05-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 368
Posted By bargainguy

#3...

#3 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=3) is fine, #2 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2) is generally good, but #1...
Replies: 8
Views: 586
Posted By bargainguy

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Yes, it's worth something. This is a later Argenta model I had a couple years...
08-21-20, 06:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 496
Posted By bargainguy

I've had a few of these. Going from memory - the...

I've had a few of these. Going from memory - the Mesa frame was built by Giant. Distinctive "Epicenter" curved seatstays which provide more of a planted feeling to the rear triangle than you might...
Replies: 4
Views: 544
Posted By bargainguy

If it were me, I'd try and pick one up with the...

If it were me, I'd try and pick one up with the original fork. This frame is kind of beat up. Why not start with something more complete and nicer? If there are no other C-dale deals in your...
Replies: 4
Views: 544
Posted By bargainguy

Couple things scare me. Approach with caution. ...

Couple things scare me. Approach with caution.

1. Rigid fork is gone, which makes me think crash. If I were in a buying mood, I'd check the frame very carefully for signs of impact damage /...
Replies: 3
Views: 463
Posted By bargainguy

Welcome. Round tube aluminum Treks like your...

Welcome. Round tube aluminum Treks like your 1100 are nice rides. $150 is a reasonable price assuming wear items in good shape - tires, tubes, tape, brake pads, etc. - and in good working order. ...
Replies: 16
Views: 777
Posted By bargainguy

Looks like the crack extends all the way to the...

Looks like the crack extends all the way to the non-drive-side seatstay. The seat tube could collapse with added stress, i.e., riding. I'll second what madpogue said. Riding in this condition is...
Replies: 16
Views: 777
Posted By bargainguy

Humongous crack across the side of the seat tube....

Humongous crack across the side of the seat tube. Some here will say it can be welded, others will say don't bother, frame is toast. I'm in the latter category. Worth only whatever parts are on...
Replies: 5
Views: 551
Posted By bargainguy

Assist: ...

Assist:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Trek-Multitrack-720-Hybrid-Bike-Bicycle-Green-23-58cm-Cro-Moly/143654630700

Pre-pandemic, $175-200. Nowadays, hybrids are in extremely short supply with stores...
Replies: 30
Views: 2,275
Posted By bargainguy

Depends. If you absolutely must have a NOS Trek...

Depends. If you absolutely must have a NOS Trek in the box, there probably aren't too many available.

But you have to consider what an '80 412 is worth. Even in cherry condition, $375-400 is...
07-03-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 521
Posted By bargainguy

I have a Topeak d-torq electronic transducer-type...

I have a Topeak d-torq electronic transducer-type torque wrench. The one shown looks like a transducer as well.

Really like mine, especially for use on carbon bits. Beeps when you reach set...
06-28-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,671
Posted By bargainguy

Then I'd remove the shift cable and reinstall it...

Then I'd remove the shift cable and reinstall it just to make sure the cable isn't binding or pinching anywhere near the exit point/ferrule on the shifter itself. If a clean reinstall does nothing,...
06-28-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,671
Posted By bargainguy

Here's how I determine if it's the shifter or...

Here's how I determine if it's the shifter or something else.

Grab a handful of shift cable along the down tube, and "shift" into each gear by pulling the cable away from the frame.

If you can...
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By bargainguy

Whoa! Absolutely stunning. Is that a 650b...

Whoa! Absolutely stunning. Is that a 650b randonneur?
Replies: 5
Views: 355
Posted By bargainguy

Uneven decals are not that unusual on any bike,...

Uneven decals are not that unusual on any bike, even a 'Nago.

If the decals seem to be as old as the frame (wear/discoloration etc.), it's probably an original oopsie.

If the decals seem newer...
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By bargainguy

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1936x1296/gitanepair1_06dd7de1889ab6749ffc1b0d546670cf181ff3c8.jpg

Thanks everyone! No date code on the RD, and there's nothing legible on...
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By bargainguy

Royal Asport (French) road bike - any info?

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Replies: 6
Views: 669
Posted By bargainguy

Looks like an '84: 1984 Trek Bicycle Brochure...

Looks like an '84: 1984 Trek Bicycle Brochure Part 3 - Touring Bikes (http://www.vintage-trek.com/TrekBrochure1984Touring.htm)

As far as value, you'll want to replace consumables - tires, bar...
Replies: 3
Views: 437
Posted By bargainguy

Schwinn built this line of aluminum frames in...

Schwinn built this line of aluminum frames in conjunction with Klein. As such, they're very nice rides, except for one thing.

Instead of a traditional seatpost binder bolt, you get a quill...
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