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Old 09-18-19, 09:26 PM
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Fix that front skewer first.

Then ride.
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Old 09-18-19, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by RokLenart View Post
How much does it cost to restore something like that?
Restore is a broad word. If you mean tearing it down, replacing or renewing any lube after cleaning the bearings and new cables, if needed, then it's the cost of minor parts or about $50 plus tires if needed. The experience, if you haven't done it before, will be invaluable. When you get into painting a frame and getting decals then, even if you give it a rattle can spray done in a "professional" manor, it'll raise the price an additional $70. I know rattle cans aren't that expensive but all the prep work to get a decent job cost money.
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Old 09-19-19, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Ronsonic View Post
Fix that front skewer first.

Then ride.

Please elaborate..
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Old 09-19-19, 08:06 AM
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The skewer release is on the wrong side and closing the wrong direction. Basically an accident waiting to happen. Roger
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Old 09-19-19, 08:20 AM
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The skewer release is on the wrong side and closing the wrong direction. Basically an accident waiting to happen. Roger

That thing would not tighten. I had to loosen by a few revolutions to secure it. Thanks
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Old 09-19-19, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Ronsonic View Post
Fix that front skewer first.

Then ride.
ABSOLUTELY!!! The lever is is the "OPEN" position which can only mean the the lever was used like a wrench to tighten the nut rather than the cam action as designed. Can't imagine mounting the wheel this way!!! Additionally, (and it might be just me but) I ALWAYS have the cam levers on the left hand side of the bike. I'm pretty sure that is the way they are designed to be used. When positioned on the "drive side" of the bike, there would be a tendency / possibility for something to catch the lever and release the cam! Losing a front wheel while riding never results in a good outcome.
I can't tell for sure from the photo but I'm wondering if that top mount SunTour friction shifter on the down tube is the "Symmetric" model? Interesting concept. I have one on a bike of mine of a similar vintage. I don't believe that I have it set up properly (yet) but I'm working on it.
BTW, I too, have a Nashbar bike, a Terra XT mountain bike that I picked up for $50 back in the early 90s. I keep it around for guests that may want to go for a bike ride.
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Old 09-19-19, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by sovende View Post
ABSOLUTELY!!! The lever is is the "OPEN" position which can only mean the the lever was used like a wrench to tighten the nut rather than the cam action as designed. Can't imagine mounting the wheel this way!!! Additionally, (and it might be just me but) I ALWAYS have the cam levers on the left hand side of the bike. I'm pretty sure that is the way they are designed to be used. When positioned on the "drive side" of the bike, there would be a tendency / possibility for something to catch the lever and release the cam! Losing a front wheel while riding never results in a good outcome.
I can't tell for sure from the photo but I'm wondering if that top mount SunTour friction shifter on the down tube is the "Symmetric" model? Interesting concept. I have one on a bike of mine of a similar vintage. I don't believe that I have it set up properly (yet) but I'm working on it.
BTW, I too, have a Nashbar bike, a Terra XT mountain bike that I picked up for $50 back in the early 90s. I keep it around for guests that may want to go for a bike ride.
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here is a pic....
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Old 09-19-19, 09:16 PM
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Those "Symmetric" shifters are interesting in that they automatically position the front derailleur (when set up properly) to keep the chain from touching the cage as the the rear derailleur moves the chain up or down the cogs on the freewheel! Whatever you do DON'T disassemble it unless you researched the proper reassembly instructions!!! Trust me, I know this from experience. As the old saying goes "good judgement comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgement"!
RE: the non functional "quick release" lever, I would soak that end of the skewer in some sort of "rust solvent" to loosen it up then disassemble it to fully remove the rust that's keeping the cam from functioning properly.
I agree with the others that think that you did well with this purchase. You got a lot of bike for $40! I would resist the urge to modernize it too much. New tires and tubes for sure. The shifter and brake cables should probable get replaced too. Maybe get new pads for the brakes. You will learn a lot if you do it yourself and will be extra proud of the finished product! Once things are back to the original configuration, ride the heck out of it. Learn how to use the friction snifters. Index shifting definitely has advantages but I've found using the friction shifters quite adequate for the riding that I do.
Have fun with your new project bike!
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Old 09-21-19, 12:49 AM
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Not sure you could do much better for $40, the Nashbar bikes from bitd go under the radar but they were a great value back in the day have fun with it, and +1 on leaving the symetric shifters alone I wish I had lol
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Old 09-21-19, 07:24 AM
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I have their “Tourer” model and it is a favorite ride.
I left everything just as it was built.
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Old 09-21-19, 07:25 AM
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I rode it for the first time yesterday and I gotta say what a smooth ride it was!
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Old 09-21-19, 07:28 AM
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Yes! Yes! Yes! These bikes are awesome!
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