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Posted By ramzilla

Don't sell yourself short with a Falcon bike. I...

Don't sell yourself short with a Falcon bike. I remember this brand very well. It was a "store front" brand. Something a bike store would put in the front window. They sold for a premium because they...
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Views: 1,209
Posted By ramzilla

Here's a whole CCM restoration including frame up...

Here's a whole CCM restoration including frame up cleaning @ new parts,,,,,,,,,, Sorry no close up shots. This is old archive stuff.
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02-01-22, 08:00 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,179
Posted By ramzilla

This is 10 bikes hung from hooks in the garage...

This is 10 bikes hung from hooks in the garage spaced at 12" ....................... 10 bikes in a 10' space! ...
12-12-21, 09:06 PM
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Posted By ramzilla

It's a $100 frame. And, if the original Araya...

It's a $100 frame. And, if the original Araya wheels are on it ........ then, maybe another $100 for them. It's a great bike. But, it's old. The cables are probably shot to hell. And the tires are...
10-17-21, 07:08 PM
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Posted By ramzilla

Just finished a frame up restoration of this 1986...

Just finished a frame up restoration of this 1986 Ironman.
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Views: 2,890
Posted By ramzilla

The steel under that paint will have significant...

The steel under that paint will have significant spider web rust. Way too much trouble to sand paper & refinish by hand. Strip it down to a bare frame. Get the headset races & bearings off. Take it...
06-20-21, 08:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 722
Posted By ramzilla

Yeah.................................................

Yeah................................................ You can ride it a couple more miles. But, It's gonna blow. Do yourself a favor & get a new tire. Otherwise, just read the sentence below.
05-26-21, 12:15 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 15,268
Posted By ramzilla

I've got a "new to me" carbon fiber bike. It's a...

I've got a "new to me" carbon fiber bike. It's a specialized Epic. Vintage 1993. I believe that it's one of the first mass-produced carbon bikes made. A very interesting bike. The carbon fiber...
04-20-21, 08:23 PM
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Views: 987
Posted By ramzilla

Wow. Beautiful. Post some pictures after it's...

Wow. Beautiful. Post some pictures after it's finished.
04-14-21, 08:34 PM
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Views: 1,229
Posted By ramzilla

First thing you need to do is check your rear...

First thing you need to do is check your rear wheel OLD. If it's only 126mm then, you won't be able to squeeze a 8 or 9 speed cog set on it. If it's 130mm then you're good to go. Otherwise..............
04-12-21, 07:57 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By ramzilla

Specialized Epic Carbon Fiber

I got this bike recently. It's a carbon fiber lugged frame. My best guess is it's 1993 vintage. The PO converted it to a single speed. (I refurbished it to a new 8 speed drive train. All new STI...
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Posted By ramzilla

Lots of people are sentimental about old Raleigh...

Lots of people are sentimental about old Raleigh 3 speeds. If it's got all of it's original parts you might be able to talk somebody out of $100 for it.
03-09-21, 09:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,189
Posted By ramzilla

The shiny silver Sunrace freewheels work very...

The shiny silver Sunrace freewheels work very well. (Built to Shimano HG specs). And, are usually a very good value at a reasonable price.
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Posted By ramzilla

The chrome steel wheels, stem shifters and,...

The chrome steel wheels, stem shifters and, turkey wings are going to hurt value. Plus, the frame looks like it was made for Andre the giant. But, it's got very interesting bits. So, you could...
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Views: 3,305
Posted By ramzilla

This is my tricked out Centurion Elite 12. It's...

This is my tricked out Centurion Elite 12. It's sporting a 2x7 drivetrain with cheap ass "Micro New" STI shifters & Shimano Sora RD. Just rode it about 15 miles today. I was surprised by how solid &...
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Views: 2,658
Posted By ramzilla

So this poses a new question. The seller has...

So this poses a new question. The seller has indicated the rear dropouts are 126mm. I read that this means I have to buy a 6 speed groupset since the newer ones wont fit. I am looking at a old...
01-03-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,100
Posted By ramzilla

I've been riding an old Technium 460 (that I...

I've been riding an old Technium 460 (that I bought used) for about 10 years. It's my daily exercise grocery getter all around bike. Probably put at least five or ten thousand miles on it. RIdes...
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Posted By ramzilla

If it's just a frame, fork & bottom bracket then...

If it's just a frame, fork & bottom bracket then $100 would be reasonable. (It would go a lot quicker for $75).
12-15-20, 08:09 PM
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Posted By ramzilla

Funny thing. I used to work in a auto parts...

Funny thing. I used to work in a auto parts store. For about a year or so. Back in the day. When I was young. I was the assistant manager. So, I practically ran the place. Around 1974. We sold a lot...
12-15-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,068
Posted By ramzilla

You're welcome! I've been doing upright...

You're welcome! I've been doing upright handlebar modifications on old drop bar bikes for many years. It's a great way to bring an old friend back to life. Check this one out. It's my latest upright...
11-29-20, 09:14 PM
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Views: 2,211
Posted By ramzilla

It has been a personal dream of mine for over two...

It has been a personal dream of mine for over two decades to drill out the crappy rivets on stamped cranksets. (I used to have a beautiful Schwinn World with a stamped crankset that made me angry)....
11-24-20, 08:52 PM
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Views: 1,068
Posted By ramzilla

That's a very fine restoration job. You did good.

That's a very fine restoration job. You did good.
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Posted By ramzilla

Dude, go to the hardware store & get the...

Dude, go to the hardware store & get the fasteners required and, put the bike back together. Get it in ride ready condition. Then, maybe ask $50. Be good. Have fun.
11-19-20, 08:40 PM
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Views: 5,574
Posted By ramzilla

Dude, please. Don't make this complicated. Spread...

Dude, please. Don't make this complicated. Spread out a drop cloth or some cardboard. Flip the bike upside down & take the wheels off. Wrap the brake pads with plastic sandwich bags. Put on some...
11-19-20, 07:21 PM
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Views: 5,306
Posted By ramzilla

Got both bikes for free. 1980 something Nishiki....

Got both bikes for free. 1980 something Nishiki. 2010 carbon fiber Team Fuji. These are "after" pictures. (They were in rough condition when I got them).

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11-12-20, 09:27 PM
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Views: 17,513
Posted By ramzilla

It's because they're simply fantastic man!...

It's because they're simply fantastic man! https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1200x900/img_2378_77805f8c8573e2dad53bb5cdcd01ee39b305d43a.jpg
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Views: 929
Posted By ramzilla

I'm counting about nine bikes in that picture....

I'm counting about nine bikes in that picture. So, better take a pick up truck. I'd give $200 for that and, then head straight over to my local bike shop that fixes up old bikes for charity. A...
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Posted By ramzilla

Put it up there on auction with eBay with a stop...

Put it up there on auction with eBay with a stop loss reserve price of about $10K then sit back and watch the dollars come flying in. Hallelujah brother!!!
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Views: 2,618
Posted By ramzilla

You lucked out on that Maruishi. I'm constantly...

You lucked out on that Maruishi. I'm constantly on the hunt for bikes just like that. Made in Japan. Mid 1980's Centurion Ironman, Kuwahara Apollo, Club Fuji, Shogun Samurai, Sekine, Panasonic,...
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Posted By ramzilla

[QUOTE=Guyatwork37;21762211]That's pretty a...

[QUOTE=Guyatwork37;21762211]That's pretty a sweet, thanks! I dig what they did with the American Flyer, pretty cool.

So you're saying that the serial number on the seatpost indicates that the bike...
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Posted By ramzilla

That's "Tange 900" tubing. And, if it's got...

That's "Tange 900" tubing. And, if it's got severe surface rust - then, it's probably ready to become lawn art. Or, strip it down to a bare frame & take it to your local powder coating guy. Let them...
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Views: 443
Posted By ramzilla

It's reasonable to ask $175 for that. And,...

It's reasonable to ask $175 for that. And, someone will probably eventually buy it. It would go a lot quicker at $100. Looks like it would make a really nice commuter or grocery getter (if it had a...
10-09-20, 08:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,761
Posted By ramzilla

My latest creation. This one was definitely Velo...

My latest creation. This one was definitely Velo Orange levers & Shimano Grip Shift in order to take advantage of the existing old 6 speed Shimano SIS drivetrain.
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10-08-20, 09:03 PM
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Views: 6,093
Posted By ramzilla

Getting outside and breathing fresh air. Seeing...

Getting outside and breathing fresh air. Seeing the world. Hearing the birds. Feeling the wind. Smelling the flowers. Touching. Living for the day....
10-08-20, 08:48 PM
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Views: 3,466
Posted By ramzilla

I've bought and sold so many old bikes that I'm...

I've bought and sold so many old bikes that I'm sure at least one of them was probably stolen at some point. But, once a bike has gone through my shop it has been "purified" by the "divine power" of...
10-08-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,761
Posted By ramzilla

ramzilla thanks for including the photos. if i...

ramzilla thanks for including the photos. if i may ask, what makes it so expensive?[/QUOTE]


Well, since you asked.............................

1. Most bike shops will not convert an old drop...
10-07-20, 06:28 PM
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Views: 2,761
Posted By ramzilla

Sorry but, I've been converting drop bar bikes to...

Sorry but, I've been converting drop bar bikes to upright bars for many years. This one was really amazing. I always replace the stem with a riser type. Always replace the brake levers. It's not...
10-05-20, 08:56 PM
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Views: 2,694
Posted By ramzilla

I wish I could have kept this one. But, If I kept...

I wish I could have kept this one. But, If I kept all my favorite bikes forever then I'd have to store at least two dozen bikes somewhere.
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10-02-20, 01:57 PM
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Views: 1,365
Posted By ramzilla

New axle must be exact same diameter as old one....

New axle must be exact same diameter as old one. So, get a measurement caliper & check. The most common rear axle diameter is 10mm. Then, figure length needed.
10-02-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,364
Posted By ramzilla

Now that it's all dressed up with kickstand, rear...

Now that it's all dressed up with kickstand, rear rack, water bottle cage, rear view mirror, handlebar bag &, bell. The Caliente weighs in at a svelte 31 pounds according to my very precise luggage...
10-01-20, 07:54 PM
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Views: 5,560
Posted By ramzilla

Used bike prices are also very high and, most of...

Used bike prices are also very high and, most of the stuff being advertised is low quality stuff.
09-29-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,364
Posted By ramzilla

It's no longer "all steel". Here's the...

It's no longer "all steel".

Here's the makeover pictures for the Schwinn Caliente. With new wheels & 25mm Panaracer tires it rolls fast. Upright alloy handlebars with 6 speed Shimano grip...
09-20-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,897
Posted By ramzilla

I've salvaged & re-used cables & cable housings...

I've salvaged & re-used cables & cable housings before. My technique is to make a very clean cut on the tip end of cable. Then, put a drop of oil or dab vaseline on it & slowly insert it while...
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Views: 1,864
Posted By ramzilla

Wow. Just wow. I can't imagine somebody actually...

Wow. Just wow. I can't imagine somebody actually doing weird stuff with the drivetrain to get over on a bike deal. Most of the time people just try to talk me way down on price. When they throw out a...
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Views: 1,587
Posted By ramzilla

Very nice. It's a Japanese masterpiece. I would...

Very nice. It's a Japanese masterpiece. I would try very hard to leave it all original. Be good. Have fun.
09-16-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,235
Posted By ramzilla

It's been tough finding decent alloy riser bars...

It's been tough finding decent alloy riser bars on line lately. I recently ordered three pairs of these & I'm satisfied with the size & finish. But, I just checked ebay wheelandsprocket(215,634)...
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Views: 1,350
Posted By ramzilla

Wow. That's a little crusty. I don't know if I've...

Wow. That's a little crusty. I don't know if I've got enough elbow grease left in my arms to clean something like that up. Sorry, no way I would pay $400 for that. Be good. Have fun.
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Views: 1,669
Posted By ramzilla

Definitely a contract build by Giant. Remarkable...

Definitely a contract build by Giant. Remarkable because this was the series of bicycles that signaled the beginning of the end for American made bikes. These old Schwinn World Sport bikes from...
09-11-20, 05:54 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,091
Posted By ramzilla

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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09-11-20, 05:28 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,997
Posted By ramzilla

Looks like I'm late to this thread. But, I use a...

Looks like I'm late to this thread. But, I use a very soft sponge with cool water & dishwashing soap for the initial cleaning of my bare frames. After frame dries, I put on latex gloves and apply car...
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