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01-22-22, 07:11 AM
Replies: 7,291
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Posted By wrk101

I love the Miyata Elevation MTB series. Been...

I love the Miyata Elevation MTB series. Been trying to snag one for years. Always a day late.

Typical Miyata steel frame goodness!

Somewhat interesting back then, the higher model Miyata MTBs...
01-21-22, 05:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 597
Posted By wrk101

Entry level bike from a less recognized brand....

Entry level bike from a less recognized brand. Would need to be priced very low in my market to sell. It takes more than being vintage. People tend to be looking for the better stuff which this is...
Replies: 9
Views: 464
Posted By wrk101

I think the value is higher. And if you go to the...

I think the value is higher. And if you go to the trouble of parting out, that will maximize value, but added headache. Sold locally could cap the value. Packing and shipping bikes is a PITA. And for...
01-15-22, 09:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 188
Posted By wrk101

I've got one and the stem is white. But who knows?

I've got one and the stem is white. But who knows?
01-15-22, 09:43 PM
Replies: 20,807
Views: 3,727,473
Posted By wrk101

Saw this one on the Phoenix C/L: Now this...

Saw this one on the Phoenix C/L:

Now this one is a grocery getter!!!



"Combine a derelict shopping cart with a bicycle for a ride with ample cargo capacity. This is a nice way to save a...
Replies: 15
Views: 351
Posted By wrk101

Parts bin build of a damaged frame. Run away.

Parts bin build of a damaged frame. Run away.
01-14-22, 03:42 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 2,963
Posted By wrk101

IMO, the crap bikes Walmart sells are much better...

IMO, the crap bikes Walmart sells are much better than the crap bikes box stores when I was growing up (late 1960s). Walmart sells bikes at very low prices. At those price points, manufacturers can't...
01-12-22, 10:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,700
Posted By wrk101

Not always. For instance, Schwinn used the...

Not always. For instance, Schwinn used the Schwinn Chicago badge long after the Chicago plant was closed. Its kind of like Boeing, their headquarters is Chicago but they don't make a single plane...
Replies: 8
Views: 346
Posted By wrk101

I'd place a wager on that weight.

I'd place a wager on that weight.
01-08-22, 05:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 312
Posted By wrk101

Three Panasonics updated with STI (two were sold...

Three Panasonics updated with STI (two were sold by Schwinn). All three Tange Prestige tubing:

...
Replies: 24
Views: 660
Posted By wrk101

First rule in replying to a deal on C/L or FB...

First rule in replying to a deal on C/L or FB marketplace: keep your response simple. Don’t ask a bunch of questions or for extra stuff or you could go to the back of the line.
I always go simple;...
Forum: Commuting
01-08-22, 10:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,475
Posted By wrk101

My go to, do everything, bike is my drop bar...

My go to, do everything, bike is my drop bar conversion 1988 Schwinn Cimarron LE.


Bought years ago at a garage sale for $15, in miserable condition. Found a nice 1990 donor bike and did a full...
01-08-22, 10:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,502
Posted By wrk101

If the hoods and other cosmetics are good, either...

If the hoods and other cosmetics are good, either rebuild yourself, or pay someone to rebuilt. There are a couple of people on ebay selling rebuild services at a reasonable price. Myself, I keep the...
01-06-22, 09:51 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,289
Posted By wrk101

Another secret is to never, ever, count them!...

Another secret is to never, ever, count them! Denial is key!

I made the mistake of finally counting. Then I knew I had a problem!! At that point, the sell, donate or keep cycle began. Repeat until...
01-05-22, 08:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 348
Posted By wrk101

I've bought a couple of bikes solely for the...

I've bought a couple of bikes solely for the saddles, bought one yesterday in fact (donated the rest of the bike already).

Well done! Best source for vintage parts continues to be a complete bike.
01-04-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 477
Posted By wrk101

I'd get a good, but older, rigid steel frame MTB....

I'd get a good, but older, rigid steel frame MTB. They are plentiful, lots of 26 tire choices. They are also cheap. If the goal is to just get out and ride, then an old school rigid frame MTB will do...
01-01-22, 11:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 652
Posted By wrk101

If you need a shop to do any and all work, buy a...

If you need a shop to do any and all work, buy a lightly used modern bike instead.
12-30-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,236
Posted By wrk101

I lost my workshop and most of my storage space...

I lost my workshop and most of my storage space in 2020, so I have been downsizing ever since.

First notable one out this year was this Merckx Century. My size, so parting was a little more...
Replies: 12
Views: 482
Posted By wrk101

Your location, method to sell, and ability to...

Your location, method to sell, and ability to market your bikes all matter. It’s not like you can drop them off somewhere and someone hands out money. While people here will mention fair market value...
Replies: 5
Views: 302
Posted By wrk101

Priced for perfection and its not. Missing a lot...

Priced for perfection and its not. Missing a lot of original parts, too many to list. So collectibility goes out the window.

At that point, its in the general recreational old school rigid frame...
12-25-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,882
Posted By wrk101

None of the above choices. I consider myself a...

None of the above choices. I consider myself a rescuer. I find neglected bikes, often with issues like rust, stuck seat post or stem, missing parts and so on. These bikes are about one step from the...
12-20-21, 08:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 707
Posted By wrk101

Just a warning to others looking at trying this...

Just a warning to others looking at trying this method, you can damage the frame twisting it. I bent a frame doing a similar method to this, replace lumber with a sturdy workbench and a big vise....
Replies: 51
Views: 1,640
Posted By wrk101

+1 should be driving already.

+1 should be driving already.
Replies: 6
Views: 432
Posted By wrk101

To flip bikes, you really need to know the values...

To flip bikes, you really need to know the values of the finished bike in your market, and the expected costs of consumables. You have to be resourceful on consumables (buy cheap) or its easy to lose...
12-10-21, 01:46 PM
Replies: 7,291
Views: 3,018,354
Posted By wrk101

I keep an eye out for the late 1980s Deore XT,...

I keep an eye out for the late 1980s Deore XT, DX, and LX product line. I find them on donor bikes or at co ops. Last upgraded my 1988 Cimarron with a 1990 Shogun Prairie Breaker donor bike. It was...
12-09-21, 06:09 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,290
Posted By wrk101

I've owned over 750 bikes over the years. I have...

I've owned over 750 bikes over the years. I have never, ever painted a bike. First, its a lot of work. Secondly, original paint tends to be more durable than do it yourself paint. Third, professional...
Replies: 7
Views: 370
Posted By wrk101

Ridiculous price for a low end bike. You can do a...

Ridiculous price for a low end bike. You can do a lot better. Replace the word stored with ignored. Bikes need maintenance, grease gets old, tires degrade. Price is actually listed under phone...
Replies: 25
Views: 1,327
Posted By wrk101

Step 1: Great photos. Step 2: honest to over...

Step 1: Great photos.

Step 2: honest to over the top description of any and all flaws.


In the world of on line sales, full disclosure is key or you will get complaints and returns. Savvy...
Replies: 11
Views: 640
Posted By wrk101

Not a mixte, but nice condition! If you are in a...

Not a mixte, but nice condition! If you are in a large urban area or a college town, could have some value, maybe $100. Everywhere else, less. Where I live, $25, $50 max if you get really lucky....
Replies: 13
Views: 969
Posted By wrk101

I usually don't think this is happening, but I...

I usually don't think this is happening, but I see a lot of bids by a zero feedback buyer. Odd to say the least.
Replies: 7
Views: 1,087
Posted By wrk101

In my experience, the Tourney XT crankset last...

In my experience, the Tourney XT crankset last appeared in 1984. Shimano bought Takagi and the brand disappeared. They were quite nice, and attractive. IMHO. The crankset value is close to what you...
Replies: 8
Views: 542
Posted By wrk101

As an ardent picker myself, its best to stick...

As an ardent picker myself, its best to stick with your circle of competence. Expanding that circle is always a good idea, but it starts with picking a new category, learning, and THEN buying.

I...
Replies: 27
Views: 1,251
Posted By wrk101

I'd be tempted to put it up on ebay, in as found...

I'd be tempted to put it up on ebay, in as found condition, for an even $1,000, maybe more. If I attempted to restore that bike, I might lower its value. So I wouldn't. Collectors like original, with...
Replies: 6
Views: 387
Posted By wrk101

Just shipped a pair of wheels from NC to CA...

Just shipped a pair of wheels from NC to CA yesterday. $57 via Fed Ex. The challenge was the width (depth) of the box. I got it down to 12 1/2 inches, which in the world of shipping is 13 inches. Set...
Replies: 7
Views: 524
Posted By wrk101

Yes, ebay sends you a 1099, depending on how much...

Yes, ebay sends you a 1099, depending on how much you sell. Note the GROSS sales amount is reported income, which includes shipping. So the income will not match your actual income, and they have no...
Replies: 5
Views: 481
Posted By wrk101

Selling low end bikes like this on line? Forget...

Selling low end bikes like this on line? Forget it. To sell on line, you have to pack (carefully) and ship at a low price. Low price shipping means cutting the box down in size, which takes more...
11-21-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 551
Posted By wrk101

"I'll check it now thanks. It feels like it's...

"I'll check it now thanks. It feels like it's already been serviced . Bearings give you lots of warning before they damage anything unlike tires and tubes ; "

Actually, I have found just the...
Replies: 5
Views: 399
Posted By wrk101

Not much value here. Need to be selective, as...

Not much value here. Need to be selective, as Goodwills and other thrift stores tend to be full of low end stuff with a rare gem.

If you want to do a light refurbish, get some used tires, cheap...
Replies: 8
Views: 499
Posted By wrk101

Original beats restored on pretty much...

Original beats restored on pretty much everything: furniture, cars, bicycles, you name it. Want to destroy the value of an original Stickley furniture piece? Get it refinished.

The "profit" is...
11-19-21, 09:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 634
Posted By wrk101

Yes, you need to find 7400 STI levers, which are...

Yes, you need to find 7400 STI levers, which are pretty expensive. And hoods are unobtainium. So get a set with nice hoods.
Replies: 4
Views: 351
Posted By wrk101

I'd be checking date codes. Even in 1989, the...

I'd be checking date codes. Even in 1989, the Epic was lugged carbon. Base offer on what the components are worth to you. They do look clean. Me, I'm more like $200.

I would consider it not being...
Replies: 28
Views: 1,140
Posted By wrk101

Great detective work by T-Mar, as always! ...

Great detective work by T-Mar, as always!

Bravo!
Replies: 16
Views: 836
Posted By wrk101

Dents are value killers. If you are seriously...

Dents are value killers. If you are seriously planning to repaint, then that small dent can be repaired. A quality repaint is serious $$. Myself, I avoid repaints even more than dents. If you are...
11-14-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 544
Posted By wrk101

Miamijim posted a good tutorial. #1 Count on...

Miamijim posted a good tutorial.

#1 Count on cutting and folding a bike shop box to get the postage rate down. Bike shop boxes tend to be too large. Cutting the height of the box is job one, as...
11-08-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 816
Posted By wrk101

I've been using a brake hone to clean up seat...

I've been using a brake hone to clean up seat tubes for years. They work well.

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11-03-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,739
Posted By wrk101

When working on bikes, NEVER force anything and...

When working on bikes, NEVER force anything and whenever possible, thread parts by hand (no wrench until final tightening), At this point, find a replacement drive side crank arm, ebay, bike co op,...
11-02-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 7,291
Views: 3,018,354
Posted By wrk101

Only you will know. I have matched the distance...

Only you will know. I have matched the distance from the nose of the saddle to my handlebars on all of my bikes: road, touring, and drop bar conversion. With the longish TT on most MTBs, I have...
11-02-21, 06:22 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 6,614
Posted By wrk101

One of my beliefs is that some small businesses...

One of my beliefs is that some small businesses are small for a reason: "they are poorly run." Most if not all BIG businesses all started as small businesses, and grew from there. And most did not...
11-01-21, 06:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 225
Posted By wrk101

I like the 510 but it is missing too much stuff....

I like the 510 but it is missing too much stuff. So given a choice between these two, I'm getting the 400. NOS? Nope. Prices seem high to me.
10-30-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 4,822
Views: 508,769
Posted By wrk101

Finished up the 1984 Diamondback Mean Streak....

Finished up the 1984 Diamondback Mean Streak. Don't know what I will do with it. Parts are worth more than the whole. 26x2.35 Fat Frank tires, there is room for something even wider. Cartridge...
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