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Old 06-21-22, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
Thank you sir. I will let you know if I can use it under the budget. I am experimenting with a few other items, so it might be I circle back around.

Anything YOU need right now?
Funny you mention that…pm on the way
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Old 06-22-22, 08:35 PM
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zero point zero mile test ride today.

Fortunately, it wasn't that far of hike a bike back up the driveway.


Lets try a different tyre from up in the rafters
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Old 06-23-22, 07:01 AM
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Oh yeah! Had that a few times myself. Better in the driveway than miles from home. Don
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I finally made the double (and a little bit more because I thought I had one less mile in than I actually did). The riding is DONE!

28.16 today 101.53 overall. I'll be back one more time to do a thorough and formal wrap-up after I add one zero-cost finishing touch that has no bearing on the bicycle's performance - aka purely ornamental.

For visualists, here's a photo on the second loop - on the 5th of 6 river crossings on the outbound leg.


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Gentlemen, gonna try to knock this one out expeditiously. I purchased this lovely Jamis Boss cruiser for the not-so-exceptional price of $50, I have always liked them, the loop tail frames, the BMX parts, the goofy name. This one is equipped with futuristic 1x technology.

Boss labels all over the place.

Rebuilt the front hub with Phil grease because that's all I have at the moment.

Wheel truing options were limited as some spokes are equipped with integrated nipples.

Moving on to the BB and rear wheel.

However, I realized these fixed wheels fit. I took them off a bike I refurbished several years ago and likely will never use them on anything else. The rims are deep enough for the 26er brakes to miraculously engage. Any thoughts on the 700c fixed cruiser opportunity?

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My entrant. Picked up two Raleigh MTBs, the one in the background is a Raleigh Crest, $8. The one in front is a Raleigh Heat. Donated the Crest to the local co-op.

I added a take off saddle ($2), used trekking bars ($5), two used tires ($4), new chain ($7) and replaced four cables ($2). Donated the wheels, picked up a set of take offs for $10, So I am $40 into it so far. Tossed the rusty pedal cages and ripped seat.

Original fluorescent orange paint is heavily faded, but I like patina, so no problem!




Looks better from a distance!

Chain, tires, and cables are toast.

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Old 06-25-22, 08:05 PM
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Was this in this thread already? I did a quick scan, and I couldn't place it... I'll place this right here.
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Originally Posted by uncle uncle View Post
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL1bymNoeKo&t=3s

Was this in this thread already? I did a quick scan, and I couldn't place it... I'll place this right here.
You found my video - was about to post it as I`ve been away for a couple of days, all good - I appreciate you don`t have to do the target 100 in one hit, but... well, sometimes I just get a bit carried away...

Hope you enjoy the video, would never have looked at/bought/ridden the bike without the challenge, Dan.

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Old 06-27-22, 06:07 PM
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Ready to roll I think...

So, here is the re-imagined clunker Fuji del Ray. I have never owned a Fuji, nor do I think I have ever ridden one.

As is, it comes in at a relatively svelte 22 pounds.

Had to discard a few items due to sizing (I had thought it was a 54cm. Oops.

So, original sale at $50. Bars levers had the glued shut treatment, and stem was too short which gave me the idea for bullhorns.

The bullhorns stem and levers were off another single speed I paid $35 total for. I estimate the parts as a prorated $15

Seatpost, pedals and adapter for stem were from long ago lot purchases. I assumed $6.00 per item based on the coop thread though I paid much less as a lot item.

Derailleur cable is new, Brake cables repurposed. Yellow casings from the scrap pile. I got the cables for $7.96 for 10; figuring .50 per foot of housing.

So, with fuzzy math.
Initial purchase...$50.00
Seatpost, pedals and adapter $18.00
Bars, stem, levers $15.00
Tires $14.25
Derailleur cables plus housing $1.60 + .50
Brake cable housings $2.00 (.50/ft)
Yellow electrical tape $0.13

$101.48 giving me a little room for tubes.



Interesting looking little guy

Shiny solid power train.

The test for me...whether the bullhorns will be a winner...and whether the darn Dia Compe 500Gs will actually stop the bike.

Original Fuji butt rock!
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And a shakedown ride of a few miles. Not a fan of bullhorns, but it is a decent ride nonetheless. Good thing is I live in the low country. Any hill of consequence would result in braking death.
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My 1st ride was on 5/21, but betweenbeing on my Cino bikes training for Montana, plus home repairs/yardwork that piled up over the winter while away in Florida, had no time to get my Super Course running again until last week. Cleaning/lubing the rear derailleur revived it, but next day I found it had a flat rear tire. Pulled the tube and saw multiple patches, including a big patch over a smaller one which was now leaking. Hard to understand how this tube had managed to hold air for 5 years, and gave no trouble until now. Anyway, tossed it and put in a used tube ($3) that only had 2 patches



Friday, 6/24, rode the Super Course on one of my training routes to the nearby town of Aumsville and back (13.7 Miles/22Km) but forgot my phone and camera. It was early afternoon, pretty hot, low 90's, that day, so when I repeated the same rioute on Sunday 6/26, I went later, 8:30-9:30 PM when it had cooled to the low 80's. I took a pic every time I needed a drink. Route was West into the setting sun with a light breeze, which meant a return at dusk with a dying tail wind. Was a nice ride, Total miles so far: 24 + 13.7 + 13.7 =51.4 Miles/82.6 Km.



Oregon 22 West near town of Stayton



still West bound



Southbound near Stayton city limits



Southbound towards Stayton



Same spot, different angle



Only 4 miles to home. Looks bright, but dusk forced removal of my sunglasses at this point

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Old 06-29-22, 11:44 AM
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Second test ride went great. 1983 SR Pro-Am, feat. Suntour Symmetric Shifters.


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Still creeping towards the finish. Today I hauled the Centurion Clunker to a local Park and Ride to make for an easier ride in to the office and back. Another 20 kilometers brings my total to 80.64. I'm definitely feeling the struggle @nlerner mentioned of just really preferring to ride other bikes, though honestly this one is very well suited to a suburban commute.

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Old 07-02-22, 01:36 AM
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Completed another 30 miles today. I slapped on an extra pannier that I bought a while ago for $5, in case I needed the extra space. I took the BART subway and headed to Oakland to pick up some bike stuff, then took the subway back to downtown S.F. where I disembarked at Embarcadero. From there, I proceeded to the trail along the Great Highway. The Bay Area has been seeing some strong winds, so riding back was a bit of a struggle. None of this can be levelled at the bike, which has so far performed admirably. The TX700 provides ample comfort and easy handling, so while I won't be winning any races I can definitely see this setup as a lightweight tourer. 99 miles in, just one more to go.

On the BART to Oakland. Both the TX700 and subway have seen better days, but I sure know which mode of transportation I would have preferred using. Too bad I was in a rush.

Bought for a friend. Pretty cheap, but still ended up costing more than my clunker.

Biking through Golden Gate Park. Encountered lots of wind in while riding home. On the upside, much of the park was closed to traffic.

Original bar tape is pretty much disintegrated, riding on bare metal now. Hands are numb, but not much further till I complete the challenge.
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Old 07-02-22, 05:22 AM
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Green Mirage - black hole

I've been remiss in posting on the Green Mirage challenge, because I have been trying to find the right blue 🔵 color for a recently acquired ($40 beater) Raleigh Gran Sport. I'll post on the Challenge tomorrow or so.
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3 more weeks!
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
$30 Entry
$20 Kool Stops
$10 brake adjuster
$10 is market rate for a 22.0 SR stem from my Grand Jubile.
$3 SS fasteners for top tube brake cable clips
$2 75%worn Sedis chain
$2 Misc. cable housing from long gone flips
$1 once used rear brake cable
$0 rusty shift cables
$0 too short for front brakes cables used for new straddle cables.
$78 Subtotal.

5 miles in chasing fasteners for the cable clips and I worried about the rear tire. I hope the Co-op has a cheap tire to complete the challenge and I hope this tire gets me the 14 miles to the coop.


Looking forward to riding this with a nice set of wheels.

Duct tape?
I've redone your math for you. Old stem and used cables, chain and housing estimates were generous. Get some tires.
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As follow up still riding the stone grinder bit found a purpose for the bike. Turns out the combination of slightly odd low gearing and sturdy hard frame make for a great short range cargo bike put a rack and box on it and road it with about 40lbs cargo in the box flowers in pots across town to library handled fine.

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Old 07-05-22, 07:32 PM
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I've redone your math for you. Old stem and used cables, chain and housing estimates were generous. Get some tires.
OK! IO'm Back.
Used tires (from my Motobecane which will get some folding paellas)-- $8.00
Rim Strips: $4.00
A tube with 4 patches--$2.00 And I'll be replacing the other tube that hissed at me through its stem while I was adjusting the saddle hieghtwith another patched tube: $2.00

I ran a few errands and did a beach cruise shake down for another few miles. There are big plans for tomorrow.


Non Velox!? Only for the CC.



Needed a bolt to keep my Bear Cat alive and some roller covers for painting a patch.


What is market value for Thrice+ patched tubes?

They found a way to charge watching boys play volleyball.

This is a neat bike with a lot of charm and it feels fast.
I'm at $94.00
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Green Mirage Finished

Saturday (6/19) (yes, a while ago) the Green Mirage was returned to the bicycle underworld. I’ll remember it as a basically good frame. The ride and steering weren’t t bad. I found it rideable on gravel, and it was really good for hands-free riding. It taught me a few things

- be careful not to lose crank cotters because they are not necessarily interchangeable
- stem shifters are sensitive to handlebar stem height
- French bikes and components are, let’s say, unconventional.

It was far from perfect, in particular the shifting was frustratingly unpredictable*. It was heavy (30 pounds), and a sluggish climber, but not bad on descents.

I rode it a total of 9 times to get beyond 100 Km. The first 4 rides were shakedowns, and I documented them in earlier posts. I was remiss in posting over the final 5 rides. Throughout the challenge, the Mirage always made a one-per-pedal-rev noise. I tried to oil the pedals, tighten the cotters, ride standing, and tighten the seat post to quiet it, to no avail. Anyways, so here are some pictures from the last 5 rides.

Before ride #5 I discovered a flat rear tire. Went to re-inflate, and found the entire valve (schraeder) missing. I decided it was a bad idea to run on the as-found tubes, so had to replace front and rear. I used used tubes from my stuff in bins, I added ½ half the cost of new tubes to my budget.

On rides 5 & 6 I’ve found that this road bike can also serve as a hybrid/cross/gravel bike (never understood the difference among those labels). I had some fun traversing gravel roads, some trails, and across apple orchards (apple blossoms have come and gone). Ride 7 was the rail trail to a flower shop.

Two breakdowns on ride #8, a longish ride over diverse surfaces including gravel roads, orchards, and grass. Lost the chain from the small chainwheel at some random point on the ride, not sure why, can’t remember if I was downshifting. Might have been bounced off on a bump? Towards the end of the ride, heard a strange noise and then the bike became hard to pedal. I had to stop and I found a brake pad on the rear had loosened and was rubbing hard on the sidewall of the tire. Maybe the rough unpaved roads again. Repositioned and tightened and finished ride.

Rides 7 & 8 had some steep descents, which were not frightening. The climbs were arduous though.







Ride #9 I passed 100Km. I’d thought I needed 10Km, but my spreadsheet had an error, and I actually only needed about 1.5Km. So I completed the challenge with 112Km total. Throughout the challenge, the Mirage always made a one-per-pedal-rev noise. I'd tried to oil the pedals, tighten the cotters, ride standing, and tighten the seat post to quiet it, to no avail. On my last ride it squeaked so loudly that I truly was just relieved to finish before something broke. Turns out the drive side crank had the wrong cotter installed (probably one from an old Raleigh Super Course).



*post-mortem: I subsequently mounted the Green Mirage wheels on my newly found Gran Sport, whose tires were not safe enough to ride. Lo, with the Gran Sport on the bike stand, the rear wheel would unpredictably shift off of 2nd gear, just like it did on the Mirage. The original Gran Sport wheels shifted great. Of course these are non-indexed friction shifters, so I wouldn’t suspect cable mis-adjustment. I don’t know how, but I now think the freewheel is the culprit. I’ll have to investigate further. Maybe next year.
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
A tube with 4 patches--$2.00 And I'll be replacing the other tube that hissed at me through its stem while I was adjusting the saddle height with another patched tube: $2.00



What is market value for Thrice+ patched tubes?

This is a neat bike with a lot of charm and it feels fast.
I'm at $94.00
I think each patch could be a percentage of depreciation. Say each patch reduces the value by 50%, then a $10 tube with 4 patches is worth 63 cents. Beyond that, the patches cost more than the tube is worth.
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Did 42 miles on the Clunker PA-10E this morning before the tourists sign their e-bike waivers. 13 miles to go. This Peugeot is my Fantasy TDF EroicaCA bike. On stage 6 today, I heard that many riders were using a 54/46 which is close enough to the Peugeot's 52/45 with a 5 speed 13/21 in the rear instead of the pro's 12 speed 11/30.

Along the bike path skirting the Marina.


The still sleepy Santa Monica Pier.


The northern terminus of the bike path.
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Challenge Complete 101 miles

Now I can put the tubulars, clips, and straps back on and take that saddle off. (Not all leather saddles can be saved.)


The Southern Terminus of the Bike Path.

I had to keep going up the hill to finish the challenge today. Some Ideales are not very precious.
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Challenge complete! I actually finished on Saturday, but I had some work to finish and an exam to prepare for so I put off posting until now. I decided to finish off the challenge with a bang by attended the monthly Saturday ride for C&V folks. Roughly 56 miles (for me) of descents, climbs, and flat out pedaling. I started off pretty badly, since I arrived late to the meeting point. In a rush, I eventually caught up to the group but I was pretty spent. I bonked out on one of the climbs, so the last couple of miles were spent performing the walk of shame, and SwimmerMike was kind enough to wait for me the entire time. Not one of my greatest rides, but at least I completed the entire ride. I believe that brings my total up to 155 miles.
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Late to the meeting point.





Rest stop. Perfect time to ogle other bikes that are nicer than mine.

Celebrated the ride and completion of Clunker Challenge by regaining the calories I lost.
Over the course of 155 miles absolutely nothing went wrong; I certainly got my money's worth. The TX700 rides well, handles well, and is eminently practical, which is something I really look for in a bike. It's not the fastest bike, but that's more an issue with the engine powering it. The quality of the frame and components are excellent and will last with basic maintenance. The Trek will definitely be a keeper.

Cost breakdown:
- 1977 Trek TX700 - $40
- F/R racks - $30
- fenders - $0
- new chain - $0
- single pannier - $5
- handlebar bag - $0
Total: $75
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Long story short, I acquired my klunker, a 1983 Serotta Club Special, one month ago for the sum of $60. I then immediately moved out of state, from Kentucky to Minnesota. Last week I was reunited with the bike and brought it back to Minnesota. Today I completed my first ride of 34 miles. I have done nothing except raise the seat post and move the saddle back. Tires are sketchy but will make it. I wanted to put new grease in bb, headset, and hubs, but I am still separated from some critical tools and I have less than a week to do my miles.

As far as ride quality, it is wonderful. This bike is a 59cm, and I normally ride 63, but I do not feel cramped. I maxed out the seat post, and I am Less than an inch below my normal saddle height. I realized at the end of my ride that the post slipped down about an inch and a half, but it was hot and I must have been miserable enough to not notice. If I keep the bike I have a longer post that will fit. I am not in “bike shape” at all right now but this bike reminds me of my 1985 Schwinn Peloton, in that the steering is super fast and the bike feels best when you are pedaling at top speed. Hopefully I can ride myself into good enough shape to do it justice!


Already loving the bike infrastructure in my new town, Rochester MN

13 mile multi use path




Some tempting gravel intersects path but I will get closer to my 100th mile before I put the 30 year old 23’s to the test!
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