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Old 10-15-23, 11:25 PM
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Old 10-16-23, 06:59 AM
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Thanks RustyJames. I think if I continue to work on the bike here I should be able to find one that I can just leave with Chris.
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Old 10-16-23, 07:11 AM
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Super! Very unusual to find a Crescent that nice. They look pretty good and that orange is very distinctive but most have very low end parts on them.

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Here's My latest catch. I'm going to go and pick it up tomorrow. Full Campagnolo bike including 6 tubulars, a pump, shoes, helmet, and an extra handlebar. You can say that I more or less just payed for the parts and got the bike for free.

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Old 10-16-23, 06:21 PM
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When it rains, it pours

Not quite save from the dump, but managed to snag an 83 Trek 640, almost all original but unfortunately a lot of black paint applied:



As much as I hate to break up a mostly original bike, the frame would be great for my nephew and the Campy bits should more than reimburse what I paid.
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Old 10-18-23, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr.Toolbox
Here's My latest catch. I'm going to go and pick it up tomorrow. Full Campagnolo bike including 6 tubulars, a pump, shoes, helmet, and an extra handlebar. You can say that I more or less just payed for the parts and got the bike for free.

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nothing like an orange CCCXX and just in time for All Hallows Eve!


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Old 10-18-23, 09:08 PM
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Picked up this mysterious Canadian Raleigh Chill in a police auction... It was/is a complete bike -- I've already been working on it, but the wheels came with it -- and in relatively good condition for its age (probably 1996). Still had the plastic covering the crank bolt! Was surprised to find a fully functional sealed bearing bottom bracket on a bike this old, though I'm not really sure when those started coming into fashion so perhaps it's not that strange. It's main unique feature is the reflective paint, which makes this thing shine at night with each passing car. This will be perfect for my intended use of it... with a name like Chill, the plan is to make it into my new winter commuter, so I'm glad I'll be easier to see when the sun starts to go down before 5pm. Will send updates when it's done!

I will probably post this in a separate forum to help with the ID, but I'm still curious about the bike. It's got a Shimano Altus groupset and the serial number is RD687309. According to this website, I've learned the following:
R = Built in Canada (if the stickers weren't enough)
D = March
6 = 1996... probably -- based on the style. I guess it could be 1986?

The rest of the numbers are a mystery to me and I can't seem to find any others like it by Googling... If you have any ideas or suggestions for where to post, let me know!




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Old 10-18-23, 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by SeanBikes
Picked up this mysterious Canadian Raleigh Chill in a police auction... It was/is a complete bike -- I've already been working on it, but the wheels came with it -- and in relatively good condition for its age (probably 1996). Still had the plastic covering the crank bolt! Was surprised to find a fully functional sealed bearing bottom bracket on a bike this old, though I'm not really sure when those started coming into fashion so perhaps it's not that strange. It's main unique feature is the reflective paint, which makes this thing shine at night with each passing car. This will be perfect for my intended use of it... with a name like Chill, the plan is to make it into my new winter commuter, so I'm glad I'll be easier to see when the sun starts to go down before 5pm. Will send updates when it's done!

I will probably post this in a separate forum to help with the ID, but I'm still curious about the bike. It's got a Shimano Altus groupset and the serial number is RD687309. According to this website, I've learned the following:
R = Built in Canada (if the stickers weren't enough)
D = March
6 = 1996... probably -- based on the style. I guess it could be 1986?

The rest of the numbers are a mystery to me and I can't seem to find any others like it by Googling... If you have any ideas or suggestions for where to post, let me know!



Cool paint! 1996 maybe, but definitely not an '86 not unless they replaced some components. There was no Altus in '86. Are those gripshifters? They didn't have those in '86 either. You should take a nightime pic when you're done with the build. Would love to see the reflective paint in action!
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Old 10-19-23, 05:30 AM
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Originally Posted by thumpism
Super! Very unusual to find a Crescent that nice. They look pretty good and that orange is very distinctive but most have very low end parts on them.
Even unusual-er is this Vitus-tubed Crescent with an odd mix of parts that just turned up on FBM. Never knew they made these.



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Mr.Toolbox's Fuji reminded me that I never mentioned my Fuji. A year or so ago, I bought a Fuji The Finest from Portland CL, but I couldn't connect with the seller, so my son Chris picked it up and stashed it in his basement for me. I finally got the opportunity to mess around with it on my current PDX trip. Here's what it looked like when Chris confirmed that the stem and seatpost weren't stuck:



I sent out a couple "care packages" containing parts and tools I thought I'd need, then on this trip started working on it. I made significant progress, but had forgotten to send out a spoke wrench. The rear wheel seems pretty straight, but the front has a very pronounced wobble. I might yet track one down here in Portland, but I more-or-less decided to just ride Chris's bike while I'm here and ship the Fuji back home where I have a full suite of tools at my disposal. Here's what it currently looks like:



The box in the background is the shipping container for the return trip home.

The bike has some unusual (to me) bits. One, it has a Fujita Hupel Rider seatpost. Two, it has Ukai plastic-filled tubular rims. Poking around the net, I only saw a track variant, but the brake tracks on these are clearly wide enoug for road use. They are laced to Sunshine 5345 hubs with what appeared to be fairly light double-butted stainless steel spokes. I'll check the gauge when I get home.

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That looks like a great bike to bring on next year's Tanner's ride!

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Old 10-19-23, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by 2cam16
Cool paint! 1996 maybe, but definitely not an '86 not unless they replaced some components. There was no Altus in '86. Are those gripshifters? They didn't have those in '86 either. You should take a nightime pic when you're done with the build. Would love to see the reflective paint in action!
Great to confirm, thanks! Yes, they're grip shifters and everything looks fairly 'stock', so I'm happy to assume 1996. I'll definitely blast some light at it in the darkness for a picture to share when it's ready to go.
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Old 10-22-23, 05:36 PM
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Still don't need any bikes.. a ridiculous Sunday was spent and a Motobecane Grand Touring came home. Still in the van, but pictures to follow after the sun's back up. I bought it from the original owner, though a cousin had borrowed it for an indeterminate number of years. It's spent 99 percent of its life in a garage though. I looked at some catalogs last night and haven't found a match. This bike has a Stronglight 49? Crankset and Mafac brakes and levers. The shifters and derailleurs are Suntour. It looks to have low miles, but I think I'll need to clean out what's left of 50 year old grease. The rear wheel is a bit out of true and it sounds like the derailleur guard is loose or rubbing, so I'll have to check that.

Here's the pictures from the listing. The stem was so high that it only just covered the expander cone slit. I checked the stearer tube and there's no damage. I hope he wasn't realy riding it like this, but no harm, no foul.








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Old 10-31-23, 08:40 AM
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Today's addition to the I want to be a frame builder when I grow up collection. Looks like an Oxweld w-22. I've got no idea if is useful, but figured I'd risk the $2...

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Old 11-01-23, 09:46 AM
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the gift that keeps giving....

400 pounds of steel. Sleeping like a baby after spending all day trying to kill me.

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Old 11-01-23, 11:27 AM
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Just scored this 1987 Trek Elance 330 for $40.

Not my size, so not sure what I'll do with it, yet. Might harvest the saddle for my 90's Cannondale M1000.


The paint on these 80's Treks are always fantastic. Beautiful bicycle. Dia compe Alpha II brakes, Suntour 5000 drivetrain.
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Old 11-19-23, 04:29 PM
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From the warehouse sale
A few other tidbits as well.
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Old 11-22-23, 03:10 PM
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I have a really nice neighbor who asked me recently if I wanted his dad's old bike. Yes, of course I do.



I haven't been posting recently; going through a little bicycle burnout. It happens to me occasionally, and I try not to feel guilty about it. Anyways, I thought everyone would get a kick out of my newest free bike!



He'd shown me a photo of it hanging upside down a few months ago, so I knew what it was, but figured he'd sold it or something. Nope. He wheeled it over the other day and said he didn't care what I did with it, but that he'd seen all of the bikes that I'd loved-up over the years, and figured it'd be a good fate for a special bike.



I said, "You know it doesn't fit me right?" (I ride a 58) "But I'll overhaul it and put some clinchers on it, and you can take it for a ride. Let's start there."



He thought that sounded good. He was the last person to ride it, more than thirty years ago! So it should be a fun project, and then who knows?

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Very nice neighbor, and a very nice bike.

You can go on the internet and search for how to remove rust from chrome, and you can clean up all that beautiful chrome work. And it the chrome is too far gone and doesn't clean up you can always have it rechromed, that bike would be worth the expense.
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JacobLee I need to move to your neighborhood!!
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JacobLee I need to move to your neighborhood!!
Trust me, I don't belong here! It's only a matter of time before they run me out with pitchforks!
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Originally Posted by JacobLee
Trust me, I don't belong here! It's only a matter of time before they run me out with pitchforks!
I resemble that remark...
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Originally Posted by JacobLee
Trust me, I don't belong here! It's only a matter of time before they run me out with pitchforks!
Yes, yes you do belong here, very much so.

Get that guy back on his bike.
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Originally Posted by Mr. 66
I resemble that remark...
Me too and proud of it.
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Originally Posted by merziac
Me too and proud of it.
OMG!

I upset one of the locals, I wish it wasn't true. I tried to patch things up, what a mistake.

Without going into the gory details this guy is has now call me a Obnoxious Chunt, a ****** bag, lazy, not a civil adult, a giant truck to hate, an asshat, bully, a petulant toddler, insufferable **** on display that all can see, pathetic old man, and obnoxious chunt again all in caps.

I guess I am the dead horse worth beating.
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Originally Posted by merziac
Yes, yes you do belong here, very much so.

Get that guy back on his bike.
It might work! He's pretty fond of his new mountain bike, but maybe some cleaned-up Campy will get him excited about friction shifting and sidepull brakes. If not, it'll look good on my Basso!
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Originally Posted by Mr. 66
OMG!

I upset one of the locals, I wish it wasn't true. I tried to patch things up, what a mistake.

Without going into the gory details this guy is has now call me a Obnoxious Chunt, a ****** bag, lazy, not a civil adult, a giant truck to hate, an asshat, bully, a petulant toddler, insufferable **** on display that all can see, pathetic old man, and obnoxious chunt again all in caps.

I guess I am the dead horse worth beating.
Howitzer time.
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