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Clunker 100 Challenge COVID 2.0 edition #7

Old 04-29-21, 01:10 PM
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Clunker 100 Challenge COVID 2.0 edition #7

Boy, who would have thought we would have 2 COVID editions. Due to popular demand (or at least one PM about it) I hereby present the Clunker Challenge 100

Past iterations

2014: C&V Clunker 100 Challenge
2016: C&V Clunker Challenge 100
2017: C&V Clunker Challenge 100 #3
2018: C&V Clunker Challenge 100 #4
2019: Clunker Challenge #5
2020: https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...ition-6-a.html

You have 100 days starting today, April 29, 2021, ending August 7, 2021 at 11:59pm to complete the following:

- In the spirit of public health all clunking must be done with physical distancing and safety measures in accordance with wherever you live. We want to see your piece of crap next year too.

- $100USD (or local equivalent) firm budget to purchase a C&V bicycle and get it back on the road. This $100 includes initial bicycle purchase and all consumables/parts to make it go again. You may have to cut corners but this is all part of the fun. That wal-mart saddle just might have to be your hatchet if you spent all your money on new tires. Your time, tools, cleaning supplies, gas/transit to go get it and grease are free. Count them if you'd like. If you are buying new or used, record that price. If you are using something you already have and know what you paid, use that price. If you can't remember, use the fair market value of the item. If in doubt, ask. Shipping is a cost to be factored in. While anyone who wishes to participate is encouraged to follow the spirit of the game and go out and get a new bicycle, an untouched project waiting in the shed is ok, too.

- Swapping one part out for another does not cancel out the value added to the bicycle. As found = purchase price. adding items costs money.

- If you sell a part you remove from the bike, you may add the sale price to your budget. You actually have to find a real buyer for your ****e to gain a few sheckles.

- Keep a detailed list and updated before, during and after pictures in this thread on your purchases and progress. We fiend for this sort of thing.

- A minimum of 100km or 100mi for the real troopers ridden on your new bike. Take photos of the rebuild and of the bicycle in the places you go and post them here. Perhaps you'll have a newfound admiration for stem shifters and solid axles. Or maybe you'll hate everyone after five minutes on the bike and keep using Photobucket to share photos.

- Arbitrary style and value points. You'll get style points for both the nicest finds/builds AND the bikes that make us say "That thing actually survived 100km?". Going as cheap and crummy as possible is a badge of honour. Bonus points for using a real POS in as-found condition (flipped bars, rusted cables, saddle at a 45 degree angle, etc.) and preserving the integrity of the previous owner's ingenuity and mechanical skills.

Judging: Bribery and flattery is acceptable and encouraged. If anyone actually has too much free time and bribes me I will post contents of bike related packages for others to covet and oggle.

https://www.strava.com/clubs/candv
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Sweet, thank you! I wasn't trying to pressure you with my pm, was just hoping a 2021 edition would happen at some point.
I have a bike ready to go, looking forward to this year's challenge!
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Point Of Order?

Thank you for poking us with this again; it may be another jab we need?

With every post I make to the "Are You Looking For..." thread I think of the Clunker Challenge.

I've bought two this year, both within the last month or so, and each well under $100.

Do we have to acquire our Contenders after today?
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Originally Posted by machinist42 View Post
With every post I make to the "Are You Looking For..." thread I think of the Clunker Challenge.
I've bought two this year, both within the last month or so, and each well under $100.
Do we have to acquire our Contenders after today?
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While anyone who wishes to participate is encouraged to follow the spirit of the game and go out and get a new bicycle, an untouched project waiting in the shed is ok, too.
i picked something up a couple weeks ago that has been sitting untouched, in anticipation of this year's edition.
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I picked up a bike a year or so ago I meant to use for the challenge but never got around to it. Now is the time to get that bike fixed up and rideable.
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Originally Posted by machinist42 View Post
Thank you for poking us with this again; it may be another jab we need?

With every post I make to the "Are You Looking For..." thread I think of the Clunker Challenge.

I've bought two this year, both within the last month or so, and each well under $100.

Do we have to acquire our Contenders after today?
Nope. See rule 7, article 4, subsection 3.94A

Any bikes are fair game.
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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
Sweet, thank you! I wasn't trying to pressure you with my pm, was just hoping a 2021 edition would happen at some point.
I have a bike ready to go, looking forward to this year's challenge!
Yes you owe me 3 whole minutes for all the effort of copying and pasting .

Every year someone pokes me to restart it. That's all I need to hit the submit thread button. Glad you guys enjoy it.
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Is it a century in one go, or a total of 100 miles/100km on the clunker...?
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the mileage is cumulative, or all at once if that's your thing.
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Ok, here is my entry for this year. It is a 1984 Panasonic DX4000, a little too tall for me.
I don't like naming things, but it's time to live on the edge. I am hereby naming this entry:
"I Plead The Filth"
Other than replacing tires, tubes, and pedals (and perhaps the saddle, depending on budget), I will not be doing any maintenance, lubrication, or cleaning (other than on safety related items). Whatever dirt and grime gets wiped/rubbed of during moving the bike around, general handling, adjustments, etc, will be the only "cleaning" it will receive. It will be in "as purchased" condition as much as is reasonably possible. Bottom bracket, hub bearings, freewheel all feel good, so that's what I'm going with. Headset feels slightly stiff, but oh well. If it becomes an issue, then I'll deal with it.

This was purchased on 4/15, for $53.50 (tax included). See this post: https://www.bikeforums.net/22016574-post14226.html
This pic, taken this afternoon, shows that it has been untouched by me since purchase, so Clunker Challenge eligible.


More Filth:









The Vetta computer had a broken wire and a dead battery.


I spliced the broken wire, installed a new battery, gave the wheel a spin, and it came to life! So I'll have a good way to keep track of mileage.


So, as of now:
$53.50 purchase price
$2.10 new battery

$55.60 total.

time to root through the parts pile and/or order some parts for it.
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Hmm, so I’m compelled to go to my local CL, see what bikes are for sale, and sort by price. Then, it’s a matter of something close to my size at the right price.

This one is promising but a bit of a schlep to get there:
https://boston.craigslist.org/sob/bi...310974717.html

This one looks really crappy, but the price is right (with U lock but no key, I imagine):
https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bi...312629625.html

Maybe a bit on the tall side, but the crapiness is a selling point:
https://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/bi...312058297.html

Minimalist appeal, but a bit overpriced:
https://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/bi...312061535.html
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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
the mileage is cumulative, or all at once if that's your thing.
Since this is my maiden attempt, I am trying to figure out if I should for clunk, or go for low cost svelte...I was lucky enough to pick up a Nishiki Tri-a with Shimano 600 wares for $40 sometime in January...From the same person I got a Trek Fast Track that I am building up as a fixie for a shorter student with straight bars.

my other clunker options abound...I would get points for style but would likely need much Advil.

Edit: corrected cost...the Trek was $35...
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I still haven't gotten around to getting the bike I built for the last one out of my garage yet. I recently replaced a few parts (now that it isn't constrained by the contest budget), but I haven't given it the final test ride before donating to a local bike charity.

Did you ever announce results for the previous challenge?
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Did you ever announce results for the previous challenge?
We're all winners
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Originally Posted by droppedandlost View Post
We're all winners
See, now, I would have said this:


But I think is at least some of the past editions @Narhay has bestowed various honors and glory on worthy entries. The categories for such distinction are always fun, such as 2016's 'pile of turds covered in reflectors' award.
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Peugeot UO 10

I picked up this late 70s Peugeot UO 10 earlier this year for $40 thinking it would be a good bike for the Clunker 100 challenge. My first good bike was a Peugeot UO 10 and I've kept my eye out for one for a while now. UO 8s are a dime a dozen where I live but UO 10s are hard to find so I was happy to find this one.

I'm curious what it costs to do a complete tear down and rebuild. So I plan on using old parts but all new consumables with a complete overhaul. I should be able to keep this under budget with a $40 initial cost. That saddle has to go though. Now way I'm riding it a 100 miles.




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Not even going to think about trying this year, I have so much going on this year I'd just be wasting my time getting a bike ready, if I even got it ready. I had the perfect bike the last time I entered and I STILL haven't put 100 Km on it!!! But I'll enjoy checking out everybody else's entries.
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Not even going to think about trying this year, I have so much going on this year I'd just be wasting my time getting a bike ready, if I even got it ready. I had the perfect bike the last time I entered and I STILL haven't put 100 Km on it!!! But I'll enjoy checking out everybody else's entries.
Whew, I'm glad you're not in. I thought for sure you'd be a winner with that $20 1960s Carlton you picked up.
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Originally Posted by Murray Missile View Post
Not even going to think about trying this year, I have so much going on this year I'd just be wasting my time getting a bike ready, if I even got it ready. I had the perfect bike the last time I entered and I STILL haven't put 100 Km on it!!! But I'll enjoy checking out everybody else's entries.
That sounds a lot like you're going to have 2 or 3 entries by August.
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I hadn't planned to participate this year, having bought too many already. But, there's an auction house near me that I've discovered does online as well. So in order to familiarize myself with their processes, I threw a $25 bid on this Raleigh Elkhorn. After buyer's premium and tax, I'm at $31.86.

Sorry, I took a lot of before pics.


crunchy, but complete and appears original.

Cracked Strong seatpost

Neat, a chainstay mounted rollercam. Should be fun in the mud.

obligatory 80s Cateye

Nice fork and front canti

Sharkfin AND spare spoke holder

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Originally Posted by Narhay View Post
snip . . .

Judging: Bribery and flattery is acceptable and encouraged. If anyone actually has too much free time and bribes me I will post contents of bike related packages for others to covet and oggle.

snip . . . .
2 questions
(1) Has anyone ever bribed you? Hopefully any bribe was in keeping with the value of the prizes given in this contest . . .
(2) Does the work have to be done when the contest "officially" starts. I may be out if this is the case. I picked up the bike earlier this year with an eye towards entering this contest but have already finished much of the work.
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2 questions
(1) Has anyone ever bribed you? Hopefully any bribe was in keeping with the value of the prizes given in this contest . . .
(2) Does the work have to be done when the contest "officially" starts. I may be out if this is the case. I picked up the bike earlier this year with an eye towards entering this contest but have already finished much of the work.
A campy tool kit in the wood box and ...
No, no bribes. Some flattery.

Post it up. I'll turn a blind eye.
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A campy tool kit in the wood box and ...
No, no bribes. Some flattery.

Post it up. I'll turn a blind eye.
I'll see what I can do on the flattery front . . .

Thanks!
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I have always liked this thread, but I think that there should be categories:
Sort of like this:
1. Road bikes
2. Mountain bikes
3. Three speeds
4. Cruisers

Just saying...
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