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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:00 pm 
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It’s just the fact that you can buy complete bikes cheaper than individual parts. An estate sale might yield a good donor at theft price. I’ll look into it


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:09 pm 
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Indeed, I also mostly buy complete bikes and cannibalize them.
By now I've scrapped quite a few frames, in order to get the right parts.
Not long ago I bought a complete bike, just to get a Coda Magic road crankset. Possibly the sweetest piece of engineering and manufacturing combined in the history of bike parts.
Paid $300 for the bike, that's less than what the cranksets go for.
The rest of the bike was a piece of junk, sporting a dented frame (that I am using to develop a method for fixing dents in aluminum frames) and Campagnolo Record 9sp for the rest, which is looking great, but sadly also is junk.
My point was that the perfect combo of parts on one bike is just about as common as not at all.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:06 pm 
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Gotcha and agreed

Picked this up a few weeks back. 69 Columbia frame lacking all original parts. Looks like someone had a stash of Schwinn and other brand parts or a donor to put it together. I paid less for the complete bike than the front drum wheel would have cost me. Shifter is another value item. The rest of the little bits add up.
If I find a good clean girls bike I can hang all the girls parts on the boys frame and get my money back for all of it

Was a nice bike just wanted the parts for my fleet. 3 speed back wheel on my Firestone, front wheel on my Biltmore, crank and sprocket on my swing bike, bars on my Rollfast, shifter, seat sissy bar and fork on the lil ray.
Some nice vintage Schwinn copper grips to sell too. That and the redline flame tread tire!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:23 pm 
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Sounds like you were the perfect custumer for that bike.
It sure helps having a span in taste as broad as you. A broad taste, and 25 more or less different bikes, is bound to have a vacant spot, for just about any quality part you can think of.
We are somewhat more restrictive, as both the Mrs. and yours truly, has a rather narrow taste in bikes, with very few exemptions.

So we're down to aluminum road bikes, made in Europe or the U.S. (would consider Japanese if I stumbled upon one), Shimano or Shimano compatible 9sp., preferably Dura Ace or similar level stuff.
Mostly Spinergy wheels, preferably sporting tubular tires.

That makes for a fair amount of searching for each purchase.

Magura :)

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:26 am 
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Got some blubber rubber for the lil ray. It raised the bike enough to put a longer crank back on it. Now I just need to find a fair priced 3 speed coaster brake rear wheel to make the shifter functional. It rides a little heavy. Very fat bike like

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:55 am 
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Way cool............ 8-)

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Mr. Magura, I see what you mean about how much time it takes for you to find what you want, but in the end you get it. the other option, of course, is to be a good little fish and swim with the current. Sometimes it works out for the more conventional sheeple. I think they just learn to adapt to the new "improved" standards, even if their subconscious doesn't like them.
Me, I think I'm guilty of a bit of both schools. Sometimes I adopt the "you just gotta have this" after it's been around for 3-5 years, and peeps are STILL saying the same thing. Like dropper posts. And disc brakes. And virtually everything else......

EDIT: Upon a bit more thought, I think it's just in my nature to NOT trust what all the others flock to. I just can't see much intelligence out there. 8-)

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:34 am 
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Magura wrote:
A thought that just came to my mind. Have you never tried to go full on high tech with one of those bikes?
Magura :)


Somebody beat us to it. Came out stellar my opinion

http://ratrodbikes.com/forum/index.php? ... ay.109565/

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:59 pm 
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Ray Dolor wrote:
Mr. Magura, I see what you mean about how much time it takes for you to find what you want, but in the end you get it. the other option, of course, is to be a good little fish and swim with the current. Sometimes it works out for the more conventional sheeple. I think they just learn to adapt to the new "improved" standards, even if their subconscious doesn't like them.
Me, I think I'm guilty of a bit of both schools. Sometimes I adopt the "you just gotta have this" after it's been around for 3-5 years, and peeps are STILL saying the same thing. Like dropper posts. And disc brakes. And virtually everything else......

EDIT: Upon a bit more thought, I think it's just in my nature to NOT trust what all the others flock to. I just can't see much intelligence out there. 8-)


I think it's a well defined phenomena. The word is "sheeple".

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MiniTrail wrote:
Magura wrote:
A thought that just came to my mind. Have you never tried to go full on high tech with one of those bikes?
Magura :)


Somebody beat us to it. Came out stellar my opinion

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Mini, that ride is totally cool.............. 8-)

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Over the top. Way more brake and gear than you’ll ever need so just perfect


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