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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.

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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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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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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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Got bored with my other polished bikes and slapped a pile o poo together. Bought the late 60s Star badged Rollfast frame as a wall hanger. Head tube was curled back and down tube crinkled. Got after it with a 2x4x8 for leverage to put the front axle within an inch of where it should be.

I was careful doing a functional cleaning not to knock any of the scabby rust off. I had a cool fork from an old Columbia commuter that I modded to fit over the existing fork for a different look with its goofy bars. I even left the busted bell on it. Fenders are from that commuter too.

Spent more on the flask than the rest of the bike :lol:

Topped it off with roadkill tail, 50s Rollfast headbadge/Rollfast skate leather strap for the flask and a chain guard from a 67 girls Rollfast I harvested last year. Plus some other parts bin trash. Tires will be replaced with well worn BMX rubber in the spring. Cords showing if I can find em. These are age cracked to hell with some nice bulges for wobble

Rides nice!

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Looks like a good time in the garage. The end result is good fun as well.
It reminds me of scrap pile/parts bin builds of the past. Mostly RC models though, but a bike or two like that has been built here as well.

I've got some Friday fodder coming up before Christmas as well.
Both the Mrs. and yours truly, has gotten yellow Coppi Galaxy road bikes.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:07 pm 
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I had a green Iverson "High Speed" with that type of handlebar, but the for was more like a regular dual crown fork. I think some have been posted here but I didn't take the time to look.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:43 pm 
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You make me want a rat bike Mini.
This is going to take a considerable amount of my spare time.....feel guilty!!!


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Yeah I posted my Iverson road runner and it has very similar fork and bars. Was part of the draw for me buying the Columbia commuter. Hated to part it out but it had a coaster brake 3 speed rear wheel for my beast Schwinn , those goofy bars, was cheap as chips and had issues with the fork so I feel bad but not -that- bad

May make something else from the bones. The chain guard is another nice feature. I’ve seen some cream puff condition examples of these bikes and they are freakin beautiful

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Magura you need to make a roadie rat. Looks like poo but goes like stink 8-)


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Magura wrote:

I've got some Friday fodder coming up before Christmas as well.

Magura :)


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Damn you guy's. Love the flask. 8-)

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:15 pm 
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What's the official definition of a rat bike?

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I’m not really sure anymore. The guys that have been into it a log time remind me of elitist MTB pricks. Seen guys with nice crappy old bikes with the handlebars flipped get poo pooed for not being a rat bike by veterans that have a nice crappy old bike with the bars flipped :doh:

I make what makes me happy and let someone else classify it.

Was out with a group of bike nuts this morning. You can tell the real guys when they show up for a 30* ride
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I meant the genral guidelines, not the Noth Korean version of the rules.

Here we ride in similar conditions at the moment. I'd think there's like 0.1% of the bikes on the road that were there in the summer.
In my humble opinion a good part of the season. We don't mind the cold, but are not huge fans of over crowded bike paths, so we travel and ride mostly off season, as we're more or less left alone, and have zero problems finding hotels.

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To me it’s about leaving the bike in a state of visual disrepair but functionally fine or even superior. The rat rod cars look like they just pulled it from a field or scrap yard.
I like the little details like barb wire holding the radiator in, screwdriver to trip the door mechanism because the handle is missing or gas pump handle and torn hose stuck in the fuel neck.

I think if you pulled a bike from a burn pit, greased it and put rubber on it it would be a rat. Since I started with a junk frame I just found equally distressed parts to put on it. When I cut the fenders I made the cuts crude and didn’t sand the edges. I like finishing off cuts like an impatient 9 year old. When it gets far enough work it back and forth until it breaks off. Gives it extra style


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OK, I get the picture.
Thanks.

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Here’s one for you magura

Not a rat by far but definitely some hard core bike porn. One fine ass looking ride. Hope to learn more about it

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Beautiful......... 8-)

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Isn’t it though. Can’t find any details but there’s more that enough there to hook me

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http://www.t-s-k-b.com/ru/2018/09/20212700.php

That bike is waaay cool!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:36 pm 
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Hey thanks for the additional info!


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An appetizer for next Friday.
A Fausto Coppi by Maschiaghi Galaxy from '97.
The bike doesn't have 100 miles on the tacho.
It seems that it spent 21 years on a wall close to Basel in Switzerland.
Full Campagnolo Record Titanium group set. A beautiful group set, that sadly is terribly heavy compared to the Shimano Dura Ace 7700, and rather clunky in operation as well.
Back in the day, team Polti were sponsored by Coppi, and used the Galaxy frames. They also ran Dura Ace 7700 on all their bikes.
This frame is in fact the team edition.

The grand plan is to build it up to team Polti spec, and see if that doesn't make for a nice ride.

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