Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby rkelsen » Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:13 pm

Nice find!

What size is the seatpost?
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby discrepancy » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:23 pm

Seatpost is approx 27.2mm (measured rather amateurishly. Need to look better on the seatpost.
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby rkelsen » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:28 pm

That puts it up there somewhere.

Definitely no clunker. In the worst case, it'd be an upper mid-range model.

The geometry looks quite impressive from where I sit. Are the wheels 27" or 700c?
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby stevendavid75 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:35 pm

Driving home from work tonight I saw a pile of bikes for collection ...must say I really only had eyes for this but there were a few others I might get too in the morning.
Very strange thing is the top tube has been cut, looks like an angle grinder has cut through it ...perhaps it was because this bike has a full Dura Ace group.
6 speed.
Double D crank pedals.
Dura ace stem and post
Tange headset
3T bars.
Concor seat
havent been able to check the rims yet (closely) but they are clinchers with no label.

One of the interesting things is the rear drop out...I have seen it before but it looks like a spider web (Someone will know it)

The bottom bracket shell has Brittish made and does have some serial numbers that i will get to but the frame isnt of much use as the top tube is in half.

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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby singlespeedscott » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:19 am

That's a nice find. Pity about the frame but the parts are very worthy.
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby morini » Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:13 am

Off the top of my head.......... it looks like a Gitane?
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby familyguy » Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:32 am

morini wrote:Off the top of my head.......... it looks like a Gitane?


This. Seen a few with those swiss cheese rear dropouts. Worth your time to grab, even if you clean parts and flog them off for some spare cash.

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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby discrepancy » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:57 pm

rkelsen wrote:That puts it up there somewhere.

Definitely no clunker. In the worst case, it'd be an upper mid-range model.

The geometry looks quite impressive from where I sit. Are the wheels 27" or 700c?


Thanks rkelsen. I will check the wheels soon. I don't know if I will do anything with the bike, I am pretty sure it would cost me more than it's "worth," I just couldn't bear to see it chucked out.

It's also a fraction too big for me.
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby bicyclepassion » Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:29 am

Those rear dropouts were made by Huret. They were indeed used in Gitane bikes in the late 1970's early 1980's. They were available to frame builders, so it may or may not be a Gitane.
PM me if you want to sell the damaged frame.
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby singlespeedscott » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:03 pm

If warren wants it it must be decent. :)
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby familyguy » Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:35 pm

Just found this on Hilary Stone's website:

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Hilary's blurb wrote:GITANE ROAD FRAME 1970s Reynolds 531
Seat Tube (ctc): 58cm (23in)
Top Tube (ctc): 59cm (23.5in)
Rear dropout width: 124mm
Wheel size: 700C/sprints with brake drop of 48mm
Seatpost size: 26.6mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531
Gitane made some really rather nice road frames in the 1970s. This one made from Reynolds 531 tubing features their distinctive rear dropouts – a new gear hanger has been added and this will enable any modern gear to be used. The original paint is a little scruffy but is still quite useable. £95


Stay caps aren't the same, and can't really make out the fork crown. May not be a Gitane, but those ends are distinctive.

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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby stevendavid75 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:23 pm

Hi ...have just pulled the very tidy English superbe B b .
The Bb shell reads British made with a 60 over 61 on the lhs and a v on the right hand side and a vll on the lhs chain stay lug at the Bb. Note this is looking at the bb as if bike upside down .
If anyone is interested in swapping the parts for a track frame bike 58 cm please let me.
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby peachy » Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:42 am

Hi all, A while ago I poached this Miyata Valley runner from gumtree. It needs work and im living interstate in Ipswich at the moment and have no access to my tools so its now just sitting in the lock up gathering dust. Its got great potential as a tourer but needs a full overhaul. Its a scratch I cant itch :( .

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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby ldrcycles » Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:31 pm

Looks pretty tidy, and i really like the rear brake mounted under the chainstays, you don't see that often.
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby singlespeedscott » Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:46 am

peachy wrote:Hi all, A while ago I poached this Miyata Valley runner from gumtree. It needs work and im living interstate in Ipswich at the moment and have no access to my tools so its now just sitting in the lock up gathering dust. Its got great potential as a tourer but needs a full overhaul. Its a scratch I cant itch :( .

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Love that. Great parts. Absolutely nothing rubbish about it. I've been looking for something similar myself. Pm me if you ever wish to unload it :) .
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby ACT SC600 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:39 pm

picked up this MTB frame from the tip shop for the cheese and kisses..had no wheels so I 'borrowed' some from another bike and gave the bloke a lobster and we parted ways...

took it home stripped it, painted it, stickered it...put some now grips, seat post, seat and shifters on her......
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby ldrcycles » Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:59 pm

Nice work!
And thanks for this..

ACT SC600 wrote: for the cheese and kisses


I love rhyming slang, hadn't heard that one :) .
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby scratchman » Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:06 am

bought this Lawrencia at a community market yesterday, the old boy said it's 60 years old, I asked him if it was his from new but he was a bit vague, so I'm not sure of age.
I asked if he had the original seat and he said, yes, but it's all shrivelled up, so I said I'd buy it if he threw in the seat, so he went home and got it for me :)
Even tho the frame is too small for me I had a ride around, gears are a bit dodgy, but it is tight and responsive and even with the crappy old tyres rides nice 8)
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby ldrcycles » Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:59 am

Nice find! He's in the general ballpark with the age, probably 50s or 60s, the rear hub should have a date code on it, and the cranks may too depending on the brand. The paintwork looks to be very well preserved, looks lovely.
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby Tinker » Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:22 am

Got given this old clunker as it was going to be thrown out. No idea what it is. A 56cm frame, the seat measures over a foot long and looks huge. Serial number of 8004 (which probably doesn't help much). No identification marks on the head tube.

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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby ldrcycles » Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:38 am

Cool, no idea what it is (it could be just about anything) but the cranks look like Williams and if so there is a tiny little date stamp on the inside of the crank arm. Link to the meaning of the codes here http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/wi ... ating.html .
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby The 2nd Womble » Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:59 pm

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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby WestcoastPete » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:45 pm

Got carried away at the Tip Shop up here in Darwin and came home with some interesting finds.

First of all is some sort of frame. I'm assuming it's 26" but haven't measured yet. It's got Avid V-brakes fitted, but a tab for disc brakes on the rear. LX triple FD. The Tiagra RD throws me a bit, and the fork seems incongruous. It's double butted True Temper cromo, with a big "K" as the logo, but not much else as far as decals go. TIG welded. As far as Murphy goes, it's got the exact set of shifters I was after for my recumbent, but of course I've just ordered some new ones from the online as I couldn't find any used.

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Next up is a couple of pairs of XTR cantilever brakes, dug out of a box of junk. I also found 1.5 pairs of XT cantilever brakes in another box. For the life of me, I couldn't find the forth.

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Finally, I found these funky shift mate like things. They might not even be bike related. I'll have a bit of a play around on Google for them later (Q&A is just starting!).

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$10 for the lot...
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby ldrcycles » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:22 pm

Those XTR cantis are one hell of a find!
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Re: Hard Rubbish/Flea market finds

Postby WestcoastPete » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:27 pm

Tell me about it...

There was an XTR front hub too, but it was missing one critical end and no amount of searching turned it out. There were a heap of old hubs, levers and other bits and pieces, including some old school front and rear Cateye lights (two sets each), like these ones:

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I left them there. I find them attractive yes, but bike lights have moved on A LOT since they were new, and I don't need any more stuff.
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