The boundaries of mateship are pushed...

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The boundaries of mateship are pushed...

Postby McPete » Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:03 pm

...when one of your mates goes and gets this for $5 from the tip:
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Holstar, Cromo Frame, entirely 12 speed(indexed) 105 groupset, everything except the brake levers, which are SLR, and the chainrings which are Biopace. We suspect the previous owner was Brandname Man.

Beside that however, there's little to complain about. It's shockingly light, the wheels are true, it changes nicely. In counter to this threat, I think the Apollo is being sent to the powdercoaters early in the new year to be redone, then coming home to some 700C wheels and a total overhaul.
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Postby Kalgrm » Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:19 pm

Nice. VERY nice!

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Postby europa » Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:43 pm

Sheesh. Very nice catch that one. Please tell me it doesn't fit so I don't have to hate him 8)

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Postby Kid_Carbine » Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:28 am

What's so sad is that people are simply throwing these things out.
It's not broken, it's not an inferior quality product or a cheap & nasty K-Mart crapola bike, or a bike of inferior basic design. It's a good machine that still has many years of life & pleasurable riding left in it, needing only some TLC & a full service combined with a few low cost replacement part to improve any cosmetics or safety items [tyres?] that are needed & it can take it's place alongside some of the high cost glitz machines with pride.

It's good that some of these cast-offs are being saved, it's sad that they need to be.

Tell your mate that the collective has decreed it to be a "Good score"
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Postby Birdman » Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:55 am

That is a champion pick-up.

It's not everyday you come by something that decent for that price.

Is he doing any work on it? Or just the general maintenance.

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Postby mikesbytes » Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:51 pm

It was a crime to throw that bike away.

Please congratulate your friend on their $5 investment.
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Postby LuckyPierre » Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:29 pm

Mike hit the nail on the head with his comment about a '$5 investment'.
For $5, your mate has the basis of a really nice bike - with or without much more being spent on it. The numerous Superlites / Apollos / Shoguns / Europas that 'love' in this forum are testament to that. Across the weekend, I spent a bit over 21 hours on my bike. There were times when I wished I was on the girlie bike (the downhill / flat bits), but the rest of the time I was very happy to be on a more forgiving steel frame. Admittedly, it does sport a Record groupset, but that's the icing, rather than the cake.
Tell him: "Well done!" It's likely that he'll never get as much pleasure for his $5 ever again.
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Postby McPete » Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:19 pm

Thanks for your comments, all. Matt sort of got the idea when I first saw the bike and proclaimed loudly "You utter pirate!".

Birdman wrote:Is he doing any work on it? Or just the general maintenance.



As soon as he got it, it all came apart for a rebuild and regrease. Matt is fastidious with all his bikes, amonst which is a huge, tank-like Avanti D8 downhill bike and a Specialized BigHit Comp. The current worry is the cassette and rear hub, which we couldn't get off and the bloke at the nearest bike shop told us not to bother with. It's sounding a bit sick, but it's still rolling just fine.

This leads me to a question. If the rear spacing is for a 12 speed 105 groupset, I imagine something like a modern 20 speed 105 set won't fit without a stretch?
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Postby Mulger bill » Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:17 pm

A Fiver at the tip?!

For that?!

Don't hate him Pete, just go to the tip with him and be ready to push him outta the way :twisted:

Wonder if the owner knew she was going to the tip? :?

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Postby sogood » Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:50 pm

I don't care about the price of that deal. I just need to know which tip I should go to spend my weekends in waiting... :roll:
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Postby McPete » Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:11 pm

Whyte's Gully, in Kembla Grange, about 20k south of me. There's usually a few old road frames there.
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Postby mikesbytes » Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:53 pm

sogood wrote:I don't care about the price of that deal. I just need to know which tip I should go to spend my weekends in waiting... :roll:


McPete wrote:Whyte's Gully, in Kembla Grange, about 20k south of me. There's usually a few old road frames there.


We could tack it on to the Sunday ride
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Postby McPete » Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:59 pm

That'd be something, a bike trailer being towed by a bike...
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Postby stevendavid75 » Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:07 pm

just new to the forum,
fantastic to see bikes like this find a new lease of life I have found a number of bikes at the tip in a lot worse condition than that that are now happily restored.
I just wonder how that person decided the bike was fit for the tip, I wonder how many op shops the person drove past to probably pay to dispose of it?
I will get a pic of a healing I found at tip when I get organised
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