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Old 08-18-2013, 03:47 PM   #16
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This next bike almost deserves it's own thread.

I don't even know what to say.....

















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Old 08-19-2013, 01:42 AM   #17
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Yea thats an interestin' bike right there.
Just needs alittle work.

Sad thing is the owner probably rides more
miles than i do, seen a few similar like that in vegas
and here somebody would steal it.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:16 AM   #18
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Ultra-rare "Beer Runner", right there. Hell yeah!
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:36 AM   #19
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Had a woman drop off a couple of bikes, while I wasn't home. The instructions were to move the wheels from her old bike to her "good" bike, because of brake squeal.

It turns out that she had acquired a prototype Roadmaster with tuned ride characteristics. Notice that it has the tried and true monobeam downtube and well-thought-out triangulation.


Notice the manipulated downtube profile, specifically designed for maximum power transfer.


It has an owner-removable toptube.




I wasn't able to score a ride on this mechanical wonder, as it has some kind of unseen-before cable system. My loss.

Unfortunately, the prototype's wheels were mismatched and had been thrashed by some unnamed pro rider. That led me to removing the highly specialized coating from the brake track of the "good" bike's wheels, using a DA sander.


In addditon, I swapped the pad spacers around, to get more leverage from the super-stiff sidepulls. Unfortunately, the brake pads are made of some kind of experimental, vinyl-type plastic. It has stupid amounts of grip, but, in a squeaky kind of way. We need an upgrade, here.


Only the best USA design theories and Chinese manufacturing techniques went into this jewel.


I salvaged the prototype's one-off, ultra-lightweight, 2.7mm bottle cage and transferred to the "good" bike.
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:17 PM   #20
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Gotta love the lawn furniture grade bikes.



I've managed to talk a few owners out of fixing theirs with sky high estimates. I've managed to send a few more across town to different shops. The one I like I'll send good stuff too since my turnaround's 9-ish days.

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Old 08-21-2013, 04:48 PM   #21
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Ducnut- "her good bike"...

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


When life gives you lemons....








...apparently you do something utterly bizarre.









did have a couple neat little visitors this week!








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Old 08-21-2013, 06:41 PM   #22
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I love these guys.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:57 PM   #23
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There's a fine line between genius and madness...
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:27 PM   #24
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I'll tell the guys at the shop that!
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:30 PM   #25
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Good God, I haven't laughed this hard in weeks. And here I thought a decade in the bike industry was a waste of my time. Not anymore.
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:59 PM   #26
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I've gone to hell.

Under the chainstay u-brakes have returned on some of the Fuji Absolutes we sell.



Was a suck-ass idea the first X times, its a suck-ass idea now. No pics 'cause I was in shock.

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Old 08-30-2013, 09:09 AM   #27
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I'm not sure the "prototype" Roadmaster would make it around the block with my fat ass on it!
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:36 PM   #28
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I'm not sure the "prototype" Roadmaster would make it around the block with my fat ass on it!
You don't have to worry about it. Like all prototype stuff, it had to be sent to the crusher to keep it out of the competition's hands.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:13 PM   #29
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You don't have to worry about it. Like all prototype stuff, it had to be sent to the crusher to keep it out of the competition's hands.

It's a conspiracy!!

The big three were afraid to let it come to the market!!

Now, where did I put my tinfoil helmet....




Speaking of Roadmasters, how's this for a shameless mid 80's ripoff...?

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Old 08-31-2013, 06:26 AM   #30
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Speaking of Roadmasters, how's this for a shameless mid 80's ripoff...?

That's a Tom Ritchey logo, correct?
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