Not too bad looking mtb at all that, i have seen a couple of this sort of frame here and there lately and they do look rather cool ☺
halfrauds is ridiculously priced really, I have found that Wilkinsons do some good bike stuff very cheaply, esp by comparison.
Though i must say i think i am getting envious of your parts stash PP! I keep managing to flog bikes i should really break so i have very few spares! As epitomized by the fact that i have non of the bits needed to restore my new dawes project! Ah well, i guess i must take aleaf (not too big a leaf swmbo would kill me) out if uour book and buy more bikes!
I must say s1105117 my parts stash is pretty good. It's not all my own collecting though thats built it up, i inherited a fairly big parts stash after my friend died and his wife didn't know what to do with it all so asked me to clear his shed, he had been building his parts stash for nearly 70 years! There was a lot of really cool stuff there, and a lot of stuff that i had no idea what it was for!I managed to re-home some of it with other cycle enthusiasts, and kept some for myself, and sadly some of the really obscure stuff ended up being thrown away! I hate chucking stuff like that away, but when you've no idea what something is for, or if you're ever likely to need it, and you can't even give it away, then what options are there? Anyway, if you need anything and can't find it anywhere else, if i happen to have whatever it is you need then let me know.
So then todays find, and it has to be said i don't need this at all lol.
It's got to be said that it's been slim pickins at the dump lately, and this is the only thing thats caught my eye in ages!
I have absolutely no idea who makes this, however the frame itself bares a striking resemblence to the previously mentioned Coca-Cola bike, and it weighs about the same too!
Why did i buy this when i have no practical reason to have such a bike? I'm pretty sure that there's no way that i'm going to be able to ride it, and as it's only got 16" wheels i think that even my youngest Pistonpoppet will be too big for it, plus she's already told me that there's no way she's swapping her Mustang for it! But the funny thing is that when i was a kid in the eighties i always wanted one of these bicycles dressed up as motorcycles, i thought they were really cool, and still kinda do! I wish it was bigger... And lighter!
Apart from this as i have had plenty of time on my hands i have been messing around with the previously mentioned Murray Timber Mountain...
This is easily as bad a bike as the Magna Fugitive was, however like the Magna i picked it up because i thought that nobody else would want it, and i couldn't let it just go in the skip. I really believe that they were probably made alongside one another in a factory in Taiwan despite having a sticker on it that said 'Proudly Made In The U.S.A.' When i picked it up originally the wheels were rusty, and the tyres were ruined so i put on another set of wheels and new Orange tyres.
As no doubt you can see i have removed the 26" wheels with faded orange tyres on them, and replaced them with 700c wheels, also with orange tyres! Personally i think it looks all the better for it!
The thing is, this looks fantastic in my opinion, the larger 700C wheels and orange tyres suit the bike completely, but, i've rummaged through my stash, i've rummaged through friends stash, and i can't find any brakes that will work with the 700c wheels, and a frame designed for 26" wheels. Therefore today i admitted defeat, and dug out a pair of 26" wheels and tyres from my stash, and bolted them to it.
I know, and i agree, i've let myself down badly there, and like my school reports always said, "Could do better, must try harder!" But the fact is that once it is finished, it won't be worth anything to anyone, and i'll probably try to sell it because i've just got no room to store them all. Therefore the plan is to build it up, make it rideable, then sell it. It's pretty solid, and very similar to the Magna Fugitive so i reckon it will give a similar ride, and i'm actually looking forward to riding it. However i still have a few jobs to do, mainly make the brakes and gears work as all of the wires have corroded in the outter cables and nothing moves sadly. I think i have some used brake and gear cables in my stash so i'll put them on, although sadly this means that the cables won't be red like they are now, and were originally. I'll probably put some new calipers on it too if i can find some as the ones on it are really rusty.
As for my Raleigh Mustang, well work on that has stopped for the moment, this is because i need some shifters for it. I have obviously got several sets in my stash, but none of them look quite right to me. The problem is that i'm not really sure how i want them to look, but i know i don't want it to just have the lever type sat up on top of the handlebars, or the rev-o-shifter type, because i hate them. I have several pairs that are intergrated with the brake lever, and look pretty cool, but i don't want them, i want the gear and brake levers to be separate. Hopefully something will turn up soon, on a bike at the tip or something and i'll go there they are, thats how i want it to look! Then end up buying a whole damn bike just for the gear levers!! I know its a bit OCD, but it has to be right as i'm planning to keep the Mustang in my Collection for a long time (Much like the other Mustang, i'm my other collection!) Of course the trouble with the Raleigh Mustang sitting there, almost finished is that my lack of patience wants me to just bolt on any old gear shifters to it and go riding, but i know if i do that i'll end up hating it as it's not quite right, almost there... But not quite right! No i must be patient, tinker with the Timber Mountain, step away form the Raleigh Mustang until the right part shows up!
Ahh i see, a mountain of useful stuff is always good non the less! It's the definition of useful that i suppose can be tricky... 😀
agreement here re the frustrating nature of having to throw stuff away, especially the obscure stuf, for sure though cant keep everything! (Back to Mr Trebus again!) To be fair SWMBO helps me a bit in this regard (though fortunately, at 4' 10" she is too short to heave anything major into the big outside bin! 😅), she likes her allotment and that place seems to have no end of uses for obscure bits of metal. Radiator mounts as plant pot feet, very bent shopper bicycle basket as an 'interesting' hanging basket etc etc... at least they find a use!
Oh and Cheers for the offer re parts, I may send you a list when i finally get round to building the Dawes up 😊
Re shifters, the Dawes has some of those thumb shifters under the bar? Early rapid fire style maybe?
This is half the problem, i don't know what kind of shifters i want. I'm fairly sure that i don't want the old lever type that sits on top of your handle bar. I think i want the type that hangs underneath! I know one thing for sure though, i don't want the rev-o-shifter type! Here's a couple i looked at today.
I'm pretty sure that i want something like this, except i want it to be separate from the brake lever!
Maybe these ones, i nearly bought this bike today just for the shifters! Thing is i've got an eight speed cog on the back, so i'd have to change that if i bought this bike. Having said that though, i only ever use three gears at the best of times, so it wouldn't be much of a hardship to only have a seven speed cog! I might go and have another look at it tomorrow! Of course, it'll be gone by then lol.
I like those shifters! quite modern though? I had them on the Pinnacle bikes and a giant that I briefly possessed (iirc aren't they called rapid-fire shifters?) My Dawes backstreets has something like this underneath the bars,
like an older version of the rapid-fire type maybe? i must remeber to check what exactly they are!
You are most correct, these are indeed called Rapid Fire - I have them on my Gary Fisher Marlin:
They were also fitted to my older Raleigh HT3 (Google image):
I'd removed most of the Raleigh logos and stickers and replaced with Anuimal and nudey-ladies. Not sure why the guy above has a disc and V brakes setup on the rear wheel. Or those horrendous mudguards.
I know what you're saying - looking at it now it does look a bit of a weld-fest! But it was fairly light and rode lovely. My mates uprated HT1 (full suspension version) is currently residing in my garage loft space as he's moved in with his gf and her pad has zero storage - bought back memories when we stashed it. I had that HT3 about 15 years ago, sold it 9 years ago and got the Marlin - which is a great bike.
I have a set of those 'motorcross' style m/g fitted, or at least a rear one - the bracket snapped on the front and i never replaced it.