I’ve been buying old bikes from rubbish tips for a few years now, and along the way, I’ve gotten to know, in general terms, what sort of components, wheels and frames to look for as a sign of quality.
Most rubbish tip bikes, when cleaned up, are OK for occasional use by non-serious cyclists, but are heavy and clunky and not worth anything in monetary or heritage terms.
But sometimes you will come across a real classic.
I found this at the tip a few years back:
A 1980s Shogun Ninja with Shimano 105 groupset.
When I researched it, I discovered its frame was rated for people up to 90kg, so I foolishly sold her (I’m over 90kg, but trying to slim down) and had to make do with this tip find for a while:
A 1980s Appollo Concorde with full Shimano Exage Sport groupset.
I sold that one too. Now I ride another tip find very similar to this below for my work commute.
It’s a great, solid, smooth ride, but it’s very upright and geared really low, so going from the Apollo to the Bianchi felt like going from a sports car to a bus.
But I won’t sell the Bianchi, It’s just too nice all round.
That said, I’m now on the lookout for a racier bike for my commute, so I get that feeling of youth flowing through my veins again as I race up the main street of Canberra at over 40km/h almost keeping pace with the traffic . 😉
I may be getting old, but I still like to blow the cobwebs out of my legs from time to time.
If I ever came across one of these, I’d snap it up in an instant.
Phew, my brow is sweaty already!