Best FINDS of 2011

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  1. Tailwinds

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    Carrying on the theme of a similar year end thread, what were your BEST finds of 2011? Great bikes you just stumbled across? Maybe a desirable bike you garnered by beating everyone to the punch. Or, maybe one you've wanted for a long long time and finally found.

    Although pickens have been slim for me for a little while, I had some small victories earlier this year....

    I got most of a 1983 model #850, Treks FIRST mountain bike for $40. Member Scrumblero helped me out with some of the smaller missing pieces to put together a NICE bike, thanks man!
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    I scored all of these on January 1st for a pittance.
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    I raced to pick this 1939 Firestone Twin-Flex from Craigslist later in January for about $100.
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    I got a few other nice ones this year but because of their higher prices I don't really consider them great scores.

    Here's to looking very optimistically at 2012.
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    My only 2 finds! :mrgreen:
    1953 Columbia 3 Star Superb :mrgreen:
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    And the starting of the Young American 8)
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  3. snydur

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    literaly just got out of the truck after picking up a 1998 electra bomber. 4 speed shimano. aluminum bars, seatpost, rims, hubs. . .everything! 45 bucks :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: cant wipe that smile off my face
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    My "best" find is the one I'm working on right now.
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    The hooptie that I built:
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  5. outskirtscustoms

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    I found too many goodies to count. Few of the best ones were:
    January:
    Mosh Method 24" Got on trade for basically nothing
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    March:
    Got both of these on a trade with a member here.
    JC Higgins
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    Firestone Flame 20" Muscle bike
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    May
    Twisted Lowrider Traded the Mosh for this and another bike.
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    Dyno NFX for $10
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    A nice nanner seat for $2
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    June:
    Schwinn Got for scrap price
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    Mongoose Got for scrap price
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    Yamaha QT50 Under $100
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    August:
    Skate bike $10
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    October:
    Hawthorne for $5!!!
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    Girl's Murry FREEBIE!
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    November was really good
    1968 Schwinn Deluxe Hollywood $12 at the scrapyard
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    1956 Schwinn American Traded the Skate bike for it.
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    16" part bike with cool grips $4
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    Fuji Gran Tourer $5
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    All 5 of these for a total of $20
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    December
    My 6th Schwinn a '66 Heavy Duty Traded the Fuji
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    Schwinn cruiser with heavy duty rims $5
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    And 1,000 toggle switches for $5
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    Looking forward to a 2012 full of more bikes and doing a few restorations that have been on hold for too long.
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    What's the voltage and current rating of those toggle switches? I could use several to help trick out my step van...
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    :shock: :shock: Game over . you win :?
  8. outskirtscustoms

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    I have no idea, The only markings I found on them is on the back that reads:
    6A125VAC
    3A250VAC
    No clue what this means. :oops:
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    6 amps at 125 volts AC or 3 amps at 240 volts AC
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    Ok cool, what does that translate to in DC? Like 12 Volt.
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    My first finds were last year but the same place I got those two had another I found this year my Sears Spaceliner Klunker,The other finds from somewhere else Tyler & Rollfast.

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    The ones that found me.
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    I hope next year I can find ones I have been waiting for a long time for if I get rid of the ones above later, a Murray BMX, I think it was a Huffy that was white with white wheel discs unless it was made by another company that I don't remember or know of, Murray Muscle bike & something I don't know of yet.
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    mine was early in the year.
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    The cooks bros cleaned up nice and I rode it over pearl pass this summer. I've been offered a very pretty penny for it but I'm keeping it for at least one more year.
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    The phantom is in pieces right now and the firestone still looks very much the same minus new tires and sprocket.
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    I recall your late-night score post from earlier this year. YES, that's definitely one of the best ones I saw here this year!
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    My best find was the schwinn badged COLSON steer from the rear tandem. $300 and a 6 hour, van trip, with Crazy Mae , we ( I ) also got a 100 + year old Eastlake door as a Xmas gift for CM, she picked it out. Was a good day trip.
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    Oh And there was another one, a 1970s, Swing Bike, it will get ratted out soon I hope. No pics yet.
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    Wichita KS: The Colson Tandem Capital! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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    personally this was my favorite. too bad I had no room to keep it
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    I long for the day I can add a Cycle-Truck to my Schwinn collection. Maybe I'll build a replica someday.
  20. yoothgeye

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    I've had many MANY bikes given to me this year, so it would be unfair to mention all the freebies, so instead I'll just post the best one I dropped money. I think a few of you might have dropped $200 on this King Sting.

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