I am always skeptical when friends call or text to tell me about a bicycle they discovered at a yard sale. They assume that because the bike in question looks old (i.e., decrepit, cheap, and utterly worthless), that I might be interested. But today, my friend Linda alerted me to a box of bike parts at her neighborhood garage sale. The photo she texted revealed some Campagnolo cranks, but I couldn’t make out the other items. $40 for all – she said. “Okay I’ll take it”, not knowing what the box contained.
I shouldn’t be too harsh on my various friends’ enthusiasm. In fact, it is very difficult for a lay person to distinguish between that which is excellent and good and that which should never have been manufactured, the latter of which exists in ubiquity.
So, discovering that the box contained three Campagnolo Record hubs was a real delight, especially given that the rear high flange hub has 120mm rear spacing, which is now very difficult to find. Since vintage bicycles have narrower drop out spacing than modern bikes, the rear hub made the whole deal worthwhile, regardless of what else the mystery box contained.
Digging further into the box, I pulled out these wonderful old tools, including some freewheel removal tools that I didn’t already have on hand, plus some great Mafac wrenches. And, it’s always nice to have an extra Park chain tool.
The Campagnolo Record square taper crankset, which served as the lure for my purchase, is pretty scuffed up. The drive side crank arm shows a lot of scratches and wear. However, the 53/42 rings look like there is still some life left in them, so I may be able to salvage the crankset. I’ll know more once I clean it up.
These old clipless racing pedals are dated, so it is doubtful that this item has any value. However, they are VERY lightweight and I can see why these pedals were at one time popular with the racing crowd. If anyone reading this wants them, let me know and I’ll ship them to you, for just the cost of shipping.
So, yes, sometimes there are garage sale finds. Unfortunately, they are all too rare.