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Weird find at the local landfill! - Coincidence? ESP?(16 posts)

Weird find at the local landfill! - Coincidence? ESP?Fatnslow
Sep 16, 2003 9:23 AM
Okay, before any of you get freaked out about picking around at a landfill, check out the whole story!

I have been doing some home remodeling and had to take some stuff to the landfill. After backing my truck to the ledge and while the inmates are emptying it out, I started making a winter inventory for riding and kept coming back to how much I needed a trainer or rollers for those days when I couldn't ride.

I happened to glance to the side of the entrance road and LO and BEHOLD! There is a trainer sitting on the side of the road...the kind that the fork clamps into and cradles the bottom bracket. Its not in bad shape (some minor surface rust on the adjusting bolts and a slightly deformed fan) so, of course, I have to go untangle it from god-knows-what and throw it in the bed of the truck. I just saved myself a chunk of change! Maybe I'll go back and dig around for a heart rate monitor :-P
Good job--Remember one man's junk is anothers treasure.-nm-tmotz
Sep 16, 2003 9:37 AM
Thus we have Ebay.-nm-Greg B
Sep 16, 2003 9:41 AM
finding stuff rocks nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 16, 2003 9:48 AM
re: Weird find at the local landfill! - Coincidence? ESP?toomanybikes
Sep 16, 2003 10:27 AM
Sounds like the old style Vetta - if it is I have a couple of fan covers for it - Let me know.
Thanks for the offer's more info.Fatnslow
Sep 16, 2003 11:12 AM
The trainer is red and white. The name is "Novara" and there is a small sticker on it that says "Made by Slocum engineering."

If you (or anyone) know where I can get replacement parts, that'd be great. Like I said, the fans are a tad mangled so, rather than try to fix 'em, I'd like to get new ones.
Novara is REI's house brand nmboyd2
Sep 16, 2003 11:57 AM
similar story here...Steve_0
Sep 16, 2003 10:31 AM
coupla years ago, I was pulling out of the neighborhood on trash day...

"hey, that looks like a set of rollers", "maybe they're salvageable".

Get out for a looksee, prettymuch brand-spankin new aluminium-drummed minoura rollers.

I couldnt believe they were being thown out, so I even knocked on the door to be sure. "you can have them, they're impossible to use".

I left the forkstand there.
similar story wont believe thistbsbiker
Sep 16, 2003 10:42 AM
Out house shopping one day (in a neighborhood we could not afford) and scream to my wife to stop the car...she sees a big pile of what looks like old basement trash says.."tell me your not going to garbage pick"///well and I scored a set of Kreitler Rollers probably never used.

similar story wont believe thishycobob
Sep 16, 2003 6:00 PM
I had almost the same thing happen...I was going to a friends and out at the curb was a like new Cateye "Cyclo-Simulator". It sells for $360 at and has loads of goodies...magnetic and/or fan with its own computer that has more stuff than I ever use. I was about to get a cheaper Minoura trainer for $89 real soon, but the rush was off then. I still wound up getting a folding trainer for the occasional winter spin class, but the freeby is what I use at home in front of the TV watching race videos on cold winter days or rainy summer nights.

My brother-in-law works pest control in a very old money part of Houston and you wouldn't believe the stuff he finds out at the curb on trash day...a couple of really nice oriental rugs and an "Ethen Allen" armiore are just a few things he's brought home.
re: Weird find at the local landfill! - Coincidence? ESP?boyd2
Sep 16, 2003 10:40 AM
I pulled my daughters first bike out of a dumpster at a 7-11 this summer. My wife laughed at me, but a bit of oil on the chain and air in the tires and it was good to go. I wish that I could find and a clasic 7-11 jersey in toddler size, or perhaps just a waterbottle.

It does not bother me at all when she leaves it out in the rain, and it would if I had spent money on it.
Best find ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!true storymldphish11
Sep 16, 2003 11:43 AM
completely true.

about 2 years ago, i used to work for the dpw, and occasionally would have to fill in for someone at the town dump.

nearing the end of one of those days, i made my rounds to check all of the recycling bins for trash, etc. when i got to the metal bin, i couldn't believe my eyes.

two perfectly good bikes tossed out. a merlin frame with full record (f & r der., bb, crankset, etc.) with a time equipe fork. and a cannondale caad3 with full 105 and a no-name carbon fork.

needless to say, i sold the merlin on ebay (too small) and kept the cannondale. best find ever. i don't work for the town anymore, but i still stop by the town dump and check for other goodies. never seen anything like it since though, unfortunately.
What?!! Unbelievable.....would never happen to me though. nmTower
Sep 16, 2003 2:13 PM
possible explanation (?)Steve_0
Sep 17, 2003 4:50 AM
kids bikes.

Growing up, we used to salvage mint surfboards every fall. Kids go to college, and parents decide to clean the garage, thinking 'junior will never need this at UW'. The Kids graduating college move out of town, and are too busy to deal with it.

Its the Only thing I can think of, I'd rather give the bike away to a needy kid than just throw it out.
Neighbor just threw out a Thule roof rackStraightblock
Sep 16, 2003 2:47 PM
It's mine now. I saw it Sunday on my way out to the grocery store laying in a pile for our semi-annual curbside pickup. There was at least one bike mount when I went by, but when I came back the bike tray was gone. Must have been picked up by one of the many professional scavengers for the aluminum, but I still ended up with the crossbars and feet.
do regular checks at the dumpmoschika
Sep 17, 2003 11:53 AM
i go every couple of weeks to the recycling center at our dump. best cycling finds are:

early model motobecane grand jubile - lugged 531 tubing. parts were not all there, converted it to singlespeed and soon again to fixed. - $5 + $to get it road worthy again

ruegger spezial - lugged frame, full early DA/600 arabesque components, had to replace the tubular rims because they were trashed. - $5 + $$ to get road worthy again

recently found an 85 miyata 'one hundred' very clean, needs new tires. - $10 + $ to get new tires and tape.

but i've seen gitanes, garlattis, a roger riviere. they were either way too big or in bad shape(rust).