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Another Bike From the Trash

A neighbour was throwing this out yesterday so I grabbed  it for a quick makeover.

I have a few students in need of transportation. It’s a Eaton’s Competition, Japanese parts, assembled in Canada by Beekay. Probably from the late 70’s early 80’s.

It appeared a quick fix/ cleanup. I switched the bars for some inverted North Road bars but discovered a broken bearing in the bottom bracket which I’ll try to replace today (Sunday).

Urbane Cycles on John is open at noon and should have the bearings and a couple of new crank pins as well.

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The rear derailleur is a Shimano Eagle. Disreali Gears dates it form 1974, so this could be the actual date of the bike.

P1120812 IMGP7245 (2)-filteredThe bike also has French made MAFAC Racer brakes (1952-1974). The rear brake was badly seized so it’s been replaced (for now) with a Raleigh brake.

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$_20A box of NOS MAFAC brakes that recently showed up on Kijiji Toronto (or Hamilton)

Below is what the bike probably looked like originally.

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2 responses

  1. I got that identical Eaton’s Competition bike for grade 8 graduation in 1978. Originally it had the curly handlebars you showed in the lower picture, but it had white handlebar tape on them, and the seat had a diamond pattern embossed in the black vinyl upholstery. There was also gold pin striping on the indigo paint. but that soon wore off.

    May 19, 2015 at 2:48 pm

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