1984 Murray X12 37x590wheel 22" frame .. restore?

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1984 Murray X12 37x590wheel 22" frame .. restore?

Postby Tomcat65 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:59 pm

So, the heat went out on the job today, of course, as it's the coldest day of this winter so far. No painting today... 7 degrees outside as I type this. SO, I went out to the shop and took a good look at a bike I've had now for about 5 years. It was in my dad's basement for about 20 years before he broke his neck, in a, kind of a, "hiking accident" in the Smoky Mountains, decided to sell the house, and move into a zero maintenance apartment. Anyway, I'm sure he rode this thing some, but I never saw it when it didn't have a flat tire or 2 lol... (Dad's walking upright and into all kinds of trouble again now though, Thank You University of Tennessee Medical, Knoxville :D )

It has this cool old sticker saying Official Manufacturer for the 1984 Olympics :) Whatever that means
It has the original decals, looks like it was on a repair stand at some time, because the seat tube decal is a bit mangled and choked upward.
No sun fading, black with reddish orange front fork lowers and decals.
No water bottle attachment points..
12 speed, thus the X12 I suppose
Diamond pattern sewn into the seat with one small tear on the left side.
Foam handlebar covers, over a curly bar
Topside brake lever extensions
Neck mounted shifters with one handle broken clean off
weighs about 35 1/2 lb :?
26x 1 3/8 wheel/tire set
One piece crank with a HUGE gear set

Thinking about a thorough tune-up and maybe a crankset, definitely new shifter, tires and brake pads.. maybe a new seat and cable/housing set.
But is it worth anything?
I just don't see spending a lot on new wheel sets or extreme gears, mechanicals or handlebars and seat. I think it might be fun for those summer days when I just want to ride the back roads and remember when I was young and had my first 12 speed :) I might even convert to 7 speeds in the rear with a mega low range and take on the hills around here. But the freewheel on this bike looks huge. It might already have 32 or 34 on the big ring.

So, Budget $100.00 .. I suspect the tires will swallow almost half of that.
Who thinks I'll double my budget just getting it on the road this spring? :P
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Re: 1984 Murray X12 590x34 22" frame .. restore?

Postby rpromero » Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:24 pm

So are you asking us???? None of these bikes are really "worth" anything until we make them badass. The way I see it, you found a new frame with extra parts for free to build.
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Re: 1984 Murray X12 590x34 22" frame .. restore?

Postby Tomcat65 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:36 pm

lol... Just kinda seeking opinion on this old thing... I might and see if WDR will start a category called This Old Bike :P And we can showcase all of this non vintage junque that we spend our hard earned $$ like it's all the rage! I mean, they're not available from the BBB's anymore, but they're not exactly classics or antiques either ... just sayin
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Re: 1984 Murray X12 590x34 22" frame .. restore?

Postby rpromero » Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:41 pm

I tell you what... After getting these new Nashbar derailiers, I will probably be using them lots more on other builds. These things are solid. Just saying it doesn't have to be the best name to be good. I ordered a Vuelta Crankset for the Kona, we'll see how that goes as well.
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Re: 1984 Murray X12 590x34 22" frame .. restore?

Postby Tomcat65 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:53 pm

ok, here's a pic of the junque
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It's a lil on the small side, but I'll bet it would be fun to ride
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Re: 1984 Murray X12 590x34 22" frame .. restore?

Postby rpromero » Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:02 pm

This is what I thought of seeing that bike...
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... 6&t=314300

Image
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Re: 1984 Murray X12 590x34 22" frame .. restore?

Postby rpromero » Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:04 pm

Tomcat65 wrote:It's a lil on the small side, but I'll bet it would be fun to ride


So are midgets...
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Re: 1984 Murray X12 590x34 22" frame .. restore?

Postby Tomcat65 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:47 pm

rpromero wrote:
Tomcat65 wrote:It's a lil on the small side, but I'll bet it would be fun to ride


So are midgets...


Hmmm... I never really thought about that. I have an affinity for those robust and buxom, especially redheaded, Athena types :D
The ones who can carry me AND my bike outta the woods if need be :P
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Re: 1984 Murray X12 590x34 22" frame .. restore?

Postby Falkon45 » Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:20 am

Lol. . I did some stuff to an 80s fuji sj10. Same size wheels. I spent $150 just about to bring it back. Mostly because I bought a lot of parts from the LBS. I think it was tires, tubes, handlebar wrap, and chain that cost me about $110 at the LBS. . After that, it was hood covers and new brake /shifter cables and some neverdull and mothers, and a new seat from Walmart that ate the rest. Sold the bike for $120, as it was too small for me (49cm, 19.5 in).

You may need an fr2 to pull the freewheel. Sunrace had shifters for cheap. If you do everything online, you could do way more for the $150 than I did. I think you can fit 650c wheels on the 26" wheel frame.
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Re: 1984 Murray X12 590x34 22" frame .. restore?

Postby Tomcat65 » Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:17 am

A 650c will fit the rear, but the fork is very close to the tire. I really don't want to replace the fork. I may be fixing this one up on the cheap and giving it to someone who needs it more than I do lol..

Shopping list so far,
Tires, Abaxo, Ebay $34.00
Cable/Housing set, Ebay, Jagwire Road Pro XL $29.00
Brake pads, $16.00
Shifter set, Sunrace or NOS Royal Enfield, friction, stem mount $14.00
Tubes, Wally, $12.00

Just over $100 and I might not change the cable set. If I decide to keep it, I have flat bars and several 6 and 7 speed freewheels and an aluminum crankset from the Schwinn with an extra bb adapter around here. Might buy bull horn bar ends and a seat. There just isn't much more to this bike, but a flat bar would take new brake levers and shifters. I have those extra too lol...

I think it makes more sense to just buy the Schwinn 700c GTX that RP linked a few days ago :P
But if I can do this for $100 or less, it'll give me something to do over the next month
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