I started buying old e-stay bikes about 2 years ago, and so far I’ve got 4 Haros (3 ½ really). I have a lot of storage space, so I buy them whenever I can, stow them away in “the vault”, and I’ll rebuild them someday when I can find the time.
It appears I'm limited in my pic-loading capability, so I think I'll have to make 2 posts to include all these pics.
The fluoro one I got first. It weighs a ton, it has “battle scars”, and the paint is faded. The seller told me he realigned the chainstays to fit a new rear hub.
I got the brownish-looking one for only 60 simoleans USD from a guy that buys bikes in quantity from auctions. He and his sons "fix them up" (finger quotes) in their garage. He uses WD-40 to clean and lubricate the cables, chain, and rings
, and he sprays Armor-all on the tires so they look shiny "new"
. This one looked like it had been left outside near the Pacific coast, and the paint was bubbled-up in a lot of places. The seller said it was rusted (even though it said "ALUMINUM" on the seat-tube decal
). The fork, crank, rings, pedals, chain, seat, brake and shifter levers, wheels, and tires looked like they came from a department store bike. I'm assuming the seller thought the bike was too "rusty" to justify all the original high-end parts, so he took them all off and put them on another bike, and just used junk parts on this one (Humvee forks? Really?
). I spent a couple of hours chemically stripping the paint, but I would have been much better off just taking it to someone to sandblast and powdercoat, but - hey - Live and Learn; now I know.