We just got back from Seattle. One of the best things about Seattle is the cycling community. Not only are there lots of good shops, there are also shops that carry used components and frames. And not only are there stores with used parts (for us poor enthusiasts), but there are a ton of people who are selling their old, nice parts to these stores, filling their bins with delightful finds. I scored two while in Seattle:
And on the very last day there, we stopped by Second Ascent. I asked, on a whim if they had an 8 speed freewheel. These are very rare, most companies began producing cassettes once they got to 8 speed. SO 7 speed freewheels abound, but only a few 8 speeds are out there. Shimano made a couple, and Sachs. Online they range from 40$ used to 70$ new. So, I asked expecting a quick no, but the guy asked me what sort I was looking for. Soon after, he dug up a beautiful completely unused Sachs 8 speed freewheel with a really tight gear grouping (12-19) for racing. Look at the teeth, they are untouched:
I was so excited to have scored both for 50$. Really amazing. St. Louis is great, but the poor bike community just isn’t there like it is in the 206.