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So earlier this week behind a local school I discovered something remarkable. Someone had put a old, wrecked women's bicycle in a pond.

The wheels toast, the chain rings are useless, rust in many spots and the handle bars take some effort to get them to turn. The frame itself isn't too bad, just has some rust and chipping paint everywhere.

Here are some photos of how I found it initially:

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After closer inspection i noticed a decal on the top tube that read "Alpine 26" which I can only assume implies 26" wheels. Also there is a sticker on the down tube that reads:

"Lawrenceburg, TN 07 76"

Made July, 1976 in Tennessee?

I know Murray doesn't make bikes anymore and I heard that there quality of bikes went south in the 80s. I couldn't really bring myself to leave it there so I have it now and would simply like suggestions as to what to do with it.


Wall art?

I really don't think there is any point in restoring this unless I find another bike that has working components that could fit but a damaged frame or something for free/cheap.

So could this be significant at all? I don't have a clue as I can't find this model anywhere on the web.

Personally I feel like it's not, but just checking.

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Murray was never a high-quality bike -- always a "department store" brand. But, hey, go ahead and list it on Craigs List or some such for free (if they pay the shipping + tip). Someone might want it. – Daniel R Hicks Jan 18 '14 at 23:33
It's only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, but in my experience some people love old junk. – WTHarper Jan 19 '14 at 19:36
The easiest way to get any value out of it would be to cut off any non-metallic parts and bring it to your local scrap yard. – DSG Jan 31 '14 at 21:15
I'm sure you've decided the fate of this thing long ago, but for future reference, here's a few other ideas for recycling old bikes: You've already done quite a bit of good just by getting it out of that pond. – Paul Ratazzi Aug 25 '15 at 18:42
Hi Adam - this question is old, and has no answers. Would you like to post and accept your own new answer describing how it has gone for you in the past 25 months? What did you do with this bike in the end? – Criggie Feb 23 at 7:27

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