Some people will drop $100 or more for a dinner at a nice restaurant that provides a couple hours of relaxation and enjoyment. Most bike projects, even when they don't break even, have a much better recreational ROI
And when a few someones here anonymously criticize my approach or reasoning . . . I'll laugh, since their approval isn't required. And that's the most fun of all.
The "naysayers" at the beginning of this thread, myself included, correctly pointed out that ECONOMICALLY the project made little sense as you would never recover your investment when you sold it and the bike was unusable for you due to it's size. That said, as a learning experience and investment in the future, the project certainly has been worthwhile and I'm happy it's gone well so far. Even if you don't need our approval, you pretty much have it anyway.
I guess I worry about having too many buckets lying around. I'd probably have to make a bucket list.
One has a Harley Davidson that must have every chrome piece add on known to man because it "personalizes" the bike...just like every other HD.
The other guy has spent $30k+ outfitting his boat for saltwater fishing. He could easily go buy the same fish many times over at the grocery store. He pays for the experience and thrill of the hunt.
Justifying bicycles is fairly easy for me. I get a project to tinker with and in the end, the more I use it, the more it helps motivate me to live a healthy lifestyle. As cheesy as it is, it works for me.
The Nishiki is looking good. Can't wait to see it stickered.
1995 Giant Innova
2012 Surly Pacer
Still need to flip the seatpost clamp, install new brake pads, install the Nishiki emblem, etc.
But as much as these projects are ever "done," this one is getting close.
Thanks to Safety Cycle in Torrance for engineering a reverse cable stop for the low-normal FD. Good folks, great bang for the buck.
And thanks to all who provided timely and excellent advice here. This was your build, too. DB
finished left side.JPG
Last edited by Duane Behrens; 02-03-14 at 07:43 PM.
Nicely done. If it works as good as it looks, you shouldn't have much trouble finding a buyer to recoup at least part of your tuition.
Sorry to say it, but your brake levers are mounted "too high" on the hooks. If you place a straight edge beneath the flat portions of the drops, running forward, and then align the bottom tips of the levers to that edge, you'll have it better. Of course, this will also affect the safety lever reach from the tops.
My suggestion would be to untape the handlebars and try the lever placement again. PG
And, dont forget the turkey levers......... all important for that vintage..... lol
"Retirement is the best job I ever had!" Me, 2009
Specialized Crosstrail Sport - '08
Nishiki Sport - misappropriated from my youngest son (circa 1984)
Marin Stinson - misappropriated by my youngest grandson - '01
"The Beast" - 1990 Schwinn Airdyne (in the basement for winter torture)
Most riders seem to have the bars placed so that the flats and the first forward curve forms a line parallel to the ground. Mine are close, just a bit raised. But heck, it should be about comfort. I say, do what's comfortable to you. Great job, Duane.
Nice job Duane !! , I agree with Phil_gretz about the levers on the handlebar .
Or, Velo Orange for an example of Goidonnet brake levers
then the turkey wings become an effective brake lever..
add these so you have a hood like hand grip & your hands wont slip forward..
Last edited by fietsbob; 02-04-14 at 05:04 PM.
Phil, "JJ", et al, thanks for the useful tips. Gonna place the levers per Phil, then rotate the bars back just slightly per JJ. Remember, this is a smaller bike, so I may also find a seat assembly that will slide back a bit more. I don't want to sell this one right away; would prefer to ride it for awhile.
I took it out for its first real ride today. It was fun and performed perfectly. I was able to climb the 1200 foot ascent back to our home without trouble, although with a bit more effort than I'm used to with the Tarmac. And on the flats along the ocean, it just sang. Oh, wait, no, the bike was actually silent. I was the one singing. . . . "Call me the Breeze, I keep rollin' down the road . . . " :-)
Last edited by Duane Behrens; 02-04-14 at 09:45 PM.