After a couple of same spot knee sugeries over the past three years, I'm just now getting the nerve to get back in the saddle. I just have 1/3 of the minuscus on my left inner side. But, I'm 51 now, in dire need of some pedal action. Not sure in cm, 38? but it's about a 15" bike, in pretty good condition for the age. It was just before nice suspension came, and cantilevers went away, : ( but I've never had an issue stopping when I wanted to either.
It was based on the Deore LX group, IIRC. Rigid, of course. If I keep it, I need to look at updating the front teeth and deraileur, and if not for me, my new 4' 11" wife would be able to ride it. She hasn't really rode since she was a kid, so wouldn't know what she was on. Better than something from walmart! I have a road bike, an equally old Shimano 105 (Bio-pace, yeah, I know )Schwinn that I can ride for now. Just am not able to fork out $2-3K each for dream bikes right now. At my age suspension is looking better and better.
The grips, tires, and seat are the only things I've replaced over the years. Since it's not Waterford, as solid as it is, I wasn't sure of any collectability on it. I paid $600 for it new on a year end closeout sale. For me, that was a lot of money for a bike when I was about 27 or so. The front deraileur must have taken a sideways blow from something while it was in storage.
Taking my word on condition, no rust, paint in probably 75-80%, with only the front deraileur needing replaced, sell or keep for me or the wife? What could be the highest it could be worth, and as a rigid, is it really worth upgrading at all? I can't upgrade to suspension fork, these had 1" tubes on them, not to mention geometry issues. ( I looked into that years ago...) Last question, what would be the precise model bottom pull Shimano part # to work with this 21 speed relic just to make it ridable? Or if it were yours, what other original parts would you upgrade as a keeper? Any help is appreciated in advance. thanks for your input