I have finally finished the Christmas bike for my friend Jessica so I decided to take it out for a quick spin:
Safety First!!! This is a night ride so I mounted some temporary lights:
This outfit keeps me warm....and gives an artificial impression of toughness
Pre-Ride photo (non drive side...sorry)
5 quick miles later.... I think she will probably want a kickstand:
The ride went well, the bike shifted to all gears and the shifts felt crisp. The bike itself felt solid and very smooth from replacing all the bearings. The freewheel was super silent, I flushed it, then soaked it in med weight oil (I think it was USAZorro's suggestion in the archives) The brakes were dissapointing, they worked but they felt soft.
All in all I would say it was a great first ride, aside from squishing my 6ft body onto that bike. I would dare to say the bike even felt some what fast...at least compared to my schwinn. I will make some final adjustments and take some better photos during the day. One other odd note on the bike: the front tire has a Schraeder valve and the back has a presta... it's what I had laying around but I am going to change it.