I had a lot of fun tarting up my Schwinn Varsity with 600 and Dura-Ace components. Got several comments at the big Crit last week. And it got me thinking... There are lots of bikes worse than the Varsity, but what was THE worst? There are all kinds of department store, bike boom 10-speeds that were absolute garbage. But was ANY bike as pretentious as the Huffy sporting Greg Lemond's signature? It must just kill him to know they are out there. Somehow I picture the poor guy with a 2-day growth of beard and a vacant, haunted look in his eyes driving a rusty Dodge Caravan around from garage sale to garage sale buying them up and destroying them.
I saw one at a car swap meet a couple of years ago and you'd think the guy who was selling it believed it to be made of gold.
Over the spring I fixed up a Huffy mountain bike for a guy on my bowling team. It had that typical '80's paint job that looked like someone drank paint and puked it up onto a bike. I hoped I could make something good of it but, wow, was that ever poorly manufactured. The race for the headset "pressed" on to the fork was held on by gravity and made of mild steel. Wow. Really bad. I did the best I could and hope he rides it enough to want a better bike someday.
So I figure these Lemond Huffys are probably just as bad but with the Lemond name on it, it might be some fun to kit one out with a modern, high quality drive train. Just the sort of thing to get people upset.
All this assumes I can locate one with a 25-inch frame not all rusted to heck. Or am I presuming too much and there's an even worse bike out there in need of this treatment?
What's single most offensive bike, from the Classic & Vintage perspective, to fix up?
And I was thinking of going 9-speed Shimano? Should I really be thinking Campy for this adventure?