Wierdly enough, hot pink does make a certain kind of confidently masculine statement.
Been doing lunchtime rides on my clunker, regular 8.4 miler out-and-backs in a place that'd make most you land-locked bikers kinda drool and/or dream of an eventual coastal relocation. Ediz Hook is a nearly unique natural sandspit formation, reinforced with rip-rap (boulders) over the last hundred years or so by the good ol' Army Corps of Engineers. In Port Angeles Harbor, it forms the second largest deepwater harbor on the west coast, after San Fransisco bay, or so I read somewhere. I guess that sort of ignores the entire Puget Sound, but whatevs.
This shot below was taken at about 20mph with a 20mph wind at my back, just a test of the hands-free-riding capabilities of the clunker to let me know the frame, fork and front wheel are all reasonably straight. Rode for a couple of miles like this, making a few calls, playing with the GPS, taking photos, pretty much doing everything but touching the handlebars. Gravel, frost heaves, debris on the shoulder, etc. Not a twitch.
On the way out there from downtown, you pass the Port angeles Boat haven and this enormous pipeline which I think is water main for the paper mill at the base of the hook, you ride through the mill complex then out onto the hook, turning around at the gate of the Coast Guard base, unless you're carrying military credentials.
Anyway, I'm up to a little over 50 miles on this clunker (not counting the 14 I accidentally did before I excised the fancy-schmancy 105 RD) but I'm still going to try to do a 100km in-one-day mixed surfaces kinda ride on this thing before I go back to to my skinny tired (28c) lightweights (25lbs).
It was still nippy out but nice enough for a ride today. I went out to Squaw Island and gave the Sierra the muddy love that it probably hasn't seen in quite a long time. The bridge in the background is the Peace Bridge to Canada, and you can ride for quite a bit along the Black Rock canal. I keep telling myself that I did this bike up for the wife but damn it rides nice...
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I am submitting my clunker now, the 1976 American Flyer is ready to ride!
Total cost about $75.00
Some of the features that I believe make me a candidate for the win:
-Giant stem shifters and safety levers
-lots of reflectors (some partly held on by zip ties)
-Giant spoke protector
Can't wait to do some Cat 6 racing on this bike!
~$100 klunker fixed gear, built up from a really-ugly, heavily patina'ed 1984 Schwinn LeTour. With the exception of the rims, all parts are recycled, traded-for/box of junk specials or trash-picks.
It rides surprisingly well for how little it cost to build. Mass is approximately 23-25 lbs.
First five clicks were done yesterday (rode from the Borough to US222 and back).
Anyone have a nice, older/patina'ed Brooks saddle they'd like to donate? My sit bones don't like the seat.
Went out for some errands this morning, had an hour to spare before lunch and used the opportunity to put a few extra miles on Lady Penelope. Apart from a small wobble in the cheap front tire - which I see it but don't feel - it's a nice and stable ride.
This challenge is quickly becoming very educational. Without the budget limitations I'd have chucked a lot of its current parts into the parts bin (Thun crank set, no-name brakes, Exage shifters) or waste container (tires, chain), and replaced them with other, nicer ones. Shimano 600 arabesque comes to mind, as does a matching set of Shimano-Mavic-SS spoked wheels, and a maybe Rolls saddle. And new tires of course. After a repaint, maybe even some Campagnolo.
The thing is, it would be a whole lot more expensive, and it would certainly look a lot better, but would it ride any better? I doubt it.
I rode 50k on my bike but decided to give up on the idea of finishing this challenge.
The bike rode fantastic and was very comfy and felt like the other end of the spectrum to a clunker.
So to punish myself i have just picked up a clunker Lejeune folding bike from a brocante for 20 euros.
I'm going to start again and do the challenger properly this time.
How many days do we have left?
Sadly it didn't happen yet. I just went for a short ride, I only made it about two miles before I headed back. I have a pretty bad cold or minor flu and I thought some fresh air and exercise would do me good, I guess I overestimated my energy level as I immediately felt awful (I know sounds like an excuse but its true). Actually on the way back I had a bit of a descent and managed to get up right onto the edge of the red, right about 30mph but not quite good enough.
The American Flyer is even more of a clunker than I expected! It's really something with all the special features rattling around and what not. It isn't going be easy to go fast on that thing, but one of these day's with the right hill, I imagine I will get well into red zone. I can't say that I plan on keeping that bike forever.
I posted my American Flyer clunker in the road cycling forum, under the "What road bike do you have?" thread I hope those guys like my road bike! :roflmao2::roflmao2: