Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Bikes: 2006 Specialized Ruby Pro aka "Rhubarb" / and a backup road bike
I am fixing up my 30-year-old road bike, "Rusty" Schwinn. I put on dual platform pedals(rattrap and SPD) and just replaced the broken-down gel saddle with the same Specialized BG model as on my "good" bike.
Its purpose is for very short jaunts in street clothes or for more utility riding -- it has a sturdy rear rack. It has the more aggressive geometry that I prefer rather than sitting upright bouncing on my tailbone and making a large cross-section for the wind.
It's still a nice-looking bike for a "beater bike" and I am averse to having it stolen leaving me stranded somewhere. It's sentimental, too. A light cable/padlock will do for errands - no heavy U-lock.
Probably could buy something like it for $150 on Craigslist, I suppose.