Bike shopping becomes bike love becomes bike buying!
OK, so if you saw my post from yesterday you know that I was looking for a new bike that 1) needed to be lighter than my current suspension-fork monster 2) needed to fit better 3) higher gearing 4) steel preferred yadtada yatada...
So yesterday I spent an hour at the LBS, looking at various incarnations of the Jamis Coda.
Last night, I searched for "Jamis" on Craigslist -- and found an ad that said, in effect, "don't by a new Jamis when you could buy this old Trek!"
And that, my friends, is exactly what I did. :love:
1983 Trek 620, touring bike, Reynolds 531 steel, made in America. Lugged frame. Some chips in the paint. Somewhere along the line, the original stock 27" wheels got upgraded to 700c "Ambrosio 19" with 36 spokes. It looks like the front crankset, at least, was replaced in the 90s; it's not stock, but it's still not current.
And then there's the handlebars. Um. Well. Well, someone already put the wildly inappropriate flat bars on this classic ride, so I don't need to feel guilty when I switch them out for trekking/butterfly bars.
And I can put on any crankset/derallieur/cassette I want!
I may be hanging out over in C&V for a while...