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Old 05-03-12, 02:31 PM   #1
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My "New" Bike !

I guess the universe wants me to have bikes... I have 5 bikes in my stable (had... now 6), and with my wife's encouragement I have recently been starting the process of paring that down to 2.

Well, the other day I get home from work and she tells me that a house a few blocks away is having a yard sale and they had a bunch of bikes setting out. So I take a walk over and see a Trek 820 that is pretty near to the right size for me (I'm 6'7" with a 36" inseam and a pretty long reach with my arms.) If I were buying new I would probably go a size up, but I could ride this one comfortably enough with no compromises. I asked the guy what he wanted for it, and he told me $25. I offered him $15 and he took it.

I wheeled it home, and my wife laughed at me. It's her fault, though, what did she expect when she told me?

Anyways, after a proper look-over, this is what I got: a 1995 Trek 820 "Mountain Track". 4130 Cro-Mo frame and fork. The color scheme is Silver fade to Icy Teal, gold lettering with white outlines, and is in surprisingly good condition. 26" wheels. Full Shimano group (Hubs and brakes too!), though lower end. The brake pads (Shimano cantis) are either missing or totally shot, the cables are working, but not up to my standards of "acceptable", and the saddle was a duct tape special. The tubes are holding air, but the tires are crappy knobbies that had to go. I have already thrown the saddle and tires away.

I really like this bike a lot, for some reason, though it is not a particularly high-end offering from Trek. I will keep it (for now, anyways), though 3 of my other bikes are still on the chopping block.


Anyways, all of that preamble (thanks if you're still in this with me...) leads to this:
I want to do something fun with this bike. I just don't know exactly what, yet. I thought I'd do some brain-storming with you BF'ers. I've seen pictures of a lot of your bikes and some of them are super-cool, so I know you folks have some good taste in bikes.

I would like some opinions on what to do with it.
I don't want to be too specific with my own thoughts, yet, because I don't want to lead the conversation one way or another, but some basics on my needs:
I have a "fast" bike and a, uh, "not fast" bike. Both drop bar street bikes, which I like. I don't do off-road riding, so I'm going to put slicks on this new ride. I'm not currently in need of a commuter, though I'm not against the practical nature of one. I don't have any real budget restrictions, but I'm not going to put a $300 crankset on it, or $150 handlebars, or anything outlandish.

So what would you do? Fenders and rack? North roads, or mustache bars? Leather all over and go classy?
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Old 05-03-12, 03:21 PM   #2
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I say go fixie for the third bike.
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First up I will say it now, I am Jealous there is never a sale around here with bikes for me ( same height as you) everyone around he is a freaking midget. Now that I have that out of my system.

Why not a transport bike ? make it some you can cycle down the shops buy a heap strap it to the back and ride back ? As CJ said a fixie buy throw some a rack on it, then you can also justify it to the "war and finance minster" that it is practical .



Bloody midgets around here
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I say go fixie for the third bike.
I've been toying with this idea. Make a bomb-proof "urban assault" vehicle, I guess. I'm still waffling between going for utility, or a comfortable ride-around-with-the-family bike.

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First up I will say it now, I am Jealous there is never a sale around here with bikes for me ( same height as you) everyone around he is a freaking midget. Now that I have that out of my system.
This was just a stroke of luck. I feel compelled to buy everything in my size. I want to save them all! It's a sickness.
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This is not my bike, but I found a pic online. It is exactly what she looks like.

I threw my brown leather saddle on it, and liked the way it looks. I'm thinking something Rivendell-ish. Albatross bars, maybe.
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I've been toying with this idea. Make a bomb-proof "urban assault" vehicle, I guess. I'm still waffling between going for utility, or a comfortable ride-around-with-the-family bike..
go IGH with full front an back racks with panniers and treking bars. the fun will come from shopping for all the new components
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Too true. I love planning out a new build, then obsessively hunting for the best deals. Then the build-up.

Hmm, maybe my wife is right... maybe I do have a problem...
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Too true. I love planning out a new build, then obsessively hunting for the best deals. Then the build-up.

Hmm, maybe my wife is right... maybe I do have a problem...
only a problem when wife hints at alone time and you choose to lube your chain instead of your wife.
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only a problem when wife hints at alone time and you choose to lube your chain instead of your wife.

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