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?