I got a strange notion. I thought,
Why not use old 10 speeds from thrift shops to store up an arsenal of commuting bikes? They are found from $10 to $30 apiece and have many interchangeable parts. I could be set for biking for a sweet song and have fun also.
I can't get it out of my head (Beatles' song...) So I found an old Raleigh 10 speed ($8.99) and a Unic Sport made in France by Gottfreid ($15.15,) both probably sold during the 1970's American bike craze. My goal is to swap a few parts and create a commuter. Heck, most of these bikes, old as they are, have been sitting in garages and hardly ridden--you can tell by the neat and tidy chainrings that show no real wear. I'm amazed at how well a bike can still shift after 30-odd years sitting idly (but the rubber parts can deteriorate if exposed to air, like tires and brake hoods.)
Have I found a new love, or have I lost my mind? Any suggestions?