Love the BRC Sixty Fiver!
The bike was meant for commuter riding and/or just a get-around-bike. It was bought initially for $15 with front/rear lights on it, as well as a choice of a comfort seat and a regular (the one pictured). Let me put it nicely; I do not like the comfort seat, so I changed to the normal one... However, the rear inner tube did not hold air properly, so bought a new inner tube ($6). Everything seemed to work fine until recently, where at a stop light the rear tube bursted out from the rear tire and exploded, making me have to walk an hour all the way to where I was going. I decided to buy a completely new rear tire as well as a new inner tube ($20 + $6), since the rear tire was very old with many cracks. Taking the tire off the rim was quite a challenge with only 2 plastic tire levers and one person working it (a very tight rim/tire ratio). The super-cheap bicycle ended up totaling right under $50, but the process of fixing it myself made the entire journey enjoyable.
Good single speed / fixed gear on a budget? http://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/952592-good-single-speed-budget-recommendations-welcome.html
Good work spotty, and I like the color too. And yes, bikes are so much cheaper than cars it's not even funny; especially used bikes, there are so many deals out there!
Dahon's Espresso and Matrix both use this frame, and I think so does the Jack.
I'm 6'4", so the Dahon Curve D3 that I originally rode around was just never big enough. This one isn't quite large enough, either, though!
I think that I have seen Dahon frames like this on sale, bare frame. They make a good platform, are reasonably light, and fold well.
Last edited by Standalone; 12-23-13 at 06:46 AM.
The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets. Christopher Morley
The upgrades came from my stash and it is a very spry bicycle that is very pleasing to ride... it has nicely balanced steering and the 700c wheels and tyres are good on warmer slushier days and with the front studded tyre it handles the packed snow and ice really well.
My everyday commuter bike in LA, rain or dry. 1989 Schwinn Prologue 2x7 speed that originally came with full Shimano 600 (purchased for $150).
I've since upgraded some parts very cheaply (mostly used), including:
A ton of black and grey honda touch up paint
Ultegra 6600 compact crankset and brake calipers
105 5700 rear derailleur
Tektro brake levers (awesome stuff)
Shimano RS30 wheelset
MTB wide range cassette 12-28 (lots of hills in the downtown LA area)
Generic stem and seatpost
M520 double sided spd pedals
The night I bought it:
Last edited by link0; 12-25-13 at 12:34 PM.
Retroshift CX2 for $129. Likely the same (rebranded, modified) brake levers, plus shifter bosses.
Last edited by link0; 12-24-13 at 06:20 PM.
schwinn looks great. you helped it out a ton. nice!
Oh hey, I didn't see that before pic before, did you add that later? You certainly did clean it up well! Personally my 250-lb self would have stuck with the 36H mavics (if true). And the Dia Compe on the fork -- was that a decal you scraped off?
Last edited by RubeRad; 12-25-13 at 08:50 AM.
I love biking in fresh snow. Now that my commute takes me down eight miles of roadside bike lanes, I haven't been doing it. But I put together some vignettes from the past when I had no cars to contend with: http://www.trailimage.com/tag/bicycle (about 35 photos). Do it if you can!
'12 Gravity Zilla, '12 Giant Talon 29'r, '88 Jamis Quest, Redline 9.2.5 (wrecked), Steyr Clubman, Raleigh Technium, GT Hardtail, DK Signal, Eastern Shovelhead