Join Date: Jan 2007
Bikes: 2010 Tarmac SL, 2013 Fairdale Weekender, 2013 Fairdale Coaster, 1995 Specialized M2 Pro, 1972 Schwinn Heavy Duty, 2014 Surley Long Haul Trucker
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My before and after commuter!
My own little pride and joy. A guy I know was selling this bike and all that went through my head was, "Oh no, I need this bike and probably don't need another." SOooooooo I bought it and did a little experiment with it. The goal was to make it say "ME!" I don't deal with all 4 seasons in CA but made this bike ideal for anywhere I live in the future. Probably will never sell this bike, it's really growing on me as I ride it more.
It showed up at my doorstep like this:
Kinda boring. No character really, just a "Bleh" looking bike from the early 90's. Got it for $200 so the price seemed right.
Here's the after:
Honestly, it cost a lot to restore it... more (way more) than what I initially paid. But again, I wanted to make a project out of it. After 3 or 4 pay checks, here's the upgrades:
A rack that doesn't rattle
Shorter toe clips (Others would overlap the fenders waaaay too much)
Estimated total price: $800 or so
In the end I was surprised at how easy it is to really clean a bike up. The tires made all the difference by changing them from a 32c to a 42c. The big question was, "Will my frame allow a bigger tire?" Well, not really but I make it work.
Pretty damn close, maybe a 5mm gap. If I get out of the saddle and "sprint," it rubs like a mother f'er. If I run the tires at a higher PSI, it rubs too. That said, never sprint with groceries in your panniers. Lesson learned.
Next on the list is a NiteRider TriNewt. Sadly, my actual commute is 1.5 miles to work. However, I never drive my car so it's almost "all I got."
Last edited by Tapeworm21; 02-28-09 at 03:33 AM.