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
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.