I'm currently on a temporary (six to nine month) out-of-town work assignment in Moreno Valley, CA. I was looking for an inexpensive bike in a large size (I'm 6'-2" with a 36" standover clearance) that I can use for weekend exploring and for possibly riding back and forth to the job site - less than a 5 mile commute. The "disposable" in the subject line refers to the fact that, at the end of the job, if I decide it's too expensive to ship the bike back home, I'll strip my accessories off of it and either sell it cheap or give it away.
I like "retro" stuff, and I do not like brifters (my current bike is a LHT with bar-end shifters), so when this guy popped up on the Bikes Direct web site, I just had to go for it:
I was a little hesitant about (maybe) the SunRace and MicroShift driveline, but I was won over by the gearing (3-chainrings) and by it's totally retro look. But the info given is a little conflicting, as in the specs it lists SunRace and MicroShift, but in the description in refers to Shimano components. So I don't know exactly what I'm getting - I guess I'll see. I figure, if I end up keeping it, and if the driveline gives me trouble, I can always swap out the components for something better. Hopefully the shifter for the RD can be set to friction mode if I don't like how it shifts.
I've never ridden a bike with downtube shifters, but I really like the bar-ends on my LHT. I also started out riding about 35 years ago on a 10-speed gas pipe bike (Ross) with stem shifters, so I'll probably be able to quickly adapt.
I already have a suitcase packed with a Brooks B17, a headlight and rear blinkie, and a touring-style handlebar bag, an under-seat bag, plus a few extra tools to help with assembly that I'll take out there with me - I'm currently home (my REAL home) for the weekend. Still have to score a floor pump and a frame pump, plus a couple of other goodies, and I'm on the road again!