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Old 10-27-11, 09:03 PM   #1
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New Bike---First Commuter........ For Free

So, I usually spend my time here on bike forums over in the MTB forums, but earlier this week I got a bike given to me from a friend, and I plan to start commuting to school and work next spring with the bike. So here I am.

So here is how I got the bike.

Last year I took the entire year off college to do an internship so I didn't see many of the people that I use to hang out with at school. Well, the other day I was at school talking with my friend that I use to hang out with and I can't remember what exactly brought it up, but we got talking about how he use bring his bike to the school on his car bike rack and use it to get between buildings (we have a very large campus), and I asked him why I hadn't seen him riding it this past semester. He said that last fall (2010) he got a flat on the bike at school, and on that same day his bike rack on his car also broke. So instead of trying to fit it in his small car, he parked it at a bike rack, and locked it up with one of those huge U-Locks (this made me feel better about bringing my bike to campus and locking it up). I told him that I had a rack in my trunk and that I could pick it up and take it to his house. He said no that after being there for a year it was probably super rusted and that he didn't really want it anymore. So I told him that if he was just going to let it sit there and rot until the school removes it that I would just take it. Needless to say, he almost instantly pulls out his keys and removes a key and slides it across the table to me and say there you go and good luck getting the lock off. I go by it later in the day after all my classes just to take a look to see if it even looks salvageable and see what type of bike it even is (i thought I remembered it being a Trek), and it barely had any rust anywhere and sure enough was a 2008 Trek 7100. So I loaded it up and brought it home. Took it completely apart and cleaned everything and even got almost all the rust off of it. The only things that even were rusted were the skewers, fork, and chain. The skewers still has a little surface rust (but who cares), the chain cleaned right up and shouldn't even need replaced till next summer/spring, and I coated the forks with wd-40 and used extremely fine sandpaper and was able to remove all the rust (i know its not the best way, but the fork is no longer locked up and even works pretty good now).

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Old 10-27-11, 09:17 PM   #2
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Leaving a bike out all the time, especially over winter, is hard on components. But you got an excellent deal on that one. A little steel wool should remove any addition rust. You could try add a very thin film of mineral oil on the forks to prevent new rust.

But it's an OK bike and good for commuting.
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Old 10-27-11, 09:29 PM   #3
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Free bikes are great, especially since this one's already got a rack and all on it. Ride the heck out of it and enjoy it, you did good.

By the way, we've got the same lock. It's a good one.
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Old 10-27-11, 09:31 PM   #4
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Leaving a bike out all the time, especially over winter, is hard on components. But you got an excellent deal on that one. A little steel wool should remove any addition rust. You could try add a very thin film of mineral oil on the forks to prevent new rust.

But it's an OK bike and good for commuting.
After removing the rust I coated the fork tubes with some multipurpose grease and compressed/uncompressed the fork to work it in, then wiped the excess off and repeated about 3-4 times (until the grease quit getting that rusty look). So I feel that the fork is in good enough shape and shouldn't rerust (I also do maintain my bikes pretty well). The fork really isn't that big of a deal to me, worst case scenario, it locks up and end up with a ridged bike that is a little heavier than it should be. I'm not planning on riding this bike hard, I have my MTB and BMX bikes for when I wanna get out a shred it up . I just hope the rest of the components aren't in terrible shape and will last at least next year. Surprisingly, the tires weren't even weather cracked. He fortunately parked it at the only bike rack on campus that is under a canopy so it didn't get rained or snowed on that much (only if it was really windy).

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Free bikes are great, especially since this one's already got a rack and all on it. Ride the heck out of it and enjoy it, you did good.

By the way, we've got the same lock. It's a good one.
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Yeah, the lock opened right up without a single whimper, and wasn't even rusted at all.
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You got the lock for free as well? Nice deal. Now take your friend to dinner, and don't show him the bike or he might want it back.
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On this forum you're going to have people ask why you don't start commuting now. Therefore, why not just start commuting now. Sprng is too far away and winter commuting is fun.
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Nice. My MTB-commuter was left outside for at least one winter (by me) and I still ride it. A friend of mine who just got into commuting originally bought a $50 26" CL bike and left it in his old apartment (before getting a mid-level CX bike instead). I've tried to convince him to actually bother and go get it even just for spare parts, etc. but he can't be bothered. I want it.
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Sweet deal
Now give your friend a nice thank you gift.
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On this forum you're going to have people ask why you don't start commuting now. Therefore, why not just start commuting now. Sprng is too far away and winter commuting is fun.
I will be commuting 16 miles one way in open farmland where the wind gets up to 20mph during late fall/early winter and (while not super cold) gets down in the 10's-30's. I personally hate the cold so I'm just gonna wait and keep getting in better shape with my MTB in the woods where wind isn't an issue until early spring.

Also, I have to get some things for it before I can start using it to commute, such as much larger panniers (to carry my school books), front and rear lights, air pump, and (don't need) but want a cheap computer. And right now I am completely broke. So for now I'm just gonna take it out on weekends for the occasional ride.

Also, (once I get some money) I am planning on taking my friend out and buying him dinner.

Edit: forgot, Also would like to add fenders and rain cover for the panniers to the list of things above.

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