Join Date: May 2011
Location: Maryville Il
Bikes: 2009 Giant Rincon, 1996 Dyno Zone, 198? Raleigh Capri SS
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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
well, here are the picks.