No, this was a response to that other guy who made a jab at my own priorities. Wasn't talking about anyone else.
I like your bike and like even more that you are getting great function out of something many wouldn't have looked at. Like the baskets too!
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
Sheesh, folks--it's a bike and she commutes on it. Let's get over it and enjoy the fact that another former-soon-to-be-landfill-mass-lump is now bringing joy to someone else, with very low carbon emissions...
I like it--especially after I read what your intentions for it are.
Oh, and for the record, joeyBike's videos most often feature a Cinelli SuperCorse (a superb, if "sleeper," thoroughbred)--he'd have a harder time hunting geeks on that Surly he occasionally drags out...
"I had this baby hand made in Tuscany, from titanium blessed by the pope. It weighs less than a fart, and costs more than a divorce..."
He's still fun to watch
12 Schwinn Tourist, 90 something Gary Fisher Marlin (Ss conversion), ?? Bike E RX
looks like it will do the job well....
Yip, your bike has a very utilitarian elegance about it. Don't get butt-hurt by the Bourgeoisie bike snobs. They sometimes have a difficult time comparing the math of inexpensive bikes. Specifically, they get a little edgy when comparing the satisfaction equation of expensive bikes vs. inexpensive or in your case, free bikes.
Satisfaction/t(time) = ((Amount of Use + desirability factor)/expectations)/price paid
Removing expectations, the simplified equation is Satisfaction over time is a function of the amount of use + desirability factor divided by the price paid. This equation can be used to compare ANY material purchase with another similar material purchase.
Comparing satisfaction over time between two identical bikes, used identically, the less expensive of the two will mathematically have a higher satisfaction factor.
Where the Bourgeoisie lose their minds is when a free bike is entered into the equation and compared to a mithral racer with an ethereal price. You can see from this equation that with respect to ANY free bike, Satisfaction over time for a bike with a price of zero, is so great that it cannot be defined.
Summation: All other things being equal, cheap bikes are funner, free bikes are funner still.
Cool beans, keep up the good work.
how many miles! can you beat my BSO?
Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S)
Rohloffs seen on the commute: 3
Glad you've got something you enjoy... that bike looks snazzy to me.
I've gotten great use out of my free 40-year-old clunker bike. It's ugly as sin, but does the job and has yet to break down
I was given a Man's/Boy's 1989-1990 Murray Sky Canyon 26" 18 speed bike as well that was left out doors under a tree for months before a friend come across it when he was picking up junk and scrap metal.
I striped the bike down and cleaned all the bearing and repacked them with new grease and spray painted the frame black also.
It's a little different that you model year Murray with the V-Brake system.
has Shimano friction shifters and derailleurs and it shifts ok and rides pretty darn good for a cheap box store bike of the 90's which are a lot better quality made bike than today's box store bikes!
I've had a few bikes in my life, TREK 970, Peugeot..? the one with the chrome fork and Dura Ace components, and I have two 2008 Currie Trailz electric bikes, an old Sears Free Spirit ten speed and the 1980 Raleigh Mixte Gran Sport built in Japan and each bike gets used for different reasons.
I hear to often where people bash bikes for being one thing or another or not being something it's not and all I can say to these people is why don't they take their gas polluting oil burning road rage cars and trucks out of their lives and stop the demand for groups like ISIS, ISIL, "IS" Islamic State of holding us hostage over oil once they take full control of oil industry in that region of the middle east.
Electric cars with on board generators to recharge their batteries while stuck in a traffic jam or back up for hours and only use a little fuel. alcohol, etc. to get them where they need to go.
Whether it's a $5000.00 Drone toy or a $50.00 SYMA X5RC, XR5C-1, etc if what you can get by with regardless of your pocket book if it suits your needs and enjoy it then that's all that matters!!!
I'm no genius but I'm far from ignorant..lol
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When you cant find it or fix something forget it and try it again later and it will fall into place...Laws of Averages..!!!
Free is free is free! You are already ahead of the game. You can ride that bike into the ground and when it dies, you aren't out anything.
There is nothing wrong with friction shifting - yes, it may be less precise, but it works. If it didn't work well, there wouldn't have been such a bike boom in the 70s. They don't take any real particular skill or luck - and riding with friction becomes simple enough.
When it comes to BSO (Bike shaped objects), see AcidFasts' thread about his Mango, still going strong.
"All of the true things that I am about to tell you are shameless lies."
This thread is quite old. I wonder if the bike on the original post its till rolling. And if it is I would like to know about any upgrades done to it.
A free bike that does the job (safely) is awesome!
Who cares what brand it is. Keep riding.
"Cycling is for pleasure not penance"