As I've mentioned once or twice before, I still have my first road bike ( a Nishiki sport circa 1982), although I stopped riding it some 13-15 years ago, and didn't care for it properly in the interval. I took it into a LBS a few weeks ago for an estimate on putting it into good order--around $250--they said the frame & fork "are perfect" but most all the components are toast due to rust & age. I really had pretty much decided not to fix it, as I could put that money toward a new second bike that I would be more likely to ride. Well, when I got home there was a message from one of the bike shop mechanics--he wants to buy it to convert to a fixed gear.
I have surprised myself at the emotions I am feeling at the thought of letting it go --I will let him have it but still--
It was a gift from my (future then ex) husband, who got me interested in biking & who has since passed away.
I rode it down the California coast,went bike camping with it, toured all around San Diego county, and on the first bike path rides with my young daughter.
It is (was) a good machine, even if I didn't much like the shifters on the stem.
Lots of memories attached to it, & I suppose in a way it represents my younger self.
Today I even (briefly) considered attempting to refurbish it myself. Read all about using molasses to remove rust. But realistically, I have a new bike, and no tools, and much more than likely would not much use the Nishiki at all. So it is time to say goodbye, hope that it gets treated with a little respect, and feel just a little sad as I pass it on.