I have 3 road bikes- Giant TCR C-Boreas Ignis-Pinarrelo Uno FP- 2 mountain bikes in a Bianchi Grizzly and a Kona Explosif and The offroad Tandem in a "Dale" Mt2000 that is fully set up for offroad. Enough bikes to keep me going under all conditions and all get used. I also have a couple of bikes not used in a Dawes Galaxy that needs a lot of restoration to get ridable and a Giant Trance 3 that i don't ride as I don't like full suspension and it is heavy.
So what have I just done? ? ? ?
I've bought another bike.
The one I am lacking is something for local shopping. Something that will take a rack- not be too upsetting if it goes walkies and be reasonable to ride if I want to go a bit further. Well one turned up a few weeks ago for me to repair. A mongoose upright "Hybrid" with an Alfine 8 speed Hub. When it arrived it was filthy and needed a new chain. Problem is that there was so many parts required to bring it up to ridable condition and it looked as though the hub needed work. It definitely needed a new chain so all I did was fit an old one I had and adjusted a few things and sent it back to the owner. I also told the owner that the work was FOC but told him to get rid of it. Bit of investigation and the hub would be ok after some work on it and not much money but the bike was not worth keeping if he wanted a reliable bike for his commute. The bike was basically sound but did need stripping to get rid of 2 years of road "Gunge" on it and when i say stripping- I mean stripping. It was covered on dried on grease and dirt that will not come off with just a bit of detergent and wiping.
The owner agreed that the bike is not worth putting effort into- or money so i have just bought it from him for £50--about $80 Yesterday I started scraping off the gunge and surprise- surprise- The Gears still work- brakes need new pads but work well- and whats more- it it fits and is comfortable. Rode it down the town- only a couple of miles and I went for it. Pics are after I cleaned it up a bit and as I say- it needs a complete strip down and clean.
Hope I have done the right thing----What do you think?