My sister's bike was stolen this morning (She attends USC in Columbia SC). It was partly her fault in that she forgot to LOCK the bike lock, which is key activated.
I had a butt kickin post all typed up, but when I went to submit, I was not logged in or something and it go screwed, so no butt kickin' post.
I am replacing her bike with my Schwinn that I had setup as a single speed. I was in the middle of painting flames on it, so the thing was completely taken apart, and most of the stuff was packed away ready for the move to St. L. I dug it all out though, and rebuilt it as a 1x8( there are alot of hills where her apartment is, so I decided she probably wouldn't appreciate a single speed as much as something with gears) using a STX 8 spd shifter and a 105 rear der. I had a bunch of cogs laying around, so I was able to piece together a decent cassette. The only thing missing is a back brake, I only used a front brake when I was riding it, but I'm not comfortable with her going down hills with only one brake, mainly because there is lots of traffic and all that pertains to such.
When I finished it, I went and buzzed around the base to make sure the chainline worked and all that good stuff. I have to say, the bike was a blast to ride, and parting with it is going to be somewhat bittersweet.
Oh yeah, I never got all the flames painted on, my stencil didn't work as planned, and I decided to finish it in St. L. So the bike right now looks terrible, which I hope will lessen the chance of it being stolen.