Buying new/Fixing a Scrapper
I just wanted to know what option would be best for a novice like me: fixing my friend's ~1981 Miyata or buying a fresh new bike from the LBS?
I plan to spend under $100 to purchase the bike from my friend and slowly work at replace components until it is a proper ride. It is a single speed bike and I've only ridden it once. What do you think?
Not a Miyata...A Raleigh!
So I finally got back into the scene/hobby with the inheritance of my new Single speed, a Raleigh 410 Steel frame. Given to me by my friend who is now in Ohio, I am really interested in upgrading/swapping parts as mentioned above.
I'm plan to just start small, but eventually make the bike my own. When I brought it home the other day, one of the workers convinced me to buy a new tire. It was indeed in scary condition, so I replaced it with a $20 tire that works really well. It was a gamble, but I was able to ride home on it in almost an hour.
Today I was at the shop and asked around, but I went cheepo and bought some brake pads for $1.25 each. Next up will be the saddle. There's a big hole in the seat and the Styrofoam is exposed...I haven't yet decided on the shape (or color if it matters). But the ones at the store weren't really for my tastes. They ranged from 20-30 for the decent looking ones.
I promise to take a picture soon, just so I can possibly identify it under more exact terms.
Thanks for reading.