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Old 06-11-10, 07:15 PM   #1
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Talk about one door closing but another one openning.....

I recently posted that the new bike I expected to get would not happen. Therefore, I assumed I would stay with my trike until I decided to do the search again.

But, the God of Bikes smiled upon me and sent my way an old clunker of a bike with an easier step through frame than the newer one I almost got.

And I got the bike for free re a good neighbor. It definitely needs work but the tires, crank set and frame seem pretty solid. Definitely needs a good cleaning.

The parts that need replacing seem to be the saddle and brake pads/cables.

But I'd also like to upgrade the following: the seat post to a suspension seat post, handlebars & grips besides repainting the bike a plain black (right now it's a pepto bismol pink).

In addition, I'd like to add a bell, bike mirror, bike rack & water bottle holder,

It's a one speed but I don't plan to make it a multi-speed right now. Maybe later.

The thing is I have a budget of $250 for the above. Beyond the replacements/add-ons that involve safety/comfort (brake pads/cables, saddle, bell & bike mirror) which one of the remaining upgrades/additions would you include in this $250 budget?

I think I can handle the general cleaning, bell, water bottle holder, the painting & bike mirror myself. But, I think I want to give my fav. LBS the job re the brakes/cables, picking out and putting in the saddle, suspension seat post and upgraded handlebar, grips and bike rack.
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Old 06-11-10, 09:32 PM   #2
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Is the saddle comfy for you? I'd change that before the seat post (unless the current one is a hazard). Terry's makes some lovely saddles for women and lots of people rave about Brooks saddles.

Pepto bismal pink? Oh my. Repainting is a heck of a chore since the bike has to be stripped for painting. Normally I'd recommend stickers or wrapping coloured tape or an old split in half inner tube, or even a handmade bike cozy for the top bar. But pepto bismal pink is such a ... "special"'colour. I'd be seriously tempted to tape everything and go nuts with the spray paint.

Maybe you could put up a picture of your new bike for more ideas? Do you have a theme in mind for style and decoration? Safety wise, you have a good idea taking it to a shop for a good once over and to replace worn out parts. But the cosmetic parts are a fun oppurtunity to make your bike unique.
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I'll be getting the bike tomorrow. I was away for most of the weekend and so my neighbor has kindly kept it in her garage until then. I'll take a picture and post it. Maybe people can help identify the thing too.

You know I quickly priced most of the items above and easily went over $250. Under the circumstances, I'm gonna have to do the most important things first and dyi most of the other things I mentioned, down the line.

I did have someone volunteer to repaint it for me. I didn't want to bother him but I may take him up on it. First things first though.

"I'll be back!!!....with pics.
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Talk about one door closing but another one openning.....
Yea, tell me about it. Just today I got in the driver's side of my car and closed the door, and half a second later, my girlfriend opened the passenger side door to get in. Weird huh.
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Yea, tell me about it. Just today I got in the driver's side of my car and closed the door, and half a second later, my girlfriend opened the passenger side door to get in. Weird huh.
I hate when that happens
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Just a few thoughts. First I think what hapened to you is real cool. Second brake pads are usually a simple unscrew old ones screw on new ones job. I'd do them myself and let the LBS have the cable's. They're usually not complicated either, and certainly DIY capable. I just hate doing them. Try out a seat if at all possible before you buy it. What one but likes another does not, and looks can be deceiving. I have a suspension seat post. It came stock with the bike. I would recommend looking for a seat with nice spring suspension and forget the suspension post. I don't have anything against it, and it is still there. I just can't really see a difference in it and rides on my other non suspension seat post bikes with the same seat. One final suggestion. If the paint is not bad just ugly try living with it for a while. It sometimes amazes me what I dislike on a bike to begin with that grows on me. Please note that I have only made the previous comments because you said, like me, you have a tight bike budget to stick with. Hope your new bike bring lots of enjoyment.
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Thanks tornado, I'll keep the above in mind if I ever find another bike.

Yes, folks. This door has also closed. My neighbor said she'd hold the bike for me until I came back from Miami - I was only gone for the weekend - but it's already gone!

It looks like she made the mistake of telling her grown up *****y daughter on Sunday that she was giving the bike to me. This prompt her daughter to rant and rave and complain about her mother giving everything away to strangers and not to her own flesh and blood.

And yes, you guessed it. She pressured her mother in giving her the bike even though she doesn't ride and have always referred to the bike as "old crap", according to her mother.

Whatever the case, I'm done as far as bikes go for now. I'll just stay with my trike but keep a sharp lookout for any other candidates but I'm not making this into a Holy Grail any more.
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That bike may well be half way to unstealable. Personally, I'd just paint the top halves of the frame tubes black, so that is what you see, and leave the rest PBP. With a fugly paint job and the step through frame you may not even need a lock.
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That bike may well be half way to unstealable. Personally, I'd just paint the top halves of the frame tubes black, so that is what you see, and leave the rest PBP. With a fugly paint job and the step through frame you may not even need a lock.

Heheheheheheh!!!! That's what I was thinking after a while. Shouldn't make the bike too desirable.

Alas, me and this Ugly Betty bike was not meant to be (see my post above).
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