Back on the chain gang
My interest in bikes and cycling has been rekindled recently. I'm a 40-something engineer in Silicon Valley.
My current rides are:
1- A ca. 1997 Specialized Hardrock, no suspension. Purchased new for $199. Currently has 1.5" road tires on it, but I'll switch it back now that I bought a road bike.
2- A ??mid 80s?? Nishiki Olympian, bought today (Sept.02) for $50 at the flea market. This has shimano gear, including a very early SIS system for the rear, and six gear cluster, and two Biopace chain rings. This is a very comfortable bike, triple-butted chrome-moly frame. 700c araya rims, currently Schwinn tires. Shift is on the down tubes, the brake cables are under the bar tape (what's the word for that?), and it came with two bottle cages. It's a medium size frame. If anyone knows more about this please send me a note.
3- (just given to daughter because I got the Nishiki) A early 80s Miyata 310. Nice triple-butted chrome-moly frame, 12 speeds, but lower level gear that the above. Purchased about a month ago for $25 bucks at a garage sale. Excellent condition.
4 - (not running) a ca. 1960 Schwinn Tandem, rear step through frame. Needs major work, only has some dummy ten-speed rims to keep it off the ground. I have most of the special hardware, but I do need a replacement for the original idler wheel. I've had this since I was 16 years old. It has lived in various incarnations. Started as a plain, candy apple red. I painted it white, with red pinstripes, and put red anodized alloy rims with a rear drum and 5 speeds. I grew tired of that, and made it a twelve speed with Shimanao 600 gear in early 1980. I had temporarily borrowed the wheels and derailers for a pseudo-mountain bike in mid 1981 (they were hard to find and very expensive then), when that bike got stolen. The tandem languished for about 8 years, then I did a mediocre rebuild using some beat-to-snot Schwinn heavy duty rims. I moved those rims to a comfort bike for my wife, and now I am looking to get it back together. Wife says she'll ride with me too if I fix it up.
I know, "War and Peace" here. All for now.
WELCOME to the forums. There are a lot of members who swear by the older bikes for price and beauty. You seem to have the knack for finding deals. Look forward to hearing more from you.
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