Hi, everyone. I'm a middle-aged woman from New Orleans.
I ride for exercise and light commuting. I'm an aspiring wrench -- I started taking apart bikes and putting them back together with a pair of pliers and a butter knife when I was about 7 years old. I mostly have experience on older bikes.
I lost a couple of bikes in Katrina. But, after I got back to town, I started picking up bikes (flooded and non-flooded) out of the trash. Finally, my life has settled enough to try to get some of them up and running. Also, I kept one of my flooded bikes and may one day try to fix it up because it's my favorite bike ever. It's an old Bottecchia, probably early- to mid-70s. It has a strange mixte frame -- instead of being straight, the two side tubes bend a bit where they attach to the seat tube.
I managed to pull a few decent components, including a shimano deerhead derailleur, and a pair nice, true wheels with matrix rims and deore xt hubs.
Right now I'm getting ready to put together a trek 930 single track xc. The frame does have a problem that I'll go into in another post.