Hey! I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Sarah! I am 24 years old and I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am in the process of restoring a 1990 Schwinn Caliente 12 speed (Red). I haven't rode a bike since I got my license. (God, that is terrible!) But I have been living a really active lifestyle for the last year (I have lost 85 lbs!) and I am interested in using my road bike for commuting to work.
I have a 50 mile roundtrip commute everyday, but I am thinking I will use the bus for a good portion. Bike a mile, ride the bus, bike 10 miles and be at work. Luckily, my job does not require me to look nice and I end up showering at work almost every day anyways. I am planning on doing a couple trial runs on the weekend before I depend on my bike to get me to work on time.
However, I am feeling a little overwhelmed. I know nothing about bike restoration and I am just reading books, looking online and talking to the guy at the bike store. I never know if I am tightening it just right or it is too loose or too tight. Safety is a big deal for me. (As it should be.) I want to have good quality equipment but I am tight on cash. I dont know the difference between overpriced crap and quality deals.
I know that once I have completed my project, it will be worth it. I will be saving a ton of money in gas and getting a really good workout before 7am. It is just getting there that is a little frustrating.