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.
Formerly Known as Newbie
Hello Sarah and welcome to Bike Forums. There are a couple of forums here that might be of help in your restoration process, Bike Mechanics and maybe Classic and Vintage (if the Schwinn qualifies as such).
One good thing about doing your own wrench work is you learn a lot about bikes. After you finish your project, keeping the bike in working condition should be very easy.