i am a graduate student who has rediscovered bicycling. i am an active person who enjoys running and tennis. i am mostly interested in commuter bicycling, and i am currently working on a single-speed road bicycle which was destined for the dumpster. i really and enjoy these forums, and i hope some day to be able to give advice as opposed to just receive it.
My beloved 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and my 2014 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Team bike
Welcome scrambled. What bike do you have?
When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking. — Arthur Conan Doyle
from the information i can gather from the internet, i have an 80s pinnacle fs road bike frame. it appeared that the previous owner was using it as a single-speed commuter bike, and installed bull-horn handlebars. i picked the complete bike up for $50, and i am slowly replacing things. i have put on some decent 700c wheels, a freewheel in the back, and a new brake in the front. i plan on using it for commuting/pleasure riding.
i am running into a frustrating reality of purchasing old bikes second-hand: refusal of lbs to work on my bike. one shop claimed that the fork is slightly bent and (fearing i might sue them) refused to touch the bike much less take it apart. is the fork bent? i don't know, because i don't have the tools or know-how to take it apart (i can do simple adjustments/replacements though). i want to replace the bottom bracket and crank set, but i am afraid to bring it in because of my past experience. how can one make a bike safe if the experts refuse to help me make it safe? anyway, maybe i will take the wheels and brake off, and just bring the frame set in; clearly it's not rideable because it has no wheels