Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Several old Raleighs
New but old
Hi, I'm new to this forum but have been repairing bicycles for many years, mainly my sons and their buddies bikes. After I retired a couple of years ago, I jumped in with both feet, took my old pickup truck and went around this city picking up lots of bikes either for free or at a decent price, with a couple of beautiful Raleighs that cost much more than I planned on paying, but they were almost mint so how could I refuse? As of today, I probably have about 50 bikes on hand - stored in my little green house I built, in my pool change room, in the pool equipment shed and in my garage. There is almost every type you can imagine here other than tandems. And I have a real passion for the vintage models like the older Raleighs and CCMs. Because my garage is not heated, I brought several bikes into my living room to work on them over the winter. I share my house with my best friend and she has had to watch TV in the rec room this winter because she can't get into the living room with bikes in her way, but she just smiles and I promise to get them out once spring comes. And I just got a new pup, a golden doodle, to keep me company. Once spring is here, I have a big deck out back where I can repair the bikes, then list them to sell. I mainly change saddles, cables, tubes, tires and chains, oil and grease everything then polish them up really nice and test ride to be sure all is working as it should. There are not many women doing this in my area and I am now known as "the bike lady". Life is good when you can do something you truly enjoy and save bicycles from the dump.