Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Still in Santa Barbara
Bikes: Catrike Pocket, Lightning Thunderbold recumbent, Trek 3000 MTB.
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Found a cool bike
So on a walk the other day I found a cool bike. It's a very old, probably 1970 or so Schwinn Breeze ladies 3-speed. The only thing wrong with it is it needs a tire.
I found out why it was abandoned when I went in search of a tire. They are a weird size and hard to find even though I went to the bike kitchen where they have all kinds of weird sizes and old bikes to pillage parts off. Whoever abandoned it probably couldn't find a bike shop that sells the tire. I couldn't. I ended up ordering a tire online from Harris Cycles after a total bike geek measured the rim with calipers and found out exactly what size it is. I'm waiting for the tire now.
I am looking forward to fixing it up and riding it. It weighs a ton and the gearing is really high. I can barely ride it anywhere in town (I know because I rigged up a way to temporarily ride it with the big hole in the tire just to test it out) because the lowest gear is really high even on flat ground.
I will probably sell it once I fix it, but I kinda want to keep it. Why don't modern bikes have chain guards and fenders? Sure it's heavy but how nice it is to ride and not get dirty and not have to roll up your pants or worry about puddles! I think car-free could be more possible for people if riding a bike wasn't so dirty.
Anyway, people regularly seem to abandon bikes in my neighborhood. So in addition to saving money being car-lite I can make money fixing bike tires. So many people abandon bikes just because the tire is flat or some other tiny little thing is wrong.
Blah blah blah. Enough from me. That's all I had to say.