85 Specialized Expedition, 07 Motobecane Immortal Spirit built up with Dura ace and Mavic Ksyriums, '85 Bianchi Track Bike, '90 Fisher Procaliber, '96 Landshark TwinDirt Shark Tandem, '88 Curtlo
Specialized Expedition Quandry
I picked a mid 80's Specialized Expedition on Ebay this weekend, and am now finding myself in a great debate. It's been repainted yellow (very ugly) and was left to die a slow death in a backyard. To get it up and running, it needs at a minimum, tires, tubes, new cables, and I should probably rebuild the hubs, headset, and bottom bracket. It'll take a Saturday to get it up and running and looking decent again.
Here is the dilemma; I had one in the 80's and loved it, especially the metallic gray color. So the question is do I repair it in the next few weeks and ride it, or do I send it off to Cyclart or someone similar and have the frame painted, with decals, so it looks new, and then rebuild it with updated parts into a sweet new/old bike? I'm really torn and could use some help with the decision. Nice part is that the bike only cost me about $120 bucks. Thanks for your input ahead of time.
Powder coating is pretty reasonable = looks nice and I'd put a little more modern touring components and a B-17. Put your $$ in the parts. If I anticipated going cross country that's that's what I do. Now if it's retro memories you want that a whole nother thing entirely.