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Join Date: Jul 2008
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Agony! Should I turn my back or extend a hand?
So I'm in the midst of building my first decent bike (read: beside the creatively pieced together second-hands that have plagued my cycling life). I have a wheelset (new! first ever!), brakes, bars, tires, derailers, racks, post and a saddle. Essentially, I need a frame, levers, pedals and a crankset.
Today, as I was scrounging through my LBS's used parts garage (slipping back into old ways...) I spotted a beautiful pair of Sugino AT cranks bolted onto a motley frame. I grabbed the frame and started towards the wrenches, but stopped. The frame was light as a tissue, and had cantilever posts, and all the little braze-ons, and was my size, and was a Fuji, a soft spot of mine. It was in rough shape: the paint was a mess, there was a fair amount of rust, hopefully just surface, and the forks were missing. Regardless, it is a 1984 Fuji Touring Series IV.
Obviously, I'm torn. I'm on my way up in life, towards that nice cozy home (frame), and new car (wheelset), and beautiful wife (bars!). Should I steal the shoes off the old drifter and throw her back in the gutter or nurse her back to life? Should I postpone/scrap my current build to do so? Will she be faithful if I did?