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    Senior Cyclist forresterace's Avatar
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    08 Specialized Sirrus Comp (drop bar touring bike), 1990 Norco Bushpilot shopping bike, 1988 Fiori Italia, 1971 Claud Butler Tipo Strada (under resto)
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    My Shopping/Town/Utility Bike

    I thought some of you would be interested in seeing my shopping/town/utility bike. It is a 1990 (circa) Norco Bushpilot. I picked it up on Craigslist for $70. Cosmetically the paint just needed a few touch-ups and the bike needed a major cleaning. Since this project was not just to end up with a shopping bike but also to be an educational bike-wrenching experience, I started with a complete dis-assembly. Right off the bat, a broken headset and quite trashed crank suggested that some new parts were in order. The rear derailleur was a pretty low-end piece from Shimano and the canti brakes didn't look very good either.
    With my computer humming, a new crank and rear der. were soon on their way from Chain Reaction in England. My parts bin then contributed some classic Suntour canti brakes, a good headset and Deore LX shifters. When installing the new Altus crank, I found that I needed a new wider spindle in the BB. All bearings were re-lubed with new balls and all original parts were cleaned and polished.
    I installed a rear rack and fantastic shopping panniers from MEC. A Specialized saddle from my spare collection was far superior to the original "gel thing". After riding the bike for a while I found that I wasn't happy with the position, so I ordered a new handlebar with a lot of rise and rake back - I loved it!
    It was a great winter learning experience and I use the bike regularly to go to the supermarket, library and post office, etc. I originally just wanted a simple bike for around town but I didn't seem to be able to stop myself upgrading in the rebuild and I ended up with close to $400 in the bike - Oh well!

    Doug
    2008 Specialized Sirrus Comp (dropbar touring bike), 1988 Fiori Italia, 1990 Norco Bushpilot shopping bike, 1971 Claud Butler Tipo Stada (under resto)

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    Nice!...Looks like a very practical bike for the money. I'm a huge fan of MEC and my buddy who buys high end ski gear for his son finds their retail prices are very reasonable. I don't think I can ride a bike now without handlebars like yours. You have the satisfaction of building it yourself and it should give you many years of service..

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    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
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    I like it. I think I'll build myself one like this. I have a frame that I am slowly painting and haven't decide what to do with.
    I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter. --Blaise Pascal

    Tom Reingold, noglider@pobox.com
    Residences: West Village, New York City and High Falls, NY
    Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

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