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!