Utility Cycling Want to haul groceries, beer, maybe even your kids? You don't have to live car free to put your bike to use as a workhorse. Here's the place to share and learn about the bicycle as a utility vehicle.

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Old 07-08-08, 12:18 AM
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Hi Everyone,

I spent this 4th of July at my folks' summer home in Southwest Michigan. I took a ride on my main bicycle, a GT Transeo 4.0. I rode to this place that my family uses up there to get kid's bikes repaired. I rode about 6 miles till I saw this huge sign that said BIKE REPAIR, Buy, Sell, Trade.

SO I ventured into the yard, full of rebuilt kid's BSO's, trailers, trikes, and old cruisers. An old man in a tie-died t-shirt was helping another man fit a pink bicycle into the truck of his small SUV. WHen the man pulled off, I walked over to him and asked, "Do you have any older Road Bikes? You know, like a Schwinn Varsity or something?"

"Oh, you mean ten sepeds," he said, "We have plenty of them. Follow Me."

So I followed him through the array of BSO's into an old barn. The barn was full of old Ten Speeds, Shwinns, Ralieghs, Fujis, and Several others that I can't remember. I spent a good while looking through all of the bikes when one stood out. A smaller Green Varsity sat between a Traveler and a Continental. I pulled it out, its front tire was flat, but other than that it was in great shape.

"I went and found him and told him that I would take this bike. He told me that this was one of the bikes he had completely rebuilt and sold it to me for $125. He popped the wheel off of another Varsity and I gave it a test run. Very sturdy. My new Utility Bike. So he popped the normal wheel back on and offered to give me new tubes and tires for $30. I told him no thanks, I wanted to put the same tires on it as I have on my Transeo, Specialized Armadillo All-Weathers(the only 27 inch armadillo's). So I rode home, hitched up my trailer and rode back. I brought the bike home and patched the tube. I then removed my Cetma Rack from the GT and put it on the Varsity. I wanted to hitch up the trailer, but Varsities don't have quick release hubs.

So What else should I do to my new old bike?
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