|What the hell happened?|
And then the bike spoke to me in heavily accented English; Pleeze Monsieur, HELP!, remove my shame, Merde! undo what zey did to moi, I want to be ze road bike again. Lets Allez! How could I possibly walk away? When one of the other customers overheard me telling the wrench I was getting the bike solely to restore it to its natural state, he offered to take the ape hangers and banana seat off my hands for $10, since the bike was only $25 I was able to take on another bike project I didn't need for a net of $15 bucks.
Once I stopped shaking my head over the absurdity of what had been done to this former road bike,
|classic 70s head badge|
|Atax stem with made in France flourish and non plastic Simplex stem shifters|
Once I got down to business cleaning it up, replacing all the standard pieces and cleaning and rebuilding the bearings it all came together pretty nicely.
Once I had it back to its 70′s entry level road bike glory, it sold in a day on Craigslist to a nice young lady who teaches science to kids.