My usual deal with the man who runs the events is I get to select an old road bike thats not getting packed off to Africa if I make a donation to the local bike co-op, which I am happy to do. A little research showed this Mixte to be a 1977 model.
This bike is also unique for the fact that it has a Brooks saddle...that is not leather! I had never seen one like this before and didn't even know Brooks made saddles from any other material besides leather.
|A vinyl Brooks!?|
One reason that this bike has been in the project queue for so long is it had the dreaded stuck stem. I tried many things to get it unstuck but finally had to resort to amputation and I still have the bit left in the fork steerer-tube to cut out so the frame has languished for a while and its wheel-set has since been used on another project.
That has all changed recently however, my Niece is going to go to grad school and needs a bike. I would be happy build a bike up for her in any case but the fact that she going be attending my alma mater makes this an extra special project. (Editors note: she will be getting a Masters degree in English and Film at Oregon State University and teaching English Composition)
In addition to getting all the normal upgrades to tires, cables and chain we are going to go with a city bar set up like I did on her Mom's Schwinn LeTour III I am thinking something like the Wald #8095 bars.
I have also ordered up set of new alloy hub, 36 spoke 27 inch wheels to replace the long departed original set. I recommended to my Niece we go with bolt on rather than quick release since that might be a theft deterrent. This bike will also have a first for me, a Wald wire front rack. I thought she would want to go wicker but she wanted something more practical so wire it is. Like me she likes the shiny silver look.
Now I just need to spend some time with the frame and a hacksaw blade to get the old stem out and I can start building this frame back up. Should be a fun project. Until next time; ride.smile.repeat.