Model: Mesa Runner
Obtained: Aug 2009
Found: Someones Yard
Paid: The sign said FREE....
This is a throw back post. I was going through some photos and came across a bike Project that I had not yet posted. A number of years ago when I was; A) still a speed play using-lycra wearing-Aluminum frame riding-roadie and B) still married, I was out for a nice summer ride when I broke my chain. I didn't have the right tools for a fix so I was clip clopping home in my roadie shoes when I came across an 80's vintage mountain bike in someones front yard with a free sign on it.
|Free - "as is"|
|El Rusto Primo|
|seen better days|
Some of the chrome wasn't in the best nick either.
And it also had cantilever brakes which I have never been the best at adjusting.
I realized my wife (now Ex) had a milestone birthday coming up and this might be a nice present, with a bit of TLC that is. This project was unique in a lot of ways, its the only ladies mountain bike I have rebuilt and its the only the second bike where I have ever repainted the frame (the first was an old Azuki). At this point in time I hadn't done much refurbing of bikes so I didn't really have a parts bin, nor was I as well acquainted with bike parts on the internet as I am now. I did, however, have a Motiv Mt. bike (Costco purchase) laying around not getting any use that I could cannibalize.
|not really motiv-ating|
And what I discovered later was my most important purchase, a wicker front basket.
It was with this rebuild that I discovered that Ladies love the basket, when I presented the bike to her the very first thing she said was "oh I love the basket", not "Wow you did a lot of work", or "is that even the same bike!".... LOL. So now when I build a ladies bike I always try to put a basket on it.
My paint philosophy with the 10 speeds I refurbish is to leave it original and use a 3 step wax process to get it in the best shape possible. If the purchaser wants new paint I leave that to them but once you replace the original paint job you can't go back. With this bike I decided on painting the frame because A) the paint wasn't in very good shape B) the bike is not a "collectable" and C) I had a vision for this project of a blue frame. I was fortunate that on the day I was at the hardware store to get the spray paint for this project I had my, then 6 year old, daughter along as my advisor. I had a steel blue in mind but when I picked it up my little fashionista piped up with "no daddy, not that one" so I asked her what blue she thought mom would like and that is what went on the bike, and of course her mom loved it.
Although the marriage didn't last things are good, I live 3 blocks away, we get along better now than when married and she still has the bike and takes it for rides with our daughter so I think this project ended up being worthwhile. You may have noticed that in addition to cleaning up nicely I was able to the rear rack leveled (OCD) I think it makes things look much nicer.
Until next time. Ride.Smile.Repeat.