Craigslist.com is one of the best inventions ever for the web. I have been scouring it the past few weeks for a road bike that is reasonably priced and in good shape. Yes, I realize I just bought a new bike a few months ago and not a road bike at that. I still don’t want a new road bike. I just wanted something that I could ride that I could get use to. Growing up I use to have a road bike and use to ride my dad’s old road bike but I always found them to be uncomfortable. Now I know it was because it was the wrong fit. Who knew that that was so important when it came to riding bikes? Certainly not my dad, who was our bike-buyer.
Anyway, after a few failed attempts to check out some bikes I finally landed one. The bike was older and belonged to a great family who kept the bikes in the garage. Slight rust but no where near as much as on the old mountie. The tires were flat and we pumped them a bit enough for me to ride. She needed new tires and tubes and some lubing but she road as smooth as I could imagine. She needed new handlebar tape also. She is an old Lotus Challenger, salmon in color. I’ve had her for a few weeks and she’s been a great project. I replaced her tires, lubed her up, cleaned her down, adjusted the handlebars and brakes. I’ve actually been doing a lot of adjusting on the three bikes the past few weeks. I have learned a lot. I’ve always been a very hands-on person and it really has been very fulfilling to me. I just need to pump the tires to their specified PSI and I can’t do that with my hand pump. Now I know I need a floor pump. I’m debating whether or not to take it out for its maiden voyage tomorrow. I want to get some good miles in and I don’t know if I’m ready to ride her that far just yet. We shall see. She is certainly a welcome addition to the ‘family.’ 🙂 I really need to get some pictures up.