Sunday, February 21, 2010
N+1 for realz this time
Earlier this month, I was making the rounds. Occasionally I'll cruise a strip on the way home from work where there are some thrift stores and pawn shops. Most of the time the bikes are cheapo mountain bikes from big box stores. I generally don't even look unless a bike has racing bars. Well, I spotted this beauty.
It had that look of the puppy at the pound that says, "Take me home!" It's a 1987 Schwinn Prelude. The Prelude was the "worst of the best" in the Schwinn lineup that year. It shared a lot of features with the more expensive bikes, including Shimano indexed shifting (which was state of the art in 1987), Columbus Tenax tubing and 700C aluminum wheels, weighing in at a trim (by 1987 standards) 24 pounds. This specimen had most of those features preserved, although some modifications had been made.
The most notable was the Shimano indexed downtube shifters had been replaced by some rather sorry-looking stem-mounted friction shifters. Plus there was some rust on the frame. Still, I could see the potential, so home we went. I took care of the rust right away, going from this,
I also picked up some original Shimano Indexed Shifters at a swap meet and installed them on the downtube.
I did some general cleanup and new cable housings, redid the handlebar tape and adjusted the seat height to my size, and now it looks pretty sweet.
Posted by Doohickie at 8:19 PM