A bike is reborn.
A little over three years ago, I pulled a bike out of a dumpster. It was a mid-to-low end early 80s bike boom bike, a 1983 Raleigh Marathon, that I dubbed the Dumpster Queen.
I outfitted her as a backup commuter bike and light tourer, a role she filled for a couple years.
About a year and a half ago, DISASTER! I took it to a charity ride and had a run-in with another guy in the parking lot. My chain got caught and it trashed the derailleur.
Ugly. I liked the bike, though, so I hung onto it, thinking maybe I would make it into a single speed at some point. Then, a week ago, I came across a good deal on Craigslist: a 700C wheel with a Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback hub. Time to get busy.
I straightened the dropout as best I could with a wrench and hammer massage.
I got the wheels on it; this might just work:
This morning there was a bike swap, and I picked up some bits I needed, including some pedals and wide cruiser bars (complete with cork grips). It all came together nicely and I took it out for its first ride today.
So far I've got about $80 into the bike, plus some parts out of the garage. I will eventually put a better seat on it and maybe a chain guard and fenders. We'll see.