Some shit is just that. However, some shit is good shit. Take the 1970's Free Spirit bike, for example. I had one when I was in high school before I could drive. It was a 10 speed. I turned flipped the bars up on it. I could ride wheelies all the way down the street to the high school a couple blocks away. I rode it to junior high about 3 miles away. I remember freezing my hands on the steel bars after the tape disappeared on cold winter mornings. We rode bikes to school. Once upon a time. I'm not sure what happened to it.
Last Friday, a small person pedaled up to the shop on a Free Spirit bike. He was pretty tough to be pedaling this on a bike tour. He'd started somewhere up in Oregon and by the time he got to the shop, he was really tired of the gearing. What he really wanted was a new triple, lightweight aluminum wheels and a 9 speed cassette. After sussing out the bike, I told him that all that was possible, but couldn't happen as a "while you wait" repair. The one thing that would help was the installation of a triple crankset. With the Shimano Positron shifting, there was no way to really modify anything else without getting deep into parts replacements.
So, I told him how much it would cost to install a Sugino triple crankset and Shimano bottom bracket. He asked, "will I be able to get up the hills easier?" "Yes." And I was in motion. I told him to go get lunch and when he got back it would be ready. An hour later, he's back, the triple has been added and it was good to go. I actually breathed a sigh of relief when the front shifter and derailleur moved that chain easily over three chainrings.
The good shit. Back then, low end bikes actually had decent parts. The hubs on this bike spun smoothly. Everything worked nicely. It was a good bike. Today, shit bikes are shit bikes. What happened?
Oh yeah, he picked up a new seat because that steel shelled seat was killing his...it wasn't comfortable.
Post new crank
The crank is worth more than the whole bike, but when a bike has sentimental value...
The indexing of the Positron system.
The original Sugino crank that the triple replaced.
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