I have been shopping around for a road bike to take back and forth to work and also just for a road bike to ride for fun. Since I didn’t want to throw down a grand to get a low end road bike, I decided to go vintage. I looked at some bikes around town, ebay and even drove up to some bike swap up near Westminster College. Then one lucky day I stopped by my in-laws and found this nice 1980 schwinn – traveler sitting in the old shed. After a few moments of begging, my father in law was good enough to give it to me.
I got some new tires, tubes, and brake pads and within a few hours of work I had a nice, functional bike. I rode around the neighborhood only to have my back brake lever fall off in my hands. So I upgraded my brake levers to some nice new ones. They really made a nice difference.
I took the bike around the usual routes in the neighborhood for several days before I tried the long trek to good old Security National Life. Last Friday I decided to make the grand voyage to work and back. It is a nice 12.5 miles to work, mostly down hill. I got up at 5am and got to work within the hour.
The trip back was really hot, it was 103 at my home when I returned home. And since it is downhill to work it is mostly all up hill back to home. It completely kicked my butt, but I toughed it out and made it all the way back home.
I got to put nearly 50 miles on the new bike this weekend, and I really have found a great new hobby that will do me some good this summer.