The base bike was given to me by an old friend who got it from his brother's estate. He was sick of going through the stuff and asked if I wanted an old bike. This was over a year ago and I have had it sitting in the garage since.
It was your classic early 80's bike that they made a gazillion of and was nothing special. Knowing that Evelyn would be moving off campus for next year and would need some transportation besides her feet I decided to flip this into a decent ride for her instead of just buying generic bike for her.
It was semi-rough to start.
The decals were a bit flakey on one side, all acceptable for the future life of this bike which was to be a campus bomb-around bike for Evelyn. Functional, but not so cool to be a thief target. The frame cleaned and shined up with a coat of turtle wax!
First was strip everything for cleaning. Especially those handlebars and the dried out cracked cables and housing. The rear cassette was rough and I could not get it to spin smoothly so I just bagged it into a parts bin. I had a set of rims with rear cassette from a previous rebuild that could not get finished so I parted it and the front rim to this bike. They were Araya rims. Tru and very serviceable. I bought some tires from that site that Ryan turned me on to, "Junky Rusty Bikes". They were a nice fit and a good price for a cool look with red pin stripe side walls
Low cost Planet bike rear rack, with a wire basket and stretchy goods holder from Rivendale. Ryan, I thought about a real basket,basket like you said, but could not find one for the back rack. Plus this bike will be outdoors a lot on campus and I thought the wire was more practical. Zip tied it all onto the rack.
Still an nice clean look
Hope everybody is enjoying the summer riding season!!