so do you have a whole shed full of old bikes that you are fixing or using for parts?
So... You sound like my wife.
I have 3 bikes: 84 Peugeot, 501 chromoly with modern drive train ($450 total I paid $50 for it... It was converted to a beach cruiser when I saved it), mid level bikes direct mtb hard tail ($500), city bike 1978 lugged free spirit, racks, fenders, commuter (purchased at vintage swap meet for $50).
16.5 year old son: 2 bikes: hard tail mountain bike: Mid level frankenstein mtb. Most of the parts came from a trek 3800 that I found thrown away with a busted chain stay. I picked up a used iron horse (branded north face) frame for $20. I think I have $100 in that bike. He has a 1972 Schwinn varsity that he has never ridden (maybe $50 in consumables, most of it is free from a neighbor who was moving). It is a beater bike, with various part box upgrades, that he will take to college and it can sit on a bike rack and get snowed / rained on and eventually stolen / lost.
8 almost 9 year old. Some x Mart 18 inch "bmx" style bike that he has out grown, but still rides.
Not in use 4 bikes plus the new trek whick will replace the nishiki the all technically belong to the 9 year old:
14 inch frame/24 inch tires Schwinn thrasher, ridged mtb with a drop bar conversion into a cyclocross bike. My oldest road this from 8 till 12. With a season of cross and multiple triathlons. It is a late 90s frame when Schwinn was still a bike store bike. I paid $20 plus $100 for the conversion. This might be my favorite bike in the house.
Some x Mart mtb. 20 inch wheels. I replaced the brakes an the levers. It is heavy and the shocks are junk. But it taught by oldest the basics of mtb
48 or 49 inch 1987 giant quasar road bike. The frame was free (same person that gave me the varsity). Converted to modern drive train. $200 in it. My oldest raced triathlons with this from 12-15. This was his primary bike and his favorite. But it was a road bike he missed cross and mtb. He purchased the nishiki, $40 I have done nothing, it is in between x Mart and entry level bike store. My 9 year old will never ride the nishiki it will end up as parts for the trek.
My wife thinks she can get by on one bikes direct comfort bike.
I am down to 1 bankers box of parts. A couple spare tires and a rear wheel / tire for the trainer. I am doing really good... Tell my wife
Edited by Sidney Porter, 09 August 2020 - 05:18 PM.