Cycling in Sydney Australia
Fiona wants a new bike, and what she wants she tends to get!
Her Breezer Uptown is great for getting her around comfortably, but after my debut in Audax she has expressed the desire for something a little more suited to longer rides so we can do them together. Unfortunately, there isn't much money to spend at the moment, so we decided it would be fun to try to do it a little cheaper, building it up ourselves using second hand components where possible - it should be quite fun and we will learn a whole lot about how bikes go together.
Yesterday we purchased the important first component - a frame.
Fiona was after a mixte frame, for the occaisonal brevet or light tour the material was ideally going to be steel - not too many people make a suitable frame these days, except for Rivendell's Betty Foy. I was prepared for a bit of a search when we started looking halfway through last week, but then on Thursday we saw that a Sydney seller on eBay had listed a 1980s steel Apollo mixte frame, freshly sandblasted and painted (unfortunately pink, Fiona insists that that will change) and it was the perfect size for Fiona. Bidding started at $50 and it had yet to receive a bid, so it was definitely within our price range!
We watched it for the next few days, and no bids were lodged. 5 minutes before the bidding ended we placed a $50 bid, which was enough to win it for us. We have yet to actually see the frame, but from the pictures it looks quite good. Even if it turns out to be a false start, it hasn't cost us very much.
Here she is:
So, that was easy. Now comes the harder part - getting it rideable!
I'm thinking of heading on the Cycle Re-Cycle to see what can be scrounged from there. There are some things that we would probably prefer new, though - I think a new groupset would be nice, probably just start with Deore. Considering Fiona doesn't want to keep it pink I don't have too many qualms about getting some braze-ons attached for racks and maybe v-brakes too.
I know there are a few people that are pretty experienced when it comes to doing this kind of thing (KimR, I'm looking at you), so if any one has suggestions about how we should plan this out, good places to get our components from either new or second hand, or any other tips we would really appreciate it.