New life for an older bike

In its original condition and configuration
In its original condition and configuration

Take a look at our most recent restoration of an older (mid-80s) Fuji Espree that we (kudos to our mechanic Jordan for his work on this one) did for a customer.  They wanted to ride it again, in comfort of course.  So, the before and after pics here will show you how an older drop-handlebar style bike can be reconfigured into what is commonly called a “hybrid” or a city bike:

http://s794.photobucket.com/albums/yy225/msubikes/Larry%20Metzger%20Fuji%20Espree/

After it's refurbishing - reconfiguring as a city bike.
After it’s refurbishing – reconfiguring as a city bike.

The only thing I’d do to make it a perfect city/ commuter bike would be to add fenders, kickstand, lights and a rack.  Anyways, if you’ve got one of these older road bikes hanging in your basement or garage imagine riding it again and relive the old days instead of just assuming you need a new bike (which we’d be happy to sell you as well!).

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Author: Tim Potter

Sustainable Transportation Manager, MSU Bikes Service Center; member of the All University Traffic & Transportation Committee (http://auttc.msu.edu); founding member of MSU Bike Advisory Committee (https://msubikes.wordpress.com/volunteer-donate/msu-bac/); advocate for local & regional non-motorized transportation issues thru the Tri-Co. Bike Assn. Advocacy Committee (http://groups.google.com/group/tcatc); board member of the Ride of Silence (http://www.rideofsilence.org); year-round bicyclist of all sorts; photographer; soccer player; father of 3; married 30 yrs. to Hiromi, Japanese national (daughter of former Natl. Keirin Champion, Seiichi Nishiji); Christ follower.

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