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Mom Does It Again!!!(7 posts)

Mom Does It Again!!!Akirasho
Dec 4, 2003 3:59 PM
... some of you may recall, that last year, I posted that since I returned to cycling in the early Nineties, my Mom has made it a point to buy a child's bike and donate it to the local Children's Services to be given to a needy child over the Holidays... Today, she dropped off a new bike all by herself (she's ummmmm, 70, but don't spread that around) Way ta Go MOM!!!

Be the bike.
Thanksgiving day somebody was selling bikes for $25 ...Humma Hah
Dec 4, 2003 5:09 PM
... maybe it was Walmart. I'd expect they were pretty cruddy, but I could have bought three, with helmets, for donation if I'd had the gumption go face the crowds, for about $100.

$25 for a bike??? That would have qualified as cheap in 1960! I'd love to see one of those ... dunno how they could build more than a plastic trike for that. Maybe they don't actually have bearings? I once saw a kid's bike with a one-piece crank stuffed through a BB that contained no bearings.
Humma, I just yesterday picked up a bike for $9.75...rwbadley
Dec 4, 2003 7:03 PM
down at the Salvation Army.

I was standing there looking at this mint condition Schwinn Suburban ladies 10 speed with a basket on front no less! The price tag was at 19.50...hmmmm. So as I'm standing there, this guy is telling this lady co-worker "I wanna get all these bikes outta here, (they had maybe twenty assorted junk bikes) sell 'em all at 50% off" I overhear this, I go up and verify, yes indeed 9.75 out the door.

So this afternoon I had some time, I grease the BB, true the wheels, toss on some fresh rubber and tubes I happened to have laying about, put on some fresh front brake pads, clean and lube the chain, adjust the front and rear D, and here is a mint '74 Schwinn!

I took it out for a five mile ride and man this thing is really a very nice bike. I have in mind a lady friend of the family that could use it maybe. I hope somebody can get some use out of it. If not, then I'll certainly be happy to put some miles on it
And worth 10 to 20x as much as you paid for it ...Humma Hah
Dec 5, 2003 9:22 AM
... Good job! That's a nice old bike, maybe not a valuable antique, but almost certainly Chicago-built, with great riding qualities, quite servicable, and worth preserving and using. Same age as my Paramount.
Akirasho's Mom Rocks!Gregory Taylor
Dec 4, 2003 7:07 PM
That is soooooo cool. Group high five for her.
Yes, very cool Mom!...nmrwbadley
Dec 4, 2003 9:10 PM
True Christmas spirit. and a challenge for the board here? (nm)theBreeze
Dec 5, 2003 6:57 AM