14 March 2010

I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I liiiiike

3 years ago I found this bicycle on Craigslist.

It is a 1960's Murray Jetfire, preteen size. I knew a regular adult sized bike would be too big, so it took some dilligent searching to find one that would fit. $65 and a trip for Don to the NW side and that puppy was mine!

Needless to say, when we first got her, she was in a bit of bad shape. The rims were crooked, her chrome had started to rust, whitewall tires were tired, and the seat was about the most uncomfortable thing you've ever set your cheeks upon.

We got a new seat (which is like floating on a couch on wheels - I love), basket, and spiffed her up a bit, but I was still having some hub and brake issues. So she was parked until Don had some time to work on her (that would be post-wedding).

Last June, Don taught himself to build a bike wheel, ordered a new brake hub, and rebuilt my wheels! Then he scrubbed that chrome with steel wool, put on some car polish, and replaced my pedals & hand grips. I also got a white powder coated chain! (I've got my own bike mechanic. Jealous?) We had a photo shoot last fall:

(no, I absolutely do not ride without a helmet! unless it's for a fancy photo shoot on our one way street)

So this is my super sweet ride. And I'm stoked, because the eve of biking season is upon us, and I will be arriving at work in style once again!

(check out my chain, pedals and shiny goodness!)

(lucy the landlord's pug, with my bike)


The Maiden Metallurgist said...

That's exactly the kind of bike I'd imagine you tooling around on.

ercwttmn said...

nice lookin' ride nicole! she's purdy! don did a fabulous job!

Annie said...

Nicole, can you teach me to ride a bike. I actually never got off training wheels. Am I the only Chinese person who can't ride a bike? Possibly.