Though now long overdue, here, as promised, are pictures of the finished (more or less) 1973 Schwinn Suburban. I’ve been hesitant about posting them because (i) the chain guard isn’t on the bike yet (paint issues), and (ii) I still can’t get the derailleur adjusted quite right (mechanic issues). I think the bike needs a name. Anyone care to toss out some ideas?
This was my first build (not counting the refresh I did on Hannah’s bike). I’m really happy with it in some respects. The point was to get my feet wet, to learn my way around an old bike, to put together a fun ride from something destined for the trash heap. The project definitely accomplished all those things. However, I still have a lot to learn. More importantly, perhaps, the project only made me want to do something bigger, better, classier.
I’m debating how far to go with it, and how much to invest in it. To get this far, I spent roughly $150. So, for instance, in addition to the chain guard, should I add a rack, a classy saddlebag or handlebar bag, and upgrade the saddle and grips? Or should I leave this as it stands and find a better candidate for the keeper? If I move on to something else, it doesn’t really make sense to keep the Suburban, so what should I do with it? The thought of selling it outright doesn’t excite me much, but I’m not really sure who I might give it to. It deserves a good home, you know. I wonder if I could find a good trade on craigslist. That’s probably a long shot.
As for taking on another project, I totally dig the look of fixed gears but I don’t really have any interest in owning and riding one. Should I make one anyway with an eye toward selling it? What if I get attached? (That’s always a risk one takes when once you begin nurturing a beautiful but neglected old machine back to life.) I have to say, I took this bike out for my first real spin this evening and it felt absolutely great (derailleur issues notwithstanding). I mean it just felt really, really cool. I am positively certain that I need some kind of classic, vintage (i.e., 70s or 80s era), steel, upright, euro-style, town bike like this. Any suggestions?