Saturday, August 31, 2013

Altering an Old Friend vs. Buying New

Tinkering with the Peugeot UO 14, adding upright bars.
Sure, I lust after new bikes. But when practicality enters the equation—I have a stable full of perfectly functional bicycles—I can't justify a new purchase. Though pristine and in excellent mechanical shape, a new ride lacks personality—at least the way I look at it, coming from do-it-yourselfer lineage.

It's still a work in progress. Brake levers aren't secured.  I think I'll shorten the grips,
 ride around, possibly adjust handle bar reach and braking comfort,
before attaching front basket.
I enjoy the problem solving aspect of redoing the bikes in my possession: thinking, dreaming, then tackling the reconstruction. That way I add my personal style from the ground up and create a bike that works purely for the way I like to ride. I love digging through parts boxes, reorganizing inventory so I know exactly what I have available. I research what others have done, go over options. I might order new items when needed.

Keeping it fresh, re-using, restoring...

If I came home with a new bicycle, I'd stifle my creative side.* Where's the fun in that?

Here's a well thought out example of a beautiful Peugeot remake. It fits the owner's personal style:  "My New Old Bike".

*I can justify just about anything.


  1. I like those grips. Reminds me of the ones on the newer Treks.

  2. I can relate to this. I've went and test rode new bikes a few times but then talk myself out of it. My bikes get me where I'm going.
    Those grips look interesting. What are they?

    1. These are Selle Royal grips. I liked the Ergon cork grips and stumbled on these for a bit less cash. I recognized the brand from a saddle on my MIyata, so I figured the quality should be pretty decent.

  3. I like just altering and adding to my old bike, the thought of gettjng a new one with everything on it is just a strange idea to me now. Vicki


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