Vintage Bike $35 ~ Look on my son’s face … Priceless!

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My eldest son is an avid bicyclist and uses one for the majority of all his commutes, in every kind of weather.  Yes, he could be seen pedaling down the icy/snowy street in the dead of winter (yeah, one of those kind of commuters).  He definitely contributes his share to “going green”!

He’s been wanting an old “beater” bike, one that can stay locked up to the bike rack at work, in all kinds of weather … snow, sleet, hail etc., without him worrying about it getting damaged.  Before I found one for him, he almost paid triple for a bike that was in pretty bad shape.  Thank goodness he didn’t, because our bike gift was 100% free for him, and way cooler!

I love garage sales!

This is where you can get some of the  best prices in town.  We found this 1970’s Schwinn Suburban bike hanging on the garage wall of an estate sale.  The son of the owner wanted $50 for it and was pretty firm on the price since it was in pretty very good shape for its old age.  It even came with the original owner’s manual.  After saying no to the asking price, we left.

Thinking of what a cool vintage bike this was, and the fact that we have the know-how and energy to breathe new life into it, we decided to return during the last hour of the sale.  To our surprise, the bike was still there.  After asking the man to take it down, another couple came over to admire and inquire about it too.

Knowing I wanted to buy it, and nobody was going to buy it out from under me, I quickly negotiated a deal with the owner. He finally accepted $35 for this diamond in the rough, and made sure to remind me that he could get well over $150 if he sold it on Craigslist.  I knew he was right.

The seller felt good knowing that his deceased father’s bike would be given a new life, and  lots of care from my conscientious son.  (Yes, I had to share a bit about my son’s avid commuting in order to seal the deal).  We quickly and happily departed before he could change his mind, and got to work on detailing the bike.  We bought new tires, tubes, and brakes for it as well.

vintage 1970's Schwinn Suburban ~ before

Yes, it took hours of cleaning , lubing and tuning up, but … the end result was amazing!

The look on my son’s face was priceless!  He was so surprised and happy to be getting a new “old” bike with lots of vintage charm (my description, not his)!  True to the 1970’s all the way.  His new “old” bike was originally considered to be a “lightweight” road bike, although it weighs about 50 pounds (slight exaggeration, but not by much)!

Now it’s shiny and vintage-cool-looking.  All for around $90 total.

all cleaned and tuned up ~ after

Like I said before … the look of surprise on my son’s face … priceless!

Think green!

2 Responses to “Vintage Bike $35 ~ Look on my son’s face … Priceless!”

  1. rhymes with milk Says:

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  2. P Says:

    Are you challenging yourself to ride 5,000 miles? You are absolutely right about Helga’s large bones. If you did ride her that much, could you imagine what would happen to DTS? Thanks for commenting!

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