This evening I got to spend a little time with the Schwinn CrissCross and I got it pretty much done which is awesome! the not so aawesome part is that when I bought this bike I bought it as a keeper and Wify is trying to get me to thin the herd a bit. I removed the rear rack that I had added a summer ago took the flat bars off which were all rusty and replaced them with some low risers and added some Planet bike Trippy grips with blue trim to match the lettering on the frame. I also picked up a new shorter bolt for the brake lever so everything fits right now and the bike looks pretty cool in my opinion the only thing I would like to add is some black fenders to finish it off as a run to the store or quick ride on the road to rail trail bike. The brakes were adjusted and I lubed the chain the bike is ready to ride as I type and I may take it out tomorrow for a quick spin on my short loop ride that I use when I take a non bike riding friend for a quick spin just to see how it feels with the short risers on it.
I did not get any images yet as I literally just came up from the basement and thought I would pop a quick post out there for anyone reading along and will do my best to get a few up tomorrow or later in the week. This bike feels good initially to me and could really make a nice extra bike or even a light tourer.
Tomorrow I am planing on finishing the Motobecane up, I just need to wrap the bars and cut the pins that were extra long for the turkey leg brake levers for it to be a complete bike but to make it respectable looking I do believe a new saddle and some hoods are in order. I was initially going to put hammered fenders on the bike along with honey bar tape and saddle but since I decided that it just does not fit me comfortably I am afraid it will be sold. Because of the likelihood of the bike going up for sale I went with a more universally accepted meaning a more common looking red tape by fi'zi:k and to sell the bicycle was leaning towards a black saddle and no hoods but I believe it will be an easier sell with a honey/tan saddle and hoods so I may put the extra money into it for that reason.
Getting some time with the bikes lately and I will try and keep this blog updated as much as possible, if you are reading along feel free to pass the link to anyone that you think may enjoy it.
Thats it for tonight, until next time keep those cranks turning!