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  1. #1
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    Road bike / touring bike rebuild

    Hi guys,

    I was thinking today that I might have a few oldies in my barn that I might want to rebuild for use on the bike path (paved) / road. If I do indeed still have these bikes, they will be at least 15 - 20 years out of use, stored in a barn.

    Now, I'm not particular about keeping the bikes vintage nor am I a collector (these bikes wouldn't be sold either). I am, however, interested in getting a road bike, instead of using my off-road touring bike (ie: a now bastardized modified 29'er Revel 1). I would like to change it up every so often.

    Ok, so backstory complete. When looking at the bike(s), what should I be looking for as far as which would be worth salvaging for riding? Would it be worth upgrading parts? If they're still there, I know they will have V brakes, would it be worth using disc brakes?

    I am a complete noob at this stuff, and I guess the end question would be, would it be worth it to rebuild one of the bikes, or should I look at just getting a new one?

    I know its not much info to go on as far as the conditions, but any thoughts / suggestions would be welcome at this point.


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    You've not given us any meaningful details at all, or pictures of the bikes in question.

    And, I do not mean to be unwelcoming - but you do know this is a vintage Mountain Bike forum?
    Don't call it a gooseneck.

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    Yea.. I know its not much details on the bike(s); I'm just wondering if there is anything I should look out for before wasting time.

    I figured the vintage place would be the place to go if I wanted tips on what to look for before doing a rebuild. If this is in the wrong section, I apologize.

    I might be able to pull them out tonight if they're still there and take a few snapshots of them (I know that'll help more than just this hugely vague description).

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    How about a vintage Gravel Grinder or Bruce Gordon Rock N Road style bike? They're vintage and off road capable. Good luck on whatever you do.
    A garage full of steel frames means happiness.

  5. #5
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    Got home and checked on those old bikes, NOT WORTH IT!

    1 is a huffy road bike, 1 is a nikisha or something MTB, the other is a kmart short bus bike. Ah well.

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