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    What's to be done with this beast?

    I picked this up on CL for $15 bucks, along with a Trek from about the same time frame. It's an '89 Hardrock, straight up base model with CroMo frame and mostly garbage components. I brought it back to life with some new tubes/tires and some new shift cables (the old ones were shot). It shifts ok, the brakes work great, and the paint and decals are pretty rough even after a good cleaning.

    options:

    1) Keep it like this, use it to ride to the store for beer and chips.

    2) Single Speed, plus maybe new paint and saddle. More commuter than MTB

    3) All out trail bomber, fatter tires, more aggressive stem and bars, lose the basket. Maybe go SS also.

    I'm leaning toward 3, but can't decide for sure. Budget wise I'm thinking ~$100/$150, I know this is like the chevy s10 of bikes, but it rides like old metal and I have a soft spot for it for some reason.
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    tune it up and sell it at a reasonable price to a student that needs it. a 50 buck reliable bike will get you a thank you and a hug from a struggling college boy/girl.

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