Re: Volkscycle Mark XV
Originally Posted by mandalay_lady
It is NOT that they can't do it. At this time, being a 55 year old overweight woman I am not comfortable in the tucked over racing bike style position. When I was 20 years old this biking position was fine. Now it is not. So I was thinking of a new seat (no problem I can do that myself, I am fairly handy) and different handle bars allowing me to ride in a more upright position, therein lies the problem. The current gear shifting cables run through the underhand U shaped handles of the bike with the controls inset into the end of the handle tubing. That means a lot more time, work and money for the Bike tech in mounting new bars, in addition to the supposedly french standard tube sizing making things not fit quite right and having to switch out different parts to make everything fit. In addition the new bar would not accommodate my current braking handles. As I am currently unemployed due to our current economy after 16 years with the same corporation I am also not comfortable spending hundreds of dollars on modifications or a good new bike so for now it is on hold.
As previously mentioned I also have an old 1960's era cruiser 1sp bike which required new tires and tubes, new grips, and some brake work. I am having that done for approx. $100. That will give me something to ride here on the flatter local trails and to take to the beach to ride around the campground. I had wanted to take both bikes to the beach so that a friend and I could ride together, but she is to short for the Volkscycle, so my old cruiser will have to do and we can take turns tooling around the campground on the coaster just for the exercise and to see what is going on around camp. It will work for now, and I will make modifications to the volkscycle or purchase a new 5-10 speed coaster after the economy picks up and I am again employed.
Darn. This may be too late, but 'I' think that $100 is too much for you to pay to have your OTHER bike brought up to speed ... particularly, if you can do some of your own hands-on work.
Though not always the most economical place to buy things, tires, tube & grips shouldn't cost that much at a place like WalMart/KMart/wherever.
The REST mostly involves washing the bike off, removing rust from any "chrome" with a BRILLO pad, and adding some 3-in-1/("household") oil to the areas which need to be lubed.
It's not that you shouldn't service it and use it, but $100 is probably too much to pay ...
So, if you haven't brought your 1spd bike in yet, don't!
Particularly, since you can buy a 1spd "beach cruiser" from WalMart OR KMart for under $100.
As far as your Volkscycle ...
If you are more concerned with function than appearance at this point in time, then you can adjust your handlebars to what I used to refer to as "ghetto-style" ...
Rotate your handlebars 120º-to-180º UPWARD as you may-or-may-not have seen if you've ever driven through an "urban" area ... find the position which allows you to most easily use the brake levers and you're good to go! Time required == two to ten minutes.
As far as French parts, I think your shop is making too big a deal out of it ... 99% of the time, only the fork's headset threads, stem & BB threads are "peculiar" AND all other parts can be accessed from the pool of parts used on other