I BOUGHT A... ... a bicycle
Yep. A bicycle. May not be the most exciting thing here, but a bit of context.
First off, i do not have a driver´s licence and thus cannot tinker with cars, especially not in the middle of a major german town.
Second, i needed a bike for university anyway and thus bought one used.
Third, i figured tinkering with bikes is earsier (and safer) for a noob in… well… tinkering like myself.
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Villiger Vancouver RC
presumably from the early 2000s, considering the company went Bankrupt in 2005.
According to my research, they were good, but too expensive for what they were when new…
How i got it.
Short story: from a friends`s parent
Long story: When enrolling to university, i moved house and had no bike to commute across the city. I did have full access to all of saxony´s public transportation including SZ-Bike, a bikesharing service.
The bikes were good enough, but having to find one and park it where allowed soon became tedious and i began searching for a bike of my own.
Not too long after, i found it. A friend told me that his father had it sitting in the basement and didn´t need it.
I went there, had a look and discovered a few issues…
- both tyres deflated (not pierced or sth. just outta air)
- brakes lacking power
- headlight not working
- rear Derailer (from now on: rear gearbox) wonky (had trouble finding gears, may skip some)
The seller did offer good service though, pumping ip those old, high-quality rubbers and fixing the brakes.
The rear gearbox was left as is, and the light wasn´t fixed due to lack of daylight…
But in the end, it did work, it drove and was good enough for what i needed…
I bough it. For 45EUR [ 50USD ].
And here it is.
…ius surprisingly colorful, actually.
It came into the seller´s hands by being found on the side of the road, without a saddle.
He hande it in into the lost property office and it was out of his mind for half a year. He went back, asking if the Villiger is still there. Lo and behold, it was. And so he took it. (if a lost object is not claimed by it´s actual owner within six months, it automatically changes ownership to whoever found it)
Rebuilding ensued, with a (then new) saddle and some other parts to get it working again and he rode it for about 1 1/2 years.
Then the Villiger got replaced by a pair of new bikes (one of which was for my friend who´s idea this all was), sending it into the basement, where it sat for another 2 1/2-ish years. Until i bought it.
What i initially wanted to do with it
ride it for two months, get a new bike and toss the Villiger into scrap metal…
What i am actually going to do
FULL REBUILD BOYS!
Yep. Fully remake that thing and save it from the scrapyard (it`s frame, at least)^.
- seeing what needs fixing
- buying parts
- putting them in
- having fun for a bit
- rinse and repeat xD
Hope it sparked at least some interest, despite being a bicycle…