My Early 90s Giant Road Bike

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My Early 90s Giant Road Bike

Postby Rimshot5 » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:11 pm

Found a real American Pickers type of old guy, has three sheds full of bikes and fixes some up to sell. Got a Giant for about $60 (he threw in a kids bike and a weird kids scooter for a total cost of $75). From the Shomano 100GS Groupset it appears to date from the early 90s.
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Fits me well, all that's needed are a new seat (got my Vader from Amazon today) and new dérailleur cables. The front speed
shifter also appears sluggish to return, not sure if it's the cables or if it needs to be cleaned and lubed.

Got my Mongoose build and my road bike now, should never need to buy another bike ever again (at least according to the wife)!

I'm excited about this one, can't wait to find time to time to tune it up and ride!
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Re: My Early 90s Giant Road Bike

Postby Falkon45 » Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:05 pm

Uh oh. Looks like a cross bike in the making. Lol.
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Re: My Early 90s Giant Road Bike

Postby Rimshot5 » Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:42 pm

You know, after looking it up...this is a cross bike, no? It has mounts for water cages, flat bars, it is light but frame isn't super thin...

Thoughts? And anyone have any more thoughts on the vintage o the bicycle?
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Re: My Early 90s Giant Road Bike

Postby Falkon45 » Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:37 pm

Legitimately, it's a good cross/urban bike. You really shouldn't need to do anything to it other than a tune up. Is good for flat or drop bars. . And the mini v brakes probably give better stopping power. Get some tires if you need them. Stars-circle had nice looking wheels for cheap. Strong, but not very light.
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Re: My Early 90s Giant Road Bike

Postby Falkon45 » Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:08 pm

My bad, those are can't brakes. Honestly, I'm not a fan of them. But a conversion to v-brake would be great.
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Re: My Early 90s Giant Road Bike

Postby Rimshot5 » Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:14 pm

Put on a Vader seat I picked up for $14 on Amazon, will post how it feels after several long rides.

Also took apart, cleaned, and greased the chainring shifter and replaced the front dérailleur cable. Took it for its inaugural ride last night. I've never ridden anything with 700cc tires, I felt like I got a lot of speed for very little effort!

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Falkon, it does feel like stopping distance is long, maybe V brakes someday.

As it stands now, will ride when it's warm enough to be tolerable and throw on new tires an replace all other cables, eventually. Loving it!
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