My bike is basically a beater that I’ve pieced together. I was in the junkyard looking for parts for a street rod project I’ve been working on when I found this bike leaning against a tree. It had been leaning there quite awhile and the owner said “take it” so I did. I got it home, and over the course of a couple weeks, rebuilt it. When I began riding it I started looking for excuses to ride more and the next logical choice was riding to work, which I’ve been doing daily for the past couple of months. The street rod project is for the most part forgotten. I ride about 8 miles a day in a small town with zero bike culture. The drivers are, for the most part, nice and I haven’t put gas in my car since June!
The bike is a ’80 Peugeot model Y09 with Surly hubs (single-speed freewheel) and dt-swiss rims. The rack was on my bike back in the ’80s when I was in junior high. The manufacturer’s name is illegible but it is very light. It is actually lighter than the bungee I use to strap my stuff to it! I included the pic of my rusty rat trap pedals to garner some sympathy. At first I tried to fix all of the original equipment but it turned out to be easier and less expensive to just strip all of the stuff off and go single speed. It’s more fun to ride now anyway. Maybe someday I’ll paint it but for now it is anti-theft rust (only surface) and blue.
People ask me all the time why I’m riding a bike and they look at me like I’m crazy sometimes. I always tell them I do it because it’s fun or I’m doing it because of gas but the truth is I do it because it feels right. —Daniel