This past weekend I started working on my Columbia Newport 10-speed. First, of course, I aired up the tires and took it for spin. Due to the 15 degree temps, the ride was shorter than I would have liked, but it was long enough to make it painfully apparent that this frame is way too small for me – I felt a bit like an ape on a tricycle.Â After my short cold ride, I tore down the bike to a bare frame and evaluated the overall condition.Â I only found a few glaring issues that will require a couple new parts. The rear wheel has a broken spoke, one of the stem shifters is broken and the rear brake is missing.Â Not bad for a bike that has been sitting in a burn for 15 years.Â My projected expenses for this project are as follows:
- Shifters $10
- Chain $8
- Cables $10
- Tires? $25
- Spoke Repair $30
Total Investment $83!
Ok, the broken spoke in really screwing up my $50 budget!Â I do have an additional rear wheel in inventory, but that will just require a new wheel for a future project. Stay tuned…
Here are some before and after shots of the derailers, a picture of my Sugino crank and my newly acquired shifters.
The light beige finish is complimented nicely by a wide array of chips and scratches.