As most of you might suspect, I proselytize OTS ownership and the inherent benefits any time the opportunity presents itself. So when I was chatting online with a friend of mine from college, and he mentioned that he was wanting to buy a bike, I immediately took that opportunity to spread The Good News of Old Ten Speeds. My friend was trying to find something cheap on craigslist and wanted something he could ride anywhere. I, in turn, told him all about how old ten speeds are great because they’re still relatively inexpensive, they’re far more versatile than a mountain bike, and not as near as dorky as hybrid. This discussion went on for months, my friend continually him’n and haw’n about his plight to find the perfect bike. By this time, I had converted him to The Way of the Ten Speed, and I continued to pass on all my knowledge and love of the old and the crappy (a shared fascination that goes well beyond the reaches of the OTS). Finally, one day, he tells me… Well, why don’t I let him tell you the story…
Here is my Made in Japan Maruishi Roadace 303. Several months back I
decided I needed a bike. So my journey started. I was looking for a
“fixer upper” because I’m cheap and thought it would be fun that way.
I contacted a bike flipper and asked if he had any cheap bikes? He
sent me a pic and I instantly knew I wanted it. Long story short it
came with 26″ wheels (found out days later those were not correct
wheels needed 27″ X 1-1/4) and no seat. So with the help of the local
bike co-op and a friend I have pieced this bike together with lots of
random OTS parts.
I rode it for awhile with the drops but decided to put this flat bar
with ends on it. I know it makes your stomach and probably other
readers stomachs turn but I like this setup and am going to keep it.
I learned lots from this experience and am currently in the process of
fixing up another OTS.
Happy Birthday Leith