While we’re on the topic of department store gems, Owen P. offers up his FREE! Roadmaster Scorcher 10-Speed for our enjoyment.
1980s Roadmaster Scorcher 10-Speed
This is a Roadmaster Scorcher that I got for free at a garage sale. I believe it is from the mid 80s, but if someone has a more exact date, I would love to know just when it’s from. When I first found it, almost every piece of chrome had a layer of rust sitting on it. However, I steel wooled it, and was able to get most off. All it took to get it going was new tires and tubes, and some oil. Even though Roadmaster is not exactly the top of the line brand, this bike rides swiftly and smoothly, and has been no trouble at all. Compared to the mountain bike I was riding previously, this bike is like taking a breath of fresh air. It has Falcon derailleurs (front and rear), cottered cranks, and a lugged frame. I recently added a Pletscher rack, which I think fits the bike quite nicely. It’s paint job is this cool super-faded red, kinda orange, which, with the gumwalls, really looks great in the sun. It is by far my favorite bike and I love every minute spent riding it.