Welcome to the Frugal Average Bicyclist!
The internet is full of sites with competitive cyclists talking about all the most expensive new gear, not here. This is a place for the low budget rider who loves to ride but will probably never be a pro level rider. This is a place for the riders who do not have a lot to spend or are not allowed to spend too much on cycling and remain married. All bike types are welcome: road bikes, mountain bikes, recumbent bikes, comfort bikes, hybrid bikes, unicycles…. The goal here is to help you keep cycling on a budget, and we will be throwing in a bit of humor too.
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I was looking for a silver groupset that was also affordable for my Surly Cross Check build and landed on the Microshift Centos/R10 group. My shifters are the older Centos 10 speed version, but they are the same as the newer R10 shifters. I’ve been really happy with these shifters. I was worried that IContinue reading “Microshift Centos R10 2X10 Drop Bar Shifters Review”
This is a classic vintage Raleigh cruiser, the Sports! If you have never ridden a Sports, you should, they have so much charm and a smooth ride. It has a lugged steel frame with 26” tires. Raleigh’s were known as the all-steel bike, and this one is all steel with cottered steel cranks and rims. Continue reading “1954 Raleigh Sports 3-speed Bicycle Black”
Steel types are often mentioned when discussing quality vintage bikes and sometimes modern bikes. The big names in steel are Reynolds out of the UK, True Temper from the USA, Tange from Japan, and Columbus from Italy. Each brand has many different grades of steel. Reynolds Reynolds is one of the biggest names in bicycleContinue reading “Guide to vintage road bike steel frame tube manufacturers and types”
At some point you will likely have to lay your bicycle down. Either when you put it in the car or truck, or because you have no kickstand and nothing to lean it on. When you lay your bike down, never lay it on the drive side. This is the side that the chain isContinue reading “Laying your bike down on the drive side meme”
Motobecane was founded in 1923 in France and was a manufacturer of bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles. I believe the name is ment to mean motorbike by combining two slang terms. They were one of the biggest French bicycle manufacturers and are often compared to Gitane and Peugeot. Most of their bikes were road bikes fromContinue reading “Vintage Motobecane Bicycles History and Facts”
Check out my beautiful Surly Cross Check: I decided I wanted to try and combine what I like about vintage and modern road bikes. Vintage bikes have a really nice smooth ride, but I really like the shifting and drivetrain of a modern bike. There is also much I like about the look of aContinue reading “Surly Cross Check Drop Bar Vintage-Look Road Bike Build”
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