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Post by desertbikes on Oct 26, 2020 7:13:02 GMT -7
Cool bike. Very old school too. Like 1970s Schwinn right down to the steel frame & shifters on the gooseneck. 14 speed is smart too. 7 in back with 2 up front. Rare that anyone uses the 3rd front cog on any Wally 21 speed bike. And, of course, black & red is always cool. Makes you feel like you're riding an SR-71!
Front and rear disc brakes.. steel fork, steel frame, could realistically weigh 35lb or more. Almost certainly comes with a freewheel... $174.00.
I dunno man, that black and gray Schwinn MTB in the background is leaps and bounds above the old school tech on that Kent. All it needs is a rear hub upgrade. The Kent would need everything replaced to match the lifespan the Schwinn. But you could buy 2 Kents for the price of the Schwinn with the necessary wheelset upgrade.
Take my .02 lightly. I'm an addict. I'd have $1k spent on either one before Christmas.
I believe the Kent could be built to an almost exact copy of the $1100.00 Fairdale Nomad:
The frames are VERY similar. As far as upgrading as you go, this bike is a nice package to influence uprades. I'd consider building the Kent! If not an exact copy, then this would still be where I'd lay my sights.
And it's awesome It was equipped well to begin with. The Kent, not so much, might never measure up. The low grade components are notorious for failure.
Just another perspective. like I said, from an upgrade addict.
I have an old '92 Schwinn CrossPoint. It was an MTB flavored hybrid. I put a drop bar on and went from 3x7 to 2x8. It has 28 year old Shimano LX components, so I added 8 speed Shimano Claris brifters because they're compatible, and cheaper than Sora 9 speed. Chromoly steel frame and fork, cantilever brakes, and 700x38c tires. I'm hovering around $400 total. It weighs around 27lb. Not too bad for a steel frame and 38's. The Kent would cost me 3 times as much to bring it to a comparable level.
My Felt Z5 road bike, 18.5lb of carbon fiber, Shimano 105, 2x11 speed, rim brakes, Continental GP4000 700x25c tires. I'm right at $2k on it. You could probably keep up with me, OR outrun, outride, and outlast me on the Felt with your Peugeot.
2 very different bikes for very different riding.
I was considering the Fairdale only because it had the disc brakes. The Kent brought it back to mind instantly.
are upgrades ever really done? does the range of possible upgrades define the value of a project? i guess that's what i'm doing with the polytech. just can's seem to "finish" it. i've been looking into bullpup stocks. sure, it's chinese, why not?
are upgrades ever really done? does the range of possible upgrades define the value of a project?
Even low-end tech, like bicycle components, is ever changing.
Whether or not the latest innovation is an improvement, is subjective.
And The value of a project is defined First by it's usefulness, then by ease of operation, quality -or- precise accuracy. The sum of it's cost could be irrelevant, unless you set out to achieve a high standard with minimum investment. Then it becomes a game of strategy, gleaning the most 'bang for the buck' components, while maintaining compatible integrity throughout.. And if it all comes together without looking too awfully Rube Goldberg, then that adds a certain value also.
The value of a project base (frame, receiver, body, engine, etc.) is somewhat dependent on the range of upgrade possibility, as in AR-15, Ruger 10-22, Chevy 350 or LS, Jeep CJ's, and many more.
If you never plan to upgrade, then the base needs to be high enough a standard that you won't feel like upgrades are necessary. Which, incredibly, I have found a few times, eg. The Savage A22 FV SR, supercharged GM 3800's, etc.
Yes & no. We move on to another project & just call it done. For now...
M1A bullpup? You have my attention sir! Is there a kit to move the trigger group forward or are you planning to fabricate the parts?
they're out there, often called a "chassis", usually blocky, squared-off ugly as sin, priced at near the price of the original rifle. the only one i've seen even close to my price range is for airsoft. fabrication is well outside my skillset at present. i'll just dream.. and wait.
lurker: cows? we have cows? how now?
Jun 2, 2021 15:03:50 GMT -7
desertbikes: Just don't let the cows out.
Jun 2, 2021 7:06:14 GMT -7
lurker: oops, sometimes i forget to log out. seems kind of impolite. like leaving the door hanging open when going out.
Jun 1, 2021 13:15:24 GMT -7
lurker: "old" is a good thing mainly in the context of "not dead yet"
May 28, 2021 6:37:18 GMT -7
desertbikes: "sick" is good in today's lingo. Like "bad" was back in our century. Maybe "old" will be like that someday.
May 28, 2021 5:35:22 GMT -7
lurker: vet patched him together pretty good. he'll be ok. actually i just called a GTA video's viewers "sick". nothing but gratuitous violence. i guess i'm officially old.
May 26, 2021 9:22:00 GMT -7
desertbikes: That's a shame. Funny how we can watch videos of dozens of humans getting wasted in grotesque ways but when they pan in on that cute little puppy, we all think, "Not the puppy!!" Is he/she gonna be OK?
May 26, 2021 8:33:46 GMT -7
lurker: speaking of no more disctretionary spending, dog got hurt, expensive vet visit. cha-ching!
May 26, 2021 4:07:54 GMT -7
lurker: seems like i'm always making some cheesy thing.
May 25, 2021 8:36:58 GMT -7
desertbikes: And our hottest discussion topic is lurker's latest DIY project - building cheese!
May 25, 2021 8:13:49 GMT -7
desertbikes: The Catman is among the living!
May 25, 2021 8:10:28 GMT -7
lurker: it's really too soon to say, but it does seem to help my back.
May 23, 2021 17:47:17 GMT -7
lurker: i did some pre-shopping online and just resigned myself to no more discretionary spending for a while.
May 23, 2021 17:46:28 GMT -7
desertbikes: We're about to enter mattress hunting territory too. Not looking forward to it.
May 23, 2021 6:22:33 GMT -7
lurker: bought a new mattress today, OMG i could have bought a running, driveable used car for that price.
May 21, 2021 18:48:04 GMT -7
lurker: yes, it's been pleasant here too, but this a.m. i worked up a sweat while walking the dog. they're saying 94 on sunday. :eek:
May 19, 2021 10:16:57 GMT -7
desertbikes: My little side project has turned into a job which I intend to alleviate by next week. Missed some nice outdoor home maintenance weather here.
May 19, 2021 9:02:23 GMT -7
lurker: i called them back, was going to whisper vile epithets into their ears but their voicemail box wasn't configured. so i posted their number with warning on FB instead.
May 14, 2021 8:19:33 GMT -7
desertbikes: Press 1. Go ahead & do it. Ya know ya want to. Tell em everything they want to know. Just don't tell them about the ten million $$$$ that Nigerian princess was laundering thru you
May 14, 2021 5:47:30 GMT -7
desertbikes: Sorry, Tom. Didn't smoke? Bet you were a chewer tho. It's a KY state law that we all must be missing a front tooth by 40 & use at least one type of tobacco product.
May 13, 2021 7:52:47 GMT -7