When a bike is built, it is considered newly made even if the parts are not new. The spirit of the bike is “born” considering that the builder gave it time and effort to make it road worthy and ride-able.
We have an old metal frame with beach cruiser roots stacked in our bike rack. It has been sitting in the garage longing for ride time and some TLC. The holiday season gave us a few days off so we brought the cruiser to our local bike shop, got a rare GT BMX stem and slapped on the Surly sunrise bar.
We had the cranks re-greased and the brakes adjusted. The wheels were aligned then we sprayed Muc-Off on the whole bike to get it squeaky clean. The white side walls of the 26 x 2.3 tires gleamed with delight and the former beach cruiser instantly became a rugged klunker built for the streets.
Carbon Fiber— Premium edition Mountain Bike
We visited our relatives from Pulilan, Bulacan and saw this rare gem inside our ancestral house. Our uncle was keeping an old mountain bike—> a Scott carbon fiber frame that was strangely built. The parts were a mix of Raceface and Shimano drivetrain, cheap brakes and not so nice cockpit. The wheelset is nice, wrapped with Bontrager tires. I badly wanted to bring it home, but I stopped myself. It would be a great commuter bike, but then again, the whole point of having a low-key-cheap-bike to use and abuse would be defeated when I make this my daily ride.
I am still glad that this is in the family. One day, this gem would be back to life and in rotation… but for now, you can just rest and hibernate in that nice comfy place inside a house somewhere in Bulacan.