My girlfriend and I went for a ride today. Nothing too stressful, just playing around on the bikes. I’m trying to build her up so that we can get around town together via cycling.
I added the final touches to her bike. I switched out the tired Avid brake with an XT 760 V-brake. The “parallel push” linkage really makes it a lot easier to tune out the pads. Also, the bike now has Odyssey Race hubs that I laced to Rhino Lite rims. If I had the money, I would have built the wheels on Shimano DXR hubs, the Odyssey hubs are okay. The bike weighs 26.5 lbs, at least 10lbs less than her old Schwinn cruiser.
Eventually, we’ll get a Schwinn Stingray seat and then send the frame to get repaired (got the frame used; a brake post is buggered and the head tube was over-reamed) and painted.