Back in 2009 I entered a contest to get a free bike and I ended up getting selected. The premise was mostly for recipients to blog about their experience with the bike over the course of several months. Since this is Bike Hacks, I focused on hacking, or customizing my bike. When Bike Hacks moved over to a new platform (WordPress to TypePad) we were not able to transfer entries on a mass scale like we had hoped, so I am faced with the task of digging through old code if I want to publish older entries.
Pictures of my bike appear on the site from time-to-time and readers will occasionally ask me questions about things they see. I thus thought I would go back and detail how and why my bike got to look like it does. For many this will be a painful series to endure since my idea of a beautiful bike does not match the majority opinion, but hopefully some will get practical hacks or ideas from the series.
A full write up of how I came to be in possession of the bike can be found in this post which is a compilation of the first three posts I ran describing the contest details and the logic I used to pick the bike I did. I visited the Globe site again for the first time in a long, long time and many things have changed - including the fact that the bike I was given is no longer in their product line. At the time the contest ran, Specialized was just rolling out their Globe line and like any new line, some bikes endured and others did not.
Even though my model, what they called the Vienna, is no longer in production, I like the bike and it has been my primary commuter whip since I got it. I did have to get a new rear wheel which I will detail later but other than that and some minor maintenance, the bike has been great.
Getting a brand new bike is pretty exciting because I think 24 years had passed between my last new bike and the Globe that was given to me. Thanks to a trip home I was able to rummage through old shoe boxes full of pictures (ah, remember back in the day when physical pictures exists?) and obtained a photo of my last new bike before this one.
I'm the burly guy at the end of the arrow rocking the Centurion Accordo and styrofoam skid lid. For those of you that have followed this blog for a while, you now have visual evidence of why at a young age I determined that physical fighting was not an option for me.
The local dealer my bike was sent to back in 2009 when I lived in NYC was Bicycle Renaissance on 81st and Columbus in Manhattan.
Upon picking it up, the bike was bright and shiny, and boring if you ask me.
Most people will likely cringe as they see the transformation I put the bike through. To me the bike was like one of those blank white canvases you get at an art store. The folks at Globe were kind enough to spring for fenders and a rack which I was stoked about. I am a fan of fenders because city streets get filled with a disgusting stew when it rains and I hate to think about what substances would coat me if I did not have fenders.
To start off with, I kept the promise I made in the blog post I used to apply for a free bike - upon picking it up I gave it a nice healthy scratch. To me, there's no reason to stress out over nicking the paint, it's best to get that out of the way first thing.