I crashed my Surly Cross Check, buckling the steel frame, last week. It was a solid touring bike I fully expected to ride from San Diego to St. Augustine in March, but once you break the frame, it’s time to reconsider other options. I scoured Craigslist for the last half of the week, and spotted this headline on Sunday afternoon: 1980’s Team USA Raleigh Road Bike (56-58cm) – $100 (Broomfield)
I sent an e-mail as soon as I could, and got in touch with Chris, the guy selling the bike. When I got to his house and gave it a test ride, the bike was not awesome, but the frame was. Besides a couple of substantial scratches and dings. Once I got it home, I stripped everything but the crank and started working on it. On Monday, I rode down to Salvagetti and bought $150 worth of cables, housing, degreaser, a new chain, stem and brake pads, and by Tuesday evening, I had a new bike.
It’s a little big, I think. It’s going to take a little tweaking before I can get it to work, but I feel compelled to make it work, being that it says “TEAM USA” on the top tube. I did a little research and found that it’s a 1985 model, and retailed for $599 back then.