Diamondback Override - advice?

JuanLobbe

Über Member
Location
Sale, Manchester
...so I've just picked up this bike from freecycle. Got it because I wanted one to practice maintenance on and, in future, perhaps to customise.

Previous owner thinks it's about 15 years old.

Questions - are the wheels 700cc? What basics should I cover to get it roadworthy other than tyres/innertubes etc?

If you were going to customise it, what would you do?

Here it is:
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Landslide

Rare Migrant
They look like 700c. Check the size quoted on the tyre sidewall.

Customising? Chopper bars, hot rod flames and front-mounted sub-machine guns.
 

battered

Guru
Nice find!
It's a hybrid before they were invented!

It looks to have done little work, the original crappy plastic pedals normally last about 6 months so the fact that these appear to have survived suggests it's done at best a few hundred miles from new.

Customising? Cowhorns. You need cowhorns.:tongue:
 
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JuanLobbe

JuanLobbe

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Location
Sale, Manchester
Mooo!

Yeah I was pleasantly surprised when I picked it up...

Think you're right - despite the age it seems to be in ok condition. The owner apparently lost the key to their D-lock for 8 years so it's been sat in a garage until the key was recently found and the bike liberated!
 
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JuanLobbe

JuanLobbe

Über Member
Location
Sale, Manchester
Landslide - not sure really, maybe turn it into a fixie? Probably beyond my abilities that, though. Otherwise just want to make it visually pleasing! Wheels like a Marin?
 

dave r

Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner
JuanLobbe said:
Landslide - not sure really, maybe turn it into a fixie? Probably beyond my abilities that, though. Otherwise just want to make it visually pleasing! Wheels like a Marin?

+ 1, Thats what I would want to do with it.
 
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