Starting off with examples of silly things put on my trailer. The fun part is that many of these things actually would not fit in my car, so the bike trailer was my best option!
This fun Schwinn Collegiate 3 (3 speed) was a lot of fun to restore. Found at a Goodwill for $12. Put some hours and elbow grease with a complete teardown/rebuild and tune. Sold to a freshman college student who rode it around in the Portland area.
Collegiate 3 project start
Assembly (reverse of Disassembly, see?)
This little Nishiki I rescued from a BSU student who had started to convert it to a single speed. The steerer tube was severely bent, tires/tubes replaced, new stem, cut bars, serviced the hubs and bottom bracket. It rode really nice but turned out a little too large for me.Became a nice bike that somebody bought for $195.
More stuff on trailers!
Another rescue, this Trek 400 Elance was found by the side of the road. Abandoned in the free-cycling way. No handle bars or wheels, but a good quality frame worth fixing up. Photo currently don't show the metallic blue flakes very well.
Scroll down only if you can withstand graphics images of destruction & carnage!
In July 2016,my young driver had an accident in the garage, popping the clutch when the seat moved (since we share one car and the seat can be set halfway between positions and then shift suddenly underneath you). I had a period of mourning, and then made a project of stripping the good parts off the bike and building a new bike with a frame from Boise Bicycle Project.
This sweet little Schwinn Haven single speed was at the thrift store with a bent rear wheel. Boise Bicycle project has a lot of great parts to support and upgrade it.
This black Scott is the bike I built with the good components from the destroyed Giant TCR. It was fun and cathartic to build up a bike in the weeks after the accident. On the first serious ride around my favorite 20mi loop, I was just as fast as on the Giant, Crazy!