Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
the perfect old bike to get someone started
I have my bike. I like it. When a prospective new player asks how much something like it would cost I get prepared to see them loose their shit. I'm somewhere in the middle as far as polo bikes cost. We've all seen a lot of entry level bikes tried out by now, what's good?
Some old bikes seem good. My second bike in polo is in the picture included. It's a Columbia 3-speed and gave me the drops I wanted and BB that worked with a crankset I liked. I thought an old steel frame (while heavy) would take a lot of impact, not so. I have been impressed by a lot of 90s mountain bikes.
My polo crew are affiliated with the local bike church/bike kitchen and old stuff is accessible, ridiculously accessible. They have about 150 bikes that they have nowhere to put. What old bikes have folks had good experiences with. What's good as is? What's ready for upgrades that bring it into it's own? We have a gig where we can setup a bike and take it home. We bring it to polo for newbies and if someone tries it and likes it they pay, dirt cheap, and we give the money to the organization.
What should we look for? I had good luck with a Univega, GT, Specialized Hard Rock , etc. Are there any old road bikes we can look for, any specific mountain bikes? Thanks y'all!