I've been riding a bit, lately. And I seem to have accumulated a number of old bicycles that I'm working on and then selling. The idea is to make enough from the sale of the old bikes - which have been restored to good mechanical repair and ride-ability, by me - to eventually finance the purchase of a really nice cruiser bike. And, of course, this effort has to be completely self-supporting, so it's going to go slow. The bike I want is going to cost more than $500 when I get done with the specifications, and when one makes ten or twenty dollars on the sale of an old bike - it takes a while to save what is required.
The bike, above, used to belong to #2 Son. His current bike is of similar ilk, but larger. This one has 24" wheels and it sat in the garage for more than 10 years. It was just taking up space, so I fixed it up and sold it, using that money to fund the purchase of two more bikes to sell and some of the stuff I'll need to fix 'em up. At this moment in time, I have 4 bikes in various stages of repair, getting ready to sell.
What's more important, though, is that I'm riding. My legs are getting stronger and my endurance is already much better than it was at the beginning. And I enjoy it.
I've started a group on Facebook. It's called "Biking the 'Burbs" and the intended audience is those who build, repair and ride bicycles in and around the Chicago Suburbs. The hope is to share information about riding trails and repair techniques and maybe even how to build a bike from scratch, if we're lucky.
All I need to do now is figure out how to get people interested.