Who says nothing good ever came out of the 80′s?

Having refurbished quite a few bikes in the past 6 months, I have decided to pull this bike out of my shed and give it a go. Here’s a “before” picture. I got this bike brand new in 1987 or 1988 from Wooden Wheels Skate Shop in Newark, Delaware. I was about 12 years old. It’s a 1987 GT Pro Performer with the O.G.K. mag wheels. 1987 was the last year that GT manufactured in the U.S., making this bike worth more now than when it was brand new. When complete it will be all original except for the tires and grips. After I refurbish this one, I’ll probably refurb my sister’s mid 90′s purple Dyno.

1987 GT Pro Performer

1987 GT Pro Performer; Before Photo

Here’s another 80′s relic I came across recently that I’ve actually decided to keep for myself, instead of sell. It’s a Schwinn Mirada in Turquoise with color matched stem & bars. I tore it apart completely and re-cabled the bike with white housing. I put on some clear silicone Oury grips to let the color come through. It turned out too nice to sell, and I’ve instead decided to part with my Huffy Beach Cruiser, the bike that re-introduced me to cycling as an adult. While it has sentimental value, I’ll probably never ride it again, and after all, it’s a Huffy from Wallyworld. This Schwinn will become my de facto neighborhood cruiser.

1980's Schwinn Mirada MTB

1980's Schwinn Mirada MTB

1980's Schwinn Mirada MTB

1980's Schwinn Mirada MTB