Unlike Deborah’s wonderful researched entries with wonderful pictures and information, I have very little to say about Ms Daisy. I’ve tried my best to do research but apparently “Pro Tour” and bike means a lot of things NOT to do with retro-ish bicycles. Go figure 😛
So here’s what I do have, *right now* 1 lovely picture I took the day I bought her, with my blackberry no less:
The only identifiers I’ve been able to notice is “Pro Tour” on the bottom diagonal bar, plus a sticker with “PT” on the one vertical bar. I plan on going to capture better images of these (since my camera now has batteries) so I can better research ANY kind of history with my bike.
She’s also in need of lots of attention, I’m not entirely sure how long the previous owners had her sit (or where for that matter) but I’m sure she needs new tubes (and possibly new tires as they seem dry and worn) and definitely needs some brackets straightened. Specifically one fender wire/bracket – not sure on specific wording – is bent or crooked which makes the tire rub just a little on the fender, I haven’t noticed any signs of wear on that side of the tire. I don’t think it’s a damaging kind of rub, but when I ride I can hear it, and that’s enough to drive me bonkers!
Next spring (or possibly over winter as I imagine I’ll have more time to fiddle, but less options for purchasing…) I plan on on replacing the handle bar covers – I’d prefer to stick with the white, but avoid the BMX feel that they have now. And I’ll reassess the seat as I go, I’d probably put the seat on the last replacement since it is infact in good condition but isn’t exactly the comfiest of seats out there. And finally, I’ll need a basket for the front! My first thought was to go with a wicker type basket, but now I’m thinking based on what Deborah found for basket liners that if I could learn to make my own it’d be even more original of me (and cuter – and washable!) and make Daisy even better.
Next up: getting more pictures, I’m going to tackle as many identifiers as I can so I can find out *who* my bike is/was. I tweeted that a few days ago and (although briefly) was made fun of it, but I feel so attached to her already that I want to put and identity to the bike. She NEEDS a story!!