Living a half-hour from both the Adirondacks and the Catskills, I decided to take advantage of all the fantastic trails available around me. I did a wee-wee bit of riding as a kid, but haven't revisited this in adult hood. I do a fair share of hiking, kayaking, etc. and this seemed to be a good fit.
I decided to check out my local bike rescue (Electric City Bike Rescue) to see what they had to offer. I had a lot of luck getting a road bike there at the beginning of the summer (early 70's Gitane Super Sport) that was a lot of fun to restore, so I was hoping for a repeat. The main thing I was hoping for was an older rigid frame 'bike shop' brand bike that was complete, but needed some love. There she was.
It's a 1994 Mongoose Rockadile SX. Exactly what I was looking for, look and build-wise. Simple and light. So yeah, $20 to the rescue and home she went with me.
I did a pretty thorough spitshine (not pictures), oiled and adjusted everything, and re-crudded the handlebars:
Everything seemed to be in fairly usable shape. The tires held air enough that I was able to take it out for a test run, and it was great (~10 miles on an off-season snow mobile trail)
As far as upgrades, this is obviously a budget bike but I've got a couple basic things on the list:
Being that it's getting cold out, I'm hoping to get in a solid month+, so these would mostly be "need" purchases and anything else would be next spring.