My small bike fleet has a new addition: the eponymous Apollo. I spotted this bike during my routine patrol the Kijiji bike classified ads. The ad had only been up for a few minutes and the owner was only asking $50.00. These Apollos have a local reputation for being a nice and undervalued bikes so I had been keeping an eye out for one. They often sell for about $100 and this one looked to be in better condition than many I have seen come up for sale. Well, not that I really needed another bike….but I called immediately and arranged to go take a look at it.
The bike turned out to be in fine condition. The paint was excellent except for a few rusty spots, the decals were intact and as I soon found out it was in fine riding condition. The seller was the original owner and turned out to be fellow commuting, all season cyclist. He was pleased that the bike was going to another enthusiast and not somebody who’d ride it into the ground and discard it after a year.
I’ve made a few small change to the bike. I removed the giant ugly water bottle, replaced the seat with a Wright’s W3N leather saddle that I’m breaking in (that may be the subject of a future blog post) and replaced the clipless pedals with some old platform pedals I had kicking around. The clipless pedals will be use on a future project if they turn out to be in good working order. Since I’ve purchased the Apollo it has been my daily rider. I’ve probably put between about 250 km riding on it in the past couple of weeks and it has proved to be a great bike. It likes to go fast and is a solid, responsive ride. This was undoubtedly the best cycling related $50 I have ever spent. Seriously, what the heck can you buy for $50.00 these days?
I have added a page with a few more details HERE.