Back from the US.
SJ: Picked up a classic steel 66cm Stella roadie for my daily commute while there.
SJ2: Learned a load, had a lot of fresh and tasty beers and Mexican food.
NSJ: The seller of the Stella had two, one was older, brown, needed a new chain and rear tire, but otherwise looked ok, and was cheaper. The second was yellow, had a few surface rust spots on the paint from being parked near the beach and the seller said was in better shape all around. Took both out for a spin. Brown’s chain was so rusty it wasn’t riding super great. Yellow, I blew the tube and sidewall out of the tire about 4m into the ride. He offered a discount on yellow and offered to lift the frame and turn the crank while I changed gears to check it all. Found out later he did that to hide the fact that the BB was about toast and went loose/tight every turn.
NSJ2+: Outside of the SF city limits, the roads around the area were pretty bike unfriendly. Cycle lanes were full of debris and I managed to get 3 flats in my first week. The town I was working in didnt seem to have a bike shop, and the sporting goods places had little in the way of tubes, so I had to make a 26in MTB tube work on the first flat and then got a crappy patch kit for the rest.
SJ3: Sold the bike for nearly what I paid for it on my last day of work. I was totally honest with the buyer, and he was cool with it. Planning on just using the frame for a resto-mod commuter.