First, we'll cover some history.
Back about 5 years ago, I got a bike at a local garage sale - $25 for a 15 speed 26". A Magna Glacier Point.
The intended purpose was to ride the bicycle to the corner store for beer and cigarettes, instead of driving.
It had it's issues. It had thumb-lever friction shifters, and the one for the front derailleur was broken. I'd have to put the bike on the sprocket I thought I would need, and then just leave it for the entire trip. The saddle was uncomfortable, and every time I changed cogs my feet would slip around on the pedals (and sometimes slip off.)
So, after a few years of riding that bike, I found another 'garage sale special' bicycle. For $50 I picked up a Nishiki Pueblo. It had a front shock, 21 speeds that all worked, and I thought it looked much nicer than the Magna.
I have put many hundreds of miles on this Nishiki, and even a few upgrades.
I'm now looking for a dedicated touring bicycle.
I intend to chronicle my bicycle progression here.
(I have since converted the Magna to a 21 speed, and replaced the friction shifters with twist shifters. It's now my son's bike.)