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9/25/07 3:45 P

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It's finding a cheap (read: "free to good home") bike that fits me!

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9/25/07 9:42 A

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DRC: I think there should be no problem adding another bike to the stable. I have something like six bikes and my wife's one bike. They that means a lot of horses in the stable. Each day calls for different rides so a different bike would work out great.
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9/17/07 11:26 A

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I'm thinking about adding a reliable hybrid to my stable, but don't want to spend a lot of money. After all, it's not like I *need* it. I'm one person, and that would be bike #3.

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9/14/07 11:10 A

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Mrs. W: If it is tuned now waiting to tinker would be the best way to go. I love playing with my bikes to make sure they are on spot but if it isn't broke then I don't fix it. :D I wish I could have my bikes in the house buy my son would play with them to no end. In fact I have one of my bikes in the back yard on the patio in a trainer and my son likes to play with it when he's back there. One day he was eating yogurt and would tend to stick his fingers in his mouth. Well he had yogurt all over his fingers and decided to spin my tire for a while. Now there is dried yogurt all over my tire and wheel. I guess it's time to clean it again and move it to the rack until next race day.
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MRS.WEASLEY's Photo MRS.WEASLEY Posts: 58
9/12/07 4:18 P

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Oh yes, it looked lovely in the kitchen last night- I think it enhances the decor! got the pedals, adjusted the seat, got a shorter stem and looking forward to taking it out for a spin...If I can just get away from work before dark. grrr. I took a short fast ride last night but on the other bike, because the new to me one wasn't set up yet. I guess I should wait until after the long ride on Saturday to start fiddling with the new addition. The LBS said it should ride just as well as a brand new bike. :)



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9/12/07 3:45 P

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Mrs. W: I'm sure this is just the first in the long line of wonderful old bikes that you will add to your stable. I just love getting my hands on some old bikes and repairing them. I keep finding Peugeots that need a good home but my wife would kill me if I added another. :( I really hope that this bike serves you well. Good luck on that ride. Remember when you are doing and feel tired just keep peddling. If you have seen "Finding Nemo" then you remember Dora saying, "Just keep swimming..." Well that's what I say to myself again and again when I'm really tired and want to quit. "Just keep peddling..." :D I hope that helps. Good luck!
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9/11/07 12:08 P

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congrats on the newest member of the fleet!

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9/10/07 11:54 P

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thanks! I took your advice and checked all of those areas. We bought it, but she wasn't flexible on price at all because we were the first to come look and many more people were interested (of course) so it was a little bit of a pressure purchase. It fits my daughter well and she is excited to ride it for the event after a few warm ups this week, just need to get the right pedals on and possibly a slightly shorter stem and we can take a ride together.. Ah, how the addiction grows.



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9/10/07 9:58 A

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Extra bikes are nice... I keep a couple around. Cracks and rust I'd watch for. Cables can get nasty, so they often need replaced. Tires turn dry and brittle around here quickly (dry ole Nevada). Make sure whatever is done is worth it.. some folks I swear spend 3x on the bike what it's worth, and they could've done better getting another.

Best wishes.. I have a century coming up and not many long recent rides in on my legs. Oh joy.

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DRC2205's Photo DRC2205 Posts: 8,845
9/10/07 9:51 A

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And an extra bike is always a good thing! you can use it to run errands later...

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9/10/07 9:50 A

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Key things I would look for are rust on the frame and comfort on the bike. Try the shifters and look at the brake pads to make sure they have good contact. You can always change a bad chain. The frame the is most important part--everything esle can be upgraded or replaced as needed. If you take it to the LBS, get an estimate as to what they would LIKE to do, and what NEEDS to be done for safety.

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Well, call me crazy, but the family has signed up for a half century charity ride next Saturday to raise funds for a foundation set up by a past student of mine who was paralyzed in a college ski racing crash in 06. She will be riding it on a hand cycle. We just felt we had to push ourselves to do this. DH and I have been riding regularly and do 20-30 comfortably each weekend with shorter rides midweek. So that leaves my daughter who hasn't been slogging away as many bike miles but is a very fit skier and will only deal with bike butt at worst. Since she and I share "the bike" we are now going to look at a used bike (trek 2000, model year 2001 which was gently used) tonight that is the right frame size etc. I am a little nervous to assess the condition initially on my own. I can take it to the LBS for a check, but would love any suggestions from the wisdom of the group as far as any red flags that I should steer clear of. Tmmycat can I hire you, you are becoming so mechanical?? ha ha. This bike will probably serve only as an extra. As much as I salivate over the lovlies in the shop, it's not in the budget to add at that level ....(heavy sigh).





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