Introductions - New Guy from Austin
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02-12-08, 03:58 PM
Hi I'm Chris, found this forum when I was doing a search on the Schwinn Ranger which I'm planning on buying in a couple of weeks.
I'm 52 and work for IBM, live in the burbs north of Austin with my wife and 3 kids. It's a nice place to live if you can stand the summer heat :-).
I'm a runner and founded the Dead Runners Society, a listserv list which has been going on for almost 17 years. I decided to take up biking for cross-training after buying my kids bikes for Christmas. My wife works at Target where we bought the bikes and I thought cross-training would be fun.
At first I looked at the Schwinn Trailway but the more I read reviews on the Target web site and Amazon the more the Ranger appealed to me, might be fun to have a MTB. My riding will be mostly in my neighborhood, on and off the road and getting out to one of the local park trails every now and then (after I buy a bike rack). And it will be fun to get out with the kids.
I'm sure I will learn more as time goes on and work my way up to a nicer bike but for now this is a good bike to start with, seems to fit my needs and budget. Once I get it I will take it to a LBS to get it tuned, know that it's going to need some adjustments.
Nice to meet you all.
Welcome to BF's. Lots to read and learn from around here. And if you can't find the answer, just post a new thread. :) There are lots of Texas folks from all over the state here. I'm just up ways in Dallas.
02-12-08, 05:27 PM
Hi Chris, I know you don't have any mountain goats where you live...so what's the story behind the name?
Welcome to BF!
At first I looked at the Schwinn Trailway but the more I read reviews on the Target web site and Amazon the more the Ranger appealed to me...
Once I get it I will take it to a LBS to get it tuned, know that it's going to need some adjustments.
You're just a kid (I'm 63) so that's why you don't know any better.
Don't waste your money. Go to a bike shop and get real bike.
02-12-08, 09:29 PM
Thanks for the welcome folks
I've read everything I can on the internet about this bike and most of
the reviews are really good, surprising for an inexpensive bike. Get it
tuned, they say, and it will be fine. Eventually I hope to upgrade, maybe
buy a nice road bike when I have more money to dedicate to biking.
My goals are to get some cross training in, get out and ride with my kids a little,
ride the light trails at our local parks. We have a nice park system in Austin.
I am not interested in competition or rough trails.
The goat thing... on one of my runner's lists we had this idea of a totem,
what animal would be your totem? I picked the goat from my sun sign capricorn
(although I no longer believe in astrology) and being born in the year of the goat
(1956). It became a great joke for my kids and they love to point out all the goats
we see in movies and on TV or when we drive by some of the ranches around
here. Look there's dad :-).
I am amazed at how biking has grown since I was a teenager and rode my Schwinn
Continental all around Houston (wouldn't try that now). I quit when I got my own
car, and this will really be my first time back!
02-12-08, 10:40 PM
Welcome aboard, Chris!
You'll know that your riding strong if you beat Ravenmore up Jester, there in Austin.
(Ravenmore is a fellow Austinian. ;) )
What's your budget for a bike? I'd suggest checking the local craigslist or ebay for local sales of bikes that were originally sold in a bike shop. I did the 'department store mountain bike' thing. Would have been better off with a bike that's a couple years old but well taken care of for the price I spent. Or (not to sound like a shill!) check out bikesdirect.com. They have some great prices on hard tail mtbs.
02-13-08, 08:15 AM
Thanks for the suggestions cuda2k, I will shop around a little more when
I buy bike #2 and have a little more money to spend. I do not like to buy
anything used, honestly. I'm sure I'll spend some money at my local LBS too,
will need to get my bike tuned and buy a bike rack, among other things.
What DPS bikes did you have bad experiences with? Ironically this low end
Schwinn got the best reviews of any of their MTBs. It's a simple bike and I'm
more interested in getting around the neighborhoods and parks with it than
tough trails. More Town Lake Trail than Wild Basin :-).
02-13-08, 08:41 AM
Welcome to another 56'er, great year to be born:D. I'll second (third/forth?) the post to see an LBS for a bike. they can better fit you to the bike, set it up properly and keep you rolling as you go. Start out with a good bike, no need to break the bank, just a good sound, well equiped bike, and you will enjoy the cycling much more. The DS bikes are not set up well, just "assembled" by the assigned person. Let an LBS get you going right to make the experience a good one. Take the reviews in the store website with a grain of salt, they want to sell you any bike they can.
Hope the riding is fun and I believe you will find yourself addicted, as we are here, very soon. Best wishes.
02-13-08, 09:03 AM
I do not like to buy
anything used, honestly.
You are talking to a man (cuda2k) who loves his vintage bikes :p .
We don't think of them as 'used', but 'recycled'.
Check out the Classic & Vintage forum, and see if you would consider this to be a 'used' bicycle:
Perhaps we can change your mind ;) .
02-13-08, 09:40 PM
I looked at the low end Trek hard tails today (820 and 3700) on the web
site, cost around $300, not bad. Any opinions on these bikes? Sounds
like they're good for the kind of riding I'd like to do.
cmc - I had a Mongoose (forget what model, but cost me like $400), it was quite heavy, full suspension will do that with that price, and the SRAM 4.0 derailleurs and shifters were ok, but the fork and brakes just didn't do much good even for moderate trails.
02-14-08, 07:17 AM
How much do I need to spend to get a good hard tail?
02-14-08, 07:33 AM
For the type of riding you describe, the Schwinn Trailway would be much more fun, because it will be lighter and will roll much easier without the fat nobbies. Go to the Park Tool or Sheldon Brown (Harris Cyclery) websites, to see how to adjust the gear shift and the brakes.
02-14-08, 02:53 PM
I went to the LBS at lunch time and rode a Trek 7.2 FX. Woo hoo,
this is the one! Saving my money, will be a while but I'll wait.
Hey, I'm new here. i got a trailway lst year. I have about 500Miles on it this year. I love it. I have upgraded a few things- handle bar, frt derailluer and bb. It rides nice and average 16-20MPH on 20-30mile rides.
i also ride a early 70's royce union rode bike occasionally for a little variety.
The schwinn was a good choice fo me mostly due to cost.
By the way I am 6'2 about 225 and it handles me without trouble.
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