When I got out of the Army I bought a mountain bike from a friend of mine- thinking I would be riding it to class when I went to college. When I got home I realized that I lived far too far to conveniently ride to school, or work in the years after. Consequently, my bike had pretty much sat in my parents' garage for the past 18 years.
When my sister was a kid she had a 10 speed road bike. But it was far too big for her (because she wanted a "big kids'" bike), so she rarely ever rode it. By the time she was big enough to ride it, she had gotten a much cooler bike. Consequently, that bike spent most of the past 25+ years hanging in my parents' garage.
When my sister was in college she got a cool bike, but when she moved in with her husband, they both got really fancy pants bikes and made the cool bike obsolete. Consequently, that bike has spent most of the last 15 or so years in my parents' garage.
My wife and I have picked up recreational bicycling in the past couple of months.
When we got the idea of it, I grabbed my bike and my sister's "newer" bike and got them sorta fixed up- new tires because the old ones were dry rotted out. We did a little riding and decided we liked it. It's really great because there's some really cool trails around here- out of the way of traffic, some are pretty far out so that you're not hampered by a lot of runners/walkers. And most of them around here are paved. We also ran into that "uncomfortable seat" problem. At one point, my sister in law had borrowed my bike and she had gotten a cruiser bike type seat for it- and it was more comfortable than the original seat- when I got the bike back we got these Schwinn cruiser seats- even though I've been told by experienced riders that the cushy, springy seats aren't good for riding- we both find them very comfortable for what we're doing.
I had this idea of getting our bikes fixed up and kind of moderninzing them. I wanted to get shocks on the front, just because the gravelly trails kind of kick my ass. Someone on another forum suggested against it, and the more I realize the kind of riding we're doing, the shocks are not only overkill, but completely unnecessary. We're on pavement 90% of the time. So not only the cost of shocks, but also the pain of trying to install them and the unnecessary use of them...
When we were riding, we took our daughter out with us, and we discovered she's a bit to big for her little girl's bike, and so I went up to my folks' house and got my sister's old road bike and got the dry rotted tires on there replaced... That's a great rider-
We have sorta decided to get new bikes. My wife is really liking the Trek 7200. I think it would be a great bike for her.
I still am entertaining fantasies of making my bike more useful for what I'm doing with it. And you're thinking, "you're using a 1987 Schwinn High Sierra- what do you want out of it?" First, it's got a really cool color. It's called "black chrome." It's kind of a black/brown/bronze color that changes as you look at it. It's really nifty in person. It's got the old Schwinn CroMoly frame, which appears to be relatively highly regarded. I've fixed up the brakes- it's got the old "roller cam" brakes, which I guess were an experiment during the 80s. What I'd like to do is get some more "road-y" tires, ones with less knobs. I understand the more tread you have on the tire, the more resistance you have on the pavement. I'd also like either get a new gear cassette or wheel/cassette for it. Right now it's an 18 speed, with the lowest gear being a little bigger or the same size as the 2nd lowest gear on the old Trek- just to make it a little more effective as a "hybrid" bike. I don't want to get a road bike, with my back problems I want to retain a bit more of a sitting position than a leaned over racing position.
All in all- we're really liking riding- we're making some headway into getting a little more in shape.
And now the bike pr0n...
My bike- the 1987 Schwinn High Sierra-
The "roller cam" brakes-
The late 80s/early 90s Trek 820-
And the early/mid 80s Schwinn World Sport- dig the 80s graphics and colors...
And the last of the Chicago Schwinn logos...