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Old 09-29-11, 08:48 PM   #1
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i just bought my first road bike its a peugot garanti construction reynolds 501 bike. I purchased it for 10$ at a yard sale the brake line to the rear, rusty chain, flat tires are the only thing wrong with it. i have a few questions about the bike seeing as iam new to bike riding but looking to get into the community.
1 iam 6'4" and the bike seems a little small to me.
2 what is the best way to restore the bike to optimal performance without destroying the vintage theme of the bike?
3 was this a smart infestment?
4 what is the best way to start taking this new venture into the world i live in floresville tx and looking for others to bike with
5 what is a good price range or investment into the bike so that i am not going to get ripped off
iam looking forward to your responses and thank you for your time
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Old 09-29-11, 09:57 PM   #2
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i just bought my first road bike its a peugot garanti construction reynolds 501 bike.
Cool. We need pics!

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I purchased it for 10$ at a yard sale the brake line to the rear, rusty chain, flat tires are the only thing wrong with it.
Other things may require attention that are not so obvious to you. For example, the wheel bearings, bottom bracket, and headset could likely need cleaning and re-lub'ing, the derailleurs may seem to work but their stop screws might need careful adjustment, brake pads might need re-positioning, etc. That stuff isn't hard but you do have to know what you are doing a little, and be handy with tools and own the necessary ones.

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1 iam 6'4" and the bike seems a little small to me.
Can't help with that. You didn't tell us how big the bike was. Bikes are like shoes, if it fits, ride it. Otherwise look for something else.

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2 what is the best way to restore the bike to optimal performance without destroying the vintage theme of the bike?
Fix and adjust, use any original components that still work well, replace with comparable parts or what would have been reasonable replacements for that time period.

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3 was this a smart infestment?
$10 is hardly an investment. Tires, tubes if necessary, and a chain will cost more than that. So it was smart if you can end up riding it. If it doesn't fit, then you should move on, sell it or whatever.

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4 what is the best way to start taking this new venture into the world i live in floresville tx and looking for others to bike with
Ask at bike shops, ask on Bike Forums - oh wait, you already did that. Check the WWW for bike clubs or rides in your area.

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5 what is a good price range or investment into the bike so that i am not going to get ripped off
Stop worrying about getting ripped off. Bikes and repairs and stuff can cost money but it's not a bloodthirsty community. Have the bike evaluated by a knowledgeable person or a good bike shop familiar with older bikes. I don't know what your particular bike is like or how prices run in your area, but a ready-to-ride middle-range C&V bike could be $100-$300. You may have to spend a similar sum if it needs much work at a bike shop plus parts, tires, etc. If it ends up rideable for even half sum and it fits you well, it will be money well spent. Beyond that we don't know enough to help.
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