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brodie 07-06-07 05:33 PM

retiring my dads raleigh,-until next year.
 
well,i did right by my pop and,i enjoyed it,at the same time.
after tacoing the front wheel,i got some new wheels,new derailleurs,a new crankset, saved the brooks seat and,had a good time fellowshipping with you guys here.

so yesterday i did around 20 miles on her and, this morning,right ast 30 miles. then i came home and,put it in the attic.
next up is my dads gitane. i will be riding my mountain bike mainly though,because i dont feel like im gonna break something all the time.

i put all of the stuff i removed like,hubs,derailleurs,etc.,in plastic bags and,i guess at some point when i shave off around 100lb or so,i may put some back on the bike.

anyways,thanks guys for giving me encouragement to get back in the saddle.

(51) 07-06-07 07:16 PM

If it is up in the attic, you will never hear it calling your name. I'm not sure if you are mariied, but maybe you should put it somewhere more visible (if your wife doesn't mind) as an incentive.

Stujoe 07-06-07 07:35 PM

I'd hang it in the basement or similar as a reminder.

I am rebuilding (of all things) a 1982 Schwinn Super Le Tour. Right now, it is stripped to the frame in the basement. Probably < $50 worth of stuff will get it in nice shape (cables, grease, lube, chain, some tubes, just small stuff).

I really wonder about it holding up to my weight but I am doing it none the less. If I can't ride it at my current weight, I will hang it in the basement as a reminder that I want to be able to.

brodie 07-06-07 08:39 PM

i thought about putting them in the basement or,the den.but my basement gets way less traffic and,i have already had 1 of my sisters ask if she can have 1 of my dads bikes and,shes like 2 feet tall.

she just wants to look at it. i wanna ride it. im gonna be selfish and, keep all 3 for myself.

my mother said i could have this giant travel trunk that my dad owned. its one of those things that looks like someone would take it on the titanic.
you open it up and,it has drawers and,hangers for clothes and,it is a way of travel that i dont know if people do anymore.

so im gonna try to refinish that and,give that to my sister.then maybe she will forget about the bikes.

brodie 07-06-07 08:46 PM

stujoe,i forgot.i got some good wheels and,pumped those little skinny tires up to 105psi,now it seems that they are okay holding my 324lb butt up.

what im worried about now,is the frame. THATS WHY IM STORING THE BIKE.
after i lose some weight,next summer i will allow my self to ride them.

Tom Stormcrowe 07-07-07 04:53 AM

brodie:

Just popping in before I leave for the weekend.

Don't sweat the frame: It'll hold you quite well! The only issue a Clyde will have with a steel frame road bike is the wheels and you seem to have already addressed that!

MrEWorm 07-07-07 05:11 AM

Ride, ride , ride. If something breaks, fix it. And enjoy the Brooks.

Stujoe 07-07-07 10:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brodie
stujoe,i forgot.i got some good wheels and,pumped those little skinny tires up to 105psi,now it seems that they are okay holding my 324lb butt up.


After reading around, that is my biggest worry, I think. Like Tom posted, I don't think the frame will be an issue. Mine is in good shape. The wheels may not hold up forever, though. I am rebuilding and re-greasing and truing them but that won't do much good if I squish 'em. lol

Mine is also a 'can I do it' project for the fun of it. I was given the bike for free about 6 years ago and it has just sat there calling to me. I have never taken a bike all the way down and built it back up before before and decided I wanted to try.

I do want to be able to ride it too, though. I am not big on road bikes but if I can make a decent commuter/tourer for $50 and learn some skills/gain some maintenance confidence along the way, that will be good too.

robtown 07-07-07 12:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brodie
well,i did right by my pop and,i enjoyed it,at the same time.
after tacoing the front wheel,i got some new wheels,new derailleurs,a new crankset, saved the brooks seat and,had a good time fellowshipping with you guys here.

so yesterday i did around 20 miles on her and, this morning,right ast 30 miles. then i came home and,put it in the attic.
next up is my dads gitane. i will be riding my mountain bike mainly though,because i dont feel like im gonna break something all the time.

i put all of the stuff i removed like,hubs,derailleurs,etc.,in plastic bags and,i guess at some point when i shave off around 100lb or so,i may put some back on the bike.

anyways,thanks guys for giving me encouragement to get back in the saddle.

That Raleigh is very similar to mine - a great riding bike. Don't take too long to get back in the saddle.


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