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    New to Site and back on the bike...

    Hello everyone... My name is Ryan Reyes and am brand new to this site and the term Clydesdale in refrence to cycling. I have been moving my way through the treads in this section all day and decided to register and get in the action lol.

    Well a couple years ago Back when I was in highschool I found an old Raleigh ten speed with a free sign duck taped to it. Considering my upbringing I rarely ever deny free things ha. So I threw it in the truck and the next day I took it for a ride. I got on this thing that seemed impossible to get up on top of and went down the street. Being into bmx a lot before I had my license The first thing I noticed was the speed. Now mind you I played football and powerlifted in a 242 weight class. It was awkward at first but thought it was neat how quick this thing was and even though you are high in the air, the bike was simple to ride and keep your speed. So needless to say, I was hooked. Even though i'm a bigger guy I have always had endurance and determination. I regularly took the bike out for rides that all of which began to be longer and longer until my average every other day ride was 65 miles. But this bike was uncomfortable, only had the one gear setup the lines were rusted at, and made noise like crazy. Since I was riding a lot I figured I would stop by the LBS that I passed everyday to check out the bikes and pick one up that would hopefully be more fun to ride... That shut down that idea. Lol once I saw how much the bikes ran for I kindof forgot about all the negatives that came with this free bike. I kept up with my rides while in the mean time trying to build a road bike (found out the hard way that would be even more expensive) so I ended upo just saving up my money and got myself a decent bike to ride and further my new found hobby. I kept that up for a year and a half minus the dead of winter and rainy days lol.

    Because of life changes and stupid excuses I have held off riding for the past 8 months but just got back on the bike today and remembered how good it feels. I have gained some weight and hope this couples with some better eating habits will get me back to a more comfortable weight.

    Now that I've just wasted all of your time with all that (Sry it's late and I'm bored) I just have a couple questions. While riding today I seemed to notice the tires squished more then before. I don't have a guage on my pump so I wasnt able to tell the psi. The bike ran fine and didn't feel it hit rim at all or anything but I guess im just asking if I should be worried about this. Also, sry if im being lazy by not searching, but i was curious if there were any other clydesdales in the st. louis/ Alton Area to do some rides with. I just moved to the midwest about two months ago from South Jersey and am just looking to have some fun riding with someone ( I can't seem to get my girlfriend hooked). And one other thing, what do most of you guys wear while out on rides? Just whatever is comfortable seems like the obvious answer but should I even try to put on a jersey and shorts to act like I know what Im doing while riding or is it not worth the time, money, and well lets face it, humiliation when it comes to big guys in tight shirts.. Lol... Thanks for reading this hope to get some responces and any other advice from you vets that I should know about.

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    First off, welcome to the forums RR!

    I'm biased, but a tune up and new cables would fix your Raleigh right up and make for a great back up bike.

    It's very normal for bike tires/tubes to lose air over a few days. I check mine every time I am going to ride. A floor pump with a guage is a worth while investment. With luck, and minimal flats, most of your airing up of tires should be done at home prior to rides. Inflation is important for us real world riders since we already give our wheel setsd enough grief. No sense in making matters worse, and a blow out in th eide wall while moving is a bad bad thing.

    So, two questions......... 1. What model Raleigh do you have? 2. What is your new bike?

    And if you haven't caught on as to the standard rule of new bike discussion, this thread is useless without (bike) pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by txvintage View Post
    And if you haven't caught on as to the standard rule of new bike discussion, this thread is useless without (bike) pics!
    +1 - and to save yourself some greif, make sure you get drive-side photos (the side the chain is on) because if you don't, you will get called on it.

    As tx said, welcome and get that old bike back in shape. If you are at all mechanically inclined, buy a few specialty tools (crank arm puller, cone wrenches, spoke wrench and allen wrenches) and do the work yourself. Most of the moving parts can probably be made functional with some cleaning and lubing. Might need some cables (you can get a full set at Walmart if you are strapped for cash) and new brake pads but you can probably make do with everything else.

    Having a backup bike is very handy and you just might be surprised what you end up with when you get done working on it. Plus you learn how to work on your own bikes which is a skill that will pay big dividends down the road (and I mean that literally - as in when you break down on a ride and know how to fix the problem instead of having to walk your bike home).

    And go for some cycling clothes. Many of us never thought we'd be caught dead in them when we started but now think nothing about heading out in our oversized spandex glory. It is all about comfort, not style. And we'll let you get a few more miles under your belt before discussing clipless.

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    First off welcome RyeRey 521. Having two bikes (if you have the space) is good. I recently had my commuter in the shop and had a chance to ride my old one. I forgot how much fun it was and the memories it can bring back. Doing, or learning how to work on your bike is a good idea. But also know your limitations. Also their is nothing wrong getting to know the people at your LBS.

    Investment in a good floor pump with a gauge is defenitely a good idea. You should be able to get one from about $35 and up (thinking off the top of my head). Properly inflated tires can prevent a lot of problems which could have been avoided. Also, properly inflated tires can make a big difference in speed and comfort.

    As for clothing, go with what feels comfortable for you to ride in. I commute and can wear shorts and a t-shirt at work. Cycling shorts could be comfortable, but I have no experience with them. People at my LBS usually go for rides after work with a bunch of friends and hit some local trails. They dress in the full "get up" and I don't think much about it.

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    Welcome Ryan. The other guys allready answered your questions very well, so I'll just say hi.

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    Hey Ryan, my name is Couch_Incident. I jump on and over couches. With that said, welcome to BF. This is an awesome forum and you'll love posting here.

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