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    Sometimes you just need a change

    Howdy,

    I find myself in need of a change, or perhaps a long bike ride or something, but in any case I've put my track bike, my single speed/flipflop bike, and now my "race" bike all up for sale on the local craigslist. Instead I'm wanting a touring or cross type bike with 32-45mm wide tires, full fenders, racks front and rear, lights and a generator of some sort, and assorted other stuff relative to a touring and commuting setup. I'm just tired of seeing the bikes hanging in the basement or garage and not getting any use, so I'm wanting a change to something that I will get more use out of.

    I also think I'm finally going to get around to fixing up the His&Her Raleigh 3-speeds that have been hanging out in the garage for a few years now and set them up with baskets for weekend breakfast rides around town.

    I turn 60 this year, don't know how that happened but it did, doesn't seem like it. So I think I'm going to make a few changes this year.

    Anyone else deciding to go through some changes?
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    I decided I needed a change at 62 and bought a tandem. Now that's a change! Now I almost never ride my singles, though I kept them all. We try to get in 100 miles/week or so on the big bike. We've toured on it, ridden centuries and one double so far, and done general sport riding. It took us a couple of years of solo riding to get to where we could do what I used to do on my singles. There really isn't any better quality time together and at our age one begins to have a sense that there's not that much of it left.

    We bought a used Co-Motion Speedster for $3000, 7 years ago. It's still running fine. We put ~3000 miles/year on it. Don't buy cheap. Cannondales are not too hard to fine and are fine bikes, too.

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    Yeah,,,

    Good Idea,,

    I could use a change,,

    I think I'll ride just Black Diamond trails this saturday, shirtless and packless
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    Ditto on riding 'in tandem' . . . been doing it for 40 years.

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    I bought a trike last year, plus a recumbent tandem. I find myself taking different bikes on rides (TiRush, 'bent tandem, triplet, Bike Friday tandem, or trike) as a means of variation. Sometimes by myself, sometimes with one daughter, sometimes with two daughters. The variety keeps it interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treebound View Post
    Howdy,

    I find myself in need of a change, or perhaps a long bike ride or something, but in any case I've put my track bike, my single speed/flipflop bike, and now my "race" bike all up for sale on the local craigslist. Instead I'm wanting a touring or cross type bike with 32-45mm wide tires, full fenders, racks front and rear, lights and a generator of some sort, and assorted other stuff relative to a touring and commuting setup. I'm just tired of seeing the bikes hanging in the basement or garage and not getting any use, so I'm wanting a change to something that I will get more use out of.

    I also think I'm finally going to get around to fixing up the His&Her Raleigh 3-speeds that have been hanging out in the garage for a few years now and set them up with baskets for weekend breakfast rides around town. ...
    If I could have just one bicycle, it would definitely be a road touring or cross type bike with 32mm -- or slightly wider -- tires. Good choice. Also, the 3-speeds do sound like fun for knocking about town. I really enjoyed my old 12-speed hybrid transmission, which was a standard wide ratio 3-speed SA hub with a 14-16-18-20 cogset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by treebound View Post
    Howdy,

    ... I'm just tired of seeing the bikes hanging in the basement or garage and not getting any use, so I'm wanting a change to something that I will get more use out of...
    I had nine bikes in the garage and I complained to the family that we have to clean up. We did end up giving a child's bike away but a lot of them are still there. Turns out in the past year, I was using four of them.

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    I have a recumbent bike, and a trike. With them I have the best of both worlds, and use the right "tool" for the ride at hand. They both of course are pain free.

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    I bought a "trail" hybrid for when I want something different that a road bike.

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    I started looking at the mtb=>commuter bike and thinking of putting a reversed rear rack on the front like some have done with their mtb touring conversions.

    Then this morning I took about an hour to spray lube and flush out the 8-speed brifter and got that bike functional again. I might put the race bike in the car and take it to work for some lunchtime rides.

    Sometimes a needed change is to just refresh and get active with the hobby again. I'm still planning on upgrades and bike swaps, but until I do then I'll just make due with the current stable of bikes.
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