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    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
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    Trouble brewing in the stable...

    Help!

    I'm just 25 miles away from 2,000 miles on my original steed, the Trek 3900, which frankly I don't ride much anymore (but can't wait to ride in the rain again!).

    I'm just 25 miles away from 1,000 miles on my current thang, the Giant Cypress SX.

    (For those who remember me talking about 3,000 miles, remember I had a single speed and I have the cruisers, as well, for those additional miles)

    So here's the deal: How do I sort out which bike to cross the threshhold with first? I'm not talented enough to ride both bikes simulteanously, so one has to be first. But i can't bear to hurt the feelings of the other.

    Perhaps i should just keep both bikes on the gravity fed rack to mumble with each other, and buy a new one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee
    Help!


    Perhaps i should just keep both bikes on the gravity fed rack to mumble with each other, and buy a new one?
    Here we go again.

    Despite all the joshing we (Or I) Give you about getting a new bike- You have had a lot of fun with these old beasties. Why not clear out the lounge- and let them fight it out between them as to who has to go out on your next ride. Give them a warning- No scratching or biting but the first one to show cowardice by faining a limp, or needing attention to the headset- does not get the prize.
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    Give them both their due. Ride the 3900 to the 2000 mark exactly, then ride the Giant to the 1000 mark exactly, not .1 further. Then, buy that new bike and let it hit the 3001 mile mark. What an inaugural ride that would be, and everyone's happy.
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    Remember the story of Moses? He led his people through the wilderness only to be told, sorry pal...someone else gets to cross over into the promised land. I say, cut your emotional attachments and buy that "NEW" bike that you really want....and ride it to glory!

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    Oh Gary! So much angst! You need a groundhog sort of day when you can ride one bike one day, wake up and it is a repeat of the past day, and then ride the other bike. I can't wait to see what Dr. Phillipe and Officer Webb Diego have to say about this dilemma.

    In the mean time flip a coin. Miles are miles!
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    DeeGee - here's what ya do. Put the wheels from the Trek 3900 on the Giant Cypress. That way, Frankenbike will represent BOTH of them.

    Edit: I just checked, and a Trek 3900 is a mountain bike. The wheels are different sizes, so that idea won't work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee
    <...> I'm not talented enough to ride both bikes simulteanously <...>
    DG, are you absolutely, positively certain about that? How about signing out some old John Wayne movies from the library, and study how The Duke did it with horses. There's got to be a way, especially given that - unlike JW - you won't have a mob of angry folks chasing you shooting *****s (assuming you don't try this in front of the sorority).

    For the sake of the 50+ers, give it a whirl and get back to us. With a video clip, please.

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    This is how they accomplish it in India:




    This is a common trick used in India to transport the bicycle from place to place. This man was riding a bicycle while pushing another, making it a four-wheeler. I have tried this before, it is not as easy as it appears -- especially during the turns. Also notice how will he intends to apply the breaks.
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    Get the Trek up to 1,999.99 and the Giant up to 999.99.
    Then somehow lash them together and despite your protestations try to ride them together for the final 52.8 feet. Heck, that's not even from homeplate to the pitcher's mound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SemperFi
    Get the Trek up to 1,999.99 and the Giant up to 999.99.
    Then somehow lash them together and despite your protestations try to ride them together for the final 52.8 feet. Heck, that's not even from homeplate to the pitcher's mound.
    So, that way he gets to avoid the hill?

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    Oh, good grief! Go get a stiff drink will ya?
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    DG's dillema dovetails perfectly into the news that Pluto has been stripped of it's planetary status...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee
    Well, just like with bikes, a lot has changed in twenty years with coffee makers, and the choices are bewildering! My needs are simple -- a quick pot of coffee ever couple of days. Yes, I nuke day-old coffee from a day-old pot if it's there. That said, I'd possibly be interested in something a bit fancier but I really know nothing about coffee except I like it with cream and Sweet and Lo!
    Ah, the good ole days....when all we had to do was worry about coffee makers!

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    Old paint 3900 without a doubt! She's had to look at your sorry butt up close for a long time and deserves the recognition. Besides, like us, she may not last much longer.

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    Here's my recommendation, DG - Take BOTH those bikes down to the LBS and TRADE THEM IN on a new, fast, and snazzy ride. Use the new bike to cross the threshold.

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    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by FarHorizon
    Here's my recommendation, DG - Take BOTH those bikes down to the LBS and TRADE THEM IN on a new, fast, and snazzy ride. Use the new bike to cross the threshold.
    Would that I could! I can't find an LBS that takes trades!
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    I think you would look good on that Volpe....it calls out to you...

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    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by dauphin
    I think you would look good on that Volpe....it calls out to you...
    As does the Sequoia, and the OCR, and the Pilot...
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    No brainer Deegers. Last dance is wit da chick what brung ya. Oh fabled Ulysses, she started your 2000 mile "trek" towards further self esteem, cycling identity, and health. It seems fitting you sail into harbor with your faithful Penelope beneath you.

    Having said that, it seems further fitting to then go beyond your first, apprenticing voyage by acquiring a newer, more qualified bike on which to build new traditions and accomplishments.

    Your muscles are bronzed, your will has proven itself implacable over those 2000 miles of personal triumph and adversity. Proudly assert something new in your cycling life. Get that damned new bike, or at least get real about the selection process.

    The tides of fate, fortune and fulfillment wait for no mortal...cast off the almost finished past and ride out to new personal achievements...your cycling destiny.

    Allez!
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    Gary: This is one of the most clever and sly ways I've ever seen of someone announcing that they're reaching a goal/milestone. So, here's a slightly premature pat on the back and hardy congratulations for reaching 3000 miles!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dauphin
    I think you would look good on that Volpe....it calls out to you...
    +1

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    Jeez. that's easy. Take them both up to 999.9+, then ride one and push the other alongside (hand on the center of the stem works for me) for the last few feet so they turn over simultaneously.
    It's not hard to do--I rode home from a friend's house last night steering my wife's bike like that.

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    Learn to sell on e-Bay, Gary. At the rate you're going through bikes, you'll either HAVE TO or you'll need to open a museum.

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