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Old 07-12-09, 09:00 PM   #1
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Time to say Hello

Well I've been lurking here on BF for about 2 months now, so I figure it's high time to say hello and thanks to everyone for all the info I've obtained from this forum.

I'm not quite 50 yet, but will be there in about 3 months, so I figure that's close enough. I've enjoyed all the forums here, but seem to have the most in common with everyone here in the 50+ section.

I pretty much a noob when it comes to serious cycling. The last time I did any riding to amount to anything was when I was a teenager, and that pretty much ended when I turned 16. You know, the usual car, dirt bikes, and girl thing.

So here I am, my youngest daughter is coming home from college for the summer for about 2 months, and she wants to do some riding to shed a few pounds and get into shape. I figured it wouldn't hurt me to do the same thing, plus all the great time I would get to spend with her would be priceless. So....... I dig out my old bike...... yep, I kept it all these years. It's a Raleigh Super Course I bought new in 1973! What an upgrade that was from my Schwinn Varsity. LOL Then I hit BF and read up on what kind of bike I actually had, how to go about tearing it down to re grease everything, etc. I spent close to a week going through it, installing new tubes/tires, etc. Then came that first ride...... My first ride lasted about 15 minutes. My legs felt like logs, my arms were shaking, and in general my whole body was screaming "get me off this thing" LOL Well I hung in there, and kept at it everyday for the first week or so. I added 5 minutes to my ride each day, slowing building up time to get my body in shape, and also to get my rear end reacquainted with the Brooks B17 seat. I'm proud to say that now I'm up to 25 miles/3 times a week/ at 14 mph or so. I'm shooting to ride my age by my birthday on Oct. 3rd.

My bike has been a work in progress. Slowly tweaking the seat and stem position, adding a Cateye Cyclometer, tire pump, extra tube, and water bottles. Riding in Tennessee, it didn't take long to figure out the need for lots of water on rides longer than an hour. We have many days with temps in the mid 90's, and matching humidity.

Here's a couple pics of my "vintage" Raleigh......
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Welcome

Good for you to get riding again.

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Welcome,
That bike puts new meaning to the term "going Green", Looks good and congrats on getting back on the saddle again.
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Welcome! Nice looking bike.

Be sure to take pictures of the rides with your daughter and post here.
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Welcome! Nice looking bike.

Be sure to take pictures of the rides with your daughter and post here.
Thanks, She's gone for the week, but when she gets back, I'll try to get a pic or two to post.

BTW I was just up in Englewood a couple of weekends ago. We had a family reunion at Englewood Dam Park. I grew up in Waynesville, out by Caesars Creek.
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Thanks, She's gone for the week, but when she gets back, I'll try to get a pic or two to post.

BTW I was just up in Englewood a couple of weekends ago. We had a family reunion at Englewood Dam Park. I grew up in Waynesville, out by Caesars Creek.
I live a couple miles from the park. I hope you enjoyed it. You should have brought your bike and rode the path through it.

I'm in Waynesville at least once a week. I have an aunt who lives on Route 73 near Caesars Creek and my sister and I have been doing yard work for her this summer. My dad's family is from there....do you know any Stanley's, Coffman's or Iron's from the area? Since my grandfather had 18 siblings I have plenty of relatives in the area.
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You must be new I see that you have only 1 bike-welcome aboard.
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I'm in Waynesville at least once a week. I have an aunt who lives on Route 73 near Caesars Creek and my sister and I have been doing yard work for her this summer. My dad's family is from there....do you know any Stanley's, Coffman's or Iron's from the area? Since my grandfather had 18 siblings I have plenty of relatives in the area.
The names ring a bell. I believe there were a couple of guys with those last name that graduated with my older sisters class in 74. Don't know if you've ever noticed it, but about two miles west of Waynesville on St. Rt. 73, there is an older housing area on the left. The name of the street is Carter Dr. That's where I grew up. I can't believe how the area has grown. I hadn't been back for 17 years. Cincinnati and Dayton are just about one city now, Springboro has exploded, and all my old stompin' grounds around Waynesville are now fancy sub divisions. That's progress I guess......
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You must be new I see that you have only 1 bike-welcome aboard.
rck,

One bike for now, but I sure am wearing the pc out window shopping. I may look into picking up a year end clearance model this fall, or just ride my old Raleigh till next summer and see how things go.

Seriously thinking about getting a trainer for this winter so I don't loose all the conditioning that I've managed to gain this summer. I've made it this far, I sure don't like the thought of starting all over again come spring time.
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Seriously thinking about getting a trainer for this winter so I don't loose all the conditioning that I've managed to gain this summer. I've made it this far, I sure don't like the thought of starting all over again come spring time.
I don't know where you are from.

A lot of folks ride in the winter. I ride to about 32F or thereabouts. Some folks go way colder, and ride in snow and the like.

I go to a "spinning class" or two at the local gym weekly. I have a trainer in the basement, with training videos and the like, but, man, that is the most BORING activity to do, and I don't use it much. None this last winter.

Spinning classes are at least a bit social, and they have a structured approach.
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I don't know where you are from.

A lot of folks ride in the winter. I ride to about 32F or thereabouts. Some folks go way colder, and ride in snow and the like.

I go to a "spinning class" or two at the local gym weekly. I have a trainer in the basement, with training videos and the like, but, man, that is the most BORING activity to do, and I don't use it much. None this last winter.

Spinning classes are at least a bit social, and they have a structured approach.
I'm in NW Tennessee, so I should be able to ride up to around the first of the year. That's when our weather starts to get crappy down here. Then it normally breaks around the end of March. My other hobby for the past 15 years has been flying radio controlled airplanes, and we usually can go till January before it gets too cold for our hands. I used to laugh at 35 degrees, but now with a little age, the fingers just can't take it. LOL

I hear you on how boring the equipment can get. We've got an elliptical machine in the basement, and every winter I say I'm going to stick with it. I get about 3 weeks into it and I can't stand it! Music doesn't help, and I can't stand watching TV..... I was hoping a trainer might be different. Probably not eh?
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If that bike looks half as pretty in person as it does in the picture, don't ever sell it, or give it away to a college student. Nice color.
You can usually get good prices when the new model year comes out, and usually a better bike too.
The manufacturers will down grade the component level to keep the price the same, so last years model may be a better buy.
Good luck and enjoy the ride.
BTW, is that a beer tap on the seat tube?
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Welcome to the Geritol Gang. We may look over the hill, but we also ride over the hill...much to the amazement of some of the younger folks as they continue to fall farther and farther behind us.

That's a great looking Raleigh! If you do buy a newer bike you really should consider keeping the old Raleigh as it's often fun to take the Vintage machines out for the ocasional ride. I bought myself an '86 Raleigh Marathon a couple of years ago just so I could experience that old steel ride once in a while.
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Greetings Nogyro I like the color green of that bike; Ill be surprized if you give the bike up again;but ILL bet there is a bike change in your future when you try one of the more modern rides./Kenneth
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Greetings Nogyro I like the color green of that bike; Ill be surprized if you give the bike up again;but ILL bet there is a bike change in your future when you try one of the more modern rides./Kenneth
Welcome first of all.

"NET" shopping has one drawback- you can't try the things out.

Find a good array of Local Bike shops (LBS) and get in there to see what they stock. It is at the LBS you will get the end of season bargains so get out to them- talk to the staff- find the shop you like and buy them the doughnuts.

Most bikes are about the same once you get to a recognised make like Specialised- Trek- Marin- Giant- and the other big names. Finding a bike is not a problem but finding the LBS is. Once you have found the LBS- one of the marques that they sell will probably be the bike you get.

And as to the Raleigh-Most here will tell you to keep it- and so will I. But get it out on a few rides- get pics and let us know the important facts about you. How do you like your coffee and what PIE. (Pics of the PIE will help)
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Welcome aboard! Your bike brings back some great old memories of my first real road bike, a 1974 Raleigh Super Course TT. My model was in the flame color and had tubular tires. Currently the frame is getting the finishing touches of a new paint job and new decals. I've gone a little from the original color and had it painted in British Racing Green with off white accents, the same as the later 70's Super Course MK's were detailed.

The bar tape on your bike looks like the original transparent tape used back then. Are those the original brake levers? Enjoy riding that bike. You can buy faster and lighter bikes but you will have to spend a lot to match the smooth and comfortable ride of the Carlton frame made from 531 chromoly and a broken in B17-N saddle.
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Thanks for all the kind words. The Raleigh does look as good in person as it does in the pictures. Believe me, I have no intension of selling her. As best as my memory recalls, I put an odometer on the bike shortly after I purchased it. You probably remember the type that were small and just fit over the axle, and a pin fits onto the spoke. Every time the wheel turned, it when "click" and added the miles up that way. It showed 695 miles on it when I pulled it off 2 months ago when i went through the bike. So that's pretty close to all of the original miles on the bike. I'm fixing to turn my Cateye over to 500 miles now. Not many miles on the bike that's for sure. All components are original. Brake levers, cables, Simplex RD & FD. Good eye there Allegheny Jet, that is the factory green bar tape. Weinmann (sp)666 center pull brakes.

I've done lots of reading on the new carbon and aluminum frames, but I still hear guys talking about there's nothing like the feel of steel. From what I can gather, the Reynolds 531 frame is hard to beat. Whenever I get serious about getting another bike, you can bet I'll drive down to our closest bike shop (70 miles) and ride several of them. He's a Trek, Specialized, and Pinarello dealer.

Beer tap under the seat tube? It's big enough to be one isn't it? It's just a Bell pump. I never carried an air pump with me as a kid, and never had a flat. After reading BF so much, I got paranoid and got a pump, and I carry an extra tube under the Brooks seat. I had a wedge seat bag on it, but that had to go when I got the Profile Design double water bottle holder.

I must say, since I started riding, I've never felt better! My back as always bother me, but some how riding on the drop handle bars is stretching everything out back there. The cardio work out has done wonders for me as well, and I'm really not in that bad of shape. 6'2"@ 180 lb.

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That's a great looking bike. What's the deal with the gigantic dork disk? It doesn't seem to be on in the first photo. Surely you didn't put it back on after taking it off?
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That's a great looking bike. What's the deal with the gigantic dork disk? It doesn't seem to be on in the first photo. Surely you didn't put it back on after taking it off?
My photos got switched around when I uploaded them. The dork disk was on when I first cleaned the bike up and started riding again. Now it's off. By the time I got it off, there is no way to put it back on anyways.
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Welcome aboard.
You will find that you can extend your riding pretty far into winter. You can do like us up here in the North East - you need a good fleece base layer, tights, a heavy jersey, a lightly insulated gortex jacket, a wool watch cap under the helmet, good gloves, face mask and googles - by the time you get all suited up the sun has goon down and you can try again tomorrow.
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Welcome to the 50+ forum!! Sounds like you are approaching things in the right way, building up gradually et. And your bike looks to be in good shape given its age. If you keep building up in increments as you have you will be fine. Soon you will want to ride your age and then you will be looking for a new ride. At least that is my prediction.
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Welcome. That bike looks like a Raliegh I had in college, except mine was orange (which I painted blue). I can't remember what the model was - I bought it from another student in 1969 and it was a few years old then. I kept it until the early 80s and then gave it away. Now I wish I'd held on to it. Buy a new bike but keep that one as well.
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I'm sure I'll upgrade, it's just a matter of when. There is a lot to learn in this sport, and I think my Raleigh can go a long way in teaching me that. Bicycle maintenance for starters, then figuring out the clothing for summer and cold weather riding. I had old toe clips on the platform peddles and took them off because they weren't long enough to get my tennis shoe in properly. I've studied the clipless pedals a fare amount, and don't know if I want to go that route or not. I'm sure they help, but to be honest, I'm having no problems keeping my foot on the cleated pedals that are on the bike now, even when I stand up to pedal. I can see where some type of brifter or index shifting would be very convenient, but my down tube friction shifters work just fine for now. In fact, they are in the ideal location for any hand position on the bars if you ask me..... So....... I'll keep pecking away at it, building my time up, and learning along the way. I'll hold off on test riding that new Trek Madone 4.5 I've been eyeing for a while. I know if I ever ride something like that, I would have to buy it.
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