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    Motorcycle RoadRacer cehowardGS's Avatar
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    Sweet Commute Ride on my Beater Bike!!

    Yesterday, the forecast was to be bright, sunny and temps going pass 60. Which bike do I take for the commute to work? My so-called Beater bike(86 Schwinn Prelude I picked up for $50 off CL)!!After banging a couple hills, moving up to the big chainring on the flats and kicking it, the bike is telling me something good!!

    Since I chose to ride this bike on what was going to be a bright, sunny and warm day, this bike might be coming out the beater role!! BTW, I took the super long way home too!





    Fast foward to this morning. I was supposed to take the motorcycle for the commute this morning, but it is RAINING..... Wait a minute, I got a "beater bike"..I looked around in the closet to see if I could find the yellow rain jacket that my wife wears, and there it was. Sheesh, I pulled out the Prelude, set it outside and let the rain drops get on it and to see if it was cold. Not cold.. Came inside geared up..On the Prelude in the rain.. The Prelude is really pulling beater-bike-duty now, because no way I would bring any of my bikes out in this rain, not even the motorcycle..

    Clicking across the flats, I still hit the big chainring and kicked it. The Prelude responded and moved swifter!! Oh boy, I say to myself, this can't be this good!!

    On the way coming out the door, I grabbed a bottle of the white lightning chain lub and a rag. When I got to work, wiped the bike off, lubed the chain...And smiled like a 10 year old.. Didn't know what I been missing...

    However, I might be on the lookout for another beater bike. This bike although it is pulling beater duty, and only cost me $50, it is destined to be one of my favorite rides, and I will ride it on bright sunny days too.. Didn't mean to run it, just sharing the fun of riding in the rain on a $50 bike..

    The last stop at work...Thinking about doing rainy lunch ride too..

    2001 Raleigh R700
    1996 Litespeed Classic
    1995 Klein Quantum
    1989 Cannondale Black Lightning
    1988 Centurion Expert Ironman
    1989 Centurion Master Ironman
    1986 Schwinn Prelude(Beater)
    1986 Raleigh Grand Prix(Beater2)
    1985 Raleigh Prestige
    1985 Raleigh Competition
    1985 Raleigh Grand Prix #1
    1985 Raleigh Grand Prix #2 (project #1)
    1985 Raleigh Super Course (project #4)
    1979 Raleigh Competition GS-1

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    Senior Member Philipaparker's Avatar
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    For $50 bucks, sweet!
    To me the life is a glass half full, I love optimism, life's better that way.
    Riding the streets of San Francisco, the roads of West Marin and Northern California...

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    I got my '87 Prelude for $50 as well.
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Motorcycle RoadRacer cehowardGS's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    I got my '87 Prelude for $50 as well.
    Doo, on these $50 Preludes, all I can say is the bicycle gods have smiled on us nicely!!
    2001 Raleigh R700
    1996 Litespeed Classic
    1995 Klein Quantum
    1989 Cannondale Black Lightning
    1988 Centurion Expert Ironman
    1989 Centurion Master Ironman
    1986 Schwinn Prelude(Beater)
    1986 Raleigh Grand Prix(Beater2)
    1985 Raleigh Prestige
    1985 Raleigh Competition
    1985 Raleigh Grand Prix #1
    1985 Raleigh Grand Prix #2 (project #1)
    1985 Raleigh Super Course (project #4)
    1979 Raleigh Competition GS-1

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    You gonna eat that? Doohickie's Avatar
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    I actually traded it to brockd15. He had a Raleigh Super Course that was a bit big for him, and the Prelude was a bit small for me, so we traded and now we both have bikes that fit.
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Motorcycle RoadRacer cehowardGS's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    I actually traded it to brockd15. He had a Raleigh Super Course that was a bit big for him, and the Prelude was a bit small for me, so we traded and now we both have bikes that fit.
    When Raleighs are my favorites, or should I say, one of my favorites..

    I was looking a Raleigh Super Course frame, mid 80s, and size 63cm on Ebay..But, it has been on there forever. I asked the seller would he take offers and didn't get answer. I am not buying something that been up for sale for over 3 months, and no takers.. Dunno what it is..

    Here it is...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/RALEIGH-SUPER-CO...item4cf2b5b83c
    2001 Raleigh R700
    1996 Litespeed Classic
    1995 Klein Quantum
    1989 Cannondale Black Lightning
    1988 Centurion Expert Ironman
    1989 Centurion Master Ironman
    1986 Schwinn Prelude(Beater)
    1986 Raleigh Grand Prix(Beater2)
    1985 Raleigh Prestige
    1985 Raleigh Competition
    1985 Raleigh Grand Prix #1
    1985 Raleigh Grand Prix #2 (project #1)
    1985 Raleigh Super Course (project #4)
    1979 Raleigh Competition GS-1

    2007 Suzuki GSX R1K (commuter)
    http://www.cehoward.net/pretty.jpg
    73,Old,Dirty,&Fast

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    That's a sweet bike, CE.

    I have a mid 80's Prelude frame (Columbus Tenex tubing) hanging in my basement which I would love to build up but it's a 61cm CTC which is waaay too big for me.

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