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Old 09-01-12, 07:36 AM   #1
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The things you see when you slow down

Went out for a leisurely ride with my grandson; used my "beater" bike with the downtube shifters. We just ambled along some of the roads I usually move along with one eye on my computer to see if I am still truly "working out".

Discovered this lovely old gate which I may render in pen and ink and these alpacas which I did not even know were on this road that we frequently use. Many other nice sights.

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Old 09-01-12, 07:39 AM   #2
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The blue bike with the stem shifters and turkey levers....is that a Miyata? Looks to be in good condition.

....and be easy on the "beaters with downtube shifters", All my bikes are downtube shifted.
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Neat pictures there Sculptor, the pen and Ink rendition of the gate should be nice, please share it with us if you would. That "beater-bike" looks like it just came from the shop as new. You certainly take care of your bikes, well done Sir!

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The blue bike with the stem shifters and turkey levers....is that a Miyata? Looks to be in good condition.

....and be easy on the "beaters with downtube shifters", All my bikes are downtube shifted.
It's an 89 Raleigh Technium which I found looking forlorn at our local Transfer station. Upon inspection it proved to be only a rusty chain, busted shifting cables and missing cable bracket that, along with new tires, bar tape, cables and an overalll tuneup gave me a bike which I should not really refer to as a "beater".
Also, I see that it is not a downtube shifter now as I have it set up but a stem shifter. It's a little weird switching from sora brake/shifters but it's a nice fairly light bike to ride.
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We just ambled along some of the roads I usually move along with one eye on my computer to see if I am still truly "working out".
Congratulations on the real bike riding. Welcome to the next level.
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Those are some great finds. Here on Liberty Hill (Lebanon, CT) we have a lot of similar treasures. Thanks for the reminder to slow down and see them.
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"Went out for a leisurely ride with my grandson; used my "beater" bike with the downtube shifters. We just ambled along"

Enjoy it while you can! I suspect that soon old grandpa will be huffing and puffing trying to keep up to the grandson!

And enjoy the grandson -- at any speed!. They are a gift.
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Congratulations on the real bike riding. Welcome to the next level.
We didn't want to say "We toldja so!"...but.....
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Great pics. That's the way I like to ride.
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used my "beater" bike with the downtube shifters.
All my bikes are beater bikes, but not as classy as yours. Just one has indexed shifters and my preference is for the friction type. (I don't deliberately try to be different. It just seems to work out that way.)
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