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Old 03-24-07, 10:20 PM   #1
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Help me spend my tax refund

(I won't totally hijack the voices in slvoid's head)

So yeah, did my taxes today -- gonna be a nice refund. <cousin eddie>real nice.

You get to help me spend it!

Here are the parameters:
1) I want to get my parents riding. They're both in their 60s, and really, tooling around the neighborhood is about all they'll do. I need one bike for Mom, and one for Dad.
2) C. points at every tandem she sees.
3) I need something to reward myself after my marquee events this year, Triple Bypass and Hotter'n'Hell. --The reward will be in the form of an upgrade to one of the bikes below. (The orange bike currently has a black Toupe)

I'd like one option for each. It's that nice a refund


Ready, set, go!

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Old 03-24-07, 10:28 PM   #2
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1) Who is "C" and why does this person point at tandems?
2) Which of the two has true full DA? <curious Vega look>
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thats hard to decide
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1) Who is "C" and why does this person point at tandems?
2) Which of the two has true full DA? <curious Vega look>
1) C. is the girlfriend. She's getting into riding, and for some reason wants to try riding tandems...

2) Neither. I'm a Campy guy
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can you rent one to try it before you buy it before you jump into one????
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1) Then do consider tandem, as she is honestly interested in cyling with you at all <smackin' SD across his helmet>
2) Then settle only for Record. <serious Vega look>
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"Settle" and "Record" don't belong in the same sentence.

S.dex, I don't know what you should get, but I just wanted to say that your Blue is looking really nice.
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why the blue or the ionic good price????
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"Settle" and "Record" don't belong in the same sentence.

S.dex, I don't know what you should get, but I just wanted to say that your Blue is looking really nice.
Baybuh. Check the sentence construction. I holds me some Record in high esteem. I just happens to prefer me some DA. Don't like the thumb-shiftin' thang. <shudder> Just my thumbs.
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can you rent one to try it before you buy it before you jump into one????
Yup, that's the plan, but I can see having something like this just for fun:

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1) Then do consider tandem, as she is honestly interested in cyling with you at all <smackin' SD across his helmet>
2) Then settle only for Record. <serious Vega look>
The Blue has 2003 Record, so check. The Ionic has a mix of Veloce and Centaur, so hmmm. Maybe the Blue gets new Record and the Ionic gets the 2003 Record, and the Veloce and Centaur go to ebay er somethin....
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i agree that does look like fun
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Check this, then.

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anything with cannondale on it is always fun had a hard tail cd mtn bike they are nice
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Still made in USofA. At least the CAAD's.
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Where do your parents live, superdex? More specifically, what kind of climate & terrain? Are there any health issues?
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Old 03-25-07, 12:09 AM   #17
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Where do your parents live, superdex? More specifically, what kind of climate & terrain? Are there any health issues?
They're in Riverside, CA (SoCal); neither are terribly active, and dad has diabetes and is on blood pressure meds. I can see something like a pair of Elektra Townies or even <gasp> the Trek Lime....
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So my mom is 58, has fibromyalgia and neuropathy, and she recently visited. I don't have a car and neither does my bro, so I set her up with a little 3 speed. We went everywhere by bike and public transit (where we could bring the bikes.) It worked well, but having to get up onto and down from the saddle was a major issue. We both agreed that there was an Electra Townie in her biking future for sure. (She actually wants to ride more.) I think that's a good direction to go in for your parents. My mother also completely fell in love with the whole pannier/rack concept. She thought it was much more fun to not be carrying anything on her body, yet still be able to haul all her mom stuff around.

The helmet, on the other hand, only lasted 2 miles. Meh, she's a grown up, and I did observe that motorists were very kind to the slow, gray-haired lady on the 3 speed who walked her bike up the hills. She borrowed a jaunty cycling hat my housemate's bike messenger boyfriend left on his last visit and blithely followed me all over Portland, even riding in heavy traffic. I was surprised at her serenity. She responded, "Oh, I knew you'd never let anything happen to me." That's my mommy...

Seriously, though, I think the whole endeavor would have been easier on a crank-forward bike.
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Old 03-25-07, 12:54 AM   #19
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yup, I think that's right where my parents are. I don't see either of them swinging legs over anything, so being able to straddle a Townie (or similar; K2 makes some cruisers that are nice) is a big attraction. That and I can totally see my mom riding a bike with pink flames and streamers --If only they were close enough I could ride with them
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I would suggest finding a place that rents tandems first to get the experience. Some couples prefer to ride together except with solo bikes. IMHO, if she is just getting into cycling she needs her own bike first.
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Funny you should start this thread, on the weekend I just (finally) got my 2004 tax refund.

10k, and I'm spoiling myself by buying a new mouse. I wish you well with your new toy (and I don't begrudge you), but for me the money sits in my bank or goes to take a whack off my mortgage. Although I am considering buying a lump of gold and burying it somewhere (seriously).
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Funny you should start this thread, on the weekend I just (finally) got my 2004 tax refund.

10k, and I'm spoiling myself by buying a new mouse. I wish you well with your new toy (and I don't begrudge you), but for me the money sits in my bank or goes to take a whack off my mortgage. Although I am considering buying a lump of gold and burying it somewhere (seriously).
A new mouse? Is the mouse gold?

Why are you only just getting your 2004 refund? Are you getting interest on that? Answer any more questions which you think should be answered.

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IMHO, if she is just getting into cycling she needs her own bike first.
She bought a Dolce Comp in December, and is really liking riding. But yeah, definitely renting one first....
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A new mouse? Is the mouse gold?

Why are you only just getting your 2004 refund? Are you getting interest on that? Answer any more questions which you think should be answered.

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They bloody well better give me interest on it, my colleagues tell me they do. That's the Dutch tax system, foreigners can sometimes be unlucky. All our stuff goes to one office where I assume they take their time. I filed it a year and a half ago, what do you do.

Now time to file my 2005 return, maybe I'll see dollar one of that in 2010 if I'm lucky.

Just a normal plastic mouse silly!

Thinking about where I'd bury my gold. Probably best somewhere high up, I'll want to recover it when the GW chaos sets in and the world is flooded. Hmm, maybe a good idea to bury it with some guns too, I'll need them to protect myself from the hysterical anarchy that will be raging all around me. Oh, and a jar of Marmite too I guess.
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