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Old 12-27-05, 11:51 AM   #1
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Times have changed.....

Hello,Everybody and Happy Holidays.I finally went out and got myself a fairly decent road bike.Boy oh boy have things in the bicycle industry changed.I treated myself to a Trek 1000 only because it fit into my budget(cash) and I've been away from longer bicycle rides for a number of years.What suburban kid didn't have a bicycle(s) when they were growing up? I had several-Columbia,Schwinn,Raleigh,Panasonic.From 20"coaster brakes and 26" rimmed,3spd."English Racers."My first serious road bike was a Panasonic 10 gear of unknown vintage....It just feels good to be back on 2 wheels and as Lance says I feel like I'm 14 when I'm on a bike.Exactly!! Now that I have kids of my own,(and a job,mortgage,wife,car,truck,boat,etc)the simple act of pedaling a bicycle around the neighborhood,or around town is refreshing.I surprised myself (and my lovely wife) with this exuberance.Ahhh..Life is good!!!!
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Old 12-27-05, 03:50 PM   #2
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Welcome back to cycling reborn. Enjoy the Trek, it should treat you well.
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Old 12-27-05, 03:53 PM   #3
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Sounds like nothing has changed. The essence of cycling is what it was when the Wright brothers were tooling around Akron on their one-speeds.
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Sounds like nothing has changed. The essence of cycling is what it was when the Wright brothers were tooling around Akron on their one-speeds.
Akron? I thought it was Dayton.
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I've been "reborn" as well.
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They would do day trips to Akron all the time. OK, I made that up, I meant to say Dayton.
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Wait till you get a flat!
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Hello,Everybody and Happy Holidays.I finally went out and got myself a fairly decent road bike.Boy oh boy have things in the bicycle industry changed.I treated myself to a Trek 1000 only because it fit into my budget(cash) and I've been away from longer bicycle rides for a number of years.What suburban kid didn't have a bicycle(s) when they were growing up? I had several-Columbia,Schwinn,Raleigh,Panasonic.From 20"coaster brakes and 26" rimmed,3spd."English Racers."My first serious road bike was a Panasonic 10 gear of unknown vintage....It just feels good to be back on 2 wheels and as Lance says I feel like I'm 14 when I'm on a bike.Exactly!! Now that I have kids of my own,(and a job,mortgage,wife,car,truck,boat,etc)the simple act of pedaling a bicycle around the neighborhood,or around town is refreshing.I surprised myself (and my lovely wife) with this exuberance.Ahhh..Life is good!!!!
Yep! Middle aged crisis
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Old 12-28-05, 08:52 AM   #10
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Ya',mid-life crisis.I figure there is worse things I could be doing.....My pal is having a mid-life thing as well..He went and got tattooed and ordered up a Chrysler convertible.The thing with me is that I always rode some kind of bicycle since I was a little fella' but now that the kids are a bit older and I've got some free time I went for one of these aluminum framed,new milenium,indexed roadsters.That's what I mean about things changing in the industry.The new bikes available are awesome.It's about 40 degrees out and we had some serious rain but I still went riding.Feels good to remember how much I enjoy pedaling.This is a great forum with lots of great information and chat.Thanks and happy everything.
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Good luck and welcome

Get a helmet and you should be set

Enjoy the the bike and ride hard in the summer
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Wait till you get a flat!
I'm assuming that this is a reference to one of the greatest inventions ever....the quick release skewer. I was fixing up a really old bike for my brother yesterday and I had to change both of the tires. (Compared to a QR wheel) It takes forever to change a tire on a bike with bolt on skewers.

Also, brifters are so much better than downtube or stem shifters.
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Also, brifters are so much better than downtube or stem shifters.
preference, but yes for most people it is better
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preference, but yes for most people it is better
This is true. Most things are preference for that matter (platforms vs toe clips vs clipless for example).
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