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    Senior Member wahoonc's Avatar
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    Giant Excursion, Raleigh Sports, Raleigh R.S.W. Compact, Motobecane? and about 20 more! OMG
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    I suspect my purchases have been about 30%/70% ride to no ride I am one of those genetic freaks that requires a frame in the larger size (60cm+) so finding one to test ride is quite often a challenge. I also like old school fit, where your saddle center is behind the BB and you stretch out on the bike. Of all the bikes I have purchased over the years I have only one that I could not make fit properly and get comfortable on. I did manage to sell it for what I had in it. Some bikes are more comfortable to me than others, but the common denominator is a higher than "normal" handlebar postion, Brooks leather saddle and steel frame, relaxed angles and a looong top tube. I have ridden aluminum, Ti, and CF and much prefer the steel. I have a couple of aluminum framed bikes, but they are not my normal high mileage ones.

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    ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

    "Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.

    "Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred
    Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"

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    It is I,Captain Vegetable TomatoSue's Avatar
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    I was too chicken to ask for a test ride when I went for my first "real" bike. And I think I got a bit ripped off with the frame sizing as I just sat on the saddle, seat too low and the salesman said that I had a good back angle whatever that means! Luckily the bike seems to fit anyway but definately I'll ask for a test ride for my next bike.

    I think once you start riding for a while it's only then that you start to know how your body feels on a bike and what to look for in a bike.

    End transmission from Captain Obvious!

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