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Old 05-25-07, 12:32 PM   #1
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Officially addicted

I am now the proud owner of 3 bikes. A couple of years ago I would have told you you were nuts to even think about ONE bike

I just bought a pair of Raleigh "City Tourer" bikes from a co-worker. He and his wife just bought new bikes - Giant cruiser for her, Specialized hybrid (I think, haven't seen it but that's the description) for him - and decided the older bikes needed new homes. They are 5 and 6 speed respectively, with fenders, racks and lights. Nice basic bikes!

I am thinking that one of them can be a "house bike" for guests to use, or my housemate if she ever actually goes outside (I think she's turning into a bat) and the other one will become my backup commuter. I'm also considering buying an Xtracycle conversion kit so I will see whether one of the Raleighs would work well for that or if I should convert my Norco (or acquire another bike!! Whee!)

Now I have to figure out where to put them Parking one bike in the living room was OK, but I suspect 3 may become a bit of a sticking point. It's either clear ou the shed time, or go sweet talk the neighbour with the 3 car garage and 1 vehicle...

The Boy's parents have some older touring-style bikes in their garage too. I'll probably end up adding those to the fleet at some point!

Oh, and I'm signing up for a bike-maintenance class, otherwise this could get expensive!
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The Boy's parents have some older touring-style bikes in their garage too. I'll probably end up adding those to the fleet at some point!

Oh, and I'm signing up for a bike-maintenance class, otherwise this could get expensive!
If you manage to snag the touring-style bikes, please post photos in the Classic & Vintage forum . We know what true addiction is over there .

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Old 05-25-07, 07:34 PM   #3
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We could certainly have less healthy and more expensive addictions...

Did you post pictures of the bikes yet? I'd love to see them...
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Not only that, but if we could get you suckered into the vintage bike thing, then there'd be three women regulars! Except that you are probably all taller than I am .


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But that's good...we can pass along the small frames to you!
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Now I have to figure out where to put them

Get Folding bikes. Hang them from the walls as art works.
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Not only that, but if we could get you suckered into the vintage bike thing, then there'd be three women regulars! Except that you are probably all taller than I am .


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Is that a bad thing?? *self-consciously tries not to look so tall*
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No, it's just been hard to scare those tiny higher end frames out into the open. But I've had so much help from the generous folks in the Classic & Vintage forum that it has restored my faith in humanity to a certain degree.

The C & V forum, along with the General Cycling forum, are possibly the two most civil forums on the entire board--just one of the many reasons why I enjoy the C & V forum .

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YIKES! I just found another bike in the shed! (while attempting to make space for the OTHER 3). It's a Norco Katmandu, a bit rusty but everything still moves well. It looks to be geared quite low so I am thinking that this may become my Xtracycle frame. I think it is a steel frame. I've washed it off, going to lube up the chain and fill the tires, then I'll test it out. I may come looking for some "how to get rust off the cassette" tips... the chain and all the sprockets are in good shape as far as I can tell, other than that light coating of rust. There's no visible wear or damage. I think it's just been sitting there in the shed for several years. The Boy thinks it belonged to a former roommate.

This brings the official count to:
  • 1 Norco Pinnacle (2006) - my primary bike.
  • 2 Raleigh City Tourers (1984)
  • 1 Proflex 750 in dire need of much help (The Boy's old bike, not ridden for at least 5 years, not much on it is moving)
  • 1 Norco Katmandu just found

I'd really better get SOMEONE else riding around here....
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I may come looking for some "how to get rust off the cassette" tips
  • 1 Norco Pinnacle (2006) - my primary bike.
  • 2 Raleigh City Tourers (1984)
  • 1 Proflex 750 in dire need of much help (The Boy's old bike, not ridden for at least 5 years, not much on it is moving)
  • 1 Norco Katmandu just found

I'd really better get SOMEONE else riding around here....
All right, we'll need some photos of those City Tourers AND the Proflex 750 (there's a vintage mountain bike thread in C & V) over in the C & V forum, or alicestrong and I will have to come to Calgary and annoy you in person.

Rust--oxalic acid. Do a search for 'oxalic' and confine the search to the Classic & Vintage forum.

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