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    I couldn't car less. jeff williams's Avatar
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    She, without me drawing a line of thought a>b, said so.... this nice stuff (Shimano 600) can go on a different or nicer frame when I get bigger if we decided to keep it.
    (WE..are pulling it off a very tall athletes bike, all of it.)
    Wow. She knows.
    Recycle, buy smart, old can be good, you can build, what is in front of you is not the only option, you make, save and repair things of quality.
    We invested in the idea she could be an athlete also, and have gear for her to try out.
    She purchased Shimano 600, complete gruppo, cranks, 2 chainring biopace, older pro mavics on Suzue hub. $40.00 her investment.
    I own the largest lugged steel triathlon bike frame I've ever seen, wow..for $35.00.
    We get to build a bike together...
    Should work out fine, probably going to ask a zillion road bike bb question soon....



    And the bmx\mtb is nogo, I told her EXACTLY what is up w\ metelurgy and manufacturing.
    She wants a fast light exercise\commute bike. One that is not a pos.
    She likes Ritchey mtbs..(they are very nice.) and when we switch bikes (her Mom bought garbage with my $.) She wastes me. Well, not a fair comparison, my main bikes ****** ***! But first ride, she's like "Dad, I really want a bike like that!" not specific Ritchey, performance, well designed.
    Now, we might hang up the 52t chainring for a while, she's 14.

    Looking for small frames that take 700 wheels. And, she will be doing the main swap, her bike, best way to learn.

    Kinda stoked, instead of buying a 'kids' bike, we're go pro road, flip small Nishiki used frames until she stops growing.

    Her decision.

    Might need some help, had to write, bikes, kids..

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    May I have her phone number?
    If you don't fall, you're not riding hard enough.

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    Ride it like you're breakin' outta jail.

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    Awesome! My daughter is doing much better on her wal-mart mountain bike, and she's only 11. I hope to get her doing rides with me pretty soon, and teach her how to be smart on her bike. Dealing with traffic, etc. If I could get her into cycling, my wife would not be all that thrilled (she thinks I'm obsessed... I am!) but I'd have a cycling buddy in-house

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    Great - sounds like it will be a good bike. An older gent down the road fixes up old bikes and sells them in his driveway. My wife and son wanted to try riding road bikes since their mtbs can't keep up with my road bike.

    A few weeks ago we picked up a Schwinn Traveler 12 speed for $35 - looks like showroom new condition. I haven't looked up the serial but looking at it and pictures I found on the web, it looks to be a mid-80s bike. One sweet looking bike for my wife (it is a girls style bike).

    Last week that guy had another one out there, a Schwinn Caliente 10 speed. This one was very nice looking as well (not showroom, but very clean and no rust). This one was the perfect size for my 13 year old son. He wanted $30 for this one.

    Heck, these bikes are ready to go and needed nothing. Tires and tubes alone cost $30, and here were two excellect bikes for the same price as a set of tires and tubes. I couldn't believe my luck. When we saw the Traveler, we were just coming home from a lbs looking at a Trek 7500 for my wife. What a deal, I'm glad we didn't buy the Trek.

    Hey, older bikes may not have the look of a fancy new road bike, but they are functional, cheap and RETRO COOL.

    Hope your daughter remains excited about it.

    Mark

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    I couldn't car less. jeff williams's Avatar
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    She rides my retrofit mtb A-class. Spoils you, everything else is just a bike.
    Shes tired of just o.k., but, I want her to see the expense and care.
    As she will be responible for making sure it remains hers and running.

    Oh, and good equiptment really helps you become a better rider.
    Garbage is unsafe, and poorly designed means you bail more and have little enjoyment from cycling.

    I want also to give her excess to sports equiptment that allows performance challenge.
    This will help get her interested and the option, of making it a sport or hobby.

    I built my first sKateboard deck, and had to buy my own cheap used bikes as a kid.
    I didn't have a sports career due to genetic disposition to a growth disorder. Always wondered if I had access\ support and better health luck.....
    Damn...'coulda been a contender.

    I refused to rebuild the pos her mom purchased. Not the worst bike, but total 24 inch, fake mtb. Not worth a new part, nothing I have collected\ saved will fit.
    Not even canti-bosses. So she had to even decide WHAT type of riding to get a bike for.

    I ride mtb and could pull one out of you know where anytime....
    No, road bikes . Of which I know NOTHING.

    Kids- sheesh. Ya it's going to be a very nice bike.
    The group\ components should do for say 5-8 years. Frames are going to be harder to source.

    Best thing is we'll be doing it together, and then ride way more together.
    Way better than a new bmx, A little information went a long way, I descibed most cycling types and bikes.
    A little better informed, she made all the logical choices.
    Its old A-class, good not new.
    I can't drop $300+ on a bike right now and she may still abandon it. This becomes a hobby. she can even save her money for cute colored tires. (girls\ fasion. )

    Thanks for the replies, soon start the questions...
    Jef.
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    Great idea! Road bikes that are old enough to have unfashionable shifting and a rational number of gears are a real bargain, and are often selling for little enough $ so that you can afford a "rider" and a parts bike.

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    I couldn't car less. jeff williams's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by markm109
    Great - sounds like it will be a good bike. An older gent down the road fixes up old bikes and sells them in his driveway. My wife and son wanted to try riding road bikes since their mtbs can't keep up with my road bike.

    A few weeks ago we picked up a Schwinn Traveler 12 speed for $35 - looks like showroom new condition. I haven't looked up the serial but looking at it and pictures I found on the web, it looks to be a mid-80s bike. One sweet looking bike for my wife (it is a girls style bike).

    Last week that guy had another one out there, a Schwinn Caliente 10 speed. This one was very nice looking as well (not showroom, but very clean and no rust). This one was the perfect size for my 13 year old son. He wanted $30 for this one.

    Heck, these bikes are ready to go and needed nothing. Tires and tubes alone cost $30, and here were two excellect bikes for the same price as a set of tires and tubes. I couldn't believe my luck. When we saw the Traveler, we were just coming home from a lbs looking at a Trek 7500 for my wife. What a deal, I'm glad we didn't buy the Trek.

    Hey, older bikes may not have the look of a fancy new road bike, but they are functional, cheap and RETRO COOL.

    Hope your daughter remains excited about it.

    Mark
    No kidding, a single visit to an lbs for a new part, you start looking at every garage special as a goldmine.
    Basically you can find a new old bike for the price of the piece your replacing.

    If I broke say an 8 spd derailler, since its old\ not 9, I'd just go find a used mtb all messed but say has a good enough compatible derailler, maybe a nice wheel, brake levers- but the rest is garbage.
    Pay $25, drag the dead horse home and start playing
    Might not get upgrades, maybe so, but at least replacement and I sell to bro's who need parts.

    Just get good parts, keep the pro goodies in the garage. Things like Japanese late 80-90 are mostly compatible as they all came from very few large factory.

    The stuff I just got..OMG . BUT, thanks to me hanging out here and knowing a bit, I grabbed the UGLIEST bike in the thrift store. It was right beside brand new condition department store bikes that only cost $10.00 more.

    My kid was wondering why I was hyperventilating. I explained and said this could be the ONE. BIG SCORE>...she had to talk me into the purchase and provided $40 toward the bike .
    She trusts my judgment even though I don't road Ya, I know high end metal bits well. Frames?
    Oh..just a hobby, endlessly studying, restoring and riding them.

    Old bikes are cool, and often have really nice detailing that was dropped later in production.
    Pennies on the dollar, and if the kids get way into riding and after the growth spurts, a new higher end bike.
    I hope your family all has a great summer riding, (light color helmets are cooler in the sun!)

    >jef.

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