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  1. #1
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    Hello From Houston!

    The last time I rode a bike was 9 years ago in college. So it's been a while. But my wife and I decided to buy bikes for the exercise and fun factor, so today we took the plunge.

    I bought a 2004 model Raleigh M80 mountain bike. Slightly used by the daughter of the shop owner, she maybe put 50 road miles on it before she decided a hybrid was better suited to her.

    The bike is in fabulous condition (no paint scratches/nicks/chips, bearings re-packed, drivetrain completely cleaned and calibrated, rims trued up). It would look brand new if it had the factory tags on it. It also has the following upgrades:

    - Sunrims DS2-XC 6061 Series Alloy Rims, hand-laced with black spokes to Shimano hubs (HB-M475 Front, FH-M475 Rear)
    - Tioga Factory XC Slick tires
    - Salsa stem (not sure which one)
    - FSA 7075 T6 XC 190 Alloy Handlebar
    - Unknown brand shock seatpost
    - Serfas RX-921 Seat
    - Wellgo Lu950 Aluminum Pedals

    The front rim is also wired and calibrated for a clip-on trip computer, so all I have to do is buy one. Out the door after 8.25% sales tax was $500. I have no clue if this is good or not. But it looks sweet and rides very nice so far. Can't wait to take it off road.

    Anyway, I don't know how hard-core I will get on trail riding, but if my screen name is any kind of foreshadowing, I will need to make sure my life insurance is paid up!

    I'm glad I found this place.

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    Senior Member Lonestar1's Avatar
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    Welcome to the forums.
    "...You ask me what I like about
    Texas? Well I'd tell ya', but we could
    be here...all night long."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Blaster
    I'm glad I found this place.
    I'm glad you found this place too! It sounds like you know a lot already, but there's always new stuff to learn about and discuss... Oh, and new ways to spend even more money...

    Be sure to try some off-roading on that new bike. It can be some of the must fun (and best) exercise you've ever had!
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    Senior Member rfctx's Avatar
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    It is a great forum ...... welcome!

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