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Old 01-13-07, 07:56 PM   #1
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Prospect Park the harday - newbie intro

Found this place while searching for the name of my first 10-speed. I was having a yearning for my old bike, an '84 Ross Eurosport, I think... so here I am.

Here's some bike history: I was talked into trading in my loved 10-speed for a mtn bike. I bought a some cheapish ($200-300) mountain bike 4-5 yrs ago. Everybody at work was into mtn biking, so the peer pressure was too much, and I gave in. I took it out once, and fell over three times. Probably becz I was never in the right gear. For the most part, the bike sat until I recently moved to Brooklyn. I did have it completely gone over/tuned up and some "city tires" put on just before the move.

Now it was time to get me and this bike back in shape, and took her out for a ride around Prospect Park. I came back hating this damn bike. YEah, ok I was out of errr am out of shape, but is it me, or do these grip shifters suck?

Anyway, THANKS for letting me remember what my old bike was! Any ideas on how to make life with my... (excuse me while I go check) Diamondback Outlook more compatible. LOL What the hell are you supposed to do with 21 gears? shhh I think it's lying, there are only 3: 1) too hard, 2) too easy and 3) fall over. *wink*

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Old 01-13-07, 08:15 PM   #2
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Welcome to BF.
I feel the same way about mtn bikes. They suck! Get a road bike and you'll enjoy riding again.
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Old 01-13-07, 10:40 PM   #3
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Put a rack on the Diamondback and use it for groceries and errands around the neighborhood. The rims should be good enough for hopping up and down curbs, but nothing more. Twist grips can give accidental shifts easily, but you can shift across several gears when you have to slow down for traffic lights etc.
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Old 01-14-07, 12:11 PM   #4
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Thanks RonH!! I'm probalby going to go see if I can find a good used one one craig's list or something.

AndrewP - funny I kind of already did that. I got a rack on the back, and some serfas drifters on it. Is there a way to modify those shifter to something more reasonable, or shoud I just give in and buy a road bike and save this as my uhm bike/suv? LOL

thanks again

grrr nice intro I fat finger "hard way" hehe
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Hey sox ducati, if you do get a steel bike, you are required to check into the Classic & Vintage forum:

http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/

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used old bikes in Brooklyn

I figure once Spring hits there'll be a lot of "spring cleaning" done around here and and I'll be checking the garage err I guess in nyc, they are "stoop sales," for an old 10-speed. There was a guy back in Rochester that fixed up old bikes and sold them, but pretty damn sure they were all stolen.


If you know anyone with tips on where to get used old bikes in Brooklyn???

pics of me or of the bike... I'm guess niether would be very pretty. LOL
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Craigslist is your friend! I wouldn't know about the thrift shops in Brooklyn. Perhaps you should just come visit us in C & V? You might get some hot tips there. Or not, depending on our mood .

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there are a couple of dudes here & there who fix up old bikes, i know of one in sunset park on 5th ave around 30th st, and one in boro park just off 14th ave around 40th st. neither have any kind of schedules, it's just dummb luck if they happen to be around or not.
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If you know anyone with tips on where to get used old bikes in Brooklyn???
Why not ask the folks in the General Cycling forum.
You might also try the Northeast regional forum.
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Try the recycle-a-bicycle in DUMBO. I've never been there, but the folks at the East Village location were really nice.
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