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Old 05-04-07, 12:17 AM   #1
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Alan : FNG.

Yo.

I am Alan.

First real bicycle was my 12th-year birthday present. 10-speed Schwinn road bike. Cycled the Tennessee back roads shoulderless and curvy for days...mostly to steal cigarettes and beer and to find a place to drink beer and smoke cigarettes. "Breaking Loose" (or was it "Breaking Free") was one of my favorite movies. That and "At Close Range".

After that period which lasted a few years, I got a car, forgot the bike, and started skateboarding much more intensely. Started cycling again in the early 90s with stripped down beach cruisers. Just frames and coaster brakes, Chuckles. Couple years with that until I forgot to pick up my cruiser from a former landlord and lost the bike to a resentment over a couple incidents of loud girlfriends...at least, that's my guess, Manchester.

Now, after numerous hand-me-down road and mountain bikes that didn't fit my short stature, I spent some dough and gots me another 80s model Schwinn. eBay+bikeshop bonebox+afternoon wrenching = fun on wheels, Hamstray.

Planning to jump on the fixie bandwagon...
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Old 05-04-07, 02:21 AM   #2
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Hello Alan, you've obviously enjoyed life over the years. Have fun with the fixie.

Welcome to BF!

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Old 05-04-07, 08:55 AM   #3
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Thanks, Lanks.
I anticipate some fun and learning via the big BF.


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Hello, Alan. I'm pretty new on this board (still half lurking, posting occasionally). I'm a bit on the short side as well and have trouble getting my seat low enough. (I can reach the ground on tiptoe but that's it).

My mountain bike is about 18 years old and still going strong!
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Don't worry about reaching the ground on tiptoes--I know I'm shorter than both of you .

As long as you don't hit any soft tender parts on a toptube, you should be good to go. I've learned to try to lean the bike over to one side when I have to stop. The saddle can be up rather high, actually, as long as you learn to unclip/dismount properly.

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Hey Neil.
Thanks for the greeting.

I will tell you, it has been so nice to be riding something that fits.

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My mountain bike is about 18 years old and still going strong!
Wow. Are you the only owner?

My bike is an 80s model Schwinn Traveler, but I got it only a couple weeks ago.
Here it is in its current condition. Much cleaned up from when I got it.

Shed the small chain ring and once my IRO hub arrives, the rear wheel well become fixed/free.
So, when I come to stoplights, it'll be easier to just do 'track stands' and not have to do tip-toes.
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