Hey, my name is Joseph and I trying to get into some small time cycling with some friends. One of my friends went up to KU for college and got sucked into the cycling culture of a college town. He's since started a small restoration shop at his farm and is trying to get all of our friends into road bikes. Instead of spending insane amounts of money of CF bodies and crazy streamlined seats that hurt like heck, we've been dumpster diving. We all have a road bike now, and they should all be ready for our first ride tomorrow. I found my Schwinn Continental lying against an abandoned building. My friend found his Peugeot in a dumpster. One was had for 3 bucks at a goodwill etc. I think mine is actually the most expensive one as of yet, because i'm the only one who had to buy parts for my bike (tubes and tires) everyone else's either already worked or got parts from old scrapped bikes from even more dumpsters. Anywho, I doubt you'll ever see me on here talking about my 60 mi rides, as I don't think I'm going to get that into cycling, but I do expect to have fun riding around for a couple hours with my friends on our basically free road bikes
Although I have been thinking about getting a 36" coker Unicycle, but thats more money that i want to spend on a uni atm.
So how do you guys feel about riding around on oldies as opposed to buying a new bike? Is the new technologies and materials really going to make enough of a difference for a small time rider to care?