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Old 07-08-07, 01:42 AM   #1
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'Ello :D

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?
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Hehehehehehehe

You haven't visited the Classic & Vintage forum yet, have you?

I've got 12 odd vintage bikes (all of them steel), and there's no reason why you can't ride 60 miles or more on your Schwinn Continental . Come visit us, bring photos.

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Twisthem488, I like your style.

There are bikes for the finding and fixing just about everywhere. I get a kick out of finding an older discarded road bike that's hardly been used, with the original tires, original brake pads...it's really something special that can't come from your local bike store.

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Indeed. Sounds like we are going to postpone our maiden voyage to dig a large trench down at the farm so my friend can run electricity to his shop. I took my schwinn out for a couple miles today after church to get a feel for it, and apart from the fact that the back tire seems to have a bump in it it feels great

Sounds like my next stop is the Classic & Vintage section.
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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?
You should be riding a bike. That's all that matters. Welcome.
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...apart from the fact that the back tire seems to have a bump in it it feels great

Sounds like my next stop is the Classic & Vintage section.
It sounds as if some wheel truing is in your future .

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