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    Is this thing on?

    Hi all,

    First post here!
    (that's only the first of, I'm sure, many more stupid things I'll say here...)

    Anyway, I'm a returning racer/tourer from The Olde Days. I retired from USCF racing (Cat. 2) around 1986, sometime during the Tour of the Valleys in Vermont. Actually I know exactly when I retired, but no matter. After practically giving up cycling for close to twenty years to make an honest living in a part of the country where cycling is not encouraged, I'm back. We (...picked up a wife and daughter while I was gone) relocated back to my home territory of Upstate, NY this past summer and since then I've been back in the saddle. I'm still riding the '86 Cannondale, full Campy SR, I raced but just last month made the big move to clipless pedals.

    While on my extended sabbatical I managed to also accumulate several [..kaph..] 'spare tires', and they're not my beloved tubular variety, but more the F1 racing shape. So, since a 266 lb weigh-in in June, I'm now solidly under 230 and approaching 225 (at 6'1"). My racing weight was typically in the high 170's. Don't know if I'll ever see that again, but it's great to be back into size 38 waist pants and look forward to breaking out all those 36ers I stowed away so long ago.

    I'm here because I've come across so much great information, while Googling my way back out from my time capsule, that originated here.

    Chuck6421

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    Hi Chuck, I see you've already found the Clydesdales/Athenas forum, so next I'd like to point you over to the Classic & Vintage forum, where we would love to see photos of the Cannondale .

    Don't forget to check in with the regional forums, as well...

    Welcome to BF!

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    Welcome to BF.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckD6421
    I'm still riding the '86 Cannondale, full Campy SR, I raced but just last month made the big move to clipless pedals.
    The thought of riding clipless while leaning over to change gears (with downtube shifters) scares the bejeezus out of me. When I have to test ride one of these antiques after doing a repair at the bike shop -- well that definitely is not my kind of fun.
    Give me clipless (Quattros and Eggbeaters ) and STI shifters any day.
    My bikes --> 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2013 Cannondale CAAD 10 2 (5) "Racing Edition"

    Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles Schultz

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    When I have to test ride these antiques after doing a repair is not my kind of fun.


    Stem shifters for you! And are you calling my favourite bikes...antiques ! !

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    Hey Chuck from Upstate NY! Good to see you riding again! Best activity for ya!


    Where abouts do you hail from? Lots going on BTW all around NYS in the way of bicycling!

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    Capital District, Tudey.
    Home to some of the most unreasonably steep hills in the Northeast!

    Thanks for the welcome(s).

    C.

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