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Old 01-14-08, 05:21 PM   #1
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Pleasure rider/commuter-extreme southwest Virgina, U.S.A.

Hi, I work as a stock-clerk in a grocery store, I like to write, play, and record music (I have a lot of basic/inexpensive home-recording equipment) but I don't do the music thing as much now as I used to. I got back into biking about 17 months ago (after a 20 year "hiatus"). I have a 35-pound Huffy Dash steel-frame 10-speed road-bike that I bought new in the mid-80s that I still use as a rain/beater bike. I have a year-old (rebranded?) Windsor Stratford aluminum-frame flat-bar road-bike, and an injured 1986 cromoly-frame Schwinn Traveler road-bike that I intend to get back on the road soon. I usually do two rides a week (between 15-20 miles a ride), a pleasure ride, and a semi-commute ride (it lets me get home sooner than my wife, who drives the car home later). Using a bicycle makes having one car (in a two-job household) a bit more "tolerable".
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Old 01-14-08, 07:52 PM   #2
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Hi mawtangent, that's quite a collection you've got there. How has the Huffy held up? You will have to post photos of the Traveller for us in C & V--heck, post photos of the Huffy, too!

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Hey, thanks for the reply...you will probably get more than you wanted (as far as info about my Huffy)...

The Huffy is rough looking...silver with lots of rust, it was kept outside for about 12 years and then lay under a mobile-home for another 8 years, and I only rode it about 2 of those 20 years (I bought it at the end of my childhood and have returned to it as I begin middle-age) ...but (except for a broken back axel, which I somehow successfully replaced by myself) it is tank-like (with 26 X 1 3/8 tires). One thing I do like about it...I can just about tear every bit of it apart and put it back together (it is easy to get to the bearings in the hubs and the BB is a one-piece. I just don't know quite how to deal with the back "cassette" (I think it's called) if it ever falls apart. It is a 56 cm frame and had a short handle bar stem and it felt a bit small when I brought it back from the dead 17 months ago (the 58 cm Traveler fits me perfectly)...I finally found a longer, and arching-upward old mountain-bike stem on ebay (when I took it to a bike shop for parts and service the owner looked at it with discust (though I was able to find a few parts there, a back axel, and the nut that holds that secures the BB). Anyway, I know the Huffy is about the worst example of a road bike, ever, but still, it works, and is super economical (just compared to the small fortune I spent on my other bikes in the last year), and, as I continue to ride, the gap between the Huffy and my better bikes doesn't seem so wide (though I do admit, climbing hills on the Huffy IS as gut-busting experience).

As far as pictures...I have never conquered that area of the computer/internet (taking pictures and posting them) and I don't have a proper camera (though I probably could borrow one), but I would like to do that in the future (it would also come in handy in selling items on ebay, I have aquired a few things in my bike-tinkering that I don't need and/or that doesn't fit)
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There are threads in the Classic & Vintage forum on how to deal with rust...

Yes, a digital camera is a good idea. They come in VERY handy for all sorts of things . We love photos of bikes here!

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