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    Greetings from Hinesville, Georgia

    Hi all, I just joined the forum and received a kindly invitation to introduce myself myself, so here goes.

    What with gas prices on the steady increase over the last few years, me and my wife have found ourselves doing a few things to cut our fuel costs. This included making the decision to commute to work by pedal-power.

    We had a pair of MTBs in the shed that we bought about 6 years back. Bought and never used, I pulled them out of the shed and both had very flat tires and rusting on the brake components. We decided that rather than spend a bunch of money fixing them up I would replace my MTB with a commuter and see how that worked. So went down to our local WalMart and got.... I don't know the term for this type, I personally call it a Town & Country, 7-speed touring model I guess. It came with fenders and chain guard which seem to be highly recommended for commuting, so I took the plunge and went for it. I need to see about mouting a rear rack for it and it should be perfect for my needs.

    This forum seems to be a wealth of user tips and advice on bicycling, I'm really glad I found it.

    Victor

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    Cheers and welcome to the Forums.

    Commuting forum should have a lot of useful information for you. You may run into threads and posts saying one should not buy bikes (or indeed pretty much anything) from WalMarts and such. Don't let that bother you too much, you have the bike already, now go and ride it. You can always upgrade later if needed. With mileage you also get to actually see what suits you and what does not. Many things about bikes and bike commuting are highly subjective.

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    Welcome Victor and welcome to the wonderful world of commuting.

    Too bad you didn't make the drive to Savannah and visit a few bike shops and get a better bike. After a few weeks or months I fear that you may regret not doing that. You get what you pay for.

    When you get a chance stop by the Southeast regional subforum and introduce yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by viclavigne View Post
    Hi all, I just joined the forum and received a kindly invitation to introduce myself myself, so here goes.

    What with gas prices on the steady increase over the last few years, me and my wife have found ourselves doing a few things to cut our fuel costs. This included making the decision to commute to work by pedal-power.

    We had a pair of MTBs in the shed that we bought about 6 years back. Bought and never used, I pulled them out of the shed and both had very flat tires and rusting on the brake components. We decided that rather than spend a bunch of money fixing them up I would replace my MTB with a commuter and see how that worked. So went down to our local WalMart and got.... I don't know the term for this type, I personally call it a Town & Country, 7-speed touring model I guess. It came with fenders and chain guard which seem to be highly recommended for commuting, so I took the plunge and went for it. I need to see about mouting a rear rack for it and it should be perfect for my needs.

    This forum seems to be a wealth of user tips and advice on bicycling, I'm really glad I found it.

    Victor
    Hey Victor - nice post. Welcome to BikeForums!

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    Hi Victor! You may indeed find yourself upgrading in the future, but enjoy the ride you've got for the moment .

    As one gets more into the sheer joy of cycling, there's a desire to go with a lighter, more responsive bike. As Ron suggests, that desire is easily cured by a visit to a local bike shop.


    Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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