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Old 07-23-08, 08:05 AM   #1
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hi everyone

hi there, everyone.

my real name is jun sanchez, i'm 45 years old and i'm from manila, philippines. like the rest of the world, our country is being hit hard by the high cost of fuel.

more than a month ago, in order to save on gas on short trips, i was "forced" to buy a used/surplus bike that was imported from japan. it really isn't much to look at. but as the days passed by, i began to marvel at the beauty of its shape, the elegance of its curves (despite the dents, dings and rusts; remember it's a surplus bike) and then i remembered that bicycle was my favorite toy in the world when i was a kid.

so now, riding my bike to save on fuel has become secondary to my affection to it. i really enjoy riding it, especially when my daughter is riding with me at the back carrier. i also enjoy looking at it, despite its ugliness.

so here i am, hoping to become part of a community of people who love bicycles either as an object to marvel at or as a mode of transportation or a means to a better health or all of them.

i also would like to learn as much as i can about bicycles so as to know what to look for when i get my next bike or when i decide to upgrade or refurbish my current bike. i am geographically-constrained, though, because of where i live. the best i can look or hunt for are used japanese bikes and parts, they abound here.

thanks a lot and well done on your wonderful forum.

my warmest regards to everyone.



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Old 07-23-08, 09:31 AM   #2
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Hello Jun, great introduction. There are several members in the Philippines, but very spread out. It's wonderful to hear that you love your bike, even with the scratches and dings. But that's what gives a bike character, eh?

Do you have a photo of your bike?

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Old 07-26-08, 01:14 AM   #3
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i first wrote my intro when i had only 1 bike. here are its pix, i call her uglee. got it for around US$60





it was haphazardly repainted by the seller. it's supposed to be a bridgestone bike but im not sure if their parts are original. you see, here in manila. philippines, particularly in the city where i live, there is a surge of importations of used/surplus bikes from japan. there are bike enthusiasts who buy 3 bikes in order to complete 1 bike. they are mostly the old-school type. popular brands are bridgestone, miyata, marukin, national and deki. i will show you samples later.

i have bought another since; it's a folder. it has a decal "rize freedom" on its frame. but most parts have "shimano" written all over them. is it safe to assume that its brand is shimano? i'm sorry if my question and the succeeding ones sound pathetic to you, im really a newbie. it's battle-scarred but at around US$45, i think it's a steal.

here are its pix:




this one i really want to refurbish. any help as to how i should go about it will be greatly appreciated.

these are pix of some of the bikes that i see around my area. i need your opinion on these.






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Old 07-26-08, 01:37 AM   #4
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btw, here's how my folder looks when it's folded

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