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Old 09-18-08, 07:30 PM   #1
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Hey from Boston

Hi,

My name is Mark Duffield. I live just outside of Boston (walking distance to Fenway). I have been riding bicycles since I was little. In high school, I spent every spare moment on a bike. Once I graduated from college and real life began, the bike took a back seat.

That is, until I changed jobs this past spring. Now, instead of a 30 mile round trip by car to the 'burbs, I now ride 5 miles each to and from my office in Cambridge. I ride an '06 Fuji Cross Pro fitted with a rack, full fenders, and touring tires (Vittoria Randonneurs). I love commuting by bicycle. I ride about 90% of the time, and hope to ride the majority of the time through the winter. Aluminum frame on Boston/Brookline/Cambridge roads isn't ideal, but I haven't had to have any of my fillings replaced yet.

I still have that bike from high school. It is an 1981 Raleigh Grand Sport that has been upgraded to a 12 speed. Still has a Rhode Gear FlickStand (I wish someone would come out with a flickstand-like product today. It would sell like hot cakes). The bike is in great shape. Nothing like vintage steel!

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Welcome Mark!
I grew up in Woburn, MA about 20 minutes from Boston. I always said if I lived in the city there's no way I'd own a car. Unfortunately, (as far as cycling goes), I live in the sticks of Maine where it's so spread out it's not as flat as I'd like...
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My name is Mark Duffield. I live just outside of Boston (walking distance to Fenway). Mark

Hi Mark,

I live just inside of Boston (walking distance to Fenway); in Kenmore Square to be specific. It's always nice to meet correspondents from Boston.

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Hey Mark,

I'm Joe. I live out in Wellesley. Welcome to bike forums!
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Hey Mark, welcome! I live 60 miles west of Boston and only go to the city when someone puts a gun to my head. Good to have more Mass-a-holics here in any case, enjoy the forum!
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Hi Mark, what does this Rhode Gear flickstand look like? There's still a product being sold that's called a flickstand, although I don't know if it's the same thing.

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Hi Mark, what does this Rhode Gear flickstand look like? There's still a product being sold that's called a flickstand, although I don't know if it's the same thing.

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Here is a link to a photo of one in action: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mearse/2511812063/. Just google "flickstand photo" and you will see a bunch.

I'd love to have one on my Fuji. Problem is the Fuji's downtube is diamond-shaped and much bigger the the 1 1/8" downtube on my Raleigh. Apparently Rhode Gear made several FlickStands for several other kinds of downtubes, but were purchased/went out of business before they sold many of them.

The only place I've seen FlickStands for sale is on eBay. Where have you seen them for sale?

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Those Rhode Gear flickstands were semi-popular back in the late 70's or early 80's if I recall. They turn the bike into a solid panel so you can lean it up against anything and the front wheel won't twist. OMG, I haven't seen one of these in ages! Not sure they make them anymore, Ebay may well be your best alternative.
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