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Old 10-29-08, 02:56 PM   #1
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New Rider from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Hey all, I'm a new rider from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Got a bike because my girlfriend bought one (ripped off hard, btw), and decided it was about time I had one, especially considering that I live in such a bike friendly area. My bike is a Mongoose paver- solid, utilitarian 7 speed, pretty heavy, and very cheap. I bought the bike new from walmart online for $170 shipped to my house. If I had it to do all over again, I might have saved up for something better, but two things stopped me: I wanted to ride right now, and I wanted to spend a little bit of money, figure some things out mechanically and fit wise, and then be able to make a more informed decision when I had more money to spend.

So far, I'm very happy. I spent more money, of course, to upgrade to power grips and their pedal combo, and for a trekking bar. I also bought myself a U-lock (cheap-o $11 dollar one from Niagara cycling), and some new brake levers, mainly because the ones on the bike currently are plastic.

Brought the bike mostly assembled down to the LBS, Bay Ridge Bikes, on 89th and 3rd ave, to have it once overed. Good thing: fork was on backwards and wheels were very out of true. Once I knew what things were supposed to look like, I figured out how to adjust a rear derailuear and adjust brakes. Next up is basic wheel adjustment I suppose, as my front tire is a bit wobbly, rubbing up against the brake pads occasionally. I love tinkering, so a nice simple machine like a bike is great fun for me.

Finally, here are some pics: (Added since then are Shimano Deore Brake levers and white handlebar tape, as well as the old rubber grips from the cruiser style bars.)
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...33&id=15700988

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...34&id=15700988

Non Drive-side, I know!

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...35&id=15700988

Edit- None of my images are showing up, they are on facebook.
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Old 10-29-08, 03:08 PM   #2
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Welcome to BF.
Sounds like you are ready to ride.
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Old 10-29-08, 08:10 PM   #3
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Thanks! Definitely been enjoying the bike for the past three weeks. Luckily for me, I'm a cautious driver in cars, and that's translated well to the bike, though truth be told a mistake being surrounded by over a ton of metal is different from being one made while sitting on top of 30 lbs of it.
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Well, I can't see the photos unless I am signed into Facebook...oh well .

At any rate, as long as you are enjoying yourself, and you had the bike checked out, you should be fine!

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