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Old 10-31-08, 10:46 PM   #1
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Hello from SoCal

I've been reading threads on this forum off and on for years, reaching them through google searches. It has been a great way to learn about cycling and to hear opinions.
I used to ride a Schwinn Continental. I don't know what year, but it worked for me. I like to ride distance, to explore and see things, and to see how far I can push myself.
I recently moved to Orange County, CA and learned how to ride in traffic. I like the area, there is a lot to explore, and there are some good trails. All was going well until...
I was hit by a car. Someone turned left and broadsided me. Luckily I only took a few scratches, but it bent the frame on my bike, among other things.
So now I am here to get advice on a new bike and to learn about 21st century cycling.
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Old 10-31-08, 10:48 PM   #2
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Yikes! Glad you're okay and welcome to the forum. What kind of bike are you looking for? You can go to that specific forum for any recommendations.
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Old 11-01-08, 03:18 AM   #3
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Have you considered restoring the early 70s era Continental (I'm assuming this is what you have)? These were one up on the ubiqutous Varsity(s) and are worth restoring (Paramonts were top of the line and Superiors were one down; the Continental next). A frame builder might be able to straighten the frame. How far away is it from being a restored classic?

Buy a used bike to learn. A few years later buy the new bike you love and don't spare a dime.

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Have you considered restoring the early 70s era Continental (I'm assuming this is what you have)? These were one up on the ubiqutous Varsity(s) and are worth restoring (Paramonts were top of the line and Superiors were one down; the Continental next). A frame builder might be able to straighten the frame. How far away is it from being a restored classic?

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I'm not even certain it is a continental. What is the difference between a Conti and a Varsity? I didn't even think of straightening the frame. I figured that once it was bent it would never ride well again and it was quite worn and didn't have all the original parts (new back wheel, different seat, different pedals I think.)
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Old 11-13-08, 10:31 AM   #6
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Where were you hit?

Hey there, I'm glad you are here to tell us about your accident. I'm glad it wasn't too bad. Where did it occur? Can you let us know what exactly happened so we can learn from your experience? I've started commuting by bike back in August. I've logged 700+ miles so far without any incidents. But I commute through some pretty hair-raising areas and intersections. I figure the more I learn from other cyclists, the safer I can try to be...

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I believe the Continental and the Varsity shared the same frame, however, the Continental forks were tubular. The Continental had center pull brakes whereas the Varsity had side pull. I'm not very sure about the Continental having alloy rims, I think both had steel rims but its too many eons in the past. I guess from what you describe its not a good candidate for restoration.
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I was riding south on Associated Rd. I was in the bicycle lane and was keeping close watch on cars coming out of driveways. There was someone coming out of a driveway that goes to Borders, just north of Imperial. I made eye contact with the driver and they stopped at the stop sign. I spend up so that they would not have to wait too long for me to pass bye. Just then I saw the grill of a GMC pickup to my left. He was traveling north and was turning left into the driveway. My first thought was, "Man, he's cutting this kinda close." Then I thought, "He isn't slowing down." Then I thought to yell and him and just then he hit me. From the time I first saw him until the time he hit me was no more than 1 1/2 seconds. He broadsided me squarely, I was lifted off my bike and found myself lying on my back in the middle of the driveway, my bike five feet away from me. The people who had stopped at the stop sign got out to see how I was, and luckily I only had a few bumps, but my bike was bent up.
I don't think there was anything that I could have done differently to avoid the accident. He was turning left and didn't slow down.
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