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Old 11-11-08, 01:45 AM   #1
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Hi from Tempe, AZ

Hey everyone, just created my account today. Right now the only bike I have is an Apollo 10 speed sport that I purchased at a garage sale for $40. Best purchase I've made since I moved to AZ. Here it is:



At the moment, I'm thinking about building a fixed gear as a second bike. Anyway, looking forward to posting here.
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Hi, welcome to the forums!

If you see a long-haired ninnyhammer in bright orange Under Armour tooling around Tempe in the mornings and evenings, that'd be me commuting. It's exactly perfect degrees Fahrenheit outside.
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If you see a long-haired ninnyhammer in bright orange Under Armour tooling around Tempe in the mornings and evenings, that'd be me commuting. It's exactly perfect degrees Fahrenheit outside.
Haha nice, man. I'll keep my eye out. It is perfect weather for biking during the day. I can't get enough of it. What kind of a bike do you have?
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You'll see me tooling around on a bright yellow Motobecane Fantom Cross CX, with a green LL Bean backpack, heading into or from Mesa on my work commute. And occasionally running around the thick of Tempe in search of sushi bars or on my way to a party.
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Welcome to the forum. Your bike reminds me of the first I bought, a 1980 Univega Viva Sport. Although you didn't ask for advice, such is the nature of us forum folk that I recommend fixing up the bike you have before building a second. That's what I did, and soon my rides began venturing farther and farther afield from Tucson...until I rode to the lowest points on the planet. But that's another story. Enjoy your machine and the fine Arizona winter.
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You'll see me tooling around on a bright yellow Motobecane Fantom Cross CX, with a green LL Bean backpack, heading into or from Mesa on my work commute. And occasionally running around the thick of Tempe in search of sushi bars or on my way to a party.
Those are nice looking bikes! I was actually considering the Motobecane Messenger as the frame for my fixie project. I've heard good things about them. How do you like the Fantom?

What sushi bars do you like in Tempe? I've only been to 101 on Rural and University and Ra on Mill. The best sushi I've had so far in the valley was from a place called Dozo up in Scottsdale.
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Welcome to the forum. Your bike reminds me of the first I bought, a 1980 Univega Viva Sport. Although you didn't ask for advice, such is the nature of us forum folk that I recommend fixing up the bike you have before building a second. That's what I did, and soon my rides began venturing farther and farther afield from Tucson...until I rode to the lowest points on the planet. But that's another story. Enjoy your machine and the fine Arizona winter.
Yeah, I really like the Apollo and, as far as I know, all the parts on it are original. I've been riding it for about a year now and done all the necessary maintenance myself. Eventually, I'd like to do a full restore on it and ride it occasionally, but after riding my friend's fixie I really want one. The experience is addictive to say the least.
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I've yet to actually get INTO Ra, as every time I go they're packed. I like Sushi 101, it's in my top 3. #1 would have to be Sake Bomber, on Broadway and McClintock, then Sushi 101, then the Ichi Ban on Alma School.

So far, the CX is a great bike. If you're comfortable with sizing yourself and wrenching (or, like me, hurling yourself into the unknown), then you'll do fine with BD bikes. I was thinking about the Messenger myself, but I'm starting cyclocross racing, so I settled on the CX as a kind of do everything solution.
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RA can be a headache to get into, that's for sure. The last time I went was on a weekday evening and it wasn't too packed. I don't even think we had a wait. Another good place right on Mill is the Bamboo Club. Their happy hour is fantastic; great prices on sake bombers, seared ahi tuna, coconut shrimp, and swordfish.

I'm pretty comfortable with DIY repairs and general maintenance, and I know my size is around a 54 to 56 cm frame, so I'll take my chances

I'm unfamiliar with cyclocross racing. What exactly does that entail?
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RA can be a headache to get into, that's for sure. The last time I went was on a weekday evening and it wasn't too packed. I don't even think we had a wait. Another good place right on Mill is the Bamboo Club. Their happy hour is fantastic; great prices on sake bombers, seared ahi tuna, coconut shrimp, and swordfish.

I'm pretty comfortable with DIY repairs and general maintenance, and I know my size is around a 54 to 56 cm frame, so I'll take my chances

I'm unfamiliar with cyclocross racing. What exactly does that entail?
hey i live in the east valley and my number one recommendation for sushi is Takamatsu on Country Club (aka Arizona Avenue) and Elliot. soooooo good.

and yes, the weather is fantastic right now.
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