Join Date: Feb 2009
Bikes: 91 Diamond Back Apex, 77 Raleigh Grand Prix
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I'm new to these forums, but more importantly I'm also new to cycling. I never liked riding bikes as a kid, but that's starting to change. I always enjoyed working on cars, and that's been my hobby for several years now. But I'm out of room for new projects, and money is tight these days. I decided that bicycles would take up less room, plus they're quite a bit cheaper and easier to work on.
I just bought a 199?/200? Diamond Back Apex and a 77 Raleigh Grand Prix. I just now got them both going good, and I was wondering if there were any suggestions on what to do next. Should I invest in a really nice new bike, or should I stick with fixing up older ones. I'd really like to get one of the 60's Sears bikes, but I can't seem to find one of those anywhere close.
I'm in Hutchinson, Kansas so the only places I have to ride are dirt roads and paved roads. No hills, mountains, streams, or anything like that here, so I don't need a super nice bike. My job is 7 miles away, but there's not much heavy traffic other than in the evening.
I think the two bikes I have will work great for now. I really love the diamond back. But I want to keep fixing up more bikes as I come across them.