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Old 06-04-09, 09:58 PM   #1
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Bike newbie from FL (pic warning)

What's up everybody,
I'm brand new to biking, that is, besides childhood. I'm a Psych student at Florida State and decided to start pedaling my way around since my old mustang is getting too expensive to maintain through college. Its been less than a month, and I'm officially addicted to biking.
I bought a 1980's No-name Cierra Road bike from a non-profit bike shop for $90 and have already starting modding it and fixing some problems. I basically ride about 3-4 miles a day back and forth to school, and am starting to gather parts to build my girlfriend a hybrid so we can ride together.
My dad is building a sweet long distance bike in Jacksonville, and my brother rides his to work everyday in Orlando.
I used to work a lot on my car - all the time- so i have a good mechanical background and can't seem to leave things as is.

I have added fenders, new brakes, a bike computer and of course a U lock. I plan to replace some missing spokes, get new grip tape, fix some shifting issues, and hopefully replace much of the rusty hardware. Here's a couple of mine

and 1 to show my dad's (in progress)

(Not my ride^)
Thanks everybody!

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Old 06-05-09, 10:51 AM   #2
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Nole, welcome.
I too am a newbie to riding and hae just purchased a 700c hybred with 21 speeds.
Now I'm thinking I need a shrink for buying this much bike.
I really admire your work on your ride and to see that folks still see a value in making treasure out of near trash.
What does a bike computer do?
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Old 06-05-09, 01:07 PM   #3
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Hey Ann, thanks for the kind words. I'd be interested to see some pics of your hybrid as I'm going to be putting one together for my girlfriend. Believe, me, I would of spent more on a nicer bike if I wasn't a broke college student concerned about theft and vandalism on campus. A bike computer (idk if that what everybody calls them or not) records speed, avg speed, clock, miles and other features that generally serve little purpose to a casual commuter. I just can't resist gadgets and stuff lol.
And as for your bike, well just grow into it!
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Old 06-05-09, 03:46 PM   #4
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Hello from Juno in N. Palm

I luv what you did to Cierra !!

We share the same 'psych' as for types of rides....
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Old 06-05-09, 07:49 PM   #5
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That first first bike looks uncomfortable. Welcome to bike forums...
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