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    Junior Member finchbeak's Avatar
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    Salutations from Providence, RI

    Well, near Providence anyhow.
    Cycling-wise, I'm mainly a commuter, with a 12 mile round-trip on suburban and urban roads. My main ride is my beloved 1990 Giant 890i. Yes, it's 20 years old and I have clocked something between 20K and 25K on it, but I'm still in love with it. It's heavy, but surprisingly quick and super-responsive. Great for urban streets.

    Alas, I'm aging and as my commute time increases, so does my sweatiness, which is rather a pain when I get to work. So I recently bought an electric conversion kit and I was going to monsterize my baby. But the dropouts didn't fit the kit, so I ended up getting a $100 bucket, just to have a bicycle-shaped-object to which I could attach the electric kit. It has required a fair amount of tinkering - a set of real brakes was first priority - but the results are very satisfactory. It's a solid, 60-pound frankencycle that zips right along with traffic and gets me to work quickly and sweat-free. When the weather offers 90 degrees and 80% humidity, that's a lifesaver. And, I have to shamefully admit that it's downright fun to ride the thing.

    Only now of course I'm concerned that I'll lose whatever aerobic capacity I still retain. And I have this nagging sense of guilt about neglecting my lovely old Giant, in favor of this beastly contraption. We'll see how it goes. The electric experiment may be short-lived.
    That was a much longer introduction than I intended. Apologies all around.

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    Administrator CbadRider's Avatar
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    Welcome to Bike Forums. You can still ride the Giant to run errands, you know.

    Do you have a photo of the electric Frankenbike?
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