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Old 09-19-09, 01:25 PM   #1
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I was born in 1962
- got my first bike at age 5. From Sears, one speed, kid size, coaster brake, large curved handlebars.
- next bike at age 9, also from Sears. The closest Sears could come to the Schwinn Stingray. This was an awesome bike. Single speed, banana seat, gold on gold, large chopper handle bars. This bike got crashed by a friend who was racing a mini-bike that ran him off the road. Sheared the headset.
- next 10speed beast, Sears mimcry of the Schwinn Varsity or Continental of the early 70's. This bike might have weighed 100lbs. It shifted awesome, but man what a sled. Once at college I rode 118 miles in one day- and 4 miles form home started hitch hiking. Got a ride from a pick up truck- I rode in back with the bike and pitched it directly into the dumpster when I got back to the dorm.
- Next- a freakin' awesome no-name rebuilt 10-speed I got to borrow for two years. I think it was a tall Fuji- but it came to me with no identifying marks. I didn't ask- but the geometry & shimano cassette felt Fuji-ish. That thing was an awesome ride. I just didn't feel right buying it- since it's origin was so ...obviously wrong.

Years went by. A Chinese single speed beach cruiser from Kmart for $80 in the late 80's. What a sweet bike- for what it was. That bike was stolen off my front porch- cut lock, jumped wall and all.

By the time it was stolen, I had this awesome police auction find - $7 + tubes. a tall Nishiki commuter 5 speed. I wouldn't want to ride it across country or in the dirt- but around town, it rocks.

And then I got a doner Univega elliptical chain ring road bike. Ok. I mean it was free + tune up, tires, true, and tape. But it's not the sweet ride - and the geometry is not right for me.

If money was no object I'd get a late 80's or early 90's Colnago, and a custom for my size. It is- I ain't.

I would love to see an outdoor public velodrome in Denver metro. Something like Northbrook or Rochester Hills.

And I need a new (used) ride to tow my son on his trail-a-bike. It drags great on the Univega uphill and flat- slides and blows a lot of front tires on the down hill. It tows ok on the Nishiki- which my wife has adopted as her own.
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Welcome, decent profile. You've had your share of bikes, I particularly like the Univega, hate the Schwinn. A sort of good VS bad comparison, you should use those as perameters. You'll find good reads here.
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Welcome to Bike Forums. Your post brought back some memories. I had a Stingray with a sparkly blue banana seat, chopper handlebars and a sissy bar. I can't remember what happened to it though.

What kind of bike are you looking at for towing your son's trailer? Something like a road bike or hybrid?
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Old 09-19-09, 02:35 PM   #4
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Hybrid that allows upright posture, fat road tires. No knobbies, but fat tread w/be ok.

If it looked cool and impressed the neighborhood moms and bikies, fine.

Also- no flash to attract the wrong attention. I'll lock it up- but there will be times where it will have to be locked & unattended for some time. Prefer classic geometry and name that no one cares about anymore.
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Check out the Hybrid forum and ask some questions. I have a Trek 7500FX that I love for running errands. It has panniers on the back and a triple crank that gets me up any hill in my neighborhood. It has a fairly upright posture. I use a cable lock through the front tire and frame and I've never had any problems.
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Old 09-19-09, 09:56 PM   #6
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I had a few of the same or similar bikes...

- Mine was from Woolco, not Sears
- Knock-off sting-ray, yep, had that too
- Sears Free-Spirit 10-speed, yep
- Then a Continental
- My Fuji was a Royale - decent bike
- My Elliptical chainring bike was a Trek 560. Still have it.

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