Hello, everyone... a "newbie" here, could use some help on things like, well, posting messages, to begin with. Also, wouldn't mind meeting a few people to chat or otherwise communicate with. I am a 45 year old male in Iowa, a throat cancer victim (no big deal) who enjoys riding bikes, (which is a good thing, as Iowa prefers that I not drive a car). I recently picked up a Cannondale F500 at a garage sale at a VERY good price, thirty five bucks, from some lady who obviously didn't know her bikes very well.Unfortunately, the bike needs a tad bit of TLC, but hey, for 35 bucks, should I have thought otherwise?
Anyway, I could use some advice, tips, words-from-the-wise, etc., about ways to possibly improve the performance/rideability of this particular model, hopefully from someone with first-hand knowledge. Also, such basic things like regular maintainence procedures, adjustments, and the like. I fixed TV's, stereo's, etc. for a living, and used to let other professionals handle the repairs of other things I owned that needed repair, but since the cancer stuff, I no longer have that option, as I am forced to try to survive on a whopping $434 a month in disability benefits. Besides, I now have plenty of time on my hands, with which I can do things like learn to fix my own bike, and write extremely long, boring posts to various forums!
Any takers out there? Feel free to contact me anytime, either through here (although you'll also have to explain to me how to do it!), or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org