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Old 08-02-10, 10:45 AM   #1
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Hello from Central Illinois.

Hello everyone. Just getting back into biking after a LONG hiatus (ok, about 20 years).

I did purchase a mountain bike about 10 years ago (GT - Tequesta) and it is still working and I have started riding that on some local trails with my wife on the weekends. (very flat trail, about 8-10 miles) I purchased it to go mountain biking with my brother in law, but shortly after my purchase, he moved away and the trails are just not that close to my house.

I decided to try and dust off my old road bike to get some time in the saddle riding around town (the mountain bike is ok in the dirt, but I really don't like riding it that much just tooling around) and it came out GREAT. My road bike is a 1986 Bridgestone 450. (white and yellow - it looks just like this)

It is completely stock (even still has the original 1986 tires on it) and works great. Only additions I have made was a cateye computer (that I have lost the head to so removed the brackets) and a generator light. (I used to ride a lot at night when I purchaed it - Can I retrofit the lights with LED's?) Other than that - all stock.

I was thinking of adding a couple of water bottles, but thats about it. I did add a new seat over the weekend (a Serfas mh-rx) and it seems much better. (my old seat was quite hard and not shaped very well)

If interested, I can snap a picture of the bike when I get home today.

Rides have been pretty short so far as I am just getting back into them (about 10 miles yesterday) but I felt really good. (and still do the day after) so I may try to increase it this week. My local bike store sponsors a ride every Sat. morning (2 groups - 10 or 20 miles depending onthe group you go with) and I plan to start doing that as well.

I have been out of things for quite awhile so not sure what has changed and what hasn't but I look forward to learning what I can and getting back into riding. (My gym membership has lapsed over the summer and I need to add some outdoor activity if I don't want to look like the michillen man this winter.)

Michael

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Old 08-02-10, 12:16 PM   #2
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Welcome Michael to Bike Forums.
Yep, post a pic of your road bike.
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Ok - here it is. (keep in mind, this is after just a general wipe down and about 19 years of storage - I have not washed it yet... )

This is what it looks like, A 1986 Bridgestone 450. Purchased new from Montgomery Wards.


Rear Shimano SIS derailleur. Even after all this time, I really like the click to shift system. (and it works really well)


Tire that came on the bike - so what do yours look like after 24 years????


The back half of the light system I would like to upgrade...


Anyway, there it is.

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Neat bike,,,, Thanks
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