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Old 08-02-10, 05:03 PM   #1
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Greetings from Kansas

Hi Everyperson,

I am returning to cycling after nearly 10 years off the Brooks. Unfortunately, I doth discovered a fly in mine ointment -- I have shrunk an inch, but my bike did not. Now, swinging a leg over puts me perilously close to Coloratura Soprano status.

I shall embrace caution every so dearly.

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Old 08-02-10, 05:05 PM   #2
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Welcome Dave to Bike Forums.
Which bike do you ride the most?
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Old 08-02-10, 05:09 PM   #3
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The 720, with trepidation! It took awhile to put in riding order as everything on it was original, including the tires. The byword of the day is, respect the top tube.
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Old 08-02-10, 05:11 PM   #4
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I have lost 1.5 inches.
You might want to go take a look at some new bikes.
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Old 08-02-10, 05:16 PM   #5
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I visited a LBS today and suffered severe sticker shock. Also, the only steel on site was a plate in the head of a former downhill racer.
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Can you say Aluminum?
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I can say aluminum seven times in dog years compared to a single mention of carbon. But, I must say, one of Mr. Schwinn's R 22 Waterford machines is a thing of true beauty. Ditto that for the exquisite work of many others who create with steel. They are pricey bicycles, but genuine works of art.
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Interesting Kansas bike blog:

http://www.thedirtbum.com/
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Old 08-02-10, 06:15 PM   #9
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Welcome back to cycling MostlyDave. That's some nice old steel you ride. Back in the day I had a choice between the 720 and the Expedition. I chose the Expedition because it was internally wired for a headlight AND it was about $100 less!

I know about your sticker shock experience. I truly believe one gets quite a bit of bike for the money these days but I still can't give up my old trusty rides quite yet.

There are some decent group rides in Overland Park...if that's your thing. Most of the guys I work with who do the group ride seem to go a little fast for me but I still show up once in a while.

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Thanks for the link Double B. I've bookmarked it. I've been gone from the scene long enough that I've lost track of many with whom I used to ride. Thanks again,
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Thanks a bunch, Jerry. Years and years ago, I rode with several KCBC members, but the rides became fewer when I moved out to Lenexa. I did one midnight ride years ago with JCBC(?), but I'm so out of shape now that even the turbo turtles leave me in their road dust. Because I rode the 520 a lot, the 720 remained pristine. I almost sold it, but, like you, that wonderful old steel is hard to replace. Also, I'm now fighting some health problems that limits my endurance and my enthusiasm for spending like a Washington solon. I have a neighbor who is similarly geezerly and we amble along together regretting our Keith Richard's lifestyle of years gone by. Life is sometimes a real puzzle -- ace runner Jim Fixx is no longer with us, yet Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards (the poster boy for mortuary science) keeps getting all the satisfaction he wants.
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