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    Junior Member laurenornot's Avatar
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    Hello from Brooklyn NYC! (+1 pic)

    Hey everyone! I've been riding a bike since I was a kid, but I've only just recently taken an active interest in my gear. I'm a freelance photographer, and on the side I'm an Apple Certified laptop tech, so taking things apart and learning how they work is definitely something I'm into!

    What sparked the recent curiosity in learning more about my bike is that I inherited a pretty nice '70s Raleigh Grand Prix from my mom, and I'm looking to restore it.



    Based on what I've read (much of it from this very useful forum!) I think the frame is a tiny bit too big for me - when I'm standing, off the saddle, the top tube is pretty much getting intimate with me. Let's put it this way: if I were a guy, I wouldn't be able to stand over it at all. I'm 5'2" with about a 30" inseam.

    I went back and forth about selling it and getting a smaller frame, but I don't think I'd be able to afford a bike this nice and besides, my mom rode this for years and she's even shorter than I am. It's just for city commuting anyway, no heavy duty trekking.

    Sorry this is so long! I'm really looking forward to learning from you wise folks and gradually getting to be a better biker. Plus you all have some nice rides!

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    I've had several since 1999 but have settled on my beloved 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and 2011 Felt Z4. :-)
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    Welcome to Bike Forums.
    Stop by the Classic & Vintage forum. They can tell you all about the bike. And the like pics too.
    http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...ic-amp-Vintage
    My bikes --> 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2011 Felt Z4

    Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles Schultz

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    Junior Member laurenornot's Avatar
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    Thanks, Ron! I've been lurking there all week, perhaps it's time to make a post!

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    Senior Member ncbikers's Avatar
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    Welcome to the forums. You'll find lots of helpful people and information here.

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