I decided to become a cyclist in a serious sense about a year and a half ago, and purchased a reasonable bike that required some mods and work. I had to do a bit of a learning curve and still have a few things to get on, like learning to build wheels.
I just wanted to say> thanks for your opinions and advice, I'm very pleased with my bike, and the fact I did most of the re-build myself. BF was my major information source and I was able to talk to my bike mech and explain complex questions.
My backround is in visual arts etc and the mechanical aspect of some parts of the bike I had to bug you fellows for info on simple stuff.
Thanks for your time and advice. It really helped.
Good to hear you found the forums usefull! I know some of the OT's get bugged by newbie questions but I once had an old college prof that made the comment "The only dumb question is the one that goes unasked". That is something I stick to and I encourage our 4-H kids to do the same.