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    Save money...buy a boat BikeRacked's Avatar
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    Bikeracked is online

    So I'm new to this forum and hope to get a lot of use out of it.
    I haven't ridden a bicycle in over twenty years but decided to pick the habit back up so I don't turn into an out of shape slob in my late 30's.

    My first interest is going to be turning a full-suspension junk mountain bike into sort of a Frankensteinish strictly road bike....on a budget.

    I know, I know but my back is about as reliable and trustworthy as a career politician.Plus I like tearing machinery apart and making it "better".

    So,I think I'll go and look for the best place to get some advice.

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    Howdy and welcome to the forums!

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    Hi and welcome to the forums. The more upright bike isn't a bad start really, my husband bought me a specialized Sirrus which I rode for years and just recently got a real road bike. The main issue will be the rear suspension...really kills your efficiency and adds a ton of weight. Your best bet may be to find something used on Craigslist that needs some work. Hubby picked up another Sirrus for our nephew on CL for $60 because it wouldn't shift properly, new derailleur hanger and chain later and it works perfectly. Check out parktool.com for all the info you will even need on bike repair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeRacked View Post
    I haven't ridden a bicycle in over twenty years but decided to pick the habit back up so I don't turn into an out of shape slob in my late 30's.
    Great reason to cycle! Welcome to Bike Forums, BikeRacked! Happy Riding!
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    Save money...buy a boat BikeRacked's Avatar
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    Thanks Chopp.Yeah I know it'll make for a less than efficient road bike but I'm not necessarily trying to break any speed records.At least not yet but we'll see how that goes.

    The suspension helps a lot with my crashed up spine but I'm just not a mountain bike type of guy.

    parktool.com -- Gotcha,thanks.

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