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Old 06-16-11, 08:44 PM   #1
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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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Old 06-17-11, 05:48 AM   #2
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Howdy and welcome to the forums!
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Old 06-17-11, 05:54 AM   #3
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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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Old 06-17-11, 08:56 AM   #4
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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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Old 06-17-11, 09:17 AM   #5
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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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