Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Pacifica, CA
Bikes: 2001 Raleigh C40, 1980s Miyata 512( I think)
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Hello from Mark
MY name is Mark and I'm trying to get whatever help I can with increasing my cycling.
Back in the day, at the start of each semester at Colby I would spend the last week before classes riding my bike from Hartford, CT to Waterville, ME over the course of 5 days. At the start of one summer I rode from my mom's house in New Jersey to Hartford, as well. I remember those rides as the best vacations I ever had and I guess that now, with our son moved out, I am trying to restore some of the enjoyment that those trips gave me.
I've had an 80s era Miyata 512 ( I think, I'm not sure of the model) that I was given by a friend almost 15 years ago. It's always been a fast ride ( well, for me, anyway). And I've wanted to get it in the best shape possible to use it for commuting. In the meantime, about a decade ago, my wife bought me a Raleigh c40 to feel a bit more secure about me riding around in the Bay area traffic. I never took advantage of it until this May, when I started to ride into work by bike and bus 2 Monday and Tuesday. It works out to a total of about 30 miles a day, 12 miles in and 18 home.
I was never a real fan of the hybrid. I used to ride a Peugeot touring bike in the 70's and 80's. Even after I moved out here, I bought a new Peugeot and used it for overnighters to Santa Cruz and Napa. But as I used the Raleigh to get into work, I began to really appreciate it. The gearing was superb, and it was comfortable. But I missed the extra push you get from the drop down handlebars and the lighter weight. So I returned to the idea of trying to upgrade the Miyata to make it a reasonable road bike for commuting and, if I can talk the boss into it, maybe even extended trips. After having ridden the Raleigh I know that the engineering of bikes is way ahead of where it was 20 years ago, but even now, if I take the Miyata out for a short local spin, I can feel how much faster it is that the hybrid. And so I'm going to pursue this quixotic quest. That's what brings me here. I expect I'll be an annoyance to those who do not suffer old fools well, but I figured I'd feel my way around and see how it goes.