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    Noob mikezs's Avatar
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    Hello from Essex, UK :)

    Hello! I'm Mike. Just joined here because I've been looking for a busy forum to pass some time when I'm feeling bikey (mostly summer).

    I've been maintaining my own bikes for a few years and have built up a semi-decent toolkit, quite a lot custom made (headset press, cup/cone bottom bracket pinch tool, 2 chain whips, pin plyers and a few more) I've fitted, adjusted and mended almost everything on a bike except wheels (I'm going to be building my first set for my MTB soon!)

    I'm quite a budget person, but will always go for quality over price. That sounds a bit odd, but I like browsing ebay for cheap quality components and things. Most bike parts cost quite a lot in the UK anyway (compared to the US, which I guess most of you are from)

    My Bikes:

    Specialized Rockhopper Expert Disc 2009 in Silver
    Not sure what specs you are supposed to quote to impress people... I've got a link to the specialized site here: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...=39224&eid=107
    Paid the equivalent of $385 for it and it's had new chain/chainrings and a complete service and wash

    Giant Boulder 510 Sport
    This is my pub/snotter bike. Had it for about 12 years, been through many many cables, chains, cassettes and tubes/tyres I've lost count. Still rides like the day I got it and it's fully working. This is what I've learnt to maintain bikes on!
    I wonder if anyone reads this whole thing. Add the word brill to your post if you have, haha.

    1978 Olympic Competitor
    My fathers old racing bike that I'm restoring. I've had it into every piece and is now (slowly) going back together after getting cleaned or replaced. Did want to have it done for the beginning of summer, but have just moved house (and now have a garage(!), my dream) so will more likely be a winter project now. So many nice lightweight bits that will fits, but I'm trying to keep it "old school"


    I have a crap load of expensive hobbies, but they're mostly seasonal; motor-sport (motorbike), snowboarding, photography, computing and electronics.

    Anyway, look forward to passing on my bit of experience and learning a lot from everyone here!

    Mike

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    Senior Member olddurace82's Avatar
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    1982 Titan Exclusive (Reynolds 531, Shimano DuraAce EX), 1981 Fuji Excel', 1972 women's Raleigh Sport 3 speed, 1975 Raleigh folder, 1995 Dahon Mariner, 2008 Trek 2.3, 1960ish mens Raleigh sport project refurb.
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    Welcome.

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    Warning:Annoying to jerks RaleighSport's Avatar
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    Leader 725, Centurion Turbo, Raleigh Team Technium, Schwinn Premis, GT Tequesta, Bridgestone CB-2
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    Welcome aboard from across the pond!
    “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”


    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson in His Journals

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    '11 Felt Z85, '72 Motobecane Grand Record
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    Welcome to BF. Sounds like you have a nice collection started there.

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