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Old 02-17-13, 06:00 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm new to this forum but have been repairing bicycles for many years, mainly my sons and their buddies bikes. After I retired a couple of years ago, I jumped in with both feet, took my old pickup truck and went around this city picking up lots of bikes either for free or at a decent price, with a couple of beautiful Raleighs that cost much more than I planned on paying, but they were almost mint so how could I refuse? As of today, I probably have about 50 bikes on hand - stored in my little green house I built, in my pool change room, in the pool equipment shed and in my garage. There is almost every type you can imagine here other than tandems. And I have a real passion for the vintage models like the older Raleighs and CCMs. Because my garage is not heated, I brought several bikes into my living room to work on them over the winter. I share my house with my best friend and she has had to watch TV in the rec room this winter because she can't get into the living room with bikes in her way, but she just smiles and I promise to get them out once spring comes. And I just got a new pup, a golden doodle, to keep me company. Once spring is here, I have a big deck out back where I can repair the bikes, then list them to sell. I mainly change saddles, cables, tubes, tires and chains, oil and grease everything then polish them up really nice and test ride to be sure all is working as it should. There are not many women doing this in my area and I am now known as "the bike lady". Life is good when you can do something you truly enjoy and save bicycles from the dump.
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Old 02-17-13, 06:16 PM   #2
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Welcome to Bike Forums and kudos to you.
The folks in the Classic & Vintage forum would love to hear from you and see pics of some of the bikes.
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Old 02-17-13, 10:15 PM   #3
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I think it's really cool that you're this into rebuilding bikes, my hat is off to you Way to go!!
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Old 02-18-13, 07:54 AM   #4
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Sounds as if you jumped feet first into the vintage and saved bike sector, bike lady. Welcome aboard BF, as Ron said, the C&V forum sounds like your kind of place. Several members doing what you are in to there.

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Old 02-18-13, 07:58 AM   #5
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Wow, that's awesome Bike Lady! Way to go!! When you get a chance you might want to pop into the mechanics section here and perhaps you may have an answer to someone's question! Oh and welcome to Bike forums!
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