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    Howdy from Wet-stern Washington

    Back in Nineteen and Seventy-Four, I purchased a new Schwinn 10-speed Le Tour (made by Panasonic) and rode the snot out of that bike for close to 10 years. Then marriage and kids greatly curtailed the cycling time. We moved to the country and the wife and I decided we needed fat-tired, upright mountain bikes. Bought a couple cheapies but I never enjoyed riding those like I did the Schwinn. I was "advised" by the boss to sell the old 10-speed since I no longer rode it but couldn't bring myself to part with it and for the last 20 years it has hung on the wall of my garage like a piece of dusty 3-D artwork.

    Just last week something made me hoist it from its perch, dust it off and put air in the tires. I made a couple of laps around the yard and was taken right back to 1974. New tires, tubes, brake pads and bar tape are on their way, so in the meantime I am cleaning and greasing bearings, polishing the chrome and renewing the man-machine intimacy I once knew and loved.

    I've already scoured much good info on the Maintenace section and I see I can participate in multiple other forum sections as well. Vintage; Over 50 & Clydesdales. Hopefully the Clydesdale will be a brief participation.

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    Hey Nick,

    Welcome to Bike Forums from Texas.

    Fast lookin bike.

    It will keep you young.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
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    Cheers Nick, welcome to Bike Forums!

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    Welcome to the forum!

    It is at least a sunny day today, isn't it.
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    Welcome to BF! If you take your old Schwinn to a good LBS and have them give it a good once-over, the ride it'll give you will really take you back to 1974!

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    Welcome...however...from my perspective Vaughn is essientially Central Washington. Western Wa. is anything west of the Summit Lake grocery, Pluvius, or Skamakowa.
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    Welcome! Aren't you glad you kept it? I have a 1978 (Fuji) I bought new. I almost sold it this year, but changed my mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jseis View Post
    Welcome...however...from my perspective Vaughn is essientially Central Washington. Western Wa. is anything west of the Summit Lake grocery, Pluvius, or Skamakowa.
    Looks to me as though Vaughn is definitely to the west of Tacoma, which is considered Western WA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daihard View Post
    Looks to me as though Vaughn is definitely to the west of Tacoma, which is considered Western WA.
    ^^^^ WORD! ^^^^

    And thanks everyone for the warm welcome and confirmation on my renewed interest!
    Best Regards, Nick
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    Quote Originally Posted by daihard View Post
    Looks to me as though Vaughn is definitely to the west of Tacoma, which is considered Western WA.
    Tacoma is a good stern city...hardly wet. [and a hardy welcome to Wet Behind the Ears NickOnTwoWheels (I just had to say that!)]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jseis View Post
    Tacoma is a good stern city...hardly wet. [and a hardy welcome to Wet Behind the Ears NickOnTwoWheels (I just had to say that!)]
    Seriously? Seattle is only 30 miles north of Tacoma, and it's very very wet. Maybe I should consider moving down south?
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    New York NY gets more rain than Tacoma, here on the coast we get 2X the rain of Tacoma or Seattle. Then there's Hawaii and SE Alaska...

    http://average-rainfall.weatherdb.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jseis View Post
    New York NY gets more rain than Tacoma, here on the coast we get 2X the rain of Tacoma or Seattle. Then there's Hawaii and SE Alaska...

    http://average-rainfall.weatherdb.com/
    Are you talking about the total amount of rain in a year? I know Seattle isn't all that wet in that regard, but that's not what I mean. We all know it's almost always very cloudy or rainy between October and June here. Yes, it may just drizzle or rain lightly, but just the fact that it's raining really gets me down. Besides, any amount of rain takes fun away from outdoor activities and exercises.

    I'd much rather have one month when it pours down and 11 months of sunny days.
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    Welcome. And regarding the C/A forum, it's a very friendly place. Most members stick around after they lose the weight. Hope you do too!
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    Said Sven to Ole, "It shore duz rain a lot here!"
    Said Ole to Sven, "Ya, but it don't rain much."

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    (With apologies to those from Ballard)
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    Nice bike to pick the hobby up again with! Welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daihard View Post
    Are you talking about the total amount of rain in a year? I know Seattle isn't all that wet in that regard, but that's not what I mean. We all know it's almost always very cloudy or rainy between October and June here. Yes, it may just drizzle or rain lightly, but just the fact that it's raining really gets me down. Besides, any amount of rain takes fun away from outdoor activities and exercises.

    I'd much rather have one month when it pours down and 11 months of sunny days.
    That is quite true, perceived rain and gloom is everything. Along about late December through early February most PNWs are ready for the funny farm as no amount of caffenine can chase those blues away like a sunny day.

    I should be suicidal as here's what's next to me....good old Cape D!

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    Good move on keeping your ride!
    Bikes nowadays are made of all sorts of exotic materials but noting beats the ride of a classic steel schwinn.

    Enjoy your stay!

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