I would like to start off by thanking you folks for your help over the last few months. I have just recently gotten back to road biking after a several decades absence. Getting back to road biking was unintentional. It happened one cold day this past winter when I spotted an old bike in a nearby Goodwill store. It was leaned up against the wall and the rear wheel was removed from the dropouts but still more or less in place. Grimy yes but no rust except for on the spokes. Cables intact and in good shape. All parts appeared to be original and in good working order. It appeared to be complete and undamaged. Even had an aluminum rear rack and a bottle holder. It seemed sized to fit me. I continued my shopping but kept coming back for another look. Tires appeared new and recent. Same for the bar tape. I did not recognize the brand but I could tell it was of good quality. Decal on the frame stated "triple butted cr mo tubing", more good. Continued shopping but still found myself coming back for yet another look. Showed my girlfriend, she liked the Turquoise color. Hmmmm...$14.99...I think it needs me.
The bike turned out to be a 1987 Miyata 215ST.
I spent the next couple of months learning about the bike and taking it all apart and changing the bearings, cleaning, polishing, reassembling, and making adjustments. Bikeforums.net kept coming up when I posted a question about the bike on Google. Seems somebody else had the same questions and posted them to you folks and you were kind and generous enough to help educate them. Old postings became my classroom. I have learned much.
I am well into midlife and still reside in the same town I was raised in. Riding the Miyata has proven to be a time travel machine. Riding the old neighborhoods I am fourteen again and free. At least for the short time spent on the bike. Then the bike goes back in the garage and it's back to being a responsible adult. My stiff aging joints are loosened and feel good after a ride. I am loosing weight. It feels good.
Only problem is that I have developed a potentially expensive fever. I have identified it as Carbon Bike Fever. Symptons include lusting over the offerings of carbon frame bikes on the wed pages. Pouring over the pages containing the specs. Reading reviews. Hours spent on craigslist. I ride the Miyata. Fever still present. I hardly dare go into a bike shop. I spent some time in Freeport at the LL Bean bike store yesterday. They were having a 10% off sale on all bikes and gear for the holiday weekend. I barely made it out of there. While there, I did not dare put my hand in my pocket for fear of a credit card being stuck to it when I pulled my hand back out. I wonder if the salesperson noticed my drooling. I don't think any got on his bikes.
I have tried to be cautious and exercise self control which has never been my strong point. My friend who owns a LBS is trying his best to help me. He has offered me a New leftover 2013 Specialized Roubaix Sport Road Race bike as medicine. He says it is a proven cure. Due to his desire to help me he has offered me this medicinal treatment for $1400. plus tax. Haven't checked my health plan yet but I do not think this would be covered. Full amount will be out of pocket. Should I listen to my LBS Doc or ignore him and hope the fever subsides on its own? Your thoughts and insights much needed.
Your humble apprentice,