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Old 06-04-02, 11:59 PM   #1
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Alpine, Texas

Hello All:

My job takes me to the most remote State Parks in Texas. I stay in these remote areas for a week at a time, so in the evenings, I have a lot of time to kill. I got bitten by the biking bug about 2 months ago and bought a department store mountain bike to take with me. It didnít take me long to realize I had made a big mistake with my choice of bikes, so I recently ordered a Trek 4900 from a shop in Midland and I am now eagerly awaiting itís arrival. They informed me today that it will sometime next week.

I would like to preface my membership here by saying that I will soon be posting some of the most obvious questions imaginable. It has been 25 years (Iím am now 40) since I have ridden a bike, so I have missed quite a bit. I will thoroughly scour the archives before I waste time asking the same questions that have been asked before.

My only other bike was a Christmas present from my Dad when I was 6. It was a Schwinn single speed with a banana seat (I donít know the exact model). As I grew, I changed handlebars several times and the seat once to reflect my growing interest in motorcycles. For 9 years, that Schwinn was the cornerstone for all that I was. It opened up parts of my neighborhood that were beyond walking. It was a school bus, a store runner, a ride to baseball practice, and a vehicle to imitate a Roger DeCoster cross- up over our 2 steel trashcans.

I took that Schwinn bike for granted until a couple of months ago when I hopped on that new department store mountain bike. That day, I realized how great it really is to own a bicycle. I have had several ďcoolĒ cars, trucks, and motorcycles since that Schwinn, but, honest to God, I have enjoyed that $125 bike more than I can ever remember enjoying all the rest. My wife thinks Iím nuts. I must be on the right track.

But, theyíre just bikes when you get right down to it, right? Yeah, right!

FatDog, feelin' young again

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Old 06-05-02, 01:11 AM   #2
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Sounds like you've been bitten real good.

Welcome to the forums. Please feel free to ask as many obvious questions as you need to.

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Old 06-05-02, 06:25 AM   #3
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In answer to your question: They're just bikes...

The answer is NO! they are not just bikes. They are a symbol of Freedom and adventure; they are purveyors Health and Well-being; they help you to feel good about yourself because you are not polluting the atmosphere...the list of WHY they are not just bikes could go on and on, but I won't.

The most important thing you need to keep in mind, when you buy the new bike, is that it FITS you.
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Old 06-17-02, 09:55 AM   #4
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by FatDog
[B]Hello All:

" I recently ordered a Trek 4900 from a shop in Midland and I am now eagerly awaiting itís arrival. "

Hay Im from Midland !
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