NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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That Frankenstein bike of yours scares me. Not trying to be mean, but that bike with a 20" wheel would put you in a very forward position and would steer like jackrabbit on crack! Reminds me of some of the things I used to do at your age. Live and learn.
If your parents are willing to cough up the $150, suggest to them that you'll match their $150 with $150 worth of labor around the house (clean the car, mow the lawn, do the dishes, do some painting...etc), so maybe you can get a new $300 bike, or a decent used bike. Go to your LBS and ask if they would swap some labor for store credit. That's how I landed my first job as a shop rat/mechanic. Spent one whole summer doing nothing but rebuilding coaster brake hubs for the rental fleet bikes. At the end of the summer, the owner bought me the SE Quadangle w/Standing Gear forks I had been drooling over!
Remind them that of course you need a helmet too!
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
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