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Old 03-01-17, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Use everyone here as a guideline, not a requirement, for what works for you. There generally isn't a "wrong" way to do things, amalgamate and use what information you can but recognize a lot of it may not apply to your personal situation.

I put off getting back into cycling for over a year because my friends told me I couldn't have fun on anything less than a 105 equipped carbon bike, and few bike shops around me at the time had an interest in selling me anything under the $1500 mark. Took me a while to figure out I could have plenty of fun on old refurbished vintage bikes that cost a tenth the price.

Also, using your hand to clean to clean glass shards from a fast moving wheel sounds like a great way to mangle your hand, in any of numerous ways.
True, but you need to know what you are going when it comes to C & V. You are talking about machines that are 35 to 40 years old. I say this as someone who has ridden and owned some older classics for myself and my family including a '78 Peugeot which my wife loves riding as much as her modern road bike, a venerable mid 80s Schwinn Letour Luxe (now gone, but a fine bike), and my son's early '80s Gitane frame with a mix of vintage and modern components. I feel like I know the difference between an old classic and a 40 year old boat anchor. I do not know if the average newbie does.

I would check the tires when the bike is stationary, and be careful pulling shards of glass or debris from your tires.
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