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Old 05-02-05, 07:33 PM
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well I did it...

I went to a local parts shop unrelated to bikes looking for a part for another hobby that was just a bit odd to the counter guy. So I ask him what his hobby was and he hem hawed and finally said bikes. I said good I had been wanting to get a bike and at 6'5 and 270 the hand me downs and salvage bikes were not cutting it. I wanted an american bike- well one as american as they get anyhow. He starts talkin canondale and a mountain bike- I kinda wanted a hybrid to start so we just talked for a while. I haven't had a bike that fit since I was a kid. Anyhow I went to the LBS he uses and asked a bit more and the guy actually told me about a used raleigh m80 that a regular customer of his had for sale. It had new front forks and some other recent upgrades. The dealer said it would be a great starter. I looked at a canondale adventure 400 and ended up with it. For the streets around here I thought it would be a decent start. I never realized how important a good fit was before. Well anyhow I did contact the m-80 owner and bought that bike too. It is a 1996 I believe- in GREAT SHAPE- heck the paint even looks like new- it was also american made ;^) I could not turn it down for 125.00 so I went from zero bikes to two inside of the last two weeks. The guy I bought the used bike from had several others and sold the raleigh because he upgraded to disk brakes on his new MB. He had some nice rides! anyhow I am soon to be as sick as the rest of ya are. I was happy to see the thread on the home made stand I was wondering about that- I can weld about anything up but needed an idea or two on a clamp. So hello and happy riding to you all ! God Bless-paul
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Old 05-02-05, 08:16 PM
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oh paul, you have been sucked in.
Congrats on the bikes, you won't get buyers remorse i'm sure!
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Old 05-02-05, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by tallpaul
...so I went from zero bikes to two inside of the last two weeks. The guy I bought the used bike from had several others and sold the raleigh because he upgraded to disk brakes on his new MB. He had some nice rides! anyhow I am soon to be as sick as the rest of ya ...
Welcome to the club. Next week you'll have a couple more, then a couple more few weeks after that. It doesn't really end. I have to stay out of the bike shops these days as every time I walk into one I see a couple I want to take home with me. I have the same issue with girls in bars but they aren't as compliant.

Frankly, I think having 2 bikes is a good idea for practical reasons. One bike (usually the more expensive one) can be kept in mint clean condition for fair weather riding and the other a beater bike for commuting and riding in foul weather and other sludge. So 2 bikes doesn't really mean you have OCD just yet. Just keep an eye on it and seek help if needed.

At your weight the only problem I see you having with either of the bikes you described is the wheelsets. I'm 245 and have found that I need a stronger heavier wheelset just for general riding purposes. I don't do any jumps, drops or urban assault as it just sounds too painful at my age. But the stronger wheels are very suiting for heavier riders. Many of the heavier guys here like Sun RynoLite rims. I have a pair but haven't ridden on them yet. They certainly appear to be much sturdier than the stock wheels that came on my Raleigh M60.
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Old 05-02-05, 08:43 PM
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Yes the two bike Idea is exactly why I got the used m-80. I figured the hybrid would be the "pretty" bike and the MB the "beater" As far as the "sickness" of multiple bikes goes- if it is like any of my other hobbies I am DOOMED- I never seem to make do with one or two of anything.... well girlfriends or maybe a wife one day...I believe the bikes both have the dual or double rims on them. The other guy was a big guy too and I think the cannondale came with the upgrade- if not it won't be a big deal to change it out. God Bless-paul
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