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I got me a bike!

Old 07-19-12, 04:39 PM
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I got me a bike!

I'm excited. My first bike in rather a few years.
It is a 1983 Fuji S-12, as near as I can figure from the serial number and the info from older posts on the Classics forum. It has the really huge size frame, which is good as I am a big guy.

I am so very stoked.
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Old 07-19-12, 05:19 PM
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A quick video of the bike.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjJYcncrHso
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Old 07-19-12, 05:24 PM
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Very cool! Looks like it's in good shape too!
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Old 07-19-12, 06:02 PM
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Ride it!
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You got you a big bike!
Gonna keep it with flat bars? Looks like it works well with them.
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Old 07-19-12, 10:53 PM
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It IS a big bike, and I am so excited.
I took a few snapshots.



And the bike shop even threw in a free water bottle to fill in the attached rack for it!


I am dead tired from work, but I still had to take a short jaunt around the block.

I think I am going to keep the flat bars, unless I get a notion for a retro swept bar. I have to work on my balance for a while before going too crazy. Most mods are rather a few paychecks away.
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Old 07-19-12, 11:01 PM
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Watched your video. You ride it like you love it. Good find, now rack up the miles.
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Old 07-20-12, 12:46 AM
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That looks in remarkably good condition. Great find Mike!
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Old 07-22-12, 08:09 AM
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Congrats !!

Great looking bike.
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That really is a great looking bike. Like everyone said, ride it.
Get that kid a bike so she can ride with you. edit I see in the picture she has one. You two would make a great pair.
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Originally Posted by sknhgy View Post
That really is a great looking bike. Like everyone said, ride it.
Get that kid a bike so she can ride with you. edit I see in the picture she has one. You two would make a great pair.
All three of my kids and my wife need new bikes. The old ones are just BSOs and they got left in the weather too long last winter. Lots of rust. I'd like to get her on a bike and then hook up a tow bar to be sure she keeps up with her older brother and sister.

I'm really enjoying my short break in rides. I'm looking forward to loading up some books on tape on the mp3 player and riding by the chapter. It seems awful daunting, but I even have ideas about commuting, though that is 25 miles each way and either about 2000 feet of climbing or the freeway.

I think I'll work on a job closer to home first.

Or maybe I can work the intercity bus into the plan. It stops about four miles away from here and a mile from work.
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Originally Posted by Chugosh View Post
All three of my kids and my wife need new bikes. The old ones are just BSOs and they got left in the weather too long last winter. Lots of rust. I'd like to get her on a bike and then hook up a tow bar to be sure she keeps up with her older brother and sister.

I'm really enjoying my short break in rides. I'm looking forward to loading up some books on tape on the mp3 player and riding by the chapter. It seems awful daunting, but I even have ideas about commuting, though that is 25 miles each way and either about 2000 feet of climbing or the freeway.

I think I'll work on a job closer to home first.

Or maybe I can work the intercity bus into the plan. It stops about four miles away from here and a mile from work.

Nice bike, Chugosh!

Yeah, that'll be the way to go with the commute. To the busline. Then to work!

That's ten miles per day worth of calories burned....

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Old 07-30-12, 10:25 AM
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Well I'm getting a few short rides in, just a mile or two generally. The other day I was determined that my wife would come home and find me on the bike and not on the computer, so after riding around a couple miles or so, I switched to quarter mile intervals, sprinting up the very slight incline and coasting back. I had a pretty good hard workout.

Now my only problem is some fairly painful saddle bones/flesh. I suppose this is entirely to be expected and will get better with time, but my short mile last night was not so very fun as it might have been. Still very stoked to have a bike at last and get to ride it.
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Your saddle while clean looking, looks like one I would not enjoy riding on.. I personally get around the pain by selecting my saddles for the most part from ones I know work for me (from trial and error) and wearing spandex shorts under whatever pants/shorts I'm cycling in.. have you looked at any ergonomic saddles?
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