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Now Here Is a New Reason to Buy a Lighter Bicycle

Old 06-03-14, 10:22 AM
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Now Here Is a New Reason to Buy a Lighter Bicycle

My mid 90's Bianchi weighs in somewhere around 21 pounds - not a lightweight but not something that I am inclined to spend a ton of money to address either. But I am old (I hit age 65 this year) and my bike (like many I am sure) hangs from hooks in my garage. I am suffering from both mild arthritis in my hands and some rotator cuff (shoulder) issues that mostly affect my golf game. One of the nice things about being retired is that you have time for more than one avocation.

But this is beginning to be a problem as I am finding lifting my bike up onto the hooks to be more and more uncomfortable - enough that I sometimes don't put the bike 'away' (much to my wife's chagrin on occasion). Yet another reason to buy some way too expensive CF bicycle :-)

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I can't wait for the day that I can retire and spend my mornings biking and my afternoons golfing.
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There are pulley hoisted hooks that you hook onto the seat and handlebars . then You just pull up on a rope and tie it off on a cleat.

there are workarounds ..


though If your money for a new Porsche comes Up Short and can only afford a CF Bike .. Go For it..
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Old 06-03-14, 10:51 AM
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I can't wait for the day that I can retire and spend my mornings biking and my afternoons golfing.
Or if you are like me you can also spend your evenings/nights looking through your telescope. And then you can supplement your retirement income by participating in sleep deprivation experiments :-)

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Old 06-03-14, 11:42 AM
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Why don't you send your old Bianchi up to me in the Triangle?
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Originally Posted by DaveLeeNC View Post
Or if you are like me you can also spend your evenings/nights looking through your telescope. And then you can supplement your retirement income by participating in sleep deprivation experiments :-)

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Note to self: In event of loss of current job, move up around Pinehurst, where my insomnia will serve as a credit to my earnings, instead of a debit.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
There are pulley hoisted hooks that you hook onto the seat and handlebars . then You just pull up on a rope and tie it off on a cleat.
This was my thought as well.
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With rotator cuff problems, the motion may be more significant than the weight. The pulley system suggestion is a good one. But then again, so is N+1.
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Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
Why don't you send your old Bianchi up to me in the Triangle?
The truth is that I really like that bike (all 20-some pounds of it).

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I've often said that one of the benefits of my ~16 pound bike (other than just being fun to ride) is how easier it is to put up on the hooks, load in and out of the car, etc. My wife even noticed that as a good thing and she's not a bike gear-head like me (although she likes to ride).
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Old 06-03-14, 04:44 PM
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Why that's easy.

Bump out that garage. That way you'll have room for BOTH the vintage Bianchi AND a new carbon fiber one and not have to lift either. Explain to your wife that you could never bear to part with your beloved steel Bianchi just because a younger and svelter model has come along. You wouldn't do that to her.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Why that's easy.

Bump out that garage. That way you'll have room for BOTH the vintage Bianchi AND a new carbon fiber one and not have to lift either. Explain to your wife that you could never bear to part with your beloved steel Bianchi just because a younger and svelter model has come along. You wouldn't do that to her.
Let's not encourage exploring that line of reasoning too closely. Unlike bikes, wives and girlfriends don't usually like to co-habitate.
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Old 06-05-14, 08:03 AM
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A pulley system and a recumbent bike or trike would solve all your problems.
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Let's not encourage exploring that line of reasoning too closely. Unlike bikes, wives and girlfriends don't usually like to co-habitate.
And you know that how?
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Let's not encourage exploring that line of reasoning too closely. Unlike bikes, wives and girlfriends don't usually like to co-habitate.

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No matter how cluttered my garage is, there's always room somewhere to rest my bike(s).
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