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Old 08-13-17, 02:12 PM
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New guy in PNW

Good mor...er, afternoon. Time does slip past.

Checking in from the wet part of Oregon. I'm signing up mostly to be able to see hosted photos. I don't have much to contribute yet but this forum looks like a good resource.

I have just started riding again after not being on a bike in many years. So far I've managed to work in pretty regular weekend cruises (about to head out on one, actually) on the local paved multi-use paths. Also, I've managed to ride to work once a week for the last month. It's a fairly flat ten mile trip. By no means hardcore, but it's nice to get some fresh air and get off the couch for a while.

My only bike is an '89 Trek 7000 with a few minor tweaks (Kenda Kwest 100psi tires, STI push-push shifters from a similar-year Fuji Suncrest, etc.) that, although "too big" in MTB terms, seems to fit well enough for commuting. It is old and cheap and too heavy. You know how dogs somehow resemble their owners...?

A little maintenance and tuning has gone a long way toward the comfort and usability of the bike. So far it's hard to resist the temptation to buy more stuff. if I don't need it, why do they make it? The bike might need brakes, actually, as the combination of narrow rims and modern brake pads don't seem to provide a lot of leverage. If the last adjustment doesn't do it for me, I'll probably pick up a set of Tektro CR720s, unless I get sold on v-brakes...and new levers...and new cables...etc.

Anyway, thanks for having me.
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Old 08-13-17, 07:23 PM
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As mentioned above, I went for an easy ride this afternoon, smelled the flowers, ate my fill of blackberries. Here's a pic of the bike.
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Old 08-13-17, 07:37 PM
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Welcome to Bike Forums.

When I was a kid Mark was my favorite driver.
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Old 08-13-17, 07:39 PM
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Thanks, Bill!

Your screen name identifies you as a gentlemen of taste and distinction. Looks like there is a degree of crossover with other interests.
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