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Old 12-14-06, 06:35 PM   #1
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Hello from new member....

I found this forum while looking for information on old bikes. I retired from corporate life last March and decided to get more exersize by getting back into biking. Now down 25 pounds and 40 blood pressure points. Mostly ride solo but looking for club or group ride opportunities in the Chicago west suburbs.

I'm very partial to older, steel bikes (too cheap for new ones) and the Rivendell philosophy of biking. I'm too old for racing and my body seeks a more upright stance.

My current bikes are a 1973 Raleigh Gran Sport built by me from an eBay frame and parts mostly cannibalized from my 1973 Raleigh Grand Prix; a 1983 Fuji Espree borrowed from my sister; a 1990 Trek 800 converted to a utility bike with street tires, SKS fenders, lights and no toe clips; and, a 1971 Raleigh Twenty folder from eBay currently being reconditioned.

I thought working on bikes would be a simple hobby but I now see that 'technology creep' has infected bikes just as it has computers as evidenced by a pile of 'new' parts in my basement that are not quite right. Perfectly good SunTour downtube shifters set aside in favor of BarCon bar end shifters. Is a 21 speed really that much better than a 10 speed? Oh for my old Epson 8086.
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Old 12-14-06, 08:22 PM   #2
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Hello, fellow Raleigh rider! Be sure to check out the Great Lakes Subforum!
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Old 12-16-06, 01:59 PM   #3
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Welcome, you may want to check out the 50+ forum, maybe post your pic and profile on the Rogues Gallery.
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No, no, you must join us at Classic and Vintage:

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The new rear hubs with the freehub instead of the free wheel have a much sturdier bearing arrangement, particularly if you weigh 235 lb like me. Even Walmart bikes have aluminum rims which are much better than the steel rims on many of the old 10 spd. Index shifting was a sophisticated solution to something that wasnt a problem. However I love the click shifters and wouldnt switch back to downtube friction. When the spring thaw breaks the road surface, I will think more favorably about suspension.
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