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Old 03-05-08, 09:51 PM
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Howdy from Alabamy

Hello!

What a great forum - thanks for all the great pictures and information.

I am getting back into riding as an overweight, underworked 45 year old man with two young sons to keep up with - gotta keep the heart strong and the insurance in place for another 20 years, ya know!

My first good bike was a used Peugeot (sp?) Triathlon - bought it in the mid '80s, loved it and road it for years in Myrtle Beach. Finally took a bad spill, bent the tubes, bought an old, never used Raleigh Technium 54cm frame from an uncle. Moved to Dallas, TX, took the old bike and new frame to a bike shop to swap over the components (shimano 105s), the guy did a very poor job putting it together.

Road it for a little while, put it away, got married, got kids, got a couple of Raleigh C60 hybrid bikes and a Burley.

Moved a couple of times for work, landed in Huntsville, AL, my 12 year old needed a new bike, bought him a Scott MTB, while shopping, found an '81 Trek 62cm 531 reynolds shimano 105 mavic wheels conti tires, all for $100 in great shape!



That bike is way too big for me, but I couldn't resist, bought it, got the itch, got out my old Raleigh, took it all apart and will be reassembling this month. I can't wait to get back into shape and ride with my son!
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Hi tensleep80, lovely Trek! Is the Raleigh you're re-doing one of the C60s, or is it an older bike with downtubes like the Trek?

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It is an older bike - says RT 600 on top and seat tubes - finished in a pearl white. The Trek is a 614, the C60's (one for me, one for my wife) are both in great shape, mostly stock (different seats), original tires.
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Let's see some photos of the RT 600 Raleigh!

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New camera - sorry about blurry images! I had to remove the derailleur (sp?) braze-on today. The guy who had put this bike together so many years ago had cut off the hanger with a hack saw so that he could mount a shimano stx mtb front derailleur clamp on style - I could have killed him! I have some touch up paint for the nicks and scratches and am debating a new braze-on or should I just paint and use a Campy clamp on front derailleur? It nearly fits the tube (will need some very thin brass shim stock to fit up well).
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Argh!

Since the frame's already been hacked, I would go ahead and add the braze on. Isn't that maddening? The C & V forum people always politely request that those who want to take a nice old bike and make it into a SS/FG at least don't remove any bits from the bike, so that down the road someone else can re-gear the bike. A lot of nice old bikes have been treated badly the last few years .

Anyway, it's a more modern frame (after looking at the lugs), but it's a nice mix of 531 Reynolds and 4130. It won't be a featherweight, but it should be a nice rider.

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Yup, I was furious, to say the least. The expert at the LBS said the same thing - steel frame & fork, aluminum lugs. What can you tell me about aquiring the braze on? The original was actually a glue on, with two rivets into the downtube.
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Yup, I was furious, to say the least. The expert at the LBS said the same thing - steel frame & fork, aluminum lugs. What can you tell me about aquiring the braze on? The original was actually a glue on, with two rivets into the downtube.
I'd probably toss that question to the folks in the Framebuilders forum. I'm definitely not an expert on brazing .

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Hi tensleep80,

I just left Huntsville last fall. It's a great place to ride...if you know the areas to avoid. Check out the Spring City Cycling Club...oldest club in Alabama I believe. Great bunch of people with an excellent array of ability levels and weekly rides scheduled.

If you have access to Redstone Arsenal...or can get access...they do two weekly rides (tue and thur) at 5:30 PM. The ride leader runs two groups...fast and not-so-fast. He controls the pace of the not so fast group quite well and holds it around 18mph for the 32 mile loop.

If your son's are mtn biking then they know about Monte Sano. Great trails from beginner all the way up to silly! Family bike Trail on the top of the mountain is fun for the...well, for the whole family! There's a great LBS just down the road from Monte Sano called Trailhead in 5 points. He has a great MTB demo fleet if you are so inclined to join your kids on the trails.

If you need any POCs just let me know.

Enjoy the "year round" cycling! I miss it already...
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Thanks for the tips, flyor64! I can only imagine that Hovik, Norway is quite a bit different than Huntsville, AL! How's cycling on the ice floes ;^D ?
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Thanks for the tips, flyor64! I can only imagine that Hovik, Norway is quite a bit different than Huntsville, AL! How's cycling on the ice floes ;^D ?
LOL...for now I stay away from the ice floes...the folks from around here, however, fear it not! There are almost as many bikes parked in the covered bikepark where I work now as there is in the summer! It's impressive to behold them staying upright down a steep cobblestoned road slicked with ice, muck, and slush...

I, on the other hand, am a relative flatlander in these parts and skeptical (to put it nicely) of ice riding...

Daylight savings approaches and with it...more daylight! I took daylight for granted in 'bama. Of course, we peak out at about 6 hrs of daylight in the winter here so it was a tad rough my first winter here
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OK - riding on the ice, and in the dark. You're twisted, man! Are you military?
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OK - riding on the ice, and in the dark. You're twisted, man! Are you military?
ex-army. Was a contractor at Redstone for 4 yrs before moving here with my wife. Met her when I was stationed in Germany in the 90s...and now fulfilling a promise I made to her.
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btw, is that a strato in your avatar? I have a les paul for many years...but couldn't play it...so I stick with my acoustics...which, for that matter, i can't play all that well either, but I can certainly cover it up much better with fat open chord strums!
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1981 Made in Japan Squier Bullet
Smaller body, Fender neck, loaded with Seymore Duncan single coil SSL-2 at neck and bridge, JB junior humbucker in middle, some custom wiring and shielding to quiet the hum. New tusq nut this year. She plays great! My wife got me a Seagull S6 GT+ acoustic for Xmas this year - ya just gotta love a gift like that, and especially the giver! Artheritis in my left hand holds me back a little (as well as on longer bike rides), but lack of talent and discipline are my big downfalls. I'm more of a techie - I love working on them!

So, what's the story on your Les Paul, et al?

PS More guitar piccies http://www.micksmothers.net/gallery2...Squier+Bullet/

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I just read my post...and I realized I mis-typed. I HAD a Les Paul. It was a 1982 Les Paul XR-2...almost all original including the pickups...somebody along the line added an amp switch. Not sure if that's the right term for it, but it was a shoddy job...and all it did was kick up the distortion a notch. I refinished the body and back of the neck and basically just looked at it a lot . I could play few metallica riffs...the standard stuff for a completely untrained ameteur . Unfortunately I had to do some serious downloading when we moved here...and it had to go. I kept my Alverez 6 string accoustic with cutaway. She's a beaut and has played well for many years and many trips to some not-so friendly places. I have learned that fine talcom powder like sand does dull the finish a bit though! I also have a canadian nylon string classical for general goofing around. The sound is very nice and warm and my son enjoys that.

I don't play nearly enough...but then there are only so many hours in the day. When my son gets a little older I may find some more time...

Your squire sounds like a nice rig...
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