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Old 06-20-08, 09:24 AM
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Belgium to NYC

Hi all,

I came here for advice (see my post in SS/fixed gear). But since it's my first visit, i'll be polite and introduce myself.

I grew up in Belgium, Europe.
I've been riding bicycles since forever. My favorite toy used to be one of those 'feet one the ground' push bikes. When I was about 3 I moved on to a fixed gear kids bike (you know: those eighties 'death bikes' with the fat tires). After another bad 'spin-out' and crash, I convinced my mom to get me a bmx! I still think fondly of that bike and it was the best bike i ever owned (coaster brake, no front). Since that bike was not suited for commuting to school I got a kids version of a 'grown up' bicycle when i was 6.
Replaced that with a cheap mountain bike, my first introduction into 'gears' and it was a nightmare! The bike weighed a ton and nothing was working properly. It ended up sitting in the garage and I ended up riding my moms bike.
When I left home to go to college I didn't have a bike for a few years. Then I bought an 'american cruise' bike, which worked fine but was very heavy.
Since moving to NYC last year, I've been riding an old 10 speed ($80 on Craigslist), I removed the gears (i don't like gears especially not the badly tuned ones!) but I still have the full cassette and 2 chainwheels on it. It's time to move on and that's why i'm here!
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Welcome fredvg! I'm in NYC too. Say hi when you see me. I'll be on a blue bike.

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Hello fredvg, it sounds as if you have certainly enjoyed riding bicycles in all their glory most of your life . What ten speed did you 'convert'?

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Old 06-22-08, 10:00 AM
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jyossarian: i'll be waving to every one I see riding a blue bike! wave back if you see me!

east hill: i have no idea what kind of 10-speed it is. I don't know the brand - it has drop handlebars though!
I'm out of town now, but when I get home I'll check the brand and type and I'll let you know. It's nothing exciting I'm afraid.
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Old 06-22-08, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by fredvg View Post
It's nothing exciting I'm afraid.
All bikes are exciting .

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Old 06-30-08, 09:21 AM
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East Hill: true, all bikes are exciting, but you have to admit some a little more than others...
My bike is a Myata (i don't know which type) my guess is it's about 20years old, maybe 25.

I spoke to my LBS and we are looking into the possibilities of converting it to 1 speed (flipflop) or a 3-speed. The mechanic is worried about the pressure we'll put on the frame when we use a narrower hub in the back. But we agreed that even if it makes my frame 'crack' over time, it won't be a big loss given the age of the frame.
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A Miyata can be a nice bike...did you check with the Classic & Vintage folks?

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