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Old 12-13-08, 10:41 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm new to the whole cycle scene so expect a lot of questions from me! I've been wanting a bike for a while and my uncle donated his old bike to me so I guess I'll be riding that:

edit:maybe someone could jump start my biking career?
Heres some information..not sure what it means, but hopefully you'll know:
Puch Force II Mistral (uhh..frame?)
Tange Triple CR-MO Triple Butted Tubes (or is this the frame?)
Shimano 105 (brakes?)
Biopace (chainwheel)
Chen Shin (tires)
Champion? (handlebars)
Custom-M? (pedals)
Not sure about the seat..I guess it's stock?

Any piece of information or clarification would be nice!

Let's see how much my bike changes.

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Old 12-14-08, 08:23 AM   #2
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Seems like it has all the hallmarks of a good old bike. Show this thing in C&V and you will get some more specific feedback about it.

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Old 12-14-08, 08:42 AM   #3
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Welcome to BF. Looks like a good starter bike.

Does the bike fit you -- height (standover), length (handlebar reach), etc.? If not (either too big or too small), sell it and get something that does fit. If it does fit (after a few minor adjustments, like raising the saddle to the correct height) then the folks in the Classic & Vintage forum can get you rolling.

Are the tires in good shape or dry rotted? Brake and/or shifter cables rusted?
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Old 12-14-08, 09:56 AM   #4
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Older vintage bikes are nice, and since it cost you nothing, you really don't need to sell it. What you might need is to get a proper fitting bike. But there are even more basic issues.

The reason for a well fitting bike is to avoid discomfort. Right now you don't even know your riding preferences. Some who are new to riding, don't know for sure what they like about riding. A new rider needs to experiment to get a feel for what's enjoyable. And this takes time and during this period, your tastes may change. As you become more aerobically fit, your body will adapt to the physical demands of riding. Ask yourself what type of sports you enjoy participating in.

You show this picture of the older bike. Could this be your first adult bike?
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Old 12-14-08, 11:20 AM   #5
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Can't wait to ride around town!

I'm really happy that this is a good bike, thanks! Yeah, my previous bike was a Mongoose. I really like this type of bike better so I won't be coming back to BMX. Thanks for all the help! I'm only about 5 ' 5 so The seat has to be that low, but it isn't too bad. I'll probably get new tires and chain. Anything else I should look into replacing?

edit: for just riding across a small town, should i just get a fixed gear? is it possible to convert this bike into a fixed? will it be expensive?

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