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Old 01-12-14, 12:13 PM   #1
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hi - budding road cycling enthusiast

Hi all, long time lurker, first time poster. I started riding pretty regularly this past summer, realized my mountain bike was never going to make regular paved path riding fun, so I upgraded to a Giant hybrid, which I love. Fast forward to this winter, I got a fluid trainer off of craigslist and have been riding 50 mins a day (roughly 13 miles), and just looking forward to spring when I can really start to ride a lot more. I've been curious about a proper road bike (although my Giant leans more toward sport than to comfort, it isn't a true road bike). As luck would have it, a coworker said he has a 1995 raleigh that he'll let go for $100. It's a r600, has all shimano 105 components, and from what I can see from pics he sent me is in good condition. $100 is a relatively guilt free price to get my feet wet with road cycling. Anyway, no plans to change anything out, except potentially replace tires, per advice of others on the internets, but I'm still on the fence of whether to get an overhaul done (cost $165) where all cables and housing would be replaced, the bike would get a thorough cleaning, etc. I'll have to talk to a bike shop and get an assessment of its current condition. Anyway, here are some links to some pics. Any advice on handling the cleaning and maintenance is always welcome
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Hello and welcome to the forum! I am new here, also. It looks like your new machine is a good, solid entry to the world of road cycling. As far as maintenance goes, have someone who is familiar with the mechanics clean and tune the bike while showing you how to do it. You can also take repair/maintenance classes at a local bike shop (if you have one nearby that holds them). Once you are familiar with how everything works, maintenance will not be a problem.
Best of luck out there. Stay safe and keep the rubber side down!
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