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Old 04-30-14, 01:19 PM
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Re-Newbe from all over north america

Hey guys,

Just a little intro.

I stopped riding after my previous bike was stolen over 15years ago. Haven't really ridden a personal bike since, used the share bikes in a few major cities while i was there but i can literally count the number times on my fingers. I just picked up the 2013 Raleigh Misceo Trail 1.0 from a once LBS but am now over 600miles away from just over two weeks ago on clearance for $520. I haven't modified the bike at all really, just added a rear flashing light and front light and bell and have only had a chance to ride about 20miles in the last two weeks but hopefully that'll go up a little once it stops to raining up here.

I'm originally from Cleveland, moved to Toronto before preschool, did my undergrad in Toronto then moved to Florida, finished the last few years of my education between NYC and Chicago and just finished in DC and currently back in Toronto, on my way to Chicago once again. So I've moved around quite a bit the last 5years.

Anyways i figured a hybrid with front shock was the best 'starter' bike to go with cause i'm not sure if i wanna go the mtb route or rb route this way it'll give me the best/worst of both worlds and in a few years either upgrade parts on my 1.0 or just replace it with a new one.

I'm a very hands on guy. After owning my first car for a year i rebuilt a car from the ground up at the age of 20. I've built RC Planes, quads, hexacopters etc love travelling and photography and hopefully riding will be a means of getting into these places i haven't been able to before.

thats pretty much it! any advice on upgrading my bike or proper maintenance specific tot he Raleigh would be great!

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Old 04-30-14, 11:48 PM
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Thanks guys, there's so much info on here I feel like it'll take me a lifetime to catch up to all the info on the different bikes and parts out there! lol
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"...Anyways i figured a hybrid with front shock was the best 'starter' bike to go with cause i'm not sure if i wanna go the mtb route or rb route this way it'll give me the best/worst of both worlds and in a few years either upgrade parts on my 1.0 or just replace it with a new one..."

Welcome!

re: the MTB/RB/hybrid is totally your call! I had been riding for many years. I rode a road bike almost exclusively. I guess I like the aerodynamic position and I'm very competitive (I've been told) & in college I would ride with this 1 other rider; we used to go out & ride but the return was see who arrives first; he only beat me the first ride. Anyway, I guess it was the speed I liked.
I did Tri's then I, like a dummy, sold my R700 TT & purchased a MTB & 1 for the wife. Currently we reside in southwest MI.
A couple of years ago I had to junk my MTB (dummy, should have salvaged parts) & used my wife's MTB (she didn't use it that much, she likes cruisers) then sold it & bought a hybrid, previous yrs. model at a discount at the LBS. I was sitting on the 1 on wanted but couldn't get the seat height up where I wanted; they put me on a little bigger bike and the seat was adjusted properly but my crotch was kissing the top tube (could make for a disaster!). I guess he just wanted to make a sale. He could have suggested a longer seat post!
I rode it for 1500 miles in 2 years & just didn't like the "sitting up" position on it. Mostly my riding was road, 95 -99%. I thought of customizing it but that was $$$ which I don't have! I searched the internet, sold the hybrid, never went back to that bike shop again after being charged $60 for a rear cassette side spoke replacement.
Long story short, I purchased a Motobecane Mirage S on BikesDirect.com for what I sold the hybrid, it's a new road bike & I really like it, extremely like it.
I go online to get a lot of tips like sizing at ebicycles.com, & maintenance/repair tips videos from youtube. I also purchased an inexpensive repair stand ($38) so I can do a lot of the maintenance myself. It also came in handy for assembling the bike when it arrived (actually the assembly was "turn the fork forward, attach front brake, front wheel, handlebars, seat post (seat was on post) & pedals! Then I adjusted the derailleurs & all the cables, rear hub & personalized the seat & handlebar position.
So, it's how & where you ride that will tell you what kind of bike to get and it's up to you where you buy it and what you want to spend!
Sorry for the long dissertation... Good luck

Keep the Roll Going

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