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Introduction of your new best friend.(7 posts)

Introduction of your new best friend.rightsaidfred
Nov 14, 2002 5:12 PM
[Dr. Nick Riviera's voice] Hi Everybody [/Dr. Nick Riviera's voice]

I am a new cyclist and I want to introduce myself. I see you on the street in your fancy (tight and wonerfully colored) clothing and I want to say hi!

But I am ashamed. I don't own any spandex, and I can't waive, because my hand is placed upon my down tube, delicately finding the precise location for the next gear.

Nah, but seriously. I'm a newbie riding a 20 year old bike, and it seems like a lot of fun. I've read up a bit here and other places and I'll probably be asking some questions in the near future.

I hope you'll accept me, even though my flip flops sometimes fall off as I pull my foot from the toe clips, in a struggle not to fall as the light turns red.

G'day FreddeHonc
Nov 14, 2002 5:21 PM
Fred Mate,

Welcome to our world! - the more you ride the more you will grow to love it - don't worry about the fancy tight clothes etc - just do your thing, enjoy it and ride safe.

Cheers from down under.
Nov 14, 2002 5:44 PM
You ask it.... this bord will answer it... we've got it all baby! And we can't get enough.... welcome to the world of healthy addiction.... ooo yeah! There's alot of love in this room :)
Yep. Lots o love here...Ken of Fresno
Nov 14, 2002 8:06 PM
Jus' kiddin'. Welcome aboard. Always room for one more.

huhh,huh,,,,huh....Phoebe Cates.....huh,,huh..........nmSpunout
Nov 15, 2002 4:47 AM
Welcome to our shared illnessMr
Nov 15, 2002 8:34 AM
We've all been at the point your at now. Then, with most of us, cycling takes over more and more of our lives. We start hiding bike catalogs inside Playboy so our s/o won't catch us drooling over the new year's Campy components or Ti frames or...or...or...

Then again, some are perfectly happy to be exactly where you're at.. old bike, flip flops, just out cruisin'. If your happy, that's all that matters.

But to illustrate our sickness... what kind of bike is it? Component group? What size tires do you ride, and at what pressure? (hee hee hee...)
Well, it's like this:rightsaidfred
Nov 15, 2002 10:34 AM
Andy Gilmour Frame (I'm a tucson guy, and he's a local frame builder). Steel tubing with lugs.

Some kind of Suntour deraileurs/shifting group. Brakes?
Saddle seems decent. Can't remember the brand. Something like Avorcet.

The wheels are "aero" shaped so they must be newer than original wheels, though they still have all the spokes instead of the reduced number of spokes I've seen on newer bikes. The tires are skinny, that's all I know. I have had several flats and ruined several new tubes while trying to get the tires back on. I used to run 120psi front and back, but I replaced the rear tire, as it was kind of dry-rotted. Unfortunately, I didn't study up, and thought they were all the same, so I bought a max 90 psi tire. Now the front is 120 and the back is 90. I don't know if it's just that I know they are different, but it doesn't seem as fast as it was before.

I don't know anything about the gearing. There are 2 chainrings and I don't know about the cassette. When I am climbing, and putting great pressure on the pedals and chain, it skips over and freaks me out. Also, sometimes when I am trying to shift into the larger chainring, it just grinds against the deraileur for a while, then goes over.

I'll post pics if anyone is interested.

I hope I used the right terminology. I have been studying up on the boards for the past week.