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Have 3 bikes; what to do for a fourth?(10 posts)

Have 3 bikes; what to do for a fourth?Continental
Jan 3, 2003 6:36 AM
I'm looking for advice on adding a fourth bike to my little collection. My "good bike" is a 2002 Fuji Finest. Speed and efficiency--the only bike I've ridden 50 mph and my choice if I'm riding over 30 miles. I know there are much better bikes, but I tell myself I'd be embarrassed to have a better bike because my legs aren't that great. I could get over the embarassment quickly if someone gave me a Steelman with Campy Chorus. My second bike is a 1996 Trek 720 hybrid with drop bars, SPD pedals, and downtube shifters. This is a "no excuse" bike I ride when it's wet or cold or on unpaved trails and potholed roads. If I can't go there on this bike, I'd rather hike. My last bike is a Fixte conversion I just completed. It's a Witch Goddess. Bondage of feet in SPD Pedals and Discipline of a fixed gear. The fun is to master the Witch and be able to control speed with leg strength or spin down descents. Any advice for a fourth bike? I have no interest in Mtn bikes, like to wrench (or hammer), and don't want to spend much.
re: Have 3 bikes; what to do for a fourth?Alpedhuez55
Jan 3, 2003 6:57 AM
I know I have been looking to add a retro bike to my collection. I have been keeping my eye open for a deal on an older vintage campy equiped Bianchi or a bridgestone RB-1. I would also love to find an older Lotus which was my first real bike. This is not for an everyday bike, but one I will take out once in a while when I feel like riding something different. Kind of like driving an old mustang convertable.

I am also looking for a cheap used hybrid or cross frame. I want to take my parts bucket and build one of those flat barred road bikes. They are more or less a hybrid, but are a little more agressive in gearing. I want it for commuting.

Though not a road bike, if you live in a city, consider something like a 24 or 26 inch BMX Cruiser. These are fun to ride in the city on an urban asult.

Mike Y.
re: Have 3 bikes; what to do for a fourth?jmachulis23
Feb 25, 2003 8:26 AM
I have a Lotus Supreme Road Bike up for sale on Ebay do a search for Item # 2713327658. It is a full Campy Chorus except for the rear derailer which broke and was replaced with an older campy record rear derailer. If you are interested you can email me at jmachulis23@netscape.net
Here you go, a pimp mobile for youafrican
Jan 3, 2003 7:01 AM
Cruise about downtown on this ..... meet lots of latina chicks!! Do I hear "low rider".....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2152638961&category=7298
Those are so coolColnagoFE
Jan 3, 2003 9:46 AM
We have a club that rides around from bar to bar on Thursdays and there are quite a few of those Dyno Roadsters in the bunch. They handle pretty well at speed, but are kinda sketchy at slow speeds. Personally I have a Dyno Deuce which is a blast to ride and handles a bit better, but is not quite as cool looking as the Roadster. Too bad GT/Schwinn sold out to Pacific. These things are pretty hard to get around here now. Supposedly they still make them, but I heard they are making them with cheaper components to cut costs. (note before you click ...scantily clad woman alert--Rated PG) http://kustomkruiser.com
re: Have 3 bikes; what to do for a fourth?Steve Bailey
Jan 3, 2003 7:11 AM
A recumbent

Unless you live in an area with a lot of hills, where you will soon end up never riding the 'bent.

They are a very enjoyable way to ride, comfortable, using different muscles, different perspective overall.

Lot's of fun generally, especially on day's when you're solo.

I got a Vision R40 in mid '01 after 14 seasons on my assorted road and mountain bikes began to cause problems with the prostate. I spent 1-1/2 years on the bent, never touching the uprights. I fell (hard) once, but suffered only road rash and a bruise (1st week - learning how to balance). In early '02 I discoverd the bliss of Brooks saddles and can now ride all day, all the time on the wedgies, but still take the bent out once a week or so just for the fun of it.

Don't get too wrapped up in the preaching from the bent crowd about how much faster, safer, blah, blah, blah. They generally climb like dogs, unless you have a really light bike and have spent a few years getting good at it. They are sometimes faster on the flats, but not that much faster, but excell in the wind. They are a whole lot more comfortable, especially on long rides. They are a monumental pain to transport, they fit poorly on a bike repair stand and are generally heavy as sin.

Still, I'm not selling my Vision as it's a worthy bike to have in the stable.

Steve B.
save your money until you are inspiredDougSloan
Jan 3, 2003 7:25 AM
Don't go looking for a way to spend you money on a bike. Soon enough, the "right" bike will hit you (hopefully not literally), and you'll have to have it.

Doug
I second that... keep your eyes open and (a story)rwbadley
Jan 3, 2003 9:16 AM
a bike looking for a home will find you.

Here's an example:

A while back I posted a photo of a Rex I picked up. Nice bike, lovely ride. Campy group with record o/p. I had been looking for a while, then this one just hit me.

Wouldn't you know it, two weeks later in our local classifieds, a Della Santa came up for sale. It was a complete Dura Ace group with Ksyrium ssc wheels. The seller had (seriously) never rode the bike. The chain still had the cosmoline on it from new. I always wanted a Della Santa, and the seller was giving it away. Soooooo,

I took the DS home, and swapped groups and wheels. Now I have a Della Santa with the required campy equipment, and the Rex is where it should be with a full D Ace and ksyriums. This was 'the way it was supposed to be' for both bikes.

I was lucky to have the $ available to pull this one off, now I just have to figure out what to sell to recover some of the expense! Some nice weather to ride in would be ok too.

Fate or ridiculous expenditure of cash? Hmmm, Two bikes for the price of one...

Be patient and 'the ride' will find you! Good luck,

RW
Steelman w/ Campy Chorusbsdc
Jan 3, 2003 11:47 AM
I think your idea of a Steelman with Campy Chorus is a good one. Save your money, then spring for a dream ride like that.
Agreed, Steelman is an excellent choice (nm)Niwot
Jan 3, 2003 11:11 PM
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