New bike.

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  1. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Just picked up one of these pretty cheap, $114. 7 speed, sweptback handlebars, super comfortable. I think I'm officially old now.

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  2. mistawiskas

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    Ho-boy! that even takes me way back. Way cool find! It looks sturdy and makes me want to go out and find one for myself. I've been thinking seriously about getting a tough bike lately.
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    Thanks to everything being made in China these days, I actually picked it up new at that price. Sears and K-Mart carry it, plus I found a coupon code. Build quality has been surprisingly good for that price point. Although of course I had to tighten and re-adjust basically everything. And I replaced the seat immediately with one of those no-pressure Schwinn seats.

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    The only part that's of ho-hum quality is the derailleur of course. It's not even a Shimano, but some brand I've never heard of. Works fine, but if you're used to a better quality derailleur it would disappoint. I plan on leaving it for now, maybe upgrade down the road at some point.
  4. mistawiskas

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    I may be checking that out at Sears. The seat you added looks like a hit too.
  5. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    You'll bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "I'm going on a cruise!" now. It will only be a true geezercycle after you install a flag though! And a bell. Tooty-horns are for kids; geezers must use the ringy-bells. :)

    If it's not Shimano, is it a Campagnolo or SRAM deraileur? Those are the only three who even MAKE deraileurs, as far as I can tell...
  6. MSP

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    What I want is the lion head speaker from Pee Wee, but apparently it's not available.

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  7. PeNZ

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    Needs some pegs
  8. MSP

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    Pegs! Yeah, I'll be doing a lot of hopping around on those sexy whitewall tires. ;)

    I think I will swap out the shifter and derailleur at some point. Amy recommendations? The mystery stuff that's on their now isn't horrible, but I know for 30-40 bucks might be money well spent.
  9. Goofus Maximus

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    All I know about shifters and deraileurs is that they have to match the cassette and cranks. The folks in the mechanics section of the bike forums are probably the folks to ask. Here are two universally approved sites for bike maintenance. Sheldon Brown's site, and the Park Tools site.
  10. mistawiskas

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    good resourse Goofus.
  11. Lord Kain

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    Well, with that kind of bike, of course you'll look old!!
  12. MSP

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    Here's a picture of me riding it the other day...

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  13. Goofus Maximus

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    We all know MSP's penchant for wearing old-time women's clothes. :)

    Sears was where my bikes came from in the '70s. My first was a 5-speed Sears Screamer! I'm amazed at how many images of them there are in google images! The other was an AMF pursuit; a 10-speed that took me through my teenage years. It's sitting in the shed at this very moment, with the chain rusted into a single unit, the wheels rusting, and the tires rotted to nothingness.

    Ah my youth!
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    I think this one's chain is in about the same condition as mine. :)

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  14. MSP

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    Yeah, those classic 10 speed handlebars? I'm too old for that shit. Leaning forward for extended periods gives me a crick in the neck. Hence the new bike, which I can ride sitting completely upright. What I really wanted was an 8 speed recumbent trike, but that shit starts at around 1000 bucks.
  15. mistawiskas

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    I used to ride my standard 10 speed like a unicycle for miles and when I wasn't riding a wheely, I was riding without hands :) . Not a big thing, but I was always drunk :oops:.
  16. Goofus Maximus

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    I'm with you on the low-stem and drop bars, MSP. They will pry my hybrid with trekking bars on a medium tall stem, from my cold dead fingers! If I had a gun, they could HAVE the gun, just as long as they let me keep my bike!

    I remember pedaling hands-off, and pedaling with folks sitting on the handlebars! All the typical teenage stuff.
  17. ninefivezero

    ninefivezero infinite resolution

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    That bike is sweet.
  18. Lord Kain

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    ... for hipsters :)
  19. MSP

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    Sweet as in nice, or sweet as in sweet? :)

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