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Old 10-01-18, 07:13 PM
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Haven't biked in 30 years. I'm 56, and someone gave me an old 12 speed mountain bike. Now, I did smoke for 40 years, and am now smoke free for 4 years, so I am much more active now than I have been in years.
But this bike made me a bit nuts. It had sat for 10 years before I got it, and had hard use before that. Well, several hundred dollars later, I have a nearly shiny bike ready to ride. Took solvents, buying a lot of tools,
including 2 cone wrenches and a spoke wrench and a set of flat wrenches and a metric socket set. Still have to take it in to fix a bit of slack in the pedal axle, and replace 3 spokes that I'm not sure of the size of.
Just put brand new tires and tubes on it, and replaced both brake lines, so I think it's safe enough to ride to town to a bike shop. What is this craziness I seem to be suddenly addicted to?
It's good to hear from others that enjoyed biking during an earlier part of their life and came back to it. I retired this year and with a job working 55 or 60 hour weeks, maintaining a home and cars, it was tough to find time to do things that I enjoyed. A few weeks ago I went out the barn and pulled off the cover on my 1981 Schwinn Supersport. I purchased new tires and a couple of smaller parts for it. This bike I purchased new and only rode it about a dozen times. It is like a time capsule!
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Old 10-02-18, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by johnspack View Post
What is this craziness I seem to be suddenly addicted to?
I would guess that since all of us here are similarly afflicted, we would define "having no interest in cycling" as the real crazy.
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Old 10-22-18, 03:08 PM
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Here's some progress on ugly betty... modern derailleurs, new brakes, bb rebuilt, modern 7 speed freewheel, new chainwheel, new shifters and levers ect, this shows the drivetrain along with a new x8.99 chain:
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Old 10-23-18, 11:45 AM
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Those look like road calipers? Did you pair them with canti levers vs V-brake levers? V-brakes use a different pull ratio and if you have the wrong levers to go with the calipers, you'll lose braking capabilty.
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Old 08-04-19, 07:21 PM
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I updated it!
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Old 08-04-19, 07:22 PM
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And no, all side pull brakes, with wet compound brake pads.
And yeah, took me a while to finish... just stripped to metal, treated it for rust, primed and repainted last week.
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Old 08-05-19, 08:41 AM
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Congratulations. You done good. Thanks for bringing us along on this journey and showing what this "hobby" is all about.
Be safe, Frank.
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Old 08-05-19, 11:06 AM
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wow looks great man, good work...and super motivating!

JAG
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Old 08-06-19, 06:25 PM
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Thanks guys... took me a year to finish this darn thing. The paint job is not great, but I didn't expect it to be for my first time spray painting a bike. I'm more happy I made sure the frame is rust free. So
a second paint job is probably in the future. This was hard work for me... I was a computer tech for 20 years, and bad at mechanics. I had to learn how to work on bikes... spend 600 in tools to work on them.
But now I can rip apart any part of my bike and put it back together in short order! It was a great learning experience, and now I love my bike and it's all I use to get around.
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Old 08-28-19, 09:34 PM
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Hey guys, just got myself a winter bike, don't want to run my vintage bike over the winter. Found myself a used Giant Trance 4. Anyone know what year this is?
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Old 08-28-19, 09:57 PM
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Dude, 56 is young. I think that I can still remember 56!

You have done well, keep it up you are doing great.
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Old 08-28-19, 11:28 PM
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I'm acutally turning 58 this month. But still would like to know what year Giant I got!
Edit: might help if I mention it's 26" but adult, so I know it's older.
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