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Old 10-09-22, 08:19 AM
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Hello from Cleveland

Hi friends, I am a new-ish cyclist living on the outskirts of downtown Cleveland. I often go on 2-5 mile walks around my neighborhood, and wanted to expand my range a little bit and still get some exercise in.
Since this is a new hobby, I don't want to dump an entire paycheck on a brand new bike, when I'm not sure how often I'll even end up using it. But I also want something that's built well, reliable, and will last long, and that line of reasoning has led me to look at older steel road/touring bikes from the eighties.
I've looked at a ton of different bikes on CL, offerup, Facebook marketplace, and am glad this forum exists because finding info about these bikes would have been so much harder without it.
And so, last night, I found an 88(?) Raleigh Marathon being sold for $100, met with the seller, and bought it. I can't find a ton of info about it, it seems to mostly be lower-tier shimano components, the frame seems decent though as it's listed as "575sl triple-butted chrome-moly main tubes." Honestly I'm not experienced enough anyway to appreciate a top-quality bike anyway.
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Old 10-09-22, 08:46 AM
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Well done on getting out and biking. Cleveland is wonderful city and Ohio has some great biking. There are forums here that will answer your questions, but also seek out a local bike shop to check out your new purchase and tune it if necessary. And also check out local bike clubs. They will embrace new members and assist you.

I grew up in Erie and saw many baseball games in the old Memorial Stadium. Even saw Satchel Paige pitch there as hard as that is to believe.

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