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Old 06-09-2015, 10:12 AM   #21 (permalink)
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If you like building bikes, keep an eye on your local dumpsters. I was taking a lunchtime stroll around my office a couple weeks back and witnessed someone stop and toss a bike in the dumpster behind the building. It turns out it was a 90's vintage Giant road bike. I probably looked pretty funny pulling it out of the dumpster and stuffing it in my Jag, but it turns out is was perfectly fine other than scratched paint, a slightly bent wheel and rotten rubber. I gave it to my buddy since he likes to tinker with old bikes.

Who throws out a perfectly good bike? Even if it is junk, recycle that stuff...
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My dad has a basement full of bikes and bike parts for this exact reason. In fac,t people have started bringing him bicycles and he repairs them for the price of parts.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:45 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Recumbents are still unusual enough that they attract the attention of drivers, so visibility is not really an issue. Also, around here anyway, almost all drivers will see a pothole smaller than 12" across and try to avoid running a wheel over it. If they dont see a recumbent, they re probably drunk, talking on a cellphone or actively trying to not look where they re going.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:33 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Does anyone know about the novaras big buzz?
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Old 06-12-2015, 12:54 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Does anyone know about the novaras big buzz?
I just googled it, came up with a $700 27 speed road bike / mountain bike love child. Never heard of it before but it had decent reviews. It would probably be a nice bike to have around here, since as soon as you leave my street you can turn left and go up hill, or turn right and go up hill, or keep going straight and go up hill...at least I can coast on the way home...I can't imagine ever needing 27 speeds though, I only ever shift between the same three on the Schwinn, which makes me want to dump the cassette and dérailleurs and go with a SA 3 speed/kick back or something along those lines. Help clean up all that cable clutter.

I'm also finding I'm not digging the drop bars as much as most people seem to. Something about staring at the ground with my butt jacked up in the air just isn't as tolerable as it was 15 years ago...also, I lack the necessary E.T. fingers to comfortably grip the brakes in "I need to stop RIGHT NOW" situations. I'm going to snag some mustache bars since I know I like them, and play around with different brake set ups. Maybe some bar end style, just go all out with the British path racer theme.
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:09 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Does anyone know about the novaras big buzz?
Looks comparable to anything from the trek 7.* fx line with discs. I don't know what REI's service department is like since I don't have one close by. The after sale service would be the deciding factor for me between buying a well known brand from a local shop vs. novara from an REI if I had one locally.
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:34 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Well, all this bike talk has gotten me in a buying (and soon tinkering) mood. Just responded to two craigslist ads. Of course the ones I want are both month old postings, so they're probably gone, but here's to being hopeful.

One's an old huffy cruiser that will perfect if I can ever find that breadloaf seat I want for it, and maybe some new handlebars. It's got this big ape hangers on it now, but they might be comfortable.

They other is a steal of a deal on a recumbent. Never even tried one of those before, but I've always wanted to, just the cost on most you can find is just crazy high.
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Yay not the only 'bent rider!



Though I really should take an updated picture. I've since moved it to over seat steering which I like much better.
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Old 06-12-2015, 10:21 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I've got a sick dream to turn a recumbent into a scraper bike. I think it would be awesome to transform something so suburban into something so hood.
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