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Old 04-18-2008, 06:39 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by LostCause View Post
Awesome. That bike looks familiar.

I ride a 1970's low-end Motobecane (Nomade Sprint) that my dad bought when he was my age. It's all steel, low-end components, 27" wheels, and complete with shoddy brakes, but I love riding the thing. A heavy steel bike may suck for commuting, but it's awesome for exercise.

There should be no worries about the 10 mile commute, though. I do fast-paced circuits in a hilly park near my house that totals ~12 miles and it takes me about 40-45 minutes to finish. Based on your athleticism, you could easily make the trip in under an hour at a leisurely (i.e. non-sweating) pace.

I have a similar length commute to school, but I don't have the nerves to try. The first 90% of the commute would be fine, but trying to maneuver through bad student drivers late to class seems to risky. The fact that I cringe as I see students biking past my line of traffic is testament enough.

Good luck, though.

- LostCause
I don't know much about the bike other than the limited info provided by the seller, I am assuming it's aluminum it's really light at least lighter than my BMX which is like 28lbs. It's a very fast bike, I think that's just because of the larger tires.
I am having a hell of a time figuring out the gearing, but I'll get it eventually.

I haven't had a chance to test the bike out on the open road yet, I did two laps around the condo complex and it feels pretty good. I think I kept trying to shift too low or something because I got the chain to fall off the gear on the return lap.

I'll probably try biking to school tomorrow or Sunday, I was unable to do it today, had to help clean out the garage this morning and now I am stuck babysitting.

Need to get to the gym!
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