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    Retro Restoration....

    I've got to lose some weight, so I'm fixing up my 22 year old Cannondale bicycle, it needs some serious work!

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    I might even build a trailer for it and do my daily deliveries of beer etc for the neighborhood.

    I know that this is a little out of the realm of woodworking, but I do plan to make a special bike holding vice that will fit into my woodworking vice to hold the bike while I work on it.....
    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 03-18-2010 at 09:07 AM.
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    The last time I looked into bringing the Super V back it was going to cost more than a new bike.
    That is with all new components and new shocks.
    So I didn't jump right in for the rebuild. Which is ok I guess, I got a F900 in the shop that is almost 10 years old and never really been ridden. At least it's leaning on a Silk Road that is the same age with about 200 miles on it. Maybe this year I'll get out on it
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    I first looked at the picture and thought "what a short wheel base bike"... must be for the crowded Tokyo streets.

    Then I realized you had it standing on end.
    Chuck
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    My bike is sitting there on the back patio. I see it everytime I go in and out the door....

    I started riding it last year, and I liked it, well, except for the part where the dogs would chase me. I was riding on the gravel roads around the valley. At least I could see the dogs from a distance and get 'psyched up' for it. I'd try to build as much speed as I could and keep it up until I got past them...

    Thanks for the reminder! Once it gets a little nicer, I'll probably give it a shot again!
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    I never was much for road bikes. I sure did like the off the beaten path bikes. This is the old boy before ATV's I need to get it ready for turkey season. Has not been out in many years.
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    The wife and I have 25 year old Cannondales (mountain bikes) that we use on a regular basis. They are great bikes that have taken a beating but unlike us, still look like new.

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    After not significantly doing any riding since college (I graduated 22 years ago), last summer I decided to get back into the activity. I was amazed at the cost of bikes and the accompanying equipment. To put it in perspective for a woodworker, I could have purchased a Sawstop for what the new bike and gear cost me -- and I didn't even buy top of the line stuff!

    That said, I'm glad I took the plunge (again). I'm now riding 100 miles a week and hope to push that up to 150 as the weather improves and the days get longer. My primary form of exercise is still running but my body just can't take the daily pounding. Riding is much easier on my joints and hopefully I'll be able to avoid the injuries I've been experiencing the last few years.

    Good luck with your project and I think the idea of combining local deliveries with exercise is stupendous.

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    Stu,
    Have you priced the training wheels lately.

    Vaughn, made me do it.

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    Bikes and dogs!

    Spray bottle with vinegar. Most dogs are 'train-able'. Good if you ride the same route.

    Forgot the spray bottle (or used it all up) - zig-zag (assuming you won't go into traffic). It confuses them when you are attacking then retreating.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    My bike is sitting there on the back patio. I see it everytime I go in and out the door....

    I started riding it last year, and I liked it, well, except for the part where the dogs would chase me. I was riding on the gravel roads around the valley. At least I could see the dogs from a distance and get 'psyched up' for it. I'd try to build as much speed as I could and keep it up until I got past them...

    Thanks for the reminder! Once it gets a little nicer, I'll probably give it a shot again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Lyon View Post
    After not significantly doing any riding since college (I graduated 22 years ago), last summer I decided to get back into the activity. I was amazed at the cost of bikes and the accompanying equipment. To put it in perspective for a woodworker, I could have purchased a Sawstop for what the new bike and gear cost me -- and I didn't even buy top of the line stuff!

    That said, I'm glad I took the plunge (again). I'm now riding 100 miles a week and hope to push that up to 150 as the weather improves and the days get longer. My primary form of exercise is still running but my body just can't take the daily pounding. Riding is much easier on my joints and hopefully I'll be able to avoid the injuries I've been experiencing the last few years.

    Good luck with your project and I think the idea of combining local deliveries with exercise is stupendous.
    Peter,
    Back when I was just into my teens and about the same year they invented the bicycle I paid $42 for a Western Auto Flyer.. single speed, 26" wheels, foot brakes and no other amenities... the basket for my paper route was extra... today that same bike would be worth about 10 times that amount... My wife and I bought a couple of his/hers no-name brand ATB's just before we went to Tucson in '94... paid over $140 each for them... I think we rode them 6 times in the years we owned them... just before we moved to Tennessee in 2005 we had a garage sale and a young girl came by, saw the bikes and wanted to buy them. In conversation she was buying them as a surprise for her soldier husband who was coming home from Iraq in a couple of weeks.... I couldn't sell them to her... she left with a gift of the bikes.

    On the running, my daughter in CA( who is 46 years young) is or was an ironwoman marathoner, until a few years back in one of her races, somebody clipped her bike sent her off into the ditch and nearly broke her back... she had a couple of vertebrae that got chipped or something... she had to give up the running and swimming after her surgery... she still rides in road bike races... she thinks nothing of doing a 50 or 100 mile bike ride... She lives just south of Santa Cruz and will ride her bike half way to Monterrey and back, just on a whim.
    Last edited by Chuck Ellis; 03-08-2010 at 12:42 AM.
    Chuck
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