Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I think I might have found a new hobby.

I've really been doing a lot of bicycle riding these days, and figured I ought to start sharing my experiences.

First, we'll cover some history. 

Back about 5 years ago, I got a bike at a local garage sale - $25 for a 15 speed 26". A Magna Glacier Point. 

The intended purpose was to ride the bicycle to the corner store for beer and cigarettes, instead of driving.

It had it's issues. It had thumb-lever friction shifters, and the one for the front derailleur was broken. I'd have to put the bike on the sprocket I thought I would need, and then just leave it for the entire trip. The saddle was uncomfortable, and every time I changed cogs my feet would slip around on the pedals (and sometimes slip off.)

So, after a few years of riding that bike, I found another 'garage sale special' bicycle.  For $50 I picked up a Nishiki Pueblo.  It had a front shock, 21 speeds that all worked, and I thought it looked much nicer than the Magna.

I have put many hundreds of miles on this Nishiki, and even a few upgrades. 

I'm now looking for a dedicated touring bicycle.

I intend to chronicle my bicycle progression here.

(I have since converted the Magna to a 21 speed, and replaced the friction shifters with twist shifters. It's now my son's bike.)

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