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    Okay---I'm just sitting here, deafened by you kidses' silence. Thinking maybe--I should get the message, and donate all but ONE of my bikes to charity, to get things organized and tidied-up around here! Nice & Neat, like it's not even lived-in. The one I should keep, of course, is an old, 1996 Trek Antelope that I put together from a pile of bikes that came from the local University surplus auction via another person who took the E-Z ones(department store bikes, btw) & blew up the tires & put them out by the curb 4-sell, and sold me the rest for $20. But see---the good ones--they weren't E-Z money, but they were at least decent entry-level 90's bike shop bikes--so-called "Mountain Bikes" from the early days of the fad. A Specialized Hard Rock & a Trek Antelope & a Raleigh. The first two are ridable now, while the Raleigh is still out back. Anyway--the Antelope is pretty functional for short hops on city streets. You do have an upright riding position and a low-slung frame and 26" smoothie tyres, and twist-grip shifters. Yes, it's a junker, but waaay better shape than most of the rusty-chain bike-rack bikes at the lirrrarrary and pool & other places, that the street urchins ride. It also has one o' those thick padded seats, too. But, riding it 50 miles would be a feat, for sure. Not gonna try it. It is not a road bike. Nope. The Hard Rock, I rebuilt for the purpose of using it on the rail-trail, after experimenting with my road bikes on the rail trail. But, just haven't gotten the hang of riding it, yet. More on this one, later. Hope that helps you some. Thankk mee.
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    How many bikes do you have? We just have an stationary exercise bike at our house, so I don't really have much to add to the bike conversation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosarugosa View Post
    How many bikes do you have? We just have an stationary exercise bike at our house, so I don't really have much to add to the bike conversation.
    Thank You Very Much(TYVM) R/R, for axxing mee that quesssion. I been wondering just how many bikes I have, myself. So, early this morning I started looking around the place, in all the likely places, and tallying up the bikes. It got dark, and I kept counting until the batteries in my flashlight went out. So, I hope to resume tomorrow and plan to have an answer for you by late afternoon. Rounded off to the nearest dozen. See---there are several reasons for having so many bikes. One possibility, according to Pschopathy Today Magazine, (which I read at the laudr-O-mat because they have stacks of old copies there
    ), is that I'm afflicted with Bikomanic Disorder in combination with Collectahoardosis. Another reason could be that like Lays Potato chips--you can't have just one. And last---which sounds most credible to me---is that bikes are like shoes---one pair won't do, for an active person. See? If you are going out to the farm, and walk in tall vegetation, it's best to have tall boots on, with thick soles to protect your feet. If, on the other hand, your just going shopping at the store, some canvas shoes might be better. See? So, yeah---I have different bikes for different applications, all customized to my requirements. If I were to purchase NEW bikes, and customize them to suit, that would be VERY expensive. But, I have started with old, used, SELECT framesets, and built them up with moderately-priced components, myself. In one case, I drove to a village 25 miles away, answering a craigslist ad. A school teacher, who did odd jobs in the summer, had a 1988 Trek 1000 for sale for ????, that hed been given, while cleaning out a garage. It is turquoise with white lettering, and the paint and decals in VERY good shape. But, the fork had been replaced with a generic steel fork that was chromed, and the wheels were different brands, and other components unsuitable. The guy asked if I wanted to try it out, by riding it around. Nope. It was my size, and I simply gave him $125, took it home and the next day---without riding it---took it all apart, down to just the frame, minus the fork. That was all I wanted. The other parts went to a plastic tub of surplus stuff I may donate, sometime. I bought a really nice aluminum fork the right color, and acquired the rest of the bits n pieces, new & used, including a nice new set of integrated brake/shift levers from a seller in Malaysia, to upgrade it. Made it a 3 x 9 speed, too(was 2 x 7 speed). But, yeah--it turned out pretty nice, for a cheap build. I don't put a lot of miles on that one, because I want to keep it looking fresh. One of my beloved cats clawed up the new bar tape, but I redid it. Take it to short rides, events in town. See? That's its' purpose. I looked at 'er tonight, and it needs cleanup, just from sitting in my shed this winter. To be continued. Hope that helps you some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosarugosa View Post
    How many bikes do you have? We just have an stationary exercise bike at our house, so I don't really have much to add to the bike conversation.
    I was wondering if maybe you could share with us some information about your exercise bike?

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    Okay----I put the aero bars I had in my junk box onto my Trek 1990 1420. Still waiting for the replacement cushions, for the armrests. That will give it more comfort. That particular bike I use for the longer rides, and one issue is numbness in my hands. Having an additional hand position that takes the pressure off, should help. Aero bars can help you make better time with less effort, even when you're just touring, above a certain speed---say 12-15 mph. . They would be especially beneficial in I-wah, where you encounter strong breezes that can slow you down a lot, on long straight stretches. . The new set of Aero bars arrived today, and between rain storms and a power outage, I installed 'em on my white 1988 Trek 2 x 11 speed. This is a bike I use for fast riding on medium-length routes. Not races, not long bikepacking trips, definitely NOT gravel. But yeah--it will help make this one fun to ride & utilize my rather vintage and finite Packy-power. Yup. One thing that may save you kids some wasted expense is the fact that Aero bars are of little value on a stationary bike EXCEPT to accustom you to the aggressive riding positon. As has been stated on this forum elsewhere, you're "all humped over, like a racing bike". But, even if you're NOT racing, you can conserve your strength, and make better time, by assuming an aero stance(except on a stationary bike). See?? It also lowers you & redistributes your weight, so the bike handles better at speed. Hope that helps you some. Now, I will use electrical tape to temporarily hold the bar tape, instead of super gluing it. That way, I can ascertain that the bars are where they need to be.

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