I just signed up and thought I'd introduce myself and share the new hobby.
I've been riding my brother's old Diamondback mtb, but as I take more 20-30 mile rides on bike trails and commute 20 miles, I figured it was time for my own bike. I was shopping for a Specialized CrossTrail, Trek 7.2 FX, and Specialized Sirrus before I settled on my Raleigh Cadent FT1. I was hoping for something more like the CrossTrail, really tough and good for potholes and mild off-roading, but the Cadent just fit me so well. And all my riding is on the road anyway; I wanted to have my cake and eat it too, so it was just a matter of getting over that.
Besides, I have an old Schwinn Sidewinder (got it for free, I won't complain) that I plan to fix up for riding to the lake or to leave outside the grocery store. The most off-road I'll do is riding a dirt path, anyway, so it should hold up. Any recommendations on tires and shifters? That's what will need fixing.
I also have an old Panasonic Futura 10 speed. I'd be riding that a lot more if I could just get used to drop bars. But the Cadent is faster, lighter and feels better overall. What can I say, I'm a fan of straight bars.
Anyway, I'll be around lurking and learning.
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