Originally Posted by MC1
Hey there Floyd, I'm guessing you are a rider too. My bh and I got into serious off road racing 15 years ago and just recently stepped down from that to just casual and cardio building rides. Age finally affects the body and there is no way mine can take the violent crashes anymore. (ouch).
We still have a number of bikes in the stable. My 13 year old Trek Fuel 98 race level FS is my all time favorite. The geometry and fit is so good I can usually keep up with most roadies out on the roads. On a downhill I once had it up to 82KLH (50MPH) and it felt very stable at that speed.
PS. my bh was right behind me that day.
(women in their 50's can fly too!)
Here are our bikes... My Bikes Photos by CF105 | Photobucket
What are you riding Floyd? Do you prefer road or off road riding?
I like pavement best, and trails with limestone screenings come in second.
I too am getting old, but I never was much for pain!
I'm a big TREK fan, especially older CRO-MO.
I have two 19.5" 1989 TREK 820s. I love the original so much that I bought another a year or so ago (in new condition) and custom modified it for street use (sorta like a modern hybrid)
I have a Trek 700 (nightrider) with enough lighting
to look like a UFO coming down the street.
I also have a small frame TREK 800 on the wall as a loaner.
I have two aluminum bikes...
A 1989 TREK 1400 road bike with custom bars and seat and 25s.(very fast)
And a 2001 Cannondale H400 for trail use.
Oh! And a Dahon folding bike in the attic!
This past year I culled the herd and sold my Specialized MT bike, two TREK 850s and my Giant REVIVE.
I get a couple hundred BigBox store bikes per year which are donated to a local charity and collected from elsewhere.
A couple of times, the local police have dropped off as many as 40 bikes at once! (that's a lot of sorting out)
I repair and recondition them,(using some for parts for the others). They are then sold, through their thrift shop, by "Under His Wings Ministries" which helps girls and their new babies.
Last summer I took my 820 down Hardin Ridge (IN). A big sign at the top reads something like "STEEP GRADE, GET OFF AND WALK YOUR BIKE" Thanks to good brakes
I was able to keep it down around 50MPH. Of course coming back up sure dropped the average speed!
I have never suffered a serious crash, but I did read that road deaths edged up last year in only two categories .... Big Trucks and bicycles!
Be safe and vigilant out there!
I'm looking forward to our Florida trip soon, to get in some winter riding!...