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    Default A new addition to the bicycling stable

    Back in September I bought a fat bike, which completely reinvigorated my love of bicycling. I am out on the trails every week at least once and can't overstate how much fun that beast is.

    That bike led to my purchasing an older MTB and converting it for commuter duty. I only commute in once a week, but it's a 30 mile round-trip, so it's a good addition to my fitness regimen.

    Now, as an early 50th birthday present, I bought a third bike, and I am LOVING it. I grew up as a kid who was mad for BMX bikes. I never raced, but I rode my old Mongoose and Littlejohn all over and back.

    This is a 26" wheeled Stolen Zeke. It has modern BMX geometry and I am on it to run errands, scoot to the local brewery, go to coffee, or just plain clown around every day. Its simplicity is intoxicating.

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    I love my GT I-drive.....but thasts because I refit her with everything I like "and" cause she's full suspension...lol. I leave those stiff bikes to the younger crowd...even though I bought her back when I was in my early 30s and am now 53.
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    I got into mountain biking heavily in the late 80's, even raced novice class events a little here and there. For a time, I was very into suspension. I had the first versions of both Manitou and Rock Shox, even tried full suspension for a while. I got back into power lifting in the 90's and mostly gave up mountain bikes. Then, around 2000, I built up a ControlTech Team Issue rigid singlespeed. It weighed 17 pounds and was a revelation in certain ways. Got out of riding again around 2007, and came back into it about five years ago, building up a FS Giant 27.5. That wheel size never opened my eyes, and I only rode it intermittently.

    Fat Bikes have such massive tires, they don't really need suspension. I do have a Thudbuster seatpost on my El Oso Grande, but with 5" tires that can be aired down to <5 psi, that's all I need.

    The BMX bike is so damned straightforward, so simple, and such a Wayback Machine, I can't stop riding it. I ride it to do small grocery trips, to go to coffee or the local breweries, anywhere and everywhere-and as I ride, life becomes much better.
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    Thatís cool. Like a plus size version of the 20 inchers we rode back in the day less the freestyle gear. Iíve often thought something like that would be cool - if f Iím pedaling around town on the MTB I basically use two or three gears.

    Ive been doing work in Philly and the very wide variety of bicycles parked outside of buildings there are nearly as interesting as the motorcycles and scooters. Everything from old Schwinn Varsities, to brand new high tech road bikes.

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    What freestyle gear?

    It's awesomeness. Totally addicting to ride.
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    When I rebiult my bicycle the tech was "more gears equals better adaptability....on or off". Now I see they're doing it almost in reverse...."less is better due to multiple gear copying with something like an old (my old) 27 speed set up....certain gears are actually repeted." Who knew...?
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    There are 13 bikes in my garage... I got magnetized towards 1990s GT Avalanche with LX / XT. They just find me. Had 4, now down to 3.
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    The "road" bike is less exciting than the other two to me, but it's a full DX/LX bike and rides beautifully. The massive aspect of the fat bike is awesome, and the 26" BMX bike is absolutely brilliant. I love these machines!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dorkburger View Post
    That’s cool. Like a plus size version of the 20 inchers we rode back in the day less the freestyle gear. I’ve often thought something like that would be cool - if f I’m pedaling around town on the MTB I basically use two or three gears.

    Ive been doing work in Philly and the very wide variety of bicycles parked outside of buildings there are nearly as interesting as the motorcycles and scooters. Everything from old Schwinn Varsities, to brand new high tech road bikes.
    i know the feeling of curiosity when seeing old parked bicycles. There are A LOT of all kinds of bicycles in Gothenburg. There's a lot of older bikes that are in surprisingly good shape. Bicycles are a very practical here since the city is so old (1400s?) and the original layout was never designed for cars. I volunteer at a place called the bicycle kitchen where you get a bike for $5 and fix it yourself there, really cool place. I've gotten a lot of bikes over the past 3 years from picking bikes up at apartments where people abandon them and the super wants to get rid of them, we're not profit so there's no ethical issues.

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    This is the pride of the stable right now, it's a 1936 with very original features including the original paint, and yes the handle bars are original also. There are older quick release wheels on the bike, so I assume it's the OG racer.

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