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Procrastinated Posting, #2
buzzed, B&W
So I finally got a bike - an older Specialized Langster. A little bit small (50 cm), but it's been fun. It's got a flip-hub, and was single-speed when I picked it up. I flipped it to fixie a few days ago, and while it's been a bit strange, I think I can see the appeal. It definitely made me feel my quads the first day, which was a good soreness to have. I'll probably flip it back to a single in the next few days, as I'm not looking to learn how to skid stop. Being back in the saddle has really made me want to get another road bike though - I've seen a few on Craigslist, and responded, but haven't heard anything back. It's hard to find a decent road bike - my main criteria at this point are integrated brake/shifters and a 54cm frame. I've been trying to hold out on buying a bike at full price, but may need to bite the bullet and go check out some of the retaillers to see what's out there. I've had some online recommendations as well, but I'm not sure about buying a bike w/o trying it out first. It's okay for the single-speed, as that's mainly going to be a bar bike for me (if I end up really liking single-speed, I'll probably sell it and get one that fits better), but for a road bike, I want something that's a better fit. I'm not a hard-core cyclist, but I could definitely see myself getting more into it, and taking longer and longer rides.

I know I meant to convert my old hybrid to a commuter, but I never actually did. The rear wheel was all out of whack, so I went to the Reno Bike Project, and got it mainly back in line, as well as replacing the old tire, but I only did that two weeks ago. Never did pull the trigger on getting a rack and bags for it, though that's still mildly appealing. The part that's really holding me back is that the gearing on it is just so low. I don't see how people ride these commuter bikes with such low gearing and wide tires . . . I feel like I'm doing tons of work, and not getting much for it . . .