I finally decided to retire my twenty year old mountain bike that has seen better days (and was made in the USA!).
I am not an avid bicyclist but I am fortunate to live right on a rural road bike route. During the summer, more bikes are on my road than cars. It makes it nice for a bike ride after work not having to load the bike up and head to a pathway.
I ended up with a Diamondback Trace Sport. Being tall, it was nice to find an extra large frame fairly cheap but I still had to extend the stem. Overall, it seems to be a pretty decent non-box store bike. It has disc brakes too.
I am sooooo thinking a/b getting back on a bike after an eight year hiatus. Probably a hybrid or just a half-decent road bike, but with rally bars instead of drops, and maybe a rack. Something I can use for a commuter as well as recreation (my racing days are long over).
I often regret selling the rocket that Peter Mooney built for me back in the day.
I never did do bike paths. Strictly open roads (the hillier the better), and there are enough of those here. I also used to have Fisher Hoo Koo Ee Koo, and that was my winter bike and for off-road early Spring training on fire roads and logging trails. I ran very aggressive knobbies for off road, and mounted semi-slicks for the occasional commute.
One thing for sure, I won't try to have the same gearing I had on my Mooney. The rear was a Campy Super Record 8-speed racing cassette — a "corn cob" with a straight 12-19 tooth cluster — and the front was a 42/53 chainring set. My legs hurt just thinking a/b that ratio. I think now, a 13-23 and 42/52 is a/b as much as I could handle.
You would probably appreciate what I happened into while I was in Utah last August...managed to even get a water bottle in action. This was near Park City...talking about hills! It was a significant race come to find out.
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