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  1. #1
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    New girl, green as the grass

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    Hi! I've been lurking around the site for a few weeks, waiting until I actually took my first ride before I posted. I'm Ann-Marie, haven't really ridden a bike since I was 11, have about 100 lbs. to lose, and am the proud new owner of a 1964 Schwinn Hollywood -- which is only a year or two younger than I am. Single speed, coaster brake (is this a good place to admit that I've never ridden anything with gearing or hand brakes?). It's just gotten a tune-up and new tires and tubes at my LBS, and today was our maiden voyage of 1.5 miles.

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    I've wanted to get back on a bike for a while, and rather than keep on being dazzled and confused by all the shiny bikes and options in magazines and online, I found the Hollywood at a thrift store and got some work done on it. I know this won't be forever, or even for very long, but I wanted to start someplace simple. I've lost about 25 lbs. since the beginning of the year with only walking as my exercise, and when nice weather finally showed up I gave in to the siren song of two wheels. Now I need to start making sense of bike lingo and see if I can grok gears a little before I upgrade.

    Hope to participate, learn things and be inspired by everyone here!

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    What a classic bike! Congrats on your weight loss and new inspiration for cycling. No rush with the gears. That kind of bike is great for exercise. Just make sure everything is comfortable, pedals, saddle height, reach to bars etc., and if not, get a basic fitting to start. Those handlebars look very comfortable. How do the hand grips feel? (Actually, I can't see any grips in the picture).

    I would totally keep that bike forever. You can always have the rear cog changed out ( the little wheel in the back that the chain spins around, if you need more or less pressure when spinning. No rush at all for anything, though.

    Welcome to T E.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

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    NICE bike Ann-Marie!!!! i luv vintage single speed step through frames.....and those are also very hipster-ish where i live

    don't do much to it (the bendix hub won't allow a change to a different sized sprocket) just ENJOY riding and getting even healthier!!!!!!!!!..if you find you're having a problem just ask as there are some very knowledgable women here. It's a learning journey, enjoy being on it...

    ....and welcome to TE
    Last edited by rebeccaC; 05-08-2015 at 07:06 PM.
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    us to decide which ones we want to choose and feed”… Pema Chodron

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    My first bike was a blue Hollywood, hope you have a great time on that one!

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    Fun bike! Welcome to TE.
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    Welcome to TE.
    I would kill to have a bike like yours. Classic.
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    Thanks for the welcome, everyone -- I'm glad to be here!

    Muirenn, yes there are handgrips, but they're probably almost as old as the bike. They feel fairly hard but not brittle. Not sure what they're supposed to feel like -- how soft or squooshy should they be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoneFive View Post
    Thanks for the welcome, everyone -- I'm glad to be here!

    Muirenn, yes there are handgrips, but they're probably almost as old as the bike. They feel fairly hard but not brittle. Not sure what they're supposed to feel like -- how soft or squooshy should they be?
    The old-style handgrips are very hard and often uncomfortable and non-ergonomic.

    There are many styles to choose from if you want new. You can go to a bike shop and hold the ones on display and touch the grips on the bikes to get an idea what you like. And you can spend anywhere from $3.00 to $40.00, give or take. Amazon has many inexpensive ones.

    I have these Odi grips on my Krampus mountain bike (black grips, orange end cap, with a custom inscription. ). They are 'locking' grips, meaning they don't move at all. Good for mountain-biking over rough areas and tight turns. Don't have to go quite so hard-core for a city bike like yours. But you could if you wanted. Odi makes a lot of inexpensive grips available through bikes shops, too. I got mine from Odi online. Lizard Skins also makes high end grips. As does Ergon. Ergons are really nice, and they have round and flat areas to make them easy to grip.


    They are all high-end and modern looking. You might want to find some that are more classic to go with your bike. On the other hand (no pun intended), it's more important that they be comfortable.

    Here is a page of bestsellers from Amazon.

    I personally like these for a bike like yours. Locking. Comfort. Ergo shape (though not everyone likes that particular shape). And inexpensive!

    Note: some grips are sticky, some grip without stickiness. Some hard or soft. Just depends on your preference.

    Also, that bike is screaming for a Brooks Saddle.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 05-08-2015 at 04:52 AM.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

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    Surly Krampus!

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    Wow -- thank you, this is wonderful! What a lot of great links to investigate!

    I realized I'm wrong about Holly's age -- she's a 1962 vintage, not '64. I found the serial number and did a little checking around. There an awful lot of serial number databases online, imagine that. Now I have to figure out what size the frame is.

    A Brooks saddle, you say? . . . has anyone told you you're a professional bad influence? I thought I'd use the old saddle for a couple of weeks to get used to riding daily before I changed it out. The Brooks look very elegant -- I think one is going on my wish list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoneFive View Post
    Wow -- thank you, this is wonderful! What a lot of great links to investigate!

    I realized I'm wrong about Holly's age -- she's a 1962 vintage, not '64. I found the serial number and did a little checking around. There an awful lot of serial number databases online, imagine that. Now I have to figure out what size the frame is.

    A Brooks saddle, you say? . . . has anyone told you you're a professional bad influence? I thought I'd use the old saddle for a couple of weeks to get used to riding daily before I changed it out. The Brooks look very elegant -- I think one is going on my wish list.
    A 'professional' bad influence? Snort!

    This entire forum is a professional bad influence!!!

    If you decide on a Brooks, you probably want to avoid the S or short models. Those are purportedly the women's versions, but the short nose is because women used to ride with long skirts. (Unless you are very short yourself, then you may prefer it. Your bike setup looks like it has a fairly long distance from the saddle to the bars, though, so I assume not.

    Definitely a good idea to wait and see how everything feels. Didn't mean to imply you go out and make changes immediately. Just to keep it in mind rather than be uncomfortable for the long-term.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

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    If it’s in reasonable shape keep that original blue/white seat if you decide to change to a different seat. People like original parts!! For a Brooks you'll need to change your seatpost to a 13/16 with a 7/8 top…..and again, if you change keep the original. Talk to your LBS about seatpost options if you do decide to go with a different saddle. Perhaps think about saving the money for your next bike instead of spending what a Brooks will cost for the Hollywood.....well unless you really want to bling it out
    Last edited by rebeccaC; 05-08-2015 at 07:13 PM.
    ‘The negative feelings we all have can be addictive…just as the positive…it’s up to
    us to decide which ones we want to choose and feed”… Pema Chodron

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    What I said about putting the Brooks on my wishlist was more a reminder to myself not to go all nuts and buy the expensive toys -- all the bling -- before I've ridden ten miles yet. I do keep a bike wishlist at Amazon and while I'm aiming for the sensible/essential stuff first, there are a few high-end fripperies that are on there just so I can think about them a while.

    I'm going past my LBS today so I think I'll drop by and check out their handgrips. And I have to ask -- what does your custom inscription read?

    rebeccaC, thank you for the reminder about keeping the original equipment. The tires were shot and I doubt they were original so I didn't keep those, but the saddle and post will definitely be put aside when/if I replace them.

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    That's a good way to plan. And it's definitely best to wait until you know what you really want.

    But, FWIW, I don't consider a saddle and grips bling. They are two of the bike's 3 major contact points (along with pedals), and very important to ride comfort and efficiency.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

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    muiren...i agree on a comfortable saddle, but a Brooks on a Hollywood is bling to the frugal me ….and like I wrote I’d suggest spending that money towards a better overall bike when Ann-Marie is ready for one….but then that’s just me, others can spend their money any way they want.

    I know older Schwinn’s and changing parts problems. When I first moved to California I joined a group of women that would get old bikes, I liked older Schwinn’s, we'd completely go through them, single speed them if not already, spray paint them bright yellow, put red lettered decals that said ‘this is a free bike…ride and then leave for someone else’ on them and set them out in different areas of the city. I still see some of them every now and then.
    Last edited by rebeccaC; 05-08-2015 at 03:24 PM.
    ‘The negative feelings we all have can be addictive…just as the positive…it’s up to
    us to decide which ones we want to choose and feed”… Pema Chodron

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    Brooks saddles, and similar, last for a very long time. A lot of places offer a six month return policy. Really an investment. Plus, it can be transferred to a future bike. ( couple of years ago, the b-67 was still reasonably priced. Why does everything keep going up?

    Hmm. Forgot that the bike would probably have an old style seatpost. Would the b-66 work without changes? That is the model that goes with old seat posts, but I don't really know much more than that.

    http://www.wallbike.com/b-66-universal

    Of course, then it would need a sandwhich attachment to be compatible with a new bike.

    I wouldn't spend 60 bucks on Brooks grips, but a honey colored or brown Brooks coupled with 15 dollar cork grips would be a classic and very functional.

    Or black saddle with whatever grips.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 05-08-2015 at 02:14 PM.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

 

 

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