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    Greetings Cycling Friends. In about 1992-1993 I purchased a good = quality hybrid bike . It is a
    Raleigh Olympian. It has an aluminum = frame, good quality Shimano components, rapid fire shifter,
    etc. The = bike shop offered me a deal on an in stock model, with a 23 inch size. = I am 6' 0" and
    it was a stretch. I rode it for a couple of years, but = kept hitting a wall of cramps at about 40
    miles. Turned out I was = diabetic, and I stopped riding for a while for health reasons, and =
    because I got very busy with the kids. I think the odometer on the = cyclocomputer reads under a
    thousand miles, it never turned over. It = was never crashed and looks very good.=20

    A couple of years ago I tried to start riding again, but the size of the = bike combined with the
    pounding of the road gave me a prostrate = infection.=20

    I have recently learned about the new "comfort" bikes that seem like = they would be better suited
    for my mid fifties overweight self. I = looked at one last week, but the bike shop wasn't
    interested in giving = me any trade in on the Raleigh. The local paper has no ads for bikes, = so
    that would be fruitless. I live in south central Ohio, and the = largest city north of here had no
    bike ads in last Sunday's Classifieds = either. I looked at E-bay, and there weren't many there
    other than a = few suspicious ads. I guess because shipping is a headache. The local = shop did
    tell me that they would professionally pack it for shipping, if = I found a buyer somewhere, if I
    bought a bike from them.

    Some nice converted rail trails have been built locally, and I think = riding them would be good
    exercise for me.=20
    =20
    As I recall, I paid about $450. for it, so I hate to just let it set and = gather dust.=20

    Any advice from this knowledgeable group would be appreciated.=20

    Thanks,

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    <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Greetings Cycling Friends. = In about=20 1992-1993 I
    purchased a good quality hybrid bike . It is a Raleigh =

    Olympian. It has an aluminum frame, good quality Shimano components, = rapid fire=20 shifter,
    etc. The bike shop offered me a deal on an in stock = model, with a=20 23 inch size. I
    am 6' 0" and it was a stretch. I rode = it for a=20 couple of years, but kept hitting a
    wall of cramps at about 40 = miles. =20 Turned out I was diabetic, and I stopped riding for a
    while for health = reasons,=20 and because I got very busy with the kids. I think the odometer on
    the=20 cyclocomputer reads under a thousand miles, it never turned over. = It was=20 never
    crashed and looks very good. </FONT></DIV>
    <DV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT> </DIV>
    <DVI><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>A couple of years ago I tried to start = riding=20 again, but the
    size of the bike combined with the pounding of the road = gave me a=20 prostrate
    infection. </FONT></DIV>
    <DVII><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT> </DIV>
    <DVIII><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>I have recently learned about the new = "comfort"=20 bikes that
    seem like they would be better suited for my mid fifties = overweight=20 self. I looked
    at one last week, but the bike shop wasn't = interested=20 in giving me any trade in on
    the Raleigh. The local paper has no = ads for=20 bikes, so that would be
    fruitless. I live in south central Ohio, = and the=20 largest city north of here had no
    bike ads in last Sunday's Classifieds=20 either. I looked at E-bay, and there weren't
    many there = other than a=20 few suspicious ads. I guess because shipping is a
    headache. = The local=20 shop did tell me that they would professionally pack it for
    shipping, if = I found=20 a buyer somewhere, if I bought a bike from them.</FONT></DIV>
    <DIX><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT> </DIV>
    <DX><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Some nice converted rail trails = have been=20 built
    locally, and I think riding them would be good exercise for=20
    me. </FONT></DIV>
    <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2> </FONT></DIV>
    <DV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>As I recall, I paid about $450. for it, = so I hate=20 to just
    let it set and gather dust. </FONT></DIV>
    <DVI><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT> </DIV>
    <DVII><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Any advice from this knowledgeable = group would be=20
    appreciated. </FONT></DIV>
    <DVIII><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT> </DIV>
    <DIX><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Thanks,</FONT></DIV>
    <DX><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT> </DIV>
    <DXI><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>BobB</FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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  2. > In about 1992-1993 I purchased a good quality hybrid bike. It is a Raleigh Olympian. It has an
    > aluminum frame, good quality Shimano components, rapid fire shifter, etc.

    Sounds like the Technium, a very good bike.

    > the bike shop wasn't interested in giving me any trade in on the Raleigh.

    It's hard for a shop to unload a ten-year-old bike.

    > I paid about $450. for it, so I hate to just let it set and gather dust.

    You shouldn't expect to sell it for any more than $100, just because of its age. The bicycle market
    is strongly driven by technological advances, so it won't be easy to find a buyer for old
    technology.
     
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