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Old 10-20-2006, 11:52 AM   #1696
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12 miles a day on a Cannondale mtn bike. I can make up and down 4 huge hills at Horsetooth in an hour. Going down at 43mph!!! Going up at 6mph.

Who says that I'm addicted to adrenaline...
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:16 PM   #1697
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29"-er?
No, not yet.
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Old 10-22-2006, 09:45 AM   #1698
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Sunday check in =

Haven't rode in 5 days, gonna do a spirited 20miler today.

Lack of cold weather gear this week. Ordered a pair of tights and a set of leg warmers to wear with shorts.

BURN SOME FAT BABY!!!!
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Old 10-22-2006, 09:58 AM   #1699
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Saturday ride
Took the Schuyilkill trail to Manayunk ... 35 miles roundtrip of flat, free flow, trafficless trail at 15 mph average on my fixed gear bike.

The fall is my favourite season ... less bikers ... more riding relaxation.

Getting out of riding shape is hard ... used to be 20 miles per hour.
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Old 10-22-2006, 10:59 AM   #1700
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Lifecycle Mon, Wed & Friday ... 1.3 hours mt. bike Sat and 1.45 hours mt. bike this morning I love fall...
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Old 10-22-2006, 11:29 AM   #1701
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When I was a kid I was a serious cyclist, at least for a few yrs. Then I went to running for a good 5 yrs, but that faded out as my lower back became worse (from two accidents, one car, one motorcycle),

So I'm thinking of getting back into cycling. I have a very good Klein mountain bike but I find it's not geared for city use (geared too low), and even with the thinnest hybrid tires, it still whirs as I'm moving along.

I'm thinking of getting a decent road bike, but not sure what "type".

I seem to be drawn to the time trial style bike, because of the handlebars/shifter/elbow pads. They seem great for cranking hard, cardio, etc, but they also seem too "trick" with the small wheelbase..
With similar goals to yours, I just bought a hybred bike, the Cannondale 400 Adventure. It has pretty narrow tires, a more upright riding stance. I don't like riding with much pressure on my hands. Looking for a bike to ride on pavement, and the upright riding position, this bike seemed to be a good fit for me. There is front suspension and the gearing is pretty good for comfortable cruising at 14 mph at my level of (currently poor) conditioning.

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Old 10-22-2006, 05:38 PM   #1702
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Try bikesdirect.com

I like to support the local bike shop(lbs), but the prices of many corporate bikes are just outlandish. They spend an incredible amount of money on marketing. I've been riding too many years to be sucked in by glossy brochures and labels. Some lbs's custom build bikes for their customers but the low volume increases prices.

Take a look at what you can get at bikesdirect.com. You can save a lot of money. Take a real hard look at the componentry and compare to the mainstream mfg's. I just bought one of their road bikes two months ago. It arrived in two days, and just needed 20 minutes of minor assembly. I have put just over 1000 miles on it and love it, no problems.

No bike shop will believe that you got such a great deal. My lbs was shocked when I rode it in and told them the price. They saw the quality and were pissed off that they had personally spent twice as much for similar bikes with lesser quality components.

No, I don't work for bikesdirect, but I am pumped that I got a great bike for great deal. Sometimes research pays off. Btw, I make sure that I buy my other sundries from the lbs's. I love the mom and pop's, but I have to eat too.

Live to ride, ride to live!........just don't go broke doing it!
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Old 10-22-2006, 05:49 PM   #1703
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Try bikesdirect.com

I like to support the local bike shop(lbs), but the prices of many corporate bikes are just outlandish. They spend an incredible amount of money on marketing. I've been riding too many years to be sucked in by glossy brochures and labels. Some lbs's custom build bikes for their customers but the low volume increases prices.

Take a look at what you can get at bikesdirect.com. You can save a lot of money. Take a real hard look at the componentry and compare to the mainstream mfg's. I just bought one of their road bikes two months ago. It arrived in two days, and just needed 20 minutes of minor assembly. I have put just over 1000 miles on it and love it, no problems.

No bike shop will believe that you got such a great deal. My lbs was shocked when I rode it in and told them the price. They saw the quality and were pissed off that they had personally spent twice as much for similar bikes with lesser quality components.

No, I don't work for bikesdirect, but I am pumped that I got a great bike for great deal. Sometimes research pays off. Btw, I make sure that I buy my other sundries from the lbs's. I love the mom and pop's, but I have to eat too.

Live to ride, ride to live!........just don't go broke doing it!
And when the local bike shop gives you 30% off everything just for buying from them, not to mention great service. How much is that worth? I'll always take service over price.


Just my 2 cents.
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Old 10-22-2006, 06:51 PM   #1704
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Last ride of the year, for me anyway. Not a bad day either.

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Old 10-22-2006, 07:06 PM   #1705
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Whatever.... Ponytail...

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Old 10-22-2006, 07:13 PM   #1706
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Oh ya, Lil Miss Poopie pants.


hey where are you in this pic?

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Old 10-22-2006, 07:15 PM   #1707
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And when the local bike shop gives you 30% off everything just for buying from them, not to mention great service. How much is that worth? I'll always take service over price.


Just my 2 cents.
30% doesn't cut it when their bikes cost over 1000 dollars more than what you can get elsewhere. Would you pay twice as much for a motorcycle in order to pay mfg costs such as marketing? I think not.

Nice thought, though. Especially if we are talking just a few bucks.

Lbs's are great for the uninformed and those who are either unwilling or unskilled to work on their own bikes. This is pretty simple mechanics we are talking about. Believe me, they do laugh at customers who come in not knowing how to fix a flat tire.

I'll spend more for tubes, tires etc...from the lbs to show my support. Remember we are talking bicycles not motorcycles.
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Old 10-22-2006, 07:27 PM   #1708
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Oh ya, Lil Miss Poopie pants.


hey where are you in this pic?

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Old 10-22-2006, 08:29 PM   #1709
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30% doesn't cut it when their bikes cost over 1000 dollars more than what you can get elsewhere. Would you pay twice as much for a motorcycle in order to pay mfg costs such as marketing? I think not.

Nice thought, though. Especially if we are talking just a few bucks.

Lbs's are great for the uninformed and those who are either unwilling or unskilled to work on their own bikes. This is pretty simple mechanics we are talking about. Believe me, they do laugh at customers who come in not knowing how to fix a flat tire.

I'll spend more for tubes, tires etc...from the lbs to show my support. Remember we are talking bicycles not motorcycles.
I've been riding for 25 years and LOVE my local bike shop and I pay them to work on my bike and sell me stuff I like to pay for services I pay to have my house cleaned , I pay to have my car worked on, my car washed, motorcycles repaired, my computers set up and fixed, massages, I pay people to prepare my food and for blow jobs

I could save a few bucks if I did all the above services myself but I pay for all these because I'm better off spending my time making more $$$ (except for the blow jobs... I pay for them cause I can't blow myself - don't ask me how I know this)
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Old 10-22-2006, 08:40 PM   #1710
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Self-reliance obviously doesn't seem to be a trait that you desire. To each his own.

Some of us would rather be able to make repairs when on the road. I usually ride at least 50 miles per ride. If I couln't make repairs on the road I would never be able to get home in order to go to work.

The more money in, more money out, and the spend more - to make more reasoning is good for some, but not all.
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