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Old 12-29-2007, 02:30 PM   #7741
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I rode my Brother-In-Laws Giant Mountain bike for about 10 miles yesterday in the rain in Lexington, KY. I need a bigger bike than his older Giant. But, I at least got to ride some. I didn't care that it was raining and my feet were freezing. I had to come home and wash everything I was wearing because it was covered in road grime from the rain. Still had a big on my face. My wife thinks I should be checked in!!!!
I have a Giant Mountain Bike (purchased in Lexington, KY) purchased a few years ago.

AND I picked up a 2007 Trek 1600 road bike just today for a cool $999. Trek is really stipping away the value on their 2008 models. I couldn't touch these same components without going for at least a 2008 Trek 2.3 for more than $1,500. (I should add that I am in no way what you would call a hardcore road cyclists...just wanting to do some small triathalons this year and ride with some local guys.) My Giant Mtn Bike is a slug (as it should be) against pretty much any road bike.



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Sizes43, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 63cm
FrameAlpha SLR Aluminum
ForkBontrager Approved, carbon

Wheels

WheelsBontrager Select
TiresBontrager Race Lite, 700x25c
Drivetrain
ShiftersShimano 105 STI, 10 speed
Front DerailleurShimano 105
Rear DerailleurShimano Ultegra
CrankShimano 105 50/39/30
CassetteShimano 105, 12-25, 10 speed
PedalsAlloy/nylon road w/clips and straps

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SaddleBontrager Race Basic
Seat PostBontrager Carbon
HandlebarsBontrager Select VR, 31.8mm
StemBontrager Select, 17 degree, 31.8mm
HeadsetAheadset w/semi-cartridge bearings, semi-integrated, sealed, alloy
BrakesetAlloy dual pivot w/Shimano 105 STI levers
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Old 12-29-2007, 02:53 PM   #7742
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All my life I've heard people say that this or that skill is "just like riding a bicycle - you never forget."

Now I have ridden bicycles some. Back in the 70s I rode them a LOT; I even raced them for a few years - never very successfully, but I put in the training miles anyway. Did a good deal of touring, too; I rode a few 200-mile days and any number of 100s.

But then I quit, for various reasons, in the early 80s; by the end of the decade I didn't even own one. I was going to rent one in France one day but the shop had motorcycles for rent too and so much for that....

So a couple of years ago I was having various health problems, and I thought maybe riding a bicycle would be good exercise; and so I went to the local shop and they had this beautiful old Peugeot 12-speed at a bargain price, so I bought it and took it out on the street.

My God! I was all over the damn WORLD on that thing! I never did fall down but I came awfully close and if there'd been any traffic I'd have wobbled into somebody's path for sure. I tried again a few times and finally got it more or less under control, but it still weirded me out - it just didn't feel natural having my ass that far above the road, or changing gears with my fingers, and don't even get me started on that hard little saddle and no shocks at all. Or the naked feeling of no jacket or boots.

It's still sitting in my garage and I guess I ought to try it again some time - maybe in the spring I'll give it another shot, I really do need the workout - but on the whole it was too much money to pay just to explode an old cliche.
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Old 12-29-2007, 03:01 PM   #7743
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All my life I've heard people say that this or that skill is "just like riding a bicycle - you never forget."

Now I have ridden bicycles some. Back in the 70s I rode them a LOT; I even raced them for a few years - never very successfully, but I put in the training miles anyway. Did a good deal of touring, too; I rode a few 200-mile days and any number of 100s.

But then I quit, for various reasons, in the early 80s; by the end of the decade I didn't even own one. I was going to rent one in France one day but the shop had motorcycles for rent too and so much for that....

So a couple of years ago I was having various health problems, and I thought maybe riding a bicycle would be good exercise; and so I went to the local shop and they had this beautiful old Peugeot 12-speed at a bargain price, so I bought it and took it out on the street.

My God! I was all over the damn WORLD on that thing! I never did fall down but I came awfully close and if there'd been any traffic I'd have wobbled into somebody's path for sure. I tried again a few times and finally got it more or less under control, but it still weirded me out - it just didn't feel natural having my ass that far above the road, or changing gears with my fingers, and don't even get me started on that hard little saddle and no shocks at all. Or the naked feeling of no jacket or boots.

It's still sitting in my garage and I guess I ought to try it again some time - maybe in the spring I'll give it another shot, I really do need the workout - but on the whole it was too much money to pay just to explode an old cliche.
As trite as the first advice was, a little more can't help: ride faster. The centrifigal force will help keep you upright and going straight ahead.

I guess mtn biking isn't in the cards just yet, huh?

Good onya for getting a bike! Now, bout the shorts, helmet (you DO need yer head, right?!) and other stuff so we don't hafta read about yer road rash and/or vegetative state.

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Old 12-31-2007, 04:35 AM   #7744
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I agree with Gummee to some extent. I was off of bikes for 25 years and I didn't feel too comfortable at first, but more time and speed made a difference. I also never wore helmets growing up, except on motorcycles(dirt bikes mostly). Now I don't ride without one.
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Old 01-01-2008, 11:49 AM   #7745
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I missed out on a ride on Christmas Day, but I did get one in today, only to the Y and back, but biking and weightlifting should make for a good start to the year.

It is windy here today, luckily it was a tailwind on the way home.
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Old 01-01-2008, 12:05 PM   #7746
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How was Christmas? YUMMY! I got a new set of wheels!



I got it brand new for $1700 b/c the shop wanted this discontinued model out. For those that may not know, this is a $4k bike! It's a Gary Fisher Fat Possum XO. Basically race grade components that are all US made- even the crank brothers smarty pedals- and it's a single pivot bike. I wanted the single pivot as I don't trust the others from a durability standpoint. I also don't get bikes very often as this is replacing my 7 year old Sugar 3 (that will go to my fiance).

I also rode the Stumpjumper (nice feel and geometry, but cash for the model I wanted), the Fisher HiFi (carbon fiber is a dangerous thing on a frame for me as I abuse the piss out of my bikes), and the Trek Fuel FX8 (nice geometry and feel, but too rickety for me with all those pivots, plus the components couldn't hold a candle to the XO for the money).

For the hard core nuts out there, here are some of the components:

Frame
Platinum Series ZR9000 Externally Butted aluminum | Genesis All Mountain Geometry
Swing Arm
6061 T6 aluminum | Box channel main pivot | External 38mm OD cartridge bearings with eccentric cam
Fork
Maverick DUC 32 | External rebound and Climbing Mode | Internal Volume Adjust | 24mm Thru-Axle | 150mm travel
Rear Shock
Manitou Split RPA | Externally adjustable Platform Plus Damping | External rebound
Headset
Cane Creek S8 | Cartridge | Sealed
Bottom Bracket
TruVativ GXP External
Crank
Bontrager Race Lite GXP 44/32/22
Front Derailleur
Shimano M-761 XT
Rear Derailleur
SRAM X.0
Shifters
SRAM X.0
Cassette
SRAM PG990 | 11-34 | 9spd
Chain
Shimano HG93
Front Wheel
Bontrager Race Lite Disc wheelsystem w/24mm thru-axle
Rear Wheel
Bontrager Race Lite Disc wheelsystem
Front Tire
Bontrager Big Earl 26x2.35 Folding
Rear Tire
Bontrager Big Earl 26x2.35 Folding
Front Brake
Avid Juicy 7 hydraulic disc | 6" rotor
Rear Brake
Avid Juicy 7 hydraulic disc | 6" rotor
Brake Levers
Avid Juicy 7 hydraulic
Handlebar
Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon Riser
Stem
Maverick DUC 32 OS
Grips
Bontrager Lock-On
Saddle
Bontrager Select | Hollow Cromoly Rails
Seatpost
Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon
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Old 01-01-2008, 01:49 PM   #7747
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Nice new bike. WAAAAYYYYY outta my price range. Have fun!!!!
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Old 01-01-2008, 03:01 PM   #7748
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Nice new bike. WAAAAYYYYY outta my price range. Have fun!!!!
Well I spent $1500 on the Sugar 7 years ago, so actually, it wasn't too much if you think about it. I also did very few upgrades and changes to the Sugar over the years totalling only a couple hundred bucks. So that was my starting point and ended up saying that I didn't want to spend more than $2k.

This one has THE FUNK for components, so I doubt I'll be doing much for upgrades anytime soon (although I might get wider riser bars and the carbon spooks me). And for how dirt cheap it was (relatively speaking) it was a smokin deal. Basically I could sell it for more than I paid for it.

I bought it back in OH when there for the holidays and it cost $300 to ship it back, but I'm still way in my price range.
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Old 01-01-2008, 07:00 PM   #7749
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Well I spent $1500 on the Sugar 7 years ago, so actually, it wasn't too much if you think about it. I also did very few upgrades and changes to the Sugar over the years totalling only a couple hundred bucks. So that was my starting point and ended up saying that I didn't want to spend more than $2k.

This one has THE FUNK for components, so I doubt I'll be doing much for upgrades anytime soon (although I might get wider riser bars and the carbon spooks me). And for how dirt cheap it was (relatively speaking) it was a smokin deal. Basically I could sell it for more than I paid for it.

I bought it back in OH when there for the holidays and it cost $300 to ship it back, but I'm still way in my price range.
Good luck and have fun with the new bike.
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Old 01-01-2008, 07:33 PM   #7750
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Old is new again!

One of my resolutions this year is to get back out and ride. Tweaked my knee in 2002 trying to keep up with the fast guys in (thanks Perry) New York Shitty and it has never been the same. Lo and behold I lose a bet and have to go to yoga which is proving to be the ticket!

Where is that old NORBA license?

Here is my trusty steed. 94 Yet ARC made in the old Durango factory. Custom powdercoat job with a mix of first and second generation XTR.


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Old 01-02-2008, 03:13 AM   #7751
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What were we all thinking back when those color combos were soooo cool? (count me guilty as well )

Keep on that yoga, for sure! The flexy kind of strength is sooo often overlooked by cyclists, which is why we all end up stiff, and with bum knees. Good onya.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:29 AM   #7752
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One of my resolutions this year is to get back out and ride. Tweaked my knee in 2002 trying to keep up with the fast guys in (thanks Perry) New York Shitty and it has never been the same. Lo and behold I lose a bet and have to go to yoga which is proving to be the ticket!

Where is that old NORBA license?

Here is my trusty steed. 94 Yet ARC made in the old Durango factory. Custom powdercoat job with a mix of first and second generation XTR.


There was one similar to that on CL Denver a bit back. FWI hear, they were nice riding bikes.

Its hard to beat XTR. ESPECIALLY the first gen stuff. Basically D/A for the mountain.

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Old 01-02-2008, 06:07 AM   #7753
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What were we all thinking back when those color combos were soooo cool? (count me guilty as well

That is a very similar color palette the Georgia Dome used. It is finally going to be repainted, red and black.


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Keep on that yoga, for sure! The flexy kind of strength is sooo often overlooked by cyclists, which is why we all end up stiff, and with bum knees. Good onya.
I have taken a few yoga classes over the last three weeks and I have really enjoyed it. I look forward to becoming stronger and more balanced. It should really help with trackstands. Now I will need to get a fixie.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:19 AM   #7754
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One of my resolutions this year is to get back out and ride. Tweaked my knee in 2002 trying to keep up with the fast guys in (thanks Perry) New York Shitty and it has never been the same. Lo and behold I lose a bet and have to go to yoga which is proving to be the ticket!

Where is that old NORBA license?

Here is my trusty steed. 94 Yet ARC made in the old Durango factory. Custom powdercoat job with a mix of first and second generation XTR.


pssssst... Your tires are flat. Or is this more part of the rehab?

I scoped out some local trails last night (I just moved so I need to find the local training action). The bike is not due until the 8th and I'm going nuts for it! Now I just need to get the adapter for the big honkin' hub up front so I can take it on the back of the pig. So now I have a fat possum and a pig... What does this say about me?

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Old 01-02-2008, 09:30 AM   #7755
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I just rode a mountain bike for the first time yesterday. Some friends and I did 8 miles along the James river here in Richmond. Talk about exercise!! 200 yards into it, I thought my heart was going to explode and my legs catch fire. I had a blast, though, and may just have a new hobby on my hands. . .

I didn't know the James river was so beautiful right there at the city.
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