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Old 01-24-2009, 09:47 PM   #9601
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Any of you Boulder folks up for riding at the velodrome tomorrow (sunday)?
Have I mentioned you suck?



HAVE I?!



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Old 01-24-2009, 10:20 PM   #9602
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I've been thinking of getting a bike for some time but finally did it on New Years Eve. I just wanted a nice bike with which to start getting my lower body back into shape and to enjoy the outdoors as opposed to using a piece of stationary exercise equipment which is a thing that I loathe.

We have a great local bike store that some other friends recommended so I went down and took some test rides. I settled on a Giant Cypress 29r XL. This bike and I have bonded nicely and I've managed to put almost 200 miles on it.



I have a nice loop I do almost every night that ends up being about 5 miles. It's got a couple of serious climbs that really give a noOb a workout. It's getting easier every day and I'm feeling much better. On the weekends I ride it about 20 miles in various places.

Two weekends ago some friends talked me into taking it on a moderate MB trail and it was a blast. The trail was nicely groomed so the tires could handle it ok, it was just a little touchy in the wetter corners.

So I go one time on MB traill and I'm hooked, I decide to get a second bike. I start looking at some bikes and am leaning towards a Santa Cruz. I was talking with another friend, a very experienced MB'er, turns out he has to have some surgery and he won't be riding for at least 6 months so he gives me his MB to use for at least that long. It's a Titus with all the right stuff and I'm really starting to get in the groove with the thing.



Took it on my first technical trail last weekend and it would've been quite comical if you had been following me. Like I said, I'm starting to get the hang of it and it feels better every day. Tomorrow morning I'll be joining a group for another trip into the woods.

Here's a little vid from last weekend.

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Old 01-24-2009, 10:27 PM   #9603
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I've been thinking of getting a bike for some time but finally did it on New Years Eve. I just wanted a nice bike with which to start getting my lower body back into shape and to enjoy the outdoors as opposed to using a piece of stationary exercise equipment which is a thing that I loathe.

We have a great local bike store that some other friends recommended so I went down and took some test rides. I settled on a Giant Cypress 29r XL. This bike and I have bonded nicely and I've managed to put almost 200 miles on it.



I have a nice loop I do almost every night that ends up being about 5 miles. It's got a couple of serious climbs that really give a noOb a workout. It's getting easier every day and I'm feeling much better. On the weekends I ride it about 20 miles in various places.

Two weekends ago some friends talked me into taking it on a moderate MB trail and it was a blast. The trail was nicely groomed so the tires could handle it ok, it was just a little touchy in the wetter corners.

So I go one time on MB traill and I'm hooked, I decide to get a second bike. I start looking at some bikes and am leaning towards a Santa Cruz. I was talking with another friend, a very experienced MB'er, turns out he has to have some surgery and he won't be riding for at least 6 months so he gives me his MB to use for at least that long. It's a Titus with all the right stuff and I'm really starting to get in the groove with the thing.



Took it on my first technical trail last weekend and it would've been quite comical if you had been following me. Like I said, I'm starting to get the hang of it and it feels better every day. Tomorrow morning I'll be joining a group for another trip into the woods.

Here's a little vid from last weekend.




From a Cypress to a Titus FS? That is indeed a jump in capabilities and cost!

All yer MC riding skills x-fer, you just hafta pedal yer ass up the hill vs twisting a throttle!

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Old 01-24-2009, 10:33 PM   #9604
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From a Cypress to a Titus FS? That is indeed a jump in capabilities and cost!

All yer MC riding skills x-fer, you just hafta pedal yer ass up the hill vs twisting a throttle!

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The best part about the Titus is that it's free.

I twist and twist and not a damn thing happens.
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Old 01-24-2009, 11:04 PM   #9605
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The best part about the Titus is that it's free.

I twist and twist and not a damn thing happens.
Maybe that's the key...

You pedal, not twist!





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Old 01-25-2009, 02:46 PM   #9606
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Who's skinny and wants some road wheels? PlayzNmud?

I inherited a pair wheels from a friend that I'm too big to ride. Open Sports laced onto Specialized hubs with straight pull spokes. Front's 24. Rear's 28. Can't be too heavy cause the rims're pretty shallow.

All I ask is that you pay for postage since I'm broker'n shit. If yer still runnin S9 I'll even toss in a cassette or two!

Pics if you want em.

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Old 01-25-2009, 03:10 PM   #9607
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Who's skinny and wants some road wheels? PlayzNmud?

I inherited a pair wheels from a friend that I'm too big to ride. Open Sports laced onto Specialized hubs with straight pull spokes. Front's 24. Rear's 28. Can't be too heavy cause the rims're pretty shallow.

All I ask is that you pay for postage since I'm broker'n shit. If yer still runnin S9 I'll even toss in a cassette or two!

Pics if you want em.

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O O o I do I do I do

I'm sitting here at the velodrome qaiding for open riding session and saw this

As a matter fact, I was looking for something to put on the road bike ok riding

Thank you I will PM you when I get home
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Old 01-25-2009, 03:20 PM   #9608
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Old 01-25-2009, 04:16 PM   #9609
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Damn iPhone and typos that I can't seem to correct
S'Ok we make allowances for blondes.



PM me yer addy and I'll see what I can do about getting em out. You need the cassette(s)?

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Old 01-25-2009, 07:11 PM   #9610
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I'm so proud of my ride today I am making me some BROWNIES!!!

I actually have seen myself progress and getting competitive on the track!!!

They had a brand new track bike I got to use; it was PERFECT

it was a "Blue" - really nice bike (for me)


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Old 01-25-2009, 07:16 PM   #9611
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I'm so proud of my ride today I am making me some BROWNIES!!!

I actually have seen myself progress and getting competitive on the track!!!

They had a brand new track bike I got to use; it was PERFECT

it was a "Blue" - really nice bike (for me)


So you rode a blue bike, huh? What brand was it?!



Kidding. Blues seem to be good bikes for the $$.



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Old 01-25-2009, 07:18 PM   #9612
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So you rode a blue bike, huh? What brand was it?!



Kidding. Blues seem to be good bikes for the $$.



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well compared to the other track bikes they loan out - steel Treks with 28's (road tires) feeling like a brick. This bike is SO light, I could literally pick it up with my pinky (of course it has 23's on it)
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Old 01-25-2009, 07:26 PM   #9613
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well compared to the other track bikes they loan out - steel Treks with 28's (road tires) feeling like a brick. This bike is SO light, I could literally pick it up with my pinky (of course it has 23's on it)
You can use pretty much any front wheel on the track as long as you have one of them bolt-on QRs.

I useta run Zipps. Had a few sets, but the first ones all had road hubs. Multi purpose = good m'kay

Oh, and check these out: Link Get a freewheel rear hub and re-dish em and you've got an AWESOME track wheelset.

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Old 01-25-2009, 07:37 PM   #9614
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You can use pretty much any front wheel on the track as long as you have one of them bolt-on QRs.

I useta run Zipps. Had a few sets, but the first ones all had road hubs. Multi purpose = good m'kay

Oh, and check these out: Link Get a freewheel rear hub and re-dish em and you've got an AWESOME track wheelset.

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yea, those are pretty nice, but with the economy and such....well, ya know...frivolous spending no can do

I probably shouldn't be wasting money on the track ride either... but I don't go out, don't eat out... cut down on all (well most) of my junk food, and have no other really bad habit... so, be it... I ride.
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Old 01-25-2009, 07:43 PM   #9615
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yea, those are pretty nice, but with the economy and such....well, ya know...frivolous spending no can do

I probably shouldn't be wasting money on the track ride either... but I don't go out, don't eat out... cut down on all (well most) of my junk food, and have no other really bad habit... so, be it... I ride.
Remember when I said my first track/FG was $40? Well www.Chucksbikes.com has a Tsunami frame for cheep...Look for the frames page. Won't run ya too much...

You can run any road crankset, but for your height, I'd go 165s at the longest. Like I said 52x16 is about the same as a 49x15. Go for a cheep cog or two and a road chain and yer not out a buncha $$.

Bars and stems you can prolly find for dirt. Ditto with saddle and seatpost if you don't want anything fancy to start with.

HTH

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