Biking anyone?

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  1. LeeD

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    Interesting how he only rides his drops, even down steep hills or in the dirt.
    Those bike parking rail hops were most impressive.
    Wish I got into trials instead of roadracing and motocross.
    Both my trials buds suffered multiple broken femurs riding the big granite rocks of DiamondHeights, SanFrancisco.
     
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    Ummm. I don't want to be too picky, but. That is exactly what I posted - three posts prior to this one..... my post 196. yours 199
     
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    While trials is a noteworthy endeavor to persue, I've always like the adrenaline producing aspect of motocross much better. Nothing like lining up with 40 of your peers behind the gate, the first turn 12' wide, 3 lines about 1,000 feet away, half the pack thinking they can be first to the turn, and the 30 second card being turned sideways.......all the while the memory of walking and riding the track fresh in your mind, exactly what gear to exit and enter, and how far the jumps are spaced apart......
     
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    Now I got this g/f, ex Cat111, who thinks she needs 30 miles just to warm up! I'm about ready for the infirmary by the time she starts to stretch her legs.
    Lucky for me, she's getting old, hitting 42 this year. If she was younger, fitter, stronger, I'd be beyond left in the dust.
     
  5. vive le beau jeu !

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    eheh... thx !

    hope you liked my iberian wild goat some pages earlier, by the way. ;)
     
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    I just finished my first 40+ rode biking ride. I biked 46.5 miles and it was a lot of fun and a great workout. My legs feel so sore though, I feel like I went to the moon. I went through a bunch of small towns, a reservoir, Panther Lake, farms, state forests, etc...

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    quest01, is this Panther Lake in NJ?
     
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    On a road bike, the drops give you more control of the steering and lowers your center of gravity a bit. Whenever I encounter tricky turns or descents (s-curves), I move to the drops. It also allows you to slide/move you butt back if you need to stop suddenly or control your descent.
     
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    Thanks for posting your result. I used to do long distances (60-80 mile days) and it sounds like you had a fine result. You know, the more you do it, the less it hurts! :) best,
     
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    Panther Lake NY
     
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    Very nice country to ride... The great thing about biking is that you can do it for exercise (ride hard) or leisure/exercise, which is like taking a mini-vacation. Have fun with your riding....
     
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    haven;t been out in awhile.
     
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    Hey Duy...
    Me neither.
    I seem to ride my old mountain bike all the time, on rides to the tennis courts, about 14 miles one way. Just can't put up, mentally, with having flat tires on my Cannondale Caad8-6.
    Besides, the clips should be used with SPD shoes, and I can't carry shoes, backpack, racket, new can of balls, extra rally balls, extra jacket, long pants, and the whot just to play some tennis.
     
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    Yeah I went for a 32 mile bike ride yesterday. I haven't been riding that much so far this year, around once a week.
     
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    I'm old.
    Riding 14 miles one way, play some tennis, then ride home and do some rockwork, only to get a call to go windsurfing, is just too much exercise for this old fart.
    I'll wait till the windsurf season is over in Oct., then start my riding season.
     
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    Yeah I went on a 25 mile yesterday.
     
  17. vive le beau jeu !

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    some pictures from my rides during this summer (in the alps).


    - the 'col de vars' followoed by the 'cime de la bonette' (roadbike)

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    - the 'pic de chateaurenard' and its astronomical observatory (mountainbike)

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    for this one, the countdown to the summit differs from the usual kilometrage on the main passes of the alps: along the trail you see panels showing the planets of the solar system, the distance to the observatory being proportional to the distance between each planet and the sun !

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    ^^^
    Great pix!
     
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    bridges

    thx !
    here are some more, then... of some famous bridges i had the chance to 'bike' !

    no need to introduce the amazing golden gate in SF, i guess...

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    Nb: despite the crappy weather, this ride turned out to be an initiatic trip as i had the chance to visit the beautiful japanese garden...
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    ... and to meet a wise jedi master !

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    but this one is interesting too: the glienicke bridge (between West-Berlin and Potsdam), the one we're supposed to see in cold war movies when they make spy exchanges (and where "west" was actually on the eastern side and vice-versa !).

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    During my university days, some friends talked me into bicycling up Mount Diablo in the Bay Area a few times. I hated the climb. As the ascent grew steep near the summit, it felt like my knees were going to explode and fly off the mountain.

    It was a nice view and ride down the mountain, but I really hated the pain of the ascent. The last time I did this ride, I had a practice match the next day. My knees were so stiff that it was hard to move. I really did not enjoy bicycling up a mountain.
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    Diablo separates the men from the boys.
    Lots of strong riders haven't completed the ascent without a lengthy stop.
    I'm good for 1/5th of it.
     
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    Here is a biking project my buddy is working on. I've helped out a bit and its going to be awesome.

    http://tourdelospadres.com/index.html

    check out the blog as well for some cool accounts of scouting rides.
     
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    Friend of mine and his g/f, does the Markleville 5 climbs in 3 days, hauling their camping gear, food and water.
    I say they're nuts. My idea of a long ride is 35 mile flat sprint in 2.5 hours.
     
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  25. vive le beau jeu !

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    just to avoid any misunderstanding... i didn't try to 'bike' the japanese one !
    (and even if i wanted to... i would probably have ended in jailed after crashing into it !)
    i'm just realizing it could sound as if i meant that... which is unintionnaly cool, in fact. ;)
    looks great !
     
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    Used to commute the GGBridge on my old Bianchi, then Zeus, for work at Sausalito Sailboats, delivering sailboats all around the SF Bay area. The bike allowed me to ride to the nearest bus stop or directly home, if it was less than 25 miles.
     
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    I put almost 1,200 miles this year road biking. It was a good year, no issues with the bike and no flats. First year ever riding in groups, thought that was cool. It's been two weeks since I've rode, the weather lately has been crummy. I should have rode yesterday but didn't, kind of disappointed about that, oh well. I might get maybe another ride or two before I have to put the bike up for the winter.
     
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    We can ride year round here, SF Bay Area.
    Did a 35 mile Meals for Wheels charity ride last Sat. But didn't windsurf after we got home at 3, mainly because TexasA&M was playing, and g/f is an alumni there.
     
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    Seems odd that biking is on a decline in USA lately, what with the proliferation of bike lanes and environmental issues. Article recently in NY Times noted that two different sets of data (bike sales, and number of people who say they bike) both indicate that biking peaked in USA in 2005, and has declined some since. I was surprised by this.
     
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    Me too. Only thing I can figure is a lot of people get into it and bail due after a while. It is easy for some to get intimidated by aggressive auto drivers and road crashes. Cycling can be pretty dangerous. I personally love it and barely drive my car anymore. But I live in a city environment.
     
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    Biking is too much work lol.... the legs need time off after tennis.

    Put a motor on the bike, now we are talking!
     
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    I bike as much as I can. I totally love it. It's relaxing and it gets you outdoors, and I live in a small town in the *******, hence it's easy to reach the places I need to get to in a relatively short period of time. It's good.
     
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    My man, I have to give you major props: clearly this is the 1st time in the history of TW-Talk Tennis anyone's used the adjective 'initiatic' - well played! :two thumbs up:



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    "The Domino Effect"
    Seriously, I don't know what the hell it's about, but whenever I look at this picture .....after about 5 seconds or so I start chuckling....

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    Diablo?? ....... Sheablo!

    Pittsburgh's "Dirty Dozen" race which includes Canton Avenue which is by far the steepest commercial street in the continental U.S. (37.5%) and it's cobblestoned(!) is run over a course that features 12 of the steepest hills in the Pittsburgh area, each over 20-degrees.


    LMAO!!!

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    The last place you want to be: behind and 'downwind' when the guy in front of you breaks wind. :-O
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  34. vive le beau jeu !

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    i'm not sure to get the point... all this because of a mistranslation ?
    (initiatic instead of initiatory ?)
     
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    vive, there's no sarcasm here, I'm truly giving you props on the use of that word. Frankly, I thought it was pretty cool (and I was impressed). Regards, DP.
     
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    Steep streets in a real race...
    How about Filmore St., San Francisco?
    From Union up to Pacific.
    They used to use it on the Tour SF, and most pro riders needed to weave to make it up the Vallejo to Broadway section.
     
  37. vive le beau jeu !

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    sorry if i sounded suspicious, DP... i'm not really used getting props about my english. ;)
    (and even less when the accent is taken into consideration !)

    ... so i take it as a confirmation that the word 'initiatic' does actually exist !
     
  38. Mike Bulgakov

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    The Marin Headlands are a fun place to ride with a great view of the city. I still have a celeste Bianchi "racing" bike, which I have not ridden for many years.
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    Get both,

    Winter time has such great sales on bikes that I could not stop and give bicycles a try. Picked this 13 Cannondale Quick SL 3 today. Was not quite the half price winter sale I was expecting at REI but around 25% off sticker.

    I don't have any bike specific clothes, man that stuff is expensive.


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  40. vive le beau jeu !

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    even better at 102 !

    the guy improves his record !
    http://keepingscore.blogs.time.com/...ld-cyclist-robert-marchand-sets-world-record/
     
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    Wear tennis shirts, buy an off-brand pair of compression shorts with a built-in chamois, and wear everyday shorts available at a Ross or Marshall's.

    Nice pickup on the bike there! I just got a Trek 7.5 hybrid in cherry condition at a pawn shop for $225. Will use it for my 3.5-mile commute and then ride my Trek 4500 MTB for work.
     
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    So glad I found this thread. Since my shoulder and ankle injuries wont heal, I cant play tennis anymore. Really depressed about that. Hopefully at some point, I can get back into it, but for now, I'm thinking about getting into biking. I'm a total newbie so please make some suggestions. Is there anyway I can buy something decent for a beginner for about $500? I was at Performance in Long Beach and they quoted me $899 for a GT Attack 1.0. They said the 2.0 is $749. I rode the 1.0 and it felt awesome! But then again, I've never been on a "real" bike before, so there is no comparison b/t this one and the cheap Big5 bikes I've rode before. Please recommend a way for me to get into this without breaking the bank. I'm willing to spend more after I find out that I like it and will stay with it. But for now, $500-$700 would be what's comfortable for me. Thanks.
     
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    Also, is it better to buy from a local bike shop or online to save some money. Is the service/ expertise from a LBS worth the extra cost?
     
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    Without question buying from local shop is better since with mail order like e b a y sometimes they arrive with dented frames and scratches and you read about some of the bad stories on bikeforums.com

    I actually returned that Cannondale Quick and upgraded to a 09 Giant Defy Advanced 3, it was a new in box that I just got last week for almost half off MSRP. I got it locally
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    Local shop IF they don't press for a sale, they seem to want to help, their repair facilities are well equipped and staffed. Salesman can often rotate thru to other and competing shops.
    Buy LAST year's, or year before's bike. That should satisfy the financial constraints.
    My CannondaleCaad8-6 retailed for $1200, I bought in on sale, previous year's model, for $699. I had found a new Caad8-6, the previous year, for 599, but it was blue and white in color, had heavier rims, and the older model, but still made in China frame. Current Caad8-6's are retailing at $1,400.
    Under $1,000 only get's you the lowest entry level bikes, so you're looking at previous year or previous year to that (2012) bikes.
     
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    Oh, Performance has good value lower end bikes for very good pricing. Some would argue that they carry $5,000 bikes. That is half the price of high end road bikes.
     
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    Performance offers decent deals for bikes and you should search more from internet stores too. They match prices from other stores. Also you can offer xxx amount of money and see whether they will accept or not (Usually you should directly deal with manager haha). You might be able to buy very nice deals for bikes. many discontinued models, close out, sales bikes are available.

    Performance offer life-time tune up for free. If you are not DIY person, it might be beneficial to you.

    Also look around craigslist. there will be so many bikes in your area.
    Just don't buy heavily used one.
    Occasionally, you will be able to find almost new condition bikes at more than half prices. Many people bought bikes then rode less than 10 times and sitting on their garage for a year then decide to sell.

    you have to set your budget and try to buy within budget. higher bikes are better but it will cost more money. don't try to get into too much.
    I started $300 MTB then a year later ended up with one of high-end MTB bike (Close to $4000). it's very addictive haha.

    Performance is considered as LBS and Usually they runs well because they have many other stores in US. In my experience, they are generous than any other LBS.

    Real LBS are usually small and runs by owner. their services are better in my opinion but usually prices are higher than performance. more personalized service from those store like family members.

    when you buy bikes from internet, you might save some money but you need to spend some money for other service fees. When internet store sends a bike, you need to assemble the bike. If you are DIY person, you can do it but if you have not done it before or you don't have right tools, it might be dangerous because of safety issue.

    Unless you find super nice deal, LBS might be better choice (Often you might be able to find these deals though).
    Good luck with your search ^_^
     
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    Personally, I'd advice against looking at used bikes, especially thru Craigs or ****.
    You would need TONS of old bike knowledge to sort thru the myraids of components on the listings, you'd need to know which components originally came with which year bike, and you'd need to know what is good, what is bad, and you're basing everything off a picture.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I am a DYI person - I used to work on cars and be a track enthusiast. But for my first bike, I'd rather just have something already assembled and ready to go. As I get into it, I'm sure I'll want to tinker and upgrade, but for now, I just want to get started riding first.

    So do you guys think the GT Attack would be a good bike? Where's a good place to find older models (2013) that are new? Performance had a few, but none in my size. The price is a lot lower for discontinued models.

    Also, when I'm talking to the sales person, what specific questions should I ask? My first visit last week, I had no idea even what to look for or ask. I was just like, "I'm looking for a road bike and it's my first time." She threw out all these technical terms to so I could narrow it down, but I had no idea what she was talking about. LOL.
     
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