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Old 02-13-2013, 01:32 PM  
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Okay, bike (cycle) enthusiasts!!

I've decided I am going to start riding a bike to work once the weather gets a tad warmer. It's only 5.8 miles both ways.

Any recommendations or brands to target, or stay away from?

I'm not looking to spend a lot of money -- and will probably wind up just buying something used.

I'll dish out a couple of extra dollars if I can get sweet, red/blue KU streamers and a sweet horn too. So, that won't be an issue.

Thanks!
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:28 AM   #91
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:41 AM   #92
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You love going out by yourself or you can't find anyone who is willing to ride with you?

Have you gotten the new bike out yet?
I have like 5 miles on it. I'm dying to get out.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:47 AM   #93
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I have like 5 miles on it. I'm dying to get out.
In a month or so we should be ready to go!
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:08 AM   #94
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Oh you done done it. Now I know where it is. I'm adding that to my calendar for my next trip back that way.

Seriously though some people are crazy about that. I know a couple of guys who just go around trying to poach each other's KOMs. And they actually legitimately dislike each other.
I don't personally know anyone who does it, but I see it all the time on forums like Slowtwitch. I'm not a legit cyclist, I just do it because I enjoy triathlon. So I'm used to trying to maintain a constant wattage. Dead sprints in the middle of a ride totally screw me up.

The ride where I set that KOM was right after my fall A race. I was done seriously training for the year, but still in good shape. This segment was right by my house and the conditions were perfect for it (pretty strong tailwind) so I went for it. I went max effort over the segment, and it killed the rest of my ride. It was only ~20 miles, but I totally limped home.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:38 AM   #95
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What, no winter riding?



I haven't gotten out nearly as much this winter as I'd like either. Been fighting with respiratory issues so I probably haven't been on a bike in 6 weeks.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:42 AM   #96
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I haven't gotten out nearly as much this winter as I'd like either. Been fighting with respiratory issues so I probably haven't been on a bike in 6 weeks.
Maybe selective memory, but I feel like I was out nearly every weekend last winter. This winter I actually bucked up and bought proper winter riding gear, and I've only been out probably 5 times since November.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:58 AM   #97
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I haven't gotten out nearly as much this winter as I'd like either. Been fighting with respiratory issues so I probably haven't been on a bike in 6 weeks.
I did last winter, but I'm trying to deal with an injury that is aggravated by riding. I may have to lose my road bike and get a hybrid so I can stay in a less aggressive position. My doctor told me to stay off of the bikes until spring. I guess it's a good time to take a break. I have too many hobbies anyway.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:06 PM   #98
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I don't personally know anyone who does it, but I see it all the time on forums like Slowtwitch. I'm not a legit cyclist, I just do it because I enjoy triathlon. So I'm used to trying to maintain a constant wattage. Dead sprints in the middle of a ride totally screw me up.

The ride where I set that KOM was right after my fall A race. I was done seriously training for the year, but still in good shape. This segment was right by my house and the conditions were perfect for it (pretty strong tailwind) so I went for it. I went max effort over the segment, and it killed the rest of my ride. It was only ~20 miles, but I totally limped home.
Too many "legit" cyclists take that kind of stuff waaaay too seriously.

I hadn't been doing much of anything competitively for years until I moved out here and started doing triathlons (I'd spent the prior decade plus in Utah and Colorado, so I was all about mountain biking). I moved out of it to focus on riding after a couple of years because I realized I didn't like running that much and I ended up HATING open-water mass starts. I could earn decent results on the strength of my cycling and the adequacy of my running, but I'm a slow ass swimmer. When you've got 40 year old dudes grabbing your ankles, elbowing and swimming over you so they can place 19th in their age group instead of 22nd, that shit loses it's novelty. I ended up loving training for tri (especially the swimming), but hating the swim and just tolerating the run during events.

As bad as some triathletes are about competitiveness and gear-snobbery, a lot of "legit" cyclists are about 5 times worse.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:07 PM   #99
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I did last winter, but I'm trying to deal with an injury that is aggravated by riding. I may have to lose my road bike and get a hybrid so I can stay in a less aggressive position. My doctor told me to stay off of the bikes until spring. I guess it's a good time to take a break. I have too many hobbies anyway.
That sucks man, but good luck with the recovery.

As a fellow collector of hobbies, I completely understand that last sentence.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:50 PM   #100
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:53 PM   #101
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Although, if I wore that helmet my goatee would make a pretty awesome bush.
This thread got really gay really fast.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:45 AM   #102
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This thread got really gay really fast.
Oh come on, it was gay by most standards waaaaay before that. It's a thread about growed-ass men riding bicycles.

But you seem to be the only one hung up on it. It's ok, this is a safe place. Don't anger R. Kelly.





I keed, I keed.

Oh, and thanks to Cjizzles for starting this thread. Because of this I got my @ss out the door for the first time in a couple months on a short ride(a lingering respiratory issue).

It was about 35, overcast and breezy, and the man with the hammer found me early and often but I feel pretty good, despite the lung peas I'm now coughing up (Belgian gummy bears). I figure that means I'm just blowing out the cobwebs.
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:49 PM   #103
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Well my brother and my dad talked me into getting a bike today. I'm not the type of guy to spend a lot off money at once, but today I did. I went to Finishline and bought a Giant Roam 2 bike.

My brother let me ride his and I fell in love. This is going to be my new hobby for the mean time, I'm excited to ride the trails. We have an awesome bike path here.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:04 PM   #104
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Hit the 100 mile mark for 2014 today. Didn't start cycling until April 22nd last year and didn't hit 100 miles until May 15th, so way ahead of schedule. Seem to be getting back into it more quickly than I expected, already approaching a full hour on the saddle without breaking for leg/hand recovery. Should finish March over 150 miles, and might be hitting 20 mile rides in early April, which would be a great start to the year.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:11 PM   #105
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I'm only at the 90 mile mark for the year right now, and it looks like I'm going to be stuck there at least another week because the weather is going to hell again.
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