This is the one I've been looking at:
Loop the Lake for Literacy was a few weeks ago.http://www.loopthelakeforliteracy.org/ I did that. Had fun exept for the head wind. Gusting to 18mph. Funny when you do a circle it seems like your always heading into the wind.
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Great thread. I have been cycling for years. Raced many Mtb races. I started in xc racing got into downhilling. Worked my way to the semi pro ranks. Moved on to 24 hour races, 4 man teams. Man I loved the night laps. Some of my night laps were always faster then the day times. A little off the wheels these days but still have my xc bike, freeride bike, and my favorite is a giant carbon road bike. I need to dig up some old racing pictures for kicks and giggles.
I can't believe all off the cool bikes and how much things have changed.
I was never that big into it. I worked at a bike shop while in HS & college so I did have some better than average toys. But not to the level of some of obsessions here. It was hard enough
Getting what I got...and at cost.
I most mtn biked but now its used mostly for going around the block with the kids.
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Not on my bike, but recently came back from Andes riding down volcanoes on Trek mountain bikes, on dirt roads, rock strewn roads, muddy roads and paved roads, many with steep dropoffs. I've only ridden only road bikes and some cyclocross, so going down as fast as I can in those roads is all thrill. It was mostly downhill with some tough uphill. There is no such thing as recovery once you reached anaerobic threshold at 13,000 - 15,000 ft elevation. You just suck air non stop and it just doesn't stop for a long time.
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Went out for a bike trail ride last night, saw a TREK road bike for sale at the side of the trail so stopped on my return leg to ask about it. -Aluminium/carbon Alpha 1.5.
Owner is leaving town in 2 weeks and has to sell it, it's in absolutely perfect condition. He showed me the manual, and the receipt, on which I noticed that he only got it about 6 months ago. -Apparently he just never used it, so doesn't want to pack something so large that he's never going to use...
Asking less than half what he paid for it... it's a 52CM, -I'm considering seeing if the wife might be interested in it. -It's not a women-specific-design, but I might see if she wants to go round and see if she fits on it.
I'll be ready to duck when I ask her about anther bike in the garage...
I want to ride DH, sooo badly. Looking at the Trek Session 8. This came up in google....
THIS HAS GOT TO BE A SCAM RIGHT!?!?
104miles today (ALC training) Santa Clarita to Ventura and back. I forgot to press resume on my Iphone and cut the distance to 99.8 (Strava recalculated on a straight-line for the missing leg)
By the way, any pros or expert here that has advise or tip on eliminating lateral knee pain (usually get it after 40miles)
It's probably unreasonable to think that you can buy the 'perfect' bike fist time out... one that you can use even if you get 'serious'... so if that makes sense, start with a less expensive bike from which you can learn what works for you in terms of comfort.
For road bikes the big change in equipment (between when I last bought a bike and when I started back into it) is the brake-shifters. Not having to move your hand position , and accessing gearchanges from on top of the brake hoods AND in the drop hand position is fantastic.
But... get a bike that FITS you. -Standover height... make sure that as you stand over the bike in front of the saddle, with feet comfortably on the floor.. make sure you have a little 'comfort-clearance' between your 'twig & berries' and the frame top tube. -Too little and you're going to get hurt, too much, and the bike is too small. I say two or perhaps three fingers-width of clearance between the top tube and your naughty-bits might be a reasonable range. -Without touching your broin in public, one other way to check this is to stand over the bike as if you were riding it, put one hand on the handlebars, the other behind you on the saddle, and lift the two wheels up until the top tube meets your bits... then check to see that the wheels are both clear of the ground, without there being too much daylight sorta thing.
New versus used: A new bike... bought from a local bike store- is going to come with help and advice from some more experienced bike people. -Don't just go to one bike store though, because SOMETIMES buying a new bike is like buying a new car... one sales guy out of ten might have some way of thinking that you don't agree with, or may be 'commission-driven'. -Go to a few bike shops and try a few different brands,if you're thinking new.
Used can save you some money; perhaps as much as 50% off the new cost from a 2-year old bike as an example.... but the drawback is that my local bike store offers free adjustments for life for FIRST OWNERS ONLY... and Trek guarantees bike frames for life for FIRST OWNERS ONLY... (more of an issue with Carbon though) also, warranty extensions and component coverage for Treks can only be bought within the first 6 months... but this might not be an issue on a 'starter' bike.
As for what to look at, it depends on your budget. If you're a handy wrench-twister and know a bit about bikes that's one thing, but if it's all fairly new to you, buying a cheap bike online (like a Motobecane or similar) might be trouble, because I hear so many stories about them being poorly assembled, and you also have to do quite a bit of work to put them together.
I started back out with a used bike, then once I had a good grasp of what I felt I wanted, THAT was when I spent the real 'budget'... -A used bike off something like Craigslist might be worth a try, because then you can probably sell it back on if and when you 'move on up the ladder' and recover much of the cost...
But my personal view is that a good brand with a good backup from a local bike shop is the best approach. Excellent bikes are made by Cannondale, Specialized, Trek etc. -Magna and Schwinn make heavier bikes which are sold at Wal-Mart and Target... My friend bought his son a mountain bike at Target and I met them on the local bike trail, and noticed that they'd installed the front handlebars with the fork reversed... -An easy fix, but a great example of how 'fine adjustments' don't often go hand-in-hand with 'minimum wage labor'.
I defer to others who know more than I do about this however... I'm merely a keen amateur!
When I read up about lat knee pain- I follow suggestion and repositioned shoes out (wide) but after yesterday my left knee was just begging to quit at 80miles
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Also, dont overlook having the right crankarm length. Some brands of bikes go right from 170 to 175mm. Im right at 6'0", and 172.5mm cranks did the trick for me, and ive been sticking with that for 25 years!
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