Great Lakes - 13 year old needs guidence
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06-08-10, 10:10 PM
Hi - my name is Bucky and I just moved from So Cal to Ohio because of my Dad's job transfer. I'm 13 years old and just sold my BMX and Mountain Bike before moving and I'm currently in the market for a Road Bike. I'm pretty healthy but I'm looking to improve my conditioning and would like to work up to long distace cycling and possibly compete or join a cycling club. I live between Dayton and Toledo in a small town that has many quiet and little used roads that are in good shape for riding - any and all suggestions are welcome. Thank you
I don't know how close you are to Findlay, but there's a bike shop there that took pretty good care of our college's multisport club, if you're looking for a bike shop.
06-09-10, 01:14 PM
Sounds like you need to befriend one of the local bike shops. You can do this in a few ways, but one of the best ways is to haul down one of the cyclists around your area and ask him/her where the better bike shops are. Cyclists more than most other segment of athletics tend to be very particular in who they deal with. There are big shops where they don't know you from Adam, and then there are the smaller to mid sized shops that actually will work with you to get what YOU need and help to set a direction for you. They remember who you are and what you are after. After you find your shop and your gear, you need to befriend a local rider that will tear you up and show you the ropes. At your age, it's not so much what the equipment is that you get now because you'll outgrow it in a year or two anyway and by then you'll know what you want. Just get out there and ride!
06-10-10, 03:57 PM
Yep! Get over to the local bike shops. Find out what group rides there are. Find out what activities are happening. See if there is a Jr program around.
For buying a bike, that is tough. Normally, I'd say to watch Craig's list or find one used through a club. That will be a little tougher without someone with more experience and lack of personal agenda to help you. Esp since you'll be outgrowing the bike (and gear) shortly.
Let us know what you find out at the local shops.
06-10-10, 10:09 PM
You might find some help on www.biketoledo.net (http://www.biketoledo.net). This site covers the NWO region primarily.
06-20-10, 01:06 PM
I am glad for your ambitions! I wish my kids were as set on something GOOD for them instead wanting to dress gothic, have nose rings, and hold up their pants that are knee level from becoming ankle level.
Welcome to the forums by the way. I lived in T-Town for many years from 1975 until 1987-ish. Yes there are some old geezers here, not that I am one of them. I was there about six or seven years ago and did the Slippery Elm Trail top to bottom and back and also rode the Wabash Cannonball from Maumee until it dead ended me into some trees west of Oak Openings MetroPark. Also rode the one along the Maumee River that goes Providence Park from Maumee. The name of it slips my feeble mind, wait, did I say feeble? I meant to say fantastic!
Used to be nothing in Toledo
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