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    New bike, first ride

    Finally picked up my new F5 Cannondale this morning, and after adjusting the seatpost to what I thought was a proper fit, I took off on my first ride in 25 years.

    Obviously, Murphy was my copilot.

    1. Toe clip straps wouldn't fit my big feet (12.5 EEE). They're gone.
    2. Remaining plastic toe clips are too small to stick my foot and shoe under. They'll be gone tomorrow.
    3. Whilst having a foot-based argument with said toe clips and straps, and having the pedals flop over and drag the pavement, one of the OEM pedal reflectors busted off. They were going to come off anyway (as soon as I saw them, I knew I'd EVENTUALLY bust them off), I just hated to do it involuntarily, and so soon.
    4. I managed to pick the hilliest section of my neighborhood for my test ride. Big mistake. I had to stop three times to catch my breath. 1/2 mile. God help me. Small children were asking me if my bike was broken. I was asking them to borrow their training wheels.
    5. A properly adjusted seat height is critical for greatest efficiency in pedaling. It's there now. It wasn't on the test ride, so my lower legs were killing me.
    6. I forgot the longest, steepest, curving downhill section of my neighborhood was on same said test ride - until I got there. 330 lbs flying down a curved hill on the first ride in 25 years will certainly entice you to renew and recite any and all religious vows or prayers you may once have made. Hail Mary, full of grace, hope these dadgum brakes are safe.
    7. Remembered at the last second need to have the pedal UP on the low side of the bike when leaning to make a turn. Yep, there goes another reflector. At least now it matches the other pedal.
    8. Dogs hate fat men on bikes. Especially when they're short 2 pedal reflectors. Pepper spray is sold at Home Depot, but not at Petsmart. Bring it on next time, Fido.

    Hope it's warm enough tomorrow for another ride!!!
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    Sounds like fun! Wait til you drop a hill big enough to top 50 mph!
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    Hahah, that was awesome. Welcome back! I remember fondly a ride on a Cannondale F500, whilst shopping to replace the ill-fitting Raleigh I rode for most of the summer.

    So there I was, my gigantic feet shoved into the toe clips. I slow down, getting ready to turn around. I slow a little too much and need to put my foot down.

    There I am trying to get my foot out of the clip as I fall over on this brand new bike, on the demo ride. Old lady watching the whole scene. I go back to the shop with a skinned up arm, shin, and pride but thankfully a bike that I didn't have to take home.


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    Hilarious. The "pucker" factor from going fast like that can make a seat disappear.
    I have a 2005 model year Trek 4500, in stock condition.

    When I first started riding... my seat hurt !
    So I just kept riding and now I can't feel it !!!

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    RFLMAO- What a riot!

    My first ride was about 5 minutes- I was so sore and tired I went to bed. About 2 months later I was doing 25 miles for 2 hours.
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    Awesome story! Good for you man. That is a really nice bike, and p.s. BOOOOOOOO...mean dogs HOOOOOORAY...pepper spray.
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    Brian | 2013 Cannondale SuperSix 5 | 2014 Trek CrossRip Comp | 2003 Trek 7300
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    ouch

    Quote Originally Posted by bdinger
    Hahah, that was awesome. Welcome back! I remember fondly a ride on a Cannondale F500, whilst shopping to replace the ill-fitting Raleigh I rode for most of the summer.

    So there I was, my gigantic feet shoved into the toe clips. I slow down, getting ready to turn around. I slow a little too much and need to put my foot down.

    There I am trying to get my foot out of the clip as I fall over on this brand new bike, on the demo ride. Old lady watching the whole scene. I go back to the shop with a skinned up arm, shin, and pride but thankfully a bike that I didn't have to take home.

    Precisely why I ride without clipless pedals. I've never had a problem getting my foot out of a toeclip though.....was yours tightened up too much?
    Its a great feeling to finally get comfortable on a bike and know that you can ride anywhere under your own power and not be so wasted that you need to get a ride home.

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    Nah, the pucker was there, but the seat disappearing was taken care of before I ever took delivery of the bike. The seat that came with it was one of those teeny-tiny "single-cheek" style. I knew I wouldn't want to carry around a pair of needle-nose pliers with me to - ahem - "extract the seat" after every ride. Or call the paramedics to do it for me. Got a big FBF ("fatboy-friendly") seat on there now.
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    Oh man, that hill bit brought back a pleasant memory of 2004. That was when I took my 7 speed Nexus
    stretch cruiser to Salt Lake City. Once I hit 7th gear I swear I had to be doing at least 35-40, lol. 24x3 tires and uneven pavement, and an 8 foot long bike is pretty fun, and kept me really busy. I also got plenty of exercise riding up the hills too. ,,,,BD
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    OMG. What did that beast weigh? It must have been a doozie to get it started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (51)
    OMG. What did that beast weigh? It must have been a doozie to get it started.


    You mean mine? It's not all that heavy, I still have it. I can carry it with one hand. I'm guessing it's 38-45 pounds. It only looks really heavy with the big tires. The bare frame with crank was 16 pounds. With the 7 speed it's easy to get going. Kick off one or two times, and start pedaling.,,,,BD

    Or if by chance by beast you mean me, lol. About 220-230 depending on the week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charles vail
    Precisely why I ride without clipless pedals. I've never had a problem getting my foot out of a toeclip though.....was yours tightened up too much?
    Its a great feeling to finally get comfortable on a bike and know that you can ride anywhere under your own power and not be so wasted that you need to get a ride home.
    Have you ever ridden on clipless pedals? Once you get used to it, they're easier to get into and out of than toe clips are. Really!
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    Second that... way easier.

    Probably the easiest are Eggbeaters... they're made for mountain bikers, but they really don't have 'sides', so just put your foot down, 'click'... want out, angle your ankle out, 'click'. Way simpler and safer on your ankles than clips and straps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued
    You mean mine?

    Or if by chance by beast you mean me, lol
    Yeah, the bike. Looks like motorcycle tires on there. Vroooom, Vroooom!
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    clip ins

    Quote Originally Posted by jimples
    Have you ever ridden on clipless pedals? Once you get used to it, they're easier to get into and out of than toe clips are. Really!
    Yes........for several hundred miles, hated them. Maybe because the were SPD's but I fell three times, witnessed two other falls and heard of a serious crash on a ride I was on last summer, because of a cleat that had fallen off a riders shoe.
    My toeclips work fine and allow me a decent spin with good enough retention for confidence at high RPM's.

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    That was funny, my firt ride this spring will probably be just like that...minus the hill..
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