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Old 06-21-09, 09:49 PM   #1
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Bought a Cannondale 29er for Fathers Day.

I just couldn't take it anymore. I'm not cut out for just pavement. I need to jump curbs and get dirty.I like to ride over things and take the less beaten paths when I ride. I took my Trek 7.3 down to my LBS today to see if we could maybe look into a longer bar stem and I ended up test riding a Cdale 29er and fell in love with it. I simply feel better and I look forward to riding it unlike my road bike. I'm going to be selling my like new (30 miles) 2008 7.3fx with rear rack as soon as I'm done posting this.
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Old 06-21-09, 09:57 PM   #2
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1. Awesome. Getting dirty is fun.

2. I'm reading Gone Tomorrow right now. I've read nothing but Jack Reacher books for the last month.
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Old 06-21-09, 10:03 PM   #3
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Your the first person that caught onto my screename. I've read them all in the past year as well. I'm almost done with Gone Tomorrow. I can't get enough of this series. To hold me over I've been reading Clancy's Splinter Cell series. Not as good as Reacher but still good.
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Old 06-21-09, 10:06 PM   #4
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Woo Hoo! Congrats

I am with you, my brother from a different mother.

If all I had was the road, I probably would not ride. For me, there is nothing better than a fast, fun, single track or fire road. But if that is not available, I will settle for the cart paths of the local golf course, riding through wet grass just to get a skunk stripe, or riding up and down the long flat riser terraces of the the local grandstand.

And how about those 29ers I can not imagine riding 26 again. I took my Kenda Karma knobs off for the summer and put a set of Schwalbe Big Apple 29x2.35 on and am having a ball, both on the road and off.

Lets see some pics.

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congrats nice bike
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Old 06-22-09, 08:41 AM   #6
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I am on the last in the series although I've listened to them in audio (download from local library)
The narrator is excellent. Really makes the character come to life for me. Try audio if you haven't.

Good luck with the new bike.
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Bad Luck and Trouble is my favorite in the series.
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29ers are where it's at ... I don't read great things about the dart line especially from clyd riders... but beyond that sweet ... the brooks looks real good up there also

I personally roll a surly karate monkey... got it last year after wanting one seance '04...

nothing like rolling though some singletrack to calm your mind... I recently picked up a road bike though... the trail is about 30-40 min drive away so I can get out and have a decent ride on the road in the same time it would take me to get to and from the trailhead... part of the compromise when you have a family and limited time

not a bad rig considering i've got less then $700 into it eh ;-) salsa rims, hope hubs, just put a new chain and 11-34 cassette on her (need to see how I like that and went to a single ring up front... also put a new 185 bb7 up front... need a 160mm IS adapter to put the old disc onto the rear...
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Bad Luck and Trouble is my favorite in the series.
me TOO! It was so fun meeting Reacher's friends and seeing how they all think like him.

Who would play Reacher if they made a movie?
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congrats! right now a Surly Karate Monkey is my dream rig.
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me TOO! It was so fun meeting Reacher's friends and seeing how they all think like him.

Who would play Reacher if they made a movie?
I honestly think they would have to find a no-name actor to be Reacher. I cant think of anyone famous that fits the bill.
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See, I am the total opposite, I normally ride the mtn bike but took out a 23 year old Sears Freespirit for a quick ride up the block and wow I loved it all over again. Gonna fix her up and ride my roadie mostly. To heck with the dirt and trails, etc...Give me the pavement everytime.....
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See, I am the total opposite, I normally ride the mtn bike but took out a 23 year old Sears Freespirit for a quick ride up the block and wow I loved it all over again. Gonna fix her up and ride my roadie mostly. To heck with the dirt and trails, etc...Give me the pavement everytime.....
Is it a Paul thing, I found that dirt riding and I don't get along, a nasty crash will do that to you not having the cash for another bike, I turned my mountain bike into a hybrid, just waiting for that lotto win to get a road bike.....

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I went to the LBS a few months ago and they had a CDale Caffeine and I went back the next day to buy it and it was gone. Bought a Specialized Rockhopper 29'er instead.

29'ers are AWESOME. Especially on the trail. I can climb way better than I used to be able to.

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29'ers are AWESOME. Especially on the trail. I can climb way better than I used to be able to.John
If I had to give what I think is the best advantage of a 29er, it is CLIMBING!

In 07 & 08, I rode all of the Tsali trails with 26, and I probably spent at least 30% of my time walking up hills. A couple months ago, I rode Tsali again, and I did not walk once. And, I am actually heavier (not a good biking clyde representation) than I was in 07, and about the same as 08.

Around here, I notice that the rides I used to dread on the 26, just don't seem have the hills they used to. Climbing is cool on a 29.
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Is it a Paul thing, I found that dirt riding and I don't get along, a nasty crash will do that to you not having the cash for another bike, I turned my mountain bike into a hybrid, just waiting for that lotto win to get a road bike.....

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I have been averaging 1 endo per MTB ride this season until last night. As my confidence grows during a ride I start attempting more technical stuff and then WHAM! there it is and I pull back a wee bit. You need to learn how to fall. Don't fight it, just hit and roll. When you try to fight it is when you end up hurting something. I learned how to fall my first week riding MTB with clipless pedals. I must have feel like 30 times because I couldn't unclip.

There may be a 29'er in my future. Hardtail or full squish?
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i've been back into riding for a year (off road) and have yet to go down real hard yet... lots of cuts and scraps (mostly on my shins)... there are a few times and areas that I'm worried about killing myself so I slow down a smidge...

road rash hurts a lot more then most MTB crashes... unless it involves something broken or being impaled haha

plus how often do you see wildlife up close and personal while on the road? being in the woods is amazing, it's always changing... speaking of... I think i'll plan to go out for a loop tommarow
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Congrats dude. I was out looking for a 29er over father's day weekend too. I was interested in going one step up from the Caffeine 4, but the Caffeine 2's have a single sided fork. What's with that? There was no way I was going to buy one of those. Sure I know motorcycles have had them for years, but bikes are made extra light (in my mind cheap) so I just don't trust them at any price. I ended up getting a good deal on an 08 GF X-Caliber. Happy riding!
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Nice bike. I'm a little green with envy. I want to get a 29er for a commuter.
Congrats.
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Nice bike. I am sure you will ride it lots, and post pics
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