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    Joining the Ranks, Hello!

    Hello! been lurking around for a few weeks and finally decided to say Hi, as I'm picking up my bike tomorrow morning!

    Getting it out of the way, I'm 6'4 and roughly 320lb =( I've always been active, playing sports in high school and college and regularly hitting the gym twice a week, I've always just been a big guy, even at my lightest I was always around 220-230.

    Since joining the IT ranks of Corporate America, I've ballooned up and since last October I've been trying to get back into the swing of things. Going out on my lunch and what-nots I noticed there is a paved bike trail that travels right behind my work! So I looked into it and found out it actually drops off less then a mile from my house and goes right to work! It's about a 6 mile ride, and pretty flat, so not too bad!

    I went to a few of my local bike shops and did some research for a few weeks, about what would be best suited for me and my needs, after test riding a dozen plus bikes and talking with them I decided on a Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er, It was between that and the Trek Mamba, but Specialized being a local company, and hearing great things about their customer service is what tipped the scales in their favor.

    I pick up the bike tomorrow morning and I can't wait! I feel like Xmas morning! Super excited to get out there and start riding, not just to work, but all around! If it's ok I'll try to post some pics when I get it!

    Anyways, just wanted to drop in and say you might see me around here more often, this seems like a great community! Thanks!

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    Welcome. Glad to have you. Sounds like you have a great plan. Anxious to hear about your adventures.

    Quote Originally Posted by hp_craftwerk View Post
    If it's ok I'll try to post some pics when I get it!
    Uh....if it's "OK"? Yah, you must be new. It's not OK....It's REQUIRED! Pix or it didn't happen!
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    Welcome!
    Definitely post pics of your bike, we would love to see it!
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    Welcome! Good find on the bike path, that's fortunate.

    Commuting is a great way to get some miles in, I've found typing and clicking all day doesn't burn too many calories.

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    Welcome aboard! Sounds like a great bike (RockHoppers are!)--suggestion, though: if you plan on mostly hitting the paved trail to work, ask if they'll swap the pure nobbies that come on those things for some some slicker tires. There are some very nice options in the 29'er size. It will make pedaling those 6 miles a lot more pleasant. Incidentally, I'm commuting to work by bicycle now too, for roughly the same amount of miles, and I use a slick-mounted mountain bike as my primary commute steed (while I wait on a "proper" commuter ). Have fun out there!
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    Thanks! I definately will get some pics up, and I will ask about the tires, honestly when I rode it at the shop they felt pretty good to me, but if it can feel better that would be great too! .. and you never know, I might wanna get dirty at some point =P

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    Quote Originally Posted by hp_craftwerk View Post
    .. and you never know, I might wanna get dirty at some point =P
    OK, that's where we draw the line in posting pix, though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    OK, that's where we draw the line in posting pix, though!
    Did I mention we do free comedy here? LOL!!
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    Welcome!

    I think you and I are similar. I might be an inch shorter than you, but when I got my 29er last September I weighed the same. I wasn't the fastest when I started, but in just 8 months I have improved tremendously.

    Good voyages to you, and when winter comes back I highly recommend looking at trainers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    OK, that's where we draw the line in posting pix, though!
    So keep it to the PM's then? =D

    Quote Originally Posted by moochems View Post
    Welcome!

    I think you and I are similar. I might be an inch shorter than you, but when I got my 29er last September I weighed the same. I wasn't the fastest when I started, but in just 8 months I have improved tremendously.

    Good voyages to you, and when winter comes back I highly recommend looking at trainers.
    Thanks! Trainer? Not too worried about weather here in CA for year round riding if thats what you meant...

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    Year round sundshine? Even better!

    If you have a gym membership, see if a cycling group session is offered. I feel using the stationary trainer has gone a long way into improving my ability to "spin" and maintain cadence. I road near every day on the road for two months before I got a trainer. I remember my first session on the trainer I had a hard time even just pedaling for 15 minutes. Noe I can go over an hour of constant pedaling. Definitely translates into road speed and endurance (for me). Naturally ymmv, but if you have the opportunity, a stationary bike might be a good addition to actual riding. For me this is especially true as I live in a hilly area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    Welcome. Glad to have you. Sounds like you have a great plan. Anxious to hear about your adventures.



    Uh....if it's "OK"? Yah, you must be new. It's not OK....It's REQUIRED! Pix or it didn't happen!
    As promised, but a day late, due to no ones fault the shipment came in late and it was delayed a day, but here she is! Brought her into the office... in my car I didnt have time to get my first ride in today, but I will be doing a test run to tomorrow on my day off!!

    I took the recommendation with the road tires instead of the mb tires, and my new friend at the lbs agreed, so he swapped them out with a set of the Crossroad Armadillo tires that are supposed to be bullet proof and he upgraded the pedals for me to something a little beefier... I'd like to give a shout to Wheel Away here in Campbell.. awesome shop!! Thanks!!

    Edit: sorry for the poop cell phone pics, all I have on me atm






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    Nice looking bike! I love all-black bikes

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    Dang, Gina! That's a great looking commuter/urban assault bike/MTB!! I approve.
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    Exact opposite experience I had at that shop, but I'll keep my eyes out for you on the LG Creek trail! Congrats and welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanBlader View Post
    Exact opposite experience I had at that shop, but I'll keep my eyes out for you on the LG Creek trail! Congrats and welcome!
    sorry to hear, dunno man, theyve been nothing but great since I walked through the door. I'll be taking the guadalupe river trail as it runs right by my house and right behind work. I really don't know my way around any other trails around here, but I'm learning. I'll ride anytime now, hit me up.

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