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    Woo hoo! Finally got my first bike!

    Finally settled down and picked a bike (first one since I was a kid); Specialized Crossroads (hybrid) sport and the rest of the kit (patch kit, tubes, etc.)



    Thanks for the advice! Only got in a little riding today (between the bike shop and my house), but I am looking forward to the next non-rainy day.



    Any miscellaneous tips for the new rider (other than avoid all those big, fast, evil metal things)?

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    Be sure to scrape the bugs off your teeth after every ride.
    I yam what i yam-popeye the sailor

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    Congrats and welcome. The only thing better than riding, is riding some more. Enjoy, and yeah those big, fast, evil metal things are to be avoided!
    JAPH

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    Welcome to the club and congrats on your purchase!

    The only advice I have is to ride when you can!

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    Helmet!!!! Helps when coming into contact with those big heavy metal things, or that big round globe in orbit around the sun.
    "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
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    Well, let's see...miscellanious tips...

    Ride, wear a helmet, ride, wear gloves, ride, work some hills, ride, learn to accept headwinds and the challenge they bring, ride, get a friend involved, ride, check out a local club, ride, post frequently here, ride, ask lots of questions, ride, start stretching your horizons, and oh yes, ride some more!

    Welcome to a really terrific sport, and this is a great place to share and learn, I know I have!
    Keep Spinning!!
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    Bill, rider of classic Paramounts!

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    One other tip- remember hydrate early and often. It's easy to just get caught up in the ride and then all of a sudden, you're dry as the desert.

    Enjoy the bike. The first bike I ever bought on my own was a specialized crossroads. I loved that bike until someone stole it from me. But ever since, I've always had a soft spot in my heart for them.
    Nothing is so good that somebody, somewhere, will not hate it.

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    Take the Effective Cycling course if they offer it in your area. I read the book last year, bicycled a lot as a kid, and still learned tons, especially the on-road part of the class. Riding in traffic near a regional mall during Saturday lunch (Perimeter mall for you Atlantans) can be challenging, but we all did well and learned a lot more about comminicating with drivers. It also helped my confidence in what much of what I had been doing.

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    I'm still picking bugs and rocks out of my teeth; just came in from a short (little over five miles) ride -- which reminded me of how long it's been since I've been on a bike.



    It was fun.



    I grabbed a set of shorts, a helmet, and gloves when I picked up the bike; the gloves are comfortable and have the pad for the ulnar nerve, and the lycra really helps one keep cool -- I'm definitely going to invest in a few more pairs (are they *always* in the $50 - $60 range?). As for the helmet -- well, I'd rather look stupid some of the time than be stupid all of the time.



    I'll be looking around for a cyclist safety course in the area (as I'll be commuting via bike in about six months), and I even have a friend to ride with (and two other friends, known as Mr. Mace and Mr. Concealed Weapons Permit, with whom I am well aquainted). I think I'm set (and I'll probably add some ammonia into the chemical arsenal to take care of stray animals).



    Enough time spent on the computer (I'm a professional geek, so I'm attached to my terminal at the office waaaay too much as is); I'm going to go out again.

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    Check out nashbar.com or performancbike.com and you can find some deals on shorts. Mine were only $19 a pair, and they are great! Sierratradingpost also has some deals, and and so does longscycle.com.

    You start having too much fun, you will be commuting before 6 months, I bet! I work for an ISP, so spend lots of time in front of a monitor myself! But now, I can't wait for work to end so I can ride!

    Have fun!
    Keep Spinning!!
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    Bill, rider of classic Paramounts!

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    I'll second the Longscycle.com. If you're not particularly concerned with color choices their "Grabbag" is great. Picked up 2 pair of 8 panel shirts at about 20$/pair. It's grabbag b/c you don't know what color the shorts will be. Both of mine ended up being the old Schwinn/Toyota team colors and markings. I ride a Basso and a Colnago ( and sometimes a Cannondale or a Univega) but I'm happy with the shorts. Considering what has happened to Schwinn they're sort of a memorial.
    “Life is not one damned thing after another. Life is one damned thing over and over.”
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    Great bike. I've been commuting on my Crossroads(currently 21mi. each way** and never had a mechanical breakdown. Only advice is to keep the chain clean-easy with Park's chain cleaner, and inflate the tires often. Have fun!

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