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Old 02-23-08, 04:47 PM   #1
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What has my bike done to me?

A couple of months ago, I bought my first bike in years. It seemed like a fun way to get some exercise.

A couple of months later, I'm riding everyday, I get home after riding and I just want to go out on the bike again, I'm buying better parts, reading forums, etc...

I used to be normal!

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Old 02-23-08, 09:54 PM   #2
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Wait till ya get a report on your bloodwork.....bet things look great!

Ya ever have a meal at a restaurant and, before you're done, you're already looking forward to coming back? That's how biking can be. I can't explain it either, but it's wonderful.

I ride in the local mountain fire-roads...the scenary, green hills, nature, music playing in my ear, endorphins doing their thing; it's almost magical and if there's a heaven on earth, it's gotta be it!
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You've been infected. Welcome to the club. Before you know it, you'll be riding a Campy Record equipped Bianchi wearing a full retro kit and speaking Italian.
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Hi lucho, welcome to BikeForums! Yes, it's exciting to be out on the road, or roaming those mountain trails, or even being a modern hipster with your single speed/fixed gear bike .

But the best part (other than your improved health) is getting to come here and join in the fun .

Don't forget to post every once in a while.

What bike did you get?

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A couple of months ago, I bought my first bike in years. It seemed like a fun way to get some exercise.

A couple of months later, I'm riding everyday, I get home after riding and I just want to go out on the bike again, I'm buying better parts, reading forums, etc...

I used to be normal!

Welcome, you are now one of us. Did you pick up your purple shoes, and your bunk is the top left down the hall ...
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Thanks so much for the replies and the welcome! I'm really glad I found this forum. And it's great to hear that there's so many people "infected" (and of course I got my purple shoes! )

I have a Trek 3900. Didn't really know anything when I bought it, except some reviews I had read online, but I hadn't found this forum yet.

Of course now I find myself looking online at better bikes But since I haven't really tried a better one, I'm happy with the one I got...for now!

It's just such a great feeling! And the more I read and learn, the more I enjoy going out on my bike. It's some sort of virtuous circle
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Thanks so much for the replies and the welcome! I'm really glad I found this forum. And it's great to hear that there's so many people "infected" (and of course I got my purple shoes! )

I have a Trek 3900. Didn't really know anything when I bought it, except some reviews I had read online, but I hadn't found this forum yet.

Of course now I find myself looking online at better bikes But since I haven't really tried a better one, I'm happy with the one I got...for now!

It's just such a great feeling! And the more I read and learn, the more I enjoy going out on my bike. It's some sort of virtuous circle
I think you mean vicious.
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I think you mean vicious.
Well, yes, for my credit card it is
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There is no known 12 step program for this addiction so you might as well just enjoy the ride.

Resistance is futile.
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Let's see some shots of the bike!
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Let's see some shots of the bike!
Sure! I'll get some as soon as I can and post them here. I just got back from a 13 mile ride and well...I wouldn't mind going out again in a few hours It was just too short!
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So, photos of the bike, and then we'll slowly urge you over to the Classic & Vintage forum, where the real infections occur .

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So, photos of the bike, and then we'll slowly urge you over to the Classic & Vintage forum, where the real infections occur .

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You mean this can get worse??
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There is no known 12 step program for this addiction so you might as well just enjoy the ride.

Resistance is futile.
go ahead and drink the koolaid...it won't hurt you

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You mean this can get worse??
Errmmm, no.

Better! It gets better .

If you start looking at the eBay and CL finds thread, and the Catch of the Day thread, you may get drawn in...plus, it's got some of the nicest people around posting in there .

I should point out that the Clydesdales/Athenas, Touring, Long Distance, and AltBike forums are all pretty friendly too.

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Errmmm, no.

Better! It gets better .

If you start looking at the eBay and CL finds thread, and the Catch of the Day thread, you may get drawn in...plus, it's got some of the nicest people around posting in there .

I should point out that the Clydesdales/Athenas, Touring, Long Distance, and AltBike forums are all pretty friendly too.

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Some of us are multi forumulated

BTW I regularly peruse C&V, Folders, Commuters, Clydes, LCF, Utility and Touring.

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I should point out that the Clydesdales/Athenas, Touring, Long Distance, and AltBike forums are all pretty friendly too.
And there's a few you need to move quickly through
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I've been browsing the other subforums and the "Catch of the Day" thread is already one of my favorites. Everyone is really friendly! I'm wondering how I'll ever get any work done from now on...and of course I'm going to the bike shop tomorrow and I don't even know what I want to buy. That won't end well...for my budget.
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We won't mention those by name, however.

I don't have a folder, but Living Car Free and Utility are two other good ones. There's also Foo, if you just want a giggle every now and then.

AND, there's Politics & Religion, if you like a good arguement every once in a while. It's much more polite than it was a few months ago, and we get some good discussions going.

I'm glad to see that you like the Catch of the Day .

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A couple of months later, I'm riding everyday, I get home after riding and I just want to go out on the bike again, I'm buying better parts, reading forums, etc... I used to be normal!
Join the club! Oh, you already have! Excellent!
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We won't mention those by name, however.

I don't have a folder, but Living Car Free and Utility are two other good ones. There's also Foo, if you just want a giggle every now and then.

AND, there's Politics & Religion, if you like a good arguement every once in a while. It's much more polite than it was a few months ago, and we get some good discussions going.

I'm glad to see that you like the Catch of the Day .

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Thanks so much East Hill!

The "Living Car Free" forum is great! It was great reading that many people are actually able to rely only on their bikes for everything. And I'll give the politics forum a try.

Thanks again!
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I guess the fact that I'm about to go out to the bike shop speaks for itself...
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Thanks so much East Hill!

The "Living Car Free" forum is great! It was great reading that many people are actually able to rely only on their bikes for everything. And I'll give the politics forum a try.

Thanks again!
Anytime! I like trying to expand my horizons...if you check out the P & R forum, you can read without problems, but if you'd like to join in the conversation, you need to PM an administrator. Brian, donnamb, Tom Stormcrowe and lotek should all be able to get you access.

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