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    9 months getting into cycling and what I've learned...

    • Bike shop bike really are that much better than dept store bikes
    • Start at least one level about "Tourney" derailleurs. Not horrible but going forward I'll always at least get one or two levels higher.
    • Tune ups help!
    • Don't use puncture resistant inner tubes at least from Avenir or Sunlit.
    • If you don't have the puncture resistant tires, use puncture resistant liner.
    • Use bar ends on long trips


    Any other advice for someone who's still a novice but learning?

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    Learn to fix the easy stuff yourself. Drink a lot of water. Cars will always be bigger, faster and more aggressive, so act accordingly. Bring your cell phone.
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    • Bike shop bike really are that much better than dept store bikes
      Yes
    • Start at least one level about "Tourney" derailleurs. Not horrible but going forward I'll always at least get one or two levels higher.
      Don't know what these are, but if they are lowest quality you definitely want better if you can afford to do so. Same with shifters.
    • Tune ups help!
      Yes, but DIY
    • Don't use puncture resistant inner tubes at least from Avenir or Sunlit.
    • If you don't have the puncture resistant tires, use puncture resistant liner.
      Just watch where you're going unless you're riding in a thorn and glass-riddled area
    • Use bar ends on long trips
      Are you touring in Mongolia? How long is a long trip?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
    • Bike shop bike really are that much better than dept store bikes
      Yes
    • Start at least one level about "Tourney" derailleurs. Not horrible but going forward I'll always at least get one or two levels higher.
      Don't know what these are, but if they are lowest quality you definitely want better if you can afford to do so. Same with shifters.
    • Tune ups help!
      Yes, but DIY
    • Don't use puncture resistant inner tubes at least from Avenir or Sunlit.
    • If you don't have the puncture resistant tires, use puncture resistant liner.
      Just watch where you're going unless you're riding in a thorn and glass-riddled area
    • Use bar ends on long trips
      Are you touring in Mongolia? How long is a long trip?
    +1 you never know, I've taken a few spur of the moments trips through Mongolia
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    Bend your elbows.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    After 3 or 4 months of riding, you will probably hear the Siren call of a new bike. You will decide that while your trusty old steed was OK for a beginner cyclist, now that you have hundreds of miles under you, it is too heavy/slow/ Fred for your current skill level. If you scratch the itch to "upgrade", the cycle will repeat itself until you run out of room in your garage/apartment/storage shed.

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    -Someone else is always faster
    -The bike isn't what makes you fast
    -It is spelled B-R-A-K-E-S
    -Everything seems to require a special tool that you don't have yet.
    -As far as addictions go, this is a pretty good one to have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo Spiff View Post
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    -As far as addictions go, this is a pretty good one to have.
    True. Cycling can be ridiculously cheap, or somewhat expensive, depending on your need for the latest and greatest gear. But even if you go the expensive route, cycling is still not as expensive as, say, home theater, high end audio, luxury watches, boats, sports cars, motorcycles, or even golf. No need for country club dues, and even if you need to rely on your LBS, the most expensive bike mechanic is nothing compared to, say, what you would pay to maintain/repair an exotic sports car or boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
    After 3 or 4 months of riding, you will probably hear the Siren call of a new bike. You will decide that while your trusty old steed was OK for a beginner cyclist, now that you have hundreds of miles under you, it is too heavy/slow/ Fred for your current skill level. If you scratch the itch to "upgrade", the cycle will repeat itself until you run out of room in your garage/apartment/storage shed.
    Sir, this is the best reply I've seen, and totally accurate.

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    Discover drop bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo Spiff View Post
    -Everything seems to require a special tool that you don't have yet.
    1000 times, this.

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    This is the best thing you can do to prevent a hangover.
    21. Buy more meth.
    22. Shoot up more meth.
    23. Don't go to sleep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Discover drop bars.
    yep, best advice yet.

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    I restarted after many years about 9 months ago (initially just to ride around the neighborhood with my wife). Everyone (including several bike shops) said 'don't get drop bars. older guys buy them and discover they're too uncomfortable and hard on the back.' So I started on a bike with straight bars. My hands and wrists were killing me. Within three weeks I bought another bike with drop bars. Felt so much better. If I hadn't done that, I'm not sure I'd have kept riding. As it is, I upgraded again and I'm enjoying more than I ever thought I would.

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    Spin, don't pound. Shift up, don't flail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo Spiff View Post
    -Everyone else is always faster
    fixed it for me
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Never ever buy the cheapest anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
    True. Cycling can be ridiculously cheap, or somewhat expensive, depending on your need for the latest and greatest gear. But even if you go the expensive route, cycling is still not as expensive as, say, home theater, high end audio, luxury watches, boats, sports cars, motorcycles, or even golf. No need for country club dues, and even if you need to rely on your LBS, the most expensive bike mechanic is nothing compared to, say, what you would pay to maintain/repair an exotic sports car or boat.
    Don't forget photography stuff...

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    • Hey, hey, hey — don't be mean. We don't have to be mean. 'Cause, remember: no matter where you go... there you are.


    • There are times when verbal ingenuity is not enough.


    • Nobody is nobody. Everyone has something to offer.

    Make sure bars are at the end of your trip (optional)

    Learn to eat PIE

    Learn the term Tombay

    The N +1 Rule http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/6272...boomer-version

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