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    Road cycling fan in Grenoble France

    Hello everyone,

    I am a road cycling fan currently working and living in France. I have been check out this forum for quite a while and the saine atmosphere here is quite enjoyable.

    I have been riding for quite a few years, out of necessity at the beginning and out of pleasure nowadays. I have 2 bikes, a Peugeot for commuting and a Decathlon 9.2 equipped with 9 speed Ultegra and Dura Ace for hammering with cycling friends and participating in 'cyclosportive' (amateur racing in France).

    Don't know why exactly, but like a lot of cycling buddies, I like to suffer on a bike especially on long and hard climbs and because the French Alps offer quite a variety of mountains, it's quite easy to be in a whole lot of pain.

    Happy riding everyone. Cheers.

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    Bienvenue et au plaisir de lire les comptes-rendu de tes sorties et cyclosportives.


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    mmm... Grenoble, I love that place.
    I lived there one winter (on Ile verte). Couldn't afford a bike, found a frame in a dumpster but never got it on the road. I would love to live there again sometime.

    cheers....

    j

    p.s. Are those Dechatlon bikes any good? I used to look at them at the stores but didn't know anything about them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bécane
    Bienvenue et au plaisir de lire les comptes-rendu de tes sorties et cyclosportives.

    Merci! Je suis canadien aussi. J'ai vécu à Montréal pendant 7ans et je suis parti étudier à Waterloo avant de trouver du travail en France et me marier avec une Française. Je fais beaucoup de sorties dans la Belledonne, Chartreuse et Vercors et les cols mythiques L'Alpe d'Huez ne sont pas très loins. J'ai fait une course dans le Vercors très récamment, le Challenge du Dauphiné (à ne pas tromper avec le Critérium du Dauphiné qui est pour les pros )

    Où est-ce que vous roulez autours de Montréal?

    A+

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    Senior Member plin's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by j3ns
    p.s. Are those Dechatlon bikes any good? I used to look at them at the stores but didn't know anything about them.
    Ile verte is very nice, you were not far from the 'La montée de la Bastille' that has 20% gradient at times!

    As for Decathlon bikes. They are getting better and better. The professional racing team AG2R (not in the ProTour but participating in Tour the France this year) are using them and last year Cofidis used them also. The 9.2 series (mine) use Dedaciai 7003 aluminmum with custom Time fork. I really like the bike because I find it quite nervous when I am in shape but it's another story when I am not... One thing for sur is that it's much more rigid than my steel Peugeot. I have never had a carbon nor titanium bike so I don't really have that much base of comparison though.

    Cheers!

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    Positio, ergo sum! Bécane's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by plin
    Où est-ce que vous roulez autours de Montréal?

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    Cette année, je me suis remis au vélo. Alors pour le moment je roule pépère avec un hybride. À la fin de l'été, si je suis toujours aussi enchanté de faire du vélo (comme c'est le cas en ce moment) je vais m'acheter un vélo de route.

    En attendant, je roule un peu partout sur l'île et ses alentours. J'en suis rendu à plus de 2,000 km. Ça va bien.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bécane
    Cette année, je me suis remis au vélo.
    Mon père aussi il y a 1 mois. Si vous voyez un grand chinois de 1m95 de la cinquantaine qui roule à Montréal, y a une bonne chance que c'est lui.

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