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    New guy from Fairfax, VA

    Hi folks. I really just started riding. I've pretty much always had bikes but they just sat in the shed and rusted. I've been buying old ten-speeds at yard sales and about a month ago decided I'd had enough of the gas prices and might as well start riding to work. It's only a little over four miles one way so not much trouble other than a lot of hills. Also had a guy in the office who was one year younger than I die and I decided I should get back in shape. Well, I got tired of the avid bikers passing me so I went out and bought what I guess is a rather low-end cyclocross (Fuji Cross Comp) 12 days ago. I've got a problem or two with it but I've ridden it 133 miles so far and I've lost ten pounds to date so I'm rather happy with my decision. About 1.8 miles of my ride is on a rather choppy, cracked bike path so I figured a road bike was out of the question and I also like to go on rides around a lake with my wife and kids and that path is far from paved, so I went this route. I'm feeling great and having a ball with it. I just hope I can figure out what to wear to keep warm so I don't stop in the winter. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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    SERENITY NOW!!! jyossarian's Avatar
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    Welcome java! There's plenty of info and opinion on the boards. Check out the Commuting forum. There's a thread there now on what to wear for winter commuting along with stickies on advice for new commuters, lighting, etc. Don't worry about whether your bike is low end or not, the important thing is to keep riding it. You can always make changes so it suits you better or performs better, but most people will tell you it's the engine (you) that makes the most difference.
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