new to NorCal cycling
I moved to the SF Bay Area 3 years ago, and it seems like everybody is on a bike on the weekends. I'm an avid runner and full-time student, so it took time for me to get into the cycling game. A year and a half riding an old Bianchi (80's model?) I bought from a friend on campus led me to save up and invest in a new bike. I've been riding a 2006 Trek 5200 for about a week! I climb like a champ, and bomb downhills without fear of dry-rot pistol grips fluttering up the (nearly useless) brake cables at me, or taking a turn too sharp and fighting death wobble. Fortunately, riding a double with only 6 cogs on the rear cassette in Marin county has made me pretty strong on the hills. Looking forward to finally doing a few of Northern California's more famous rides with a bike I have confidence in. I've been acquiring "junk" bikes from friends, too. I'd like to learn some basic repair skills. I think it would be quite useful and helpful to get others out the door that are too lazy to get out on a bike they aren't confident riding because of lack of upkeep.
The Trek 5200 is a great bike...as you can see. Glad to have you here at Bike Forms. Be sure and check out Foo when you have a chance. I'm sure you'll be able to find some BF folkd in your area that are roadies.
Welcome to BF. Check out the regional thread for Northern California as well.
Welcome to BF. There is alot of great rides around the bay. Im in the south bay, and I ride road and mountian.