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    novellino
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    greetings from chicago near west suburbs

    berwyn to be precise

    hi all. i'm a new rider, on a new bike, who fits comfortably into the clydesdale category, and not thanks to any substantial height. i've logged about 225 miles in the last two months since i started riding (a couple of shorter weekday rides and a longer, 15-20mi weekend ride is my current regimen), and I am enjoying it immensely. I plan to keep riding outside all winter, as long as it's dry out. and upping my ride distance slowy but consistently. my first ride was just under 8 miles and i almost croaked. now it's a dozen rides and two months later - i did 20 last weekend and felt great. I'm sure it helps that I have a good friend who is well-experienced to ride with.

    For those interested in the bike, i'm riding a 54" Tommaso Monza. It's fairly entry-level, aluminum frame, light-ish, with tiagras in the front, 105s in the back. it's a compact geometry bike with carbon forks and nice quality welds all over it. I'd characterize the ride as responsive and somwhat stiff, but still comfortable. It's great for a beginner, with room to grow via component upgrades.

    I notice that from time-to time people inquire about Tommaso bikes, and i'd be happy to share my thoughts/experience on it so far with anyone interested.

    Ciao a tutti.

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    Lanky Lass East Hill's Avatar
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    Hello masimus, it sounds as if you have already explored a bit if you've found the Clydesdales forum. There's also a Great Lakes regional forum, if you haven't found that one yet.

    It does help to have someone around to urge one on with one's efforts, especially during the winter months. Keep up the good work!

    Benvenuto!

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    Hi masimus,

    Greetings from the far south 'burbs.

    Where are you riding?

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    Chief Slacking Officer ms.gio's Avatar
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    hello from the West Side of Chicago.
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    novellino
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    I'd love to do some street riding eventually, but right now im riding the salt creek trail mostly, and the I+M canal trail and have ventured down to the Palos trail in Tinley park once. The Palos trail is kinda far to go if i only have two hours free, i only get about an hour+ ride in after the drive there and back. I'm still looking for some good road rides to take as my endurance and confidence increase.



    Quote Originally Posted by Recycle
    Hi masimus,

    Greetings from the far south 'burbs.

    Where are you riding?

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