Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    McDonough, GA
    Posts
    8
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Brand Newbie from Georgia

    Hello everyone,

    Let me start off by saying I am extremely new to this sport and looking for all you veterans to take me under your wing to show me the ropes. I am in the process of buying my wife and I our first bike. I haven't had a bike since... well its been a long long time.

    We wanted to start doing something we could really enjoy together and get out in nature. I do experience the North Georgia mountains quite frequently but its mostly a blur at speed. I ride my motorcyle up there once or twice a month and always seem to notice all the folks up there on there mountain bikes.

    As I ride by on the motorcycle sometimes I am thinking these people are amazing! Those hills are huge!!! But it catches my eye everytime. So when my wife suggested mountain biking I was thinking, HELL YEAH!(can I say hell?)

    Well now you know I ride motorcycles. I also play highly competitive volleyball and like to frequent the golf course. I am definitely better at the volleyball.

    What I do:
    I am a project manager for a traffic signal construction company. I won't bore you with the details.

    I am really looking forward to chatting with all of you and hopefully get to meet some of you in the near future. Right now I have to find some bikes, so if any of you have any suggestions, please send them my way.

    My brother used to have a Gary Fisher a few years back and I really liked it. So for some reason I am leaning heavily in that direction. Thank you in advance for all your help.

    Brandon Oravetz
    McDonough, GA
    Who is John Galt?

  2. #2
    Jungle lady cbhungry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Atlanta, Georgia
    My Bikes
    gary fisher cake
    Posts
    849
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    welcome. My husband and I head up to North Gerogia frequently (much less so with our 19mos old daughter) for our mountain bike rides. If you need any suggestions on good beginners trails, let us know. By the way, the best thing to do may be to take your bikes out on forest service roads. They are technically easy yet provide good stamina training.
    Last edited by cbhungry; 05-16-03 at 06:03 AM.
    Ride forever, work whenever.
    XX power
    Eat more mud, mountain bike 'till you die!

    http://www.pnhp.org/

  3. #3
    On Your Right ZackJones's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Warner Robins, GA
    Posts
    1,422
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Brandon: Welcome. I'm here in Georgia as well, just down the road in Warner Robins. It's great that you and your wife are interested in riding together. Donna and I ride together a few times a week and it's made a good relationship even better.

    There's some great bike shops up your way. The only one I've dealt with is FreeFlite in Marietta and I'd recommend them. I'm sure some of the other folks from the metroa Atlanta fill you in on which ones to check out.

    BTW, what kind of motorcycle do you ride? I used to ride and really enjoyed it. My last motorcycle was a 95 Honda CBR 600.

    Zack
    "You never fail, you simply produce results. Learn from these" - Anonymous

  4. #4
    Mercrudgeon Bikedud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    NW, Georgia
    My Bikes
    Favorites- Giant TCR Advanced SL, Torelli Corsa Strada, Schwinn Paramount Titanium, Fat Chance Wicked, Lemond Zurich, Specialized Allez SE, Trek 930, others
    Posts
    597
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Brandon,

    Welcome to the Forums. I'm sure you will love cycling and if your lucky you won't even miss that big motor your used to having underneath you.
    The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
    Somerset Maugham

  5. #5
    Senior Member Bobatin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Newnan, GA
    Posts
    402
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Welcome, you will find lots of nice people with plenty of advice, sometimes contradicting, but good anyway.
    So, if you're in the car, waiting impatiently. . . get over it - you're not that special.
    "Its not what you take when you leave, Its what you leave when you go."
    Some country and western song

  6. #6
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    McDonough, GA
    Posts
    8
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks everyone for the welcome. I really appreciate it. CB I am going to take you up on the location of the good beginner trails.

    Zack,
    I will definitely check out freeflight. It would take me about 45 minutes to get there but a good bike shop is worth it in my mind. My current motorcycle is an 02' Honda RC51. I love it. It's now time to add to my two wheel activities. Kelli doesn't quite like riding on the motorcycle so we decided to get into this for something to do together.

    Bikedud,
    I'm thinking the cycling will help me acquire more skill that I can apply to both disciplines.

    Bobatin,
    I don't doubt it. But difference of opinion is good in my mind. It keeps everyone on there toes.

    Thanks again to the welcoming committee!
    Who is John Galt?

  7. #7
    Crank Crushing Redneck SamDaBikinMan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    A van down by the river.
    My Bikes
    Bikes are environmentally damaging
    Posts
    2,600
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Brandon, get up to bike center in Stockbridge and talk to Willard. They have one of the best inventories of bikes south of Atlanta. Willard is a super nice fella and local enough to you for regular service and stuff.

    I live about 15 miles from McDonough and will be using the new Golds gym there some once they get it finished so perhaps we can hook up. My wife also rides so your wife could have some female company.

    Dawsett trails would be a good starting place out close to high falls state park.
    Not a bad drive from McD.

    Welcome fellow Georgian.

    Sam,
    PM me if I can help ya out or to get a ride going.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

  8. #8
    On Your Right ZackJones's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Warner Robins, GA
    Posts
    1,422
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Originally posted by Southside_OVRC
    My current motorcycle is an 02' Honda RC51. I love it. It's now time to add to my two wheel activities. Kelli doesn't quite like riding on the motorcycle so we decided to get into this for something to do together.
    Nice bike. I have a friend who has one and he loves it. Donna was the same way with the motorcycle. She didn't like wearing a helmet because it messed up her hair or so she said. Funny thing is she doesn't have a problem wearing a bike helmet

    Again, welcome. Hopefully Donna and I will see you and Kelli on the road one of these days.

    Zack
    "You never fail, you simply produce results. Learn from these" - Anonymous

  9. #9
    Life is good RonH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Between Crystal River and Hernando, Florida, 6 miles west of the Withlacoochee Trail
    My Bikes
    I've had several since 1999 but have settled on my beloved 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and my latest, a 2013 Cannondale CAAD 10.
    Posts
    13,718
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi Brandon and welcome to BikeForums.
    If you ever consider getting a road bike there's a great ride that meets at the Atlanta Motor Speedway every Sunday. They do 25-45 miles on some scenic and lightly travelled back roads.
    I head down there occasionally and ride with them.
    Send me a PM if you want more information.
    My bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---
    2013 Cannondale CAAD 10 2 "Racing Edition"--The bike shop owner said it's toast after the car-bike accident. R.I.P.
    * * 2014 or 2015 CAAD 10 3 coming soon. Decision time. * *

    Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles Schultz

  10. #10
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    McDonough, GA
    Posts
    8
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sam,

    I talked to Willard the yesterday. I have been in that store three or four times in the last week and a half. We're more than likely going to go to him for our bikes. He beats Free flite on price and he is very cool. I talked to for a while. He sounds very customer oriented and wants to keep us happy. We definitely need to go ride. I've ridden down to High Falls on my motorcycle. Kelli could use some female company as well.

    Brandon
    Who is John Galt?

  11. #11
    Senior Member PrimalQ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Marietta, GA
    Posts
    93
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hello Brandon; Welcome to the forums. I live in Marietta and I ide both Road and Mtb. If you do go north I would recommend Bull Mtn. I think it is one of the best trails in N GA. There are so many to choose from you can't go too wrong with any of them.
    People usually ask me "Why do you ride?" and I always answer "Because I Can"
    :cool: PrimalQ

  12. #12
    NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS! a2psyklnut's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2000
    Location
    From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
    My Bikes
    Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
    Posts
    7,965
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Man, how's that for being taken under a wing?

    I LOVE reading stuff like this!

    New member, already hooking up with 3 or 4 others.

    BTW, my wife and I both ride. We have to plan ahead for long weekends for trips up to N GA or NC, but enjoy the time camping and riding.

    I'm also in construction. I'm a PM for my local School District. I build and remodel schools. Jobs o.k., but I'd rather be riding!

    L8R
    "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
    "Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger

  13. #13
    Mercrudgeon Bikedud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    NW, Georgia
    My Bikes
    Favorites- Giant TCR Advanced SL, Torelli Corsa Strada, Schwinn Paramount Titanium, Fat Chance Wicked, Lemond Zurich, Specialized Allez SE, Trek 930, others
    Posts
    597
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Originally posted by a2psyklnut
    BTW, my wife and I both ride. We have to plan ahead for long weekends for trips up to N GA or NC, but enjoy the time camping and riding.
    If you make to N. Ga. You will have to look me up. I can treat you to some great rides, road or mountain, with really sweat scenery.
    The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
    Somerset Maugham

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •