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Old 05-16-03, 05:43 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 05-16-03, 05:49 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 05-16-03, 06:48 AM   #3
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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.

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Old 05-16-03, 07:44 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 05-16-03, 08:07 AM   #5
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Welcome, you will find lots of nice people with plenty of advice, sometimes contradicting, but good anyway.
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Old 05-16-03, 10:21 AM   #6
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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!
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Old 05-16-03, 10:31 AM   #7
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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.

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PM me if I can help ya out or to get a ride going.
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Old 05-16-03, 03:08 PM   #8
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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.

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Old 05-19-03, 08:04 AM   #9
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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.
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Old 05-20-03, 07:24 AM   #10
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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.

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Old 05-22-03, 08:29 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 05-23-03, 12:57 PM   #12
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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!

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Old 05-23-03, 01:04 PM   #13
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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.
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