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Old 05-01-07, 11:13 PM   #1
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1 month into biking! Hi everyone!! Read me!

Hi guys,
I bought my first bike about 4 weeks ago and it was a 07 Trek 7200. It's a hybrid bike. I thought it was the coolest bike ever when I bought it, its a nice black color. Anyway, I bought it to bike with my friend on the weekends with an intention of possibility of biking to school.

Anyway, the first day I got it I was mapping out the route to school and back home and on the way home, I was going downhill kinda fast and I ended up in between two street car lanes. I was going pretty fast because my buddy was ahead of me and I wanted to catch up to him. So I decided I better turn out of these dangerous tracks and when I switched over, my front tire fell into the track and I CRASHED onto the ground!! That really screwed me up and I could not move too well for about 2 weeks or so.

Anyway I started biking again 2 weeks after my crash even though my knee wasn't that great. My knee would be really stiff and stuff but after like warming up, it would be sort of ok. So yeah I started biking and got a little stronger and stuff and I realized I didn't like the way my bike felt. Like the frame was too upright and I went to a couple of bike stores trying to get some straight handlebars since mine goes kinda up. Anyway, the guys just told me that it wasn't gonna help that much plus it would cost at least like $60. Not too cheap.

So I started visiting bike shops and talking to friends and I started to test some Bianchi's because my friend has a Veloce and he really likes Bianchi's. Anyway, I test rode a Brava, Strada, San Jose, and the Volpe since they are all around my price range. I thought I would like the Volpe since it made sense coming from a crappy hybrid but I actually had the most fun on the Brava. So, I got the Brava like the next day and yeah.

And then the next day, another friend decided we should bike to Stinson Beach from San Francisco. I didn't think too much and went along with the plan. I figured I had a smoking new bike and I could take on anything. Anyway, I ran out of water, took the wrong route, crashed, and I wore my schoolbag the whole way carrying some clothes and other stuff my friend didn't want to carry. I ended up being out there for like 4 hours and it was just totally not cool. It was poor planning and almost everything that could have went wrong went wrong!!

Anyway, the crash was not that major. I was going downhill and then the turn was really sharp and I couldn't complete the turn so I decided to run into the mountain. So yeah, I crashed into the mountain and a car saw me crash so it asked if I needed help, but I just gave him a thumbs up and he drove away. That wasn't so smart.. I got up and noticed my face and my left arm were scratched up decently and I had no water to clean the wound or anything. Plus, I wasn't near the beach, but I obviously thought I was. Anyway, I must have gotten lost after that and I ended up walking and asking some biker for help and he gave me some water to drink and helped me hitch a ride with a pickup that drove me to the beach so I can meet up with my friends..

Anyway, after that I realized I need a lot of gear for rides like that and since I had none, no wonder I failed! I didn't have enough water, enough energy bars, shouldn't have carried a backpack, no first aid kit, no spare tires or pump, no reception on my crappy cell phone. I just got screwed. Anyway, after that I'm trying to learn as much as I can so I don't go die again.

It's a lengthy intro, but that's me. If you're in SF, let's ride sometime. I think I should do something easy like the paradise loop. That's what I was told.

I look forward to chatting it up with you guys on the forums!
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Old 05-01-07, 11:17 PM   #2
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You've packed a lot of learning into just a few short weeks! I won't bother to tell you to slow down though .

There are tons of members from the Bay Area, just wander over to the Northern California regional forum to check out what's going on. At this time of year there's almost always something happening.

Welcome to BF, and be safe out there!

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Old 05-03-07, 12:27 AM   #3
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Thanks for guiding me to the regional forums.

And thanks for the welcome. Yes, safety first!
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