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    newbie in Midland, NC (CLT)

    I just got into bicycling a few weeks ago. I bought an Orbea Vuelta from the excellent folks at Ultimate Bike at Matthews, NC. They have proved a treasure of solid support and information for a newbie like me. I'm struggling with all my various cycle computer functions and aggressive farm dogs chasing me, but I'm still having a blast. I started with 2 miles, then 4, then 9, 13, and now 25, but it takes me two hours!

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    Lanky Lass East Hill's Avatar
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    Hello togliat, that's an excellent bike for your first go at it! Check out the regional forums for the Southeast and get to know your neighbours.

    Don't worry, the farm dogs will have you rapidly increasing your speed before long .

    Welcome to BF!

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    another cat...FAB! stevesurf's Avatar
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    Hello togliat and welcome to BF! I actually just got back from Hilton Head Island and I highly recommend it for a change of pace for a nice bike friendly area, if you can ever get down there. The Hampton Inn at the airport was about $85, and there's a really nice LBS (local Bike Shop) called Bicycle Link. I'm not familiar with your part of NC; is it near Charlotte? There are quite a few Charlottians here...

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    I find that if I try to outrun the dogs, they LOVE it. If I slow down, the get in close, snarling and baring their teeth. Yikes!



    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill
    Hello togliat, that's an excellent bike for your first go at it! Check out the regional forums for the Southeast and get to know your neighbours.

    Don't worry, the farm dogs will have you rapidly increasing your speed before long .

    Welcome to BF!

    East Hill

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    Midland, NC is just East of Charlotte, although I'm also familiar with the Duck/Kitty Hawk/Nags Head area of the Outer Banks, which is North of Hilton Head, right? It must be nice to ride near the beach, except, perhaps, for the sand in your cogs?



    Quote Originally Posted by stevesurf
    Hello togliat and welcome to BF! I actually just got back from Hilton Head Island and I highly recommend it for a change of pace for a nice bike friendly area, if you can ever get down there. The Hampton Inn at the airport was about $85, and there's a really nice LBS (local Bike Shop) called Bicycle Link. I'm not familiar with your part of NC; is it near Charlotte? There are quite a few Charlottians here...

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