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Old 05-19-07, 05:35 PM   #1
tothlalaka
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Hello Everybody,
I'm glad to join your group and share my thoughts/concerns about cycling.
I live in North Georgia (Gainesville) and I enjoy riding in the mountains. I used to live in Blairsville and I still drive up to the mountains to ride the "Gaps" and the NC mountains which are unbeleivably beautiful. I love the rides around Franklin,NC (Walnut Creek,Ellijay Rd,etc.) and Murphy where my "nchillbilly" friend is living. My base used to be triathlons but I have bad knees and I have been in and out of the sport for years. I mostly ride now,sometimes in groups but mostly alone. We organize rides with friends all the time and I am very eager to share my thoughts and experience about different routes. I do several centuries a year but I have never raced on the road nor do I have the desire now as I like safety in general. I am neither slow nor super fast and I love to see the improvement of my climbing power (whenever I train regularly and my knees are acceptable). I used to do beginner mtn. bike races a couple of years ago and I placed 1. and 3. but never chased my abilities to a new level in that sport.Last year I made a trip to Italy and I was lucky to ride the Stelvio and Mortirolo passes and it was an unforgettable experience. We plan a trip to the Dolomites this year too and will do Monte Zoncolan and a couple of passes around the Marmolada (Passo Fedaia,P. Pordoi,maybe P. San Pellegrino and P. Gaiu). Any of you guys had an experince in doing these climbs ? I am married with two kids who also stay physically "very" active.
All the best,would love hearing from you, Lajos
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Old 05-19-07, 06:42 PM   #2
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Welcome to BikeForums and welcome to Gainesville. I've lived here most of my life. I am a recent returnee to bicycling, and am enjoying the heck out of it. I rode the 3 Gap (Neels Gap, Wolf Pen Gap, Woody Gap, back to Turner's Corner) the weekend before last. My family has a house in Franklin, NC, but I've not ridden a lot there. Wayah Bald is something I want to try, though.

PM me if you are interested in hooking up with some riding groups 'round here.
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Old 05-20-07, 06:40 AM   #3
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Hello Lajos, great introduction there, but you left out what kind of bike or bikes you've got!

I'll look forward to seeing your posts around the board.

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Old 05-20-07, 08:59 PM   #4
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Sorry, you are right.
I ride a Cannondale Optimo bike with Ksyrium on the front an Rolf Vigor on the back. I have a front Hed Alps clincher wheel that I am a little afraid of now as it flatted 2 Tufo tub/clincher tires, one of them almost made me crash on a downhill. I also have a 5 year old Cannondale mtn. bike with Coda disc brakes, hardtail,rarely used lately. I use Garmin Edge 305 and I am on Motionbased as well.
Thanks for reminding, Lajos
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