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Old 09-27-07, 06:18 AM   #1
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New guy in PA.

Hey everyone! New guy here. I guess you could call me a Clydesdale. I'm getting into biking for fun, fitness and time with family and friends.

My dad discovered road biking a few years ago and is way into it. He rides a ton. I don't have as much free time as he does but I'll get out there as much as I can.

For now I'll be riding a lead sled Mongoose rigid MTB I picked up at Dicks a few years ago on the trails. As I get more comfortable in the saddle and the savings account builds up I'll be picking up a roadie as well as a better MTB.

I'll post up some pics of the family's rides later.

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Old 09-27-07, 06:26 AM   #2
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Whereabouts in PA are you?

I'm in Conshohocken meself.
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Old 09-27-07, 06:30 AM   #3
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Welcome! Are you in a flat part or bumpy part of PA? My bit is quite bumpy - hated it at first, but now most hills are just part of the ride. Are you going to try and commute?
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Hello Lee, as you can see, there are a lot of members in PA!

Good riding, don't forget to visit the Clydesdales/Athenas forum, and

Welcome to BF!

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Old 09-27-07, 06:54 AM   #5
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Welcome, lstiffler! I ride in the Lansdale, Chalfont, and Doylestown areas. As well as a few others. See you around the forums. I'm a Clyde as well, so maybe we'll see you in the Clyde area.
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Old 09-27-07, 07:28 AM   #6
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I'm in Carlisle. I won't be commuting just yet. It's about a 20 mile drive to work on some pretty hairy roads.

I'll be starting out on some rails to trails as I can't find any beginner to intermediate MTB trails around. I know they're there I just have to find them.
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Old 09-27-07, 08:32 AM   #7
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I'm in Carlisle. I won't be commuting just yet. It's about a 20 mile drive to work on some pretty hairy roads.

I'll be starting out on some rails to trails as I can't find any beginner to intermediate MTB trails around. I know they're there I just have to find them.
I've been to Carlisle - the PSCF State Scholastic Chess Championship is held there - and I agree many of the roads are bike-unfriendly. Good luck.
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Whereabouts in PA are you?

I'm in Conshohocken meself.
Spring City here, Spike. Care to ride sometime?
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Spring City here, Spike. Care to ride sometime?
Sure. Where is Spring City?
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Old 09-27-07, 08:38 AM   #10
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Welcome. I live in Langhorne Pa.
Good luck with your new road bike when you get it. There are some good bike shops up your way.
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Old 09-27-07, 08:52 AM   #11
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Sure. Where is Spring City?
I'm closer to Kimberton, actually. Outside of Phoenixville. PM me to set up a place and time to meet for a ride.
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Hey everyone! New guy here. I guess you could call me a Clydesdale. I'm getting into biking for fun, fitness and time with family and friends.
Welcome to BikeForums, Lee. I'm yet another Keystoner!

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Old 09-27-07, 09:05 AM   #13
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One more PA cyclist. Mountain Top, PA. Yes the name says it all, lots of hills.
Not sure if I can call myself a cyclist yet, only have 75 miles on my new road bike (Giant OCR3). I am enjoying it and I think I'll be going the 33 mile ride in the bucks county covered bridge ride oct 14th.
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One more PA cyclist. Mountain Top, PA. Yes the name says it all, lots of hills.
Not sure if I can call myself a cyclist yet, only have 75 miles on my new road bike (Giant OCR3). I am enjoying it and I think I'll be going the 33 mile ride in the bucks county covered bridge ride oct 14th.
I used to grouse hunt thereabouts 15 years ago. A lot of looooooong steep-up and steep-down hills there.
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Welcome to PA......good cycling and fly fishing out that way
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I used to grouse hunt thereabouts 15 years ago. A lot of looooooong steep-up and steep-down hills there.
Now it is probably 20 acres of blacktop with big box stores anchored by a "Just Tampons" mega complex.

Paradise found is paradise lost!
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Welcome to the forums. The Harrisburg Bike club just had their annual ride out of LeTort park in Carlisle back on the 16th and it covered a lot of really nice roads. You should keep it in mind for next year. You can opt for one of two 25 mile rides, a 50 mile ride, or mix and match them for a 75 or 100 mile ride. Hopefully next year it will be at least above 50 degree's at starting time.
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Now it is probably 20 acres of blacktop with big box stores anchored by a "Just Tampons" mega complex.

Paradise found is paradise lost!
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Now it is probably 20 acres of blacktop with big box stores anchored by a "Just Tampons" mega complex.

Paradise found is paradise lost!

No. Mountain Top is not like that at all.
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No. Mountain Top is not like that at all.

Glad to hear that. Thanks
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No. Mountain Top is not like that at all.
And probably never will be. Mountains don't lend themselves well to big box stores and acres of blacktop.
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I live in Mechancisburg, also a board line clydesdale. I got the bike but can't seem to ride that much. the roads are way to crowded. I plan on joining HBC in the spring. They have several rides coiming out of Carlisle, they meet at the MJ Mall for road and mountain. Do a google search for the Harrisburg Bicycle Club and look at their newsletter for daily rides.
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Shoutin hey from Quakertown... In the NICE part of Bucks County. Home of the Covered Bridges.
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Jay68442,

Right across the valley from you in Dallas.
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Stacy,

I grew up in Quakertown. We still have a house there, I make it down occasionally. Still love that area.
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