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Old 10-02-07, 02:15 PM   #1
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Hi All

An avid road biker years ago (30! holy sh*t) I have found myself getting interested in road biking again.

I still have an old Rex Criterium in the garage but technology has changed in a big way and am looking to get current and not exceed my needs. I have a cabin on the Blue Ridge Parkway and look forward to riding the parkway (in select areas) in the near future. I realize this is a big topic but any thoughts about what I need to get would be appreciated.
I am about 180lbs somewhat fit, but I am expecting I may feel different about my perceived fitness level after a long climb.

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Hello Mike, first question is usually what kind of budget you've set...and whether or not you plan on moving somewhere where you might need more than one gear.

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Hi Easthill,

I tend to buy better gear than I need..I've got to get a handle on that someday. I am watching a few bikes on ebay but I need to get up on frame sizing etc. I am close enough to the Blue Ridge to go and ride there anytime I can get a few days off. I was going to move there until our real estate hit the skids.

Love your blog! I have sent some friends of mine to it. One of our locals does a nature/travel photo blog you may like. I'll PM the link when I get it.

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Hi Easthill,

I tend to buy better gear than I need..I've got to get a handle on that someday. I am watching a few bikes on ebay but I need to get up on frame sizing etc. I am close enough to the Blue Ridge to go and ride there anytime I can get a few days off. I was going to move there until our real estate hit the skids.

Love your blog! I have sent some friends of mine to it. One of our locals does a nature/travel photo blog you may like. I'll PM the link when I get it.

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If you can afford it, it's a good idea to buy more bike than you think you need at the moment...especially since the reason for asking about moving is because you currently don't really need a lot of gears in Florida. But you will need gears if you ride in the Blue Ridge . Since you said that in the past you were an avid biker, I would guess that a lower end bike would not keep you happy for long.

Check out some of the stickies in the Road Cycling forum--they are sorted according to how much your budget can stand.

Thanks for the comments about the blog! I wondered how I got a person from Florida looking at my slugs . I would love the link, I always enjoy nature/travel photo blogs.

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