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Old 04-11-08, 06:53 PM   #1
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new to bikeforums hi :D

hi my name is martin I'm 18 years old and i live in rural Wisconsin. i used to consider my self a cyclist or experienced until i started reading these forums over the past couple weeks. the people are really friendly theres just alot more to biking than i thought.

i lived in a bad part of Milwaukee until i was 9 years old. i could never ride my bike alone or it would get stolen so when i moved to the middle of nowhere i went bike crazy and i have been for the other half of my life. i started commuting to elementary school and i never got tired of it. a nice bike ride is the best way to start off any day.

i currently ride a 2007 specialized hardrock sport. i made the transition from bmx to a mountain bike a couple years ago. i used to be a huge bmx freak. i do some light offroading now but mostly road riding. i bought a speedometer and became disappointed that i can only sprint up to 23 mph or so. now I'm saving up for a road bike for doing long distance commuting and joyriding in the beautiful Wisconsin countryside.

i used to get ridiculed for biking but now with the price of gas so high its increasingly less common. I've decided that I've ridden a bike most of my life and it's worked just fine so why change now. why sell out and be society's b*tch?

anyway thats enough rambling
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Hi Martin, I'm glad to hear that you find us friendly . We do like to think that BikeForums is the best and friendliest cycling forum out there!

Are you using slicks on the Hardrock? You might be able to up your speed some that way.

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Old 04-11-08, 08:18 PM   #3
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I wish I could do 23 mph. You would be faster on a road bike because it wiould have a bigger chainring and you would get more speed for the same rpm of your feet.
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i am unfortunatley not using slick tires. i have some pretty expensive nubby tires right now. i'd rather not spend the money to buy new tires right now since i offroad quite a bit. i suppose its better to have a dedicated road and dedicated off road bike than some half-@$$ed abomination in between.
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i am unfortunatley not using slick tires. i have some pretty expensive nubby tires right now. i'd rather not spend the money to buy new tires right now since i offroad quite a bit. i suppose its better to have a dedicated road and dedicated off road bike than some half-@$$ed abomination in between.

That's true enough if you ride a lot of off road. Still, 23 mph is quite respectable on a MTB.

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That's true enough if you ride a lot of off road. Still, 23 mph is quite respectable on a MTB.
I'd say!
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im not saying that 23 mph is terrible im just disappointed that i cant go any faster. i think a road bike will be the answer to my problems. i have 300 saved up so far im gonna try and find one thats 550-600 bucks
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You will definitely go faster with a road bike, that's for sure!

Take a look at the stickies in the Road Cycling forum for advice on road bikes in your price range.

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Old 04-12-08, 11:02 AM   #9
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Great user name! There is no one who likes The Big Lebowski I've met and haven't liked.
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Old 04-12-08, 11:07 AM   #10
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same here. I cant believe the name wasn't taken.
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