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Old 07-31-08, 08:24 PM   #1
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Hello from Minnesota **Pics Added

Hey everyone. I've been lurking here for a while and thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Mike, I'm from central MN and just started riding this spring. I started out with a '94 Trek Multi Track hybrid and just bought (yesterday) a Bianchi via Narone7. It's a great road bike for me. I road it for the first time tonight other than testing it and man is it fast compared to my Trek.

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Welcome to the forums. Yeah after getting used to the gearing and weight of a hybrid or MTB, a roadie really flies. Congrats on the new bike. Of course you realize you will soon be springing for pedals, shoes, bib shorts, jerseys, all the stuff that us roadies refer to as bike schwag.
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...and hello to you from somebody who used to be from Minnesota. Grew up there, in the cities.

Anyway, welcome. Lots of good info here.
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Hello mncyclist, sometimes it seems as if the most important function of a mountain bike is to surprise cyclists on how much faster they can go on a road bike than on an MTB!

Do you have photos of the Bianchi?

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Thanks everyone, Here's some pics of the new ride.



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Very nice! Enjoy.
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Welcome to the fourms! I'm from MN as well... I know that when I go to visit my parents in central MN, finding good roads can be tough. There's lots of pavement and great places to go but the roads have a lot of patches, which can make riding a road bike tough. How are the roads around your area?
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There are some decent roads around here although trying to find a good one with any shoulder at all is tough. I'm not as comfortable riding in the driving lane.
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I like the way you gave your photos 'frames'. Nice photos, too!

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There are some decent roads around here although trying to find a good one with any shoulder at all is tough. I'm not as comfortable riding in the driving lane.
In my very limited experience of riding out in that area, I can tell you that most drivers approach cautiously and give cyclists a pretty wide berth. To me, it seemed better than riding here in the cities because the drivers don't see bicyclists every day and approach cautiously. In the cities, you are part of traffic and most drivers are not very worried about passing a cyclist with a foot or so, although the vast majority of drivers are courteous and give you plenty of space.

You may get more comfortable with riding in a lane of traffic as you ride more. I think that biggest problem you might have is that many people may not know that you can ride a bicycle in a lane of traffic (especially when there is no paved shoulder) and get some honks.
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