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Old 01-04-10, 09:30 PM   #1
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hi from north jersey

Probably should have posted here before diving in elsewhere but here goes...

After a long hiatus after college I decided that drinking beer simply was not going to get me into shape. Last summer I finally got slightly serious about working out and started hitting the gym and taking a cardio kickboxing class. It definitely worked and I was able to drop the beer gut. I've stuck with the kickboxing as it's an awesome workout and began running again but soon got tired of it. I have no idea where the idea of cycling popped into my head but it did and late sept. i started doing research and checking out road bikes. Shortly before Halloween i was the proud owner of a 2010 trek 2.1 and started riding several times a week while the weather was still warm. I don't have much of an idea what I'm doing but I'm slowly learning. I've been using runkeeper to track my stats and recently picked up a polar cs200 for the cadence and heart rate features as I intend to primarily train indoors this winter with some spinervals videos. Anyways, I recently joined the BTCNJ but have yet to get out for a ride (and realistically probably won't until it gets warmer again)

In terms of equipment, like I said i've got a Trek 2.1 with all 105 components other than the tiagra brakes. I picked this after riding several bikes and quickly deciding that i did not like the Sora shifters but also noticing a big difference between the Tiagra and 105 shifters in terms of smoothness and speed. Picked up a k.k road machine off craigslist for a good price and for Christmas got a new saddle, some nashbar clipless pedals and shoes. I've been using platforms since Oct. and after the 1 ride I got in with the clipless I can see how much i've been missing out! I've been satisfied with the overall performance of the bike to date and probably the only other "upgrade" i can see myself getting would be new wheels but defintely not anytime soon.

That's about all i got for now...
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Old 01-04-10, 09:35 PM   #2
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Welcome AK to Bike Forums.
It sometimes comes in handy to have an extra set of wheels.

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Old 01-04-10, 09:38 PM   #3
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Welcome to Bike Forums! Check out the Northeast regional forum for other NJ riders.

Do you have a photo of that new bike?
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Welcome to the Forums! You might also be interested in the Lancaster (PA) Bicycle Club's Covered Bridges Metric Century in August. It's a scenic ride that visits many of the covered bridges in the area. Perhaps more importantly (for someone on Bike Forums) it has served as an unofficial get together for the last few years, and many of the forum members come out for it. It's a great chance to meet the faces behind the user names. Any way, welcome again to the forums, and I hope you enjoy your time here!
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Old 01-05-10, 10:32 AM   #5
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Thanks guys- the Lancaster ride defintitely sounds like something I might be interested in- I've got a few pics of the bike floating around somewhere that I'll have to post when I find them
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