Join Date: May 2010
Location: Colorado Springs
Bikes: Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 29er | Marin ALP Fairfax
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Newbie who has bought two bikes in 6 weeks
I'm pretty new to cycling. I recently decided to get back into the sport, specifically Mountain Biking. After lots and lots of research on getting a good entry level Mountain bike, on April 2nd, I got a 2010 Specialized HardRock Sport Disc 29er. This bike has been a true pleasure for XC riding. I'm fortunate that I live in one of the best cities in the country for cycling - Colorado Springs. I've done quite a bit of XC riding as there are a lot of trails and mountains here very near by.
But a funny thing happened -- I've found myself also wanting to do urban/commuting/road-biking as well. I've tried to shoe-horn this new-found desire with my mountain-bike, but I have scoliosis and my Hardrock mountain-bike is not really suited for long distance riding with lots of elevation changes (it's a pretty heavy bike). With my scoliosis, anything longer than an hour starts to be painful and more difficult.
That meant I got to do more research, but this time for a road-bike. With my scoliosis, comfort was really high on the priority list. After test-driving a few bikes and reading countless reviews from many different sites, I decided to get a Marin Fairfax (20.5"). It seems to be a pretty good entry level road-bike.
So, here I am - a newbie who has purchased two bikes now in 6 weeks to help cure my insatiable desire for cycling.
Last edited by lnferno; 05-13-10 at 10:08 PM.