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Old 07-27-10, 12:04 PM   #1
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Haven't ever been into cycling... Until now.

Hi,

I'm a Colorado native currently living on the Front Range just west of Estes Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. I'm a 6' tall 230 pound 23 year old guy looking to lose some weight by cycling!

I'm new to the sport and don't really know anything about it. Which is the reason I'm here, to learn. I have an unknown year Specialized Hardrock that I really know nothing about. I bought it used from a LBS for $200 a year ago and can't seem to find any information about it on the Specialized website.

I bought my bike in an effort to pursue alternate transportation, and also as a way to get healthier.

At any rate I'm hoping to learn about cycling in general in addition to learning more about my bike!

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Old 07-27-10, 12:18 PM   #2
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what type or riding is there in your neck of the woods? Cross country stuff? I'd have to imagine that there are some pretty gnarly trails in the Rockies.
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To tell ya the truth I don't really know. I've only ever used my bike for riding around town, running errands, and there is a bike trail that goes almost all the way around the city. I know that cycling is a HUGE industry around here and there are always bikers on the roads. As far as the mountains are concerned, I know a lot of people go up into the Rockies but i don't know where or what the trails are like. Beside that, the tires on my bike don't have a good enough tread on them for me to want to try them in the hills anyway. It's a very smooth, low friction tread that makes it great for pavement or packed dirt on the bike sidewalk around town but I wouldn't trust them on the trails.

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How many posts does it take to get that bright red NEWBIE brand off of my avatar?

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Like 10 or so if I remember correctly.
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I have a '95 Hard Rock that is the same color scheme. With the tires switched out to something less knobby, but still tough, it's been great riding for riding around the city. If the LBS didn't update the brakes for you, look forward to that at some point. There's a grey plastic piece on them that will crack. You'll know if it happens because one of your pads will start dragging. There are plenty of tutorials online and brakes are pretty cheap. If I managed to install them, anyone can. :-)

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Wow! That looks pretty much identical to my bike! Which, in hind sight, makes me think that I got ripped off by paying 200 bucks for a bike thats 15 years old and goes new for ~400 now. Oh well I suppose.

I looked at my brakes, and I do see the gray plastic piece your referring to (I think). It looks like a spacer between the brake and the fork. Is this what you're talking about? If so then the LBS has outdone themselves by ripping me off in quality and price. Haha... Lesson learned. This is what I joined for! :-)

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How many posts does it take to get that bright red NEWBIE brand off of my avatar?

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And for future reference it appears to be 5 posts.
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Don't feel bad. I had a LBS tune it up a year ago and they didn't say word 1 to me about that issue. And once you start searching for information about it online you'll see that it's a pretty well known issue. Of course, maybe the kid that tuned up my bike was still sucking his thumb in '95. Who knows. I got a set of front & back brakes for $20. So far I've only had to replace the front. I bought the bike new but it had been languishing for many years. The brake problem happened within 30 miles of me riding it again. I'd say take it back and make them fix it if it happens within a month or two of purchase. Otherwise, it's a pretty easy fix.

Also, in settings I think you can change your status to whatever you like.
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