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Old 01-22-11, 05:30 PM   #1
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Lurking Noob reveals himself...

Greetings Earthlings! Ooops, wrong forum...

I am a noobie; should that be capitalized? Anyway, my name is Doc and I have been observing your interaction for a few days now and decided to reveal myself and thank you for the advice that you may not have know you imparted. Thank you.

I just bought my first "new" bicycle since receiving a 1975 Schwinn Varsity for my 14th birthday in 1975. I had such a great time on that bike and rode it everywhere...until I got my drivers license. Well, times have changed and so have my values. I just sold the last petroleum powered vehicle I owned 2 days ago and purchased a Trek 7.2 FX yesterday. Go Green! Sustainable transportation!!!

Now, I live in the "upper" Napa Valley in California and deal with a few "moderate" hills in my daily commute. I have lurked around on some "other" forums and decided on the 7.2 FX to meet my current requirements; so don't get

In my lurking, I have found this forum to be quite informative and entertaining; all good points IMHO. I look forward to learning so much more in the coming years (not lurking, but participating).

At bit about me and my bike. I am a 49 year old, 6' CLYDESDALE (currently 255 lbs) who has been riding a 1994 17" frame Mongoose Switchback "The Beast" (been to Burning Man X2) for the last month. During which, I put 67 miles under my wheels and lost over 3" on my belly. Not to mention, nearly 12lbs of my frame.

I have to admit that I "LOVE" the 7.2 FX. Of course, I suppose I would love any bike after riding the "BEAST". So much faster, easier gear switching, higher gear ratio (I defeated the dreaded Deer Park Road hill; a 220ft ascent in less that a 1/2 mile, on my inaugural ride) and my riding position is much more comfortable. Additionally, I can add racks and panniers for the touring I wish to do with my 11 year old Step-Son.

Speaking of my Step-Son, he will be getting a new bike in the next week, so I would like your input. He is about 5'4" tall and growing. He has ample clearance stepping over the 17" Mongoose. His last bike, which he out grew very quickly, was a Trek Jet 20. I am looking at a Trek 820 or 3500 in an 18" - 19.5" frame. I'm not sure he is ready for a "road" bike just yet, but I want the purchase to satisfy our current, and potentially future, needs to do some touring. He and I love to camp and hike, so I'm looking for something <$500 that will do the job for the next 2-3 years.

Again, you are all great. Give yourselves a pat on the back for me.

Thanks,

Doc

Oh, here are some pics of my new ride....











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Old 01-22-11, 05:36 PM   #2
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Welcome Doc.
Nice intro.
Now go put some miles and some road dirt on the new bike.
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I put about 6-12 miles on, 4-5 times during the week. As you can tell, I've only got 6.5 miles on the new Baby. I thought about wiping her down when I got back from town, since I saw some "dust" on the pedals, frame, etc. But I decided against it. She'll get a weekly wipe down and no more (unless I take her off road). My goal this year is to do a half century on my 50th birthday in Oct. Of course, everyone is telling me I could do a century on that day with the mileage I put in on a weekly basis. We'll see... maybe.

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I put about 6-12 miles on, 4-5 times during the week. As you can tell, I've only got 6.5 miles on the new Baby. I thought about wiping her down when I got back from town, since I saw some "dust" on the pedals, frame, etc. But I decided against it. She'll get a weekly wipe down and no more (unless I take her off road). My goal this year is to do a half century on my 50th birthday in Oct. Of course, everyone is telling me I could do a century on that day with the mileage I put in on a weekly basis. We'll see... maybe.Doc
You can do the 100 Doc....I know you can.
I did 17 of them last Oct.
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Listen 10 Wheels, obviously you have a "bit" of experience on me. I am huffing and puffing and sweating through everything just riding at a comfortable pace (12-16 mph) for 16 miles to my office. I have only logged 77.2 miles since the beginning of the year. Though I know that my new bike has "DRASTICALLY" improved my time, a century is just so daunting to me at this point. Hell, a metric century is daunting at this point. Of course, encouragement, like yours, goes a long way to motivate an individual. Keep it up. :-)

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But you are so young, with a New Fast Bike.
68 y/o with bad lungs here, with a bike that has 30,000 miles on it.
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Oh! OK! I feel so much better. Wow! Maybe I really can do this? I think I can, I think I can...
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