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Old 06-16-11, 06:28 PM   #1
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Happy to be Here!

The title says it all. After 20 years off the bike, I returned last year with something of a vengeance.

I am a lifetime Central New Yorker (which is completely different than an Upstate New Yorker), and started riding in the Finger Lakes area in my teens. Had the thrill of working in a bike shop, and built up my Lotus Prestige framed zipster in the 80's. Road it 30 miles a day every day it wasn't snowing, to school, work and everywhere.

I really know why I gave it up, but I did. College, cars, broken collarbone and reduced shoulder range of motion, wife and kids. All that. Twice over the years I dusted off the Lotus, rode it once, had a numb shoulder, and stashed it away. Finally gave it away two years ago to a good neighbor who would use it.

One year later I finish my 5 yr hiking quest, and get roped into committing to a 75 mile bike ride in the Adirondacks. I buy an inexpensive big box hybrid (DIamondBack Insight?) on clearance. First ride on it is 68 miles around one of the lakes. Sore but in love again. No shoulder issues. Wonder why I ever gave it up.

I then give the Diamonback to my Dad (to help him recover from hip replacement surgery) and buy a Specialized Sirrus Sport - alum frame, carbon fork - that I had asked a LBS to get in before I cheaped out on the Diamondback. They were very cool (in fact they are now my defacto clubhouse).

And thats where this forum comes in. Over the next 1400 miles and the summer, I replaced, upgraded and tweaked every part on it. From lurking, I figured out how to get mountain bike shifters to work sweetly with road compact and standard cranks, the pros and cons of different bottom brackets, and how I seem to be the only guy in the world that doesn't find aluminum frames "buzzy" or uncomfortable. By December 2010, I had replaced every part on the Sirrus except frame, fork, and headset.

So in April I bought a frame, fork, and headset, and now have two bikes. I am not giving either away this time.

So thats me. And again, happy to be here.
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Old 06-16-11, 07:07 PM   #2
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Old 06-16-11, 07:25 PM   #3
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I didn't know how the whole build thing would go, so I bought an aluminum Nashbar frame.. the integrated head set road frame.. and it has been a dramatic improvement over the Sirrus. My bike shop pals thought I was nuts and said I would hate it.. they have since all test ridden it and declared it a "surprisingly nice" ride. I have visions of a carbon frame bike when I am off of it, but they go away as soon as I ride.

The Sirrus is now being converted to a single speed knobby tire bike to ride in the park and on the canal trails with my 10 year old.
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Old 06-17-11, 05:57 AM   #5
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Hi and welcome to the forums. I have owned a Sirrus for several years now and just got a Ruby...amazing now going back to the Sirrus how inefficient it feels. Enjoy your new bike.
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Thanks for all the greetings. I think the Sirrus was (and is) a great first bike, but riding it after anything else does feel awkward. I thought I had dialed it in to be aerodynamic but now I realize what a sail board I was on it. Grasschoppette, congrats on the Ruby. has to be quite the contrast.
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