I consider myself relatively new to the biking world, as I have only recently become interested in everything bikes. I'm looking to take in as much as I can, because I bike on a daily basis whether it is for fitness, fun or function. Besides childhood bmx bikes and whatnot, my first and current bike I own is a '04 Cannondale f600. I used to do a lot more trail riding and mountain biking when I got the bike 5 or 6 years ago, but since then I use it mostly for getting to work or getting around town for whatever reason. Recently, I rode my Cannondale over 80 miles to get from Binghamton, NY to Roscoe, NY in the Catskills. I knew I wanted a road bike before that trip, but my notions were solidified after that little trek.
So, what really brought me to this forum, was the $60 road bike sitting in someone's front lawn that I just purchased. Curious as to the 650C wheels, I did some researching on what was left of the silver/pink decals on the blue Nishiki, and I was led to a thread talking about what seems to be my exact bike. A 1991 Nishiki NFS Alpha with a bunch of Shimano 600 parts.
Yo Brad - welcome. I grew up on the east side of the Catskills between Newburgh and New Paltz and still have family there. I began cycling with a $60 consignment store bike that got me hooked. That bike did not fit, I subsequently found out, but I was still amazed by how quickly and silently it rolled along. This is mostly a very good place to hang but, not surprisingly, there are a few idiots. Fortunately, not too many of those or there would be not point to this website. There is much good information for problem solving and everyone is happy to help. I spend most of my time on the 50+ forum as I'm an old timer wherever I go.
I know its getting close to the Chris Thater race in a week or so, but I was wondering if I could pick your brain since you offered. I saw that there is a "public" race and was curious if that is something a beginner cyclist with no racing experience and no group riding experience nonetheless. Honestly, I get a little psyched out reading the forums with how many rules and courtesies there are within this sport. So, basically I feel like I am physically able to compete, but am a little bit nervous about everything else.
Anyways, I was just hoping you could give me a little insight as to what the Chris Thater race is like, and if the public race is something that beginners regularly participate in.
Not sure if you will see this in time, but I didn't have enough posts to PM you