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Old 10-11-11, 07:45 AM   #1
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Greetings from Aruba!

Hi everyone. I have been reading the forums for quite some time now and finally had a chance to sign up. Lots of good info, motivation and experience in here. Great stuff.

About me and cycling: I started young, BMX and bikes we'd put together. I did triathlons from 15 till 19 and then stopped. After that I started skateboarding and surfing more but picked up cycling again a few years ago. Started with MTB but I realized I really love the road. So you can find me on the blacktop at least 3 times a week. Loving it.

I ride a Renault endurance which is basically a cyclocross type bike, which I converted in a road/tri bike. By removing the front shocks and replacing it with a carbon fork, changed the stem, handlebars and adding an aerobar, brakes and shifters. It's a solid ride, and not too expensive.

The greatest thing I like about riding is what I see around me. I get a view unlike with any other vehicle and get to places I haven't been before. I'm in traffic. Meet people I haven't met. The physical part of it, workout, but combined with speed, control and balance is just great. I love it.

But I guess you guys must feel the same. Bless. I added a pic of my bike.
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Old 10-11-11, 08:17 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome!

Aruba, as part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands? How is riding there?

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Old 10-11-11, 09:13 AM   #3
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Yup, part of the kingdom of the Netherlands, but riding here is way different than riding in the Netherlands. It's warmer and the infrastructure is not really made for it, we don't have bicycle paths. But we have nice scenery, some hills and good weather all year around.

Although we have a large amount of cyclists in Aruba who ride for sport, competition or training, we do not have a big group of people who ride for fun or transportation. Which is too bad because its beautiful to ride here. I keep a few extra bikes at the house for when I want to ride with friends, so I can lend them one when i manage to convince them to join me.

Most of the cyclists go off road here and there are a bunch of events, the north shore is all off road. We do have some road bike teams locally, some fast guys in there. I need to train more to keep up with them. For now my goals are triathlons. 20-40K rides but in combination with running and swimming.
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Good morning Arubudub! Hope all is well and greetings from Wisconsin.

I will be in Aruba from 10-19 February staying in a house near the Aruba Racquet Club. I'm leaving my road bike at home, but am planning to pack either my Cyclocross bike or my mountain bike. I've been to Aruba enough times to know that I would be killed if I tried to use my road bike! Plan to do lots of running/swimming, but I definitely would like to get in some type of riding while I'm there to make sure I don't lose a week of triathlon training! Do you think I'll be OK using my cyclocross bike, or do you recommend that I go with my 29er?! Appreciate the advice and let me know if you need someone to ride or run with that week. - Chris
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Hi Chris, Well actually had a triathlon training yesterday morning where about 20 of us gathered and did a short triathlon for practice. There were some road bikes, tri bikes and 3-4 MTB's. We have some great MTB terrain on our north shore which would be good to ride for training, but we also have road. For training focusing on miles you could bring the cyclocross, but for training while enjoying the nice sights, terrain and air, definitely bring the 29er. Check out the pic, this was from yesterday.

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