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Old 05-18-12, 07:52 AM   #1
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Hello from Aventura (North Miami), FL

Hi folks, I recently bought my first bike in many years. I got a cheap Trek aluminum mountain bike from the local shop. Only now am I learning that my riding profile fits much better that of a touring or commuter cyclist* but I had no way of finding that out before I got the bike and started riding. At least the thing was cheap. I installed a rear rack and now I'm installing some Wald baskets, I might replace the nubby tires, and I'm looking into adding bar ends to make my long road rides more comfortable... obviously a rather uneducated newbie I hope to find other likeminded folks from my area...

*Not actual multiday touring, since my work schedule is so busy, or actual commuting, since I walk 5 minutes to work -- more like 50 mile urban rides on my one day off, which is Wednesday, just going around the Miami/FtL area looking for interesting places to visit and things to do.
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Old 05-18-12, 03:48 PM   #2
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Hello from LBTS yeah I,m not so far from you. Sometimes make it down to Oleta State park for a ride on the tracks. Pricepoint.com has some tires that do me well they are IRC smoothies and run at 95psi.
I generally get about 3000 miles on them for 20ish dollars. They certainly make the ride much quieter. you should try Oleta state park, off roading gives you a much better allround workout and you don't
have the mad S FL drivers trying to kill you. Good luck riding and enjoy yourself.
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Old 05-19-12, 02:41 PM   #4
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Ride it for a while to decide what you do or don't like about it. Then you'll be in a better position to decide what you might like next.
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thanks folks. yeah the well-meaning salesman pushed me on a mountain bike because he figured i would want to try offroading in Oleta River and elsewhere. I went over there and I did like riding in the quiet park but I did not like the actual trails -- it felt like biking inside of a washing machine that was filled up with stones and switched on. Way too bumpy. I liked the dirt roads that connected the trails together, though. It would be cool to find other park type places to bike around away from cars but with flat road style trails, not singletrack or whatever that stuff is called but in my heart i'm a transportation biker, I like being able to go places and not have to pay for gas or parking, I like biking that is punctuated by pit stops at hipstery cafes and that sort of thing.. it seems that around me EVERYONE is a biker but they only like to bike on trails and in parks, not on the street to get around.

@Surly: Yes, I'm in no hurry to buy a different bike right away... I'm having fun with this guy... learning...

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