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Old 03-13-05, 08:37 PM   #1
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Aloha from still snowy Buffalo

Hi All,

OK, so we got another inch of snow today. Please be easy on the jokes!

I have been riding my mountain bike on the road for the last few years for exercise (Trek 4300). Usually around 60 miles a week. Have a good 12 mile route with some hills. Put road tires on the bike 2 years ago and there was a huge difference (obviously). Was able to get to 17mph avg according to computer.

I live in an area where there is a lot of club activity on the roads. So watching them effortlessly zoom by me was a little disconcerting! So after consulting with a few people at work who ride in clubs, and after reading some of the great posts on this board, I bought a road bike the other day at a local bike shop. Which I must say was one of the best buying experiences I've ever had. They spent a couple hours with me on fitting, etc. Definitely not like the bigger shops that just want your money and beat it.

OK, so now I know why the roadies were effortlessy zooming by! Wow! What a difference! Power transfer was nothing like I'd ever felt on a bike. OK, so I guess I'll be shooting for the 20 mph avg this year. Also thinking about joining a local club.

Thanks for all the great posts that helped me decide on what bike to choose. I bought a spanking brand new 2005 Fuji Roubaix and put Look PP357's on it. Think I got some good bang for the buck on it. As for the pedals? Dont think I'll have too much trouble. Took a couple times to get used to clipping in and out, but it wasnt that hard!

Anyway, thanks again for all the good posts here. Cant wait to put some miles on it! Cheers
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Old 03-16-05, 10:11 PM   #2
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Greetings Buffalo Comrade!
I also live in snowy tundra area, excellent is it not?

What horse shop did you use, comrade? And what hills find ye in this area? I am baffled indeed.


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Old 03-16-05, 10:47 PM   #3
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ah yes, greetings zalaf. Actually picked up the pony at Tom's pro bike in Lancaster. Doing laps around Elma area. Nothing big as far as hills go. Comparatively mole hills. Not like some of the posts here where bikers are going at 7% climbs for miles at a time, but enough to kick my butt a little late in the ride! Will definitely kick it up a notch this year.

I see a glimpse of 40 degree weather next week , so it looks like time to break her in a little.
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Aye, indeed the horse riding will prevail in every aspect! If I see you i will blow on a harmonica, if you experience this let me know for it is I who blows harmonica at all biking comrades seen on the streets!
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Old 03-21-05, 09:30 AM   #5
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Glad to hear from other western New Yorkers. You want hills? Go south @ 80 miles. I live near Jamestown and we have nothing but hills here. I came to the conclusion that if I want to ride I had best learn to like hills. Seems the downhills take 20 seconds and the ups 20 minutes--or more. Oh well, good practice for future long-distance touring. Congrats on your purchase.

Any other western New Yorkers out there--female type???????
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Another ex-western NYer here. I used to love the ride from my old home in Tonawanda, along the river to the Peace Bridge, Across into Canada and down the parkway to Niagara Falls, back across the Rainbow into the US and home to Tonawanda.
I miss the flat lake plains area - You could really cruise along.
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Old 04-26-05, 08:48 PM   #7
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Fellow buffalonians,

i thought it fitting that my first post to this site be in the buffalo thread. so hello, and happy riding
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