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    Senior Member John Redcorn's Avatar
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    New biker/poster in Tulsa, OK

    Hi all, haven't rode in 20 years since I was 15 and got my drivers license except once a few miles on some pile of junk rental at the castaway cay resort earlier this year.

    Our 2 girls 8 and almost 10 never learned to ride and it made me and the wife feel like bad parents since we both learned at 4 or 5. They had some little kid bikes with training wheels and would cry and whine every time we took the training wheels off and told them to give it a try. Well, we got them new 20" bmx type bikes (from walmart) for Christmas and they both picked it up in a hurry. Funnily, my oldest who is very small and a big fraidy-cat picked it up in less than 5 minutes, where the younger more brave/athletic/stronger one took a couple days longer.

    I decided right then I needed to have a bike myself and be able to ride with them. Walmart bikes are ok for a kid who's going to want something bigger in a few years but I wanted to ride around the neighborhood with them + be able to regularly ride on park trails at lunch to get in better shape. (Used to lift and run a lot before kids but have kinda let that slide into not doing it at all and gained me about 25 lbs.) But I didn't have much money to spend and didn't think spending big money on something I may not be totally into was a good idea so I got a Diamondback Outlook hardtail mountain bike on clearance at Dick's for $150. As far as I could tell reading on the internet before I bought this it's a pretty good step up from a WM bike but certainly nothing like a lot of you all have. (I work in I.T. so I kinda do hate the name)

    I got it home and went on a ride with my oldest daughter, her 1st time riding off of our street, I turned a gps logger on on my phone and found we went three miles, her second day riding!

    I went on my first "big ride" the next day on a paved trail along a river (very flat) and was keeping up a lot quicker pace than I did riding with my kid (13ish mph average according to another gpslog) I made it 5 miles before I felt "this is my turnaround point" so 10 miles in all for my 1st time out

    Unfortunately a few more 2-3 mileish rides around the neighborhood or to and from the redbox is where it ends for now, I'm not quite hardcore enough to want to go out in the way way cold or rain or ice we've had pretty much since then. I keep checking the hourly forecast on my weatherbug android app for days in advance though!


    Edit: here's a dumb little newb question: on my diamondback the cables that control rear brakes and both derailleurs are sheathed by the handlebars and sheathed by the components but they lose their sheath and are just bare cables under the horizontal bar. Why is that?
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    Welcome aboard

    To be honest, I'm not sure why cables aren't fully enclosed in their housings.

    Edit: Didn't fully read the thread title until after posting... so HOWDY, neighbor! I'm just SW of T-Town myself
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    Welcome to BF and back to cycling!

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    Welcome! I hope that you, and your family enjoy cycling. Warning: It can be addictive! Not just the riding, but also the accessories, clothing etc.

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    Senior Member John Redcorn's Avatar
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    Thanks for the replies you all, I have a feeling if I really get into this, and I think I may just from how much I've been itching for good weather to ride in I may have to get a road bike one day. I got a mountain bike because it was $150 and a mountain bike was what I rode from when I was big enough until I could drive. I'm not actually going to go on any complicated/dangerous offroad trails, too much of a safety guy. (Plus I have a tahoe on 33s for that, or ride with friend in his wrangler on 33s for when it gets really tough)

    Another question: I'm 5'11, sales guy at Dick's saw me trying out the fit of a 22" DB outlook (before some reading that day, some from here and other places I thought inch sizes meant size of the wheels) with the saddle on that 22" fully low I had to lean to put a foot on the ground while seated. He walked up and saw this, said I'd be better on the 20" model. I tried that, could put both feet flat on the ground easy with saddle fully low. I bought the 20". Since then I've read on the Sheldon Brown website about proper seat height and raised mine about 2", putting me about right where the 22" model was at full low. Would I have been better off with the 22" and no height adjustment somehow? Or does it all work out the same/better having a range to play with?
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    Unless you got longer arms or torso, the 20" frame should be a better fit- the 22" would most likely had you stretched out a bit too far for comfort on longer rides.
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    Senior Member John Redcorn's Avatar
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    Ahh, good thinking, I didn't consider reaching the handlebars really at all.

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