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    Greetings from Down Under

    I used to be a runner until recently when my doctor recommended I take up cycling to get rid of a couple of niggling injuries. So I went to the local department store and got a cheap bike intending to use it for short 1/2 hour rides a few times a week. Next thing I know I started using it to commute to work.

    Then last week I went on my first group ride from the LBS. Talk about being the odd one out, everyone else there had their fancy road bikes and here am I with my 35 lbs clunker with 2 inch tires! I'm now looking to upgrade my bike but may try to hold off until I have biked through the winter before deciding what type of bike is best. This cycling sure can get addictive!

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    You might want to keep your clunker to use when it's wet.

    In which city do you reside?

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    I try to avoid riding in wet weather, so hopefully that won't be much of an issue. Depending on what kind of bike I get next, I may still carry on using it as a commuter.

    I live in Auckland.

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    Check out the Aussie thread in the General Cycling Forum.

    Welcome to the forums! I heard you have great cycling out there.

    Koffee

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    Well seeing as you live in Kiwi land, the 'Aussie' thread isn't going to be of much interest to you. There is a 'kiwi' thread that surfaces sporadically but it's usually actually about cycling, whereas the Aussies tend to carry on about anything and everything.

    Are you a Blues fan?

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    I always thought down under meant Australia. I've been ripped off.
    School years were the best days of my life. I used to get caned by middle aged women wearing high heels, stocking and glasses. Now I have to pay for it.

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    Contrary to what some people may say, we'll welcome you at the Aussie Thread. Where else can you piss away your time with idle chatter about rugby, footy, perving sheilas and even the occasional post about cycling. Kiwis are welcome, as none of us own any sheep.

    Cheers

    [edit] There's also a wealth of cycling info there, and the guys are all top blokes. Makes me wonder why Haagen doesn't show up there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    Contrary to what some people may say, we'll welcome you at the Aussie Thread. Where else can you piss away your time with idle chatter about rugby, footy, perving sheilas and even the occasional post about cycling. Kiwis are welcome, as none of us own any sheep.

    Cheers

    [edit] There's also a wealth of cycling info there, and the guys are all top blokes. Makes me wonder why Haagen doesn't show up there...
    You really don't want him there spilling lamingtons all over the place do you?

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    lol
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    Have I been to Hamilton? Where is that? North Island, west coast?

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    about 1.5hours drive south of Auckland, and 45 minutes inland from Raglan which is on the west coast. About 120,000 people and a traffic problem, pretty flat with plenty of cyclists and bike shops. Mint. Already been hit by a car though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    Have I been to Hamilton? Where is that? North Island, west coast?
    You're not going to start bragging again about stealing Aussie chics out from under our noses while in New Zealand... again... are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    [edit] There's also a wealth of cycling info there, and the guys are all top blokes. Makes me wonder why Haagen doesn't show up there...
    He's under strict instructions to remain within the Lounge and Foo. Special dispensation is required to go anywhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZLcyclist
    about 1.5hours drive south of Auckland, and 45 minutes inland from Raglan which is on the west coast. About 120,000 people and a traffic problem, pretty flat with plenty of cyclists and bike shops. Mint. Already been hit by a car though.

    Brendon

    Is that anywhere near the car museum? Sounds familiar.


    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan
    You're not going to start bragging again about stealing Aussie chics out from under our noses while in New Zealand... again... are you?

    Anzac Day: The Aussie Thread road bike boys are doing a mountain bike ride with a Seppo. Thread hijacked, corruption will be complete. I can then return to my home country.

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    HaagenDas already has something going with jarhead's da-da-da-da-da-da-da thread in Foo. Sounds just too similar for my liking!!!
    Which planet are you from?

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    No comeback. I got nothing.

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    Achly, if ya wanna hijack a thread, how about this:

    Would you rather watch a footy match or a funeral? On three out of four TV channels? (we're deprived down here in Hobart).

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    Oh, I'll tape that and then erase it later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    Oh, I'll tape that and then erase it later.
    Errrr... what? The footy match or the funeral?

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    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan
    Achly, if ya wanna hijack a thread, how about this:

    Would you rather watch a footy match or a funeral? On three out of four TV channels? (we're deprived down here in Hobart).
    When you say 'footy' you mean Aussie Rules?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    Yes.


    Johnny... south of Victoria. Unless we're prepared to stay up past midnight, league doesn't exist.

    (Qualifying clause: I lived in Far North Queensland for several years and gained an appreciation for the talents of players such as Alfie Langer, Paul Vautin and others. It was a while ago.)

    EDIT: Oh and yeah, I lived in Perth for several years, worked the West Aus newspaper as a sub-editor for six months when everyone was w@nking themselves over the Perth-based ARL/NRL side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan


    Johnny... south of Victoria. Unless we're prepared to stay up past midnight, league doesn't exist.

    (Qualifying clause: I lived in Far North Queensland for several years and gained an appreciation for the talents of players such as Alfie Langer, Paul Vautin and others. It was a while ago.)

    EDIT: Oh and yeah, I lived in Perth for several years, worked the West Aus newspaper as a sub-editor for six months when everyone was w@nking themselves over the Perth-based ARL/NRL side.
    I don't follow league. Superleague completely F'ed that sport.

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    Football, rugby, AFL, NFL, NRL, broken pencils. All pointless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    Football, rugby, AFL, NFL, NRL, broken pencils. All pointless.
    What's NFL?

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