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    Giant Talon 5 27.5

    I picked up a new Giant Talon 5 last week. I wanted to try the 27.5 wheel size. So far I think I like it.



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    Biking sucess- 3 in a year.

    Hi everyone!

    I returned to biking after 20 years away recently as part of a diet and life change. At 48 years old, I had burnt the candle at both ends long enough. I am happy to say I lost 75 pounds in 11 months. One year and one month ahead of schedule (wanted to be fit by 50) Biking played a huge part in my success.

    I started with a basic Schwinn Sierra 21 comfort bike and quickly learned it was just not up to the trails I found. After a few broken axles, and countless shifting issues I gave it to my kid and went back to get a better bike. Still, I lost almost 30 pounds with it, so I cant complain.



    My LBS had a deal on a 2013 Fuji Nevada 29 1.9 D. I was getting into some local single track by this time and thought this might hold up better. Once again I found it was just not ready for the real world. It had a Free Wheel design and I was bending axles every week. I bent the big gear ring in the rear and the LBS mechanic would sigh every time I came in. No Good!!



    Finally found these forums and got some direction. Learned about free hubs and better components...etc.



    This is my third bike in just 6 days short of a year!

    Just traded up to a new 2014 GT Karakoram Elite!

    Pic before it even got in the house!


    Just got back from my first ride, and I am a happy camper so far! Cant wait to do my trail and complete it without a single break down / chain off / Wheel rub problem!!!

    Thanks to all who help people on this forum!
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    congrats! keep it up.

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    Dinky old bike with fresh rubber...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nordo View Post
    I picked up a new Giant Talon 5 last week. I wanted to try the 27.5 wheel size. So far I think I like it.



    I got to Demo a few different Giant 27.5 bikes last weekend and I do like the tire size a lot, that'll be a fun bike!

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    Trek X Caliber 8

    I just replaced my Raleigh Talus 29 Sport with this Trek X Caliber 8 that arrived yesterday at my LBS. Just ordered it one week ago, I don't know why more shops don't stock the blue version, I quite like it. By dumb luck my bottle cages on the old bike were Bontragers in the same color so I kept them for this bike.



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  7. #2782
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    This is my Giant Talon 27.5 1. Bought it in March. Trails (northern Ohio) are still to wet to get it off road!
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    Bought this last fall and used it on a few occasions during the winter. Planning to use it more now to explore the river valley parks


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDavid View Post
    Bought this last fall and used it on a few occasions during the winter. Planning to use it more now to explore the river valley parks

    You missed a good ride yesterday... took the Blizzard for a spin in the valley.


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    Good times


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    I finished rebuilding and upgrading my Motobecane recently. I put on Deore XT front and rear derailleurs,Rhyno Lite wheels with XTR hubs, On One Midge bar with 9 speed dura ace bar cons and shimano R400 brake levers. I repainted the whole bike and replaced the front suspension fork with a rigid fork. She's a blast to ride! I need to change out the cables tho. I tried to get away with reusing the originals and they're too short.

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    My rig - and first MTB: A pre-walmart 1998 Mongoose NX 7.5 Pro. Better than NOS, she's been upgraded to a 9spd drivetrain 12-36t cassette, new chain, shifters, cables, WTB Moto 2.3" tires, Shimano SPD's... I <3 her.
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    looks good, you need to shorten that chain though
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    Thanks! Didn't realized I was cross chained sm/sm.

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    Lots of daydreaming material in here. Hope to add one to it in the near future.

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    Ride along the river this evening.


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    2012 Orbea Alma H70 29er

    Just bought a 2012 Orbea Alma H70 29er. It was (shockingly) still brand new in the bike shop and had an excellent price tag on it.

    This has all the components I was looking for except I would have preferred the thinner wheels of a Hybrid Bike. Otherwise the frame/components are very similar to those of the Giant Roam series and/or the Trek DS series.

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    The only thing I'm considering changing about it is the wheels, might put some hybrid wheels on it eventually because I was originally looking for a hybrid bicycle.

    Happy cycling!

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    You shouldn't need to buy new wheels to get a thinner tire...just buy a thinner tire. You could get a hybrid style tire in 1.5" - 1.75" and they would still fit the wheels...its a lot cheaper option than buying wheels and tires.

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    This is my Craigslist find that I fell in love with. Put about 80 miles on it in the last couple weeks. It's a 1989 Reflex ALX Carbon...........









    Putting the fun between my legs.......
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    1989 bicycle?
    Perfect hairstyle match.
    1000 bonus points to you sir!

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    2012 Cannondale Flash Alloy 2

    Not sure whether I posted mine before. I probably did, but...

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    Had this frame kicking around... built it up this morning and then went for a romp in the valley.



    Might be a keeper.

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    I'll use it to commute the long way around. Looks good without the fenders and rack. Looking forward to the commutes on this one.




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    My genuine authentic cheap china frame I gets me around ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bmil128 View Post
    I just replaced my Raleigh Talus 29 Sport with this Trek X Caliber 8 that arrived yesterday at my LBS. Just ordered it one week ago, I don't know why more shops don't stock the blue version, I quite like it. By dumb luck my bottle cages on the old bike were Bontragers in the same color so I kept them for this bike.



    Love how deep that blue is. Did the bottle cage come with the bike cause it matches absolutely flawless with it.

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