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!
Remember, we all had to start somewhere.
Last edited by Livedb; 05-08-14 at 11:14 PM.
congrats! keep it up.
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.
Last edited by Bmil128; 05-18-14 at 02:10 PM.
2014 Trek X Caliber 8, 2004 Raleigh M50
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
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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I love the 80's '72 Nishiki International '82 Trek 750 '85 Trek 600 Series '86 Gazelle Champion Mondial 753 '87 Miyata 912 '89 Performance Serotta Speciale late-90's Dave Kane 653
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.
looks good, you need to shorten that chain though
“I need a immediate extraction from my current location”
Thanks! Didn't realized I was cross chained sm/sm.
Lots of daydreaming material in here. Hope to add one to it in the near future.
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.
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.
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.
Perfect hairstyle match.
1000 bonus points to you sir!
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.
My genuine authentic cheap china frame I gets me around ok.
2010 Custom Carbon JBC, 1990 Ricardo Pinnacle, 1988 Ricardo Elite, 1983 Ricardo Varsity, 1990 Peugeot Hurricane, 1977 Dawes Galaxy GT, 2007 Pinarello F3-13, Custom aussie made 1980 Columbus SL racer, 1975 Calton Rapide, 1995 Olympia Fusari, 1993 Basso Viper.