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Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 03-12-11, 08:49 PM   #17076
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I'm 6'5" with a human-sized torso and extra long legs and arms. With this type of frame I carry my 275lbs pretty well though I am getting into the cycling thing to drop a few. I was looking for a bike frame, wheels, etc that would also support me (hence switching to the Deep Vs).

No extra charge for the extra large bike (good for me) BUT I am limited in several other areas. First, I'm limited in into the sheer choices of bikes/frames that come in my size. Next, I can't just walk into a LBS to test ride or even buy a bike. I'm just not an off the shelf guy . I ended up test riding several 61's and a couple of 59's hoping that the final bike in the final size works for me (no returns on special orders).

Im a complete newb as it relates to cycling (and this forum as you can tell). Last bike I had was 20 years ago in college. Did my first real ride this morning 16 miles of flat lands. It all felt great (well my butt was a little sore that last couple of miles). My goal is to get to a point where I can ride a century. Im hoping I can get there.

Thanks again for the patience with my newbieness. Ive got a lot to learn. Drive side vs non-drive sidewho woulda thunk it!!
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Old 03-12-11, 08:54 PM   #17077
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^^^ you've hit post #5 - you know better now. Magic.
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Old 03-12-11, 09:05 PM   #17078
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lol. I'm gonna like this place!
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Old 03-13-11, 12:16 AM   #17079
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Old 03-13-11, 02:03 AM   #17080
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How are those wheels?
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Old 03-13-11, 07:58 AM   #17081
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Updated Cannondale CAAD9:

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Old 03-13-11, 05:00 PM   #17082
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That is a beautiful bike! I have Felt AR frame envy.
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Old 03-13-11, 07:27 PM   #17083
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im a beginner. trek 2.1:





That's not a kickstand is it?
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Old 03-13-11, 07:48 PM   #17084
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Of course not! It's just a really straight stick he found on the ground...

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Old 03-13-11, 09:57 PM   #17085
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another one for the red/black trek 2.1 crew.

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My 2011 Cannondale Super Six 4

Got this back in October of 2010. It has over 1500 miles on it and I love it. It handles everything I throw at it. I love this bike!
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Old 03-14-11, 09:03 AM   #17087
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My Urban Assault vehicle. 1994 Specialized Crossroads with Nashbar Trekker handlebars, NordicTrack trailer, Nashbar Townie bags, and Pedro fenders.
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Old 03-14-11, 06:47 PM   #17088
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Of course not! It's just a really straight stick he found on the ground...

haha its actually a really straight stick we found on the ground. no lie.
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Old 03-14-11, 07:55 PM   #17089
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haha its actually a really straight stick we found on the ground. no lie.
Well hush my mouth and call me cornpone (apologies to Bugs Bunny).
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Old 03-14-11, 07:56 PM   #17090
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another one for the red/black trek 2.1 crew.

These bikes look REALLY sharp in person. Nice ride, especially for a beginner.

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Old 03-14-11, 09:35 PM   #17091
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yeah since its my first i really dont have anything to compare it to but im digging it so far.
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Old 03-15-11, 12:47 AM   #17092
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Old 03-15-11, 10:27 AM   #17093
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generally I'm not a huge trek fans but the red and black color scheme looks great
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Old 03-15-11, 12:01 PM   #17094
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Old 03-15-11, 12:46 PM   #17096
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Finished upgrading to Rival. First time I've done anything to that extent. Maybe a few things I could clean up still but I just want to ride, and it's raining today .


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Old 03-15-11, 01:01 PM   #17097
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Isn't exactly my dream road bike, but it's what I have for the moment. It has been a few years (decades) since I did much road biking. After chasing my 12 yr old on a 50lb Mountain Bike for 25 miles, I decided that if HE was going to be on a road bike (1981 Takara) then I needed something a little more nimble again. Used ($25) 79 Schwinn Le Tour IV (I think...need to post the specs in Vintage...might be a Le Tour), and have been flogging it on a few 25 mile runs and a 35 mile run. Getting it AND me back in shape.

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Old 03-15-11, 05:21 PM   #17098
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Finished upgrading to Rival. First time I've done anything to that extent. Maybe a few things I could clean up still but I just want to ride, and it's raining today .
So?...GET OUT AND RIDE!!!!
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Old 03-16-11, 07:51 PM   #17099
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Finished upgrading to Rival. First time I've done anything to that extent. Maybe a few things I could clean up still but I just want to ride, and it's raining today .
It's raining so you "can't" ride...Really, you can't ride due to rain? C'mon dude. HTFU and ride your damn bike. It's rained 28 of the last 30 days here in Portland OR and it hasn't stopped folks here from riding.
If you really want to ride...you just saddle up and ride!

Your sig says, "I pedal in my sleep", not gettin' in much saddle time that way huh. Better change that to, "I pedal in the rain".
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It's raining so you "can't" ride...Really, you can't ride due to rain? C'mon dude. HTFU and ride your damn bike. It's rained 28 of the last 30 days here in Portland OR and it hasn't stopped folks here from riding.
If you really want to ride...you just saddle up and ride!

Your sig says, "I pedal in my sleep", not gettin' in much saddle time that way huh. Better change that to, "I pedal in the rain".
Lol. I don't get paid to do this therefore I ride for the enjoyment of it. I don't enjoy riding in the rain.
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