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    Sold all my Paintball gear for this.....



    My friend and I decided to start cycling. We first started out looking at hybrid bikes. We went to a LBS and I soon realized my $300-400 budget wasnt going to go far. I test rode a Specialized Sirrus Elite and I liked how it felt. The next day I went to a LBS by my house and tested this Allez and I loved it more than the Sirrus. IT was way over my budget but i decided that this was the bike i wanted. As I got home i started taking auction still pictures of all my paintball gear and put it up on ebay. After 3 day auctions I had made about $800 after fees. Im really enjoying the bike. I rode about 12 miles the first four days just to start getting used to the seat and getting my legs going. Two days ago and i did 20 miles. It was fun until the 17th mile or so when my regular gym shorts started bothering me. I realized why the shop owner kept telling me to get shorts. So now Im searching for a good pair of shorts and trying to find good pedals and shoes.

    Im pretty happy and im enjoying the sport so far. Dont regret my choice to sell everything paintball related i owned. My speed is still slow (12mph avg) and i still havent hit a serious hill. Im sure with practice and constant riding ill start improving. My friend decided to get a Marin hybrid bike, my girlfriend is lookign for a bike she likes and can afford and my other friend is starting to save up money for his bike.

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    Flip it.

    For a second, I thought I was on PBNation once more. Cycling is a lot cheaper than paintball (in... theory... anyway...) and you'll probably find you have an easier time sticking with it. Glad you like your bike; now go ride!
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    Hey you need to put on the bar tape. Please promise me via PM that you will put on the bar tape, because if you don't, you won't have any bar tape on your bars, and that'd be bad because you're supposed to have bar tape on your bars where the bar tape goes.

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    That is a nice bike. I have one just like it

    Yup, those shorts are going to be needed if you plan on doing 20 milers. You may want to think about getting cycling shoes and go clipless.
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    Nice bike. I gave up smoking and used my cigarette money to buy a bike. I rarely regret my decision.

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    Did you paint it red?

    Just kidding, nice bike good luck with it.

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    Loving the red. Post update pics when you've added the clipless pedals and taken off the reflectors ... and take the pics with better lighting and/or camera Nice bike!

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    You realise that cycling ultimately way more painful than paintball, right? Just sayin'.

    Seriously though, it sounds like you're doing this right. Have fun.

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    I rented a bike just like that a month ago.. served me well for my trip

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    Looks like a great steed. Good job on the switch!

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    what do you mean by flip it? ive seen these around but still not 100% sure what it is.

    do you mean painful when you fall or painful when climbing?

    why do people take the reflectors off? what do you use if youre riding during sunset or when its dark outside?

    I will take updated pics. I took that as you can see at the bike shop after i had paid for it and was sending it to my friends to show them my new toy. im still looking for good clipless pedals, ive seen two good pedals in another thread i was reading. i just have to find a good pair of shoes. and since im out of stuff to sell, i will have to buy these items once ive saved up a bit. so thats going to have to wait. plus, i think i need shorts more than i need clipless pedals right now.

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    You used to play too, huh? Another convert.

    Welcome to the club.

    As far as shorts, check out Hammer Nutrition bibs. They're pretty cheap, and they're good quality. If you find a link in somebody's signature around here, you can get 15% off of your first purchase. In fact, go to this thread and click on the link in kayakdiver's signature.

    Also, I'd recommend just buying some simple toe clips and straps for yourself before going fully clipless. It'll give you some foot retention and will be a cheap solution until you have enough cash for shoes and pedals.
    Last edited by DRietz; 06-17-10 at 02:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Specialized2k10 View Post
    what do you mean by flip it? ive seen these around but still not 100% sure what it is.

    do you mean painful when you fall or painful when climbing?

    why do people take the reflectors off? what do you use if youre riding during sunset or when its dark outside?

    I will take updated pics. I took that as you can see at the bike shop after i had paid for it and was sending it to my friends to show them my new toy. im still looking for good clipless pedals, ive seen two good pedals in another thread i was reading. i just have to find a good pair of shoes. and since im out of stuff to sell, i will have to buy these items once ive saved up a bit. so thats going to have to wait. plus, i think i need shorts more than i need clipless pedals right now.
    "Flip it" means flip the stem. It's just a joke, if it fits you the way it is, it's fine. The reflectors aren't really going to do much in terms of how visible you are if you really do ride at night. If you want to ride at night, get proper lights, the reflectors that come with your bike are darn near useless. You can also apply reflective tape to your rims and cranks if you're that concerned.

    Quote Originally Posted by DRietz View Post
    You used to play too, huh? Another convert.

    Welcome to the club.

    As far as shorts, check out Hammer Nutrition bibs. They're pretty cheap, and they're good quality. If you find a link in somebody's signature around here, you can get 15% off of your first purchase.


    Also, I'd recommend just buying some simple toe clips and straps for yourself before going fully clipless. It'll give you some foot retention and will be a cheap solution until you have enough cash for shoes and pedals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colombo357 View Post
    Hey you need to put on the bar tape. Please promise me via PM that you will put on the bar tape, because if you don't, you won't have any bar tape on your bars, and that'd be bad because you're supposed to have bar tape on your bars where the bar tape goes.

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    Being hit with a paintball smarts and leaves a nasty bruise. Cycling (taken to the typical roadie extreme) causes you to cough up your own soul as every fibre of your worthless being sings in choral agony. Once you embrace the pain everything is dandy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Specialized2k10 View Post
    what do you mean by flip it? ive seen these around but still not 100% sure what it is.

    why do people take the reflectors off? what do you use if youre riding during sunset or when its dark outside?
    Flip it refers to flipping the stem so it's level to or slightly lower than horizontal. There is all kinds of discusion on looks vs. comfort on here and you 'll never satisfy everyone. So just do what works for you.

    By law, bikes come with reflectors, but, so you don't look like a dork (or "fred") people take them off. Yes, the are required plus light in the front and rear for night riding. I personally don't ride at night so no reflectors or lights for me.

    Shorts selection maybe a trail and error thing. I like the P.I. and Giordana brands.

    And don't forget a helmet.

    Enjoy your new bike.
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    Specialized Tarmac, lasts a lifetime, or until it breaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorMantra View Post
    Cycling (taken to the typical roadie extreme) causes you to cough up your own soul as every fibre of your worthless being sings in choral agony. Once you embrace the pain everything is dandy.
    Sigged.
    Quote Originally Posted by MajorMantra View Post
    Cycling (taken to the typical roadie extreme) causes you to cough up your own soul as every fibre of your worthless being sings in choral agony. Once you embrace the pain everything is dandy.

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    Nice color.
    It will be much harder to your former PB opponents to hit you now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Specialized2k10 View Post
    ... It was fun until the 17th mile or so when my regular gym shorts started bothering me. I realized why the shop owner kept telling me to get shorts. So now Im searching for a good pair of shorts and trying to find good pedals and shoes.
    I've used several shorts and bibs and for the money, you can't beat the Performance brands. I have used Sugoi, Louis Guarneau, tried on several others that didn't fit or I didn't like, and now am using Performance Ultra II and Elite. I would really have to say next time I get shorts it will be one or the other of these. In the past, if I bought mail order, I'd have to buy 2 or 3 varieties and return the ones that I didn't like or didn't fit. Performance Bike is good for this because they have a no questions asked satisfaction guarantee.

    Some times they have deals on shorts and bibs like buy one, get the second for 1/2 price. I think this is how I bought my two pair.

    Both are excellent (for me) - they have comfortable chamois and the material seems to be good quality. The Ultra II is more expensive and is lighter weight. I have absolutely no complaints about either, so for bang/buck, the Elite is very hard to beat. The Elite is very similar in quality and comfort to my Sugoi bibs and cost quite a bit less. The Ultra II is quite a bit lighter weight than almost every other short or bib I've ever owned, which I've found to be a good thing too. Variety is good if you have more than one pair (which you should, eventually, because it's correct to ride in bicycle shorts w/o underwear and you're going to want to wash them every time you use them).

    I have gravitated towards bibs in the past couple of years and really do prefer them, but shorts served me well for years too.

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    Those are some great looking reflectors. May I ask where you got them and how much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHOOOSSHHH... View Post
    Those are some great looking reflectors. May I ask where you got them and how much?
    hey theyre going to be for sale on ebay soon. i could trade them to you for a nice set of clipless pedals and shoes if you like them so much. That is if you are sz 44. If not I could just sell them to you, give me a price.

    LOL, come on...give me a break. Its my first bike in about 15 years. Plus, as you can see that picture was taken at the LBS.

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    cycling > paintballing

    but paintballing is fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by coasting View Post
    cycling > paintballing

    but paintballing is fun
    i was already over paintball. It was costing about $40-50 a day to play. that included fees, gas and other misc expenses. At the end of the day all i had was bruises to show for it.

    I do agree that cycling is better. I still need a bike computer to tell me speed and other fun numbers. For now, i use my droid phone and this program i downloaded that gives me distance, max speed, avg speed and other things. I took the same course 3 times and shaved my time by at least 1 min each time. Ill call that an improvement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Specialized2k10 View Post
    Im pretty happy and im enjoying the sport so far.
    Cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Specialized2k10 View Post
    Im sure with practice and constant riding ill start improving.
    That's what I thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Specialized2k10 View Post
    i was already over paintball. It was costing about $40-50 a day to play. that included fees, gas and other misc expenses. At the end of the day all i had was bruises to show for it.

    I do agree that cycling is better. I still need a bike computer to tell me speed and other fun numbers. For now, i use my droid phone and this program i downloaded that gives me distance, max speed, avg speed and other things. I took the same course 3 times and shaved my time by at least 1 min each time. Ill call that an improvement.

    never mind all that. just learn how to pose and look cool. not easy in lycra, but a necessary skill to perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4000Miles View Post
    Flip it.

    For a second, I thought I was on PBNation once more. Cycling is a lot cheaper than paintball (in... theory... anyway...) and you'll probably find you have an easier time sticking with it. Glad you like your bike; now go ride!

    Ah... the days on PBNation.... good times with little trash talking 12 year olds. Ya I did the same. Cycling is indeed cheaper just little more initial cost.

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