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  1. Not as much as I originally planned...Saturday I...

    Not as much as I originally planned...Saturday I did only 12 miles. I had planned to do 18 miles with a 2-3 mile hill at the mid point, but when I arrived at hill, I found out trail became a dirt...
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    Also, would it be easier if I moved to clip less?...

    Also, would it be easier if I moved to clip less? I have the shoes I use for spin class. But I use platforms on my road bike as of now. Does the added "pulling up" motion help enough on the hills to...
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    Just to be clear the 1200' of gain was in all in...

    Just to be clear the 1200' of gain was in all in about 3 miles...as I said the rest of the ride was relatively flat andrelatively easy, until the last couple when I was pooped. But those 3 miles...
  4. It felt good. I went to a fitter on Thursday and...

    It felt good. I went to a fitter on Thursday and she set me up with a new handlebar and raised my seat. I had no arm, hand or knee pain- beyond just being tired. I do need a new saddle at some point....
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    I ended up with the gears as low as possible. I...

    I ended up with the gears as low as possible. I have a compact with a 11-30 cassette. I guess I don't really know at what point I try to spin as fast as possible versus push harder on the peddle in a...
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    Best hill training?

    Hills kill me. Big ones, little ones- it doesn't matter. It takes a ton of energy to haul my butt up them. I did a 37 mile ride yesterday with 1200 ft elevation gain. The distance was my furthest by...
  7. Road the Tour de Menlo today. The ride said it...

    Road the Tour de Menlo today. The ride said it was 35 miles, but my app said 37 miles with 1200 ft elevation gain. I am tuckered.
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    How to get the right handlebars

    The bars that came with my bike were too narrow. I couldn't fit my hands on the flats without turning my elbows out. The bike shop swapped out for a handlebar they on hand that was wider, but I don't...
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    How to pick handle bars

    The bars that came with my bike were too narrow. I couldn't fit my hands on the flats without turning my elbows out. The bike shop swapped out for a handlebar they on hand that was wider, but I don't...
  10. Tips for preparing for longest distance this weekend

    I have signed up for a 35 mile ride this Saturday. The longest distance I have ridden so far is 25 miles this past Saturday, but I think if I take a couple rests on the route I might be able to pull...
  11. Saturday- 25 miles on Coyote Creek Sunday- 15+...

    Saturday- 25 miles on Coyote Creek
    Sunday- 15+ miles on Canada rd.

    i did 75+ miles this week!! That is most ever...by far.
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    hi Wheever- how do I do this? Do I have to take...

    hi Wheever- how do I do this? Do I have to take anything apart? Do I get tri-lube at a bike shop?
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    Yep, it is the ladies version of the Defy 1. They...

    Yep, it is the ladies version of the Defy 1. They put pink on it. :)

    I did not know that about the shifters. I thought I was pressing too hard. Yes, it kept skipping a gear. I noticed it did that...
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    I went out again last night. I found an old...

    I went out again last night. I found an old thread on hand numbness and there was a section showing where I should put pressure on my hands versus where not to. It was super informative. I took that...
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    GoRide in Redwood City

    GoRide in Redwood City
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    Okay. I will give that a try. I didn't set it up...

    Okay. I will give that a try. I didn't set it up so I have to figure out how to adjust it first. Thanks for the tip!
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    First ride went well. I didn't go too far. I am...

    First ride went well. I didn't go too far. I am still getting used to the bike. I did a normal route I did before and came in about 2 mph faster. I always sucked at picking the right gear on my old...
  18. My first weekend with a road bike....Saturday- no...

    My first weekend with a road bike....Saturday- no idea how many miles I rode testing a number of bikes multiple times...but finally picked one.

    Sunday I did only 12 miles as I am just trying to...
  19. In Redwood City is GoRide. They have very good...

    In Redwood City is GoRide. They have very good prices on 2013 and 2014 in stock models. I got my bike there at over 20% discount to MSRP. They often have bikes at nearly 30% off so they are worth a...
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    Got my first road bike today. Decided on the...

    Got my first road bike today. Decided on the Giant Avail 1. Start putting miles on her tomorrow morning. Hopefully the start of a nice long healthy relationship. She is all stock right now, except...
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    Sticky: Just picked her up today. Giant Avail 1. My first...

    Just picked her up today. Giant Avail 1. My first road bike.
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    All rejoice...

    ....I finally bought a road bike....

    Thanks for all your help- even though some people got tired of the questions. There was just a ton I didn't know about. First ride is tomorrow.

    Got an...
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    Size 51

    Size 51
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    I talked to goride today. They have the men's but...

    I talked to goride today. They have the men's but it has disc brakes. They have a '13 in carbon with Tiagra, not alloy. They are the ones who have the 6 in alloy I found. I am going there in morning....
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    Going from Tiagra to 105 or beyond

    The Synapse 5 Alloy has alluded me. Can't be found anywhere in Bay Area. :mad:

    I did find a 6 Alloy that has Tiagra. It is priced well below MSRP. Is it even possible for me to take the 6 and swap...
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