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    I have experimented with different approaches and...

    I have experimented with different approaches and concluded:

    1) If it's really cold (like below freezing), if I "start cold," my body is comfortable once warmed up, BUT MY HANDS AND FEET ARE...
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    I'm 48. I have a 2013 CAAD10 and a 1997...

    I'm 48. I have a 2013 CAAD10 and a 1997 Cannondale R600 (a CAAD Negative 2?).

    I love my 10 and would highly recommend you check one out. Of course the new 12 looks nice, too.

    The ride is way...
  3. Thread: Bike advice

    by BaseGuy
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    This is good advice. I recommend a rigid, steel...

    This is good advice. I recommend a rigid, steel mountain bike. Craigslist is usually full of them, and many in good shape are $125 or so. I kept my old rigid, steel, Specialized Rockhopper from...
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    Nice! I had a really bad crash in 2013, was...

    Nice!

    I had a really bad crash in 2013, was out for a while (badly dislocated elbow, severed tendons, concussion), and had to get going again.

    You can do it and you have done the hardest part...
  5. Congrats on the weight loss. Congrats on the...

    Congrats on the weight loss.

    Congrats on the bike purchase, too. Looks like you did very well. +1 on the cassette comments - does not looks like a wide set of ratios.
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    I have done the "swap fat MTB knobbiest for...

    I have done the "swap fat MTB knobbiest for skinny slicks" bit. Yes, it works great on the street, resulting in a bike that is faster and one that handles better on pavement.
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    Nashbar and Performance Bike have 1.25" x 26"...

    Nashbar and Performance Bike have 1.25" x 26" slicks that fit my old rigid MTB rims very well and roll great. Made the bike MUCH faster. And these tires are inexpensive.
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    I'm with the reply that said check out a Synapse....

    I'm with the reply that said check out a Synapse. Just go test one. Don't be afraid of a real road-bike. They are made to "go faster and longer." If you get the right size for you, I think you...
  9. Thread: Bike Trainer

    by BaseGuy
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    I like the Goodwill deal, above - can't beat...

    I like the Goodwill deal, above - can't beat that...

    For a new one, I ordered a "Graber Mag Indoor Bicycle Trainer" from Amazon. The price seems to fluctuate - I paid $100; it's listed at $118...
  10. My two cents: 1) If this is your first road...

    My two cents:

    1) If this is your first road bike, and you're not really sure what you want, get a used, aluminum bike and ride it a bunch to learn what you like and don't like. Then sell it for...
  11. I have a modern (2013 Cannondale CAAD10) and a...

    I have a modern (2013 Cannondale CAAD10) and a vintage version of the same (1987 Cannondale R600). Here's my quick take:

    - Brifters are easier to use and more convenient than down-tube shifters;...
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    1) Figure out what size frame you need. Don't...

    1) Figure out what size frame you need. Don't listen to us here with our guesses. Find a local bike shop. Tell them you're going to buy a used bike to get started. Offer to pay them to help you...
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    Dan, that's how I felt when I started. Just keep...

    Dan, that's how I felt when I started. Just keep going it. Don't worry about speed or distance. Just decide to go ride for 30 minutes. All miles are good miles.
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    Hello, Glad to be Back

    Just saying "hey."

    I was active here, then got busy last year, new job, moved five states away, quit riding, gained 40 pounds.

    Now I'm back. Spring is here, and I've got my first four rides...
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    +1 to considering regular road bikes. I weigh...

    +1 to considering regular road bikes.

    I weigh about 225 right now, and was at 230 a month ago. My road bike does just fine. They are much sturdier than most of us think. Aluminum bikes add a...
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    Poll: +1. The POINT is this: if you're a noob...

    +1.

    The POINT is this: if you're a noob (self-proclaimed), you lack the experience to know what you like, what you don't, what fits you, what doesn't. WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT. Just because a...
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    Why does this have to be an US vs. THEM, Hybrids...

    Why does this have to be an US vs. THEM, Hybrids vs. Road Bikes thing (again)? Listen. I HAVE A HYBRID. I rode it today. I happen to own a road bike as well.

    The OP wants opinions and advice. ...
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    Poll: None of these bikes is a beginner bike. The...

    None of these bikes is a beginner bike.

    The fact that someone serves this up as a "pick a beginner bike" is either a troll/joke, or is fodder to feed the stereotype that roadies care more about...
  19. +1 to an old Specialized. GREAT steel frames,...

    +1 to an old Specialized. GREAT steel frames, crazy cheap on Craigslist.

    I've hung onto my old 1997 Specialize Rockhopper since new. No suspension, just a great, butted steel frame. It's at...
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    Craigslist. Don't try to buy new.

    Craigslist. Don't try to buy new.
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    1) New to Cycling - Buy a used bike. Ride it...

    1) New to Cycling - Buy a used bike. Ride it for a year. See what you like/don't like. If it's not perfect, sell it for about what you paid for it. You'll know a ton more about bikes and...
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    +1. A big manufacturer makes thousands of each...

    +1.

    A big manufacturer makes thousands of each frame size. They could absolutely weigh each size. They publish discrete geometries and measures for each frame size, right? They absolutely could...
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    When I lived in Atlanta, I used to ride pretty...

    When I lived in Atlanta, I used to ride pretty routinely in the summer in a downpour. But nobody gets downpours like you all get in south Florida, where you can't see more than 20 feet in front of...
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    "Passing on your left." Easy.

    "Passing on your left." Easy.
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    Sure. My hybrid is excellent, and is worth way...

    Sure. My hybrid is excellent, and is worth way less than $500. Here's the formula:

    1) Find a decent, 1990s steel mountain bike with a rigid fork (no suspension) that fits you. (Mine's a 1997...
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