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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...
  5. +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...

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    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...
  12. +1. I keep a 1987 SR-600 as my...

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    I keep a 1987 SR-600 as my backup/travel/wet weather bike. My regular ride is a 2013 CAAD10, and while the CAAD10 is great, there I times that I like the old '87 better. It's stiffer. I'm a...
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    rccardr...

    rccardr,

    I love the black and yellow. I have a 1987 black R-600 that has red trim. You've got me thinking of going yellow, next time I wrap the bars… Your bike looks fabulous.
  14. +1. This is my LBS. I don't need much, but I...

    +1. This is my LBS. I don't need much, but I bought my CAAD10 there, so I lean on them occasionally for some free advice, as I continue to learn DIY work. They are very nice, and most of the techs...
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    The Silver Comet Trail is the safest place to...

    The Silver Comet Trail is the safest place to ride.
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    I have two comments: 1) Sora works fine, as...

    I have two comments:

    1) Sora works fine, as evidenced here:

    2) Shimano eliminated the thumb-paddles from Sora in 2013, going with the same two-lever approach used all the way up their line....
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    I keep a close eye on my wheels. After a few...

    I keep a close eye on my wheels. After a few good and bad experiences with bike shops, I just learned how to true my own wheels. It's very easy, especially if I watch them closely and don't let...
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    +1, great advice. You're doing great, just keep...

    +1, great advice. You're doing great, just keep riding, track your progress, and you'll get faster, feel better, lose weight, and have a good time.
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    Bike looks good. I've got those wheels on my own...

    Bike looks good. I've got those wheels on my own converted-MTB-hybrid, and they seem to be pretty good. I've got two decent road bikes, but the old hybrid is a great utility bike and wet-weather...
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    I do not shave my legs. I have had road rash....

    I do not shave my legs.
    I have had road rash.
    After scrubbing my wounds, I simply shaved around them, so the bandages stuck well and didn't pull hairs when I changed them.
    Done.
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    First, there were CAVE people. They invented The...

    First, there were CAVE people. They invented The Wheel.

    Then, there were ENGINEER people. They invented The Bike. They came up with simple naming schemes, like using higher number to represent...
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    +1. You'll change the rake of the whole bike. ...

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    You'll change the rake of the whole bike. You'll end up with a steeper steering head angle (more perpendicular to the ground), and less trail as well (the distance from the front tire's...
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    An old Trek 800 will make a GREAT hybrid. I did...

    An old Trek 800 will make a GREAT hybrid. I did the same conversion to my 1997 Specialized Rockhopper (also a steel, no-suspension MTB).

    1) With your current rims, which are kind of wide, you...
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    If it's your first real bike, I strongly...

    If it's your first real bike, I strongly recommend going used. Browse CraigsList. In my area, CL is full of rigid mountain bikes and hybrids. Hybrids are what people new-to-the-sport buy, and when...
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    Weight is a side-effect of lifestyle. Attacking...

    Weight is a side-effect of lifestyle. Attacking weight is treating a symptom instead of the cause.
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