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Old 10-19-13, 06:39 PM
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Before I introduce myself, I want to give all you a big thank you for your posts about you bike, experiences and mostly stories of struggle and accomplishments!

My name is George, and I wanted to get into riding again. I ventured over here through vwvortex's cycling section. There was a post about a big guy looking to lose a few lbs and get in shape using a bike and another member suggested here since they weren't too clyde friendly there. It has been almost a year since I found this site and there has been a load of information sucked into my head but most of your stories were really helpful in my quest to get into shape.

5 years ago I had a wake up call, tipping the scale at nearly 360lbs at the age of 21. I was always a big guy, my brother and sister were twigs, and I knew I had to change something. Diet and exercise got me down to 270, and just flat lined after that. Being a mechanic helped some since it is a physically demanding job, and turned to snowboarding during the winters just because I love the winter and love being outside in the woods with the snow. There is no way to explain the feeling of looking off of a snow covered mountain....but that's not why I'm here haha. I had trouble getting up off my back when I would fall, I would need to spin myself and lift off from my knees but if you ask anyone that rides ski or board, that can be a big safety issue especially on a busy mountain.

I told myself I needed to get back onto a bike during the warm months to help restart my weight loss. Being 6'4, my weight goal was a solid 210-220. I had a diamondback wildwood citi that I was using when gas jumped to $4 a gallon and work took a big hit, since I get paid for every car I work on and not for the time I spend there. That thing was a b*itch to ride. I started lurking here and realized I wanted to get into a hybrid. Went to my lbs and rode a few Trek DS, rode up to the 8.3 but I wasn't too happy with it. I was about to settle on a new 7.3 fx when the owner told me he is thinking about selling his 7.6fx. Had a bontrager 5w computer, which was really the only thing I saw different but once I rode it I knew it was the one.

I took the bike, first ride out (9w-west side highway) and being careless I broke the sensor right off the fork. Got a whole new computer after taking a few trips back to the lbs to frankenstien it. Put a saddle bag and a frame bag w/ a waterproof phone holder on. Bar extensions, raised the handle bar, and just lastly cateye head and tail lights because I've started commuting to school. I've put only 250 miles, averaging about 14mph on the bike since buy it and its been a great experience. I'm looking to upgrade to bigger cyclocross tires because I want to take her out to light trails. The stock tires almost caused me to fall when I went into some soft gravel at Sandy Hook. I'm hoping it'll work out for the best.

But enough of my story, here is a picture of the bike.




That would be my babies, also my friend's awesome custom surly cyclocross build.

Thank you to those who took the time to read this. I'm upset that this forum isn't on tapatalk, would make life much easier. I'm open to any advice or criticism from you guys.
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Welcome George! Nice looking bike you got there. Keep riding and time in saddle. Keep us posted on your journey as you will help others like you and me by sharing.
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Welcome George! Nice looking bike you got there. Keep riding and time in saddle. Keep us posted on your journey as you will help others like you and me by sharing.
Thanks! Believe it or not I'm considering plastidipping the frame and fork, even though the color really grew on me and I love the over all look, carbon fiber bits and all. Unfortunately for me, my vehicles had always been an extension of my personality and have never kept anything stock, you can ask my wallet to verify.
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first welcome aboard... next (rant on)... I can't imagine... you are saying that vortex guys are narrow minded asshats?... er no wait... that's what I just said... i LOVE some of the guys and information but as far as online community it's one of the worst most elitist I've been on :-/ its a shame as I've had a long time love for dubs both air and water cooled... but so many of the water cooled guys just rub me wrong... but I'm a generic "car guy" and love so many more cars then I could ever own... but a dub is i the running for next time around... but no hella-d-bag stuff ;-) (rant off)

so anyway welcome aboard... looks like a good place to start on a bike and as long as you enjoy it that is whats important... also dig a car with a roof rack and bikes on top... yours is no exception
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first welcome aboard... next (rant on)... I can't imagine... you are saying that vortex guys are narrow minded asshats?... er no wait... that's what I just said... i LOVE some of the guys and information but as far as online community it's one of the worst most elitist I've been on :-/ its a shame as I've had a long time love for dubs both air and water cooled... but so many of the water cooled guys just rub me wrong... but I'm a generic "car guy" and love so many more cars then I could ever own... but a dub is i the running for next time around... but no hella-d-bag stuff ;-) (rant off)

so anyway welcome aboard... looks like a good place to start on a bike and as long as you enjoy it that is whats important... also dig a car with a roof rack and bikes on top... yours is no exception
Don't get me started with the kids on vortex, I could sit here and write a book about how idiotic that place has become, especially on the MK4 and above forums. I have a love for both water and air cooled, and vehicles in general, would love a type3 but I surf the classifieds for deals these days, and pop my head in for people who need some trouble shooting. The whole VW scene has gone to **** over the past few year, but I try to keep it classy and not cave in on the latest fad.

Getting back on track, thank you on the compliments. I only went with the roof rack because I already had it for the snow boards and plan on getting a cargo box(me and the girlfriend use my car for long road trips), otherwise I would have went with a hitch

quick edit, can someone point me into the direction of localized biking forums? I found btcnj.com but just want to keep my eyes out for more information on local tri-state biking events.

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I've nearly had my hands on a type 3 squareback a few times... still my fav dub style...

good call on the roof rack... they are so versatile... considering the roof box type setup on a smaller car myself... makes moving 4 people much easier in a small car, it's how my mom and dad did it back in the day when I was a kid.
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I've nearly had my hands on a type 3 squareback a few times... still my fav dub style...

good call on the roof rack... they are so versatile... considering the roof box type setup on a smaller car myself... makes moving 4 people much easier in a small car, it's how my mom and dad did it back in the day when I was a kid.
The guy with the surly actually works in a air cooled resto shop here in town. You should see some of the stuff they get in there. They had a type 3 squareback for sale 2 years ago but wanted too much for the rot that was on it. Aside from his daily he owns a fully restored 914, a parts 914, and had a bus that he just sold due to the work it needed.

I've always said that about the rack. I love my car, even more now that its paid off. If anything ever happens I'm going to move into either a cheap Subaru(last job, long story, but worked there for 4 years, vw tech for 3 before that) or if money permits the new mk7 golf r just for the awd.

Only pain with the rack is mounting up the first time with the bikes, after that its easie peasie
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Old 10-20-13, 09:08 AM
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VW in your pic... Needs moar low!

LOL, sorry. Any time I have a question about my Jetta, that's the only answer you get on any VW forum. The internet is completely useless for information seeking on VW just because of those 3 words, "Needs moar low."
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First off, welcome to the board...even if you ARE a Devils fan

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quick edit, can someone point me into the direction of localized biking forums? I found btcnj.com but just want to keep my eyes out for more information on local tri-state biking events.
Have you tried the Regional Discussion Forum on this board?

https://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...al-Discussions
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Hi George, Welcome to the board. Nice ride. Hope you have Fun and success in you endeavor.
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VW in your pic... Needs moar low!

LOL, sorry. Any time I have a question about my Jetta, that's the only answer you get on any VW forum. The internet is completely useless for information seeking on VW just because of those 3 words, "Needs moar low."
and hellaflush... funny how that reminds me of after I've spent some quality time in the bathroom
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Welcome, George! Nice bike, nice car! CX tires are a great idea for your intended riding.
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Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
VW in your pic... Needs moar low!

LOL, sorry. Any time I have a question about my Jetta, that's the only answer you get on any VW forum. The internet is completely useless for information seeking on VW just because of those 3 words, "Needs moar low."
Ugh, I was one of those guys when I had my mk2, and when I first got this car. Realized "moar low" wasn't for me or my life style. I am on Driver Gear(vw accessory, linear with a stiffer spring rate, light drop) springs but I know what you mean. That's why I don't post pictures anymore.

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First off, welcome to the board...even if you ARE a Devils fan

Have you tried the Regional Discussion Forum on this board?

https://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...al-Discussions
Hey, no ones perfect.....unless you're a Rangers fan, then you're just wrong I kid I kid.
I've kept on there but aside from friends and the local tour I haven't done much group riding. Just looking for some nice local trails.

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Hi George, Welcome to the board. Nice ride. Hope you have Fun and success in you endeavor.
Thank you!

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and hellaflush... funny how that reminds me of after I've spent some quality time in the bathroom
That's just naaaaassssssttaaayy

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Welcome, George! Nice bike, nice car! CX tires are a great idea for your intended riding.
Thank you and I hope they work out too. I've just been a little nervous about riding a bike with a carbon fork on trails. I'm sure the fork is made to take the abuse with my weight but I have seen how much of a bad time you could have if it broke while riding.
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Love the bike and love the VW. I have warm feelings for my old diesel jetta, which I keep despite the fact that it now looks like crap. At least I can park it anywhere without a care.
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George, if you're really worried abut the fork offroad (although it has an aluminum steerer, right?), you can get a purpose-made carbon off-road fork from folks like Niner (and there are a few others), designed for 29er mountain bikes. They will slide right in and fit your wheel, brakes, etc.
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I personally wouldn't worry to much about the carbon fork... with the small tires you've got you won't be going onto anything serious and if you do the tires will quickly tell you... even CX tires are nothing like riding with big 29er tires...
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Nice bike; nice car! Congrats and good luck in your quest.
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Love the bike and love the VW. I have warm feelings for my old diesel jetta, which I keep despite the fact that it now looks like crap. At least I can park it anywhere without a care.
Diesels are awesome. I had a chance to get a mk2 Jetta diesel but the lady backed out of the sale at the last minute. She was the original owner, 5 speed, only 84k miles!

I've gotten to the point where I only wax my car twice a year and wash it once a month. With my older cars and when this one was still somewhat new I use to wash every other week and wax every 3 months. Lost motivation after I blew out the high pressure fuel pump. Just want to make her last now instead of going all out on performance and suspension so I've turned my attention to other things.

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George, if you're really worried abut the fork offroad (although it has an aluminum steerer, right?), you can get a purpose-made carbon off-road fork from folks like Niner (and there are a few others), designed for 29er mountain bikes. They will slide right in and fit your wheel, brakes, etc.
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I personally wouldn't worry to much about the carbon fork... with the small tires you've got you won't be going onto anything serious and if you do the tires will quickly tell you... even CX tires are nothing like riding with big 29er tires...
I've decided to nut up and shut up about the fork and give the trek a chance. I actually took it to the lbs yesterday morning and asked them to fit a decent sized CX tire set on the bike. They should be calling me later on today to tell me what they could fit. I considered trading it in towards a 29er but I'll never see what I paid for it. I'll update the thread later on what tires I ended up with and hopefully have some riding updates this weekend as a friend and I are planning on heading to the D&R canal to test it out. He just put gears on his surly so he's dying for a long ride.

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Nice bike; nice car! Congrats and good luck in your quest.
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I've gotten to the point where I only wax my car twice a year and wash it once a month. With my older cars and when this one was still somewhat new I use to wash every other week and wax every 3 months. Lost motivation after I blew out the high pressure fuel pump. Just want to make her last now instead of going all out on performance and suspension so I've turned my attention to other things.
Ha! My neighbor when I was young and still living at home managing through college use to tease me about wearing through the paint. I washed every time it rained (no VW back then, this was the Toyota 4x4) and washed every time I came back from off-roading. Every time I washed, I waxed an area and usually broke it up in quarters, so a quarter of it got waxed every wash. I used caranuba (sp?) paste back then (still love the smell of that stuff.) Twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, I polished the paint with Eagle One Wet before I gave the whole car a wax job. It took me hours by hand to polish and wax, it was a labor of love. I literally changed the color of one of my cars.

Now? The rain washes my cars, LOL. Too much time involved and I have other things as an adult to do like work on the house and take care of the kids. My wife washes hers and I cringe every time I come home from work seeing that she washed her almost new car. I use to be so meticulous with washing and waxing while she just grabs any old rag dirty or not and the Dawn dish soap and washes while missing half the car anyways.
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that sounds like the way to go... if you find that you like riding on the trail then consider moving to a 29er ... my last few MTB's over the last 10 years have all been 29ers and I don't see myself moving back to a tiny wheel again

on the other side... I found that no matter what you do to a 29er... it's still not as nice (or fast) on the road as an entry lvl road bike
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Just a quick update. Got the bike back from the shop, they fitted 42x700 tires on her. Quite the step up from the 28s on there originally. Conti tour rides which is what they recommended for my needs. The true test will hopefully happen this weekend. Funny part is I got a lot of compliments from the guys at the shop on smoothness of the new tires compared to the bontragers. Took her for a quick spin and felt pretty awesome.
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