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Old 06-27-09, 07:38 PM
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New here and 50+

getting back into riding and I'll probably be hanging out here most of the time. My birthday is coming up next week so I'm going to treat myself to a new ride. Not sure what direction i want to go in, Mnt, hybrid, or road. I'm leaning towards the hybrid, Trek has the FX series and specialized has the sirrus series. If anybody has some good advice it would be appreciative.
My goal is 1 year from now to be 25lbs. lighter and do a century. I rode/trained everyday in the early to mid nineties, but haven't been on a bike in about 12 years.

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Old 06-27-09, 07:43 PM
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Welcome super-hawk.

If you're planning on a century, I'd go with a road bike and start rolling out the miles.
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Old 06-27-09, 07:45 PM
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If you're planning on a century, I'd go with a road bike and start rolling out the miles.
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If you start training now you could easily be 20 pounds lighter by late summer/early fall.
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Old 06-27-09, 07:53 PM
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Welcome. Although if you birthday is coming up you will need to do your birthday (ride your age in miles) ride - traditionally done on the day. But I suspect we can cut you a few months slack see as you are a new member.
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Old 06-27-09, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by RonH View Post
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If you start training now you could easily be 20 pounds lighter by late summer/early fall.
But not if you consider Dairy Queen Blizzards the ideal recovery drink.
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Old 06-27-09, 08:04 PM
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Thanks for the quick replies. I had planned on having two bikes as I did when I was riding daily. My thinking was to buy a bike in the mid range ($$) and at the beginning of the new year pick up a high end model road bike and take my riding into the next leval. Starting out with a bike that wasn't so aggressive would allow me to get back into riding with little effort. Not sure how long I could last with me and my pouch leaned over on a road bike. i know in the past it was nice to change it up a little on rides by taking out a different bikes. Is my thinking flawed?
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Old 06-27-09, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
Welcome. Although if you birthday is coming up you will need to do your birthday (ride your age in miles) ride - traditionally done on the day. But I suspect we can cut you a few months slack see as you are a new member.
I promise I will do 51 in one weeks time this year, but will do 52 in one day next year

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Old 06-27-09, 08:16 PM
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Welcome! The getting a cheaper bike now, then getting a serious bike in the new year sounds good, but I think you would be wasting money. Perhaps start out with a good used bike (Craigs list, used from LBS, local paper...etc), you can get some pretty good deals if you are a little patient. Got my wife a nice Specialized Allez for $350 from LBS. Has about half 105 components, came with a Cateye computer, and only had 450 miles. Then from the start you are on a good bike. Then if you stay with it, and want a higher end bike so be it. But if you burn out, you can sell the used bike for at or near what you paid for it. Plus, you will be more likely to stay with it, if you are on a quality ride.

Anyway, as I always say.... whatever you get, ride it! The more you ride, the better it gets.
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Old 06-27-09, 08:27 PM
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Is my thinking flawed?
If you are like most of us around here, yes it is.

Welcome. Enjoy getting and riding the new bike.
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Old 06-27-09, 08:40 PM
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Old 06-28-09, 07:35 AM
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N+1 means that no matter what you get.................there will be another.........................and that leads to.............................

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Does your user name and picture suggest a VTR 1000, a Firestorm as they're called in UK?
If so, you're definitely a Lemond Croix de Fer kind of fellow!
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Old 06-28-09, 11:49 AM
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But not if you consider Dairy Queen Blizzards the ideal recovery drink.
No wonder I can't lost weight.

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super hawk, you have picked a good place to hang out. Welcome to the group. Pie and pictures are a must or you will be chastised severely around here. Get started on the right foot and you will be just fine.

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I agree that a well fit road bike will work better for you as soon as you start to increase the length of your rides. A hybrid may work initially, but it will quickly become the limiting factor in how far you can ride comfortably. If you want a bike to ride a few miles to the coffee shop when you aren't in the mood to ride with a capital r, your plan is a good one. If you just want a single bike, go with a road bike. There are a lot of good models out there that offer a less extreme position than a full on racing bike.

Good riding....

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Old 06-28-09, 12:06 PM
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If your goal is a road century, I would recommend a Specialized Roubaix. Initially you could set the bars high enough for the comfort you need starting out and as your weight drops and you get more flexible lower the bar height. It is a supreme century bike. I have one.
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Originally Posted by wobblyoldgeezer View Post
Does your user name and picture suggest a VTR 1000, a Firestorm as they're called in UK?
If so, you're definitely a Lemond Croix de Fer kind of fellow!

Yes I owned a vtr/superhawk back in 2000. I've gone threw a few bikes since then. Now it's a Ducati.
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Old 06-28-09, 01:42 PM
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Well you all have given me enough advice that I'm going to re-think this. I still have the mountain bike, although it does need work on the forks and being that it is an older model, the parts my not be available. I'm going to see what a set of non suspension type forks would run me. My birthday is next week and I was hoping to get on the road by then. I'll post a pic to show off what I end up getting
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