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Old 07-14-15, 04:28 PM
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Greetings from Mill Creek, WA

Hello! My name is Scott and live in Mill Creek, WA about 40 min north of Seattle. Been seriously riding for last 4 years, mostly centuries and other long distance biking. I'm 51 years old with family and career so time is limited but I do the best I can. Generally do long rides on weekends by getting up very early and back by lunch time.

Just finished my second year in a row of doing the Seattle to Portland (STP) 206 mile ride in 1 day. Very tiring and long day but I recovered much faster this year than last. Next big ride for me is my first RAMROD on July 30th- 150+ miles around Mt. Rainier and over 10,000 ft of climbing. I'm very nervous about this ride but also looking forward to the challenge.

I ride a Bianchi Giro aluminum bike I bought new in either 2002 or 2003; good bike but I'm going to upgrade as I need more comfort on long rides. Any suggestions are welcome as well as any local riders looking to get together. Thanks!
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welcome to the forum... I have been to Everett and Arlington washington but not your town.
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Hello, from down the road. I was just talking to a neighbor who is a RAMROD veteran. For all the talk of climbing, he said riding back down the mountains was almost as intimidating as the thought of riding back up. His tips? Watch your speed and watch for bad road.

Great to have you onboard. I'm not sure what to suggest for comfort. A endurance-style bike typically has slacker seat and head tube angles and a longer wheelbase. Both designs tend to increase stability and ride comfort. There is also a trend in these same bike designs towards a taller head tube which let you ride in a slightly more upright (read comfortable) position.

One interesting trend has been towards wider tires for road bikes. It is much more common, when shopping online, to find the 700x25 size tires sold out before the 700x23 tires. Rim manufacturers are touting the benefits of wider rims and tires. (See Velonews story, Mavic launches wider rims in Wyoming?s wide open spaces - VeloNews.com.) I think this is interesting because it diminishes the roll that frame material has in terms of defining ride quality.

Finally, glad to hear you're ready for N+1. Where "N" is the number of bikes you currently own and there's no looking back! Haha

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