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Old 11-02-16, 02:28 PM
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Hello from Maryland

Hello! I thought I was just going to buy a bike... and then I discovered what a complicated business this is! I found this Bike Forum and have been plowing through it all trying to get a crash course (< just an idiom!) on bicycles.
In any case, I live in Maryland and am just a few miles from the Appalachian Trail. I primarily ride the countryside, and there are lots of hills here. With my wife, however, we go and ride the C&O Canal Path which is really a lovely and relaxing way to go. My 2004 Trek Navigator 100 works great for the canal path, but it's a desire to get something more suitable for all these hills that brought me here. On my own, I try to get out a 2-3 times a week and ride somewhere between 8-15 miles. With a faster bike, I hope to expand my range.
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Old 11-02-16, 04:35 PM
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Welcome to Bike Forums. Decide what type of riding you will be doing and where you'll be riding. The should help you narrow down your search.
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Old 11-02-16, 05:00 PM
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Welcome. Lots of different type bikes to choose from. I used to ride a lot probably where you live. The hills are long and tough so I understand your dilemma with picking a bike.

But there's lots of good information and help here

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Old 11-02-16, 05:06 PM
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Just got back from this bike ride which is fairly typical:
10.24 miles in 47:37; avg. 12.9mph; 735' elevation gain
Got up to 37mph in one spot where I have a 80' drop in .15 miles, but there's also a lot of chugging along going up hills at 4-6mph. The bike I'm looking for is one that will be a bit faster overall.
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welcome to the forums...I can not seem to make up my mind on one bike, so I have 4 and could think of several more I would like to have... but with my bikes and my wife's bikes... and our motorcycles... there is just not room... the wife says the two we keep on the living room are enough there
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Welcome aboard BF, nothing beyond what had been offered above as far as advice. Biggest thing I learned about increasing the speed I average was to get into better shape by riding more, and to shed a bit of weight from dear ol' me. Best of luck on deciding which bike best suits your riding, and glad to have you here with us.

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