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Old 02-11-08, 06:08 PM
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Hello from DC

Hi All,

My name is Samantha. I'm originally from Long Island, but DC has been my home for over a year and a half now. I started cycling on a regular basis when I moved to DC as a way to get around, but over time I have become more and more involved in the cycling community here. I'm planning on doing my first century ride this summer, and I just ordered my a book on bicycle maintenance because I'm going to have to take care of my bike properly with all the miles I'll be logging! I decided to join the bike forums because I'm sure I'm going to be needing advice on training, fixing my bike, etc. Looking forward to chatting with you all soon!

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Hi Samantha, what kind of bike have you got? Good for you that you are going to the trouble of learning how your bike works .

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Welcome...taking care of the bike is part of the 'fun' of riding. And these forums are fun and enlighting and helpful and .... too.
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Hi Samantha,
I just moved from DC, but it is a great place for riding as you already know. I commuted and rode with the Potomac Pedalers. There are alot of DCers on these forums. If you have any questions, we'll be glad to help out.
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Hey East Hill,

It's a Giant road bike. I feel terrible that I don't know more about it, someone who knew much more about bikes than I did at the time picked it out for me last summer. But that's why I'm taking the initiative to get to know more about my bike. I may not become a total gearhead, but at least I'll be able to know my bike model!
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Thanks Tulip,

It seems like there are a lot of riding clubs in VA, but not so much that actually leave from DC. I'm hoping to find some people to ride with, without having to ride 10 mi first to get to the start!
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Hey East Hill,

It's a Giant road bike. I feel terrible that I don't know more about it, someone who knew much more about bikes than I did at the time picked it out for me last summer. But that's why I'm taking the initiative to get to know more about my bike. I may not become a total gearhead, but at least I'll be able to know my bike model!
Well, let's see a photo or two, then!

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Hey Samantha,

Welcome to riding in the DC area. Someone mentioned the Potomac Peddlers. The group rides are fun and a great way to build up your training and endurance. Training for centuries all by yourself gets boring quickly. In case you haven't found it, here's a link:

http://www.bikepptc.org/

Most of the rides are in Md or VA like you said but some aren't too far away. But if you can get to some, you'll quickly meet people with vehicles to give you rides for the future.
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