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Old 07-15-08, 03:02 PM
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Hello From the Central Coast

Just droppin' in and I'd like to say a few words...

I know most of the members here are probably hardcore cyclists, while here I am, a 16 year old with an $80 Target special that is 4 years old, but it works and I enjoy riding it.

Now, this isn't much of a feat for anyone else, but a few hours ago, I came back from an 8 mile ride to the second city park (4 miles each way), with some pretty steep hills. I have driven on those hills hundreds (maybe thousands of times), but you notice a lot more things while riding a bike!

As far as my ride, as mentioned before, it's an $80 Target special. I either dodged the bullet or lucked out on it, because after 200 miles (100 of which were in the last 10 months, 59 of those 100 were in the last 5 weeks) the bike still shifts through all the gears and the brakes can lock the wheels. And I'm guessing that 200 miles is probably farther than your average-joe that bought a Target bike is going to ride in 4 years.

I didn't realize I enjoyed cycling so much until I started riding to school (few miles per round-trip) rather than driving. Now, I ride my $80 Target special just about everywhere as long as what I'm buying (if anything at all) can fit in a backpack.

I'm looking at either getting a Specialized Hardrock Comp Disc, a Trek 4300 Disc, or a Kona Fire Mountain to replace my $80 Target special, partially because I don't want a softtail because I hardly ever ride off road. That doesn't mean I don't, though. I've ridden my $80 Target special through sand, up trails, across streams, in the ocean (at the beach...didn't see that wave coming! ) across city streets and on dirt roads.

Oh yeah, and I also want a hardtail over a road bike or a commuter bike because I want some suspension since the roads around here (especially the bike lanes!) are pretty terrible. I'd like to get a rack on it also, and I think a rack on a softtail would look a little...different.

Here's a photo of my $80 bike at the park after my 4 mile ride there (cell phone photo):

And here's a photo of my newest ride. And before you ask, yes, my parents bought it for me, but I think I earned it. Excellent GPA in school, keep up with all my other commitments, etc. Plus, I hardly ever drive it if I'm going somewhere in town. I have a bike that I'd rather take!

Anyway, its a 2008.5 Mazda3s Touring 5-door in Crystal White Pearl Mica. I got it on June 28th, 2008. The photo was taken when it was still at the dealership even before it was driven off to get a wash and a tank of gas. The only thing it's missing is a bike rack on the roof.

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Old 07-15-08, 10:22 PM
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Hehehehe, the Mazda's prettier than the Target Special, but you must be doing something right if a) your GPA is good enough that your parents bought the car for you and b) you are managing to keep the bike on the road .

My husband has the Trek 4300, and loves it. But, the other two bikes are good too. So, whatever feels right to you, and whichever LBS you like the most!

Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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