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Old 10-17-10, 09:31 PM
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New Cyclist in OKC and Member with First Real Bike

I just purchased my first "non Wal-Mart" bike one week ago, and have enjoyed reading the posts found here.

My name is Brian, and I've been interested in doing more cycling for quite some time. My last bike was a Murray 3-speed that I bought at Big Lots in 1998 for $35. I knew it was the wrong size, style, etc. for my 6'2" frame, but never had the money to try out a bike at a local shop. The Murray did get fairly regular use when I rode around the neighborhood with my 9-year-old son, but my knees always hurt long before he was done riding.

I came across $400 that I could use, so I walked across the street (almost literally) to Bike One. I knew I needed a bike that would stretch out my legs, plus I wanted one that would have me sitting upright so my back wouldn't give me troubles. The shop had a few bikes that would suite me with XL frames. After much deliberation, I decided on an XL frame Schwinn Sierra GS. I know that there are many better bikes for the money, but the bike really seemed to fit me better than the others I tried. I bought the bike and a helmet for $400.

I already consider the Sierra a starter "real" bike, figuring that I can always buy a road bike in the future. I intend to use this for local riding, so it should do fine for the purpose. I am up to a bit over five miles/day riding about on the new bike without tiring or sore knees, where I could never make it over one mile on the old Murray.

I have had two challenges so far. First, I am still having to practice my take-off and stopping techniques. This is the first bike that I couldn't stop with my feet flat on the ground while seated. I am getting better, but I don't feel confident enough to attempt riding through any major intersections. Second challenge, has been flat issues... I somehow picked up a thorn within my first 72 hours of ownership. I took the bike in and had heavy duty tubes with slime installed. Each of the two new tubes has had valve stem leaks. The shop replaced the first one, and I put one of my old tubes back in when the other went flat. I didn't like the slime all over my rims, so I'm going slime-free in the replacement tubes.

I didn't realize how long this would become. I am really enjoying getting started with cycling.

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Old 10-18-10, 01:47 AM
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Hello Brian, welcome to Bike Forums.

Regarding punctures, outer tyre choice is crucial. I've been using Schwalbe Marathon tyres myself, they have very good puncture protection. Other brands have similar stronger designs. They're heavy, and primarily designed for touring/commuting use. In my use (utility cycling, commuting, touring), the weight penalty is not too bad compared to having to change/fix flat tubes every now and then.

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Old 10-18-10, 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Juha View Post
Hello Brian, welcome to Bike Forums.

Regarding punctures, outer tyre choice is crucial. I've been using Schwalbe Marathon tyres myself, they have very good puncture protection. Other brands have similar stronger designs. They're heavy, and primarily designed for touring/commuting use. In my use (utility cycling, commuting, touring), the weight penalty is not too bad compared to having to change/fix flat tubes every now and then.

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Thank you for the tip about getting puncture resistant tires. I've read a bit about the Schwalbe Marathon tires here on the forum, and it sounds like they may be a good fit for my bike.

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You're welcome. Marathons come in confusing variety of versions, and puncture protection varies depending on which version you choose. For a nice overview of their current offerings, see their web site at https://www.schwalbe.de/gbl/en/produk...lProducts=true

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