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Old 06-15-13, 01:37 AM   #1
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Great forum! Hello from Oregon

I kept ending up here in my google searches as I ramp myself back into cycling, and I have been consistently impressed with the breadth of knowledge here, and the tone with which it is delivered. A community! Hot damn.

A buddy of mine has roped me into the sport. I biked a lot as a kid and in college but from a
utilitarian angle. In my late 40's, I'm coming at it now for low-impact fitness, and some bugs in my teeth from grinning while I do it!

Sitting here with very sore thighs as I type this, having celebrated said buddy's 50th birthday with a 62 and 50 mile ride on consecutive days yesterday and day before. These had some real climbs in them because he had his rat-pack from back in the day celebrating too, and they are a bunch of lean mean Colorado biking machines... I was the weakest rider, which I gather is never fun, but I cranked it as hard as I could, which was pretty hard, so I feel good about it.

I initially trained for it on my 80's mountain bike, doing a 10.5-mile loop with one big steep climb included in my rural area. It sucked. Pushing those big tires and HEAVY frame around lacked a certain... grace. But it was aerobic as heck. With the help of this forum, meaning threads I searched up, I bought a '08 Specialized Sequoia Elite a few weeks ago. I got in a bunch of good rides on it prior to the birthday rides, maxing at 34 miles, which helped me get it somewhat fitted to me. I think. Certainly have some questions there.

I didn't mention yet-- I'm tall at 6-4". So bikes can be harder to find. The Sequoia came available at a local shop and I snagged it at $600. It has a few upgraded parts. It's comfortable and I'm getting used to the feel of the AL frame with carbon parts- things flex (or not) somewhat independently of each other, compared to a frame made of all one material. But I like the bike and it'll be my steed for the foreseeable future.

I have a couple physical issues that I'm interested to float out there that came apparent in my rides in the last few days, and I suspect they will be addressable through some fitting advice, and body mechanics tweaks. Can't wait to tap the brain trust here on that one!

So--- long post, I guess I could've just said I'm an enthusiastic noob who comes in with full respect for the forum, and left it at that, but DAYUM MAN! I just tapped all this in on an iPhone and I ain't deleting it!

All the best, and looking forward to learning and participating.
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Hello and Welcome to Bike Forums.

My body took some miles to adjust to the bike.

Many short rides helped with that.
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Hi LT, welcome to BF, many of us returned to cycling after layoffs for life stuff and other issues. Your Sequoia is a really great bike, it should give you a lot of good miles of riding. Your height can cause some bike search problems, as you said, one thing I've noticed on eBay is that frame sets for the 60cm + sizes are a bit lower as the demand is less. Glad that you found a quality bike in your size, we have a good, new Fitting Forum you might like, for getting the Sequoia sorted out, if your LBS hasn't done that for you. Visit the Regional Forum for your area if you want to get together for rides with other members, as 10 Wheels said, riding is the best way to get fit for riding.

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RE: the Sequoia.... I don't want to be "that guy".... you know, the one who buys something and then instantly defends it as the greatest thing ever.... but with that said, I do feel that I really got lucky & scored with that bike as it seems nearly perfect for what I'm doing and for a reasonable price. The previous owner upgraded the rear rim, which I'm told is a potential weak point on these for us Clydesdales, and he also added a Ritchey adjustable (for angle) handlebar stem which he had fully upright but which I've dropped a few notches and will likely drop a few more.

The granny brakes are a funny touch that amused the hardcore Colorado bikers I just rode with.

I've noticed that on steep climbs, if I'm really putting some torque on the frame and tossing it side-to-side I can get enough flex in the rear triangle to rub the brake pad intermittently. This may be a software issue (me) as I've noticed it happening less or not at all as my form tightens up. I suspect it's those carbon chain stays but I don't know.

I'm trying to pull my wife, who is a very trim and fit 48 years old, into this with me. She's had to give up running do to plantar issues. As it turns out, she, in her youthful wisdom, at age 20 or so bought a NEW Trek 620 touring bike in '84 or so. It has been hanging in our barn sans tires for the last 20 years. I paid it little mind, until entering this new era, but I recently pulled it out and resurrected it for her. It's all original, low miles- it's beautiful! I can't wait to learn more about it on the appropriate forum here. I think I'll upgrade the shifters to bar-end (barcon?) for her as the downtube shifters seem physically awkward for her on the few mild rides we've done so far (she didn't do the big 62/50 ride I just finished). But man, what a neat bike.

So there it is in a nutshell! I'll have numerous questions about those two bikes and about getting my balky ol' carcass up to speed. Very appreciative of the knowledge base here and will do my best to be a good forum citizen, which at first means a whole lot of asking questions then listening to those who know more than me. I'm cool wit dat!

All the best, folks.
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