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Old 10-13-14, 01:34 PM
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Iowa River Rat Says Hi!

Hello, all. I've been reading a lot online lately and have come to BikeForums via Google searches quite a bit. Great place. Sometimes I'll even put "bikeforums" in the search with what I'm researching.

I'm a Thirty Something year old cyclist but have loved bikes since I first got off my training wheels. I'll be coming into some inheritance money next year and am planning on spending money on a 58cm 26" Surly Disc Trucker, Moonlander and Big Dummy, along with a TT, road and 27.5 mountain bikes. It's been a couple decades since I got a new bike so you could quite say I'm in need of some newer technology (along with some new old technology).

It has been quite a pleasure building up my wish list parts for the Trucker. I owe a lot of it to this forum. I realized that, with the add ons and change outs, it's going to be my most expensive bike -- but I'm sure it'll be my favorite ride!

Other hobbies of mine include primitive camping, small game hunting, air guns, fishing, music (I'm an audiophile) and drawing. But cycling is my #1 passion. No racing here, although I could and probably win. I just like going fast on a human powered machine, or just enjoying the view at 10 mph. I'd also like to purchase a KTM Adventure series motorcycle someday and get lost

Anyways, hello from a dense-wooded river valley in Iowa and I'll catch you all later!

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Old 10-13-14, 01:40 PM
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Welcome aboard. I suspect you'll find more than a few members who care a lot about music. By the way, before you buy a lot of new bikes (not that there's anything wrong with that), you might want to spend some time in the C&V forum. There are a lot of really great old bikes out there and some of them might be perfect for your needs with a bit of elbow grease.
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Old 10-13-14, 01:49 PM
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Thanks! And good to know. Could save me a couple thousand.
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Old 10-13-14, 01:53 PM
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Thanks! And good to know. Could save me a couple thousand.
Easily. Also look at internet direct (bikes direct, nashbar, etc.) as the prices are very good.
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Yes, exactly. Although Kestrel has downgraded in quality from what I'm reading, I'm eyeballing their TT and road bikes. Great value from bikesdirect. Also eying the Motobecane bikes for the girlfriend (probably a 29er full suspension). I'm a Cannondale fanboy, but I can't see myself spending $10K on a bike. Although the 27.5 hardtail will probably be a Cannondale. Nashbar and Performance are old friends of mine since the 90's. I also remember Colorado Cyclist

P.S. A Catrike 700 or Expedition is also on my wish list. I think one would be a blast.

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Old 10-13-14, 07:37 PM
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Welcome to Bike Forums.

Not all Cannondale bikes are $10K. I bought mine new only a few years back for less than $1K
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Not all Cannondale bikes are $10K. I bought mine new only a few years back for less than $1K
True, hence why I want an aluminum Cannondale hardtail. But for a carbon road or TT bike, upwards of 10K is easy to do on a Cannondale with decent components.
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