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Old 10-23-14, 08:59 AM
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Longtime rider from Dallas is glad to be on BikeForums

Hello from Dallas, Texas. I turned to this forum so often for new and info that I decided I should join, so here I am. I've enjoyed riding for decades. My first real road bike was a Raleigh Grand Prix that I got back in the 70s. It had a Reynolds 531 triangle, white with chrome tips on the fork (chrome tips were a status symbol back then). Then I moved up to a Motobecane Grand Record. Same frame as the previous bike, but now with a 531 fork, too. That Brooks saddle was a constant reminder to wear proper riding shorts.

I stopped riding for a few years after college, but took it up again in the 90s when I bought a used Miele. Good looking bike; bright orange. With white handlebars and those green Michelin tires it really drew the compliments. But it was a used bike and not a great fit, so I broke down and bought a Specialized Allez Comp with full Ultegra group; I added Rolf Vector Pro wheels. That was in 2000, and I rode that bike until just a couple months ago, when I discovered a crack in the head tube. I was left to the mercy of the Specialized warranty department until the wonderful people at Richardson Bike Mart, where I had bought my bike 14 years earlier, pushed through a replacement. It wasn't 1-to-1 -- the Allez Comp had an aluminum frame with a carbon fork, and the replacement frame was all aluminum -- but the new frame geometry seems to smooth out the ride, so I'm really happy about it.

I'm looking forward to participating in this forum. There's LOTS of good information here.
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Old 10-23-14, 09:01 AM
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Welcome to the forum.

Are you doing any local group rides?
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Old 10-23-14, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
Welcome to the forum.

Are you doing any local group rides?
Not doing any group rides at this time. My riding schedule is so erratic that it's hard to be on any kind of schedule.
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Old 10-23-14, 09:31 AM
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I've just started getting involved with them after doing lots of solo riding. There are a ton in the area. Here are few calendars I watch:

Texas Bike Rides | All up to date 2014 Texas bicycle rides in one location

FWBA: Ride/Events Calendar

Join Bicycles Inc at these events! - Bicycles, Inc Hurst Fort Worth Arlington Southlake, Texas

RBM Weekly Group Rides - Bike Mart, Bikemart, Richardson, Dallas, Frisco, Texas

Texbiker.net

I usually ride with the Waxahachie Biking Club that does Tuesday evening and Saturday morning rides.
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Welcome to BF. Glad that you are back riding. If you want to keep up with the Texas bicycling scene visit my website: Texbiker.net
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Originally Posted by Hwy6AandM0 View Post
Hello from Dallas, Texas. I turned to this forum so often for new and info that I decided I should join, so here I am. I've enjoyed riding for decades. My first real road bike was a Raleigh Grand Prix that I got back in the 70s. It had a Reynolds 531 triangle, white with chrome tips on the fork (chrome tips were a status symbol back then). Then I moved up to a Motobecane Grand Record. Same frame as the previous bike, but now with a 531 fork, too. That Brooks saddle was a constant reminder to wear proper riding shorts.

I stopped riding for a few years after college, but took it up again in the 90s when I bought a used Miele. Good looking bike; bright orange. With white handlebars and those green Michelin tires it really drew the compliments. But it was a used bike and not a great fit, so I broke down and bought a Specialized Allez Comp with full Ultegra group; I added Rolf Vector Pro wheels. That was in 2000, and I rode that bike until just a couple months ago, when I discovered a crack in the head tube. I was left to the mercy of the Specialized warranty department until the wonderful people at Richardson Bike Mart, where I had bought my bike 14 years earlier, pushed through a replacement. It wasn't 1-to-1 -- the Allez Comp had an aluminum frame with a carbon fork, and the replacement frame was all aluminum -- but the new frame geometry seems to smooth out the ride, so I'm really happy about it.

I'm looking forward to participating in this forum. There's LOTS of good information here.
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