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another new rider, another new bike

Old 08-06-06, 01:05 PM
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another new rider, another new bike

I've been running for a couple of years and started getting the desire to get a bike a couple of months ago. I've been looking and learning a lot and finally got a bike this past week. I got my step dad's 04 Trek 2300. As far as I can tell it is a great bike, especially to begin with. It is full Ultegra and to me, rides great. I haven't gone too far on the bike yet as I'm totally new to riding and just trying to get used to the shifting and the clip in pedals. So far no problems with either, so today I'm going out again for another ride and will actually get on the road. Kind of nervous about that. South Carolina isn't exactly home to the most cautious and bike friendly drivers.

Oh, question : I have a small car so I need a way to transport this bike. What would be the best choice on a limited budget?

BTW, no pics yet. Waiting on a new piece for the digital camera so it will work!
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Old 08-06-06, 01:05 PM
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And yet another new bike thread without pics...

Congrats, dude, and have fun with it!
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Old 08-06-06, 02:15 PM
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Ok, got access to a camera and took some pics!

Ack! Didn't post pics like it does on other forums I used. Hold on...
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Old 08-06-06, 02:17 PM
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Ok, let's try this... just some links to the pics.

http://xs104.xs.to/xs104/06310/000_1111.JPG

http://xs104.xs.to/xs104/06310/000_1112.JPG

http://xs104.xs.to/xs104/06310/000_1113.JPG

That should work

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Old 08-06-06, 02:23 PM
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lookiing good, congrats!
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Try to find a club, or group rides sponsored by your local LBS. You will get more comfortable on the road with a few experienced riders. After a 14 year layoff, I was having the same concerns. After a year of riding, traffic is something you learn to deal with. Crazy drivers are everywhere. Some will trash the idea of a mirror of some kind & a little blinking tail light. I never ride the highways without both. Do they make you safer? My thought is if you feel more comfortable then your safer. Good luck.
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Old 08-07-06, 07:36 AM
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Thanks, great advice. Appears our town has a good cycling club to get involved with and plenty of group rides. Cool!
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Greenville is also home to George Hincapie.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Hincapie
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Yeah, I wonder if I'll ever see him out riding? That would be cool. Have been training for a marathon with a girl that works for his sportswear company which is here in Greenville. Maybe she'll have some inside info!
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Nice looking ride. Have fun with it.

A dude I know simply takes off both wheels and puts the bike into his hatch back. He is carefull not to scratch anything up by placing the wheels away from the frame. If it's still too big, a strap on trunk rack is fairly inexpensive..
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I think it would fit if I took the wheels off. The back wheel could get tricky. I guess I need to learn how to put it back on at some point anyway.

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