Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 09-04-07, 06:59 PM
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Couple of questions

Well today was a very interesting day. I went out for a ride on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which is only like 2 minutes from my house (yes I live on the cape) anywho was almost at my turn around point and all the sudden I see like 25 people all on road bikes. So I am thinking to myself this must be a race or somthing. So I ride up to the person in the back and ask whats going on. It was a bunch of people who were all riding together, I guess they belong to some kind of like cycling group, the man told me what it was called but I now forget, anywho onto my first question

1. What organizations are there that are in MA other than the Mass Bike?

now to explain what I noticed when I was riding with them (this is about my bike) I noticed the back tire was very wobbly, so when I got home I check it and it is rubbing up against the brake pads and also the frame, so I check to make sure the brakes are on their center point and they were, so I take the wheel off and spin it and this wheel is so out of alingment its funny, some im checking it out to see if the rim is bent and then this spoke just falls off. Kind of upsetting as the bike is only like 2.5 weeks old. So this brings me to my second question.

2. If I bring this wheel to a bike shop will they fix it for free since its a new bike, or will I have to pay for it?

only reason I ask is because, I am just curious as if they would fix it for free seeing as it is new.

other than that it was a great day, made some new friends, had my first unitentional (SP?) group ride,my a** is killing me (I need new shorts).

anyways thanks for reading all this, I know its long...

sorry im a bit hyper still on my cycling high
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If it's a new bike and you broke a spoke, then there's something wrong. How much do you weigh, do you sprint out of the saddle a lot, and how "powerful" would you consider yourself?
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Oh yeah, as long as you haven't been hopping curbs or anything the store should help you out.
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Well I am a big guy, maybe like 205 or so, not really sure, Haven't had any problems with any other bikes, might still be a bit heavy for the bike. Spoke coun't is high I think. Haven't done alot of sprinting or climbing. As for power I would say a little below average, maybe about 13 MPH on your average 3 hour ride.

I found it a bit strange when I noticed the spoke missing, I was upset since it is a brand new bike.
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