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Look what followed me home 2010 ION GF

Old 01-28-10, 05:14 PM
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Look what followed me home 2010 ION GF

I know youve probably heard this story a million times, but its my turn I made myself a promise that if I quit smoking (after 20+ years) I would take up cycling again. Well its been 4 months now and for the first time in my life I know for sure I have done it successfully. That being said, I looked at my old Peugeot and thought, lets update to a new bike with the money I have saved. I can use the old girl when I feel like a retro ride, but it would be nice to have something newer and lighter. I read through these forums for days and seen alot of nice bikes so off to the bike store I went with a few brands in mind. Some of the bikes on these forums cost more than most of the cars Ive owned. Needless to say I cant afford some of the bikes some of you guys have BUT this one here really caught my eye. This bike is stout! Ive posted some pics so you all can check her out. Hope you like her as much as I do. I had to swap out the handle bar tape cause it was white (yuk), 700x25 tires, niterider light, trek computer, and currently am shopping for a different seat that isnt white as well. Once it gets above 30 degrees outside again, im hitting the road! The bike is a carbon/aluminum frame which is really really light, I dont know the exact weight but it is a heck of a lot lighter than my Peugeot. It rides like a dream, alot easier than my Peugeot it seems.

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oops, forgot the pics.. Did I mention how thick this frame is???? Perfect for a 200+ pound guy like me

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wow...that's a nice bike....congratulations on the smoking (quitting) that's always a plus. I hope you enjoy riding the f**k out of that thing!!!!
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I see it's a "Racing Bicycle"...says so right on the downtube sticker. I hope it's okay for just regular riding around too! Enjoy!
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Since you will be spending all your time riding now you can give me you flat screen and large movie collection in the background. Already got wii and xbox lol

Anyway thats a nice bike man. Now time to log those miles..
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Good for you,

Now go get that thing dirty.
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Congrats on dropping a bad habit and picking up a great looking bike!!
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Grats Man! On both the quitting smoking and the bike! Careful riding at night though.
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Nice!! what is that on your top tube? and get some real pedals.................
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Nice!! what is that on your top tube? and get some real pedals.................
The quarter? Or the Battery for the light?
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Go get it dirty.
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Nice
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Nice, I love fishers.
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid
Nice!! what is that on your top tube? and get some real pedals.................
The bike store I got this from suggested some pedals that were really tiny, and to use them I needed special shoes as well. I must admit, they were nice looking, but I have never used anything like them and am pretty skeptical of them for now. My biggest worry is being able to get my feet off in case of an emergency. Old school thinking, I know. Im not even sure if Ill need them as my commute will be roughly 80 miles per week total. I will also be doing the MS 150 again and of course the rides with the family here and there. Im already anxious as heck to get her out and get her good and dirty
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That's a great looking bike, very few bikes can pull off red tape but yours does it with style. Looks like you've already got it lined out with all your gear as well. Congratulations on your new healthier lifestyle, you'll love it.

One criticism, you had the white garage door, the bike and a camera all in one place but we get no drive side door photo
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Sweet looking bike - of course, you now need a red saddle to go with the red bartape.

V "flip it"
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Very nice!

4 months is a great effort.

I never say never, I take it a day at a time, it's been 3+ years since my last smoke. So far Marlboro has sponsored a 2 bmcs and a pair of zipp 404s
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nice bike, good work with kicking the habit.

few notes:

i see you say you commute to work and that you have a rather nice headlight, but a reflector instead of a tail light. for visibility to other drivers, i'd say get a rear blinkie red light pronto to avoid getting killed

bottle cage(s) ??

consider more than color when choosing a new saddle, especially if you will be on the bike for extended periods,

enjoy!
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So, how as the GF been working for you? Considering the Ion Pro myself for my first road bike.
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Originally Posted by Kanz
The bike store I got this from suggested some pedals that were really tiny, and to use them I needed special shoes as well. I must admit, they were nice looking, but I have never used anything like them and am pretty skeptical of them for now. My biggest worry is being able to get my feet off in case of an emergency. Old school thinking, I know. Im not even sure if Ill need them as my commute will be roughly 80 miles per week total. I will also be doing the MS 150 again and of course the rides with the family here and there. Im already anxious as heck to get her out and get her good and dirty
You'll be back for them soon enough.

Nice bike. I like the colour.
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Very nice looking ride, congrats on quitting on smoking, enjoy it you deserve it!!
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congratulations on quitting and on the new bike.
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First of all congratulations on the bike. I know from recient experiance that a new bike is infectious. Enjoy.

Now the important stuff. I quit smoking for good the first time about 30 years ago. It lasted a year or so and then I had one smoke. That triggered the addition response and it took me 12 years to sucessfully do it again. Now it has been 17 years since I quit and as long as I remember I am addicted to nicotine I can stay off them. Said in and eailer post...Never say never! Always think of yourself as an addict and you just might succeed for real. I am almost 60 and can still ride like I was 30 years old. A friend of mine, just 6 years older than me has emphysema and has to sit down after walking up a flight of stairs. I plan on biking like I am being chased till I am 90. Hope you do to.

May the gods be with you on the smoking thing.

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Originally Posted by Kanz
The bike store I got this from suggested some pedals that were really tiny, and to use them I needed special shoes as well. I must admit, they were nice looking, but I have never used anything like them and am pretty skeptical of them for now. My biggest worry is being able to get my feet off in case of an emergency. Old school thinking, I know. Im not even sure if Ill need them as my commute will be roughly 80 miles per week total. I will also be doing the MS 150 again and of course the rides with the family here and there. Im already anxious as heck to get her out and get her good and dirty

https://www.google.com/search?sourcei...lipless+pedals
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Hey great job on quitting smoking. You've, indeed, earned that bike. I have yet to see any GF road bikes and that is very nice looking. I remember how I felt whern I got my new roadie 5 yrs ago. I was as happy as a 5 year old on Cmas morning getting his first 2 wheeler. I bet you can't wait to get some miles on that thing. Have a lbast.

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