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Old 01-17-11, 06:48 PM   #1
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What do you do when you know nothing?

But you want to talk cycling? How do you get some one who can answer my simple questions and not have me look like a fool? What if some one has been away for 20+ years. For some, that is longer then they have been alive much less there cycling time. I know the lingo, the terms and worked as a Ham radio op in the 1990's on many rides. I Rode many ride but why do I feel so out of touch after so long. 20 years ago the T6061 was new and 25 LBS was WOW....Holy Cra*. Now I find, it's to much @ 25 LBS and I am a dinosaur. It's a real bone to be chewed! Any way.... I want top ride, I want to obsess about riding, .... How do I approach a topic if my questions is so simple they appear to be a virus?
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Old 01-17-11, 06:52 PM   #2
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Just ask it?
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Old 01-17-11, 07:00 PM   #3
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Lots of oldies around here. Some have been away longer than your 20 years. Ask up - most are glad to help.
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Old 01-17-11, 07:40 PM   #4
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Ask away, we're more than willing to help. I was building bikes back in the 80's so I remember a lot of the "good old" days..

Oh, and steer clear of the "Road Cycling" sub forum, unless you want to get into endless discussions about weight and performance from people who don't race.
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Old 01-18-11, 09:14 AM   #5
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Find out if you have a local bike co-op. I rode for years, although sporadically. I didn't talk or even really spend a lot of time thinking about bikes. I just rode, but didn't really know anything. But after spending some time with my local bike co-op, on this forum, and just getting into casual conversations with other bike riders, I got a lot more comfortable doing my own work and holding my own in bicycle conversations (road bikes are still a foreign language, but that's because that's not where my interests lie). I also took a course at REI on doing a basic bike tune up. Both the classes and bike co-op put me in contact with a lot of people with varying degrees of bike knowledge who didn't expect you to know everything. The people with knowledge were more than happy to share it, and you also got to "pay it forward" by helping out other people with less knowledge than you.

Also around here there are a number of group ride opportunities. A very active road bike group, randoneuring group, and more casual rides as well, if you feel you need to work up to holding your own with the more "serious" riders. While I don't do any competitive or timed cycling (other than getting to work on time), I find that there are people in all groups who are easy to talk to.

And there's always this forum. People ask and answer questions from the very basic to the very complex on here, so I would not hesitate to find the forum that fits your questions/topics of discussion and post away. Sure, there are some people who are so mired in the cycling world that they have trouble talking "down" to someone who hasn't been eating and breathing cycling for the past twenty years, but there are plenty of people who enjoy sharing their knowledge and encouraging new (or returning) cyclists.
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Old 01-18-11, 09:24 AM   #6
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You have already taken the first step. This forum is a great source of information, keep asking questions you will get the answer.
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Old 01-18-11, 09:38 AM   #7
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I'm eternally stupid, but this forum helps with that. I bought a new bike about a year ago and that was the first time I'd ridden in probably 10 years. I felt like I was riding a spaceship. I had no idea what half of the levers did or why I needed them, but between my LBS and, I learned.

The search function on this site will help you learn pretty much all there is to learn, but remember to be objective. While there are a lot of folks who know what they're talking about here, there just as many, if not more, who don't know. Be sure to do thorough research.

Be careful about what you read and don't take anything personal. People can be rude, but don't let that stop you from asking questions. If you don't know something, then that means someone else doesn't know it, and by asking the question and receiving an answer, you're contributing to the wealth of knowledge on this site. Just remember you do have responsibilities of your own, such as searching the forum before asking your question.

Good luck man.

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