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    Question Bicycle riders?

    I just started riding a bike to get in shape.
    I picked up a Trek Marlin.

    I have a couple of great trails to ride, 1 hilly trail just down the street from me is 10 miles long & the trail along the river is 10 miles long, there is also a trail that joins the 2 so I have access to a lot of riding trails.

    I passed the 2 year danger mark in my retirement without stroking out or getting cancer so I guessed it was time to get in shape since it looked like I may be around a while, I've lost a lot of weight since retiring but am still out of shape & have some more weight to drop.
    With my knees running was out (& I Fucking hate running!) & no pool close by so Bicycling was the obvious choice.
    I've had my bike just over a month & am up to 25 miles at a ride & I am really enjoying it.

    I use the Strava app for my iPhone to track my rides, anyone here ride bikes & use Strava?
    "Racing is........Life.......Everything before & after is just waiting"

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    Nice bike! I just recommended the same bike to my brother-in-law who just got into the sport. He loves it.

    I've been riding for as long as I can remember. Like you, I really hate to run so cycling is the way to go. I am trying to sneak away from work early today for a ride if possible. I know KennyT rides too.

    You should download an app for your phone to track your routes and measure your progress. I use MapMyRide which was free, but there are tons to choose from.

    edit: Just read your last sentence about Strava.... disregard my last paragraph.

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    I mountain biked when I was in my 20's and early 30's. My daughter has really taken to riding so hopefully it will give me incentive to break out my Cannondale.

    I'll snap a quick photo and post it later.

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    I bought the mountain bike because,
    I'm a big guy & wanted a sturdy bike & I live in the country, local roads are crap so I thought I'd get a mountain bike with a bit of suspension.
    For what I'm doing it was the wrong bike, I know a lot more about home theater than I did bikes!
    I started riding just around my neighborhood but quickly got bored, just down the road a couple of miles was the entrance to a trail system so all I'm riding is nice paved trails.
    Fortunately the Marlin is in the middle of the line up so it has a lock out front suspension (that the cheaper model didn't) which is a huge help when road riding.
    I also replaced the low pressure off road tire & put 85 psi road tires on it, made a huge difference in rolling resistance.
    I'm already looking to upgrade to the Trek Domane 4.0 some time next year, maybe when the 2014 models come out.

    The Strava app is great & it has a free & a paid version, knowing the elevation changes, distance, speed & route after you ride is helpful.
    It also lets you follow other riders & see their rides.

    The main thing is right now I'm enjoying my workouts & that is going to be key to keeping going now that the weather is getting colder/wetter.
    "Racing is........Life.......Everything before & after is just waiting"

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    My knees don't tolerate mountain riding anymore so I went back to road but lately have been swimming as it has been so damn hot in Florida I don't even want to ride early in the morning anymore!

    I have been looking into cyclocross bikes for my New Zealand expedition, that way I can ride road but get some off road and dirt in if I like.

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    Here's a pic of my toy.

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    That looks pretty hardcore!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMoose View Post
    That looks pretty hardcore!
    The bike is FAST... the rider, not so much.

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    Well I couldn't stand it, I went ahead & upgraded to a real road bike, doing 50+ mile rides on the mountain bike was killing me!
    All I ride is paved trails so I got me a Specialized Secteur Expert Disc

    It was like going from a truck to a GT car!

    It only took a few weeks of owning the Trek to decide it would be my last Trek bike!
    The people at the Trek Store were gigantic tools with a you didn't spend enough money to deserve our attention attitude.
    When there was a service problem & I contacted Trek directly they told me they had no control over the privately owned stores!
    I reminded them it was called the Trek Store & if they had no control of a store with their own name on it I would not be purchasing anything from them again & the only reason I go to the Trek Store is for warranty work!

    Any way a huge difference between the 2 bikes, I was 45 min faster on a 53 mile ride just by going to a road bike, much more comfortable too!
    "Racing is........Life.......Everything before & after is just waiting"

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    Here are my last two road bikes.... The first is a Serotta CSi done in Campy Record 8 speed. I wish I'd kept that as I hear Serotta just filed for bankruptcy, that was one amazing steel frame and the best feeling bike at high speed I've ever owned!

    The next is my Seven Alaris, custom made to me and my size, built with 2004 Camp Chorus (Veloce cog set) Campy Euros wheels and FSA carbon cranks, Easton carbon bars with an ITM oversized stem. I asked for the bottom bracket to be a stiff as aluminum frames with a softer rear than the CSi and they did it perfectly! I can ride this bike all day and be comfortable. Wish I'd brought it to NZ..... My bike here is much more humble...
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