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  1. #901
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    get my first road bike

    I have to post 5 before I can start a new thread.

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    my question is where in Orange County, CA I can go to find a very helpful bike shop.

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    same here, this is my 4th post and I need to reply one more to start a new thread.

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    Crap. I introduced myself in the wrong place. My apologies.
    Here is my intro!
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    Hello Cyclists,
    I'm here because I have a problem, and I cannot figure out how to solve it. I can get to that later, and in the appropriate thread.

    I've always loved cycling. When I was a kid I wanted to join a team, but there were none around. I still was on my bike all the time. However, what I did do was swim. I got to be a pretty good swimmer. I would, of course, ride my bike to swim practice. What got me biking the most in the hills of the Adirondacks was my girlfriend. She lived near the Hudson, and I lived up on the hills. I would bike up and down those endless hills every day. I loved that ride almost more than her.

    When I moved to Michigan, I more or less stopped. I tried mountain biking, but never loved it. I had a bike in college to go to classes, but that was quickly stolen, and I never got another one. What fitness I did do was playing water polo in college for a year. Then I stopped sports and got chubby. After that, when I got my first real job, I would commute for 2 miles, and instead of walking or cycling, I would drive and get tickets. Lots of tickets.

    It took years to get back into fitness. I first started soccer since it was easier to start somewhere I had no ego attached to not being good. After a few years, it was back to swimming, and water polo. Then I started coaching masters.

    Through there I met some triathletes, and they kept suggesting I try it. At the same time, my wife decided to do a charity ride from SF to LA. She got herself a nice (used) new bike. And I got a second hand bike for my tri. We started riding together. I found that my fastest friends commuted to work on bike. I now lived 20 miles from work... so I gave it a try.

    After racing and commuting, I was hooked on biking again. I never really raced, but I LOVE racing in tris. I LOVE commuting. I love working on my bike on the weekend. I love working on my wife's bike too.

    I upgraded my commuter last year. I got sold a hybrid when I first started, and boy was that a mistake. I had no fun on that bike, and thus hated riding. When I got my second hand try bike, I started loving cycling again. I love going fast. So I sold my $700 hybrid, and got a $300 Chrome Kilo/TT. I just switched out the back wheel for a Aerospoke build here in Michigan that someone was practically giving away. It is heavy, but I love it for commuting.

    I just upgraded my triathlon bike. This is where I'm needing help. I got a lightly used Specialized S-Works Transition in the quickstep color line.
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...s%20Transition
    However, a lot of the parts had been switched out, including the wheels. I purchased a set of 88mm deep carbon tubulars from China. I purchased some Vittoria Tubulars. I purchased a bit more too. It's running me so low on cash I will only be able to do one race this season... but I'll have nice stuff next time I do race.

    I hope to find it nice here.

    There's a lot more to me as well, but I figured I might as well give my cycling story here. The rest (parenting, jobs, politics, etc.) can come out later.

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    Just finished a 9.24 mile ride. Have ridden 32.31 miles this week. I know that's small for some of you guys, but I'm shocked at that myself. Might as well set a goal for myself. The Tour de Tucson is in November. Distances are 111, 85, 60, or 42. Doubt that I can do 111. But I would guess that if I get a decent bike and ride 5 times a week like I have been, 42 will be easy. Maybe I should shoot for 60.

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    New Road Rider!!

    Hey everyone, I'm new to the road (mountain biker for 10+ yrs, but not much last 12 mths). I really like the mountain bike on trails, etc., but it sucks riding it on the road, so I decided to take get an entry level road bike and see how it goes. I'm 52 but very active, still compete in tennis 3-4 days a week.

    Anyway, here's a shot of the bike, a Diamond Back Podium 2....got it for $599 (good price???) It came with cheap clipless pedals so if anyone could suggest a decent set that would be helpful.

    OK, can't post pics yet......

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    I'm Eric from SE Minnesota. I just purchased a Specialized Roubaix and love biking in the bluff country.

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    Hi I'm new to road bike review. I cycled in the 80's and got back into it in 2001. Now I ride centuries in the area and climb a lot of mountains. Thats good cause the area I live in has lots of them. I like bikes too much and am currently building up a 20 year old Colnago Master.

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    Hey, I'm new to cycling... got a bike about a month ago and have been riding everyday building up mileage.

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    Hi new to the forum. I just bought my first real road bike, a Felt Z85.

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    Name is Jay, love cyling!

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    Hi there, while doing research to build my new bikes, I've come across this site. I've been riding for while. I love this sport. Glad to be here.

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    Oh, I am building two Steel bikes, one for daughter one for me.

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    Will post pictures when I am able ( and know how) )

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    Hi all, greetings from Copenhagen Denmark. I am new here and new to road cycling. I am planning to compete in triathlons this year but first I have to know a lot more about road cycling and bikes. Thats why Im here :-)

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    Newb

    Hi, my name's Mike and I'm new to these here parts. Been cycling since the sixties, competed in the 70s, and still have a vintage bike purchased with paper route money in '66, converted to competition use with Zeus components.

    Got lots of questions if I can make the 5-post minimum to create a new thread, mostly about mounting Tufo tires.

    At any rate, Hi everyone. Nice to meet y'all.

    Mike

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    Sounds great! Is the Diamond Back aluminum or steel? I suggest going to Bike Nashbar's website, they are having a huge sale and you should be able to pick up pedals and shoes very cheap!!

    I got back on my road bike 3 years ago after a long hiatus!! I mostly ride with my wife, 23 to 100 miles at a pop!! I also play USTA Tennis!!

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    Bella Regaz, (Hi Fellows,)

    It's Manuel here ... from Bologna, Italy.

    YEP ! ... spaghetti bike for lunch !

    I just join the group ... looking for tech advises.

    I bought my first road bike and it needs a set-up ... it's a second hand Bianchi Tdx Chorus.

    I love taking pictures ... so I'd love to be a good pics uploader for this comunity !

    Ciao
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    Greetings all!
    So in the spirit of not just being a lurker I thought I would just give a quick hello. Formerly I used to race a bit, loved to ride a lot, but when I moved to Germany had to give up a few things (years of riding) till I got sorted. Right now I am just on a Cannondale Bad Boy that has Chris King hubs, X0 Crank set 2X9, and 23X700 Hutchinson Fusion 3 Rims. A good month I hit about 800K and will increase that.

    Most of my riding is varied around here in Dresden, Germany on road surfaces. At this time though I been missing a road race bike and slowly looking through the various option on which road bike I will purchase or build. I know I like fast but I am also on a budget. Reliability also of course. Pretty sure I will stay tubeless and build from the ground up with Chris King R45. We will see what the rest is

    In the past I have had custom made cyclops with campy setup, Vitus, Concorde, Cannondale as my road bikes.

    Anyways I said enough for just a hello.

    Cheers,
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    p.s. I found the board has already given some insight on companies and setups so thanks everyone for contributing.

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    Saying hello

    Just dropping a line and saying hello. I came to the forums to ask the cyclists of SoCal some questions about riding and bike rentals, as I'll be out there next week, but it looks like I can't initiate a thread until I've posted 5 responses to existing threads, so here's to #1!

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    Klutzo the Newb?

    Well, once a Klutz, always a Klutz I guess. I don't seem to have the hang of this forum at all. I posted several hours ago to introduce myself, even got an e-mail response, and cannot seem to connect correctly with the forum. Can't seem to find my intro post either after doing a search.

    Perhaps in a millennium or two I'll figure this out. Any suggestions?

    Mike

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    Yeah, my wife suckered me into getting in the lottery for the Tour of NYC this May. We got picked, and now I'm freakin' out! She and I used to ride like fiends, and I used to cycle competitively, but the last few years have seen precious few miles on my 46-year-old bike. Needless to say, I've been hitting the road ever opportunity I get. Hopefully, the forty-mile trek will not be too hard on these old bones!

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    Yes, good to be part of a community!

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    Hey all, I'm new to the forum but not to bikes! I currently ride a 1980s steel Lotus road bike with Shimano 600 components & I ride daily. I work at College Park Bikes in Maryland, USA & just looking to share my love of bikes with the world and hopefully learn stuff along the way. Cheers!

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