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Old 06-17-2011, 10:52 AM   #1
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I thought I'd start a thread for people interested in cycling. I'm by no means an expert but would love to see what other people are riding and any tips they might have for novice riders like myself.

This is my road bike. It's pretty low-end as I bought it after having not rode a bike in nearly a decade and just wanted to get back into it. It's still great for me as I'm still pretty green. It's a 2009 Trek 1.5



I picked this up this year so I can drag the kids around in a trailer and still get a bit of training in. I also like the cross tires for earlier season riding without feeling like I'm going to bail on the gravel all over the city. A 2010 Norco CCX2.

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Old 06-17-2011, 11:21 AM   #2
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1. Wear a helmet
2. Clipless pedals
3. Bail onto grass not asphalt
4. If you are using it as a commuter get a bike rack and panniers
5. Learn your damn hand signals
6. Get a good jacket that is reflective and water resistant
7. If you are dragging around your kids - have your kids wear a helmet, I always shake my head when I see the adult with a helmet and the kid with nothing at all.
8. Enjoy your bike.
9. Get a bike maintenance kit and know how to use it if you need to do so (how to change a flat for example or in case your chain breaks).
10. Bike gloves - good investment
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:08 PM   #4
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1. Wear a helmet
2. Clipless pedals
3. Bail onto grass not asphalt
4. If you are using it as a commuter get a bike rack and panniers
5. Learn your damn hand signals
6. Get a good jacket that is reflective and water resistant
7. If you are dragging around your kids - have your kids wear a helmet, I always shake my head when I see the adult with a helmet and the kid with nothing at all.
8. Enjoy your bike.
9. Get a bike maintenance kit and know how to use it if you need to do so (how to change a flat for example or in case your chain breaks).
10. Bike gloves - good investment
Those are all good points.

I would add to keep your water bottle full. Even if you're not going for a long ride it can be used to clean off any scrapes if you do bail...

I've got clip one side/egg beater the other on my cross bike in case I don't have my shoes with me.

And I work from home so the vinegar smell only effects me...
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Old 06-17-2011, 06:03 PM   #5
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The cyclocross is a good choice.

I'd been looking at getting a road bike after riding a cheapie mountain bike for years (including from Surrey to Seattle), but decided against it due to lack of braze-ons for a rack.

That pretty much left me with the choice of a touring bike or cyclocross. I found the cyclocross just that bit more versatile (I have no hesitation cutting through a park or on gravel/peat trails) and was able to get one new for much cheaper than the lowest entry-level touring bikes (which all seem to start around $1400).

Riding is so much more pleasurable than driving or taking transit, and it's one of the easiest ways to get fit.

Plus I like racing other commuters to work in the morning. It's more of a wake up than a cup of coffee.

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Old 06-17-2011, 07:07 PM   #6
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My stable:

2011 Trek 2.1 105 5700 compact. Love the bike, hate the required attire.



2008 Trek 6000, that just got a full rebuild with Carbon everything, and XT grouppo, and Recon race air shocks.



And this baby I just got, that can't seem to get off of, just love it. Fast, cheap, light and versatile. Alum frame, carbon fork, 700c x 28 wheels... all for 900 bucks. Unreal commuter.

2011 Devinci Olso SL double, with a random tiagra/sora combo groupset. Kinda a touring roadbike, but with a flat bar. Absolutely love thing, and I don't feel bad getting the odd ding and scratch. Just put a panier rack and some carbon bar ends on it. Most versatile bike I have ever owned, and I don't have to be a spandex dork when I ride it. Put about 400 km's on it the first 2 weeks.

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Old 06-17-2011, 08:01 PM   #7
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Got this in 2008 - a Giant FCR3 for $499.00 It's been a great bike for me as I dabble in commuting to work. 20km one way is no problem for this bike comfort wise.
It came with 700x32C on it but I've had 23c on them for the last two summers - no problems at all. Someone jacked my seat while i was picking up my son from pre-school on Wednesday.


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Old 06-17-2011, 08:46 PM   #8
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I thought I'd start a thread for people interested in cycling. I'm by no means an expert but would love to see what other people are riding and any tips they might have for novice riders like myself...
Given your physical abilities and issues, I suggest you start with this.

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Old 06-17-2011, 10:20 PM   #9
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I really like older bikes. This is a 70s Raleigh that I cleaned up and is my everyday ride. Great for short trips, commuting, training and touring. You can see one major innovation on there that never caught on, the spring loaded saddle It has Suntour index shifting, 12 speed. I don't like a lot of gears. But there's plenty of speed in the hardest gear and I can climb hills just fine.
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Old 06-18-2011, 12:52 AM   #10
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I guess tips are important too...lol.

For buying parts, you simply cannot beat www.JensonUSA.com . Everything is quoted duty, brokerage, shipping and tax in, to your door price. I ordered what would have amounted to about $1500 worth of parts to upgrade my mountain bike here, for around 600 bucks to my door, NEXT DAY for most shipments too.

One of the absolute best investments I made, was buying a mechanics bike repair stand for $140 bucks at MEC, and the park tool ak-37 tool kit. Park tool is kinda like the Snap-on of the bike tool world. I literally stripped my mountain bike down to the frame, and rebuilt it from scratch using the tool kit, and a few youtube vids. It was literally a custom build. Every single component was swapped out. The only things I kept were the wheels, and frame. Headset, bottom bracket, derailleurs, shifters, hydraulics, everything..... new.

Took my okayish $1000 Trek 6000, to a race ready $3000 XC hardtail (Trek 8500 level), by shopping savvy, and buying bits and pieces that were on sale over a couple months. For example I picked up a carbon seat post, riser bar, and stem, one weekend they were on sale, and got the whole shebang for about 120 bucks. Here?? Good luck pulling that off for less than $350. Clipless pedals you'll pick up for 1/3 to 1/2 price, and forks/shocks are criminally priced here at LBS, expect to save 1/2, and drivetrains, at least half.

However, DO NOT buy built wheels, you get crushed on the duty on them. Buy a truing stand, and buy the spokes and rims separately, and build your own. It is the last thing I am learning, is wheels truing. I have about 3 or 4 old wheels I keep building, tearing down, and purposely warping, just to get the hang of it. Once you have the right tools, wrenching bikes is super satisfying, and fun.

I got the park tool ak-37 kit on sale for $220 at Jenson, and the stand for $140 at MEC, and I will never have to pay for a bike tune ever again. So it is a super solid investment. However, if you are not mechanically inclined, you might want to stay away. Shifter/derailleurs/drive train can be a witch if you you don't get how gearing and levers work.
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:17 PM   #11
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Anybody know of any decent iPhone cases that attach to your handlebars?
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:47 AM   #12
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I've heard this one is the best but I haven't tested it myself.

http://www.thinkbiologic.com/product...mount-iphone-4

That being said, I have a mount for a 3G/3GS that is collecting dust if anyone's interested.
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I've heard this one is the best but I haven't tested it myself.

http://www.thinkbiologic.com/product...mount-iphone-4

That being said, I have a mount for a 3G/3GS that is collecting dust if anyone's interested.
So you can mount it? If Sliver isn't interested (he was here first!) then I am for sure.
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So you can mount it? If Sliver isn't interested (he was here first!) then I am for sure.
Thanks Slava but I would need one for the iPhone 4.
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I've heard this one is the best but I haven't tested it myself.

http://www.thinkbiologic.com/product...mount-iphone-4

That being said, I have a mount for a 3G/3GS that is collecting dust if anyone's interested.
That is pretty much exactly what I want, although a touch pricey. I'll try to find something local and cheaper but that might be my bitch. Thanks.
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I'am retarded and still haven't figured out posting pics, but I ride a Giant Yukon...

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-in/...on/5453/37970/

Have not done any mods to the bike save putting on a new seat but so far it has really been a great bike for the price. I ride pretty hard and this bike (though still fairly new) seems to take the beating in stride, a very tough frame with decent components. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a mb under $750.

And since we're on the topic, any other mountain bikers out there with good (see "off the beaten path") trail recommendations for the Canmore/Kananaskis/Bragg Creek areas?
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:37 PM   #17
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So you can mount it? If Sliver isn't interested (he was here first!) then I am for sure.
Yup, it mounts on the handlebars.

I picked it up on Amazon: http://www.amazon.ca/Arkon-IPM127-iP...8544641&sr=8-1
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:46 PM   #18
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Just mounted my red Michelin Pro 3 700X23 Race tires on my Giant TCX 1. I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of improvement in speed I can make.

Going to the CX bike alone bumped up my speed by 4-5 kph but I've been riding slightly knobby 700X35 tires and I'm totally pumped to see what the skinnier slick racing tires do for me.

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If you guys have never given the track a try then definitely do. There's nothing like the buzz of lapping the velodrome.

http://www.cbtl.ca/

These guys have a free introductory session every Monday evening.
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If you guys have never given the track a try then definitely do. There's nothing like the buzz of lapping the velodrome.

http://www.cbtl.ca/

These guys have a free introductory session every Monday evening.
Second this.

I worked as one of the track managers the past couple years and it is definitely a fun past time, specially since you dont have to deal with riding on the road with cars. The only bad thing is the weather has been bad up to now so its been tough to get out there. Random note, on that website in the banner at the top is a picture of my younger self racing the track in the blue/orange kit, being held from a standing start.

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