***General Cycling Thread***

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  1. PineClone

    PineClone Active Member

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    I haven't read through this whole thread, so maybe someone already suggested this...

    - You'll get WAY more bike for your money if you buy used. If i were looking for a mountain bike, i'd only look in the 1-4 year old range. But for a road bike you're good looking for bikes older than that. I ride a 10 year old cyclocross bike and have no intentions of upgrading any time soon.

    Go to pinkbike.com, click on the buy/sell tab, you'll find lots of bikes. Look in your local area, but many sellers are willing to ship.
     
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  2. Cydkar

    Cydkar Well-Known Member

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    I absolutely hate it and avoid it at all costs. 1 driver staring at their phone at the wrong time and it's curtains. Hard pass. I'm a pu$$.
     
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  3. Tre4ISU

    Tre4ISU Well-Known Member
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    That's what I'm thinking. That 3 pounds of bike weight is nothing compared to the 50-60 I've got that I don't need.
     
  4. Clonehomer

    Clonehomer Well-Known Member

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    I will by myself, but I do usually ride on the left shoulder so I see the cars coming and can get over further. But with the trail systems these days, there isn't much reason to do so. Get a bike rack on the car and drive to a trail.
     
  5. simply1

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    Salmoning....
     
  6. BoxsterCy

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    Counterpoint, you do need one of these.

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  7. Gunnerclone

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    Don’t do it early in the morning when the sun is low or in the evening when the sun is low.
     
  8. Tre4ISU

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    Coming from someone who hasn't ridden but is getting into it, I won't be doing it on hills. I probably won't do it much on road anywhere. Also, as a farmer, they are a scary deal in the busy months. It's not the bike, it's the other vehicle in that lane that has to get over and it's just not a great situation.
     
  9. Clonehomer

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    Does it look bad if the font size on the writing on the side gets larger as you go down?
     
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  10. NorthCyd

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    I got the dual pedals. My bike came with straps and I hated them so I upgraded to a dual sided clipless pedal and love it. Of course I fell over a few times getting use to them, which is the ultimate embarrassment. I rarely use the flat side, but it has come in handy occasionally. I bought mountain bike shoes instead of road shoes because I like the recessed cleat so I can walk around in them without the awkward foot angle and "clickity clack".
     
  11. Gonzo

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    Yep, me too.
     
  12. FarminCy

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    I haven't read through everything and have no clue what others have recommended but here is my opinion as someone that has been a cyclist since 16 (25 years).

    First off buy used. You can find a good bike for half the price of new that most likely is coming from someone no different than yourself. Decided to get into biking, spent a lot of money on getting started, then never got into it and deciding to sell everything. I'm not saying that's what will happen with you but there are a lot of <3 year old bikes out there with almost no miles on them. Don't get hung up on the higest end components for your first bike. I always advise people to have their second bike be the new expensive one, see if you truly enjoy it first, then spend the money later.

    Second get an allroad/gravel bike. There are many advantages to them even if you have zero interest in riding gravel. They are just as fast on pavement for the average rider but can handle so many other situations that a road bike can struggle with. Case in point, I ride with a group of friends aroround the Des Moines area that includes a lot of street riding, bike path, down town, neignborhoods, etc. Even when we never leave pavement the folks that are on road bikes encounter situations that are an issue for their bikes while the rest of us roll right through. However newer road bikes will accept 30C tires which is a very versatile size.

    Third don't get hung up on weight. I laugh at bikers that brag about they saved 250 grams by swapping out new wheels/etc while they themselves are 20-40 pounds overweight. I primarily ride a steel gravel/adventure bike and have zero issues keeping up with the carbon roadies. Get the bike that fits you and allows you to do what you want instead of falling for all the tech/weight talk some get obsessed with. Frame material and weight can never overcome someone not in cycling shape or a bike not suited for your situation.

    Fourth find what clothing works for you. If you want full form fitting kit than go for it. If you would rather wear more "bagger" clothes than go for it. Figure out if clipped or flat pedals work for you and go for it. Everyone has their own comfort, sytle, etc. I personally ride in more "bagger" clothes and my group has all types as we've all found what works for us individually. It will take some experimenting but dont get pressured "that you need this" in regards to clothing.

    Fifth prepare your bank account!!! I spend waaaay to much on accessories and tweaking my bikes. But it's worth every penny.
     
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  13. Tre4ISU

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    Thanks. I don't think I'll be going used because nothing nearby seems to be available in what I'm looking for. I think I have a line on a new Checkpoint 4 that I'm just trying to talk myself into right now as it's a little more than I hoped to spend but I think it's exactly what I want and won't put me in a spot where I'm taking a beating next year because I tried to save a few hundred bucks.

    I have no idea where to start on clothing. I do some indoor biking so I do have some shorts but I have nothing else. I'm just going to have to feel that stuff out. One thing I don't want to do is cheapen myself into hating the hobby so I'm toeing a line here.
     
  14. NorthCyd

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    Regardless of clothing type get a good pair of bike shorts. You can wear baggy shorts over the top or they even make bike shorts that look like regular shorts. I tried going cheap with bike shorts and the padding was low quality and lost its cushioning quickly.
     
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  15. Tre4ISU

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    The CAADX 105 has entered the chat. From what I've read the cycling community looks VERY favorably on the 105 components vs Tiagra, correct?
     
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  16. Gunnerclone

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    Correct.105 is like the Jeep 3.7L V6. Ever reliable.
     
  17. cyclonesurveyor

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    This is what I ended up with but with SRAM rival which I like the shifting over the 105.

    I ended up using the warranty on the original frame and the second also. The bike would howl and vibrate when coming to a stop. Bike shop monkeyed with it and couldn't figure it out. 3rd try they gave me a new carbon frame and I was still having the problem but to a lesser extent.

    Buddy and I were having beers after a ride, me ******** about the noise and vibration, and we decided to try and swap out the brake rotors. Boom - the rotors were some cheap off brand, not SRAMs. New rotors and I really enjoy riding my Super X!
     
  18. NWICY

    NWICY Well-Known Member

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    What your doing will work just fine.IMO.
     
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  19. Colorado

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    IMO, 105 is a significant upgrade to Tiagra.
     
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  20. simply1

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    105 is much better, 10 and 11 speed easier to upgrade as well if you so choose.
     

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