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Old August 16th, 2012, 01:45 PM   #61
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We picked up a Fuji for my wife a couple years ago, full carbon, and test rode it against several other bikes/ manufacturers. The Fuji carbon definitely rode smoother, and was stiff enough to still transfer power good. As for holding up, she typically rides 30-50 miles an evening, sometimes seven days a week. She's worn out several sets of tires and just replaced the chain and rear cassette. There's somewhere between 10-15,000 miles on the bike right now, and it looks and rides like brand new.
Oh, not that it matters, but she turned 51 this year.
Holly smokes, that is allot of miles. How long does this take and where does she go?
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Old September 8th, 2012, 05:01 PM   #62
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Well I ended up with what I think was a good deal...

I picked up an '09 Cannondale CAAD9 with tiagra deraileurs and sora (boo) shifters.

I wasn't thrilled with the shifters and the deraileurs aren't anything to write home about but the frame is in great shape, and it actually shifts pretty well, so the plan is to ride it for at least a year and see if I want to upgrade. In any case this set up will meet my needs for the time being, and I didn't have to break the bank.

I just got back from a quick 8 mile ride and so far so good. Brake pads need to be replaced but other than that, all I need to do is ride it.

So far I think I can keep my MTB as well..... at least until the wife finds out

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Old September 19th, 2012, 06:52 PM   #63
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Still racking up laps around the lake! I've been getting out at least three times a week.

I kicked up my one lap to two and went from about 6 miles to just over 10 and avg MPH of 17.8. I am now to the point where I don't feel like dying after my ride, so next week I am going to move up to three laps or about 14-15 miles and see if I feel like dying again :hick:

So far I'm having a great time and it was worth the investment!

Oh I got smoked by two dudes on Tarmac Pros the other day.... fast dudes are fast.
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Old September 19th, 2012, 07:02 PM   #64
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I bought a used bike this year and was riding around LK Cadillac 7 miles everybody passed me but I enjoyed it. Been to busy/ broke to ride the last 2 months. I hope to get out again.
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Old September 19th, 2012, 08:02 PM   #65
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Still racking up laps around the lake! I've been getting out at least three times a week.

I kicked up my one lap to two and went from about 6 miles to just over 10 and avg MPH of 17.8. I am now to the point where I don't feel like dying after my ride, so next week I am going to move up to three laps or about 14-15 miles and see if I feel like dying again :hick:

So far I'm having a great time and it was worth the investment!

Oh I got smoked by two dudes on Tarmac Pros the other day.... fast dudes are fast.
Are you riding around Reeds Lake? Good on ya for getting out a few times a week. Is it too far for you to ride to work? Commuting is awesome if it's fairly safe and not too far for you. I ride to work a lot. Got dumped on with rain the past few days but it's all good.

If you start to get bored with road/path riding you should really think about mountain biking, whole different ballgame. You can head out to Cannonsburg SGA for a 6-7 mile loop and feel wrecked because of the difference in riding, going through sand, over roots, and uphill. If I remember right a time of around 30 minutes per loop is pretty solid on that trail. It's a hell of a lot more fun too IMHO, just like running on the road versus trail running. There are a lot of great MTB trails within a quick drive from GR, including the new Merrell trails in Rockford.

Fast dudes are fast but it's too much fun to smoke a dude on a $5K rig with your entry level bike. :) You'll get there if you keep at it, it's all conditioning.
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Are you riding around Reeds Lake? Good on ya for getting out a few times a week. Is it too far for you to ride to work? Commuting is awesome if it's fairly safe and not too far for you. I ride to work a lot. Got dumped on with rain the past few days but it's all good.

If you start to get bored with road/path riding you should really think about mountain biking, whole different ballgame. You can head out to Cannonsburg SGA for a 6-7 mile loop and feel wrecked because of the difference in riding, going through sand, over roots, and uphill. If I remember right a time of around 30 minutes per loop is pretty solid on that trail. It's a hell of a lot more fun too IMHO, just like running on the road versus trail running. There are a lot of great MTB trails within a quick drive from GR, including the new Merrell trails in Rockford.

Fast dudes are fast but it's too much fun to smoke a dude on a $5K rig with your entry level bike. :) You'll get there if you keep at it, it's all conditioning.
Yeah I'm a mile from reeds lake so it makes it nice.

I tried the mtb thing, but I was actually not a big fan. I don't know why, but I think it was because I grew up racing motocross and I couldn't get that horrible, "damn I need to pedal here to go fast" instead of twisting a throttle . The other aspect is the 25 minute drive up m37 to get the the SGA. I've been out there a few times but its simply takes too much time for the whole trip (not the ride) where it was a solid 2 hours time investment, now is under 50 from ratcheting up the shoes to jumping out of the shower.

Next year I hope to do the Reeds Lake Tri.... we will see how it goes. Maybe I'll just do the "tour de gaslight" if things go bad...

ETA I guess my bike cam from TC. Bricks or something? There is a sticker on the BB the guy at the shop today pointed out.
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Yeah I'm a mile from reeds lake so it makes it nice.

I tried the mtb thing, but I was actually not a big fan. I don't know why, but I think it was because I grew up racing motocross and I couldn't get that horrible, "damn I need to pedal here to go fast" instead of twisting a throttle . The other aspect is the 25 minute drive up m37 to get the the SGA. I've been out there a few times but its simply takes too much time for the whole trip (not the ride) where it was a solid 2 hours time investment, now is under 50 from ratcheting up the shoes to jumping out of the shower.

Next year I hope to do the Reeds Lake Tri.... we will see how it goes. Maybe I'll just do the "tour de gaslight" if things go bad...

ETA I guess my bike cam from TC. Bricks or something? There is a sticker on the BB the guy at the shop today pointed out.
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Old June 6th, 2013, 08:11 PM   #68
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Just an update here... I'm going the GR Tri on Sunday. Been training for 11 weeks and am doing the Olympic distance. Should be a good time

Here's to hoping I don't drown on the 1500 meter swim
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Good luck!! I've been trying to get out more on my mountain bike this year but so far have only been out a couple times. Gonna try and make it at least a weekly thing the remainder of the summer/fall. I'll hopefully go tomorrow.
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My brother came out of college a little over weight and started riding, that was almost 35 years ago. Since then he has held most of the 24-hour ultra marathon course records in the midwest at one time or another. He has competed in three Race Across America's. When he started he was pushing it to do 20 miles. Now he rides at least 50 a night. During the winter he rides the MB unless the snow is too deep, in which case he skis.

The point is that he started out way out of shape, and it was tough. Now he rides daily because he enjoys it.

As for bikes, he rides a Trek. They have stood behind their products, and he has no complaints.
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Awesome man, I run and have thought about getting a bike but my current workout schedule already takes up about 8-10 hours a week and with a full time job it would be hard to find the time to ride. Fuck the haters on here making excuses why you shouldn't attempt to train for a tri. It's never too late.
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