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First Ride Outside the Neighborhood

Old 01-13-20, 03:17 PM
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Great post of your first ride.

Just be careful of one thing - the forum uses an auto word filter to remove our everyday cuss words, so please don’t alter the spelling to avoid the filter, like “sh*t” for example. Just type the word correctly, if you must, and the filter will replace it with ****. Everybody will know exactly what you’re saying anyway when they see an expression like “Oh ****”.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Cycling is a poor substitute for the purity of running.
Time to get the torches and pitchforks!
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Cycling is a poor substitute for the purity of running.
Running is a poor substitute for Nordic skiing, but what else can you do without snow?
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Old 01-13-20, 03:47 PM
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Thanks for the post. Rather than boring the "serious" cyclists, this sort of stuff reminds us of the fact that cycling is, and should always be, fun.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Cycling is a poor substitute for the purity of running.
Oh snap!
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nice!
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Oh snap!
Hang around Addiction long enough and you'll know the whole story behind that.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Running is a poor substitute for Nordic skiing, but what else can you do without snow?
When asked why I never did triathlons, I would reply:

1: Running is what you do to get away from a mugger with a knife
2. Swimming is what you do to keep from drowning.
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Originally Posted by TakingMyTime View Post
I like your bike.
As do I.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
When asked why I never did triathlons, I would reply:

1: Running is what you do to get away from a mugger with a knife
2. Swimming is what you do to keep from drowning.
By spreading my lack of talent across three sports, I can achieve the most minor of glory by beating cubicle dads whose doctors told them they needed some exercise.

The swimming also keeps us from looking so scrawny.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post

The swimming also keeps us from looking so scrawny.
Eating does that for me.
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Old 01-14-20, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Metallifan33 View Post
...joined this forum of low lives...
I'm offended.

But seriously, nice post – and welcome to the best sport in the world.

Oh, and kindly remove the reflectors from the spokes of that otherwise beautiful bike.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Eating does that for me.
And lifting heavy things. Three sessions a week.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
And lifting heavy things. Three sessions a week.
16oz at a time?
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Originally Posted by Succhia Ruota View Post
Oh, and kindly remove the reflectors from the spokes of that otherwise beautiful bike.
Oh dear God. What was I thinking?
There, I've fixed it.

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Nice bike, but needs a drive side shot. Garage door optional...
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
16oz at a time?
This summer I was squatting 315 lbs (3 sets of 8 reps) and deadlifting 435 (1 set of 8). Those numbers really aren't very impressive at all, those are lifts that use a lot of muscle. For my size they're a little low. I was renegade rowing 75 lbs which I was happy with.

Then I was in an accident, and badly messed up a pair of tendons that run through the foot and ankle. My podiatrist says I can squat and DL, but I don't want to risk setting myself back. So these days I just do things I can sit or lay for, like bench press, overhead press, flys, etc.

I think this stuff helps me somewhat on the bike, more on skis. But it for sure helps me look better.
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Originally Posted by eduskator View Post
Good job on the purchase & on the ride! Looks like you had a blast. Indeed, you will not get a better feeling than the one you got on your ''first real ride'' . However, rest assured that there will be rides that you will enjoy a lot more than others. You will also get some pretty good feels when you will break your own personnal records, objectives, etc. I you caught ''the bug'', bicycling will become your new drug (and it is a great one to keep you away from alcohol!).

As long as you stay safe on the roads & that your bike is properly fitted, you have plenty of rides ahead of you. Keep us apprised on your improvements.

EDIT: Here's a picture of my first ride with my old bike (Giant Defy Advanced) up to the highest point of the national park (45km run with over 700m (2300ft) of total elevation) close to where I live. It was my longest and hardest run, and I remember that beautiful feeling of accomplishment! It was the beginning of my addiction.


Champlain Lookout?
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