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Old 05-23-22, 07:48 PM
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Lots of good comments above for a beginning rider as well as reminders for the more experienced.

Ride defensively. Don’t assume you are seen.

And you CAN believe this statement. I only believe half, or less, of what was written directly above me.
I believe half of what I see, son, and none of what hear.
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Old 05-23-22, 07:52 PM
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Completely contrary to what I just wrote. If you are going to have suspension on a mountain bike it’s way better to have good suspension and not TK or MoCo or Charger Race Day
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Switch to a recumbent. That was 60,000 miles ago.
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Old 05-24-22, 11:30 AM
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Wait, people tip bicyclists now?
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The appearance of Dr Nick Riviera is awesome
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The appearance of Dr Nick Riviera is awesome
He is such a great character and that scene is hilarious on so many levels.
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On safety - ”Ride like they can’t see you.” I ride like they’re not even looking.

On building - “Confirm compatibility twice, buy once.” The collection of miscellaneous parts I’ve accumulated over the years suggests I need to work on this one.
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This is one thing I tell myself...
I ride at night a bit, sometimes wobbling home after a LONG day on the road. Then get blinded with high beams.

Don't Ride Towards the Light

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Old 05-24-22, 06:20 PM
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"Wear Protection"
I thought we were talking bikes?
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The best biking advice I ever got, and this includes two-wheel and four-wheel motor sports is having good posture. I can’t tell you how much this helps to avoid shoulder, neck and lower back pain and discomfort.
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Old 05-24-22, 07:59 PM
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"It's not the bike, it's the rider".

It's the same in every sport. One can buy the most expensive custom-made golf clubs and 99.99% of the golfers out there still could not beat a top 100 pro golfer. Baseball bats, same deal. Tennis racket, same. Bikes, same.

You're better off riding with riders that are better than you and learn from them rather than spend $X,XXX,XX dollars for a new bike. If you spend $3,000.00 dollars for top-flight golf lessons, you'll play better than if you just go out and spend the same for new clubs.
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Old 05-24-22, 09:22 PM
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Old 05-24-22, 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by drlogik View Post
"It's not the bike, it's the rider".
It's the same in every sport. One can buy the most expensive custom-made golf clubs and 99.99% of the golfers out there still could not beat a top 100 pro golfer. Baseball bats, same deal. Tennis racket, same. Bikes, same.
You're better off riding with riders that are better than you and learn from them rather than spend $X,XXX,XX dollars for a new bike. If you spend $3,000.00 dollars for top-flight golf lessons, you'll play better than if you just go out and spend the same for new clubs.
I do think riding a featherweight bike will improve performance and demand less work.
That is why I ride a $200 bicycle that is heavy and obsolete. I get a better workout than if I had a fancy easy to ride lightweight bike.
Otherwise, I agree with everything else you said. Equipment can never compensate for lack of skill and ability or practice.

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Old 05-25-22, 05:39 AM
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I do think riding a featherweight bike will improve performance and demand less work.
That is why I ride a $200 bicycle that is heavy and obsolete. I get a better workout than if I had a fancy easy to ride lightweight bike.
Otherwise, I agree with everything else you said. Equipment can never compensate for lack of skill and ability or practice.
I'm sure I'm not the only cyclist who has found the opposite to be true. When I ride my 38-pound hybrid (equipped with flat bars plus clamp-on aero bars, as well as rear rack and panniers) in wet conditions (it's my only bike with fenders), I find that I have trouble hitting my heart rate zone target, whereas my sub-20-pound bikes are so much fun to ride, it's easy to stay in that range.

In fact, I often glance down and see that my BPM is five or ten beats above the target range. Definitely a better workout on the lighter bikes.
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Old 05-25-22, 01:14 PM
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Can’t agree more. If you want a hard workout, ride a heavy bike. If you want to have fun, get a light bike.
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Can’t agree more. If you want a hard workout, ride a heavy bike. If you want to have fun, get a light bike.
I had tons of fun riding this for two weeks in MT and ID.


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Old 05-25-22, 09:41 PM
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Can’t agree more. If you want a hard workout, ride harder.
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Originally Posted by CheGiantForLife View Post
I do think riding a featherweight bike will improve performance and demand less work.
That is why I ride a $200 bicycle that is heavy and obsolete. I get a better workout than if I had a fancy easy to ride lightweight bike.
Otherwise, I agree with everything else you said. Equipment can never compensate for lack of skill and ability or practice.
Heavy and difficult to ride does nothing to make a workout better. That's just the "no pain, no gain" fallacy carried to the extreme. There's no reason you can't make the same effort over the same amount of time on a lighter bike, you're just likely to go further faster. The converse of what you say is also true--- bad equipment can never compensate for lack of effort.

My memory of your posts last year was that you were frustrated by your lack of endurance. Doesn't sound like you should be giving out advice about what equipment to use for maximizing your workout.
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I believe it is/was Paul Sucheki on UTube that said, "Have a sense of adventure."

Yesterday I discovered a creekside trail that just HAD to be there (not on the maps) and eliminates being on a high speed road for 5+ minutes. Beautiful scenery... much safer....
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