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Cycling

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by Steve the noob, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. Steve the noob

    Steve the noob Regular Member

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    Does anyone here in BC do road cycling? I want to start but would like to hear some peoples experiences before hand.
     
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    At least one 'notable' here on BC cycles.
    No doubt He will weigh in.

    Just out of curiosity, why do you need comments from BC members before you start cycling? :confused:
    It's a great sport. It will keep you fit. So, if you want to do it, go do it! :)
     
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    I already cycle to get places and such, it's just my bike is broken beyond repair, so Im wondering if it's worth investing in a road bike while I'm at it. (Since I want to cycle as an exercise rather than just transportation) :)
     
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    My advice on buying new gear for cycling: Buy only what you need for what you are going to be doing.

    If you are taking it up seriously (100k+ rides, racing, etc) then join a local group, take their advice on bike fitting, proper training, etc.

    But if you just want to get fit, then spend smart. I was served very well over 20 years by two well-built but affordable bicycles. I got quite fit riding to school/work and going for 30-120 minute rides without having to spend thousands in gear or clothing. Over that time I gave-in and adopted padded shorts and clip-in shoes (ah, I kind of miss the old, life-threatening toe clips). But really, cycling can be infinitely expensive if you get caught up in the 'fashion' game. Just be true to yourself and have fun. :)
     
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    Thanks, I'm trying to keep it on a budget, since I don't want to be spending $$$ for the latest bells and whistles. Well time to save up for a new bike.
     
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    At least get a decent bike - not one from wal-mart or target. I bought my road bike for $400 20 years ago, and it's still running great. My brother-in-law bought a $150 bike from wal-mart 2 years ago, now the gear is hard to shift, the brake is making noise, ... Also mine is much more energy efficient than my brother-in-law's bike. I don't mean a $10,000 bike used by Lance Armstrong. I think one in the $1000 range should be a good beginner bike.
     
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    Bought a $850 beginner road bike (Fuji Newest 4? Forgot already) 3 years ago. Logged only ~300 miles on it, partly due to badminton, laziness, and inconvenience to bike to work. Still think I spent a bit too much on the bike and other accessories.
     
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    I'll take my schedule into consideration. I will have the summer free, but I'll have school after. Plus badminton and other extra circulars, it wouldn't be the best idea to blow so much on a bike. I'll hunt for deals, but I suppose I've have to be patient until then.
     
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    Oh, check craigslist too, if you don't mind a used bike. Sometimes an old and trusty one (trek) is much better value than shiny, or so I heard.
     

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