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cycling
02. April, 04:43 Uhr

I'm a beginner mountain biker. I currently have a specialized bike that I enjoy but am looking to upgrade because the frame is a size to small. I want to put my body to the test and sign up for this cool bike race in my city filled with camping and what will be a chill group of people. The race is in August, so 4.5 months away. I've been looking into buying a new beginner bike for a while now and this gives me the perfect opportunity I think. I've only ever biked 10-15km before though in one day. I have walked 30km in one day though and have done a constant 5+hours of walking in one day too. I think my body can handle it or has a good chance with a ton of extra training. In your expert opinion is it do-able to do this race? Its ~235km over 3 days. 90km the first day, 80 then 65for the last. Is 4.5 months enough to train? How do I train for something like this? The website says its for immediate cyclists and thats definitely not me but I always say to myself I love the outdoors and cycling and for once this is something that gets me so pumped to sign up for. Advice? How would I train for this?

cycling
13. April, 05:24 Uhr

Just got in a hit and run two hours ago and I'm still shaken by it. My bicycle was a total lost. The driver run a red light and didn't even stop, and just sped away. As a broke college student, my road bike was all I had. I've only gotten the bike six months ago, and I had to work two jobs and be a full time student. My bicycle was my only motivation at the time, getting me through that hellish semester, and decided to reward myself after doing somewhat good that semester with a diamondback century 1. I've done at least four century and climb mountains on my diamondback. I take it everywhere from school to doing simple errands. Sorry to vent. I'm not sure what to do at the moment. Should I file a police report? Should I spend my last remaining 200$ to buy a Walmart bicycle? Update: I would like to thank everyone who took their time to give advice. I really do appreciate your kind words. I went to the doctor, and everything seems to be in order, I just have to keep a look out for a few days if anything starts to hurt. The accident took place in California, LA. I filed a police report, and they said they would contact me in a few day. As of right now, I'm in the process of looking for another job, to be able to afford a better alternative to a Walmart bike. Also, keeping my eyes opened on CL bikes as well. The only insurance that I have right now is medical.

cycling
26. Januar, 21:57 Uhr

I've heard people say "I just look to see if there's someone in the driver's seat." For that to work you would need to be 100% sure that you see an empty driver's seat in each car *before* you commit yourself to riding past that car, and there are too many ways that can go sideways: Tinted windows Mirrored windows Fogged windows Sun, or bright sky, reflecting off glass Short driver Tall head rest Driver bending down to pick up something off the floor while opening door Back seat full of boxes If you have any doubt at all about whether or not the driver's seat is empty your options are: hit the brakes hard; swerve out into traffic (which you don't want to do if there's a car there); take the chance. Most people will take the chance. I was thinking about this while riding today so I started looking at parked cars and asking myself "Do I know without a doubt that there is no one in that car?" I was sure of *maybe* 1 in 5. Those are very poor odds.

cycling
31. Juli, 09:34 Uhr

http://philthethrill.net/the-new-rules-of-cycling-aka-philuminati/ These are pretty awesome

cycling
15. April, 03:06 Uhr

Right now I have a little kit with a few gel packets, a tube patch kit and a co2 inflator for when I bump into a stranded cyclist. Would you add anything different?

cycling
19. Dezember, 15:53 Uhr

When in university I cycled everywhere, classes, library, youth club, gym. The campus was sprawled, which helped. Plus, it was green and free of much pollution. Now, I work two jobs in an industrial town/expanding city. The air is heavy with smog in winter and dry vehicular dust in summer. Waking up early is a slight issue because I need to wake up and make breakfast and lunch by 6 AM at least, or I'll be late for work. Two hours from 4-6 downtime in the evening and then am back on the evening duty till about 9 at night. I live far from both places. A motorcycle is all I have to depend on as public transport wanes after 8 (no train). I've been sleeping 5 hours a night for seven months now. Also, Ive become a beer-a-day guy and the belly is beginning to give that truth away. How do the busy and poor folk among us here manage? How

cycling
24. Dezember, 17:06 Uhr

[Check out the stats and my bike!](https://imgur.com/a/FmZsi) Thanks to browsing /r/cycling I was able to hop on a bike after suffering terrible shin splints from running. By adding riding into the mix I was able to ride 549 miles this year, starting on a shitty commuter bike and then finally upgrading to a Giant road bike. I ended up with 387 miles on the year. My math was to divide the 549 miles riding by 3 (in my mind 3 miles on the bike was about 1 mile of running) and then add that number to whatever I ran for the year.

cycling
13. Februar, 23:03 Uhr

In my search for a new (road) bicycle, I'm evaluating lots of different factors. I want to kill two birds with one stone by riding my bike to work three days a week. It's a 41km flat ride and it seems to be by far the most time-efficient way of training whilst working a full time job, plus spending 2 hours train every day. I will settle for an alu frame. For the same, money saving reasons, I will likely go for a model with the 105 group rather than the initial plans on going for ultegra. Aero is not an option either because it'll lose a lot of its purpose when I mount a frame pack to the bike. I'm hesitating to go either for an endurance or a lightweight. I have understood the differences in theory, and I know that I do pretty well in an aggressive position, but I'm still not sure what would be the wisest buy. Which distance is considered endurance? Are we talking 50k? 100? 200? I want to have a feel for the aesthetics of the bike too, silly as it may sound, and the flatter top tubes just appeal more to me. If it's of interest, the main contenders are: • Cannondale Caad12 105 2017 • Cannondale Caad12 105 Disc 2018 • Cannondale Synapse AL 105 2018 • Koga - Colmaro Road Ultegra Money saved on a cheaper model will be invested in accesories. I'm thankful for your thoughts!

cycling
23. August, 13:07 Uhr

Found out about the details of Vittoria's attempt and challenge through here: https://hvmn.com/the-hour Direct link to Strava challenge: https://www.strava.com/challenges/1051 Hope she breaks it, looks like she's been training hard. Fingers crossed that I'll get that italy trip too ;)

cycling
23. Juni, 21:43 Uhr

Last year I decided to sell my car and get a bike through the cycle to work scheme (UK). I ditched the train and started to commute to work almost every day (living in Scotland through the winter was pretty tough). At the start of the year I spotted an idea in an article to set myself a challenge by attempting to cycle 2018 miles in 2018. Today after a 35 mile trip round Glasgow, my longest ride so far, I hit 1009 miles - the half-way point! My daily commute to work is only 4 miles so during those dark winter months I really thought this was going to be one of those ideas which started with good intentions but would fall away and be forgotten about, I was barley hitting 100 miles a month. But we’ve had such great weather here recently I’ve been out making the most of it and can’t believe I’ve reached this point ahead of schedule! Just need to keep it up while the weather’s good and I think I’ll actually manage this! Cycling has totally changed my life. Besides from my bank balance looking healthier after ditching the car, I feel mentally and physically the best I’ve ever been. Thanks for reading and here’s to the next 1009 miles!

cycling
23. Februar, 21:19 Uhr

Sorry if this is too long, I just wanted to share. Today I had my first crash. I got into cycling last summer when I bought a used carrera tdf. I was hooked instantly riding over 300 miles that summer including an incredible 50 mile ride along the coast. I stopped when winter came gained a ton of weight and lost interest. This past week i got hooked again after getting a new job with no other way to travel the 6 mile round trip. Today though I was stupid, I was running late for work and forgot my helmet (I leave it away from the bike). Coming home I was riding down a hill that ends with a tight corner . I started to break but they were almost completely unresponsive, I caught the kerb which I think reduced my speed a little , before smashing down on my left side, chipping my tooth on the pavement. Iv got road rash up my left arm, leg and hip, my front top tooth is chipped and my bike has suffered some damage. The thing is I couldn't be happier! My first thought when I realised I was going down was how could you be this stupid. I am so lucky, this could have played out a thousand different ways, but I am glad that I crashed. I will never forget my helmet again, I will never forget to check my breaks before a ride and I will always remember this day. Sorry for the long post but it's been an incredible day full of ups and downs and I'm just grateful to be here. Stay safe everyone!

cycling
12. März, 08:25 Uhr

Went out on a group ride yesterday and battled my way to complete the century, but now I’ve got massive amounts of pain in my Achilles, more so on my right leg than left. What could have caused this? My legs feel great, and otherwise I’m feeling good, just struggling with my Achilles. Any thoughts bikeit?

cycling
24. Juni, 12:40 Uhr

Despite years of cycling, I haven’t invested in cycling outfits because they’re pricey. I have a few padded shorts that I’ve bought on sale over the years, and one hand-me-down jersey that I scored at a thrift store - but I typically just pick-up a bunch of discounted running shirts and use those for cycling since they’re tight fitting and the material wicks away sweat. Does anyone else do this, or is it silly and frowned upon?

cycling
27. Dezember, 14:59 Uhr

This is my first year commuting in the Winter. I have a 3.2 miles commute but I decided to work from home to avoid the ride. My fear is to get frostbite since there is a wind chill advisory. I have the basic gears for winter cycling such as balacava, lobster gloves, multiple layers, etc. I use a hybrid bike with disk brake.

cycling
03. Februar, 13:49 Uhr

So today I went for a short ride on my road bike. My house is on the top of a hill that is about a km long but like 17% grade. As I was coming to the top about 200m from my house I heard a rustling in a bush beside me. About 5 seconds later a huge dog (mix) jumped out and started chasing me, I had no chance of escaping him on the hill. He was biting hard onto my ankle and I had to clip out as I didn’t want to fall and have him grab me by the neck. At this point I really don’t know what to do I’m fighting this dog and can’t really do anything. I should mention I have two Rhodesian ridgebacks. I’m still amazed this happened. I see one of them running down the road full speed and hit the dog that was attacking me like a ton of bricks. The attacking dog was maybe 70-80 pounds my Rhodes are huge 110 pounds. He started fucking that dog up until he runs off. EDIT: I got all my shots.

cycling
07. April, 10:46 Uhr

Wow! Thanks for all the suggestions guys, I've gotta do some research now. I live in China so it's hard to find local stores that carry most of these brands. However, I might just get a few off of Taobao (Chinese Amazon) including some knock-offs to do some "tests"

cycling
11. Januar, 14:27 Uhr

I cycle about 6 miles a day, 5 days a week on my road bike. 3 miles to work, 3 miles back. I run a fair bit too, background in marathon's HM's etc, and do 1 high intensity track session per week and usually 1 or 2 easy longer distance runs. I've got a free weekend this week which is a rare thing, so I've decided to make the most of it. I've booked a return ferry, and a hotel and I'm going to have a crack at cycling 127 miles or so from Dieppe to Paris in approx 8-10 hours. I'll be using the route from the Donal Hirsch website. For the return journey, I've already booked a train but may cycle if I feel ok. Ive wanted to do this for years, and the weather looked good. So here goes my mini adventure, on my own. The only bit I'm concerned about really is the ferry, it leaves at 11pm Friday night, arrives in Dieppe at 4am. And I need to get a few hours sleep on it. Has anyone here done the ride? *EDIT - 5pm Friday afternoon: signing out and heading home from work: a quick nap and some dinner and I'll set out at about 8pm for the 20 miles to the ferry. I've decided that this will be a nice little opportunity to pull out if I'm really getting jittery about it! Thanks everyone for comments, all input is valued, some of it is keeping me grounded and serious, some of it is just really motivating. See you on the other side :)

cycling
08. Januar, 19:27 Uhr

I know we aren't out here to impress but I've been on the hunt for some nice solid/monotone kits that won't destroy the bank account. Style wise I like [Rapha](https://www.rapha.cc/us/en_US/) but the prices are pretty high. Anyone have suggestions? **Update:** Thank you everyone for the suggestions. I've bookmarked a ton of sites and ended up buying some summer gear from Rapha that was on sale.

cycling
25. Februar, 15:08 Uhr

recently I have been searching for a better solution to buying saddles at a local bike shop. A few months ago I opted for a company in San Jose CA. Meld3d.com takes a mold of your seated area and molds a seat for you. They offer you the option for the initial design input and possible revisions based on your feedback to give you a comfortable saddle. If this was completely true it would have been worth the $250 base price. I bought this package and as you can guess some problems arose. After taking their instructions and positioning my saddle properly with respect to my sit bones and legs the saddle was still uncomfortable. I asked for some rework thinking that this company would help me. However Meld claimed that "they make perfect saddles" and that any discomfort was "not their fault" and used a vague part of their policy to claim "equipment incompatibilty" because they believe my frame was too large; which it is not after checking a sizing chart and my professional fit. Outside of losing $250 this company took the joy out of cycling for me last week, which is a much worse crime. Moral of the story avoid Meld Solutions and other online saddle companies if you can not test before you buy. Edit 1: thanks for the support, understanding and insight. I just don't want others to have a stressful and unpleasant experience that takes away from the ejoyment of cycling, or loose money!

cycling
10. Mai, 20:21 Uhr

I live about 11 miles from my work which makes for a great bike commute...however we don't have showers at the office and I sweat like a freakin dog. So here's my routine \(for reference I live on the east coast of USA\) **Sunday evening:** * Pack up a suitcase with toiletries and outfits for 4 days \(tues\-fri\). * Fill up [this solar shower](https://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Elements-Gallon-Summer-Shower/dp/B000J2KX88) \(which is a freaking beast, highly recommended\) * Fill up [this 6 gallon container](https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-Desert-Patrol-6-Gal-Water-Jug/16537207?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227009595327&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=77812465849&wl4=pla-171620841649&wl5=1018200&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=16537207&wl13=&veh=sem) of water which will be my "shower" water for Wed\-Fri. **Monday Morning:** * Drive to work, leave car in parking lot near by the office. * Place solar shower on top of car, hopefully sun will warm it up tmrw morning * Bike home in the evening **Tue\-Fri:** * Wake up, boil water and place in a canteen \(about half a gallon\) * Bike to work \(11 miles\) * Get to my car * Add boiling water into solar shower \(which already has 2 gallons of water in it\) * Walk into the woods like a freaking serial killer and hang solar shower on a tree limb * Shower * Change, walk bike over to office * Around 4pm, go back to my car, pour 2 gallons of water from my 6 gallon jug into solar shower. Again, hopefully sun will warm it up tmrw morning * Get outfit ready for tmrw so I'm not rushing in AM * Bike home, do it all over again. On Friday, drive home in the evening. I'm not entirely sure why I shared this...but hope you enjoyed it! edit: formatting issues.

cycling
23. April, 16:48 Uhr

Just thought I would report back since I have spent countless hours reading everyones posts on saddles and tailbone pain. I hurt my tailbone back in February on a stationary bike since I was sitting upright for 30 miles. Since then, I have been on a quest to find the proper saddle for my road bike and went through 6 different saddles until I finally found the right one! I measured my sit bones (138) and tried saddles that were supposedly the proper width, but they seemed to push on the wrong parts and made certain..stuff...go numb. I didnt want a big padded saddle on my road bike because even though I'm a total noob I didnt want everyone else to know. Then I came across the Cloud 9 Sport saddle at the LBS and decided to try it out. I did 45 miles yesterday and if it wasn't for my weak ass legs I could have sat on that puppy for another 45. Anyone out there struggling, keep looking and trying different saddles. You WILL find one that fits your body and the cycling experience will forever be changed.

cycling
28. Juli, 01:43 Uhr

I have been cycling for a couple of years, including long distance rides and tours. Over this time, I have always used platform pedals and never invested in clip pedals and shoes. When I first started cycling, I asked a friend if they would recommend that I buy the shoes and pedals and they said it increases efficiency by 30% or a similar figure. I am still in school and do not want to spend $100+ if there is not going to be much of a difference. I guess I should also mention that as of now, I cycle outdoors for exercise - I am not training for any races, tours, fondos, etc. I just wanted to get an honest opinion on them.

cycling
13. September, 22:18 Uhr

Bike Monkey, a local event promoter in the North Bay Area just put this short video out, and it's phenomenal. https://vimeo.com/233411291

cycling
08. Februar, 18:55 Uhr

Hi everyone. I started biking when I was 11 and I found it a lot of fun, and decided it was "my sport." Ever since I've done increasingly harder bike challenges. I biked up the East Coast (800 miles), and down the West Coast (1000 miles). I spend a lot of time at the gym these days because I'm training for a European trip that will be 1500 miles. But I really want to start competing. My average speed on flat ground is about 12-13 mph and I'm not afraid to train for longer or harder. Typically I run for 15 minutes, do some crunches and push ups, and bike for 45-90 minutes at high intensity, about 5 or 6 times a week. If I were to start competing in races, where do you think I should start? Obviously I'm only a teenager. I don't know what I am allowed to compete in, and unfortunately there is no cycling club anywhere near me (there is a spin class for 40 year old soccer moms but that's not really what I'm looking for). Also, what would be a good workout to make myself strong enough for competition? How would you change my current routine? Thanks for all responses, and for reading. I do live in the US, by the way. My one dream is to compete in LA 2028. Will it happen? It might. I'm up to put in the effort :P

cycling
14. März, 18:28 Uhr

My first 140.6 Ironman is in a few months. I don't have a tri-bike. I'll be using my humble Specialized Allez. I've thought about what I could do to upgrade and decided the best things I can do are to keep working on my own fitness, drop a few pounds, and train myself to have the most aero position I can handle with aero bars. I've read that upgraded tires can make a big difference, but there is a tradeoff between speed and puncture resistance. My current tires are Gator skins and I've never had a flat. If I buy some fancy Specialized S-works cotton turbos, would the speed difference be worth the higher risk of me getting a puncture during the 112 mile portion of the ironman?

cycling
23. Juli, 18:12 Uhr

I'm packing up my book cases in preparation for a move, and was flipping through some of my stack of vintage Playboy magazines when I stumbled on [this article from 1971](https://imgur.com/a/9SXS4) about the season's new hotness, including: * A folding commuter with a Sturmey-Archer hub * An English racer weighting a "featherweight 16 pounds" * A single-speed track bike with no brakes Everything old is new again :)

cycling
11. April, 23:18 Uhr

Alright, so with posts regularly asking about whether you should buy an used bike or not, I decided to write this thread to give some advice. I bought my first road bike, it was a Ribble Winter Audax with Campagnolo Veloce and it cost me a little over a 100 quid. Even now I'd say it was a decent deal, but having inspected it in full and fixing all of its problems over the past year, there were many headaches that could have been avoided. * Before you decide to look at it in person - do you want the bike? Is it **reasonably priced**? Is it a good bike for your **needs** (a time trial bike may be inappropriate commuting/touring!)? How are the **components**? Note the differences in r**epairing/replacing capabilities and costs** between different components and brands. For example, if it turns out that your purchased 11 speed shifters, then it's too bad 11 speed shifters are much more expensive to replace than say 8 speed shifters! Was your Campagnolo cassette excessively worn? Shame there are way less options to choose from compared to Shimano/SRAM. Did your shifter levers break off? You can forget about servicing them if they're from Shimano. Do you want **rim brakes/disc brakes?** I won't go into detail about hydraulic/disk brakes as I have no experience with them. Looking to **upgrade your parts in the future?** You might want to look to see if you'd be able to reuse your wheels/chainsets/derailleurs etc. Do you want convenient integrated brake/shifter levers, or are you fine with good old downtube and stem shifters? Another to look out for is the **cable routing** - I tend to find bikes with shifter cables coming out of the side and into the space in front of the bike to be unappealing, prefering the under-the-bartape concealed routing. * Inspect the bike fully before buying. Try to arrange a time in the day to look at the bike. Some sellers will try to arrange a time when it's dark where it can be harder to see faults. * **Take your time, don't be rushed**. **Being extra careful now may prevent headaches down the road.** * **Initial Assessment** - take a look at the bike. Unless you know what you are doing, avoid rust buckets that look to be very poorly maintained. Check the **paint job**. **Large gashes** on the sides of cranks, shifter levers and pedals indicate the bike was in a **crash**. Make sure the frame is **structurally intact** - no **cracks**, especially on carbon forks (I have no experience with carbon frames, but buying used carbon is much riskier than aluminium/steel). You're gonna be pretty pissed if you discover that the frame is toast and unrideable later down the road. * **Test ride** - it's highly suggested you get to test ride the bike. It will indicate glaring issues an allow you to assess braking and shifting, as well as if you'd enjoy riding it. Does the **bike fit well?** How is the **geometry?** Are you too cramped up or stretched out? A badly fitting bike is a no-go, you can change ** stem lengths** but this will only help to certain degree as well as cost ££. Also, while you're at it, check the **drop of the handlebars**. Is it too deep? Can you stay comfortably in it, and grip the shifters? * **Shifting** - Shifters are quite **expensive** and are also common to break. How does it feel when you brake and shift? A **gummy feeling** may indicate a built up of grime. Does the shifter shift properly? Shift through the **whole range of the cassette and onto both chainrings.** Check if the **rear derailleur hanger is bent** - this piece of metal that holds the derailleur is designed to bend in a crash/drop to protect the frame. A bent hanger indicates a **possible crash** occured on the drive side of the bike, and will degrade shifting performance, even sometimes causing the derailleur to move into the rear wheel spokes, causing a lot of damage. You can also check the state of the brake and shifter cables and see if there's any obvious contamination/corrrosion meaning you might have to replace them.* My right shifter turned out to have its mechanism fatally worn, where upshifting would always drop the chain to the smallest cassette. I had to replace it, which costed ££.* * **Brakes** - Do the brakes grip well? Check if the **pads are excessively worn** - the vast majority of pads have a **'wear line'** to help you. If they are caliper brakes, try and push and pull on the brake arm to see if it's stiff or wobbly. If it's the latter, there will be issues with braking. *An arm on my brakes were loose, and upon trying to tighten the bolt that holds the arm, it rounded off, leaving me to have to replace the set.* * **Bottom bracket** - check for wear! If it **grinds** or you feel a **rumbling sensation** when you rotate the cranks, the **bearings might be worn** and have to be replaced. If you push and pull the crank arm, can you feel **play** in the bottom bracket? If so, the bearings might have to be replaced. *My square taper bottom bracket turned out to be worn and had to be replaced. Fortunately the square taper BB and the BB tool was cheap!* * **Chain** - Chains are a wear item, and are pretty cheap to replace but you should look at the state of it. A degrease and lubing will take care of a dirty, grimy chain, but **rust** less so. Looking at the chain will give you an indication of how the bike was treated and where it was kept. If you want to measure chain wear, you can use one of those handy no-go **chain wear tools** to quickly check, or use a **12" ruler** - from **center to center of the pin between 12 links it should measure 12"**. If it's 1/16" worn, it's quite worn and if it's 1/8" worn it should have been replaced already. A **worn chain will cause the chainrings and cassette to wear excessively**, so let a very worn chain be a warning. * **Chainring/Cassette** - Make sure the cassette is in the ratio you want. It's difficult to assess wear on these items. **Shark-fin shaped teeth** are symptoms of high wear. * **Wheels** - Ensure they are in good condition. Look for **bent spokes**. Spin the wheel and look for **radial and lateral runouts** - whether the wheel **wobbles side to side** or **hops up and down**. Large runouts mean that the wheels must be **trued**, which you will have to pay a bike shop to do unless you can do it yourself. In worst case scenarios you may discover the **rim itself is bent** beyond repair. *I had to retrue my wheels after I discovered a wheel was not adequately* **dished (centered between the dropouts)**. Assess the **brake tracks**. If they are **too thin or concave**, they might be too worn, and you might risk blowing out the sidewalls soon. **Does the wheel spin freely?** If it feels **rough or gritty** to spin, the **bearings might be worn** and have to be replaced. *I had to use a lot of time to replace the worn cartridge bearings - thankfully you can DIY removal and press tools with dynabolts and a length of allthread and nuts/washers, but the costs add up and can be a major headache.* * **Tires** - Check for **excessive wear on the tread and sidewalls**. Tires are wear items but buying new pairs can quickly become expensive. * You might want to look at the different **bolts and nuts** of the bike, such as the **seatpost clamp bolt, brake bolt, bottle cage holders, crank bolt,** as well the **nipples** on the wheels. If these are **stripped or rounded off** (wrench can no longer grip the flats or tool cannot enter/turn the bolt) or **cross threaded** (threads have been damaged and things don't screw in properly) it can be major headache to deal with later. This is difficult to assess when inspecting a bike before purchase, it may be sufficient to look for **rust/corrosion** near bolts. You can try slightly loosening/tightening some bolts - if they're seized/gritty, it might suggest something about the state of other bolts on the bike. If you find problems you feel you can handle, feel free to possibly negotiate and bring down the price by using issues as leverage. Feel free to walk away. You can always come back if you change your mind later or want to inspect it more, but once you carry/ride it off it may be difficult to recover your money. A very bad bike may pose a danger to yourself when you ride it. The most important thing is your safety and enjoyment! This may seem daunting, but these are thing I would definitely look out for if I bought a used bike again. Undoubtedly fixing these things gave me a ton of experience and enjoyment but of course there were many frustrating moments too. If you buy from a shop not only is the quality of the bike guaranteed, the shop may fix issues that crop up within the first few months/year of buying the bike. Some people cherish this relationship with the LBS. Don't let this take your mind off buying used though, if you are careful you can get very good bikes for much less than new! Thanks for reading, These are just the things I have in mind at the moment, feel free to add your own advice!

cycling
12. März, 17:56 Uhr

7 of us set off to ride from Memphis to St. Louis over the weekend, with an overnight stop in Cape Girardau. The whole route was 296 miles, with 184 on the first day and 112 on the second. Only a couple of the riders (not myself) had ever ridden 100miles in a single ride before, so this was definitely ambitious. https://imgur.com/a/cjPgu 1 of our guys made it through the entire route, finishing the last 49 miles of the first day alone (with auto support following him). 3 of us got our first 100 milers. 5:45:00 @ 17.5mph (holy headwind!) 2 of those (including myself) got our 2nd 100 milers (actually 112) on the very next day. 5:54:00 @ 19.1mph In the end, we logged 1367 total road miles, including shoulder, path, parks, gravel (thanks a lot Missouri), bridges, crossed the Mississippi River twice, only had 4 actual flat tires, I had a wheel change due to low tubeless pressure, then a bike change 18 miles from the end due to a legit flat on the spare wheel... In the end, I learned a LOT about fueling, energy conservation, drafting, descending, climbing, all the good stuff. It was an epic weekend indeed.

cycling
10. Juli, 13:04 Uhr

I was riding up a hill and this road cyclist passed me within inches... I almost wrecked because he gave no warning. We then get to a stop and his friend(who he dropped) catches up. They then spend the next 10 minutes blocking me from passing them. Holy shit I'm never riding the popular trails ever again. This is not the first time I might add.

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