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I have ridden across Italy, from the Adriatic to the Med. Ridden around Lake Champlain (the fort is really cool). From Portland to Acadia and Acadia to Portland.

Cycling changed my life dramatically, and for the better. A lot better.

First, you need a good bike. You really don't want racy unless you are about to race. That means you want relaxed geometry. You don't have to spend a fortune, but I wouldn't go much under a grand.You can get really good bikes between 1-1.5K, cheaper they are, the more compromises they have to make.

But the very first thing you need to do is find the best bike shop in your area. It's usually not hard to tell, they'll be interested in you, not just your wallet.

Now for the tricky stuff. It's best to have someone teach you how to deal with traffic as an adult. You can read up on it, but bike shops usually have group rides, and you can see what people do, and ask question.

The saddles, even on expensive bikes, are usually crap. But don't get one right off, it takes a couple weeks to toughen up your butt. I'd skip this the first year, but if you hate flats like I do, you get kinda fanatic about tires.

But there's a catch, some quality tires ride like a truck, and you don't want that either. There are a lot of variables, how abrasive the roads are where you live, do plants give off thorns that puncture tires (or are the roads dirty, which means they'll have things that can put a hole in your tire).

If you get a flat (make sure you have a flat kit) and decide you hate flats, I'll provide a quick alternative: Schwalbe. For my 2 cents, there are only 3 tires sizes in 700c. 28/30/32.

Which is not to say anything bad about 26 inch tires. Especially if you are short, the smaller wheel keeps the geometry normal.

I always wear a helmet.

My technique for riding is when I get in traffic, I act kinda like a cop. If I am going to merge, I make eye contact with the guy behind me, signal, then turn. I am often assertive, directing traffic if I need to, but never, ever aggressive. That's going to sound crazy to you right now, but once you figure it out, it becomes second nature. Most people just want to know what to expect.

About bike fit, most people buy their first as an adult a size too small. 2 weeks later, they wonder why things aren't going the way they should.

"There is, however, a position that allows good performance while minimizing risk of lower back injury. I like a stem height and length that puts your back about 50 degrees from horizontal, while your arms and legs bend slightly at the elbows, as shown in figure 2 up there. To achieve this, you'll probably have to raise your bars, and assuming you want to keep the same bar style (as opposed to riding with stingray bars or something), that usually means getting another stem, one with a taller quill or a steep rise to it. If you hit the sweet spot, a photo of you from the side will reveal a nice pyramid composed of top tube, torso and arms."Bob Gordan

As you know 45 degrees is halfway between flat and upright. When he says 50, he means almost halfway. But if you are in good shape, you can go to 40 or 45 degrees. But if you do, consider a professional fitting.
#15071146
Rancid wrote:
Yes, I popped an innertube on my BMX bike doing some badass stuff.

I replaced it, but I don't know what to do with the old tube. Is there a way to recycle it?



Only specialty recyclers handle them.

I've never done that, or find clever crafty ways to repurpose them.

But, I just read that you can cut them into patches to fix flats, cut a length, fill with sand, and use them to stop drafts coming in under doors.
#15071189
I use them as low rate bungee cords.

Also, I have them in the back of my handtruck (aka dolly) so that I do not hurt the finish on whatever furniture I move. Or wrap them around your rear rack so that your lady love has a more comfortable ride when you pedal her around.

I have three bikes. All of them are old long distance racing bikes, with more comfortable handlebars, wider seats (to make up for the taller riding angle, and BMX pedals. But I always keep the old friction fit gear systems.

The other two are my daily bike, and my daily winter bike.
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late wrote:What do you have?


Two Merida bikes one is Kalahari 8 and the other one is Juliet 10 as i understand after taking a look while having a smoke.
#15071336
JohnRawls wrote:
Two Merida bikes one is Kalahari 8 and the other one is Juliet 10 as i understand after taking a look while having a smoke.



Not familiar with the brand. They look like Mtn bikes that weren't really made for hard offroad riding. Assuming that you ride on the street, you could put regular street tires on.

Not a fan of shocks in the street. They waste a lot of energy if they bob around when you pedal. I'd replace them with a good steel fork. A good one will still absorb a little shock.

If you could have someone take pic with you on the bike, that would help. It would have to be from the side, with the pedal on the camera side all the way down.

Do you feel uncomfortable on the bike? Like you have too much weight on your hands or arms?
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Godstud wrote:
@late A lot of the newer bikes have adjustable shocks, so you can lock them, if you're going on the road, and unlock them for off-roading.



I'm old school, and I have a really good bike.

So you have a point, but I don't go offroad any more, and my Gunnar has a really sweet ride.

Unfortunately, I needed to buy an electric bicycle, but I am hoping I can get back in shape, and get back to riding the Gunnar.
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Godstud wrote:
I had the problem that once I got a bike with a motor, it was really hard to keep riding the one with pedals. :D



Mine has a Shimano motor, it only works when you pedal.

I'd love to have another motorcycle, I'm just too old and banged up.
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Godstud wrote:
It's OK. If you're old and fat you just get a Harley Davidson.



When I was young, Harleys were crap. They were about 10% of the motorcycles on the road and about 50% of the motorcycles busted on the side of the road waiting for someone to come get them.

I have really short legs. And cruisers tend to be low enough that I can get my feet flat on the ground. When I was young, dealing with a sub 300 pound bike on my tiptoes wasn't hard. But my knees and hips are crap now, and dealing with a 600 or 700 pound bike with just my toes just isn't going to happen.

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