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Old 06-01-2019, 11:14 AM
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Default NBD - New Bicycle Day

I'd pretty much resigned myself to the notion that my days of serious cycling were behind me so I bought a seven-speed cruiser bike. I suppose that there are folks for whom a cruiser is just the ticket, but clearly not me. Last weekend's Memorial Day discount from TREK was the catalyst I needed to go online bike shopping. I'd previously owned a TREK DS4 (Dual Sport) and really liked it. The 2019 model is much improved (with a price to match), but buying and selling guitars somehow eases the pain of purchasing a $1000+ bicycle. Picked up my new steed yesterday and couldn't be happier. It's ideal for casual road and gravel road riding and is pretty perfect for my needs. I know what I'll be doing this summer....
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:04 PM
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Looks like a sweet ride, RP. I don't bike anymore but I'll get out on the hiking trails this summer.

Do you have any day / half-day trips planned? Or is it go out for an hour or so.
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:06 PM
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Very nice looking bike, Very sleek! Enjoy,
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:23 PM
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:36 PM
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Do you have any day / half-day trips planned? Or is it go out for an hour or so.
Mostly the latter, but I'd like to revisit Southwest Virginia and ride the New River and Virginia Creeper Trails this summer...
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:38 PM
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Beautiful, RP... congrats! I'm on my second Trek... love 'em.

Ride it in good health.
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Old 06-01-2019, 01:03 PM
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There’s nothing better than a NBD, enjoy it and ride in good health.
I picked up 2 new bikes over the past few weeks. A gravel bike and a new XC race bike.
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Old 06-01-2019, 01:07 PM
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Cannondale... love those too! My first really sweet bike was a Cannondale. It was a joy.
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Old 06-01-2019, 02:19 PM
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Happy N+1 day. Don’t think that you’re too old to ride aggressively though. I see guys in their 70s blowing past me on their narrow tires.

I have a Marlin 7 (3x9 hardtail that is advertised as an entry level trail worthy bike) and did 49 miles on paved trail a few weeks ago. I was pretty winded because the bike and I together weigh about 250 pounds but then this white haired/yellow jersey blue whooshes past me. I inquired on a cyclists forum and determined that I encountered a “Fred”. I now know what I want to grow up to be.

So enjoy. Let the silver hair fly and unzip that yellow jersey. Get out and ride that sucker and you too can be a “Fred.

As for me, I’m thinking of converting the 3x9 to a 1x9 to drop some weight and stay in the trees and out of the hot sun.
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Old 06-01-2019, 02:23 PM
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There’s nothing better than a NBD, enjoy it and ride in good health.
I picked up 2 new bikes over the past few weeks. A gravel bike and a new XC race bike.
Was there a BOGO deal or something? I’m envious. I’d love a gravel bike and an enduro bike.
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Thanks to all for good wishes. I was never a competitive cyclist although I became accustomed to riding long distances in the woods while researching Mountain Bike! Virginia. As for those Cannondales, I'm sure they're great bikes but I just can't get accustomed to the look of those one-sided front suspensions. And yes, if you look closely enough, you'll recognize my visage on the cover....
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Old 06-01-2019, 03:39 PM
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We boys must have our toys eh? (and I'm certainly not knocking it!)

Some people are perfectly happy with one guitar, I have ... many, for differing purposes, but only one bike.

My stepson is bike mad and has a shedful, each one for different purposes, to be fair he commutes to work and back daily , a round rip of about 15 miles, and in all weathers. Physical guy, works at a race course, and loves the open air.

He made my bike for me, a '90s Kona Cindercone steel frame and everything else from ??? I love it dearly, but my off roading or long riding days are over, but it still feels like a sports car to me.
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Old 06-01-2019, 06:18 PM
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Looks like a sweet cruiser RP, enjoy.
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Old 06-01-2019, 08:12 PM
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It's been awhile since I had a NBD--I tend to keep my bikes as long as I keep my acoustic guitars--but I sure love riding mine. At my age and condition, a long walk (or even a lot of standing) is uncomfortable, but a bike ride feels great and I feel it helps my arthritis in general (including my hands) as well as my general mood.

My main ride is an older touring bike with wider tires (700x42) which is also comfy riding around town. For winter and the one time I tried some singletrack off-roading, I have my newest bike, a 3 year old fat bike with 4 inch tires. For nostalgia's sake, I have a 1951 Raleigh Sports that I bought in 1978. In general I'm a big user of "un-skinny" tires. Smoother ride without the need for suspension, better flat avoidance, braking and handling, and really not that big a performance/efficiency hit as was once believed.

Anyway, there's no requirement for cycling to be "serious" and to the degree that serious doesn't mean fun I'm not sure I'm in for it. Enjoy your new ride!
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Old 06-01-2019, 08:55 PM
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Congrats! Here's my new gravel bike, a Black Mountain Cycles Monstercross:



Happy trails, RP!
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