New Bike!

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    Oct 22, 2010 11:52 PM GMT
    I think I found my new favorite way to work out. I just bought my very own bike, a Raleigh Talus 2.0. It's not a road bike, so its a bit heavier/slower, but I opted for the hybrid because I figured it might be fun to try biking on the trails around Albuquerque.


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    And I have to say I love it. I just went on my first bike ride here, roughly 20 miles from the campus to Balloon Fiesta Park and back, via the Arroyo North Canal trail. It felt awesome. It almost makes me think that I wasted all these years with the running...icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 24, 2010 4:54 AM GMT
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    a new bike is such a thrill.

    if you plan on working out through biking, i'd suggest one upgrade : clipless pedals. You can get some really cheap ones along with shoes and you'll notice a huge difference.
    you'll develop a smooth revolution sollicitating hamstrings, quads, glutes and calves in a more balanced way.

    a hybrid can tackle gravel roads and very smooth trails but don't venture
    into real single tracks, both you and your bike could feel sorry..lol.
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    Oct 24, 2010 5:08 AM GMT
    Tell me more about biking. I've ben biking all summer, 20 miles 3 times a week. I have a mountain bike, but not really the right bike, but would apppreciate any info.
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    Oct 24, 2010 4:17 PM GMT
    there are now so many types and sub types of bikes that you need to determine what you want to do, and where you will ride before buying.

    of course if you can afford it you can get two bikes. ( i don't ) .

    road bikes:
    racer
    triathlon
    city bike

    hybrids:
    no variety here really .

    mountain:
    x country racer
    trail bike
    all mountain
    down hill

    then you have trial bikes , 4cross but those are highly specialized.

    then you get to choose saddles , suspension, tire size, tread and compound,
    pedals , frame ( aluminum, steel, carbon, titanium ,even berylium -> if they still exist, lol ) .

    and when buying you must have your bike fitted to your physiology.





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    Oct 24, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    Everybody needs at least three different bikes.
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    Oct 24, 2010 4:42 PM GMT
    I rate the modern bicycle among the greatest of all human inventions. Perhaps its simple design and ubiquitous presence deceive us regarding its importance - a device that allows us to propel ourselves under our own power at super-human speeds over great distances with minimal effort.

    As for the comment above concerning clipless pedals: they are indeed superior in many applications, and I have a set for my own bike. But a serious drawback is that you must wear matching footgear, that is typically not good for walking any distance off the bike. They also discourage using the bike for quick "jump on and go" situations, since you've gotta first put on the matching shoes.

    My own solution for daily bike use is a pair of the older-style toeclip pedals. They accept any shoe or even sandal, but still give many of the advantages of better foot control and pedaling efficiency. You'd be surprised how much more force you can apply to the pedal when you don't have to waste energy with holding your foot steady on an open platform pedal.

    You can buy complete pedals, or just the toeclips, for use with or without straps that can be installed on your existing platform pedals if they have mounting points. This is what my bike has for daily use, with another set of clipless pedals I swap out for longer rides.

    It takes a little while to learn how to flip the pedal over and insert your foot into the toeclip (since gravity makes them hang upside down when not in use, unlike what this photo shows), but not a greater learning curve than using clipless. I've been using toeclips since 1962.

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    Oct 24, 2010 5:50 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidMy bicycle came with the toeclips and I recently took them off after having them on my bicycle for nearly two years. Many times I was turning the pedal upside down because my shoe did not fit in the toeclip. So I used the flat portion of the pedal with the toeclip facing downward. This was a bit dangerous when I had the pedal's toeclips almost dragging on the ground when the peddle was closest to the ground.

    Due to living in a congested city where I constantly stop and go I find that toeclips are not efficient. They actually became a hindrance as I had to constantly stuff my feet into them at every red light and if I wore a pair of bulky shoes they did not fit inside the toeclip. I would recommend them for long trails of uninterrupted riding, however.

    Valid observations. A really big shoe may not fit into toeclips, something for our OP to consider. My size 10-1/2s do, even athletic shoes which tend to be a bit bulky. (For a really little guy I have enormous Mickey Mouse feet. icon_redface.gif )

    But then I've been using toeclips for nearly 50 years, and my feet just know how to flip the pedal over in an instant without my thinking about it, even in traffic situations. And modern toeclip pedals have angled grippers on the trailing edge of the pedal to make this easier. It was a lot more difficult when I was a teenager.

    Given the type of bike he has, and its most likely uses, I would still point him to toeclips. Unless he has very large shoes, as you caution.
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    Oct 24, 2010 7:46 PM GMT
    you can buy SPD Airwalks, Vans , very comfy shoes with the cleats retracted into the sole. So you don't even know they're there when you walk.

    the only drawback is a neophyte will crash a couple of times from forgetting to unclip at a stop sign.
    but the learning curve is short , embarrassment is a great teacher. lol.

    i would never ever use toeclips . I never did in fact except on the stat. bikes in the gym. And i hate them because good pedaling technique has you slightly pull backward and push forward as well as up and down to maximize
    power input through each revolution and minimize the dead spot where muscles conflict with each other.
    when i pull backward with toeclips, the foot eventually comes out.
    annoying.

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    Oct 24, 2010 7:55 PM GMT
    xassantex saidhence the virtues of clipless.

    you can buy Airwalks, Vans , very comfy shoes with the cleats retracted into the sole. So you don't even know they're there when you walk.

    the only drawback is a neophyte will crash a couple of times from forgetting to unclip at a stop sign.
    but the learning curve is short , embarrassment is a great teacher. lol.

    I might dispute the term "comfy" for walking. Clipless boots have a very stiff, nearly unbendable insole that isn't for walking. Great for a bike pedal, bad for a sidewalk. Nor is the sole surface intended for ordinary pavement. Indeed, you may wear down & ruin the attaching cleat if you walk a lot in them.

    The issue here is prioritizing. Clipless work great in some situations, toeclips in others. What is our OP going to be doing? Your solution may not be his.
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    Oct 24, 2010 8:01 PM GMT
    Vans: very comfy, and supple.
    anyway ... wear whatever you want.

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    Oct 24, 2010 8:05 PM GMT
    Great choice on the bike. I got a new Gary Fisher hybrid this summer and love it. Use it to commute to campus (10 miles each way) and general trail riding other times.

    As for pedals, I have toe clips. I'm used to them and they allow me to wear my walking shoes. Clip-less pedals are nice if all you are doing is riding for the day, but hell to walk any distance in. I have a set for when all I'm doing is riding for the day.

    Enjoy your bike. GET OUT AND RIDE!!! Too snowy for me to ride anymore this year, but not enough to get out the xcountry skiis yet. Soon.
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    Oct 24, 2010 8:10 PM GMT
    Sweet looking bike. I often wish I had a hybrid myself. I use my road bike more than my mountain bike. Road bike is a little difficult around town with toe clips....Enjoy and never stop running.icon_razz.gificon_razz.gif
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    Oct 24, 2010 8:24 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    xassantex saidhence the virtues of clipless.

    you can buy Airwalks, Vans , very comfy shoes with the cleats retracted into the sole. So you don't even know they're there when you walk.

    the only drawback is a neophyte will crash a couple of times from forgetting to unclip at a stop sign.
    but the learning curve is short , embarrassment is a great teacher. lol.

    I might dispute the term "comfy" for walking. Clipless boots have a very stiff, nearly unbendable insole that isn't for walking. Great for a bike pedal, bad for a sidewalk. Nor is the sole surface intended for ordinary pavement. Indeed, you may wear down & ruin the attaching cleat if you walk a lot in them.

    The issue here is prioritizing. Clipless work great in some situations, toeclips in others. What is our OP going to be doing? Your solution may not be his.


    I probably will buy clips sometime in the future, my room-mate had actually suggested them as well. However for now I'm working on relearning everything I've forgotten regarding cycling. The trails here in ABQ have lots of 'bike only' routes, however to access them I have to go through some traffic and more than a few stop lights. Hence, there is some stopping. I don't think it'd take too long to learn how to unclip/clip, though.

    Haha embarrassment is a good teacher, I agree. So far I haven't fallen on my ass yet. We'll see how long it takes.

    EDIT: Actually, I just read Xassantex's post. I didn't know Vans had a clip style shoe. That sounds like it'd be worth it.
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    Oct 24, 2010 11:50 PM GMT
    believe me.

    road bikers often don't know too much about mtbiking stuff .

    jeesus, i'd never suggest you walk around in a pair of Sidi road shoes with the ball of your foot jacked up from the metal cleats which would also scratch everything and be slippery as hell ...lol



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    Oct 25, 2010 8:24 PM GMT
    tevas in toeclips ?? isn't that kind of ouchy ?
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    i wonder if gaybigmachodude has toeclips.
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    Nov 01, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    Nice looking bike.




    north_runner saidI think I found my new favorite way to work out. I just bought my very own bike, a Raleigh Talus 2.0. It's not a road bike, so its a bit heavier/slower, but I opted for the hybrid because I figured it might be fun to try biking on the trails around Albuquerque.


    RB_2011_Talus-2.0_Black_LG.jpg

    And I have to say I love it. I just went on my first bike ride here, roughly 20 miles from the campus to Balloon Fiesta Park and back, via the Arroyo North Canal trail. It felt awesome. It almost makes me think that I wasted all these years with the running...icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 01, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidEverybody needs at least three different bikes.


    the correct number of bikes is one away from a divorce... icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 09, 2011 2:07 AM GMT

    I got a new bike too!

    Actually it's my first ever bike since I was about 12, and my partner got it for me for my birthday which seems kind of appropriate somehow.

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    I love this thing.
    It's a 9speed road bike, weighs 9kg, but has fun retro styling and is really simple & clean in it's design.

    My being in love with it has me motivated to ride it practically everywhere.. which is good for the environment and all.. and really good for me and my getting toned, given I hate cardio. Now I ride to/from the gym (30mins return trip), do the weights in the middle.. life is good.

    And I'm enjoying seeing my city from a different angle, too - the cycle ways are pretty good where I live and have opened up whole new routes/places I've never seen before.

    Happiness..
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    Feb 09, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    xassantex saidtevas in toeclips ?? isn't that kind of ouchy ?
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    i wonder if gaybigmachodude has toeclips.

    Not ouchy, I've worn Tevas in toeclips myself. Because most modern ones I know are a plastic, as in the picture I first posted above, not the metal with sharper edges like when I first started using them decades ago. They don't bother me wearing sandals.
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    Feb 10, 2011 6:28 AM GMT
    r_evolutionary said
    I got a new bike too!

    Actually it's my first ever bike since I was about 12, and my partner got it for me for my birthday which seems kind of appropriate somehow.
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    I love this thing.
    It's a 9speed road bike, weighs 9kg, but has fun retro styling and is really simple & clean in it's design.

    My being in love with it has me motivated to ride it practically everywhere.. which is good for the environment and all.. and really good for me and my getting toned, given I hate cardio. Now I ride to/from the gym (30mins return trip), do the weights in the middle.. life is good.

    And I'm enjoying seeing my city from a different angle, too - the cycle ways are pretty good where I live and have opened up whole new routes/places I've never seen before.

    Happiness..


    it looks very classy . perfect city bike . no need for clips or anything fancy. Put your backpack on , hop on and go .
    congrats. icon_smile.gif
    keep it clean and shiny , its look commands it, lol .

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    ah yes, the plastic ones, forgot about them . true , they don't hurt.