Bike riding and motorcycle riding are so therapeutic.

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    Apr 21, 2013 5:13 PM GMT
    I don't know how I've gotten into bicycle riding, but it is just so awesome! There is something amazing about putting in your I-pod, getting geared up, then going out for a ride. I only wish I had a bike that wasn't Wal-Mart made, and some friends that like to do the same thing. I guess I'll just wait until I move to a big city for that.

    I'm also planning on getting my own motorcycle soon. I find that to be one of the more therapeutic things for me in life, and can see myself enjoying it until the end of time. I've been doing tons of research on what bikes are good for beginning, and even learning the basics about riding them (clutch control for now).

    Any other fellow RJ members out here that enjoy riding bikes/motorcycles? If so, what do you ride? Pictures welcome!



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    Apr 21, 2013 5:16 PM GMT
    I agree 100%.. Friday nights during the summer time with music or not. Its the best head clearer ever. This is a shot of my baby in Coyote Hills


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    Apr 21, 2013 5:24 PM GMT
    What an amazing picture, Ant! What kind of bike is that?
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    Apr 21, 2013 5:28 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidWhat an amazing picture, Ant! What kind of bike is that?


    A 2012 Specialized Allez Sport. I made the stupid choice to buy it almost nearly full price. But they should be pretty affordable now.

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  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 21, 2013 5:32 PM GMT
    During the warmer weather months, I commute to work every day on my bianchi brava roadbike. It is a very healthy way to commute and it helps reduce the stress from a days work. An additional benefit is that I get to choose my own routes and avoid heavy traffic and pesky road construction which is something you cannot do on public transportation.
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    Apr 21, 2013 5:47 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidDuring the warmer weather months, I commute to work every day on my bianchi brava roadbike. It is a very healthy way to commute and it helps reduce the stress from a days work. An additional benefit is that I get to choose my own routes and avoid heavy traffic and pesky road construction which is something you cannot do on public transportation.


    That is AWESOME! That's one reason I'm excited to move to a bigger city. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Apr 21, 2013 5:47 PM GMT
    Kinda off-topic question but what do you guys think about this bike for my first road bike?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Schwinn-700C-Volare-1300-Mens-Drop-Bar-Road-Bike-Bicycle-S4030A-/230932207396?pt=Road_Bikes&hash=item35c4a1d724
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    Apr 21, 2013 5:59 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidKinda off-topic question but what do you guys think about this bike for my first road bike?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Schwinn-700C-Volare-1300-Mens-Drop-Bar-Road-Bike-Bicycle-S4030A-/230932207396?pt=Road_Bikes&hash=item35c4a1d724

    It's adequate for a first road bike, though not a really good bike. It can be a way for you to dip your foot in the water of road bikes, see if you like it, without making a big investment. Later, if you like it, you can buy a better bike, based on what you've learned with this bike. I'm all for easing into bikes by steps, not by big leaps.

    And I can't let this go without a pitch for our HIV/AIDS ride to Key West this November, in which I'll be riding (possibly our oldest rider again this year). Whether you ride, or others you know do, look this link over. We'll arrange to ship your bike down here, and then ship it back. We have riders from all over the US, and also outside the US.

    http://thesmartride.org

    bob@thesmartride.org
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    Apr 21, 2013 6:33 PM GMT
    @Art: That would be the coolest thing ever. I'd love to participate in something like that, and since it's in November I can go ahead and save up a lot of money for it! Thanks for the tips and ideas as usual! I think any bike is better than this Wal-Mart one I'm riding haha.
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    Apr 21, 2013 7:54 PM GMT
    I have two bikes; a Bridgestone RB-1 which my older brother gave me and a Trek 6000 which I use as my 'daily ride' (commute to work/gym, casual riding around town as well as charity bike rides).

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    ... and not that you can tell from the picture, but here I am with a random rental about to take a bike tour of Juneau, AL.

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    Apr 21, 2013 7:55 PM GMT
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    I love this picture!
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    Apr 21, 2013 8:23 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh said@Art: That would be the coolest thing ever. I'd love to participate in something like that, and since it's in November I can go ahead and save up a lot of money for it! Thanks for the tips and ideas as usual! I think any bike is better than this Wal-Mart one I'm riding haha.

    I really do ride. And sometimes I do cheerleading when I can't ride, and always registration and all the pre-ride setup. Come join us, and contact me, I will make sure you have a great experience.

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  • Rhi_Bran

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    Apr 21, 2013 8:24 PM GMT
    I'm going to invest in a new bike.

    As soon as there's no danger of ice up here.
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    Apr 21, 2013 8:52 PM GMT
    Rhi_Bran saidI'm going to invest in a new bike.

    As soon as there's no danger of ice up here.

    OMG, I know your area so well! I used to go up the St. Croix River Valley, it's so lovely! Do you know the Franconia Sculpture Park? My ex-BF & I loved that place, and we donated a huge scuplture there, a big horse. It's likely gone now, they don't last long. His family created the Interstate Park not far from there, on the Wisconsin side.

    So do you know any of that? Not really good bike riding, though, mostly narrow 2-lane rural roads, and nothing but hills. I'd be afraid to do it myself.
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    Apr 21, 2013 9:04 PM GMT
    Is that that huge yard full of abstract art and sculptures?

    I've driven by it before but that sort of thing isn't my bag, so I've never stopped.
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    Apr 21, 2013 11:22 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidKinda off-topic question but what do you guys think about this bike for my first road bike?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Schwinn-700C-Volare-1300-Mens-Drop-Bar-Road-Bike-Bicycle-S4030A-/230932207396?pt=Road_Bikes&hash=item35c4a1d724


    I can't really tell from that, (i.e. what alloy) but the frame appears to be the same as my 754-which was a road bike that Schwinn made in the last year before their bankruptcy. Everything else is different, of course. It's light and stiff. I changed the bearings in the headset and bottom bracket after a year, but except for that, I've been riding it for 23 years now. Still like it.

    But at that price, the components are going to be low-end stuff. Also, don't buy a bike on-line without first getting fitted for proper frame size.

    edit- 38 lbs seems kinda heavy for an aluminum bike... something a little fishy there.
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    Apr 22, 2013 3:05 AM GMT
    @Mindgarden: Is there any certain bike you could recommend for a beginner? I really would like a mix between a road and dirt, but I'm mostly on the road anyway so a road bike MIGHT be the best option.

    Oh yeah it has to be less than $300 if possible icon_razz.gif!
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    Apr 22, 2013 3:17 AM GMT
    Rhi_Bran saidIs that that huge yard full of abstract art and sculptures?

    I've driven by it before but that sort of thing isn't my bag, so I've never stopped.

    Yeah, actually a few grassy acres, I wouldn't call it a "yard". It would be NE of where you are.