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Discussion in 'Road & Cyclocross' started by bluebug32, Oct 1, 2005.

  1. bluebug32

    bluebug32 Asshat

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    I'll admit to having made fun of spandex-clad, weight-obsessed roadies in the past. Today I took my first real ride on my new roadie and, damn, I'm eating my words.

    It was great and my legs felt so powerful and in control. Mountain biking is wonderful, but it's a different kind of high. Most of the times it's a, "I just flirted with my own death and it rocked," kind of feeling. This is just a pure appreciation of what the body is capable of (which is definitely felt when mountain biking too, but even moreso here).

    I know this is preaching to the choir, but I wanted to share my initial thoughts on the ride, as I enjoyed it much more than I ever thought. I'm glad I didn't just jump from a hardtail to a dualie and not see that there were spaces with other, exciting kinds of riding in between.

    What's next? A century maybe? :think: hmm...sounds pretty good... in a couple of years :)
     
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  2. splat

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    You get this feeling on the road bike as well. It is usually when you get passed by a car/truck going way faster than you.....and they get a little too close.

    I think we have all been there.

    mtnbikej
     
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  5. proanti1

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    i just got a mountain bike and i havent been on a bmx since, but the owner of the little shop i work in just got a fixxie, those things are sweet, i like how you can slow it down with your legs. they are also really really light.
     
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  6. robdamanii

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    I too recently took my first rides on a Roadie. Since I'm stuck in Seneca Falls, there aren't much in the way of trails, so I have to use a road machine to get my kicks.

    I do enjoy it. I wish I had some dirt, but I can wait for the weekends to travel and find some. During the week it's a rush to pass cars on the side streets and speed across Rt. 89 trying to play chicken with a tractor trailer.

    Ahh...I don't care for the bugs in my teeth though...
     
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    I was in the same boat as you earlier this summer. I hate to say it (mostly because my mtb cost me $3700 and my roadie cost $1400), but I think I'm starting to enjoy road riding more than trail riding...
     
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  8. bluebug32

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    I can definitely see where that thrill comes from. It's all about the speed I think and competing with cars.
     
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    Way to go! Any bike is like heaven for me.
     
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    Yup, I'm a bikey slut. Gimme a bike and I'm happy. I ride around the grocery stores on a slug townie and wear a huge smile on my face. :D
     
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    Road bikes suck!
     
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    Good to hear you enjoyed it! I ride around 6 days per week, and only one of those days is on my mountain bike.
     
  13. bluebug32

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    I know! Why would anyone ride around on those pieces of sh!t! ;) :p
     
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    I am an equal opportunity bike rider: Road, trail, dirt jump, DH, urban, fixed gear, bring it.
     
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    LO's seen my townie. He was jealous, rust spots and all :D
     
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    I just went out on my mountain bike after having done mainly road stuff for a couple of weeks. It's a friggin' tank! And this is my hard tail. Haha...beefy to the max. I must admit that my mind wandered to dreams of carbon :think:
     
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    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    I am.

    You have a killer stable.
     
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    I dunno, almost being splatted by large metal gas powered objects and being attacked by irate drivers keeps it interesting. :dead:
     
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    I've been spending far more time on my road bike lately than my dually. Every time I do get on the dually, it feels as if I've got two flat tires.:confused:
     
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    haha...yeah, I know the feeling. Even when I'm on my hardtail I keep thinking that I should be putting more air in my tires. and before I got my roadie, I was wondering why this bike felt so stiff!
     
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    Well, I just cracked 600 miles on my roadie. I'm training for the El Tour de Tucson century in November and I have to say, I'm really enjoying it. For me, it's so much more about getting in my head and finding out what my body is capable of. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my DH bike and that will be my focus after the century ride, but damn it's so much easier to just roll out of the front door and go ride 30-50 miles. Let's not even get started about how much faster you can go from an average MPH standpoint.... ;)
     
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    I just ordered a Graham Watson print from the Tour de France for my apartment....damn, I'm really hooked. Maybe I've been a closeted roadie all along and didn't know it :think:
     
  23. robdamanii

    robdamanii OMG! <3 Tom Brady!

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    I hope this doesn't mean you're coming out on me. :confused:
     
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    I just may be...

    See, I've been living this secret life on a mountain bike when the whole time, all I can think about is how much I'd just love to mount a nice, shiny road bike

    :evil: :p
     
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    ^ you two have had sex.

    Now it all makes sense.
     
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    robdamanii OMG! <3 Tom Brady!

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    Very perceptive.

    Now how many TIMES?
     
  27. LordOpie

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    ah, don't care, but i was wondering why you jumped on me for teasing her in the PM box thread. Your defense mechanism kicked in. That's soooo cute.
     
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    yeah, I picked up the spoonman on ridemonkey...


    And we're not even just casually banging; we're actually in a relationship :eek: :cool:
     
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    Please don't tell me you're keeping track

    Is that what all those marks are above your bed? :think:
     
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    i'm happy for you both.
     
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    robdamanii OMG! <3 Tom Brady!

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    Maybe. :think:
     
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    Wow, met on the monkey...
    Too bad there aren't any Denver chicky monkies I can hookup w/ and get some sugar from :D
    If there are, I think LO is hoarding them :P
     
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    robdamanii OMG! <3 Tom Brady!

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    We actually met freshman year of college. Hooked up senior year. Joined RM shortly thereafter.

    Didn't really meet on RM, unfortunately.
     
  34. LordOpie

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    hey, that chick from NJ wanted mini-paully. But nooo, you didn't answer the phone.
     
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    I said Denver chic monkey. She was a Jersey girl...c'mon!
     
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    sir i believe the term you are searching for is Bikeus Whoreus Maximus
     
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    I have a female cousin in Denver, but she's a whore. Despite the fact that she's like the town bicycle, I don't think she actually rides inanimate objects ;) Sorry!
     
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    You say whore like that's a bad thing ;)
     
  39. robdamanii

    robdamanii OMG! <3 Tom Brady!

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    She had the clap.

    She got it from her Zanex dealer.
     
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    The clap I can handle... some sheep shears and a little gasoline...
    ...is she hawt tho...that's the $10.00 question :D
    C'mon Blue, HOOK IT UP for a (monkey) bratha!

    She does need to have a pulse and not crack mirrors w/ her looks - my only limitations.