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James

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Sep 11, 2001
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Danbury, CT
So I've been in my new town for a little over a week. It was a week ago Sunday. So in that week I've already ridden more than in the 3 months I spent in my last town. I love it.
I have about an 8 mile commute to work, along my own bike path the entire time, along the ocean. Then on Sunday I spent about two and a half hours riding singletrack in Santa Cruz with an old buddy. Then to work and back both days so far this week.
My legs hurt, since I obviously haven't been riding much lately, but I realized how happy I am here. With the exception of getting up to Santa Cruz to ride, I really haven't touched my car at all since I've been here. It takes the same 25-30 minutes to drive to work too, thanks to the wonders of traffic, so there is no reason at all to drive.
I'm finally somewhere where I can really live the "bike lifestyle," and the bike paths all over make it easy.
Sorry to write this essay, but it finally hit me tonight, as I relaxed with a Fat Tire out of the case in my fridge. My legs are still sore, as I haven't been stuck in a car since my big ride, and I tend to time trial home, trying to best my last time.
Good stuff. Bikes rule, they really, really do.

Thanks for listening...

JJames
 

jimmydean

The Official Meat of Ridemonkey
Sep 10, 2001
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That rocks. Not many things beat a cold Fat Tire when the legs are sore for good reason :thumb: The weather here makes biking to work a chore and my commute is 11 miles door to door. Not bad, but I also do it on my DH bike since it's all I have now.

If I lived in and around SC, I could see either bike or motorcycle.
 

James

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Sep 11, 2001
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Danbury, CT
jimmydean said:
That rocks. Not many things beat a cold Fat Tire when the legs are sore for good reason :thumb: The weather here makes biking to work a chore and my commute is 11 miles door to door. Not bad, but I also do it on my DH bike since it's all I have now.

If I lived in and around SC, I could see either bike or motorcycle.
Totally. The first day I moved in, I went to the store and got a case, since it's more available up here than in SoCal. So I had nothing but a case of beer in my fridge. Don't have much more a week later, but that's neither here nor there.
Yeah, the bike totally makes a difference. I have a pretty bitchin' Specialized S-Works Cross frame, with a Sibex titanium fork, flat bars with SRAM stuff, etc, it rules. I'm thinking about rocking some old-school 3-spd type bars for it too, we'll see.
My favorite part on it is the ollllld school Cook Bros Racing cranks, set up 34/46t style...
Haven't had any signifigant precipitation, but I know it's coming. Fox has a new rain riding jacket that has a hood designed to be worn *under* a helmet, so I'm gonna be getting that. Also an iPod pocket with internal headphone routing, I'm all about that...
 

jdcamb

Tool Time!
Feb 17, 2002
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Nowhere Man!
Amazing how a fine ale can melt the soreness of a satisfyingly long ride. In fact the Irish in me turns it up a notch with another if yer' payin' lad.
 

punkassean

Turbo Monkey
Feb 3, 2002
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SC, CA
Glad you are liking it up there James! Next time I head up I'd be happy to give you either a tour of Santa Cruz (which it sounds like you have covered already) or a tour of Henry Coe for some gnarly but awesome backcountry XC riding. Henry Coe is the same distance from you as SC but completely different. Good times!
 

James

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Sep 11, 2001
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Danbury, CT
punkassean said:
Glad you are liking it up there James! Next time I head up I'd be happy to give you either a tour of Santa Cruz (which it sounds like you have covered already) or a tour of Henry Coe for some gnarly but awesome backcountry XC riding. Henry Coe is the same distance from you as SC but completely different. Good times!
For sure, I will hit you up for that when you're up. My # is still the same, so you should have it...
 

Zark

Hey little girl, do you want some candy?
Oct 18, 2001
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Yeah buddy! Just glad you're out of that hell hole (geographically and mentally)
 

James

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Sep 11, 2001
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Danbury, CT
Zark said:
Yeah buddy! Just glad you're out of that hell hole (geographically and mentally)
Totally.
Dude, SC rules, 2.5 hours of pure singletrack heaven...
Now I need a new bike to commemorate the move!