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bicycling hobby

Postby everything on Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:50 pm

anyone here doing any bicycling? I don't think I'll get into the hobby seriously, with the endless upgrades and choices (expenditures), races, touring, etc., but getting my 2nd ever grown-up bike and just getting some low impact exercise. I did seemingly endless reading and talking about "geometry" til my brain hurt, but pretty sure I finally kinda sorta got it. if you thought IMA has over-complication, here's the hobby for you...
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Re: bicycling hobby

Postby roger hao on Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:08 am

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Re: bicycling hobby

Postby roger hao on Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:11 am

I recently did Galbraith Mtn with my daughter............

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Re: bicycling hobby

Postby roger hao on Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:15 am

If you think those are dangerous - keep in mind that many
road bike "spinner" news letters have an obituary column.
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Re: bicycling hobby

Postby everything on Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:42 am

Wow those look fun and yeah definitely dangerous. The first one made me feel like I was riding the bike and about to crash into a big tree or off a cliff. The second one reminds me of this childhood "course" we called "the dips" that was just a series of small hills at my school. In our minds I'm sure we imagined we were doing stuff like in the video, but child-sized. I think getting older, I'm too scared of these things now, but some "bunny slope" version sounds awesome.

Road: for sure I'm too scared of the road these days. Just driving my car, assholes on phones nearly hit me in a way that would probably severely injure a cyclist. I do like the feeling of pavement and some speed.

So I'm gonna split the difference and get a "gravel" bike and do mild versions of the above and probably won't get (I say that now) dedicated road or mtn bikes.
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Re: bicycling hobby

Postby roger hao on Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:17 pm

We have great hike and bike trails in Austin.
The scenery on the downtown hike and bike earns it a Club Hike and Bike status.

On that mountain single track you naturally avoid the trees
much like you would if you ran thru the woods.
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Re: bicycling hobby

Postby everything on Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:31 pm

I did a fun maybe 20 mile loop from about 31st and Guadalupe (lived around there) out West past Mt Bonnell, up 2222, then across the 360 bridge, back down Bee Caves Rd into Zilker Park area, back up past UT, back to 31st and Guadalupe once. It was insanely hot outside and probably felt longer than the route was, but it was a blast. on my 80s Takara touring bike. also felt a bit dangerous, but Austin is relatively bike friendly. I did get to ride (very slowly) in Boulder, CO, once. Insanely beautiful and far more bike friendly. Quite sure I saw pros or whatever elite level cyclists go zooming past. Upper bodies looked like the weak sided arm of a tennis player. Lower bodies developed like Arnold.
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Re: bicycling hobby

Postby vadaga on Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:22 pm

@Everything, you are right, Team Rally Pro are based around the Boulder area.
I do lots of biking road gravel and mountain... that is both my main sport and transportation these days. Just get an entry level bike(dont spend more than a grand) and use it... also worth shelling out for padded shorts if you are going to be riding any serious distance
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