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Old Jun 24, 2012, 03:34 PM
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Whats a hybrid bike?
Has the features of road bikes and mountain bikes. Upright riding position and gearing similar to a mountain bike, wheels closer to what a road bike uses.

I use slicks on my hybrid, it came with treaded tires. I recently changed out the cassette to gain a closer gear ratio than the original.
Old Jun 24, 2012, 03:49 PM
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I believe I posted this before, but this is my bike. Fuji Sunfire 3.0 . . .



The seat's higher and more level now, and it has slicks.
Old Jun 24, 2012, 04:05 PM
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Up until about 4-5 years ago, I could make the 11 mile loop around Cades Cove in the Smokies in 45 minutes by myself and 1.5 hours with the wife. Now that the knees have gone down hill, it takes around an hour and 45 minutes because I now have to push it up most hills!
Old Jun 24, 2012, 04:12 PM
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I never knew you were a bicycle nut, I only thought you were a wing nut.
That would make us a pair of wing nuts.
Old Jun 24, 2012, 04:22 PM
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Ditto on getting a better bike but to be fair the cheapo dept. store bikes are a lot better than they used to be. The old Huffy and Murry bikes (sears, JC Penny) were such crap they were not even safe to ride.

For the price of a cheapo new bike you can usually get a much better used or vintage one.
A Mt. Bike conversion can be a good option if you are on a budget but I recommend un unsprung one if you plan any distance riding.
My bullet proof, winter commuting machine is an 80's Shogun Mt. bike set up for steet use. All I have to do is swap tires and it is ready for the dirt. Kind of like two bikes in one.
Old Jun 24, 2012, 04:52 PM
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I want to have a chicken

I need to get handlebar extensions; I miss having an alternate hand position.
Old Jun 24, 2012, 06:54 PM
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I want to have a chicken

I need to get handlebar extensions; I miss having an alternate hand position.
Chickens are awesome!
Kind of like having little mini pet dinosaurs.

Note in the pic with the chicken I had not yet added the extensions.
On longer rides they add a lot of comfort and they are great when pulling uphills off road.
The down side of riding "The Beast" is that I run out of gears on the faster downhills and overall speed is reduced about 20%.
The upside is that while riding at night it is no big deal to run over a chunk of firewood on the roadside or slam a pothole.

In fair weather/daylight I'd much rather ride my roadbike, a vintage Raleigh Technium.
Both bike were picked at the local recycling center and I restored them. Total investment for both bikes...about $100.
Old Jun 24, 2012, 06:57 PM
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Just stay out of my lane and you will be fine.
Old Jun 24, 2012, 06:58 PM
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Just stay out of my lane and you will be fine.
Which lane is yours?
Old Jun 24, 2012, 07:02 PM
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Micro,
Here's an idea which worked for me. You say you are quitting cigerettes? Figure out how much you spend on those for a year, and buy a bike. This will set up a tangible reward for giving up the smokes, and sort of a contract with yourself to go in a healthy direction. That's what I did when I quit drinking--spend the money on a nice bike and rode like crazy.

I just got in from a tough ride--climbed and descended a 4000' mountain on mountain bike trails. There is no drug as good as natural endorphins--food tastes better, your mind is clear and stress is all gone. And so worry about gaining weight, as I enjoy a big bowl of ice cream.

Another great thing about biking is it can be social activity too. While I rode alone today, I have a few buddies I ride with once in a while. Some great friendships have developed from riding together.

Good luck and keep us posted with your progress!
Old Jun 24, 2012, 07:12 PM
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Good God, with the price of cigs today he could afford just about any bike made
Old Jun 24, 2012, 07:23 PM
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Good God, with the price of cigs today he could afford just about any bike made

Here in The Peoples Republic of Washington State a carton of Marbs is about $110!
That about what the two bike I posted in this thread set me back and there is no way I would trade them for a carton of smokes.
Old Jun 24, 2012, 07:27 PM
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Good timing on the bike thread. I've been reconsidering it myself. I've been weighing my bike options. Maybe a conversion bike might be the way to go.

My wife has been biking almost a year now. An easy ride for her is 30 miles now. Pushes 100 miles over 2 days. Averages 14-16 MPH. As part of her weight loss plan ... she has actually become quite obsessed.
Old Jun 24, 2012, 07:35 PM
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As part of her weight loss plan ... she has actually become quite obsessed.
Nothing wrong with that. My problem is too many extracurricular activities - makes it hard to get obsessed about any one of them. My wife and I went to a Cowboy Mounted Shooting clinic yesterday - that may be our next hobby
Old Jun 24, 2012, 07:38 PM
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Good timing on the bike thread. I've been reconsidering it myself. I've been weighing my bike options. Maybe a conversion bike might be the way to go.

My wife has been biking almost a year now. An easy ride for her is 30 miles now. Pushes 100 miles over 2 days. Averages 14-16 MPH. As part of her weight loss plan ... she has actually become quite obsessed.
It is quite nice when your wife is obsessed with a hobby that keeps her fit, toned and energetic.
Coincidence, my wife just rolled up the driveway from her Mt. bike ride across the prairie.
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