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    First Road Ride

    I did a group ride this morning - 55 miles through rolling terrain. It was a blast - and I learned lots of things, like:

    - Don't speed up when it's your turn to pull

    - Don't freak out when someone rides 1" away from you rear wheel

    - Don't flip off the big ass cowboy in the big ass truck when he blows his horn at you

    - Railroad tracks suck with 120psi tires and no suspension

    - Cheap saddles suck, period

    - Doing a long pull will gain you a modicum of respect with the roadies

    - Making fun of the Roadie's jerseys instantly negates the respect you gained in the pulls

    - Roadies aren't as pricky as people make them out to be - for the most part

    - Don't call out "Left Turn!" - point instead.

    - Older roadies can kick your ass

    All in all, it was a lot of fun. I wouldn't give up mountain biking for it at all, but it's defintly something I will do again.

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    Glad you had fun

    Let me know if you want too get down this way and ride. We've got some fun stuff around S.A. also.

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    Jeff,
    I should be getting my new ride late next week (hopefully).
    I'll be looking for you, Dan, and Weegster or whoever wants to ride the road when the trails are too wet to ride..

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    Originally posted by Jim_K
    Jeff,
    I should be getting my new ride late next week (hopefully).
    I'll be looking for you, Dan, and Weegster or whoever wants to ride the road when the trails are too wet to ride..
    now wait a minute Jim this is news...are you buying a road bike? give us the specs and what the plan is.....

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    Hey, weren't there two kids with holes in their mittens and two beans for supper that needed bikes at your house also. I see you, like me, have your priorities straight.

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    Yup...I ride both

    Being a re-habbing Triathlete, I did a LOT of road training. It (Road Riding) has it's points too. "Pulling" is an art form, and if ya REALLY want to get a blowtorch training session...TIME TRIALS!

    Jim...Let me know how the road thing is going, andf once again...THANKS FOR THE LIGHTS @ Rocky Hill...Our team did much better than we thought we would!

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    Scott,
    Not sure what yet but it will be a Trek 5200 or 5500. Plan is to ride road when I can't ride the trails. I used to ride road bikes many years ago and loved it and Mountainbiking just seemed like more fun when I went to get a new bike. (I'm sure not giving up on it)

    Terry,
    Christmas is a very short time away. I expect to see at least one bike under the tree. Yes, I have my priorities straight, Cathy first, then me. Remember she got a new bike about a month ago..

    Weegster,
    Glad to do it and I'm damn proud you guys did so good, I'm hoping next year to get on an old guy team for the 24 hour race (if my schedule permits)


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    Yep, when Cathy got her bike I was wondering which bike you'd get, but I was taken by surprise when it was a road bike. One day, when I am completely happy with my off road stuff, I will get a good road bike. Some day.
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    Hey, this is supposed to be a thread about Kyles' first road ride...
    Great job Kyle going 55 miles and all. I'll be lucky to do 25-30 my first time out but will work my way up.

    Yeah Terry, I was thinking about that Santa Cruz thing but decided to wait for the Blur to be available, besides I really like the way I have my bike setup and nothing else to do except wear it out. I rode the Trek Fuel 98 the other day, it sure was sweet but I'm gonna hold out and see if VPP is all it's cracked up to be, if so, I'll be one of the first to buy one. Odds are it will be so...

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    Nuthin like a loooooooooooooong road ride on a beautiful day, in beautiful surroundings...No insanity-training...Just a cruise @ a good "clip".

    GU, Clif Bars, perhaps a camera.

    The BIKETOBERFEST 100K ride was very nice...Until the hills past Comfort...

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    Jim

    Anytime. Just let me know.

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    Lightbulb

    Funny, I have been thinkin' about buying a road bike but am a bit concerned about shelling out $800 - $1000 on a road bike when my first love (at this time) is the mtb! However, I love the fitness aspect and the ability to see more (and different) country on a road bike. However I am pretty certain that road riding alone is like mtb'ing alone .... not as much fun. However to try it out some today I rode to meet T for our ride at Leon Creek. Worked out to about 12 miles each way. Probably a piece of cake for you roadies but was a good ride in the thz and fun to boot.

    You guys can probably confirm this (and I noticed it on my spinning class bike) but does the longer top tube make the ride more comfortable and thus easier to tuck etc.?? Probably a different experience altogether.

    I will watch your progression Jim and look forward to hearing about your experience/results.

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    Scott,

    Actually (Speaking for myself) the tuck on a Road Missile is different. All too many times I see "Roadies" with aero bars incorrectly mounted, usually too far forward, and they are in a very INEFFICIENT tuck. For a good tuck, I usually arch my back over to where is it actually comfy (Riding Hoods or Drops) when @ a fast cadence.

    Being the Triathlete (on medical haitus) type, I can attest to how road riding has helped me...CADENCE-CADENCE-CADENCE. Also and added benefit (for me) is climbing...Hence my title under my avatar.

    When I broke out of the woods @ Lake Bryant, Sandy and Shari told me: "We KNEW it was you from far away, cuz your cadence never missed a stroke" In my book, one of the BEST riding compliments I have ever gotten!

    PLUS...Often times when our trail Shangri-Las are muddied, I go out and shred on the Road Bike or (when the weather totally sucks) on the trainer.

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    I definitly need to make it down to SA for mountain biking and road riding. I haven't been down since early summer, other than a few visits to Comfort. I'll shoot for a weekend in late November/early December.

    As far as milage on the road bike, I was shocked at how easy it was. We stopped at a store to refill water bottles after riding for 1 1/2 hours or so. We weren't really pushing, so I figured we were at the 1/4 way point or so. I asked someone how far we'd been, and when he said '27.8 miles', I was stunned. The total time for the 55 miles was just over 3 hours and 15 minutes, including the stop for water/drinks. My legs are a little dead today, but -nothing- like they'd be if I'd put in the same milage off-road.

    A couple of other observations... road bikes are FAST. We hit almost 40mph on a downhill and it didn't feel unstable at all. The bikes are also almost completely silent - no buzz from tires or anything. My lower back is stiff today from the more laid out position - but I figure that'll go away once I get more used to riding the bike. I did ditch the camelback in lieu of a saddle bag and water bottles - I figure I needed to do something to try and fit in...

    For buying a new road bike - if you're not too picky, and you kinda know what you want size and component wise - check out EBay. I picked up my bike (new) from there for about $600. It's not a famous name or anything, but it's solid, light, full 105 components and all that stuff. The seat sucks, and the seatpost and stem are cheesy, but otherwise, it's perfect for what I plan to use it for. Similarly equiped bikes locally were $1100 or so.

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    Jim, Ride Away should have the Blurs in by January or maybe Christmas, I forget. I am thinking of selling my frame and upgrading to the Blur in about a year or so.
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    Road Bikes R Fun 2!

    Did my first road ride early yesterday morning, about 20 miles. New bike, new shoes, new helmet, new gloves, new Primal jersey, new faggies, new glasses, new socks. Except for the socks (Texas flag), I was all silver, black and red going down the road. Just call me Road DUDE!

    I went out 471 then north towards Helotes, back to Braun Rd. then through subdivisions home. The route wasn't hilly by any means, but I got to huffing and puffing on several fairly long inclines. The payoff was cool - silently coasting/peddling effortlessy down the other side at 30 mph. Could have gone faster and farther but this was just a shakedown ride with all the new stuff and I don't feel that confident on the road yet. Now I need to get the shifting process and riding posture down. During and after the ride I felt absolutely wonderful like I could have kept going and going. Must have been some kind of endorphin high I was on.

    Hurry up and get that bike, Jim k. I bet we could get about a dozen Bike Mojo road riders together to start riding regularly in the next few weeks. There is much for this road newbie to learn.
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    If you guys want to come up to New Braunfels, the hills are awaiting and the traffic is minimal for Road Riding.

    The Thursday ride here has become a night road ride. Starts at 6:00.

    ...and when it gets too cold, you can always just ride hills, the exertion keeps you warm enough for the downhill cool off.

    Scott's right, it's preferable to ride in groups on the road - safer, and there is a lot more time for conversation than off road.

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    You'll want to take advantage of this one

    River road is one of the most beautiful rides in this area and when you get your legs. The devils backbone links into this for the most spectacular 75 miles or so.

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    Re: You'll want to take advantage of this one

    Originally posted by Jeff
    River road is one of the most beautiful rides in this area and when you get your legs. The devils backbone links into this for the most spectacular 75 miles or so.
    That ride should purtneer qualify as epic. Must be one hell of an elevation change - the rise from river level to the backbone is quite impressive.
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