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Things I've owned: Bikes - Part II

On last week's Robot Journal...
In our last episode we talked about bikes and mustaches and cute tennis court girls who would talk to me if I had a cool bike and mustache. At this point in my bike-life, I had a this swell 80's era Trek. Here are the others.

My Dad's Trek
My father bought himself a Trek a year or two after I got mine. Even over the course of a few years, the technology had changed a lot and I was jealous... and he wasn't riding it that much. So as soon as he wasn't looking I switched out a bunch of parts (he had a better derailleur and seat post).

Mountain Bike
Being that I grew up in the mountains, getting a mountain bike was the next step. My parents bought the family a Ross "Force One" - this would have been around 1984? The gearing on that bike was crazy for the time with these low gears that made you feel like you could climb a tree with it. I spent a lot of time flying down dirt roads on this bike and then took it to college where I rode it full time. My brother borrowed it later and somehow destroyed the damn thing.

Trivia: I was hit by a car while on this bike. The bike was pretty tough and probably did more damage to the car than vice versa. I remember thinking, "Oh crap. I am being hit by a car." and then grabbing onto the windshield wipers. And then the driver hitting the brakes and me flying down the road.
I wasn't wearing a helmet, but luckily I just rolled down the street on my legs. Ouch.

Post College
I got my first car and lived in a flat town that no appeal in regards to bike riding.

NYC: First Bike

We went to Franks one day (2005?) and bought mountain bikes. Mine was a Trek that was a few years old at the time, but in great shape. The local bike shop always did a great job keeping it running smoothly. In fact, at the time it was the best running bike I had ever owned. It was oddly quite fast.
But, I kind of missed having a proper road bike as the Trek was fairly big and heavy.

July 3: Fuji
Once again, I went to Franks. I traded in my mountain bike for a new Fuji road bike. I haven't spent a lot of time with road bikes over the past ten years, so I am still getting used to the awesome-ness of the technology. Even though my bike is basically a click above the entry level version, it is crazy cool compared to what I am used to. First, lightweight. Second, these lovely buttery brakes that are like fancy power brakes on a car. There isn't a ton of pressure when you use them and I start to think, "These brakes are too soft and don't seem to be working... I'll never stop" and then I noticed that I have already stopped. They are so smooth that it is crazy. This is also my first bike with the brake lever controlled derailleur which is something I am getting used to and generally like so far.
The wheels are sweet.

I had my mom ship up my old Bernard Hinault Sella Italia saddle and I've been using that as well.

So, I've been riding a lot. And the bike is cool and I'm feeling all speedy. That is until I almost had my ass served to be by four older orthodox guys... on crappy bikes... wearing long sleeved shirts and long pants... and probably twenty years older than me.

hey, wow, this is awesome.

i am road bike shopping right now . . . i still have my 20 year old mountain bike+slicks and it's time to pick up some speed.

i'll be interested to hear about the Fuji as that is the exact bike my local shoppe has pointed me towards. oh, that and the $5k Cervelo.
»klutch.xls ||  7/16/2009 ||  9:47:45 AM
You know. I like the Fuji. Granted, I think it is in their entry level road bike range (and the paint job and graphics are stupid) but it's a good deal IMHO.
Yes, there are better bikes out there, but for the price, it is a decent deal. I'm happy with it, especially after I came to terms with the fact that I am older and don't need the latest/greatest and I'm not training for the 1984 olympic team.
»:r ||  7/16/2009 ||  10:19:11 AM
I regret not getting a Marin hybrid. So light and slick looking. Kiff has one and I am desperately jealous. Mind you, the kind of commuting I do these days, I would prob be just as happy with a cruiser with a big gay basket. Yes. I said gay.
»pony ||  7/16/2009 ||  10:21:47 AM
Also. This is one of the few non-Trek bikes I have ever owned. I don't like how the whole Trek / Greg Lemond thing is playing out. Lawsuits. That stuff. As someone who grew up with Lemond posters on my wall giving money to Trek wasn't a high priority
(not saying one side is right, it has just left a sour (toronto trash) taste in my mouth).
»:r ||  7/16/2009 ||  10:23:10 AM
Mrs. Robot wants a big gay basket for her bike. I should get one for mine.
»:r ||  7/16/2009 ||  10:23:55 AM
I started out with a hybrid when I got back into biking, and felt it was a comfortable ride, but it looked very dorky and I didn't like the sitting upright posture. So I got a road bike. A Specialized Sequoia, which is probably the Specialized version of your new Fuji, and I really love it. Basically my feelings are the as yours for your new bike. And the paintjob is cooler.
»stu ||  7/16/2009 ||  12:38:55 PM
I also splurged and got Armadillo tires, and have never had to replace a tube since.

Of course, shortly after that I bought my Redline 925 for a runaround bike, and spent all my time on that instead, and then immediately after that I got sick and have put maybe 25 miles on either bike since then.
»stu ||  7/16/2009 ||  12:39:47 PM
In Hawaii it was always the old shirtless dude in flip flops on a beach cruiser who could leave me in the dust. Faster than they look. heh.
»eve ||  7/16/2009 ||  7:32:14 PM
I used to live on a island without cars and we all rode bikes as our main mode of transportation. When I think back, I was one lucky ducky. Everyone rode bikes, dads, moms, grandparents, kids,even the colonel. I miss my huffy! :) AND it had a cool big basket!
»binx ||  7/20/2009 ||  9:09:30 AM
»lisa ||  7/20/2009 ||  6:59:26 PM

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