Bike you wanted to love but never did

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  1. Tricia

    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Inspired by this thread - What’s your favorite? (Pic thread)
    I had a big desire to love the feel of steel with this LeMond Zed, but I never got stoked about road biking and sold it two years after I got it, with only 2 rides and one almost ride.
    I guess this crush was never meant to be my love
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  2. luliski

    luliski Out on the slopes Skier

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    I was slow to warm to road riding. I grew up riding a bike for transportation because my mother didn't drive. Occasionally my friends and I would go for long rides on the Prairie Path (Chicago area), but that was the extent of recreational cycling for me. When I lived in Chicago after college I did a little road riding along the lakeshore. When I moved to the Bay Area I bought a mountain bike, which I rode in the Marin Headlands regularly. I also ended up commuting to work on that bike. I thought road riders were a little strange with all the lycra and seriousness.
    Then I moved to Davis, and my mountain bike became my utility bike. I used it to pull my daughter in a Burley trailer and then on a Trail-a Bike. I bought a hybrid bike to be more efficient. My brother had been road riding off and on for years, and my sister started riding Cycle Oregon and training for that, so I bought a road bike and started road riding to join them. I didn't start having fun with it until my brother and I signed up for a supported ride that went from Davis to Santa Rosa. I wasn't quite prepared for that ride, but I had tons of fun, and it motivated me to ride more and to sign up for more organized rides (which meant more training rides, etc.). Davis has a huge cycling club with a race team, but while I have ridden on some of their rides and know some great people who ride with them, I prefer to ride with a small group of friends or by myself. I have had so many great days on my road bike. I love the sense of freedom and also the camaraderie of a tough ride with a group of friends. I also like riding by myself because it gives me time to think and to do my own thing.
    I started missing mountain biking a few years ago and finally bought a full-suspension bike last summer. Mountain biking is not what it used to be for me. My last mountain bike was fully-rigid. The trails I rode were smooth. I've been seriously challenged and terrified on my new bike. I had a bad crash in a clinic last fall and ended up with a quad contusion and having to replace my helmet. I thought maybe my Marin Hawk Hill might be the bike I wanted to love, but didn't. But over the winter I resolved to only do rides I felt comfortable on, and with people I felt comfortable with. I haven't made it on to too many mountain bike rides yet this season, but the ones I've done were confidence boosters. And as soon as I recover from foot surgery I'm going to go ride the smooth trails in the Marin Headlands, and hopefully ride in Tahoe with @Tricia.
    Here's a picture of me on my bike last summer before I started going on terrifying rides:
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    @Tricia, if you ever want to give road riding another try, I have an extra bike you could use!
     
  3. jmeb

    jmeb Stereotypical Front Range Weekend Warrior Skier

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    This is a bike I actually did love, but also came to realize all the hacks I had to do to make it fit, meant it wasn't the long-time bike for me.

    I rode it on my first bike tour ever: a 800mi trip around the south eastern US. Bike saved my life at a time I didn't have much else.

    A 1984 Centurion Pro Tour. All the radness of 1980s touring bikes: braze ons, wiring for dynamo lights, a big triple, canti brakes, and full chromed underneath the paint.
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  4. Tricia

    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    We definitely need to ride together when you heal up.
     
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  5. luliski

    luliski Out on the slopes Skier

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    Looking forward to it!
     


  6. Tom K.

    Tom K. HRPufnStf Skier

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    Any mtb hardtail!

    I'll always own one, but they get used a LOT more for gravel road riding than real mtb riding.
     
  7. jmeb

    jmeb Stereotypical Front Range Weekend Warrior Skier

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    Well well well. Right when you least expect it...some old love comes back into your life.

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    I couldn't resist for the price. Not my size. But for a very reasonable price depending on the final build, some shorter friend of mine is going to have an insanely classy, very versatile bike.
     
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  8. cantunamunch

    cantunamunch Meh Skier

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    What is that, ~55ish?
     
  9. jmeb

    jmeb Stereotypical Front Range Weekend Warrior Skier

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    Good eye given the lack of clues: 56. Just 8cm short my ideal size.

    Already claimed by a friend. Going to build it up to be a bit more upright with a basket so he can ride with his kid (and soon to be second kid) to the neighborhood school and grocery store.
     
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  10. SBrown

    SBrown Steve Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    ... all of them ...
     
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  11. LouD-Truckee

    LouD-Truckee Getting on the lift Skier

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