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Old 05-07-2010, 02:46 PM   #301
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I am new to mountain biking and in the market for a bike to buy for my brother. He really likes the Trek 3700, do you guys think this will be a good starter bike for him?

The website says $409 but the local shop has them for $379 assembled.

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...3_series/3700/
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Old 05-07-2010, 05:12 PM   #302
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looks like a nice bike at a good price.

here are some more pics, got my shimano spd's today and my helmet.

My ass is still sore and it's cold as hell but i still went for 5 km's just to improve my pain threshold when it comes to my seat and to just get a tiny bit of exercise, i'm sweating slightly sitting typing, so it worked.

Still not used to the cleat system, need to adjust my right one more, i kinda torqued it out of place as i decided to attack that trail from a few days ago, that last uphill i shifted right before the hill () to power through but gear didn't engage fast enough now halfway up the hill i knew i'm going to fall so my natural foot to floor didn't work (first time on cleats) so somehow as i'm falling over to the right i grab a thin tree which helped me hold my weight for a millisecond till my right foot got loose. Need to practice quick release, or just get used to it.

i feel like i go faster and easier with my cleats, i hit 30.1 km/h and i honestly wasn't pushing real fast, i was in top gear in both deraillers but i wasn't powering that hard.

I'm loving this, my shoulder is sore now, thanks for the tree saving me, i will get up that damn incline sooner or later

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Old 05-08-2010, 12:03 AM   #303
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I am new to mountain biking and in the market for a bike to buy for my brother. He really likes the Trek 3700, do you guys think this will be a good starter bike for him?

The website says $409 but the local shop has them for $379 assembled.

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...3_series/3700/
Yup. That's a good starter bike. Make sure he gets the proper size. Have the local shop do a bike fitting for your bro.
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Old 05-08-2010, 06:32 AM   #304
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Was working out in the gym last night. Talked to a guy there he said he did ironman and all kind of stuff (ultra ripped guy)

Since im getting bored of riding alone i asked if he rode a bike then. Yeah but it was a tri bike and he normally went on trips like 60-100 miles.

I just looked at him like Bert in my sig and was like 'dude i just started 1 month ago, i can do 25 miles) lol
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Old 05-08-2010, 08:15 AM   #305
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Nice pictures, ara, I forgot to tell you that falling over while clipped in is a right of passage....happens to all of us at some point while learning to use them...just be glad it didn't happen in a crowded store like me.

@Lowdog, yeah Tri-geeks and Ironman types do some seemingly insane mileage.....although, with some consistent riding and a road bike, you could probably get to the point of doing 100mile rides within a year or less (probably not at the same speed as a seasoned Ironman competitor though)
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:36 AM   #306
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@ ghostie in a store. I think i bent the cleat on my shoe

My father's best friend rides an honest 500 km's a week, He is 50 years old, his resting heart rate is in the 40's bpm, he has some carbon fiber 12 000$ bike, he is a machine. My dad goes with him a lot, but not even close to his level.

My dad loves biking, so this will be a good bonding mechanism too, between work and social life i don't get to spend real time with my dad for a while, so it'll be cool beating him on the road and trails
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:38 AM   #307
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oh i managed to hit 31 km/h on my bike ~ 18.8 mph, and i wasn't pushing that hard. With all the nipples still on the tires i'm sure it'll get smoother/faster soon.

still have a hard time getting my shoes to clip on the pedals, not used to it without staring down until i get em
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Old 05-08-2010, 10:49 AM   #308
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Thinking about switching to road tires or get an extra set of wheels. Can you guys recommend any? So far ive only done street/pavement riding. need someone to go to trails with

Just did 25 km this morning, went to south beach and rode around. saw a (HOT) girl that had been hit by a Brabus V12 kompressor on her scooter.
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did you help her? i need to find some trail buddies too we might be buying a house/condo in Florida near Miami, if so, i'll bring my bike, well go hit some trails next year
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did you help her? i need to find some trail buddies too we might be buying a house/condo in Florida near Miami, if so, i'll bring my bike, well go hit some trails next year
Nah i stopped and asked but there was already 6-7 ppl there. everyone wanna help a hot girl

Im not in in the US next year my visa is expiring

How does your thermo bottle work? I really need to get something its so god damn hot here
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Nah i stopped and asked but there was already 6-7 ppl there. everyone wanna help a hot girl

Im not in in the US next year my visa is expiring

How does your thermo bottle work? I really need to get something its so god damn hot here
well i haven't really tested it as it's still cold here 16 degree celsius, but i figured i might as well buy it, it's gotta be better than a regular one
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Holy crap, hit by a Brabus? Hope she's ok.....oh yeah, hope the girl is fine too

Pics of Brabus?
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I have that same bottle, Ara. Works well for around 2 hours. It may lats longer if you freeze the water in your freezer. For longer trips, I would suggest a hydration pack. Either by camelback or deuter.
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:49 AM   #315
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So I got a few bike parts lying around. Went to my LBS and bought a frame and fork and this is what came out of it.
Can't wait to ride it this weekend. Haven't ridden a hardtail in a long time.

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Decided to remove the derailleurs and go single speed. Here comes the pain.

Was not content with this set up. I decided to go really old school with a Surly chromoly steel frame with horizontal dropouts and a rigid fork. .
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my first 29er was a Surly Karate Monkey, same color as yours....great riding frame, heavy as sin though
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it's been too cold to ride lately, hopefully catch a 30 minute to hour ride after work today.

never rode a single speed, can't go too fast with em right?
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Hope i can go tonight as well, think i ate some bad eggs this morning lol.
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my first 29er was a Surly Karate Monkey, same color as yours....great riding frame, heavy as sin though
I think it's a great training bike but my Surly 1x1 is actually lighter than my other bike but the hardtail frame and rigid fork can take a toll on you at the trails. Anyway, I love this bike and I can see a Karate Monkey SS in the near future.
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