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RE: Is Anyone Here Into Cycling(I know "Sordidman" is)?

I used to race, but that was many years ago (HS and college). After that, it was mostly fitness rides with my wife and/or friends. And some mtn biking for fun. These days, I have two young kids and a house to keep up with and a commute that isn't rideable, so I don't ride nearly enough.

My road bike is a mongrel that has been upgraded here and there over the years. I've stuck with a surplus Specialized Roubaix frame from some time (in the late 90s I think) when they made them with long top tubes and moderate seat tube angle. I like my back to be straight and comfortably stretched out, and so I like a longer than average top tube. Whenever I try out new bikes (at least the ones that are reasonably priced), I tend to feel cramped unless it's fitted with a really long stem, which I don't like. I should have gotten a LeMond back when Greg was specifying the frame geometry, before they became Treks with a different brand name. Components are mostly 105 and Ultegra, and I run a compact double.

Every once in a while I get the itch to buy something new, but I've never really been into the hardware side of the hobby so much. A few of my cycling friends are more into their rides than the riding and have a collection of sorts to show off. Even when I was racing I never felt like I was handicapped because my 105 groupset weighed a pound more than Dura-Ace. I just want a comfortable, efficient position, a drivetrain that stays in tune, and good wheels.

I also like single track mtn biking and most recently had a Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc. I like a hardtail with 26ers and a slightly too-small frame because I can ride it a bit like the BMX bikes I grew up with. Unfortunately it was stolen and I haven't replaced it yet.


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