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$bikes – -;

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

I recently sold my 26″-wheeled mountain bike to a coworker; I’ve been meaning to sell it since I upgraded to a 29er, but I was dragging my feet about posting it on Craigslist or otherwise trying to find a buyer.

But, when I found out my coworker was looking for a bike, things just fell into place. He’s using it for riding around town now, but also plans to do some mountain biking. I hope the bike will serve him as well as it did me. He rode it to work one day last week, so it was interesting to come into the office and see my old bike there.

The bike is a 2006 GT Avalanche 2.0 … it worked very well for me, and it was this bike that got me seriously into cycling.  I got this bike and started riding more seriously, then quit smoking and lost a bunch of weight. But that was only the tip of the iceberg; here area a few memories, in no particular order.

At Brown County State Park:

Bike at Hesitation Point

Some winter rides in Pennsylvania:




Conglomerate slickrock in Pennsylvania:




PA Snowmobile Trail:


Brown County State Park, again:



My first major snow ride … also at BCSP:


Tsali, North Carolina:


North Carolina road ride:




One of several Brown County Breakdown rides:


As you can see, it’s been a great bike, and taken me to places I couldn’t have imagined previously.  More importantly, it set my imagination into motion, and whet my appetite for more.

So, now I am down to three bicycles: the Trucker, my 29er mountain bike, and my winter beater. The beater hasn’t seen any action since winter, and I may or may not use it again this winter. So, at the moment, I only have two active bikes.

But, I’m hoping to get a faster road bike sometime in the near future. I’ve been mulling over my options for some time now …  if any of my readers have any suggestions, I’d certainly consider them.

9 Responses to “$bikes – -;”

  1. Scott Loveless Says:

    Road bike: steel, level top tube, no black parts, shiny rims, down tube shifters.

  2. Redbike Says:

    I’m always switching bikes. I enjoy the change more than anything.

    I’ve no real recommendations for a road bike. It all depends on what you want to pay.

  3. Bill Lambert Says:

    I feel your pain (I think) about selling your old friend. I still have all of the bikes I grew up with, with the exception of my old Schwinn Collegiate. I really miss that bike. But it is good you are able to let go.

    I haven’t even thought about what kind of road bike I would buy, so I have no suggestions. Good Luck!

  4. John Says:

    I am selling my entry level Giant OCR3 to Brandons buddy who is taking it to Austin. I gave him a really good deal at $200.

    I am looking at Felt bikes and have pretty much settled on this one . It’s a carbon fiber without the best components. The same bike with the top of the line components is around $2200.

    I prefer the geometry of the Z over the F series. It’s a bit more upright. When you look at the the Z series the top tube is sloped a bit. That is much more comfortable for me than the shorter horizontal tube.

  5. doc Says:

    Pacer or Cassaroll. Maybe a Crosscheck with two sets of wheels: one for road and one for winter.

  6. Apertome Says:

    Great suggestions! I have a few ideas in mind … but have yet to do the most important part: test rides.

    I’m not really sad about selling my old mountain bike … I enjoy my 29er a lot more. But, I thought it would be appropriate to share a few of the adventures it took me on, while I’m thinking about it.

  7. Dave Says:

    Wow… there are some stellar photos in there. Desktop worthy to be sure, if not all-out print quality. I wouldn’t mind a couple of those hanging in my house! Gorgeous!

  8. Spencer Says:

    I recommend the Giant Defy set. They’re pretty quick and can range from the entry level all aluminum Defy, the mid-range Defy Alliance with top half carbon fiber, and the full carbon Defy Advanced (that’s the one this clyde’s happily rides on!).

  9. Sasquatch Says:

    I vote with Loveless – think steel. Lugs even. You’re a man of good taste Apertome so eschew the carbon. Look long and hard at those Rivendells – I think there is a great deal there you would love. My rides are a mid-90s Trek 520 touring model – super comfy with its long wheelbase and 700×32 tires for commuting. A gorgeous 1990 LeMond Team Z lugged steel frame – Italian made – which I’ve upgraded to a modern Ultegra 9-spd group – rides like a dream. And a 1990 Miyata road frame with a collection of comfy parts for zooming to the store and so forth. All 59cm size. All steel. But that’s me I guess.

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