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As the title says, I've very recently got back on the saddle after a gap of a couple of years, didnt realise how much i missed it and its nice to get a bug back:thumbs:
Just interested to see if there are any like minded folk, although with the winter here I'm only getting out at the weekend:(
 

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Im guilty. Have a stupid collection of bikes. 6 at the moment. New KTM being the current pride and joy. Back in the saddle myself only with a few months. Its very dam cold to be donning the tighty wightys though!! Did you get an unwelcome reminder of how damn hard that saddle is??
 

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I did a lot of cycling before. Mostly offroad stuff and some downhill racing. I had a full sus Kona Stinky, with Marzocchi Monster Ts 7" up front and hydraulic discs all round, was a 28kg beast. Sold her there a few months ago as I wasn't getting any use. Hope to get a new bike in the future, something more lightweight to get in an out of work and keep fit.
 

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Cocooned I'm afraid is my steed until the Spring returns. :(:

My fragile old frame, (bones,:lol: )are not to be trusted during the seasonal inclement weather, but I'll be back failing all else next year with good luck? :):
 

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I'm an aging summer time cyclist with more bikes than I have use for and the aches are getting worse as I get older so I'm going out less and less. It brings as many problems as it solves but I bought a Catrike recumbent this summer, a revelation in the comfort stakes, it's a deck chair with pedals. I increasingly don't like traffic when on an ordinary bike so how much use it gets remains to be seen. It's the only one I can ride for an hour without getting off!
 
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Yes.... been knocked off once though and lost my bottle a bit, as did the taxi driver when he found out the bike was £4000.00+.. And i have a passion for italian bikes as well as cars,
 

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I'm very tempted to to get something with a battery powered motor to assist with pedaling uphills, but I'd best hold fire with that idea in case I require that disability scooter sooner than currently expected? :rolleyes:
 

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Yep. I'm a daily cyclist - I can get from home to office in 25 minutes, it costs next to nothing and ensures you get some exercise daily. And I use the DublinBikes for getting around town if I need to go anywhere during the day. The bella is for weekends only.

@Zulaferret I test rode an electric bike a couple of years bike, they're a sensible solution for longer or hilly commutes.
 

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Yes.... been knocked off once though and lost my bottle a bit, as did the taxi driver when he found out the bike was £4000.00+.. And i have a passion for italian bikes as well as cars,
It was a taxi driver got me in very slow traffic, drove into my rear wheel from the side mangling it but without bringing me down. He has no idea how much my bike cost as he didn't stop. Did little for my confidence tho I dismissed it at time.
 

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Did you get an unwelcome reminder of how damn hard that saddle is??
Yeh although it wasnt anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be, maybe because im only going out once a week and i got some properly padded cycling shorts which does help a lot. Even though the winter is here I'm determined not to let it stop me, went out this afternoon after the rain passed.
Michael that sounds like quite a mtb you had there. My original intention was to get into mountain biking but picked up a racer aswell and havent used the mtb I bought once :lol:
I bought both 2nd hand and for fairly cheap just to get me back out in the saddle. Might invest in some proper kit if I can get into it a bit more.
 
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55.5 cm frame and shimano gears i think, it is a decent one. It's in dublin too.
 

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Did a lot of downhill racing myself. Great craic altogether, still get out occasionally though. Have a cross country mtb now though, specialised rockhopper. Loads of upgrades!! The one thing about the MTB is that you can get out an see a bit of wild countryside, as opposed to breathing in car fumes.

Damo that sounds awesome, what make is it though?
 

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I bought a Focus Cayo roadbike last year in the hope of re kindling my love of cycling I had as a schoolboy racer. This sadly hasn't happened, and the bike has mostly been hanging up in the garage.

I'm quite sure the roads were not so bumpy, or the saddle so hard when I was 15 :cry:
 

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Daily commute is on a bike nearly 90% of the time, quickest way of getting from home to the office - 30 mins door to door, rain, hail or shine!
 
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Did a lot of downhill racing myself. Great craic altogether, still get out occasionally though. Have a cross country mtb now though, specialised rockhopper. Loads of upgrades!! The one thing about the MTB is that you can get out an see a bit of wild countryside, as opposed to breathing in car fumes.

Damo that sounds awesome, what make is it though?
It's a Pedal Force bud.
 

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Bought myself a new Giant Defy 4 at the end of the summer, now sitting here forlornly. May sell it after just 4 rides.. Have an old Marin MTB though that needs a service.
 

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Somewhat lapsed. Did the Etape in 2007 and came in the top 1000, which sounds shabby, but I was aiming simply to finish. At that stage I was doing 300 miles a week training and would look on a 1000m climb as a warm up. 5 years later, I'm 2 stone heavier, and still have a garage full of Titanium bikes. For the first time in ages I have got an office with showers, so I am going to start riding to work again, 10 miles each way. Looking forward to ripping up some tarmac, but I think it is going to hurt a bit.
 

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I got myself a Bianchi Via Nerone 7 three years ago after a break of 20 years off the bike.

I've rode a few time trials just to see if I can be faster at 39 than I was at 18 and knocked 30 secs of my pb.

I've also rode a few sportives and loved every minute.
 
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