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    Fat guy finishes Rosarito 50 miler!! What now?

    In my 9th week of cycling, I finished a 50 mile fun ride from Rosarito to Ensenada. It was a piece of cake...up until the 40th mile or so!! Then I ran out of gas and had to go on sheer will. Any tips for further training? Given that the race was Saturday, should I wait before hitting the...
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    Anyone tried a Reevu helmet?

    Who did you order your helmet from?
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    Anyone tried a Reevu helmet?

    I've been looking at these helmets on the web for a couple months and am considering ordering one from England- but I was wondering if anyone has experience with them? They are the helmets that help you see behind you.
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    Overweight new cyclist looking for tips

    I'm about the same dimensions and started out with a Mongoose about 6 weeks ago- big mistake. These aren't the quality of the mongoose's that we grew up with. I'd recomend an entry level trek 7200 for about 350- it can handle the weight and comes with a suspension seat post. Pretty...
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    any advice on bike shoes (how not to fall?)

    Thanks for the advice. No falls since the first day- but i'm being much more cautious/paranoid-- in the high traffic section/mu.tiple stops section of my route, I've switched to using the non-clip side of the pedals. Practicing in grass has been pretty good, also.
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    any advice on bike shoes (how not to fall?)

    I just got some bike shoes at my local trek store- they seem to work very well- it's a much better workout now. Only problem is, i've already fallen a couple times at stops- once because I couldn't unclip in time for a sudden stop and a second time because the shoes reclipped as I stopped...
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    advice for Big (i.e. heavy) new cyclist

    I wish I could bike to work- I think about it sometimes- but having to wear a suit and some ugly traffic crossing downtown SD to the bike path has dissuaded me so far. Otherwise it would be a nice ride from my home in Chula Vista to my office in Downtown SD. I'd be in much better shape...
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    advice for Big (i.e. heavy) new cyclist

    How do I reach that gear- is it just the lowest on both sides?
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    advice for Big (i.e. heavy) new cyclist

    Thanks for the tips- they're very helpful. I'll try to keep in mind that I need a thousand mile base (maybe another few months to get there) before my legs are ready to start pushing things faster.. It just gets frustrating to think of how long I have to go to be back in shape. I actually...
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    advice for Big (i.e. heavy) new cyclist

    I've been cycling for 5weeks now and, while i've made some progress- I'm bicycling about 23 miles on a mostly flat path between imperial beach and coronado- i'm frustrated that i' pretty slow- usually between 10 and 15 miles/hour. Any tips on increasing my speed? Is traveling slow something I...
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    How good a bike do I need?

    Thanks for the advice, I ended up getting a 7700 fx. I'm pretty thrilled with it! It even seems to fit better than my entry level trek! Now, I just need to decide whether to get bike shoes...
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    How good a bike do I need?

    I have a trek 7200fx that is still in the 1 month test ride period and am contemplating trading up for a better trek bike. I've been riding for 4 weeks- mostly on bike lanes in San Diego- and am pretty hooked on it. Is it a good idea to trade up for a better road bike? Does anyone like the...
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    Bush or Kerry or ???

    I'm a lifelong democrat, so Bush didn't really have a prayer of winning my vote. Even if I wasn't a lifelong dem, as a Californian I remember how his FERC energy regulatory board let Enron and Bush's other contributers rip off Californians on their energy bills. I'm voting for what's best for...
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    training tips for Rosarito Ensenada race?

    Thanks for the advice. My buddies and I are hoping to save ourselves the embarrassment of arriving at the finish line in one of those trucks!!
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    training tips for Rosarito Ensenada race?

    My buddy and I each got bikes for our birthdays and have been riding for two weeks (probably about 10 mile rides) and are thinking of trying to complete the Rosarito to Ensenada bike race (about 50 miles up and down hills) on September 25. Is this too ambitious? Does anyone have tips as far as...