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    Why Did You Purchase The Bike You Currently Have?

    I just recently purchased a 2015 Specialized Sirrus. My main reason was for fitness. Although I like to ride fast, I know this bike is limiting. I can currently keep around a 19MPH average on a 20 mile ride which isn't bad. But, after competing in my first triathlon a week ago and another one...
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    Triathlon Next Week - Would You Replace Toe Straps With Clipless?

    To preface, I will be competing in the triathlon side-by-side with my daughter, starting and finishing with her. With that said, because of our average speeds the bike portion (13 miles - sprint tri) should be very easy for me as I average 18+ mph on my Specialized Sirrus while she can probably...
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    Bike For Fitness Or Speed - I Have An Identity Crisis

    A few months ago I purchased a Specialized Sirrus to replace an aging hybrid. It's a really nice bike for it's lower price point (at least so far it is *knocks wood*). My general thought was getting a bike for fitness. I don't commute with a bike, so even though I ended up with one it was guided...
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    What Is Considered To Be A Rude Cyclist?

    As a cyclist myself, but also someone who drives a car and encounters cyclists regularly, I have my own personal opinion on cyclists I consider to be rude? I have yet to ever ride in a group. I ride by myself. That being said, when I see/hear a car approaching, I get as far over to the right as...
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    Frame Flex

    I have been riding my Specialized Sirrus for about a month now. I think overall it's a decent bike. Economics played a role in what I could afford, and I "picked" this bike over Trek for whatever reason. I generally ride as hard as I can which comes out to 17mph+ on average. One thing I have...
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    Other Than Age Of Your Bike, When Do You Consider Upgrading?

    This is a funny question for me to ask seeing I just got my upgrade a month ago. I had my parents 1980's hydrib which was OK, but just got the Specialized Sirrus base model. I've taken 3 "longer" distance rides on it - 14 miles, 20 miles, 30 miles, and am now just beginning to rate the bike...
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    Cycling At Night - Do You?

    I decided to go out for a night ride last night. Although I understand the dangers, I will admit is was fun. For one, I have a decent light set for the bike. I also wore a reflective vest. I did 14 miles, and averaged 16.7mph which I thought was pretty good considering seeing the road obstacles...
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    Training For First Sprint Triathlon In August - Looking For Advice

    I have never done a triathlon before. In fact, the only competitive races I've ever been in and all after the age of 50 (I'm 55 now) was a 5K run, a 5-mile run, and a Spartan Sprint which was held at Fenway Park. I will be competing in a sprint triathlon 8/16/15 - 1/2 mile swim, 14-mile bike...