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    Cool-blue Rhythm Picked up my new bike Friday afternoon...

    After riding different bikes from different shops, I decided to go with the Gary Fisher Cobia. It had everything I was looking for taking into account my size (300ish lbs). The other contender was the Specialized Rock hopper Expert, but the front air shock of the Cobia sealed the deal. Well, that coupled with the rapport I had built with Paul Harrell of Harrell's Bicycle World really helped my decision too. He wanted me to get out and ride something/anything, whether or not it came from his shop. Super guy.

    FF to Saturday and the maiden voyage....went with some friends and my wife for a 7.5 mile trek around the area which included very light trail rides that everyone could handle. Had a great time as I'm trying to nudge the wife into riding. Beautiful 70 degree weather...couldnt ask for anything more. We get back, have lunch and part 2 of my riding starts with my buddy Kyle.

    Let me give y'all some background on my riding history. 99.9% of my riding is on hard, mostly smooth surfaces. During the last summer it was 20 miles twice a week. I was getting better and stuck with it (something I rarely do) and then the time changed and I was done because I didn't have the proper gear and was a wennie about riding at night. Talked with one of the guys around Christmas and he told me I would be fine w/o lights to start, just come back out. So I did with my old bike and had a great time with it. It was now an Urban ride, 22ish miles of concrete walking paths, little bit of road and just a really good time.

    Now I told you all that, so I could tell you about Saturday afternoons 8.5 mile sandy/hilly/trail/mt biking ride at Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia, SC.
    OMFG that kicked my butt! I thought (obviously in error) that some of my past months training would have helped a little .....not some much. Don't get me wrong, I had a GREAT time, it just kicked my butt. Completely different from my urban fun ride. At least the bike worked perfectly. The 29er tyres made the root climbs noticably better.

    Even though I got a little lost, ended up doing half the loop again and coming up the back on a soft sandy road, I cant wait to do it again
    YTD as of 3/12/09 391.35 miles

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    That's it your hooked.
    Keep riding and also take you wife out too.
    "Si todos saben lo que ay que hacer por que tenemos problemas" Choose xpst.

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    congrats man!
    I always say that going 10 miles on dirt, is like going 25 miles on cement........= )
    It's a great sport, and a great lifestyle change.
    I was over 300lbs in december and decided to make a change in my life.
    I now eat 2200-2500 calories a day, lots of fruit, completely stopped drinking sodas, no candy, more organic/natural foods, no hydrogenated oils, no chips, light beer 90% of the time. I must say I feel great these days. Feet don't hurt after a long day at work, and I can ride alot further too. Have had to add 5 new holes to my belt, and went down at least a shirt size.
    Biking is good for the mind, body and spirit!!!!!!
    I try to ride to work everyday, although it is only a couple miles each way, it is better than none.
    Have fun, and keep the rubber side down!
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

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    That awesome to hear. My story started very much the same, 10-20 miles on a bike path and I figured that would get me in shape, not even! I remember my first trip out onto the dirt, it almost killed me! The dirt does a lot better job of getting you in shape, Now I ride past where I almost died a few years ago with barley a sweat going. Stick with it, it just gets more addictive the more you do it.
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    welcome to the club ... good choice on bikes... cobia has a lot going for it including a banging warranty ... matter of fact my bike has a fork from a cobia (friend upgraded and I got a sweet deal)...

    nothing is like running out to the trail for a good ride... mtb is much harder on your body then road riding... but both are great for you... and unless you're right down the street from the trail the road gets you in and out quicker (important for me)...

    anyway welcome to the new obsession
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    Welcome to the club!!

    Got pics of the new bike?
    Remember when we were kids and our Mom's said we could not play in the mud? I'm making up for it now!!

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    battery's dead and I cant put my hands on the charger.... I'm still looking.
    YTD as of 3/12/09 391.35 miles

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    OMG! That Sumo is COOL!

    I want one.....
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    The sumo is rad. We have one on our shop bike at work. I've always been fond of it.
    Nice bike man. You should have a blast!
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

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    Thanks guys! I have to tell you, the chicks dig it I needed something for the urban ride and this does the trick, its amazing how a horn/squeaker can bring a smile to everyones face
    YTD as of 3/12/09 391.35 miles

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    SWEET RIDEZ!!!!!!! Have a blast!!!

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