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New bikes, new passions(25 posts)

New bikes, new passionsCharlie Amerique
May 8, 2003 7:16 AM
Well, we finally got the road rides together this last weekend in sunny (some of the time) West Virginia. My finaceé was somewhat sceptical (full-time mountain biker that she is) but one ride through the hills of very rural Jackson county and she was hooked.

"Wow, these thinsg can really climb! Really accelerate!"

"Don't use sentence fragments, dear."
Here she is in front of...Charlie Amerique
May 8, 2003 7:20 AM
...the West Virginia Governor's Mansion.
Didn't Lance call these...Charlie Amerique
May 8, 2003 7:22 AM
..."girl's bikes."??? Looks damn small to me, but it was the biggest they make so...
Nice bikes and good pics ! "nm"CARBON110
May 8, 2003 7:28 AM
May 8, 2003 7:27 AM
matching jerseys, socks, and bikes. ouch! twinkie alert!

nice pics. looks like you guys have some good roads in WV.

notice that first one was on dirt, though. try to keep it on the pavement, please. :)

It's the thought that counts.Charlie Amerique
May 8, 2003 7:33 AM
The matching jerseys and socks were a courtesy for the bike shop owner (and personal friend) from whom we purchased our new bikes. He wanted photos for his shop web site and we decided to send him that one.

The roads are crap in WV, but very little traffic (amish country aroudn there) and my folks love having us down. The riding here in Montréal is nice as well (pictures of yesterday's metric century will be posted tomorrow).

Well, we carried the bikes out to that site just for the shot... but we did ride them on a little dirt. Not every road around there has pavement.
very little dirt hereJS Haiku Shop
May 8, 2003 7:37 AM
I wish we had more gravel and dirt road opportunities, but there are very few, and those few are very short/isolated. in alabama and georgia, though, there are many state "roads" that are 100% dirt. i'm surprised organized centuries and other event rides don't take advantage of the alternate surfaces. i s'pose they'd lose a big part of their entrants that way. :(

thanks again for the pics!
I can get you on some dirtSpecialTater
May 8, 2003 8:32 AM
in under an hour. Just a little west over the bridge.
i'd prefer to stay east of the riverJS Haiku Shop
May 8, 2003 8:33 AM
or north of arkansas. :)
At least your not wearing a thong...Lon Norder
May 8, 2003 8:47 AM
or a kilt! :+)

You coming out to the Bay Area anytime soon?

Lon (AKA Zignzag/Rob)
Not as far as you know.Charlie Amerique
May 8, 2003 10:21 AM
Well, I don't think I'll be headed back that way anytime soon.. at least I hope not. I might make a trip later this year, but that's up to my new employer.
yeah they should be on a tandemColnagoFE
May 8, 2003 7:35 AM
love those couples who dress exactly alike on their tandems. most have some kind of stuffed animal hanging off the rear of the bike too. so cute... ;) kiddin ya...glad to see you hooked up with a fellow cyclist.
I talked to her about a tandem...Charlie Amerique
May 8, 2003 7:40 AM
...and the conversation ended with: "Well, I don't like the idea of my view not changing during the ride."

Yes, I'm very lucky (and she says she is as well) to have found someone who shares a very important passion... amongst other passion we share. ;:^)
put her on the front (nm)JS Haiku Shop
May 8, 2003 7:52 AM
It's hard to take a lot of pictures...Charlie Amerique
May 8, 2003 7:27 AM
...when you're having so much fun riding. I thought a lot about takign pictures, but once we were on the road and riding, it was damn near impossible to stop long enough to get the camera out... sometimes stopping wasn't an issue.

I need to develop a camera that mounts to my helmet.

Annie at the top of the climb. That's Amish country you see in the background. It's a shame they don't use bicycles.
Ahhh West VirginiaPaulCL
May 8, 2003 7:45 AM
Spent a week in Canaan a couple of summers ago. Riding was straight up or straight down.

I'll always remember getting lost and asking a "local" for directions. Here I am..outfitted in lycra and a bright colored jersey. The local in overalls and a long white beard just coming down off his tractor to help me out. I asked him how to get to some small town and he nicely obliged with ten minutes of directions. Since he didn't have his teeth in, I didn't understand one single word. I just smiled and went where he pointed and hoped for the best. I eventually found a small town and someone with teeth to give me directions. In the small town, they even gave me a cup of free coffee 'cause I looked cold. It was starting to rain.

One point of interest: On a state map of WV, they actually assigned a route number to a gravel road! Not being able to take rte (?) got me lost. But WV is BEAUTIFUL country to ride in. I'd love to go back...but with a better map!
The Amish around here,Mel Erickson
May 8, 2003 8:28 AM
and we've got a fairly large community, ride bicycles all the time. Maybe a different sect. We've got nice roads and a nice tour of the Amish country. It's becoming quite the tourist draw around Augusta (Wisconsin, not Georgia).
Just watch out for the horse...deposits!sievers11
May 8, 2003 8:35 AM
re: New bikes, new passionsFTMD
May 8, 2003 7:50 AM
Sweet looking roads!!!!! Enjoy!
his and hers bikes? darn, you two match head to toe nmFez
May 8, 2003 7:54 AM
Great pics. Remind me of some of the rural roads here in PA. nmKG 361
May 8, 2003 8:05 AM
nice bikes......rbb
May 8, 2003 9:47 AM
how do you like the Sienna??
Let us know...
So far, so good.Charlie Amerique
May 8, 2003 10:23 AM
We put 30km on them in WV and another 100+ yesterday here in Montréal and so far they're feeling great to me.. nice stiff BB and great climber. Annie wants to change out her saddle, but that's understandable.

I'll keep reporting as time goes by...
So far, so good.bmb
May 8, 2003 6:51 PM
What else did you ride? I was all set to buy a standard geometry bike but rode the Siena and was very impressed. Now I'm trying to pick between a Lemond Ti vs the Siena carbon/Ti.
I have the same bike as you.....Bruno S
May 8, 2003 8:34 PM
The Sienna has a very good ride. I've done about 8 centuries and 2 double centuries since december and it has performed great. Very comfortable, efficient and light. I also need a long seatpost and ordered a Ti post from Litespeed. It is more springy than the stock alumunium and takes out the bite of small bumps and road cracks.