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11/29/06 4:55 P

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Awesome bike, Kellie!!! Nothing like the smell of a new bike. Congrats!

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11/20/06 10:18 A

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Can't wait to check out you photo gallery. I can only imagine the reactions! I've seen some recumbents on the rails-to-trail before and they always get interesting looks--and they are not screaming yellow!

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11/19/06 6:58 P

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Hey Everyone!
I loaded a few pictures of my screaming yellow recumbent in my Spark Gallery. I had a interesting ride yesterday morning. I road to Long Beach and took a different route back that took me along a major street that has a bike lane. My bike inspired some interesting reactions: traffic stopping, people pointing and chattering, people hanging out passenger windows and little kids rubber necking. It was fun. I waved at them all, and some waved back, others just scratched their heads.

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11/8/06 10:58 A

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Okay. Thanks for the good comments. Youíve provided me some answers I can use.

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11/7/06 10:29 A

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I usually try to laugh off the question, and make some joke, like "It's not as much as the one I really wanted...do you realize that they sell bikes for over $1000 (or whatever amount you want to say)?" And while my bike does fall in that category of well over $1000 (LOL), they don't know that, and I haven't ignored their question. Just weigh the situation. I like the other two suggestions here, too.

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11/7/06 10:10 A

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Or go with the 'it was a gift' responses. That is a tough question, but be careful, even if it means getting off at a different stop. I had a friend that had her bike stolen twice in the same neighborhood. The scary part was she was on it when someone tackled her and rode off with it. Bike theives are very savvy about which bikes to steel (ie a trek and not a huffy).

I don't want to freak anyone out, but it is important to be cognizant of your surroundings whether it be cars, people or whatever. If you can have your bike painted, it helps to for the brand name and style to not be shown.

I was riding home in the dark right after the time change other day (headlight and tailight on). I saw this car sitting at a stop light and knew he would go for it, so I was prepared. If I hadn't have been paying attention, I would have hit him full speed rather than just tapping into him at a virtual stop.

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11/6/06 10:09 P

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I'm not in those situations, but I'd like to think I'd start with, 'it's fairly old... just well taken care of... it's a hand-me-down not worth a whole lot. It has a lot of sentimental value to me though.' How's that?

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11/6/06 3:52 P

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I was definitely in one of those types of neighborhoods. So I need some advice: what do you do when youíre in this type of situation? Youíre on the train and some guy says nice bike, how much did it cost? I donít want to answer since it might give him some ideas about stealing it but I donít want to get him mad but not answering his question. So what do you do? What do you say?

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11/6/06 1:24 P

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Kellie, sounds like a great day though. I understand what you mean about the comments on the light rail. I always get slightly intimidated when riding through a neighborhood where my bike is worth more than the average car....

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11/6/06 10:56 A

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Kellie,
SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!! :-D

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11/6/06 10:43 A

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I picked up my new, screaming yellow recumbent on Friday. It is beautiful. Pictures will be posted soon. My first stop after picking up the bike was to the local bike shop to have a computer installed. Heaven forbid I would not know all the vital stats when I took it out on ride. It caused a stir at the shop. One customer kept asking me how do you ride that thing?

Even though I was sick Thursday and Friday, I still had to take it out for a ride Saturday morning. You guys understand my foolish thinking! My husband and I decided to take a easy ride to Long Beach and back. Only 20 miles. Most of the route would be on a separate bike path. It was warm but I still wore my lightweight tights Ďcause, when, not if, I fell, I wanted to minimize the road rash. The ride to Long Beach went well. No falls. I noticed, even being sick and congested, that I was able to climb the hills faster than on my road bike. You have to spin up the hills, no out of the seat climbing. But I can achieve more leverage when spinning because I can brace against the seat.

We had coffee at our favorite coffee shop then started back home. But I had a flat on the rear tire. I changed the flat and mounted the wheel with my husbandís help. Itís very awkward to do on that bike. But I noticed that there was a split on the sidewall of the tire. DARN! My husband said we have ride back to the light rail station and ride the train closer to home. I said no! We can make it honey! He was right of course, but I had to fulfill my role in our relationship of foolish reactionary. Our compromise was to ride back into Long Beach via another bike path that was smoother than the road we were planning to take. This bike path would also take us to the light rail. Then it happened. The last light before reaching the station, I when brain dead and forgot to get my foot down in time to brace myself and fell over. It was little fall. Ok, that was out of the way.

The train ride also caused a stir. Oh Boy! Look at those fancy bikes yíall riding! I bet they set you back! Said the big, mean looking thug covered with tats! I was sure glad to have my football linebacker-sized husband with me that day. We made it to the local station and road the final two miles home. The tire held. Youíll be proud of me: I never said I told you so to my husband. Because thereís no way to know if it would have held on the much rougher roads we were planning to take back!

The bike is back at the shop to make some adjustment on the shifter and get a replacement on the tire. Iíll pick it up later this week.

Kellie



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10/30/06 11:21 A

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I sure will take a picture. . . stay tunned!
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10/29/06 7:57 P

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You'll take a photo and add it to your page for the rest of us, right? Can't wait to see it!

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10/28/06 5:17 P

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I just returned from the bike shop to check out the progress on my recumbent and to drop off my SPD pedals. With the pedals in hand, he now has all the components except the seat cover. So he said heíll begin assembling it this afternoon. I should have my bike by Wednesday!!! I may have to call in sick on Thursday!!!!!




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10/20/06 10:23 A

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Kimi:

I did get a two-wheeler. Try this link, then select the Malibu 2.
http://home.pacbell.net/recumbnt/index.h
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Thatís the model Iím starting with. I do plan to ride it next year in the Amgen ride. The shoulders can be very narrow all the way down to nonexistent so a trike might not be a good choice for that ride.
I am so excited . . . . I might have to stop by the shop today to see how my bike is coming along.

Kellie



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10/17/06 4:26 P

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Hey Kellie,

I culdn't link to the image. Did you get a 2-wheeler or a trike? ARe you going to ride that for Amgen next year?

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10/16/06 1:24 P

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I love my Trek--Madone 5.2--but know where I could make some improvements. So instead of just upgrading components, I'd go with the Madone 6.9, with carbon aerobars.

But you know, it's even harder to win the lottery when you don't ever play. Like me. Sigh...

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10/14/06 3:23 P

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Congrats Kellie! Can't wait to see some pics of you enjoying your new, custom fitted, super sweet ride.





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I am so excited!! I stopped by the recumbent shop yesterday afternoon to order my custom made bike. It will be a short wheel base, under the seat thumbs up steering. Color is yellow (does it surprise you that I want to be seen?) The base price is $900 but I upgraded some on the components, like wheels and seat. He, Jack, said the bike should be ready in 2 weeks!! Hereís the basic model I ordered: http://home.pacbell.net/recumbnt/bluebike2
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Iíll keep posted!! Here's all the models he offers:
https://home.pacbell.net/recumbnt/page3.
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8/21/06 11:24 P

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That is a very cool looking trike! I really love the tandem touring trike.





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8/21/06 11:05 A

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I stopped at the premier Southern California recumbent bike shop Saturday and tried several styles: long wheel base, short wheel base, over the seat steering, under the seat steering and, tadpole trike. I am hooked and will purchase a recumbent before the end of the year. The dream trike will be next year.
My dream recumbent is a trike from greenspeed. Check out this website: http://www.thertr.com/



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8/17/06 11:19 A

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That Ordu rocks!! I saw one in a bike store just the other day and fell in love with it. I have got my eye on ebay, and if one comes available, I will be pulling out the old credit card!

My brother just bought a new Bianchi which is very nice. The first ride out he blew a tire. The second ride, (yesterday) he hit a dog and wiped out one of his control levers. He didn't break anything, but he is still pretty banged up.

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Funny this came up here. Someone on the cycling challenge I've been doing brought this same subject up. It would be amazing to have a bike built specifically for me, and I am a long time lover of Trek. The bike I've been lusting over since last year is the Orbea Ordu for the duathlons/triathlons. The bike shop I go to became a dealer last year. They are beautiful bikes.



http://www.orbea-usa.com/fly.aspx?mId=m2
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I am so down with an I-Fab!!!!!!!! A totally custom bike from a bunch of dudes doin' it on their own. They ROCK and they have the most beautiful weld joints I have ever seen

On the Road, the Ti - Crown Jewel or SST Factory Lightweight are beautiful. The Off-road Ti-deluxe is amazing too.

I have never seen an I-fab I didn't fall in love with, but they are $3000 for the frame only.

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My dream bike would be a custom Independent Fabrications... at least, that's what I was drooling over last year.

I just love the idea of a bicycle built completely for me.


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8/13/06 11:54 P

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I was just thinking that we needed a dream bike topic! Awesome! Now if I only knew what my dream bikes were. I reckon I would rather have a dozen awesome bikes than a couple dream bikes, but we're dreaming here, so... sadly, I don't even know what my dream bikes are. Pre-research:
Road - Trek 6.9 Madone
Mountain - '05 Giant Reign 1

Sadly, I took too many stats classes to buy lottery tickets. I now view them as an extra tax on the poor, but some people win, and I hope one of them is you. :-)

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I was just surfing through some bicycle websites and have determined that when I win the lottery I am going to buy myself a Litespeed Vortex frame built out with campy record carbon components. What a road rocket! Should cost only around $8-9k.

Maybe one of these days dreams can become reality. Until then, I will keep buying lottery tickets!

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