I got a new bike (the PFD is about to get dropped in our bank account — $1100 for each of us this year). It’s a Gary Fisher Marlin hardtail (“hardtail” means it’s got a suspension fork but no suspension in the rear).
It’s big change for me, considering my current bike is ten years old (and the shifters I use are 15 years old). It took me three years of hemming and hawing, but in Alaska biking means mountain biking most of the time. I’m also hoping that the upright position and modern shifters will make winter riding a little easier. We’ll see.
Nice bike, enjoy it! Don't forget to deflate your tires for winter.
Dont just deflate the tires, screw sheet metal screws through them! Then you can ride the ice and go TK TK TK TK TK on the streets, and cut the crap out of your hand when you forget and brush against it.
psssh. I went all out and got these. We do put sheet metal screws in our running shoes, though.
Northern Bikin' Folk-
Congrats on the new (so I'm a few months late) bike! How's it working out for you in the snow? I have a friend who loves Gary Fisher (as do I) and mountain biking in general. I've had my Schwinn Sidewinder for almost ten years, and though I don't ride it much (due to my most recent acquisition of a roadie), I do take it out to the local trails. My new road bike is a Trek 1500 (http://www.trekbikes.com/bikes/2004/road/1500.jsp). I'm eager to get into touring. Any advice, Dave and Katie?
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