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  1. I'll start with a disclosure: I am a rank newb at cycling. I cycle to work on weekdays and rode a fair amount last summer recreationally.


    New bikes are cheap this time of year. Maybe paradoxically, it's a better idea for you to spend a little more - say, around $500 - to obtain something you'll enjoy riding and has resale value, in the event you don't enjoy it, and do need to sell it - then spend $100-200 on some POS you won't enjoy riding and definitely can't resell. And even if you do enjoy riding said POS, you'll want to upgrade right away because you'll become conscious of its limitations.






    This appears to be a well-cared for, quality machine. You could probably get that for $500. Your minimum level of componentry that you want to get is Shimano 105, which this bike features. My guess is you need a frame size 54, which is really common, but you might be a little smaller. The Gatorskin tires are going to be more flat resistant than most tires, and you'll need that quality if you ride on Highway 30. Riding on that highway sucks. The shoulders are covered with debris. Last time I was out there I got a nasty pinch flat after hitting a random chunk of asphalt. I recommend the many windy pastoral roads around Skyline - McNamee Road, Rocky Point, Rocky Creek, West Germantown, Cornell, NW 53rd (which goes through Forest Park). There is riding gold in them hills!


    Were I you, I'd figure out my size by demoing a couple bikes at Performance or River City Outlet, and if not buying one new there (because again, new bikes are cheap right now), see what I can find on craigslist in the $500 range. Below that, I'm sure there are deals out there for people who can buy a frame and parts and put them together, but they aren't obvious to me.


    I think of it as I think of mountaineering. I could try to summit in pack boots and ski pants with a borrowed ice axe, but my enjoyment of the experience is going to be so minimal that I won't want to do it again. Investing in a road bike has made me more willing to spend money on gear for mountaineering.


    This guy's presentation skills need work, but I think he makes a point you might relate to. He has a suggestion on a quality economical road bike you can buy:




  2. Anybody know if there's any ice up in them Gates right now? We're thinking about heading up this weekend and debating bringing a rope and a little pro. If it's snow-filled, we won't bother bringing said rope and pro.



  3. Wanted to buy: Size 47 mountaineering boots. I'd prefer the Sportiva Nepal Evo GTX or a similar winter mountaineering boot that can handle at least moderately technical terrain. probably not interested in plastic double boots.


    To show that I'm serious, and to create good juju, I will give my sz 47 nepal tops away to an aspiring poor climber once I have a new set. They are a fine summer mountaineering boot for moderate routes but I'm ready to upgrade. 2013_Spring_III.jpg

  4. I figure this is long shot, but you never know what your fellow dirtbags have the gear chest.


    I need some replacement picks for the pre-2010 Charlet Moser Quarks. I would take B or T style picks, either the "Quad" or the "Cascade".


    (Bonus - if someone has the griprest that goes with these handles, that would be cool.)


    It looks like I can buy the picks internationally, but for the price I could rent tools when I need them, or else get about halfway to something more modern.




    I might just donate these tools if I can't get replacement picks. Any good karma will be paid forward!


  5. New in shrink-wrapped box, Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Home 3 TB External hard drive.


    I purchased this from Office Depot last summer (8/13/2012) and have not opened it. I paid $179 and have the original receipt. This appears to be the same model that retails for $175 on amazon. STAM3000100.




    Possible trades (or partial trade) include trekking poles / backcountry ski poles, backcountry stove (MSR multi fuel or pocket rocket (butane canister)), softshell jacket (size large), rock climbing shoes (sz 13), down jacket (puffy, size large, preferably with hood). Also La Sportiva mountaineering boots.