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My DNA is rocks and dirt. I'm a spoiled rotten Colorado trail urchin. Moved to SW MO 4 years ago. Very little trails here. Started commuting by bicycle 2 years ago. I've now logged nearly 6k miles commuting and schlepping that commuter bike on long road rides (MS150 and my first Century last Sunday). I still ride trails when I can, but the nearest good trail system is a 45 minute drive one way. By necessity dare I say I'm a roadie?

Then I stumbled upon a Craigslist steal/find I couldn't turn down.

2014 Giant Defy 5 with two rides on it. Pretty much showroom condition. I can now claim three bikes in my stable. And so the addiction grows...

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Life changes, and so does your biking. Used to ride trails only, including some a long time ago in Colorado Springs when I was stationed there but NEVER on the road. Got divorced, sold my bike friendly car and made all kinds of changes including getting a car that is not bike friendly. Nearest legit bike trail is about 25 minutes or so and it is nothing to write home about. Everything else is an hour + by car and that doesn't include load time, etc. So I picked up a bike that was more road friendly, or two. I also scored a fat bike if the trail need calls.

Congrats on the Giant it looks very nice. Ride the hell out of it!
 

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Similar situation here. Started mountain biking 6ish years ago. After a couple years, got sick of driving to trails, so I got a road bike and started to like the advantage of not having to pack up the car to ride. Then I moved and was able to ride to work. The more I ride to work, the less recreational riding I do. This year I've mountain bikes 35 miles, only 10% of what I did last year. Sure, it's not as much fun per mile, but it's easier and it's a great replacement for sitting in traffic in a car.
 

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I am liking the black and white on the bike. White bar tape though....that might not be the easiest to keep clean though.
 

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Cool, now you are going to need a bigger server room ;). Having multiple bikes is awesome. I have 8. My carbon cross bike has 2K miles on it. My foul weather mountain bike commuter has 187. The others are in-between. The mountain bikes don't have as many miles as I'd like to have on them but sae la vie. I love all my kids.
 

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Running out of room in my apartment with just 3. Really missing the garage and workspace I had when I was married. N+1 is always the correct number to have right?
 

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This is what the blue and orange Defy is modeled after, and they did a great job with it.

 
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