Introductions - Hello from Athens, Greece
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11-20-07, 01:01 AM
I am very happy to join your bike forum. My name is Dimitris and i am 37 years old from Athens , Greece.
I quit smoking last February after 20 years of smoking. I wanted to start excercise since i put some weight ( 6 - 7 kgr --> 15 lbs ) but i am not the gym type.
My bestman and friend told me about mtb and i went with him taking his second bike to the mountain.
I really like it very much , althought i was afraid a little since i was on a bicycle after 22 years!
Anyway i bought a Canyon Nerve XC 6 (http://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbikes/index.html?b=42) from Germany and i enjoy every second of the rides.
I hope everyone to have good health and time for cycling.
11-20-07, 05:31 AM
Do you plan to ride in Athens as well as in the hilly and mountainous countryside? I visited Athens in August 2006. There seemed to be a lot of traffic and some of the streets are rather narrow, but I imagine a person could find routes to ride there safely.
I admire the way many, many Greek people have learned English and speak it so well. I studied Koine' Greek in school and can read the New Testament fairly well in it, but that did me no good in Greece other than being able to read the alphabet. I finally bought a dictionary for Modern Greek and it helped a lot with reading signs and notices on store windows. I remember seeing one word everywhere. When I bought my dictionary, I looked it up and learned it means 'discount' as in Big Sale! Some things never change, no matter where in the world you go.
I hope you enjoy the forum. There is a lot of encouragement and helpful information for people trying to get into better physical shape. Perhaps you have seen the word "clydesdale" on the forum. In case you do not already know, it suggests that those of us who weigh 91 kg or more are big like the famous horses. Women of like stature are "Athenas," which word you know well.
11-20-07, 06:04 AM
Hello Dimitris, could you post some photos of your bike? It sounds as if you are off to a good start with the mountain biking :) .
Welcome to BF!
01-07-08, 01:02 AM
Thank you very much for your kind words and your warm welcome.
I only ride to the mountains arround Athens , because the drivers here are a nightmare for bicycles.
This is the photo of my bike .62396
Thank you once again.
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