I used to be an Avid cyclist and due to many changes in my life got away from cycling for about 6 years.
I am 51, and currently about 270 lbs. This is the heaviest that I've ever been and regardless of my excuses, it is my fault.
My plans earlier this year turned out to be buying a frame and building up a firm strong bike for commuter duty. Once I started down this path my blood went on the boil again for my old passion of cycling. I am no Lance, and have never planned to be. I ride for the enjoyment of it and have seen many wonderful things while riding.
This past weekend I went to a number of shops looking for the "RIGHT" parts for my Bike. Many of the owners in this area know me due to my previous work in two shops locally. They were happy to see me and 2 out of three of them cut me deals on the parts I bought. The last shop would not let me buy anything yet. It's a fairly young shop, but the owner wanted to know if I could fit some time into my schedule to work part time for him.
Today I went back and asked the Owner if the offer was still available. He said yes and we shook hands on it. The wages were in the ball park and the added benefit of finding better deals on parts was a good thing. The sealer in the deal was free Coffee while I'm working. I guess it pays to be wired on caffeine!
My other goals for this year will be:
1) to get below 240 by September
2) Get my 3 yr old Grand son on a bike this summer
3) Get my Commuter bike Done.
4) Get the cobwebs off the Tandem and get the Wife riding again.