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  1. #1
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    Returning Clydesdale!

    Hi,

    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.

    Chris
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    Welcome back Chris. I started back last june after not riding since I was a teen. 30 yr layoff and wish I started back sooner but glad Im riding now.

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    Welcome back! I hope you achieve all your goals. Congratrs on the job. It sounds like fun!
    Go raibh an chóir ghaoithe i gcónaí liom!

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    I am there with yo man I am 5'7" and 275 I want to be 190 by July of 2008.....

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    http://www.trailerparkboys.org/forum...fault/beer.gif In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria. -Ben Franklin

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    Thanks folks for the Welcome.

    I have loved cycling for many years. Got my wife into it when we lived in England for three years on an USAF Tour of duty. My Children grew up around bikes and put many a mile on them. Seemed like we always had some sort of Bike rack on top of the car.

    The new Part-Time job is going to be great. I know a number of the sales and shop folks so it's like old home week. Great group of folks and a very active shop. It's a much higher end shop that sells LeMonde's, and Seven's as their higher end. They have folks that ride em all in the shop which is good to see. I've known the owner for about 10 years and he's a very very good rider. Should be a lot of FUN!

    Chris
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    I'm guessing you're a Air National Guard 1SGT? Welcome back from a fellow-service member. I'm not as smart as you though, I'm working on my 14th year in the Army.

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    Raub,

    Spot on, but I am now retired after 24 years of total Service. I retired about 7 years ago now and I still miss it. My wife of 32 years sure does not miss it. After a Desert Storm, it took a lot out of her and the family. The light at the end of that 20 year tunnel was bright at that point. Then I got promoted and had to do another 2 years to keep it in retirement....You know the drill.

    Well worth every second I spent in uniform. No regrets!

    Chris
    A Mess of old bikes...
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