I joined a little while ago and have been lurking for the most part for the last month. I ended up getting the bug for mountain biking and riding bikes as a family as well as to loose weight. Also as something to help with making me realize why I needed to quit smoking. I am 34 and was a smoker for 20+ years with the last 10 being probably 2 packs a day. I haven't smoked now for the last month and don't really have the thoughts of it any more so I think I will be able to kick the habit for good.
I bought my first bike about 3 weeks ago and have put on about 120 mile so far between riding to work three times and riding with the wife and kids to the park. I know I am getting some of this out of order to where it won't be easy to follow so please forgive me. I am 5'-10" - 5'-11" and 232 lbs. I would like to get down to 175 and I know it will take a while. Our rides right now with having three kids is usually 4 - 6 miles along with playing a little tennis lately. When we go for rides to the park as a family we have one of those two wheeled carts that I pull behind my bike with our 4 year old and she is 47 lbs along with a cooler with drinks and the tennis racquets. When I ride to work like I did today it is 6.4 mile one way and today is only the third time I have rode to work which I want to do more often.
I don't see how you all do the really long rides. I know when I do 5 miles with the cart and the little one I am tired. The first ride to work I did it took me about 35 minutes and I probably averaged 13 mph and used mainly the middle ring. I noticed on the ride in today I was cruising along only shifting with the rear der. and about 3 miles in the ride had a small descent and went to shift to the big ring and realized I was already there and I continued the entire ride in the big ring. I guess it is making a difference but it seems like my legs start burning fairly easy and I haven't lost any weight yet. I have been doing better with drinking water which I used to never do and trying to cut back on my sugar in my coffee and tea.
I also forgot to ad that right now I have a cannondale f7 mt bike and we are looking for a good one for the wife but I would also like to get us nice road bikes when the budget allows. I need to put slicks on the bike for the commutes which I have a set but I hate using them on the crushed limestone trail when we go with the kids.
I guess that wraps up my introduction and dilemma LOL.