Hi, everyone! I'm so glad I found this forum...
My name is Jana. I live in Kansas, near Topeka, and I used to ride my bike every single day for hours on end....back in middle school. That was over 10 years ago, and I'm terribly out of shape now. I'm 6' and 238 pounds (as of 10 minutes ago), and I really want to get back into bike riding. My husband and I rode some last spring, on a couple of older mountain bikes, and it felt great! It did make my knee hurt, though so I've been trying to exercise it. I've never been diagnosed with any knee problems, but based on my own internet research it seems like cartilage degeneration.
So, anyway, we were doing good, getting up to 30 minute rides at a time, and something terrible happened...my bike frame (which was cheap, but supposed to be 100% aluminum), split open down the welding seam on the top tube, and it's all rusty! I don't trust the thing to hold my weight anymore, so I'm waiting on getting my *other* bike finished.
My other bike is a Huffy Galaxie from some time in the 50s or 60s. I did know, but I can't remember now It was rescued from a field owned by a friend, and is in the process right now of being completely spiffed up. Pics:
When we got it.
The only in-progress shot I seem to have.
And, for reference, my sister's bike was in the same condition when we got it...here it is now:
So, basically, I'm just here looking for a home...I can't wait to get back into riding, and in the meantime I'm sure I'll come up with lots of questions to ask!