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    Been a Long Time Comin'

    Hello Everyone,

    The last time I rode a bike was nearly 20 years ago. At that time I rode everywhere on a Fuji road bike. Loved it....at least until I wiped horribly on a long ride with a group from my school. Front wheel turned into a prezel going down a hill at about 50. Ended flipping several times in the air ( according to other riders...I just knew I was airborne...happened too fast). Luckily I had bought a new helmet for the trip and it shattered on impact, saving my brain. Fortunately I only ended up with a serious case of road rash and bumps / bruises. Haven't been on a bike since.

    Flash forward to today. After having just gone through 5 months of physical therapy to alleviate a nasty case of sciatica....and finally able to move around w/o pain, decided to buy a bike to help me become fit. The last 5 months I had been rather sedate with the sciatica and packed on an additional 50 pounds( stress eating). I wasn't small by any means before...but now I am at 385 lbs and 6'5. It was a shock to get on the scale and see that number.

    So today I went out and bought a bike. I remembered just how much fun it was to cruise around and get to destinations under my own power. I remembered how much more enjoyable it was to bike to a destination and seing so much more than when you drove. I remembered the whistling in my ears as you picked up speed. I just remembered so many positive aspects of riding and had forgotten about the fear of the wreck.

    I ended up going with a Trek Navigator 1.0. I realize it's not a super duper bike, but after several test rides at our LBS it seemed to be the one for me. Hard tail.....solid front forks and no post shock. I tried some of the others with shocks and they just bottomed out. It has 36 spokes which should hold up ok. I might add some higher quality componenets in the future depending on how well this holds up. I only plan on doing paved trails with this bike so no hard pounding. I will definitely be riding to work as it is only a little over a mile away and going on rides with my wife and kids. MY short ride today has confirmed you definitely get excercise when riding. Legs are a little sore already....lol. I guess that happens when you start out doing anything new.

    Anyway....just thought I'd introduce myself and write everything out. I feel like if I have a solid plan I will stick with it. I don't think it will be too much of an issue though. Took it out once I got home, and despite the 40 degrees and 30 mph winds, had an absolute blast and caught myself smiling and even laughing on several occasions.

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    Welcome to the obsession, man. Sounds like you're off to a good start. I just love riding with my fiancee and/or my son (who's now 18). M'lady won't venture onto the street so we've done a lot of riding on MUP's

    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyRider View Post
    Hello Everyone,

    The last time I rode a bike was nearly 20 years ago. At that time I rode everywhere on a Fuji road bike. Loved it....at least until I wiped horribly on a long ride with a group from my school. Front wheel turned into a prezel going down a hill at about 50. Ended flipping several times in the air ( according to other riders...I just knew I was airborne...happened too fast). Luckily I had bought a new helmet for the trip and it shattered on impact, saving my brain. Fortunately I only ended up with a serious case of road rash and bumps / bruises. Haven't been on a bike since.

    Flash forward to today. After having just gone through 5 months of physical therapy to alleviate a nasty case of sciatica....and finally able to move around w/o pain, decided to buy a bike to help me become fit. The last 5 months I had been rather sedate with the sciatica and packed on an additional 50 pounds( stress eating). I wasn't small by any means before...but now I am at 385 lbs and 6'5. It was a shock to get on the scale and see that number.

    So today I went out and bought a bike. I remembered just how much fun it was to cruise around and get to destinations under my own power. I remembered how much more enjoyable it was to bike to a destination and seing so much more than when you drove. I remembered the whistling in my ears as you picked up speed. I just remembered so many positive aspects of riding and had forgotten about the fear of the wreck.

    I ended up going with a Trek Navigator 1.0. I realize it's not a super duper bike, but after several test rides at our LBS it seemed to be the one for me. Hard tail.....solid front forks and no post shock. I tried some of the others with shocks and they just bottomed out. It has 36 spokes which should hold up ok. I might add some higher quality componenets in the future depending on how well this holds up. I only plan on doing paved trails with this bike so no hard pounding. I will definitely be riding to work as it is only a little over a mile away and going on rides with my wife and kids. MY short ride today has confirmed you definitely get excercise when riding. Legs are a little sore already....lol. I guess that happens when you start out doing anything new.

    Anyway....just thought I'd introduce myself and write everything out. I feel like if I have a solid plan I will stick with it. I don't think it will be too much of an issue though. Took it out once I got home, and despite the 40 degrees and 30 mph winds, had an absolute blast and caught myself smiling and even laughing on several occasions.
    This is why we ride
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    Oh, yeah...almost forgot: we require pictures of every new bike...it's a rule here
    Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoste View Post
    Oh, yeah...almost forgot: we require pictures of every new bike...it's a rule here



    LOL.....well lemme figure out how to post a pic and it shall be done.

    hmmmmm....picture too big to upload....have to reduce size somehow.

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    I think you picked a good bike, at least to start. If you want more speed eventually, there are options and not all of them include drop bars. I think you did good getting a fixed suspension; all that bouncing is just lost energy.

    I didn't have a bad spill, but I was away from cycling for about 20 years also. Family life put a lot of demands on my time and the bike just hung in the garage for almost 20 years. I started cycling again in 2008, and remembered how much I loved it.
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    Here's my little beauty. She only has 7 gears, but for what I am capable of right now, that's just fine. Once more weight is lost I will go for something a little more flexible. Also a shot of me taking my maiden voyage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    I think you picked a good bike, at least to start. If you want more speed eventually, there are options and not all of them include drop bars. I think you did good getting a fixed suspension; all that bouncing is just lost energy.

    I didn't have a bad spill, but I was away from cycling for about 20 years also. Family life put a lot of demands on my time and the bike just hung in the garage for almost 20 years. I started cycling again in 2008, and remembered how much I loved it.

    Thanks Doohickie. Except with me on the other bikes I tried, there wasn't much bouncing......just bottomed the suspension out! lol On one they pumped up the front suspension to max. It held up ok till I hit the brakes and suddenly I dipped forward......thought I was done for. The guy at the LBS just chuckled when I got back and he said, " yup...we're going with a fixed fork." He didn't have to tell me twice.

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    Hello and welcome

    I too am an uber-clyde, and been off a bike for 30 some years til now! It can be done, it has been done by others, and will be done by us!

    For me, it was multiple knee surgeries, and finally a TKR. "Frank" and I talk to each other a lot, but he likes to ride too, so the miles are starting to add up, now if I can only do hills...
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    Hi Peter,

    To be honest, it was some of your posts that finally inspired me to go for it. So thank you. I know it will be done. As far as hills, I think I am pretty lucky in that here in Michigan it is rather flat...at least in my area. This will undoubtedly be a bit of a disadvantage as I progress and start looking for more challenging areas to ride. Anyway...it will be fun to keep tabs on each other as we progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoste View Post
    Oh, yeah...almost forgot: we require pictures of every new bike...it's a rule here
    Really?
    I don't do vintage, I bought them new, rode them, kept them. Now they are just old bikes
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    The lack of hills normally means stiff head winds, don't think your ride is any less for lack of hills. I look at hills as a rest break between climbs.
    I don't do vintage, I bought them new, rode them, kept them. Now they are just old bikes
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    Welcome,

    Looks like a nice bike, and it's nice to have another Michigander on here. We'll have to ge an informal BF michigan ride going this summer.

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    Sounds great Jimmy.....I know after a few months of building endurance I will be up for it. Although with only 7 gears I may not get the same speed as some of the others......don't wanna hold anyone up.

    Cyclist......you are absolutely right about the wind. Found that out yesterday on my maiden voyage. Rode about a mile in one direction in our subdivision. The ride was nice and smoothe. Turned around to come back and bam I was hit by 30 mph winds that had been pushing me previously.....lol. Needless to say the pedal back was a bit more difficult and required shifting to lower gears. My previous riding life was in an area where winds were minimal. So good point.

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    Don't worry about only 7 gears, you probably have the same high and low gears just fewer in-between.
    I don't do vintage, I bought them new, rode them, kept them. Now they are just old bikes
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    Don't worry about your 7 gears, my avg. speed is 10-12 mph, with bursts of 16 if the wind is right. MattyV is just over in another new thread and also just over in Zeeland. The Kal-Haven is closer for me, but I believe there's a good rail trail somewhere north of me, closer to him but not too far for you as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyRider View Post
    Hi Peter,

    To be honest, it was some of your posts that finally inspired me to go for it. So thank you. I know it will be done. As far as hills, I think I am pretty lucky in that here in Michigan it is rather flat...at least in my area. This will undoubtedly be a bit of a disadvantage as I progress and start looking for more challenging areas to ride. Anyway...it will be fun to keep tabs on each other as we progress.
    ME??! Never thought *I* would be motivation for anyone really - LOL? And yes, sharing progress, or walls, is a very good thing! And - you MI guys??? I will drive to ride with you! Remember - retired truck driver?? If on a weekend, I will willingly come to you guys!
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    Can you just imagine.....Me...Jimmy...Matty...and Peter all riding a trail together?! That would be awesome. I can just see the other bikers and runners peeling off to the side. We'd have to get matching jackets....LOL. I seriously can't wait to do this. Sounds like an absolute blast and will require many, many pictures.

    BTW.....just did my first real ride today. The wind was much calmer today. Started out with the whole family. My wife who just got her bike yesterday as well.....my 13 y.o. who is on a Mongoose MTB, and my 9 y.o. who is on a single speed bmx style bike. The 9 y.o. held his own despite the single speed. He had more troubles on the hills but did alright. The route we took was probably about 6-7 miles. Could have done more but the lil guy was getting whooped. Looks like we will be getting him a variable speed bike in the very near future. We all had an absolute blast. My wife and I kept commenting on just how much fun we were having and noticed we were getting a serious pump. Even went no handed for a period to show off to the 13 t.o. who thinks he is the shizz.....old man still has it...LOL.....that is until I wipe.

    I did notice something today that I may need to have looked at by the LBS. Noticed that when I down shifted, it had a tendency to want to pop back up to the next highest gear. I have a twist grip shifter, so I assume the tension is a bit too tight. I can also see we need those little under the seat bags for cell phones and house keys as my son dropped his cell out of his pocket. I can also envision getting an odometer or cyclocompter as I have sen them called. I'd like to track my actual mileage and speed. Any recommendations? I'm looking for something under $100. Would prefer wireless, but have heard ther are problems with interference. Any suggestions are appreciated.

    So all in all a great time today. Tomorrow I ride to work for the first time. It's only a little over a mile, but figured it would be an easy way to squeze in more miles. I'll have to ride in my work clothes as there is no way I can take a change of clothes with me right now w/o getting wrinkled. Any suggestions?

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    congrats on the new bike, wish you many happy miles on it. a computer is a must. i got this one



    but if you want the wireless one its an extra tenner i think and it does everything i need.

    here is a link to the wireless one, i presume your lbs will have one similar but you can get them for $30 or so no need to spend the tonne

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    Looks great! Thanks Breadbin. One question: can you set it to get mileage for a specific trip and have it continue to keep track of your total?

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    Any of the "Cats Eye" products are great - I went wired instead, and spent like $30 bucks - and yes, a herd of Buffalo on the trail!
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    Welcome. Right now is truly a great time to be a bicyclist. Great bikes out there and most metropolis' are beginning to place strong emphasis on bicycling infrastructure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyRider View Post
    Looks great! Thanks Breadbin. One question: can you set it to get mileage for a specific trip and have it continue to keep track of your total?
    Most have that function...in fact, if you look at that picture, the 14.51 is the "TRP"
    Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand

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    I'm tellin ya Pete....at the top of a hill the barely audible squeak of the crank as we slowly peddle those few feet to the crest will be surmounted by the wheezing ROFLMAO....I'm getting the visual now..... dern funny.

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    OK Zoste....I can see that now. Thanks for clarifying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyRider View Post
    OK Zoste....I can see that now. Thanks for clarifying.
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