After too many years of ignoring my spreading waistline due to my job at the time(truck driving)and apathy, I have decided to take my health more seriously and start exercising. Unfortunately I am the type of person that, if I don't like doing a particular activity, won't do it, no matter how good for me it is. The only physical activities I enjoy are swimming and riding bikes. There's a third... but............. never mind!
This afternoon I purchased a used Trek SU200 from a craigslist ad, and I think I made a wise choice. The bike's got some miles on it, evidenced by the amount of wear on the components and tires, but everything is true and in reasonably good shape. My immediate plan is to get my body used to doing more work, starting with short rides around the neighborhood and an empty mall up the road. As I get into better shape I would like to start on longer rides, but that is several months away.
I like road bikes a lot, and I used to own a '93-94 Giant Perigee I also bought from a CL ad. I carried that bike in the truck with me, riding it whenever I had a few hours to kill at a terminal or warehouse delivery. The problem I had with it, indeed, with all road bikes, is that I am 6ft 1in, and in the neighborhood of 300lbs. I've never been comfortable on such skinny tires, nor with the 100PSI in them. I always feared hitting a bump or pothole and then vanishing in a cloud of smoke.
Anyway, it's going to be a long road for me, literally and figuratively. I eventually want to start riding to school 9 miles away, and am going to need some advice on rear racks, panniers, fenders, or anything else I may need.
I like what I've seen of this forum so far!!