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    Yet another newbie "Clyde" enters the fray...

    I've been lurking here for a few weeks, and all of your stories have been very inspirational!

    I am a 47 year old professional, 6', 250 or so, and I am fed up. Like many of you, sedentary life has caught up with me, and I need to start exercising or die trying. Fortunately, other than being (technically) obese, I am in great health. I've been walking a lot lately. It's definitely helping, but frankly, I find it a bit boring...... scratch that, REALLY boring, even when my wife and dogs are along.

    A few weeks ago, the family and I were at a resort, and rented bikes. I had completely forgotten just how much fun riding bikes can be after nearly 30 years of not doing (Growing up on Long Island, I LIVED on my bike until I started driving), and I spent an hour or so every day of the trip riding around the complex on a Trek hybrid of some type.

    As it was our 23rd wedding anniversary, and we were looking for something for both of us, I suggested bikes. My wife (who is not quite an Athena, but could definitely use a little cardio herself) immediately agreed, so it was off to the LBS for a fitting. After riding a number of bikes in the $500-$1000 range, we ended up ordering a pair of Giant Escape 3's. They should be in the shop in the next few days, if they're not there already.

    Thanks for all the wisdom and inspiration folks......

    Glenn

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    Sounds like a great plan!

    I got back to bicycling this spring and have really loved it. Bicycle commuting is what has worked best for me. I get to get my exercise while enjoying all the variety of mother nature and saving gas at the same time. Plus I get a nice sense of satisfaction at the accomplishment. 30 years ago I used to bicycle 365 days a year on a paper route, of all things, and that daily outdoors routine was something that I didn't know how much I missed.

    Many others find that they enjoy distance rides, beautiful scenery, or group rides. Find what bicycling works for you and your wife, and enjoy!

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    Welcome and way to go!

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    Slip: I started by walking as well. I got into cycling as a transitional step to running. Now that I'm hooked, I couldn't care less about running. My only advice is to be consistent. Riding 20 minutes/day 3 times a week is better than an hour once a week as an example.

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    Me too . . . me too . . . me too . . .

    Greetings from Sacramento, CA. I'm 47 too . . . 6', 247. My last doctor visit was 4 weeks ago, and my doc actually wrote me a prescription to get my big butt outside to exercise. I've been cruising this site for YEARS, kicking myself for not getting in the groove like the rest of the folks here. 4 years ago, my wife hooked me up with a road bike that feels too small for me. Before last week, I've ridden it once. Took it to a bike shop last week for a tune up, and the mechanic told me to stop looking for excuses and give it a shot. I got up @ 5 the other day and rode 5 miles, from my house to a salmon hatchery and back. It's kinda hilly, and I thought I wouldn't make it. I told a friend at work about it a couple days later, and he asked if i'd like to try another ride. Yesterday morning, he and I rode from my house to a coffee shop in Folsom, along a very popular bike trail. Again, thought I wouldn't make it, but here I am. I totally excited about riding now, and signed myself and the wife up for a very popular ride in Davis. I intend to train for a 1/2 century, set for mid-October. Same as you, man . . . I'm sick & tired of being sick & tired. There are plenty of role models all around me, people who are reaching their health goals one step at a time. For me, the most important step --the first -- is behind me. It's on and crackin', now!

    Looking forward to the next installment of your success story

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    Rivercity65? SkipKid65? Is the 65 just coincidence? Hmmmmmm . . . . .
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    Welcome, Slipkid! And when you get those Giant Escapes in, post a ride review. That's one bike that I've been interested in but haven't found a lot of info on.

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    Welcome Rivercity65. I'm just 'over the hill' from you and now I know somebody to ask about the trail system around Folsom. Been thinking about coming over there for a ride or two when the weather cools off and the leaves start to turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loneviking61 View Post
    Welcome, Slipkid! And when you get those Giant Escapes in, post a ride review. That's one bike that I've been interested in but haven't found a lot of info on.
    Buy! That's my recommendation. I've been on a Giant Escape for about 5 weeks now and (especially for the price) they are excellent machines. The strength is the 6061 frame, their main weakness is the low-end components. That puts a rider in the ideal situation that if they purchase and ride the bike, and they want a "new bike" they just need to upgrade components rather than paying the big bucks for a new bike. Wheelbase is a little long, so they are on the comfy side of flat bar bikes, but can do their fair share of urban bombing. Best use for an Escape is sheer fitness - lose weight, stay young, look good. If you're a strong cyclist they would be at home in a club ride, but not in a century.

    Thumbs Up! Trac has spoken! Ride Free!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tractorlegs View Post
    Buy! That's my recommendation. I've been on a Giant Escape for about 5 weeks now and (especially for the price) they are excellent machines. The strength is the 6061 frame, their main weakness is the low-end components. That puts a rider in the ideal situation that if they purchase and ride the bike, and they want a "new bike" they just need to upgrade components rather than paying the big bucks for a new bike. Wheelbase is a little long, so they are on the comfy side of flat bar bikes, but can do their fair share of urban bombing. Best use for an Escape is sheer fitness - lose weight, stay young, look good. If you're a strong cyclist they would be at home in a club ride, but not in a century.

    Thumbs Up! Trac has spoken! Ride Free!
    Thanks!

    We both really liked the way they rode. One of the other ones I test rode was an Escape with the higher end stuff (I can't recall the exact model, but it was around $800) and it was really nice, like an extension of me. The 2012 Escape 2 that I rode (which was a size too small for me) felt similar enough that I felt it will be more than adequate to get me started. I figure if I get to the point of wearing out the mechanics (which is my goal), I'll deserve to treat myself to an upgrade.

    FWIW, According to the LBS, the 2013 Escape 3 has the same specs/parts as the 2012 Escape 2.

    Now I have to figure out some decent routes to ride. The upside is that many of our local roads have bike lanes, but the down side is most of our local drivers are morons. I'm researching lighting/reflectors right now, as we would prefer to ride at night. Less heat and far less of the moron factor.

    I'm gonna head out and pick up the bikes today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlipKid65 View Post
    Thanks!
    You're welcome!
    I'm gonna head out and pick up the bikes today.
    Excellent. Enjoy them immensely and keep us caught up on your experiences!
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    Red Fish, Blue Fish.......


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    Well, got 'em today! I've already put 4 miles on mine and wifey and I are gonna take a ride after dinner.
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    Congratulations. There is nothing better than setting goals, working toward them and seeing results! And to have your wife by your side will make it even better.

    My wife and I did a 20 mile ride yesterday. We climbed a hill that in April would have killed my wife. Yesterday, she carried on a conversation with me as we climbed it. When we reached the top, I reminded her about how hard that hill used to be for her. She realized how far she's come, and her face beamed. The ride you think will kill you today will be part of your warmup next month. Again, congrats on starting the journey. We want stories, pix, ride reports, pix, pix of the new bikes and ride reports as you go. It helps motivate us all, and we ALL like bike porn!
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    Way to go on the biking! When I lived in Colorado I biked all of the time. I moved to Virginia and found it far more dangerous to ride and slowly drifted away from the sport as my weight drifted upward. In 6 years I gained 60 pounds and didn't feel good about myself. I was talking to a few of my buddies from Colorado and they said get ready, in May we're coming out east and we're going to ride the rail trails from Pittsburgh to DC (330 miles on crushed stone and dirt) so you better get ready. It was the inspiration I needed and I dropped 32 pounds in 8 weeks and another 8 in the next 4 and I'm still going down. This post provides the details of how I lost the weight and a before and after photo that for me is both inspiring and difficult to look at: Cycling for Fitness. What I found to be most important is to enjoy the ride and the weight will come off. My fall inspiration ride is Skyline Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, 105 miles and plenty of elevation gain. I know I'm not ready today but I will be by late Sept, early Oct.

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    It's amazing that you can be having a really bad day, bad mood, etc... but when I get on my bike, within a few minutes, I escape it all.. Beats the hell out of a scotch...well, maybe that's a bit over the top but it does help getting in the saddle and forgetting all our problems...even if for a little while!

    Have Fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Nigel View Post
    It's amazing that you can be having a really bad day, bad mood, etc... but when I get on my bike, within a few minutes, I escape it all.. Beats the hell out of a scotch...well, maybe that's a bit over the top but it does help getting in the saddle and forgetting all our problems...even if for a little while!

    Have Fun!
    I'm not giving up the scotch just yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Nigel View Post
    It's amazing that you can be having a really bad day, bad mood, etc... but when I get on my bike, within a few minutes, I escape it all.. Beats the hell out of a scotch...well, maybe that's a bit over the top but it does help getting in the saddle and forgetting all our problems...even if for a little while!

    Have Fun!
    +1 - - Bicycling is a real stress reliever
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    I put another 11 miles on the bike today.... The wife was with me for 8 of them, the other was a trip to the supermarket. We averaged 12.5 mph on the 8 mile segment. My little jaunt averaged 8.5 mph, because I forgot to pause Strava on my phone while walking in the store.....

    Our respective "taints" are definitely taking a beating, and I'm even wearing padded bike shorts (under my cargo shorts!).... Any ideas to ease the pain?

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    Yes, ride more.

    I would take a day off between rides when I first started, but never more than one. It was amazing to me at least how quickly the pain went away.

    I have an itty bitty tiny little no padded at all saddle now and it's comfortable to me for over 4 hours...it's all conditioning in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vesteroid View Post
    Yes, ride more.

    I would take a day off between rides when I first started, but never more than one. It was amazing to me at least how quickly the pain went away.

    I have an itty bitty tiny little no padded at all saddle now and it's comfortable to me for over 4 hours...it's all conditioning in my opinion.
    Awesome! I figured that it would take a bit of saddle time. I'm surprised that I'm not winded at all after 8 miles, but my nether regions are SORE....... I'll keep at it! Thanks!

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    Looking good. Try saddle adjustments. Mine was getting sore. Slowly adjusted the saddle to where it is now. I think I'll drop the nose just a tickle more. Saddle adjustments may help you a lot. Keep on trukin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlipKid65 View Post
    Awesome! I figured that it would take a bit of saddle time. I'm surprised that I'm not winded at all after 8 miles, but my nether regions are SORE....... I'll keep at it! Thanks!
    I haven't tried it yet, but there are creams or other kinds of lubricant for the chamois. I'm also having issues and thinking of trying different shorts before the cream...

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    Update.... My wife and I have been averaging 7 miles a day since last week. We did almost 16 today..... We're definitely getting more comfortable riding on the roads down here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tractorlegs View Post
    Rivercity65? SkipKid65? Is the 65 just coincidence? Hmmmmmm . . . . .
    I guess given they both have 65 at the end of their names, mine should have had it as well. Too late now.

    Happy riding!

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