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    Random musings of a new clyde

    Been getting a lot of wonderful info out of these forums and thought I'd say hello/share my experience with my new hobby so far.

    2 years ago I was pretty fit, 180lbs, running half marathons. Then I fishined a PhD dissertation, moved cities (and country) twice, wife got pregnant and I gained 60lbs. Last chrismas I saw a picture of me with my newborn son and thought "man I got fat!" I topped the scales at 240 and I was climbing fast, it was time to get back to my old self. I joined a gym, fixed my diet (mostly) and lost 20 lbs in a blink. But then I plateaued, lost motivation and started gaining weight again. I needed to shake things up, but didn't know how. Well luckily I live about 100 meters from a wonderful bike path "la route verte" http://www.routeverte.com/rv/index.php?page=home and I decided to take advantage of it. I went to my LBS and got myself a http://www.norco.com/news/wp-content...ing-Active.jpg which feels like riding a cloud and started riding. So far I've put almost 250km on it in about 6 weeks and I don't think I ever had this much fun being outside. I've defeated my plateau and weight creep and I'm down 8lbs since I got it.

    Over the last 6 weeks I have:

    Discovered a completely different perspective on my city
    Found out how awesome padded shorts are
    made appreciable C/V gains
    Biked a marathon! (I'm really proud of that milestone)
    Forgotten to unclip and fallen over a few times

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    got the climbing bug jsigone's Avatar
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    welcome to the board and back to riding. Don't forget to look sideways when riding through the city, its a much different perspective then behind a windshield. And yah get the best shorts you can afford.

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    Just Keep Pedaling Beachgrad05's Avatar
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    Welcome to the C/A forum! Nice looking bike.
    Move along....nothing to see here....anymore.

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    Welcome from another newcomer.....enjoy your bike and especially all the successes you achieve with it. Karen

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
    . . . Don't forget to look sideways when riding through the city, its a much different perspective then behind a windshield. . .
    Yeah, I took the wife in our car and pointed out some spots where the trails I ride cross or parallel the road, I had a heck of a time in a few spots, it looks so different from in a car. The view is definitely better from a bike!

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    Welcome! I can relate to the falling over part. Happened to me a few times not so long ago.
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    The only way you get that fat off is to eat less and exercise more.
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    sweet bike, man!
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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