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    Senior Member jdfriesen's Avatar
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    Hello Everyone,

    I actually joined Bike Forums a couple of years ago, but never posted until this month. I was considering getting a bike for commuting and exercise, but never pulled the trigger until recently. I'm 6'3" 240#, so I've definitely got a bit of weight to drop. Up until now, exercise primarily consisted of running and hiking, with strength workouts thrown in from time to time. I'm down from a peak of 265# about a year ago. I would love to get into the 190s again. That will definitely leave me very lean, as I have a wide frame. When I was 22 I was at about 205#, and there wasn't much fat on me anywhere, however, I wasn't ripped. I'd love to actually see my abs again!

    Last week I got a 2012 Ridley Excalibur. Took it out for its maiden voyage on Saturday, and absolutely loved it! On flats I could get it up to about 30MPH, which was pretty darn fun! I did notice however, that cycling definitely utilizes muscles differently than running and hiking. My quads (and butt) were a bit sore. I did a hilly 5 mile route that first day (I live close to the top of a hill, so pretty much any route I do will have at least some hills). On Sunday, I was feeling a bit sore still, so I just did a 2.4 mile route. I took yesterday off, but am going to do the 5 mile route again tonight after work.

    I want to work my way up to doing 9 miles comfortably, as that's my distance to work. Once I get off the hill I live on, the commute is relatively flat, only a few small hills. Here's the bike:
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    I know, I took the picture from the wrong side, and the cranks aren't at the right spot, and the valves aren't at 6 o'clock, but it's the only picture I've got right now.

    Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself. I've learned a lot from this group already just by lurking the last couple of years, and look forward to learning much more, and hopefully being able to intelligently contribute!

    John

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    welcome (officially), and congratulations on riding/commuting. you'll be doing those 9 miles in no time and you'll feel great doing it. i used to commute to work and it kind of got me ready better than sugar or coffee and was a nice way to unwind at the end of the day.

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    Nice bike! Welcome to the group! I started commuting by bicycle to work a few times a week--6.5 miles each way, and while it was difficult, it did get easier. I'm also at 240-ish, looking for that magic "200" at some point...
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    Welcome!
    Fantastic bike!

    Don't worry about the picture being taken from the "wrong side" any picture of a bike is a good one!
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    Thanks for the welcome!

    I think I'm 2 or 3 weeks away from actually doing the commute, but enjoying building up to it.

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    welcome aboard .. I did a bit of commuting a few years back and enjoyed it... other then riding home in the dark... my light just wasn't great... but it was still nice.

    at 9 miles it's not a HUGE commute... but if you don't want to do all the miles I've read about people doing alternating back and forth with the car, drive to work, ride home, then vice versa the next day... takes some planning for clothing and a safe place to keep your car but a neat idea... or at least I thought so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donalson View Post
    at 9 miles it's not a HUGE commute... but if you don't want to do all the miles I've read about people doing alternating back and forth with the car, drive to work, ride home, then vice versa the next day... takes some planning for clothing and a safe place to keep your car but a neat idea... or at least I thought so.
    I did think about that, but that just won't really work me. I need my truck to drive my kids around evenings. Once I work up to the distance, I'll start just commuting once or twice a week, and eventually move up to 4 days a week. On Mondays, I need a vehicle at work, as I may need to go between different branch offices (which are up to 15 miles apart).

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    Welcome to forum! Beautiful bike congrats!
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    Welcome aboard! I am confused however. You say you are working your way up to a 9 mile ride, but you are strong enough to get your bike up to 30mph on flat ground?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo Spiff View Post
    Welcome aboard! I am confused however. You say you are working your way up to a 9 mile ride, but you are strong enough to get your bike up to 30mph on flat ground?
    Yes, that's true. That flat ground is right after I leave my house (depending on which direction I go). It's the hills that are the difficulty. Even my route to work, which is relatively flat has several hills in the 1/4 to 1/2 mile range, which I realize isn't much, but for someone who hasn't been on a bike in 10 years, it's challenging! I have no doubt I'd be comfortable on flats for 10 to 15 miles, but for where I live, that's never going to be a reality.

    I'm also still doing my runs, which of course takes some of my energy, but I'm not willing to drop those. I do those with my kids, and it's important to me that they get regular exercise, plus, it's something we do together, which is always nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdfriesen View Post
    Yes, that's true. That flat ground is right after I leave my house (depending on which direction I go). It's the hills that are the difficulty. Even my route to work, which is relatively flat has several hills in the 1/4 to 1/2 mile range, which I realize isn't much, but for someone who hasn't been on a bike in 10 years, it's challenging! I have no doubt I'd be comfortable on flats for 10 to 15 miles, but for where I live, that's never going to be a reality.

    I'm also still doing my runs, which of course takes some of my energy, but I'm not willing to drop those. I do those with my kids, and it's important to me that they get regular exercise, plus, it's something we do together, which is always nice.
    Hey, I totally understand. My commute is only 6.5 miles, and while there are a couple of bumps I call hills, some would look at me like I was crazy... Still, they were tough for me, and I just had to pedal through it. Frankly, it was more mentally challenging than physically--and I'm not just saying that. I was truly out of shape from a cardio persepective and those hills had my name all over them--'til I did 'em. At some point, you're just going to have to plan the night before to ride into work the next day. And it will happen. If you want to cheat a bit in the beginning, see if you can catch a metro bus for part of the route...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erwin8r View Post
    Hey, I totally understand. My commute is only 6.5 miles, and while there are a couple of bumps I call hills, some would look at me like I was crazy... Still, they were tough for me, and I just had to pedal through it. Frankly, it was more mentally challenging than physically--and I'm not just saying that. I was truly out of shape from a cardio persepective and those hills had my name all over them--'til I did 'em. At some point, you're just going to have to plan the night before to ride into work the next day. And it will happen. If you want to cheat a bit in the beginning, see if you can catch a metro bus for part of the route...
    My plan for Saturday morning is to do a 7 mile route. I'm intentionally avoiding some of the big hills around me, but I'll still have in the 500' range of climbing over that route. I'm going to do my 5 mile route again this evening (and possibly tomorrow evening as well).

    Regardless, I'm loving being on a road bike, it's fun, even suffering up the hills!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdfriesen View Post
    My plan for Saturday morning is to do a 7 mile route. I'm intentionally avoiding some of the big hills around me, but I'll still have in the 500' range of climbing over that route. I'm going to do my 5 mile route again this evening (and possibly tomorrow evening as well).

    Regardless, I'm loving being on a road bike, it's fun, even suffering up the hills!
    "Suffereing" is well-stated. But contrary to what some say ( ), it does get easier and you suffer less. But then, like they sate, you'll start thinking about speed, then your suffering will return... lol!!
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    Welcome! Since you been reading these forums and you have that very nice ride, I think your commute issue will work itself out. From the picture it looks like you have 2 chainrings, so no granny gear, so the beginning will be the hardest but dont get frustrated, you will get stronger over time and then you will be looking for the next challenge!

    Enjoy your rides

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakeyone View Post
    Welcome! Since you been reading these forums and you have that very nice ride, I think your commute issue will work itself out. From the picture it looks like you have 2 chainrings, so no granny gear, so the beginning will be the hardest but dont get frustrated, you will get stronger over time and then you will be looking for the next challenge!

    Enjoy your rides
    You're correct on the chain rings, I've got a 50/34 compact up front, and 12-25 in the back. I know I could swap the rear cassette for something easier, but I really want to push myself to get in better biking shape, so for now, I'm leaving the rear cassette as is.

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