My name is Dave and I live in a very rural area. I used to ride everywhere due to lack of a car in high school and enjoying a good ride. At that time the bike was a Centurion Le Mans with 27 x 1 1/8th tires and I was 175 pounds and six foot four. Fast forward 20 plus years to now from 1988 and I still have the Centurion, but quit riding as I would even at full pressure in the tires squish the tire enough to create friction making a ride unpleasant and causing tire damage. I now am down to 386 from 396 and six foot Three due to diet (carb counting due to diabetes) and exercise.
I purchased a 2013 Raleigh Talus 29er on March 8 of this year as that is when the bike store was having a 20% off sale as well as getting my wife's bike repaired and her rims modified to be quick release, and getting my son's bike tuned up, and a trailer to pull the three year old in. I also bought a Giant brand trainer but am having issue getting the 29er to fit.
I have been able to ride a little over a mile at a time and my recovery time is getting better, I know I need to ride longer distance with more frequency, but I enjoy getting out on the bike and notice a big difference after I ride as I feel better.
I chose biking as it is no impact and I get more exercise value out of a mile ride than I do out of a mile walk.
At 43 (almost 44) years of age I have pulled my head out of my rear end and started to not be sedintary in my lifestyle. I started gaining weight as a federal security officer (1997-2002) as the job had me sitting for long periods which would make me tired and when I got home I would plop in front of the computer or TV and then for the last year at a sit down job I noticed my weight going up again. I have 20 years federal service (four military and 16 as a federal civilian), and I want to be able to enjoy my kids and live longer. I still spend time in front of the computer or TV, but also spend time being active.
Thank you for having me,