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    Originally posted by A F Baker
    She was at least 10 to 15 years older than Pete's teeth...

    BTW, I've lost an additional 10 pounds since I posted this thread in April. Maybe the few extra pounds weight loss has helped my hill hoppng.
    OK, you've got me hooked: how old are Pete's teeth?

    And congratulations on your weight loss. I know they say it's rotating weight that really holds back a bike, but you can't convince me the weight on the saddle doesn't have something to do with speed, too!

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    Originally posted by Osiris



    I have been riding for about 15 months now and have made a lot of progress going from my first ride of 2 miles to daily rides of 15 to 45 miles and having completed century rides and this summer participating in a MS150 ride


    To all you guys that are faster then me and can out distance me (and there are still a lot of them) feel free to blow past me i enjoy being motivated to ride faster and further
    That's what I call a great attitude. Best wishes for the MS 150!

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    Boy, can I relate to your feelings, AF! I have only owned my trusty little Fuji hybird for a month, and I have 230 miles on it. On my almost daily 6 mile-one-way comute, I frequently see the local "big dogs" and wonder if I will ever get there. But, in my solitary rides, I know that I am getting in better shape, and I am loving that. For now, I just have to take solace in the fact that I am in better shape than I have been in years, and I know if I keep it up, maybe someday I will be one of the "big dogs!" One of the "big dogs" has even been kind enough to offer me many words of encouragement, even though one of her afternoon rides would probably kill me! Discouraged soemtimes? You bet! But, I just keep pumping away, and now I can wear spandex (more for the padding than the aerodynamics!) without children running from the side of the road screaming! Just have fun with it! Bill

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    Originally posted by A F Baker
    BTW, I've lost an additional 10 pounds since I posted this thread in April. Maybe the few extra pounds weight loss has helped my hill hopping.
    Baker,

    Think of how much it would have cost you to buy a bike weighing 10 pounds less! Also, not only did you lose at least 10 pounds of fat, you are adding muscle, the prescription for power.

    Bill, I started out on 3 mile one-way trips, half of what you are doing. Now I do 15 mile one-way trips, hills and all. Your body will change amazingly in time and you will never go back.

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    Although I'm getting back in shape amazingly quicker than I expected, after three years of sloth and you-name-it (with a few good excuses thrown in, though)--still, I'm not able to just jump up those hills yet. I had to walk my bike about a half mile today; I was feeling faint after half the hill, and knew better than to push it.

    Only rode about 12 miles altogether but yesterday rode none--and guess which evening I felt crummy, and which one perky and fine?

    From Kansas City,
    Feeling perky and fine,
    Jon

    P. S. I got my road bike (old heavy Nishiki with lot$ of upgrade$) cleaned up and aired up--the tires didn't explode--I intend to ride it tomorrow. I hope I remember how. Let's see: you have to lean over the handlebars, right?

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    Jon,

    That inspires me!

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    Well, I am going to brag a little! I am 52 years old, and I have led a very sedentary lifestyle for years. In January, I looked down and finally got sick of what I was seeing, so I started dieting. Next, I started working out on some excercise equipment they have at work that no one had been using. Next came my bike. As of this morning, I am down 41 pounds from where I started, and I want to loose another 19. Of everything I am doing, nothing gives me more pleasure than my bike! I love my trips to work, and now I find myself watching the clock for the end of the day, because then I get to ride my bike home! I am starting to feel so good, that when I get to the little town where I live, now I ride on through town, and up the hill on the west side, then turn around and go home. Adds a couple of miles to the trip, and gives me an extra measure of workout. The local "big dogs" still intimidate me, but I just ride along by myself, listening to my tunes and having a ball!! My only regret is that I didn't start doing this years ago!! So if there are any other newbies out there, get on your bikes and have some fun!!
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    Originally posted by Pete Clark
    Jon,

    That inspires me!
    I felt fairly inspired too, till I was cleaning the chain in place on the bike, and suddenly the cranks wouldn't budge. Now I have to try to remember how to disassemble the bottom bracket and see what's jammed up in there--could be the races disintegrated; I read a story on the Internet about an American tourist in Vietnam who had that happen. Wow. (I know, I could have removed the races and got more ball bearings in there, but that's another tedious story in itself...)

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    Originally posted by nebill
    Well, I am going to brag a little! I am 52 years old, and I have led a very sedentary lifestyle for years...
    You have every right to brag! What a story. Ride carefully and keep up the excellent work.

    Your account has a special meaning for me, because I was 52 when I took up bike commuting. I hadn't been all that sedentary, because I'd already been car-free for 10 years, and walked a lot, but the commuting by bike was a whole new experience.

    Tell us your adventures as they happen--'cause happen they will....

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    Originally posted by JonR

    ...suddenly the cranks wouldn't budge. Now I have to try to remember how to disassemble the bottom bracket and see what's jammed up in there...
    Update: I hope if somebody reads this, that's done something really stupid lately (especially with a bike), he or she will feel a little smarter in comparison to me.

    It wasn't bottom-bracket trouble after all. (Good thing, 'cause I couldn't get the bottom bracket disassembled even though I have the tools and have done it before.)

    I had the bike upside down and the rear wheel out of the dropouts.

    The wheel was binding on something, causing the works to jerk to a halt.

    Now the bike's ready to ride, but I'm not sure I feel competent to get on it.

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    A F- I hear you, guy. Don't get down. I would suggest joining a club. The riding in a group will help. You know, even us "road warriors" started somewhere. There was a time-when I first started- I couldn't do a four mile loop without stopping twice!!
    Roadie, MTB, Commuters, We have a common thread. WE are cyclists. The same diversity you find in the population as a whole you are going to find in the cycling community. The good, the bad, and the ugly!!!
    Heck, look at the progress you've made to this point!! When I started, I could (no kidding) feel myself getting stronger and faster for three seasons. Give yourself some time. Your body will adapt. Anyway, just wanted to give some encouragement. Hang in there. Do think about joining a club. ride long and prosper. Stan

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    Jon, glad to hear there were not serious problems with the bike!

    Stan, good deal on joining a club. My favorite local "road warrior" told me last night that there was a short club ride coming up next Wednesday. I am pretty sure that I can do 12 miles without too much trouble, so I guess I will give it a try. Heck, when you have a group like that, someone has to be last, might as well be me! I am sure that the "road warriors" will be back to the start by the time I get to the half-way point! I should join the club, and get to be president, then they would have to wait for me before they could start the meetings!!! :-)
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    Originally posted by nebill
    Jon, glad to hear there were not serious problems with the bike!
    Thanks--I took it out and rode it five miles and it was like I'd never been off it--from the bike's point of view. From mine, I will take a little while to get used to that hunched-over position again, but I never did mind it.
    And I had to learn to shift gears all over! But it flew along like a charmed being. It's an old Nishiki Century, a heavy, tensile-steel bike that once belonged to some unknown person in Rochester, New York (it has a sticker on it). I bought it for $99 at my bike dealer's and have put several hundred dollars' of replacement, upgrade, parts on it and I love that old bike. It has just got a sweet personality, do you know what I mean? (By the way, it's also a LOT easier to carry up and down twenty-five steps!) Photo at http://www.microlink.net/~jonr/NISHIKI.JPG also reveals a tiny sample of the clutter in my living room.

    I should join the club, and get to be president, then they would have to wait for me before they could start the meetings!!! :-)
    Bill
    Oh-oh! Be careful--I'm sure you've read about coup d'etat's in the papers. That's how they get started! The president shows up late....
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    Way to go, nebill, you've accomplished at lot! Keep it up!!!
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    nebill- I can only speak from my own experience on this. My club has recreational to roadie components. It also has rides for "newbies."
    The biggest reason for me joining is the advocacy the club does on the local governmental front. It is well worth my $20.00 bucks a year.
    I don't know if this is PC on this forum,but to get an idea what clubs are about check'em out. WWW. KCBC.org.
    I know some clubs lean toward MTB, some toward Road, just have to find the one that is right for you. In my experience it has been very worthwhile, and positive. anyhoo, that's just my opinion, of course I could be wrong!! Stan

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    Thanks JonR, aerobat and stan, you words are appreciated! This is a cool place to hang out when I can't be riding! I only had a little time to ride yesterday, and my bike had 243 miles on it, so I thought it would be nice to park it for a day of rest with 250 miles on it. Since I only had a short time, and I felt like a workout, I came up with this brilliant idea. The wind was out of the south, and there are two big hills south of town, so I headed south! Man, going uphill into a wind was a workout! The first chain ring on my bike is a "virgin" and I'll be darned if I was going to ruin that! I finally made it to the top, though! Then I tured around, and that was a different story! My trusty little Fuji Sagres set a new speed record with me aboard! Down hill with a tail wind, and I hit 35.6 MPH! Okay, okay, I know that was silly, that when you are riding a bike, your nose is your front bumper, but I had to give it a try! I also know that you are supposed to spin all the way down a hill, but I can only do about 27 or 28 before my feet fly off the pedals! Anyway, by the time I got home, I had my wanted 250 miles on, and now I am ready for my ride to work in the morning! The club ride is going to be about 12 miles, so I will probably make a little detour on my way home to add a few extra miles so I will be ready! I know I won't be first, but I don't want to embarass myself either! Thanks again folks for the kind words....."road warriors" and "big dogs", watch out!
    (By the way Jon, nice looking bike!! I got my bike from a great bike dealer in North Platte (not sure if this forum will allow a plug, so I won't mention her name!) Somehow she knew I had $100 in my pocket, so that is what she sold it to me for! Best 100 bucks I ever spent!)
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    Originally posted by nebill
    Down hill with a tail wind, and I hit 35.6 MPH!
    Just watch out for cross-traffic and cross cops!

    Keep enjoying!

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    ALL NEWBIES TAKE NOTE!!! I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY! Okay, I took Stans advice, and last night went for a ride with our local club. The road warriors were out in force....people who talk about an 80 mile ride as casually as I might think about riding down my driveway. And, to my surprise and enjoyment, we maintained a leisurly 13 to 16 MPH pace, that even I could keep up with. I was really apprehensive when we started, but had a nice chat with a fellow who travels all over the US riding in week long rides. I told him my average speed was only 12 MPH, and he told me that was pretty good, that his was 12.5!! Anyway, I had a good time with the spandex crowd, and now I am looking forward to my next ride! I am sure that there are some elitist snobs out there who think this fat old man should stay indoors with the shades drawn, but you know what, I bet I am having more real fun with my bike than they are! Keep spinning!!! Bill

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    Thanks nebill! I guess I should try a group ride sometime soon, eh?
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    Ba-Dg-Er, that reminds me of something funny that happened at the end of the ride. Myself and the experienced rider had been riding together for about 9 miles, maintaining a nice steady cadence and speed. We did not pass a pedestrian waving a green flag, nor a set of lights like they start drag races with, but before you knew it we were both leaning on the pedals and grabbing higher gears for the last half mile! I remember thinking this was funny, but I wasn't about to give in!! I guess even us old, fat newbies can get a little shot of testosterone once in a while!! I did manage to stay in the lead, so it was the perfect ending to the perfect evening!! I like the idea of the graded rides, that sounds cool! This club is planning a century ride in Sepember...I don't know if I could do one of those or not.....but I will have to keep trying! To give you an idea of how crazy (?) I am, on Saturday I am picking up another Fuji bike, this time a road bike! I think I will change my handle to "FUJIDUDE!" I've been riding for almost a month, and I have 297 miles on my Fuji hybrid, and I am really excited about getting a road bike! Well, that is probably about enough for this time! Thanks to all for the kind words!! Keep spinning! Bill, the FUJIDUDE!!

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    Right on, FUJIDUDE!!!

    Let us know how the new bike is.

    Reminds me of what Pogo said: "I have seen the enemy, and the enemy is us!"

    :thumbup:
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    Kick *ss, Fujidude! Yer gonna love the road bike.

    You should absolutely aim to do the century. Put together a plan to build your weekly mileage gradually toward the ride date. Seems like Bicycling Magazine has at least one article a year on preparing for a century, with suggested training schedules and other good advice. You might want to go to the local library and check through back issues.

    In my opinion, half the battle in completing a century is logistics... pacing yourself, and eating right before and during the ride. The other half is conditioning and preparation.

    You'll make lots of friends on the ride, have a great time, and be able to tell people you rode 100 miles in one day on a bike!

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    This forum ROCKS! Between all you guys, and my favorite local 'big dog', I think I will start thinking about the century! I have the June issue of Bicycling right here on my desk, and it does indeed have the training plans to help get me ready for a century ride. It is really a joy for someone like me who is so new to this to be able to share experiences and learn from you who have done it before! I know that a lot of the preparation is mental, and your encouragement really helps me think that I just might be able to do this!! Thanks again everyone! Keep spinning!!
    Bill, the FUJIDUDE!!

    (PS I will keep you all advised of how it goes with my new road bike!!)

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    Today I realized the mistake of my previous thinking on the lycra wearing road warriors. I rode 32 miles this morning, AND I WORE LYCRA SHORTS!!! I have to say I loved it! I was a bit self-conscious at first, but after a while it was alright. I think I will be wearing lycra from now on when I go on my long rides. Also near the end of my ride the rain started to dump on me. It was almost like having a religious experience. I could have ridden all day.

    For the men reading this post: if you suffer from numbness in your manliness, the lycra shorts will almost completely take away the problem. At the end of my ride this morning I was a bit numb, but the shorts provided easy access to "straighten" out the problem.

    I still don't have a jersey, but now that I'm wearing the lycra shorts, I don't know what's holding me back. I also would like to train for the century. I think I should be ready for a half century in just a few weeks.
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    AMEN, A j! My lycra shorts (with padding) have been great! I even found them on the 'net for $19 a pair! The padding has made a world of difference, no more numbness! Before the shorts, that was getting to be a problem! I just made the move up from a hybrid to a road bike today....so I am looking forward to seeing how they work with the new bike. Riding around the dealers lot without my lycra, when I had my hands up on the bars, it was just like the hybrid, but when I got down on the drops, I could really feel it! (If you want to see my new pride and joy, go to http://www.spiglamour.com/roubaix.com ) Anxious for tomorrow, so I can really give the bike a tryout and see how it works!
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