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    will you lower the bar to welcome a 46 year old?

    Hi, I'm Colleen and I love cycling. I'm 46 but I'd like to hang out there too, may I please? I'm happily married to a wonderful man who supports my endeavors, and I have 4 wonderful kids. I'm a mild mannered nurse by day, obsessed cyclist all other times.

    I love to ride my bike. I got more serious about cycling last August when my oldest went off to college and I hit yet another mid-life milestone. Rather than sitting around feeling sorry about things, I got a new bike and started riding.

    Then I joined a club with some fantastic people who love to ride. Most of them make my obsessive compulsion to ride seem mild by comparison.

    Then I started buying all kinds of crazy cycling clothes. A gore jacket so I could ride all winter. Bike shoes. New pedals. A pack for my handlebars. A computer, then another computer. Funky, fun sox to match the jerseys. Hi-vis vest. A little bell w/a compass. Arm warmers, leg warmers. Wool base layers. Gloves. Great head coverings called a "buff". Crazy expensive shorts, knickers, tights. And after all this, I still feel like I've exercised enormous restraint.

    Here is it early June, I've got 2,000 miles for the year.

    I'm going on a bike tour in two weeks, GOBA.

    When I get back, Lord willing, I am getting a fitting for a new, better bike. A serotta fierte, in steel, yellow.

    I have been lurking here and you all seem so nice!

    Colleen

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    I think the Forum should be renamed the nice people's Forum and all who are nice are welcome. Maybe being over 50 does this to you (well some of us anyway).
    Andiamo!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by momof4greatkids
    Hi, I'm Colleen and I love cycling. I'm 46 but I'd like to hang out there too, may I please? I'm happily married to a wonderful man who supports my endeavors, and I have 4 wonderful kids. I'm a mild mannered nurse by day, obsessed cyclist all other times.

    I love to ride my bike. I got more serious about cycling last August when my oldest went off to college and I hit yet another mid-life milestone. Rather than sitting around feeling sorry about things, I got a new bike and started riding.

    Then I joined a club with some fantastic people who love to ride. Most of them make my obsessive compulsion to ride seem mild by comparison.

    Then I started buying all kinds of crazy cycling clothes. A gore jacket so I could ride all winter. Bike shoes. New pedals. A pack for my handlebars. A computer, then another computer. Funky, fun sox to match the jerseys. Hi-vis vest. A little bell w/a compass. Arm warmers, leg warmers. Wool base layers. Gloves. Great head coverings called a "buff". Crazy expensive shorts, knickers, tights. And after all this, I still feel like I've exercised enormous restraint.

    Here is it early June, I've got 2,000 miles for the year.

    I'm going on a bike tour in two weeks, GOBA.

    When I get back, Lord willing, I am getting a fitting for a new, better bike. A serotta fierte, in steel, yellow.

    I have been lurking here and you all seem so nice!

    Colleen
    I'm good with it -- I love your OCP tendencies (matching socks & jerseys), balanced by your Fred-ness (bell, hee, I have one on our tandem). You flatter us, also an important trait for the 50+ denizens.

    The bike, the miles, the tour -- yeah, that's good too.

    Besides, we need more women in this forum.

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    I'll allow it

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    2,000 miles ..Like me..January, 2003 of course.What do you ride now ? What color too please .

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    Quote Originally Posted by momof4greatkids
    I have been lurking here and you all seem so nice!

    Colleen
    Sure you have the right forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by momof4greatkids
    I'm going on a bike tour in two weeks, GOBA.
    Will this be your first GOBA? One of the towns on the tour this year is close to my home.
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    There being no Forty Plus forum, we can allow a few younger folks to join us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old and new
    2,000 miles ..Like me..January, 2003 of course.What do you ride now ? What color too please .

    Oh yes that's important. I ride a 2006 trek 7.5fx 20". It's like a flat bar road bike/hybrid. It's got deore mtn bike gearing, a terry saddle, candy pedals (in yellow! looks awful, but the price was right)bar ends and a shorter stem, though the reach is still too long. It's all aluminum all over...it's very harsh after 30 miles or so. And it's a brushed silver color. I call him "hi ho silver", my trusty steed

    But I am getting a new bike soon. I finally decided what I wanted just a few days ago, and there's no time now to change bikes before the tour. So I will have the new bike aquisition to look forward to after that.

    You are all so friendly, thank you for the kind welcome!

    Colleen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beverly
    Will this be your first GOBA? One of the towns on the tour this year is close to my home.

    Yes! I'm so excited. ONe of the guys I ride w/lots, has been on every one and he met his wife on GOBA. They go back every year for their anniversary. Very fun couple and great to ride with.

    I'm leaving Ohio tomorrow for a week's vacation in the Outer Banks, NC, then straight to GOBA!

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    Hi Colleen, welcome aboard and I also had the Trek FX 7300 and it's a great bike. I think I may have screwed up though, and gave it to my son. Oh well, I guess you can say I'm looking for a new bike as well. I did look up the Serotta and it doe's look like a very nice bike. Good luck on your tour and most of all have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinman
    I think the Forum should be renamed the nice people's Forum and all who are nice are welcome. Maybe being over 50 does this to you (well some of us anyway).
    You rename it "Nice People's Forum" and I am so out of here. Heck, I might not qualify anyway.

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    Hi, Colleen. Glad to see another person from Team Estrogen over here. I'm new to BF, too, and haven't posted much, but everyone is so civilized and nice and, well, old, that it's fun just to lurk.

    Janice

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    (mutter, mutter)...wet behind the ears fortysomething...(grumble, grumble)...place is goin' to hell in a handbasket...what next, kids from the BMX forum? (mumble, mumble)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcoppola
    (mutter, mutter)...wet behind the ears fortysomething...(grumble, grumble)...place is goin' to hell in a handbasket...what next, kids from the BMX forum? (mumble, mumble)...

    +1...the age-to-enter bar keeps getting lower and lower!

    Of course, if there's pie involved, I'm willing to extend a probationary membership...
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    Welcome!!!!!

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    Oh, I guess so. But BEHAVE! Welcome, actually.
    It's all downhill from here. Except the parts that are uphill.

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    First 49, then 46, where will the madness end!!!!!!

    Look, I'm almost 61, how about I just loan them both a few years each, that makes them old enough to join, and me young enough to appreciate them.

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    Welcome, Colleen. Women mature sooner than men, so maybe our age limit for women should be less, anyway. You seem suitably compulsive about your riding, you should fit right in. I'll look forward to your posts.
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    Younger women? Boy, that's the last thing we would want hanging around.

    The Serotta Fierte looks like a great bike. Steel is real.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinman
    I think the Forum should be renamed the nice people's Forum and all who are nice are welcome. Maybe being over 50 does this to you (well some of us anyway).
    You know, I think you have hit the nail on the head about this forum. I ventured over to the forum about giving up your car and riding a bike, and they are pretty political and hostile. I like this forum.

    By getting these 40 something juvenile delinquents here, is the tenor of the forum going to change?????????

    Just kidding. Welcome!!

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    You are most welcome here. You will enjoy yourself, and learn a ton in the process. Besides, the AVERAGE age of the forum is still 50. You and DG can get together and accessorize your pedals to match your jerseys, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg
    Younger women? Boy, that's the last thing we would want hanging around.

    The Serotta Fierte looks like a great bike. Steel is real.
    So at 46 I get to be a "younger woman"? I guess I found the right place, now you'll never get rid of me!

    I was just talking to my BIL about my new bike and sheepishly told him the ballpark price range (because he asked, twice) and he said "that's better than my wife who bought a 2 1/2 carat diamond that just sits in the drawer, at least it's something you will actually use." That comment surprised me because he is pretty tight w/his shekels.

    A 2 1/2 carat diamond would be the last thing I would want to spend hard earned money on. Now, if I won the lotto...easy money...that would be different.

    But a bike, especially a great new comfy durable gorgeous expertly manufactured bike like the fierte, well that's a whole different story. I like to take long rides and this aluminum bike I am riding now gets so doggone harsh after 30 miles or so. This steel serotta rode so smooth, I can't imagine anything nicer...except maybe ti? hmmmmmm :-)

    Colleen

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    Hey folks,
    She is a nurse.

    Who better to include in a 50+ forum than a nurse.

    Especially when DG gets going about his pains and such!

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    I dunno...
    Do we let kids in here?
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