Well I've been lurking here on BF for about 2 months now, so I figure it's high time to say hello and thanks to everyone for all the info I've obtained from this forum.
I'm not quite 50 yet, but will be there in about 3 months, so I figure that's close enough. I've enjoyed all the forums here, but seem to have the most in common with everyone here in the 50+ section.
I pretty much a noob when it comes to serious cycling. The last time I did any riding to amount to anything was when I was a teenager, and that pretty much ended when I turned 16. You know, the usual car, dirt bikes, and girl thing.
So here I am, my youngest daughter is coming home from college for the summer for about 2 months, and she wants to do some riding to shed a few pounds and get into shape. I figured it wouldn't hurt me to do the same thing, plus all the great time I would get to spend with her would be priceless. So....... I dig out my old bike...... yep, I kept it all these years. It's a Raleigh Super Course I bought new in 1973! What an upgrade that was from my Schwinn Varsity. LOL Then I hit BF and read up on what kind of bike I actually had, how to go about tearing it down to re grease everything, etc. I spent close to a week going through it, installing new tubes/tires, etc. Then came that first ride...... My first ride lasted about 15 minutes. My legs felt like logs, my arms were shaking, and in general my whole body was screaming "get me off this thing" LOL Well I hung in there, and kept at it everyday for the first week or so. I added 5 minutes to my ride each day, slowing building up time to get my body in shape, and also to get my rear end reacquainted with the Brooks B17 seat. I'm proud to say that now I'm up to 25 miles/3 times a week/ at 14 mph or so. I'm shooting to ride my age by my birthday on Oct. 3rd.
My bike has been a work in progress. Slowly tweaking the seat and stem position, adding a Cateye Cyclometer, tire pump, extra tube, and water bottles. Riding in Tennessee, it didn't take long to figure out the need for lots of water on rides longer than an hour. We have many days with temps in the mid 90's, and matching humidity.
Here's a couple pics of my "vintage" Raleigh......