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Old 10-14-12, 11:28 PM   #1
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Y'all said I could do this and...

About a month ago I got an Electra Townie and re-entered the bicycling world after a 40-year hiatus, with a bang and some bruises. That first night I was thinking I had made a mistake, and posted that impression. In the answering thread of encouragement, someone warned me, it could get addicting. You're right -- I'm now up to 30 minutes a day (I had to take it in increments), still in my neighborhood, but ready for the bike trails in my city. Formerly wanted to get back into cycling so I could lose weight, now I want to lose a few pounds to improve my cycling. I'm also dreaming of my next bicycle...
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Old 10-15-12, 05:42 AM   #2
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Aha, already got the N+1 thing going, we have you in our control now.....................

Glad you got the bike and stuck with your riding, sounds like the mileage is coming to you pretty well. Keep up the riding.

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Old 10-15-12, 05:47 AM   #3
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About a month ago I got an Electra Townie and re-entered the bicycling world after a 40-year hiatus, with a bang and some bruises. That first night I was thinking I had made a mistake, and posted that impression. In the answering thread of encouragement, someone warned me, it could get addicting. You're right -- I'm now up to 30 minutes a day (I had to take it in increments), still in my neighborhood, but ready for the bike trails in my city. Formerly wanted to get back into cycling so I could lose weight, now I want to lose a few pounds to improve my cycling. I'm also dreaming of my next bicycle...
Good job! Becoming addicted is the key - that means you're not just "exercising", you're adopting a lifestyle. Keep up the good work and keep us posted! Most of my time I post in the Clydesdale/Athena area and you will get a lot of support and encouragement if you post in there too. Ride Free!
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Old 10-15-12, 08:00 AM   #4
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I'm also dreaming of my next bicycle...
Please don't buy a Next brand bicycle. They are Wally World throw away trash. Yeah, yeah, I know what you meant.

Glad you have caught the fever. It can lead to a lot of good outcomes.
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I'm also dreaming of my next bicycle...
I see a lot of folks -- not quite as old as me -- riding these when I'm out riding. Is this on your N+1 list?

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I see a lot of folks -- not quite as old as me -- riding these when I'm out riding. Is this on your N+1 list?

or make your own.

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I see a lot of folks -- not quite as old as me -- riding these when I'm out riding. Is this on your N+1 list?

Just considering the screen name, I'm thinking OP should get something that has a Salsa frame.
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Looks like the Townie has got you riding but the N+1 worries me. Don't jump to it too soon-get your moneys worth out of it before possibly going to the next stage.

Think you will admit that you are still down the bottom of the ladder on fitness and competence so you have a little while before you will "Need" a better bike.

That first bike is to get the body working- get the butt hardened- find the muscles you never knew you had and to learn the correct way to put the elastoplast on by yourself. Good going so far so keep enjoying it.

Well done on what you have done so far but remember that the pain should be starting soon.
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Looks like the Townie has got you riding but the N+1 worries me. Don't jump to it too soon-get your moneys worth out of it before possibly going to the next stage.

Think you will admit that you are still down the bottom of the ladder on fitness and competence so you have a little while before you will "Need" a better bike.

That first bike is to get the body working- get the butt hardened- find the muscles you never knew you had and to learn the correct way to put the elastoplast on by yourself. Good going so far so keep enjoying it.

Well done on what you have done so far but remember that the pain should be starting soon.
^This! Without at least a bit of pain you won't get to those all important endorphins!

The idea that you should get the most out of the Townie is also good. I have had a good road bike since the 1970s but bought a Mountain bike about five years ago because I thought I needed a more upright riding position. Now the road bike seems much more natural to me again after a lot of years off the bike. If not careful you could end up buying a new bike every six months to follow your latest impulse or stage in progression. Work out for a while with what you already have before moving to the next stage and then make an intelligent decision about the next bike.
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