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    So I may have snuck in a post or two before- but it's official now. Turned 50 today. Was having a great day. Rode 56 miles. Wanted to do at least 50 for my 50th. Came home to the tragic news. so sad.

    Here's my ride.

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    Happy birthday, congratulations on the ride, welcome to the forum, and let's see, what else? Oh yeah, booked your colonoscopy yet?
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    Thanks Guys. Yes I have Dan - end of this month. I had gastric bypass surgery about 1.5 years ago so the prep is pretty similar. Nothing Special on a bike. Next bike will be a domane or a Roubaix I think. I just got my bike last year. My first from My 80's Panasonic dx-2000 It's a synapse 6 aluminum. I upgraded the wheels , seat and cassette
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    Quote Originally Posted by gabedad View Post
    Nothing Special on a bike. It's a synapse 6 aluminum. I upgraded the wheels , seat and cassette
    Happy Birthday and welcome!!

    Nothing special? That Synapse is a nice bike, great choice for getting back into cycling, again.

    My sister lives in Worcester, I've never been there though. Is that a nice area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabedad View Post
    So I may have snuck in a post or two before- but it's official now. Turned 50 today. Was having a great day. Rode 56 miles. Wanted to do at least 50 for my 50th. Came home to the tragic news. so sad.

    Here's my ride.

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/298558904
    Welcome to Fifty-Plus Forum, and I note you post from Mass. Just a few hours after that tragic news, the Forum rallied in support: “How Are All Our Bostonians Doing?”

    Quote Originally Posted by miss kenton View Post
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    I’m a year-round commuter, and occasional centurian in Kenmore Square. I occasionally get out to the far Metrowest area as described in your ride map. Perhaps you would be interested in a current active thread on the Northeast regional discussion forum, entitled: “Metro Boston: Good ride today?” Here's a link to the most recent of 2612 posts:

    Quote Originally Posted by rholland1951 View Post
    Sunset ride on the Minuteman, 10 miles, cool, clear, breezy. Cloudless sunset a peachy glow on the Western horizon, Jupiter and the crescent Moon keeping company.
    It’s very Metrowestcentric.

    For the past few years the Fifty-Plus Forum has had an Annual Ride in conjunction with an organized ride sponsored by an established cycling club. This year I’ve proposed the Summer Century and Family Ride on July 28 organized by the Boston cycling advocacy organization, Mass Bike:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    My proposal for a 5th Annual Ride in Boston, on Saturday, July 27 is still active…
    Finally as a I prepared to send this note, I saw:

    Quote Originally Posted by gabedad View Post
    ... Next bike will be a domane or a Roubaix I think. I just got my bike last year. My first from My 80's Panasonic dx-2000 It's a synapse 6 aluminum. I upgraded the wheels , seat and cassette
    I just bought a Roubaix S-Works, and today I corresponded with a BF friend who just bought a Domane, and loves it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabedad View Post
    Thanks Guys. Yes I have Dan - end of this month. I had gastric bypass surgery about 1.5 years ago so the prep is pretty similar. Nothing Special on a bike. Next bike will be a domane or a Roubaix I think. I just got my bike last year. My first from My 80's Panasonic dx-2000 It's a synapse 6 aluminum. I upgraded the wheels , seat and cassette
    Welcome gabedad and happy 50! Get a roubaix. Got mine in May 2012 and 7k miles later still love it.. You're in good hands now since you're officially 50+
    Cycling is an addiction that is worth having; let's go!! South TX Randos www.rgvrandos.org

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
    Happy birthday, congratulations on the ride, welcome to the forum, and let's see, what else? Oh yeah, booked your colonoscopy yet?
    +1. Welcome. You may now begin the pledge period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabedad View Post
    I had gastric bypass surgery about 1.5 years ago...
    I just realized it was ten years ago today, for me. Down 275-300 pounds (depending). Enjoy the ride!
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    Now you can be on my lawn.

    Glad you had success with the weight loss. We have a lot of people with stories of weight loss and improved health--yes, I have a story too.
    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
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    Thanks all. I live in Chelmsford. Mostly ride around this area. My go to ride is to concord or Lexington a couple of times a week. I also ride Thursdays with goodales of Nashua Nh

    http://www.goodalesbikeshop.com/abou...shua-pg103.htm

    I truly feel 10 years younger than my age sometimes thanks to my surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    It’s very Metrowestcentric.
    But Jim_F_B, if you ride east you end up in the Atlantic. If you go west you end up in the Pacific but it takes a lot longer before you get wet.

    gabedad, welcome to BF!
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    I checked out their website and read their rides descriptions. They don't sound very inviting.

    I'm a reasonably strong rider and can ride all day, do 75+miles easily, but I'd have a hard time maintaining their "C" speed range as an average. 20+mph and even up to 25mph isn't impossible for short stretches, but as an average? Not a chance. And all the stuff about "Please don't ride with this group if..." makes me think I shouldn't ride with any of them.

    No offense to you or them but maybe they should re-think their approach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    It’s very Metrowestcentric.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
    But Jim_F_B, if you ride east you end up in the Atlantic. If you go west you end up in the Pacific but it takes a lot longer before you get wet.
    Yes, Jim, but remember, Boston is the Hub of the Universe." Not Waltham.

    To wit: A dowager from Beacon Hill went to California. When she returned, she was asked, "How did you get there?". "By way of Dedham." she replied.

    When asked how she liked California she said it was nice "but too far from the Ocean." (As is Waltham).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    Yes, Jim, but remember, Boston is the Hub of the Universe."
    Yes, and the eastern half of the Universe is all wet! Which is why we don't ride that direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gabedad View Post
    So I may have snuck in a post or two before- but it's official now. Turned 50 today. Was having a great day. Rode 56 miles. Wanted to do at least 50 for my 50th. Came home to the tragic news. so sad.
    Not so fast.

    What part of "illegal poster" don't you get? The pathway to full membership now takes 13 years and payment of a fine for persons who have entered illegally. Come back when you're 63 and be sure to bring some pie with you.

    Nice bike by the way.
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    Welcome! Nice touch that you've officially entered with a ride-your-age. The roads around you look to be very conducive for a nice workout - I've driven through that area and the roads seem ideally suited to biking. 'Cept in the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
    I checked out their website and read their rides descriptions. They don't sound very inviting.

    I'm a reasonably strong rider and can ride all day, do 75+miles easily, but I'd have a hard time maintaining their "C" speed range as an average. 20+mph and even up to 25mph isn't impossible for short stretches, but as an average? Not a chance. And all the stuff about "Please don't ride with this group if..." makes me think I shouldn't ride with any of them.

    No offense to you or them but maybe they should re-think their approach.
    No offense to you - but don't ride with them. No one really asked you to...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabedad View Post
    No offense to you - but don't ride with them. No one really asked you to...
    Well, actually their website does sort of invite people, which could include me. We would all benefit from there being more cycling enthusiasts. But running too fast after encouraging people to join is a good way to make them not enjoy it and likely not repeat it.

    My sweetie and I have run tandem rides with several clubs and found some wonderfully engaging, friendly, supportive, and found others less so. I've had similar experiences solo. It's fun to ride with folks. If the task of keeping up becomes a chore (or impossible) then we might as well be riding without them anyway.
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    [QUOTE=jimmuller;15537022) then we might as well be riding without them anyway.[/QUOTE]

    Perfect - then we won't see you there

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabedad View Post
    Perfect - then we won't see you there
    I was not making a comment at you, only about the presentation on that website. I see no reason for you to insult me, not once but twice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
    Yes, and the eastern half of the Universe is all wet! Which is why we don't ride that direction.
    One acoomodation we on the Eastern Seaboard make to adjust to the Ocean is to ride alongside it and enjoy the spectacular views, rather than ride directly into it. This tip is also applicable to riding on the Gulf of Mexico and West Coasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    One acoomodation we on the Eastern Seaboard make to adjust to the Ocean is to ride alongside it and enjoy the spectacular views, rather than ride directly into it.
    Oh, I never thought of that. I wish someone had told me that earlier, it would saved me a lot of cleaning up.
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