Join Date: Aug 2010
Bikes: 20 yr old trek 820
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getting back on the bike in a bigger way
new to the forum. 60 yr old retired rn. been riding some kind of 10+ speed since '72, currently have a trek 820 of the late '80s vintage.
fell in love with observed trials motorcycling in the mid 80's and the bike took a back seat except for short rides with my wife from time to time.
an unfortunate run in with two very large rocks lead to a badly fractured right foot and a sad retirement from motorcycling. my sport provided me with exercise, conditioning and competition and i had hoped to ride into my 70's as some in my motorcycle club have.
i'm looking to replace it with the bicycle, but can't really get into the rough stuff due to fused bones, plates, screws and the like. i plan to ride on paved and unpaved bike paths, and some natural terrain, as long as nothing wants to pitch me off the bike. fitness is primary, improving time/performance next, maybe group rides/events as well.
want to ride year round as long as it's not raining or there's too much ice. wet is ok. rain isn't.
spent some time at the bike shop today as i have established that riding doesn't aggravate the recovering foot. looked at hybrids (not enough off road) 29 inch,(as heavy as my 820)
and may have settled on a trek 4500. weight is ok, like the locking fork, components are good, and i love the hydraulic discs that you can use with one finger like my montesa.
motorcycle sale proceeds will let me get most anything i want but i don't want to ride a bike so expensive i'll have to worry about someone pushing me off and riding away on it.
anybody have any thoughts or suggestions. i'll post a copy of this on the general board as well.