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Old 09-02-11, 12:58 AM   #1
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First real ride? Need some advice

Hey guys, I've been wanting to get a Trek 1.5 for a while. Recently I was talking with one of my neighbors at a church event and brought up getting a bicycle.
A few days later I was mowing my lawn and he pulls up to his house and waves me over, shows me a bike and says that I should try it out for 5, 7, 10, 15, maybe even 25 months to get into shape for the one I was going to buy.

Haha thought that was nice, hopefully, he meant actually keep it, not just borrow it for 25 months


It was a Mt. Storm, nice little Huffy, I've only ever owned walmart bikes, so I can EASILY double my miles on this bike even though it's old. And I'm fat.

So I've been riding it for a while, doing roughly 10 miles a day, not a lot, actually I'm not even tired when I get back, so when you take into consideration that I haven't ridden for 4+ years, and I live at 5,000+ft, I have some potential.

So my question: I was thinking about taking this little guy on a 25 mile ride, it's a hard ride, it's straight up a canyon, on a highway, lots of cyclists, lots of turns, great views.

What do you think? Can I do it? Can it do it? What can happen? Should I bring water?

Also, anyway ever own one of these?
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Old 09-02-11, 03:06 PM   #2
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In short, I'm thinking about going for a ride on my old bike? Can anything break? I don't have a phone so I'd be walking it back.... Any ideas?

By the way the previous post was kind of my introduction...
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Old 09-02-11, 03:17 PM   #3
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Find a bike club in your area and start riding on a regular basis. Before you realize it, you'll lose weight just like I did. I once weighed 275 lbs. I now weigh 210 lbs., and I'm 5'11". I now look slim!

Get a couple of water bottles, learn how to change a flat, get an air pump, and take off!

Just Do It!!!
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Old 09-02-11, 03:38 PM   #4
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Find a bike club in your area and start riding on a regular basis. Before you realize it, you'll lose weight just like I did. I once weighed 275 lbs. I now weigh 210 lbs., and I'm 5'11". I now look slim!

Get a couple of water bottles, learn how to change a flat, get an air pump, and take off!

Just Do It!!!
Thanks for the reply, my "bike group" is mostly a road bike group and they go on a 50 mile ride every week! But I guess sooner or later I can hook up with them.
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I have a neighbour that borrowed one of my bikes to get riding. He was worried about riding with me as he is not fit and he thinks I am. So no pressure- I set the bike up for him and told him to take it out on a ride whenever he wanted. First ride was 6 miles up a MUP and it killed him. That was 8 weeks ago and last weekend we went out for a 30 miler with 2,400ft of climbing within 10 of those miles. He still takes the bike out on his own and the only time he walked back was with a puncture. He now has the repair kit and spare tube and a pump so that should not happem again.

So give it a try- Get a basic tool kit for any repairs and a repair kit for punctures and carry two bottles of water. And just in case you cbreak down- wear some good shoes for walking in. (Not that you will need them)
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Go ride. Then report back here!
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Thanks guys, as soon as I give 'er a tunin' and get some shorts, I'll be out ridin'!
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