Well, I just turned 40 and I haven't ridden a bike since college. I decided to take up bicycling for a couple of reasons. When I'm in the gym and the weather is nice I feel like I'd rather be outside than inside. I really started to feel a bit silly driving to the gym to work out. Also, I've noticed that a lot of my errands that I make during the week are withing 5 or 6 miles. I try to live a "green" life as much as I can and I feel like a bit of a hyprocrite doing this. I decided that a bike would provide the exercise I need and also make me feel better about myself (I guess this is my mid-life crisis). I decided to get a Trek 7300 FX since most of my riding will be around town and some of our street are a bit choppy. I've put a rack on it and am looking for some panniers now. I'm hoping that this will allow me to become less dependent on my car.
I picked up the bike last weekend and started riding on the bike paths we have in Forest Park. The first thing I noticed was that 10 miles on my bike feels a lot different than 10 miles on a stationary. This weekend some friend of mine invited me to go a a charity ride with them (the Tour de Stooges). I was going to attempt the 19 mile route, but when we got to the first rest stop at 12 miles I decided to continue with them on the 30 mile route. I did complete it in 2 hours and 30 minutes, not anything great but a personal victory for me considering how long it's been since I've ridden a bike. I think I'm really going to enjoy this.
Last edited by Frantic Ferret; 05-09-05 at 09:29 AM.