When I was about 8 or 9 I wanted a bicycle badly. Everyone had one 'cept me. Then one Christmas my parents surprised me with a J.C. Higgin's street bike. It had the carrier on the back, the big spring in front of the handlebars and the horn button on the side of the panel between the two crossbars.
I was in heaven, except for one thing... I was too short. My feet couldn't touch the ground! My 'workaround' for that was, once I was riding but wanting to stop I'd look for a tree that I could pull up next too (not a problem in Oregon) and stop. Then using the tree for support I'd climb off the bike.
If there wasn't a tree around I'd just ride up on someone's grass and stop, letting the bike fall over so I could get off.
Well that was a long, long time ago (Eisenhower was President) but I've always loved bicycles; especially road bikes.
Decades later I bought my 1st road bike. That was in '77. I bought a 10 speed Panasonic Deluxe Touring bike. It was all Dura-Ace. A very nice bike for its time. I rode it with Torry Pines Ski Club for many years. I still have it and ..... ride it on pleasure rides to this day! Still looks like new.
After watching the Tour-de-France last year, seeing all those lean faced young men and ultra thin bodies I though it was time for me to do something about my cigar habit and couch potato life style so I bought a Trek 2300 and haven't looked back since. Now I have a cigar once or twice a year instead of once a day.
In the first 4 months after buying the Trek I lost over 15 - 18 lbs. I'd ride a hard hour or so about five days a week or so.
I promised myself some SIDI Genisis shoes and SpeedPlay titanium pedels if I'd ride 1000 miles. I met that goal last November so, about a month later I bought the pedals and shoes.
Unfortunately, the day after I broke the 1000 mile mark my dad became ill and past away a couple of weeks later. Dealing with that, the crappy weather we had last winter and settling his estate virtually stopped my daily riding ..... until last week. Now I'm back at it full force again.
I try to ride daily. I have a 15, 17, 20, 22 or 25 mile loop I can ride just about entirely without stopping and in very little traffic. It includes a few small hills, one tough hill, two bridges and one freeway overpass otherwise its variably level or has very gentle grades and decents.
I'm doing the 15 mile distance now. Once I've done it 15 times I'll move up to the 17, then move up again after 15 times at that distance, etc. etc. I average about 16mph (moving) over the course of about an hour. As I get in better condition that average goes up to about 18. My goal is to ride the 25 mile loop at an average (moving) speed of 20+mph.
I enjoy solo riding because I ride for excercise. That means I've got a regiment I follow that no one else would want to follow. That's OK by me though.
I ride the Panasonic on my 'off days' with my girlfriend or with other friends but that is strictly for pleasure and enjoying the scenery. I save my workouts for the Trek 2300.
Guess I've written WAY TOO MUCH so I'll shut up and start doing some reading. Glad to have found this forum. Looking forward to reading the 50+ forum. As the baby-boomers reach 60 in another 5 months, I hope they start a 60's forum, or maybe a Baby Boomers forum.
My other interests are Corvettes, Harleys and Cadillacs. I'm 59 1/2, happily single and retired for a couple of years now.
PS. My username had to have 3 'k's in it because someone else already is using my name, which only has two 'k's as you can see above. Cheers!