Iím a male fitness trainer of 20 years experience. I turned 50 this year and along with completing the half century came thoughts of retirement.
I live in Singapore, an island republic just off the equator with a population of about 4 million. Traffic is heavy most times so cycling is a challenge. Also, itís hot all year round and maintaining hydration is a priority.
I ride a Bridgestone MB4 which I purchased in 1989 for the princely sum of S$950. In itís original state the bike had a 7-speed rear cluster. It now boasts a 9-speed rear cluster simply because over time, Shimano stopped producing 7 and 8 speed clusters.
Rather than trash the bike when parts wore out, I decided to modify and upgrade over time, mainly because I like the ride signature of the Ritchey CroMo frame and also because I donít like throwing useable stuff away. Cranks, brakes, shifters, cables, handlebars and front forks have all been changed over the last 16 years.
While browsing the net I came across your site and after reading posts by Ascendor, mugglemomof3, raderik
and king koeller
among others, came to the realisation that this is a cycling community with a special identity and culture.
The more posts I read the more convinced I became that I should not retire for one simpel reason: Iíve never felt betterÖalthough spelling is sometimes a problem.
My clients often say to me: ďYouíre fit because youíre a trainer.Ē To this I respond: ďIím a trainer because Iím fit and Iím fit because I cycle daily.Ē
Your site has inspired me to press on and continue to pass the message of health and fitness through cycling.
Thank you all for your inspiration. I look forward to becoming a part of your wonderful community.