Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Richmond, BC, Canada
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I'm new to this forum as well. I'm a young feller like you, just a little older, 46 years old. I live in the Vancouver, Canada area. I do some commuting as well plus other rides on the weekend.
I started to ride more seriously a year and a half ago when I learned during my physical that my BP was 165/115. My BMI was over 28 and my eating habits were terrible. Made the lifestyle changes needed plus riding more often. Dropped 30lbs, increased my physical activity from one weekly ride to 5 to 6 weekly rides. BP down to 150/105 then with meds down to 127/75.
My commute to work is 53 k / 32 mile round trip. I averaged 3 times per week in summer and now once per week. I'll do my second commute of the week tomorrow. I'm working on getting back up to 3 or more per week, even if I have to use the bus once in awhile to help me. I live on a bus route and buses have front bike racks.
Anyways, be careful about this biking stuff. I bought my second bike in 27 years, a Kona MTB and now use as my winter commuter bike. A friend of mine gave me his '83 Apollo Prestige road bike. I thoroughly enjoyed riding the Apollo during the summer including on my commute. And I'm hooked on riding a road bike. Now, I'm planning on buying a brand new road bike in the new year (with my bonus money), possibly a Trek 2000.
I'm working on my wife to get out on a bike more often, with me of course. Considering buying her a hybrid/city bike outfitted with panniers, etc. so she can use it to get around instead of the car.
My teenage son has done some biking and participated with me on 4 charity rides (200k rides). My other son and two daughters are very spotty when it comes to getting out and doing some sort of physical activity, let alone getting out on a bike. But I'm still working on them. (The girls do encourage me to commute by bike, just so they can have the car to drive to school.)
But, gotta like this biking stuff. I do.