I've been lurking around these boards for a while, thought I'd say hi. I'm 28 and last summer I hadn't ridden a bike for 10 years and had a Cannondale mtn bike I took in to get tuned, etc, to start riding again. 24 hours later I had a brand new Raleigh R600. Within a month I was riding 80-100 miles a week, weather and time permitting. Went from 6' 230 to 200lbs within that month, and haven't gained any back.
I got a trainer, but obviously it's not the same riding in-doors, and it's wearing my back tire out. But, I"m still able to ride outside a couple times a week. Around a windy lake (Lake Hefner) I'm averaging 17+ on a 20 mile ride, which is pretty good considering I'm still just starting. I've gone 30 a few times and I don't think 50 would be much of a problem at all. Now though, I want to do those distances at a 20mph+ speed, and hopefully do my first century by the end of summer.
A friend of mine saw how quickly I've been getting in shape and got himself a K2 week before last and has put on 100 miles already.
Hate the gym, hate running, love riding. . the bike is a life changer!
Welcome to Bike Forums. It's great to hear your back on the bike again. I agree, a bike WILL change your life!! I ride a '99 Raleigh R600. Can't say enough good about it. Lots of good people and good advice here.
Thanks. . I've found a lot of good info on these boards without a doubt! Looking forward to more daylight and better weather. I'd still be way out of shape and sitting on my butt if it wasn't for the bike, I have no doubt.