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Old 02-09-07, 03:21 PM   #1
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New old bike!

Hi,

I've decided it's time to get back to biking. I've always been a cyclist; built and maintained my own since I was 13. I've never had a body that was high performance, but it usually went the distance . Since I became a dog owner in 2002, cycling gave way to walking. Then about 15 months ago I had a stroke, which left my left side weak. Walking is no longer so easy. My weight (already a problem) just got worst as a result. My knees are suffering, and my dog has gained 20lbs!!

So I've been thinking about cycling again. I was thinking of a small wheel folder that I could easily put in the car and take to the park with my dog. However, they don't support weights above 240lbs typically. I came across Sheldon Browns Raleigh Twenty bike on the web, and was a little inspired. I managed to find one here in Texas (I'm an ex-pat Brit) and am in the process of upgrading and updating it at the moment.

So I thought this might be a place to ask some questions. It's a "big hairy-ass goal" but thoughts of doing the MS150 in 2008 on a Twenty have sneaked into my mind. Gotta be better than black thoughts of blood clots and death....
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Old 02-10-07, 04:31 AM   #2
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Hello senseamp, there are a lot of us here who are of the same opinion (black thoughts of blood clots and death), and yes, that's why some of us are here.

You might do well to ask the folks at the Clydesdale forum about their experiences...

http://www.bikeforums.net/clydesdales-athenas-200-lb-91-kg/

They are the experts!

Welcome back to cycling, and welcome to BF!

Where are you from in England?

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Old 02-15-07, 10:46 AM   #3
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Hi Lanky Lass,

I definitely fit in the Clydesdale forum class! I'm at least enjoying getting back into bicycle building, if not actually riding much yet :-)

So the Scots "hackles" always get raised when I say I'm an Ex-pat Brit and you ask what part of England I come from!! But in truth, I was born in Dartford in Kent. I did only live there for the first two years of my life....

I started cycling in South Wales around Cardiff, but then moved to the West of Scotland, where I used to tour all over. Many happy Sundays spent on the banks of Loch Lomond. I solo toured the Lake district in my early teens (I can't imagine letting my kids do that these days). I biked everywhere as a student at Edinburgh University. In fact I didn't learn to drive a car till I was 23! Then things went downhill.

Latter, with two boys in tow, I found cycling again. My wife had a Trailer-Bike attached for my older (and active) son, while I took the younger in a chld seat. We had several wonderfull camping/cycling summer holidays in Yorkshire during those years. The Trailer-Bike was way ahead of its time - though they seem common now. Since then I have had on-off periods of cycling. It seems to work best when i can combine cycling and commuting. Since my recent move to Texas my commute is about 7 miles so it's got me thinking....

Hopefully, since I find it easier now to bike than walk, I'll be entering another cycling phase of my life!
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Yes, I understand about the hackles being raised! So, I'll apologise for leaping to the conclusion that you would be English--except that you are !

It's actually because I am from Lancashire*, and I figure that one of these days I'll find more relatives here... .

So far I'm the only one in my family who seems to enjoy cycling though .

The solo touring in the Lake district sounds especially enticing, although I would not want to brave the tourist traffic on the main roads during the summer months. I remember the roads as being not very wide .

Good luck with the commuting, and continued success in recovery from the stroke.

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Welcome senseamp,

Lost my Dad to stroke a bit over a year ago. Glad to hear you're pulling through. I wish you the best with your goal. Never been to the UK, but it sounds like it is/was a great place to knock about. Maybe some day...

There's lots of forums here - each with a little different atmosphere. Poke around and you'll find a bunch of friends.

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