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Old 04-30-07, 12:02 PM   #1
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New Rider from Clovis, CA

Hello everyone. I am new to the forums and new to biking in general. Actually, I'm re-newed biker. Like most people, I rode a bike as a kid and enjoyed it, but as an adult (I'm now 35), I've never ridden. I can honestly say that yesterday when I went to pick out my bike (Trek 7.2 FX) was the first time I'd ridden in over TWO DECADES! And I can't wait to get out there again. Unfortunately, the shop didn't have my size, so I had to order and now I am anxiously awaiting my new ride.

There is a trail near my house and intend to utilize it to get back into this and get into better shape, but my goal as soon as I can do it is to commute to work on this bike. It's not a bad commute considering it's only about 4 miles one way. My future route is here: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=908870

All that being said, any advice will be gladdy accepted.

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Old 04-30-07, 12:18 PM   #2
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Hello Joker, good for you for getting back in the cycling thing. Saves gas, gives you some exercise, and a new hobby!

Check out the regional forums, too. I'm not quite certain where you'd be--you're a bit in between both the Northern California and the Southern California regions, so you've got the best of both worlds . Perhaps say hello in both?

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Thanks for the warm welcome EH. It turns out my original post was a little incorrect - it has only been a mere 1.5 decades since my last bike ride. Still worthy of a if you ask me.

Since arriving at the forums, I've been all over the commuter forum trying to take in all in the goodness available there.

As far as where I'm at geographically, I have heard the Clovis/Fresno are referred to as the armpit of California and as such I'm pretty sure neither Northern nor Southern California wants us. Any chance we can lobby for a Central California region? I'm sure that considering we're a good three hour (auto) ride from either Los Angeles or San Francisco that we're sufficiently distant and also, we're home to two of the largest cities in California. Fresno and Bakersfield are both part of our agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley.

I wouldn't be me if I didn't have an idea to share the moment I got here.
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Any chance we can lobby for a Central California region? I'm sure that considering we're a good three hour (auto) ride from either Los Angeles or San Francisco that we're sufficiently distant...
hehehehe...I don't think so. The Texans still don't have their own regional forum, and at least two moderators are from DFW .

Although, it wouldn't hurt to ask in the Forum Suggestions way down at the bottom of the page.

I don't think of Central California as the 'armpit of California'--it's the 'Gateway to Yosemite and Kings Canyon' to me . Oh, and producer of fine raisins, too.

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I don't think of Central California as the 'armpit of California'--it's the 'Gateway to Yosemite and Kings Canyon' to me . Oh, and producer of fine raisins, too.
As far as the arm pit part is concerned, have you ever been here in the middle of the summer? Or the beginning or ending either for that matter. But we do have some yummy produce - raisins being a big crop here amoung many others. (Farmers market opens about a week. Yeah!)
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As far as the arm pit part is concerned, have you ever been here in the middle of the summer? Or the beginning or ending either for that matter.
My parents decided to go to Kings Canyon one year in the middle of summer. I never knew the world could get so hot as it did in Central California. This was in a car without air conditioning, and six kids fighting for the five seats in the station wagon .

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I can honestly say that yesterday when I went to pick out my bike (Trek 7.2 FX) was the first time I'd ridden in over TWO DECADES! And I can't wait to get out there again.
There are a lot of people here in your shoes. The saddle felt good, no?!? Welcome!


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