My name is Dennis and I live in Spokane, WA. Earlier today my brother called me up and told me to come and get my mountain bike back. I had lent to his oldest son, (who is now in Iraq, second tour) about 15 - 16 years ago and all of his kids had used it growing up. The youngest got her drivers license a few months ago so now the bike needs to go home. When I picked it up I was appalled at its condition but really what could I say! Anyway, after I spent nearly four hours cleaning it up and adjusting brakes, shifters, etc. I went my first ride in probably 16 years.
WOW I had forgotten just how much fun riding a bike can be, and how tiring! (did I mention the middle age part yet). Over the last 16 years I have gained a lot of weight. Riding today made me realize just how big and weak I have become. So the first part of the "challenge" I referred to in my title line is this: Can a middle aged man over 250 pounds lose 25 of them in only three months? By sheer luck, (or is it serendipity?) over the last month I have been gradually changing my eating habits and had started a walking regimen of 2 miles every other morning. In that month I have lost 12 pounds. Not much I agree but it is a start.
But hey let's face it walking is boring, biking on the other hand WOOHOO! I have not formed a complete battle plan yet so I may occasionally ask for training as well as component advice.
The second part of the "challenge" is to transform an ancient mountain bike into a modern day, (since I no longer feel any compunction to ride in the mountains again) commuter. Tomorrow I plan on picking up some new brake pads, chain, a couple of cables, lubricant, cleaning supples, and possibly a new seat, ( now how did they tear it up so bad?). I may even pick up one of those fancy compute gadgets to track my mileage. I already ordered some new slick tires for the old girl.
Oh yeah I also plan to RIDE !!
See ya'll later