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    Coram Deo! pointyhead's Avatar
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    Returning to my first love

    After 5+ years of being away from my bike, I have returned to the road of my youth. Here's my story. I was once a rider. Not a great rider by any stretch, but in whatever I do, I do it as frequently and with as much passion as I can. I got into biking many years ago, in the mid-eighties. I upgraded to a Cannondale SR800 (with BioPace chainrings!), helped form a cycling club in my hometown, did several charity rides for the American Lung Association, started commuting, did the Bicycle Ride Acrosss Georgia several times, and even did the Assault on Mt. Mitchell...twice! But each year life got more hectic, I went off to fight a war, and then my favorite riding partner had to audacity to move to Texas, and took with him most of my motivation to ride with him. I hung the Cannondale on the rack in the garage and pretty much forgot about it.

    Then a few weeks ago, a friend was asking about bikes, since he and his brothers were doing triathalons together. I told him I had one I'd be willing to part with. I got big blue off the rack and blew the dust off. I knew the front fork had to be replaced after an unfortunate event took place while strapping it down in an airplane. I took her to my local shop and had a chrome steel fork put on. I loaned her out to my friend for 3 weeks. He brought her back, explaining that someone gave them a bike, so he wouldn't have to buy mine. That was a blessing in disguise.

    I took Big Blue out and cleaned her up good, incuding getting rid of the mud dauber's nest under the seat. The tires were dry rotted somewhat, so I replaced the tires and tubes. I was still planning on selling her until I decided to take her on the Silver Comet trail for a ride. (the Silver Comet is a converted rails-to-trails line that runs from Atlanta to the Alabama line. 57 miles of NO CARS!)I had been on the trail several times hiking and doing some geocaching, and always thought I should do it on a bike some day. I did 22 miles and had the time of my life! How could I even think of getting rid of Blue? So the next Friday (July 4th) I took her out to the base and got in a 18.5 miler. Now I'm hooked. I went on line and bought some new shorts, since my others were too small and the elastic was shot. I got a new helmet, gloves, and even a handlebar mount for my Garmin emap, so now I've got a bike that's GPS equipped. I had to have surgery this past week, so I got to stay home and watch the OLN coverage of the Tour de France which has even more enforced my need to get back on the road.

    Now that I found her again, I'll never leave her anymore!


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    Senior Member k2bikerider's Avatar
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    Welcome to the forum, I also live in Georgia, in Marietta. Do alot of riding in the Atlanta area. See you in the forum and on the road!

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    Coram Deo! pointyhead's Avatar
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    Thanks, K2! I used to do some of the Sat. morning rides that Freeflight sponsored when they were at the old place on Canton Road. Had a lot of fun doing the Kennesaw loop with everyone there. See you on the ST maybe!
    Nails didn't hold Jesus to the cross, LOVE did!

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    Welcome to BikeForums.
    Where is Centerville? I thought I knew but when I went to mapquest it showed four locations for Centerville. :confused:
    My bikes --> 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2013 Cannondale CAAD 10 2 (5) "Racing Edition"

    Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles Schultz

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    Coram Deo! pointyhead's Avatar
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    Ah, Lovely Centerville. Gateway to Warner Robins. We are the nice section of town you come thorugh on the way from Interstate 75 to Robins AFB, via the Hwy 247 connector. We are about 17 miles south of Macon. And it got its name, not from being in the center of the state, though we are only 41 miles from the geographic center, but rather from being located half-way between Perry and Macon, about a day's travel back in them good old days.

    And thanks for the Welcome. I have been looking for a site like this for the past few weeks, ever since I took up riding again. I have already virtually met some great people, and look forward to a long association with everyone here. And-being a computer geek-maybe I can help where I can if anyone needs some assistance in that department also.
    Nails didn't hold Jesus to the cross, LOVE did!

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    pointyhead: what's up neighbor, almost literally. I live in Warner Robins. We need to hook up for a ride. Email or PM me and we'll get together.

    Zack
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