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    Senior Member Spokes man's Avatar
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    Great forum, glad I found it

    Hello from another newbie to the forum . . .

    I'm from Tennessee, and at 55 rediscovered cycling only about two years ago after being away from it for some 30 years or so. Used to love 50-mile rides on a '70s vintage steel 10-speed bike whose brand I never even noticed back then . . . I think it was a Fuji? It was orange, anyway . . .

    Started riding a hybrid (Giant Cypress) two years ago for fitness and this year have been averaging about 60 miles/week on it and enjoying it a whole lot. I'm finding it almost addictive, and a great stress-relieving form of exercise.

    So I've got new-bike lust and looking to get a nice, light road bike for better speed and a smoother ride. Exploring these forums is helping me focus on what I want, and it's looking like a Specialized Roubaix.

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    Glad you found it, too. What part of Tennessee? I have family in Warren and Grundy Counties.
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    Senior Member Spokes man's Avatar
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    Thanks!

    I'm over in Memphis -- West Tennessee, the not-so-scenic part. It's mainly flat here, so not much good hill climbing like over east in the mountains or even the hills in the middle part of the state.

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    Hello Spokes man, if you get back to those 50 mile rides you could very well find yourself back in the scenic part of TN .

    The Roubaix would help make your bit of the world more scenic, too .

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    Welcome to BF.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spokes man
    ... at 55 rediscovered cycling ...
    Started riding a hybrid (Giant Cypress)...
    Sounds like my story, only the bike I bought at 55 was a Raleigh R600 road bike.


    Quote Originally Posted by Spokes man
    So I've got new-bike lust and looking to get a nice, light road bike for better speed and a smoother ride. Exploring these forums is helping me focus on what I want, and it's looking like a Specialized Roubaix.
    You're from Tennessee and want a Specialized???
    I thought there was a law in Tennessee that said you had to buy a Litespeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spokes man View Post
    Thanks!

    I'm over in Memphis -- West Tennessee, the not-so-scenic part. It's mainly flat here, so not much good hill climbing like over east in the mountains or even the hills in the middle part of the state.
    Might be flat, but IIRC, there are a few nice routes down into Mississippi! Good riding along the river as well!

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    Senior Member Spokes man's Avatar
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    Thanks, all, for making me feel welcome.

    East Hill, that's true about those rides to the east and I do hope to get back to doing 50. Going to work up to it, though. So far doing some training rides most days of the week, in the mid-teens.

    RonH, you'll have to tell me about that LiteSpeed law, didn't know that one was on the books! Leave it to Tenn. lawmakers . . . *L*

    True about Miss. and Ark., TS, I hope to sample some of that riding, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spokes man
    Thanks, all, for making me feel welcome.
    RonH, you'll have to tell me about that Litespeed law...
    Litespeed bicycles are built in Chattanooga.
    http://www.litespeed.com/2007/home.aspx
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    Those 50 mile scenic rides will become pretty easy with the Roubaix. I understand that time becomes a factor (at least if you are as slow as I am ). Take photos!

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