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    I'm 37! I'm not old!

    Hello from little ole Rhode Island! Yes, welcome to a land where, if you want to do a century, you need to begin interloping on other states' property. Yes, I'm another road-biker. Last year, I did the MS-150 on a comfort bike my wife had given me as a wedding present. With shocks on the front. (Every pedal stroke uphill goes directly into those shocks). It was murder. My best average speed on that thing was 14.x mph or so. Also, my longest training ride was right about 50 miles.

    This season, I decided that there was no way my buddies were going to make me eat dust. I went on eBay and got a nice Schwinn Passage (56cm) and some second-hand aerobars, and went to work. In the beginning, I was barely able to keep up with my training parter, Chris, but now, he gets smoked more often than not (it's been a 1700-mile season, even with the rain in the NE).

    I'm always looking for new routes (when you live in such a small state, your options are pretty limited) and new folks to go riding with. I'm now averaging 150-200 miles per week, and my average time is up around 18-20 mph per ride.

    I've got lots of questions, like, is the bike I bought even decent? I've got a triple crank, and Shimano RSX components, aluminum frame. I know carbon fiber is the thing, but unless I win the lottery or a contest, I don't think I'll ever afford one.

    btw, I got lost on the MS-150 (I'm color-blind, followed wrong arrows. Such humiliation!) Hence the "location" and I seem to have a knack for hitting those potholes where the gas mains are on the road, hence the username.

    ...and if you're still reading,

    See you in the forums!

    -ow
    GO NADS!

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    Welcome to BikeForums.

    Originally posted by owmynads
    I'm 37! I'm not old!
    That's right. There are no "old" people here. Cycling keeps us young. :thumbup:
    BTW, I'm 58.

    I'm now averaging 150-200 miles per week, and my average time is up around 18-20 mph per ride.
    That's great!

    I've got lots of questions, like, is the bike I bought even decent? I've got a triple crank, and Shimano RSX components, aluminum frame. I know carbon fiber is the thing, but unless I win the lottery or a contest, I don't think I'll ever afford one.
    Try Ti. I did and I love my bike.

    btw, I got lost on the MS-150 (I'm color-blind, followed wrong arrows. Such humiliation!)
    Don't feel bad. I got lost when I did my first metric century and I'm not color-blind.
    My bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2015 Cannondale Supersix EVO carbon

    I thought of that while riding my bicycle -- Albert Einstein

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    Hi Owmynads (nice handle BTW), and welcome to the forum!

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    Yeah, love the handle! Welcome!
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    Rhode Island? Can't you TT across it? Welcome aboard. Oh, and I'm 37 also, and just hit 21MPH for 20 miles. It's not about the age, it's about the legs!

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    I recently saw a guy with a T shirt which said on the front: "65 is not old! Then on the back of the shirt it said: "If you're a tree" (I'm 65).
    "I am a true laborer. I earn that I eat, get that I wear, owe no man hate, envy no man's happiness, glad of other men's good, content with my harm." As You Like It, Act 3, Scene 2. Shakespeare.
    "Deep down, I'm pretty superficial." Ava Gardner.

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    Welcome !
    You are only as old as you feel and as your current health. I'll be 35 in a couple of weeks and I know I'm in better shape now as compared to when I played baseball and football when I was 18...Special thanks to my bike and to eating right and of course, lots of trips to the gym..
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    Bloody Peasant! Of course your bike is decent! Do you think Chris would have steered you wrong!? And he only gets smoked on the flats. How about them hills? C'mon ya pansy! I fart in your general direction, you empty-headed wiper of other people's bottoms. Now, go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!


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    Well, OK. So I'm not yet a hill-climber. But just wait. I'm about 20 lbs away from welterweight. lol

    -owmynads
    GO NADS!

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    lets see I am 47 so no you aren't old because I am. I do a lot of centuries and metric centuries and I swear by steel for those kind of rides. thats just my $.02 worth
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