Greetings, Two-wheeled Friends!
Some of you met me yesterday in the Road forum, where I posted a question about group rides. But I thought I'd formally introduce myself.
As a teen in NYC in the early 1980s, I threw myself into road cycling after two key incidents coincided: I booked my first AYH tour (Boston->White Mountains->Green Mountains->Boston), and the movie Breaking Away was released. Changed my life. My pop bought me a beautiful red Saint Tropez (low-end Japanese co., long defunct) for the summer tour. I bought myself Richard's Bicycle Book and a set of tools. Proceeded to pull that poor rig apart bearing by bearing -- I got so into it, I worried my parents. I trained every day in Central Park (a decent six-mile loop with a couple good moderate hills), and saw Eric Heiden race in a criterium there. Later, I graduated to a gorgeous deep purple, very light Austro-Daimler with silk tires (latest lightweight Euro-tech, circa 1982) -- right before I moved to college and forgot all about bikes for many, many years.
FF to 2007. I'm 43. My knees hurt. I've done many sports as hobbies -- climbing, hiking, running, softball and so on. Most of them are history, due to minor knee and back problems. I got on a bike this past Aug. because I had an urge -- and the 25-year old memories came flooding back. After about six rides, my knees didn't hurt. I researched like crazy and put down my dough for a 2007 Giant OCR 3 at my LBS. (A big purchase for me, just-married and a returning grad student living mostly off loans.) It made me sad to ride the $1100 bikes, the difference was so obvious; but I love my ride and plan on upgrading it, starting with pedals (strapped pedals are sooo 1980s). I don't remember a thing about working on bikes, and plan to buy tools again and start from scratch -- though probably not down to the bearings this time. The basic adjustments will do nicely, at least for now. I'm *supposed* to be building a new career, not futzing in the basement. (But those New England winter nights *are* long....)
I've built up to 20 miles of rolling-to-moderate hills in my rides, trying to add distance slowly, but basically charging in, as is my style. (And now my knees do hurt.) Classes have kicked in, a big, wonderful work project looms, and the winter weather is just around the corner. I hope I can milk the late season for all it's worth. Rolling past the farms of metro-west Boston, taking snack breaks in open fields, is quite addictive.
I have a hundred questions, and probably will post most of them. I'm very talkative -- as you know by now. Till next time -- enjoy the ride!