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Old 11-13-07, 07:56 AM   #1
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Hello from another Floridian

I live in Clearwater, FL, and am returning to biking and bike-commuting. At 55 I've had the pleasure of commuting on the island of Okinawa and in southern Italy courtesy of the USAF. I am shopping but currently have a beat up mountain bike. Over the years I've had Raleigh, Nishiki, assorted "rescued" bikes and one really nice custom Colnago/Campy that I had built in Italy.

Unfortunately, I sold the Colnago about 12 years ago. Commuting here in Pinellas county will be a bit of a challenge due to traffic and TOURISTS!! However, once my office relocates, next month, I'll be about 6 miles away and parts of that will be covered by trails. The trail system in the county is growing nicely with the Pinellas Trail, a rails-to-trails park, being the grand-daddy of trails around here. At 34 miles, it reaches from south St. Petersburg north to Tarpon Springs. There is an Ease-West trail from mid-county to north Tampa Bay at Safety Harbor and the Progress Energy trail has a short portion completed. The goal is to have trails completely around the county and the ability to take a trail all the way out to Clearwater Beach. It's coming - all it takes is vision and money!

I am definately ready to start commuting again and gas prices are only part of the reason. I must get rid of some more weight and see if I can't better control my Type-II diabetes. I had a 32 mile r/t commute on Okinawa and a 24 mile r/t commute in Italy and I never had to worry about "fittness" and things associated with being a couch potato.

I'm glad I was referred to this site. I was looking for an active cycling forum and it looks like I found it. Other interests of mine include camping, walking, and competitive BBQ competitions. I'm looking forward to hanging out here some and learning from everyone here.
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Old 11-13-07, 09:53 AM   #2
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Hello FL Chad, I don't think I've ever met someone who was into competitive BBQing. I would guess though, that you would probably fit right in with the Foo gang with that in your resume . Or, perhaps you could convince the 50+ forumites to think about something besides pie... .

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The diabetes took care of the "pie", at least most of the time!!

I've been doing cookoffs for about 4 years. I've been beaten by and occassionally have beaten most of the guys you see on FoodTV. It's fun.

I'm looking forward to getting to know this forum and its denizens. I've been away from biking for several years - but I think it's like malaria - it flairs up every few years.
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The diabetes took care of the "pie", at least most of the time!!

I've been doing cookoffs for about 4 years. I've been beaten by and occassionally have beaten most of the guys you see on FoodTV. It's fun.

I'm looking forward to getting to know this forum and its denizens. I've been away from biking for several years - but I think it's like malaria - it flairs up every few years.
Yes, the diabetes does tend to knock out pie enjoyment...another reason for advancing the competitive BBQing experience in the 50+ forum!

Come on, name names, and we want photos of you in BBQ action .

I think as you get older it tends to really sink in that if you want to remain healthy, or keep those diseases from overwhelming you--cycling is a great way to do it!

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