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Old 11-22-07, 02:04 PM   #1
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Hello from New Zealand

Hello,

After lurking here for some time I have finally signed in!

I am a 40-year-old would-be-cyclist! That is, I would-be cycling more if I did not have two kids, a full-time job, and a house that demands much TLC!

Growing up on a farm meant many, many hours biking all over with friends and siblings. Maintained the interest as I got older. Did much mountain biking in the 1990s, More recently have become very keen on road cycling.

In addition to various children's bikes I have a GT Tequesta - bought 12 years ago and still going strong! - plus an Avanti Kona road bike. (I also have a unicycle that I keep telling myself I will learn to ride . . .)

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Old 11-22-07, 02:54 PM   #2
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Hello Colin, welcome to Bike Forums from a Kiwi
Like you I covered many miles on a bicycle when I was growing up. My word we must've been wiry strong young things back then because my old English 'Perfect' was single speed and no lightweight either.

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Old 11-22-07, 03:15 PM   #3
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Hello Colin, just remember that riding relieves stress. That's very important with all the duties you have . At least it's a reasonable excuse for most of us!

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Old 11-22-07, 03:24 PM   #4
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Hello Colin, welcome to Bike Forums from a Kiwi
Like you I covered many miles on a bicycle when I was growing up. My word we must've been wiry strong young things back then because my old English 'Perfect' was single speed and no lightweight either.

Annie
Annie,

Thank you for the welcome. Yes, like you my childhood bikes were single speed, steel-framed machines. In fact, being the youngest of four boys I ended up with multiple hand-me-downs. (These bikes went through regular upgrades and modifications as wheels were swapped, handlebars made, banana seats fitted, etc!)

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Old 11-22-07, 03:26 PM   #5
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Hello Colin, just remember that riding relieves stress. That's very important with all the duties you have . At least it's a reasonable excuse for most of us!

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Thank you for the welcome. Once I finished painting the house I plan to get back out on my bike - especially as summer is all but here. (Got the bulk of the house painted last summer but there seems to be an endless supply of 'tidy-up' jobs that make little visual difference but take much time! And now we have has out bathrooms re-fitted there is much painting work inside to be done . . .)

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Thank you for the welcome. Once I finished painting the house I plan to get back out on my bike - especially as summer is all but here. (Got the bulk of the house painted last summer but there seems to be an endless supply of 'tidy-up' jobs that make little visual difference but take much time! And now we have has out bathrooms re-fitted there is much painting work inside to be done . . .)

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I broke down last time and hired painters. For one thing, I have one side of the house which is over 30 feet high (it's on a slope, and it's a two story house). I decided that I did not need to be falling off ladders at my age. MUCH faster. Not cheaper, but FASTER.

Bathrooms I can handle though .

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Hi from yet another Kiwi.

Welcome and Hi. I've started collecting old bikes to make me stronger. I am trying to do sufficient biking while doing house renovations as well. Currently I'm doing up the kitchen and then I have to get gardening. If I just stop biking I'll get the garden tidy.
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