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    Good evening from Seattle.

    Hello all,

    I started riding road bikes when I was about 16 and gave it up at around 19-20. During those 3 or 4 years of cycling, I forced myself into great shape and made a lot of wonderful memories. I am 30 now and have not ridden since 21 years of age...

    ...So I bought a bike last week. My new steed is an '05 Tarmac Pro.

    Back in the day I think I was around 145lb. Now I am a healthy (?) 210. In other words, it's time to get back on the saddle and tear it up.

    I plan on perusing this website for the info that I need to make the big 'turn-around'. And at some point I hope to make a contribution as well.

    Take care,

    JT Christianson
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    Hi JT, don't forget to say hi to us in the Pacific Northwest regional forum .

    Where do you normally ride? You can find me generally on the Big Soos Creek Trail, the Cedar River Trail, and Interurban/Green River Trail.

    Welcome to BF!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOHCFOX View Post
    Hello all,

    I started riding road bikes when I was about 16 and gave it up at around 19-20. During those 3 or 4 years of cycling, I forced myself into great shape and made a lot of wonderful memories. I am 30 now and have not ridden since 21 years of age...

    ...So I bought a bike last week. My new steed is an '05 Tarmac Pro.
    Hey JT. Your story sounds familiar, as I took a similar path back to cycling many moons ago and I'm still going strong today. Your new machine will help motivate you to ride - not to mention all the motivation provided by this site and its great membership.

    Welcome to BikeForums, JT!

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    Hello JT- My path to fitness also mirrors yours. I biked in my teens, stopped in college and my 20's, then picked it up again at age 31. I got hooked on to cycling the 2nd time around and been riding for the last 2 1/2 years. Welcome to the bike forums.
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    Hey all,

    Thanks everyone for the wonderful and more importantly, motivational welcome!

    An update: After looking for my old Diadora road shoes and deciding that remaining left shoe is not enough, I went out and bought a pair of Shimano R075 shoes. In spite of the ridiculously low price of these shoes, I find their quality and comfort to be much better than other shoes of equal or slightly higher price, well, this compared to what I found at Performance in the U-District during my lunch break today.

    Anyways, I assembled my new/used Tarmac last night after picking it up at the local Fedex. I could not be happier. She really is a beautiful machine.

    Once I bolted my cleats into place after work today, I loaded the Tarmac onto the trainer and spun in different gears for, oh, 5 minutes. Once I'd gotten done coughing, I cracked a beer (Moylan's Hopsickle Imperial Ale) and proceeded to marvel thinking, "Baby steps, baby steps".

    Thus I nervously embark into a new life. Help me pull through!

    After reading through many a section of BF I can say with certainty that I really do appreciate you all.

    Regards,

    JT
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    I am 65 years old and returning as you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DOHCFOX View Post
    Thus I nervously embark into a new life. Help me pull through!
    You can do it!

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    Here are some pics of my bike! On my counter top no less... Enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DOHCFOX View Post
    Here are some pics of my bike! On my counter top no less... Enjoy.
    You have a VERY understanding wife, you know that, don't you ?

    Have you gotten out lately, or is it just too dang cold for you?

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    Actually, the wife didn't realize the bike had been on the counter until she saw the image on my computer much later! I told her that the counter offered the best lighting for the photos...

    I did get the bike out last Monday and yes, the cold was a little much, that and I don't have a pump yet. This will be remedied about an hour from now!

    JT

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