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Old 01-17-08, 04:59 AM   #1
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new to the bikeforums from London

Hi,

I am male, 38, married with no kids yet and just got back in to cycling due to a running injury on my ankle last October. I used to run a lot and loved it! When I was injured I got depressed about not excercising as the weight ballooned. Then I remembered my old ally MTB and dusted it off in the garage. I gave it a lube service etc and went for my first cycle in ten years. AMAZING!! I loved it. I then decided to change tyres from nobblies to centre ridge tyres for smoother road riding and never looked back. I probably ride 8-9hrs a week around (80miles) on the road using an HRM. and the weight is falling off (lost 9lbs since new year). I get such a buzz from cycling that I am thinking about buying a road bike. I joined the forum in order to get advice and encouragement and also to give a little if I can. I stumbled accross the forum during a google search and thought that the advice given was v.good.
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Old 01-17-08, 05:20 AM   #2
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Welcome spin it up.
I started with a donated MTB.
I Kept seeing this lady zip by my house every weekend on a fast RB.
Got to talking to her when she walked her dogs at night.
Found she has a Giant RB averages 17 mph for 3 hour rides.
Started looking for my RB .
Bingo, a 83 Nishiki Sport from Craig List for only $15.
Added 2 $10 road tires plus 3 hours of cleaning.
Now people think it is a new bike..
Scheduled to ride 100 miles at The Indy 500 Track June 14, 2008.
You might want to start with a Used RB, untill you get more familier with your rides.
Thrift stores, garage sales are also a good places to find a starter RB bike.
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Spin it up!!

Welcome. Many of us on the forum are (to quote someone) either cycling addicts with a food problem, or food addicts with a cycling problem.

I discovered I like riding a bike as my preferred form of exercise when I went to college and wanted to get around St. Paul, Minnesota (USA) without waiting at the corner for a city bus. Over the years time and responsibilities have gotten me away from cycling, but I decided to do it for myself, anyway, almost two years ago.

I have a question for you. I have been listening to a Podcast from a German radio station in which they talk about violent street gangs of young toughs in London. How much of a problem is that for the average person on the street, especially tourists? My daughter and her husband want to visit London for a few days later this year. (My only experience in London was waiting at Heathrow a couple of times for connecting flights.)

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Hello SIU!, are you riding just around London, or are you taking yourself further afield. You probably already know this, but don't forget that you can put yourself and the bike on a train and head out for a respectable distance, riding back (or, do the reverse).

Welcome to BF!

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How much of a problem is that for the average person on the street, especially tourists? My daughter and her husband want to visit London for a few days later this year.
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Like NYC there are parts of the city you wouldnt want to go alone after dark. The big danger is looking in the wrong direction when you step off the pavement (sidewalk) to cross the street.
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Like NYC there are parts of the city you wouldnt want to go alone after dark. The big danger is looking in the wrong direction when you step off the pavement (sidewalk) to cross the street.

And, "Mind the gap" on the tube .

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