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Old 01-30-08, 05:15 PM   #1
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Hi y'all. An old (47) roadie that hurts too much to ride (shoulders and neck) the road bike any more. No more 250-300 mile weeks. Even 14 miles to and from work is too much now.

So, I'm looking to get my first 'bent'. The prices though..... so I'm gathering info to build a woody. Any help would be appreciated.

I found the Bike Forums while researching recumbents.

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Welcome aboard Charlie, enjoy the forum, are your riding anything now?
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Hi Charlie, obviously you don't need to be pointed the way to the recumbent forum, but just for giggles, you could look in the AltBike forums too.

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Sorry for the delay.... I was out of state for a while.

Right now I mostly ride my Trek 1000 on my indoor trainer. When there's halfway decent weather I do try and get it outside too. I just stick so short rides.

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Thanks, I'll take a look.... I am interested in a 'woody' for more that the cost too. I like working with my hands and I think a lot of the woodies I've found on the internet are really sweet - artistically that is. Course I've seen a bunch of clunker-looking ones too.

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The Framebuilders forum may be of interest to you too then...

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Hi y'all. An old (47) roadie that hurts too much to ride (shoulders and neck) the road bike any more. No more 250-300 mile weeks. Even 14 miles to and from work is too much now.

So, I'm looking to get my first 'bent'. The prices though..... so I'm gathering info to build a woody. Any help would be appreciated.

I found the Bike Forums while researching recumbents.

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Welcome Charlie. It's all good here on BF. W/as much experience as you have you'll find your way around pretty easily. I spend most of my time over in the commuter section. It's always good to have another voice in discussions of gear, tools, bikes, etc. There's alot of really smart people who post here regularly...opinionated, too. Been cycle-commuting for over 20 years and everyday I pick up some small piece of knowledge form reading these posts. It's a great site. Hope you enjoy yourself.
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Welcome!

Based on your user name, I'm thinking you must be from down in/near Chambersburg (I looked it up).

If so, you should check out the regional forum as August approaches, as there is a contingent of people from the forum who ride in the Lancaster Covered Bridges Metric Century.

I made the trip down a couple of years ago, and plan to ride this year.
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Hi y'all. An old (47) roadie that hurts too much to ride (shoulders and neck) the road bike any more. No more 250-300 mile weeks. Even 14 miles to and from work is too much now.

So, I'm looking to get my first 'bent'. The prices though..... so I'm gathering info to build a woody. Any help would be appreciated.

I found the Bike Forums while researching recumbents.

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Hey Charlie! You are NOT old at 47....because I am 47, and I'm not old!

If you're in Chambersburg you should drop by Noland Co. and check out my 67cm Proteus that is sitting in my office! I'll welcome you into the world of big road bikes....bwaaaahaaaaahaaaaa!!!

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Well, I couldn't wait any longer and ordered a bent yesterday..... I'll still build a woodie, but I've got to get out and about and the body just can't handle the upright enough anymore.
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Welcome!

Based on your user name, I'm thinking you must be from down in/near Chambersburg (I looked it up).

If so, you should check out the regional forum as August approaches, as there is a contingent of people from the forum who ride in the Lancaster Covered Bridges Metric Century.

I made the trip down a couple of years ago, and plan to ride this year.
Thanks, I'll check them out.
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Hey Charlie! You are NOT old at 47....because I am 47, and I'm not old!

If you're in Chambersburg you should drop by Noland Co. and check out my 67cm Proteus that is sitting in my office! I'll welcome you into the world of big road bikes....bwaaaahaaaaahaaaaa!!!

edit: Yes, I work in Chambersburg.
67 cm??? way to big for me.... I'm a shorty at 5'5". Quite a list of bikes . When I was in the Marine Corps I was ridin' a Peugot racer and doing the commute of 20 miles a day then long weekend rides along NC roads. But, after 23 years in the Corps I got out and became a truck driver. Really bad move for my riding. Have only been riding off and on again for 2 1/2 years now on a Trek.
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Which one did you go for?

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I did it on the cheap...... but I've read enough reviews to know what I'm getting in to.....

An ActionBent Wind Stream II.
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Well, supposed to be half-way decent today and I have to go in to work for a while so will ride in..... Get to listen to the body creak and grind.
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Think positive! The more you ride, the less that creaking and grinding occurs .

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Thanks for the encouragement. I did ride in today..... wore too much - of course. It wasn't bad though, kept hearing this old guy wheezing - oops, that was me Cool and kinda wet goin' in but coming home I could of used a sail and never pedelled at all.

Oh well, only 3 more days and my bent arrives.... I'll probably stay up all night working on it.
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Thanks for the encouragement. I did ride in today..... wore too much - of course. It wasn't bad though, kept hearing this old guy wheezing - oops, that was me Cool and kinda wet goin' in but coming home I could of used a sail and never pedelled at all.

Oh well, only 3 more days and my bent arrives.... I'll probably stay up all night working on it.
The wheezing goes away after a few months .

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The 'bent arrived yesterday.... I spent most of the evening/night putting it together and now I have that "bent smile". Even though I've been riding it around the block in the snow and ice :-D
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The 'bent arrived yesterday.... I spent most of the evening/night putting it together and now I have that "bent smile". Even though I've been riding it around the block in the snow and ice :-D

That sounds like a great way to find out how well it handles in different conditions .

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I'll keep an eye out for you when I go out for lunch!
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Well, I've made my first "real" ride now. Over to the grocery store and back. 4 miles, but not a bad test ride. Still gotta work on the oversteering though
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Hi y'all. An old (47) roadie that hurts too much to ride (shoulders and neck) the road bike any more.
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WELCOME TO BF!
Too "OLD" to ride road bike.....wt heck happened? i have been car hit several times, rehabbed from herniated disc, post tbi-ed, and am age 48 now. i ride with a person, age 75 (seventy-five) who is an insiration to me. i toured 2004 with a person, age 62 (sixty-two) from nj to maine. the person i rode with came from and back south carolina. he extended into nsca, has been x-USA several times. i feel sad for you that you "hurt too much to road bike anymore". i used a bikeE ct recumbent during my last rehab (post bike vs f automobile driver "but i had signals on').
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Too "OLD" to ride road bike.....wt heck happened? i have been car hit several times, rehabbed from herniated disc, post tbi-ed, and am age 48 now. i ride with a person, age 75 (seventy-five) who is an insiration to me. i toured 2004 with a person, age 62 (sixty-two) from nj to maine. the person i rode with came from and back south carolina. he extended into nsca, has been x-USA several times. i feel sad for you that you "hurt too much to road bike anymore". i used a bikeE ct recumbent during my last rehab (post bike vs f automobile driver "but i had signals on').
enjoy your 'bent and welcome again to bf!
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Not to old to ride.... just hurts to much to ride. Combination of many things.... 23 years of physical abuse of my body in the Marines, several bike crashes during that time, shoulder and neck issues. So.... a 'bent.
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