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Old 03-01-08, 04:13 PM   #1
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Aloha from Hawaii

I'm an old guy 60+ just getting back into riding again after nearly a 20 year hiatus. Until my mid-40's I road regularly, commuted by bike, and ran to work out and road race. A commuting accident ended my cycling days when I dropped the bike in a side slide on some road grit, crunched a disc in my back, and lost feeling in my right leg for several weeks. Physical Therapist suggested swimming after several weeks of therapy, and after that a change in career didn't allow for bike again. Now retired, and once again following up after physical therapy following an auto accident, this time the PT suggested that riding a road bike would help flexibility. Joined up because of the Over 50 Forum. Riding a Felt 80 'cause it was my size (60cm), and a great buy - a leftover in a BMX shop, with a full Shimano 105 setup.

The tips and advice in the Over 50 Forum are good stuff.
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Hi kimotee, that's almost funny that your latest PT suggested getting back on the bike after looking at that explanation. Come over to the Pacific Northwest regional forum and say hi (I know, but Hawaii is in with the PNW )

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Welcome!

It looks like you've already visited the 50+ Forum. Be sure to stop in and introduce yourself there.
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aloha Hope you can find some decent roads around here, 'cause there sure aren't too many.
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Wow!! Great to have ya back into the bicycling world!!! Glad to see ya found the >50 group!

Some friends of mine did a bicycling vacation in the islands last year, some nice climbs - and some spectalar pictures. You should post some pics of your excursions - so we can do the uuuuh's and ahhhh's.
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bkrownd -
Oahu roads are only marginally better than the Big Island. No way I'd have a road bike on the Big Island. I'm not a tri-guy, and there is so much more open country there than here on Oahu. Bikes and road improvements are back in the news again, now that gas is headed toward $4/gallon.

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I'm getting too old to think of climbs as "nice". I kinda like the other side of the climb - ya know, the part that feels better after your thighs catch fire. Around Kaneohe, we've got 'em, and I do 'em cause I know I should, but I sure do enjoy the view from the top when I get there.
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Oahu Pix Only Because You Asked

We hesitate to post Hawaii pix mid-winter because we really don't want you coming here to stay, but you asked, so for snowbound Mainlanders, here are a couple of real pix as viewed on my daily ride on Kaneohe Bay, and a nearby beach shot, just because....

Mountain is view from back of our place, bay view is the real deal from the road, and beach is Kailua Beach on a winter day - the rainbow in the distance is over our valley in Kaneohe - there is a reason it is green, but it isn't snow.....
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Here's a typical Hawai'i road:

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Where is this? Mr. East Hill and I were scheduled to visit Hungary and Romania, but that trip got cancelled and now we are going to be visiting the Big Island...

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I used to mountain bike a LOT above Camp H. M. Smith, my old duty station. Great technical ride full of roots, rocks, and more roots. And did I mention roots? But oh, Hawaii...I miss her so...

Aloha, kimotee. Mahalo for bringing some of the island spirit to this forum!
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"Kulani" Powerline Road, across the Eastern saddle. My favorite area for wilderness exploring, and the state's best birdwatching area. It's one of the few places you can go in Hawai'i that's still dominated by native plants and animals. Plenty of wilderness info for other nearby areas on my Hawai'i photo pages. Not really a place to bike, though.

The photo was taken from approximately here on the 1855 lava flow, in the nice cool mountain air.

As for bikes, the Waiakea Timber Plantation roads along Stainback Highway is the largest "mountain biking" area we have, or perhaps Keanakolu Road to Mana Road on Mauna Kea, or maybe Tree Planting Road from Saddle Road down to Stainback Highway if somebody can truck you around. Hilo Bike Hub in Hilo would have info.
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[QUOTE=bkrownd;6323163]the state's best birdwatching area. QUOTE]

You said magic words there! I will definitely see if we can't arrange to make it there (it's an Elderhostel trip, and the days are pretty well filled with stuff to do, but we do have some free time).

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[QUOTE=bkrownd;6323163]the state's best birdwatching area.
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You said magic words there! I will definitely see if we can't arrange to make it there (it's an Elderhostel trip, and the days are pretty well filled with stuff to do, but we do have some free time).
I know people who guide bird/nature tours for them - I encounter them out there sometimes. They occasionally take people to this area and Hakalau Forest NWR.
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