Hello all. I suppose Iím not what would be described as an avid cyclist, but Iíve enjoyed bikes since I was a kid (mid fifties now). Some time around 1970 I bought a Schwinn ďten speedĒ that I kept around until the early to mid 90ís when my wife and I bought a pair of Trek Navigators. We put pretty limited miles on them toodling around the neighborhood and such for some years. Then about a year and a half ago I began riding fairly seriously trying to get into better shape (discovering youíre over fifty and fat is a drag.)
Since then Iíve put a couple of thousand miles on the olí Navigator and taken several inches off the waistline, so I began thinking maybe I needed a better bike. The reality is the Navigator does just fine at burning calories and getting the heart rate up, but Iíve been getting sick of people on road bikes whizzing by not looking like they are putting as much effort into the job as I am!
In the process of researching different makes and models of bike I stumbled upon this forum. You can hardly help it if you spend any time at all with Google, what a wealth of information! There is a lot to read and learn here and it really helped in making a decision on an upgrade. In the end I decided on a Trek Pilot 5.0 which Iím still breaking in but am very happy with so far. I settled on this model because it lets you sit a bit (fairly small bit) more upright which is good for me since Iíve had neck problems forever.
I live on the West coast of Florida in the Tampa Bay area (it bugs me when I hear a sports commentator covering our local football team say ďWeíre here in Tampa Bay todayÖĒ If he was ďin Tampa BayĒ heíd be wet.) Iím not the competitive sort (other than the passive aggressive thing I mentioned where I didnít like people passing me and not working at it that hard) so I wonít be turning up for any races, but Iíll be lurking around the forums, probably with the other geezers in the Over Fifty zone.