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Old 04-20-08, 11:42 AM   #1
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My name is Charles, I am 48 years old and am 2 weeks into my rebirth as a rider. When my 2 children were young and we lived in West Texas (1986) I rode 40 miles a day after work. Somewhere along the way I stopped. Now I am a Clydesdale, I began consideration of riding again due largely to 3+ dollar gas prices. I have only a 3 mile commute and seems perfect to start again. I have now made 2 weeks daily riding to work, plus extra miles after work. Goals? Save the expense of commuting using a gas guzzling pickup, improve my health, lose weight, live longer for my 5 grandchildren. Goals will be added as I go along. I live in Houston TX, not the most bike friendly town, but the extra miles after work are easy to do using a bike path along Braes Bayoo in Houston. I did 20 miles this morning and since starting 2 weeks ago can already feel a difference in normal energy levels and levels while riding. Thanks for having this forum and allowing me to join.

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Old 04-20-08, 12:15 PM   #2
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Hi Charles, those are great goals, but don't forget to add "having fun" to the list . Check into the regional forums--Texas has a regional forum all to itself.

So, what bike are you riding?

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Old 04-20-08, 06:00 PM   #3
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I thought having fun was a given. I do have to admit though. Right now when riding for exercise, not much fun, more like hard work.

I chose a commuter and one for low maintanance for my return. I have a new Specialized Globe City 6 with the Shimano Nexus 8 IGH. So far I really like this bike. The 8 speed is spot on for my type of riding.
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Welcome to the forums. I grew up in Clute, a few miles to the south of you there. What part of west Texas did you live in?
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Old 04-21-08, 05:48 PM   #5
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Born in Lubbock but grew up 45 miles northeast in Floydada TX. In the mid 80's we lived in Lubbock and I started riding. Got up to about 40miles daily and 60 on weekends. Not much compared to some but I thought I was in pretty good shape at 180lbs, now I am 250+. Hopefully by this time next year 200 will be seen. In Houston live inside the 610 loop near medical center, 3 miles to work. Today I road 10 extra miles after work. Hope to keep this up with the heat and humidity coming.
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