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    From the TX Gulf Coast

    Hello everyone - I'm Jim, and presume I am about your typical 50-ish rider. At least I am certainly not in the elite category, but I am not a beginner eiother. I have ridden for the past 25 years, and during the last dozen or so of those, have done longer and longer road rides, and some fun trail and mountain riding. I am proud to have completed my 4th Houston to Austin MS ride two weeks ago, which covers about 180 miles over 2 days.

    My ability to go fast (by my standards, ya know - never really fast) is falling, but my enjoyment is not.

    Right now I have two steel-frame cycles. Most often ridden is an older ('96) LeMond Zurich which I bought new and just can't give up. It is beautiful, and comfortable, and only slightly heavy by current standards. And then there's a Marin Pine Mtn trail bike, 2004/5 model, also bought new, and also babied.

    I am lucky my house is really close to a bike path that runs along a bayou for the most part, and I can use it to do 30 to 40 mile, out-and-back rides without driving my car, and without any traffic crossings. Also, there are always many group rides and assorted organized charity type rides all around the Houston area.

    I look forward to the conversations here. I am thinkiing it's time to add a modern, light weight road bike, so I am interested to see opinions and advice. Probing around the interenet for bike opinions is what lead me here.

    Best to ya'll !

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    Lanky Lass East Hill's Avatar
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    Hello Jim, there were a number of BF members who did the same ride two weeks ago as you did! Did you get stopped by any of the helicopters rescuing people?


    Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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    nope. The circa 12,000 riders get strung out pretty far, and there are alternate routes on both days to relieve congestion. Point is that it is easy to not be in the right place to observe such activity. I have seen a copter do a pick up on a previous Houston-Austin MS ride.

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    Lanky Lass East Hill's Avatar
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    You were lucky, apparently!

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    Welcome to the forums. I grew up in Clute, a bit to the south of you there.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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