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    invisible friend seenoweevil's Avatar
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    Hello from Decatur Alabama

    Hi all. I've been lurking for a few weeks, gleaning as much information as I can to help my decisions in getting back into cycling. I'm a 51 year old clydesdale that's been away from cycling for quite a few years.
    I've been very interested in commuting for some time now, but I've been balking because of the necessity of crossing two major highways. The commute is 7.1 miles one way - easily do-able once I got my doubts behind me. So I started riding about 10 miles a day for the past few weeks on an xmart mtb a friend gave me while shopping for a decent commuter.
    The bike I settled on for my commuter is an older Gary Fisher Tassajara, steel frame without shocks, with michelin country rock tires.
    I'm loving riding again, and I'm already looking forward to picking up a road bike later!

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    Galveston County Texas 10 Wheels's Avatar
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    Welcome to BF.
    Take the Lane and Hold it.
    Get a Good Fit when you get the new road bike.

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    Welcome from a neighbor in Decatur, Georgia. Glad you found us.

    My wife and I have considered moving to the Decatur/Huntsville area when she retires at the end of the year.
    What's the riding like - road bikes only - over your way?
    She's also concerned about tornados. How often do they zip through your area?
    My bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2015 Cannondale Supersix EVO carbon 105

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    invisible friend seenoweevil's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Welcome to BF.
    Take the Lane and Hold it.
    Get a Good Fit when you get the new road bike.
    Sound advice! Thanks a bunch.

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    invisible friend seenoweevil's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    Welcome from a neighbor in Decatur, Georgia. Glad you found us.

    My wife and I have considered moving to the Decatur/Huntsville area when she retires at the end of the year.
    What's the riding like - road bikes only - over your way?
    She's also concerned about tornados. How often do they zip through your area?
    I don't know firsthand yet, but a good friend in the Muscle Shoals cycling club told me Huntsville/Madison has a pretty good sized, active group. As far as riding goes, there are few really large hills, even fewer bike lanes, and it's hot as Hades in the summer - but coming from Georgia, that won't phase you!
    Tornadoes? Well, there's an extensive network of warning sirens throughout North Alabama, and we are alerted quite a bit it seems, but it's usually just a minor inconvenience you're glad to put up with just in case! The occasions when there is activity, you certainly get plenty of coverage from the local stations if you want to track movement. Get a weather radio and don't worry too much about it. Hope to see you on the road!

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    Hi seenoweevil, have you managed to get out there and try any commuting yet? What are you riding?

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

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