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Old 07-26-08, 06:21 PM   #1
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Soon to renew an old joy

I haven't ridden since I was a teenager, now I'm 56. Been browsing the forums to learn before buying a bike. What am I waiting for? Actually, without going into detail, a major, very sad life-change in the next month or two, after which I will have a great deal of time on my hands, and I have promised to spend it wisely.

So far I've figured out:

. Get to know the folks in your Local Bike Store - buy from them.

. Figure out what kind of riding you'll do. (Initially errands, and weight-loss exercise - I'm a borderline Clyde. If I get into it again, touring, commuting.)

. Get fitted well, otherwise you won't enjoy it and develop that passion.

. Get properly equipped and dressed, same reason.

. Don't overspend to start with, expect to buy again after you gain experience and knowledge.

Still reading. Lots of smart, committed people here, I can see I'm in the right place.

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Old 07-26-08, 07:00 PM   #2
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Most of us have restarted on mountain type bikes. I had 2 given to me.
Bought a used road bike $15. Rode it 1500 miles before getting a New Road Bike on Sale, that was my Size.
Now I have rode it 4500 miles since March 20.
Just start on something low cost. Took 500 miles for my legs to get strong.
Last week 340 mile in Four Days, in 90* plus heat.
Go very slow to start. Don't try to be fast. You will need to be in shape on a proper bike for fast.
Just ride for seat time and miles. More fun to find someone or a group to ride with.
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Old 07-26-08, 07:12 PM   #3
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Welcome to BF from a 63 year old kid.

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Most of us have restarted on mountain type bikes.
That's news to me. The bike I bought when I got back to riding in 1999 was a Raleigh R600 road bike.
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Hello Chris! It looks as if you have been paying attention. What bike/s are you looking at in particular?

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

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Old 07-28-08, 11:11 AM   #5
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East Hill, Haven't gotten to the stage of choosing a bike yet. I think my first step is to visit the three LBSs that are within a long walk or short ride of me, and see how well they handle a noob. It's nice to have a fount of info like this forum, so I can go in as a noob but secretly know more than I let on. At the moment I think my SECOND bike might be a Breezer Uptown, but that'll probably change. I might go the "used" route for my first, if one of the stores has something decent they'll stand behind. - Chris
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