Fred at large
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Roads of Ventura County Ca
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New member in So Cal
Hi, I'm Rob (hi Rob...
I'm 49, married to a non-riding spouse, and am a moderately experienced solo road rider. I mostly ride a vintage '91 Trek 1100 aluminum framed 7 spd. (mediocre R 100/exage groupo with DT shifters). I do have a vintage mtn bike ('88 Haro with undermount rear brake) but I don't ride it that often because it's not that much fun to get eaten alive by no-see-ums when no one can laugh at you over it.
Although I ride 3x per week my max long ride distance is only about 50 miles and that was done 2 years ago. Since then I've hurt my spine and haven't been able to do the long stuff in awhile. Working on getting back to that distance though. Maybe next season after equipment upgrades (I NEED NEW WHEELS! (an a new cassette, chain, shifters, chain rings, ...) <help>)
I don't race, do peloton's, or pace lines. I have never ridden in a group ride either. Right now I'm in the 14-16 average speed bracket but am working on cadence and speed (intervals suck!) to regain what I've lost. Speaking of losing, I need to lose a pound or 30 too.
My sins are that I intentionally cross chain on hills rather than shift both derailleurs, sometimes wear a yellow jersey for visibility instead of trying to fool everyone into believing I'm a TDF stage winner, hate powerbars but eat 'em anyway, and I refuse to wear advertising on the seat of my shorts even if some people think it looks cool (or on my jersey's either - ESPECIALLY beer ads). Oh yeah, I also only have 2 bikes and one set of wheels for each of them instead of 5 bikes with 4 sets of wheels each like some people.