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Old 08-14-08, 03:38 AM   #1
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Ahoy from Ahwatukee Arizona

Just now re-finding the joy I once remembered in biking.

Gone are various other activities and sports (skiing etc) and I'm finding that a fifty-five year old body complete with a "bad back" & arthritis can adjust to the rigors of re-learning something thought gone.

Despite current triple digit temperatutes, Arizona is a great place to re-start.
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Welcome to BF.
I started riding in Jan this year @ 66 y/o. Now have 6500 miles.
Lost 25 lbs and The Great News is My back with two bad disc has Quit hurting.
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Hello Pegasus, what bike are you out riding in that heat? I noticed that last evening, at 8.00 pm, that Phoenix was still 102* . Too hot for me!

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First one back, to "tool around on", was a quasi-recumbent Giant Revive (massive rear shock protecting back after sugery(s)). Very slow bike, great neighborhood/corner store ride.

Have also aquired a Trek R200 recumbent and am in slow learn with it. Still not fully sold on it.

Today, I found a used Trek Navigator (26inch-plushmobile, heavy and fine for the moment) and it's up-right stance felt good enough to go ahead and buy from a neighbor, longest I've ridden and fastest so far. Fun to get around some on a canal path and even the stem suspension and front forks seemed to assist my back. I tried locking out the front forks and could not tell a difference on the road. Got caught in a rain burst, so I un-locked them in case I found a water filled pothole. This is a fun bike for me and will get used a lot while figuring out where i may head in regard to recumbent or faster upright bikes.

I'm considering a Fuji Sunfire 1.0 as well and were I to have bought new today, that would have been the choice. I like speed of the 700c's, it's aerodynamic shape of the tubing and the deore components, price on closeout etc. I also like the upright stance offered by that type of offering, Just from the test ride I know it is much faster than the Navigator and several other of the bikes tested.

On one of the other forums here, a man talked of having spinal issues like my own, and riding a road bike with great results and optimal body postures for him. I'd have never guessed.

So, I'm open. Thanks for the encouragement.
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[QUOTE=East Hill;7270239]Hello Pegasus, what bike are you out riding in that heat? I noticed that last evening, at 8.00 pm, that Phoenix was still 102* . Too hot for me!

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Thanks for the howdy and yes 102 at 8pm it was, I'd just tried some more training on the "bent".
Of course it's a dry heat [then too so is a micro-wave].

11pm here now and after the rain tonight it is a cool 85.
But, the great riding weather is just about to hit.
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True, better weather is on the way! Still, I'd have a migraine every day if I tried to ride my bike there, even in the morning.

Guess that is why I live in Washington State, in Puget Sound.

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Old 08-15-08, 11:59 AM   #7
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Puget Sound area sounds like great riding, though on a given day I suppose I'd take 117 degrees over some of the hills. At least for now.
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