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    Hello from Philly

    What a great forum, I am so glad I stumbled on it. So far I have learnt so much!

    A little about me, I am a Brit living in Philadelphia. I came here as an exchange student 13 years ago and bought my first serious mountain bike - a Trek 6500. At the time, it seemed so outrageous to spend so much on a bike (don't forget I was a student) but I have not regretted it at all. I took my bike back to the UK where I rode it to and from university, around the Peak District, Yorkshire Moors, off road trails in the north east - I was pretty serious for a while. Anyway, fast forward to now. I came back to Philly (with my bike) got married, bought a house and got a bit chunky. My poor Trek hung on the wall of the garage for years until February 2008. I made the decision it was time to lose weight, get back in shape and remember why I fell in love with that bike in the first place. I have lost almost 40lbs, feel great and I am back on my beloved 6500. I have just started riding to work (11 miles away, off road trail along the river) which was difficult at first but now I am enjoying it. Just hope I can keep this up and lose at least 10 more lbs - if I succeed I will be back to my university weight!

    Laura

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    Hello Laura, great to hear that you not only took your bike back to the UK, but you brought it back again when you headed to the US .

    That's a nice length commute, and quite pleasant that you are able to keep away from traffic most of the distance.

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

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    Welcome

    You have two of the best trails in the area. One runs from that Art Museum to Valley Forge and then one from Oaks to Green Lane. Check out this website for trails in your area.

    www.railtrail.org

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    I live in Conshohocken and work in Philadelphia. I commute along the Schukyll river trail which is fantastic - I only have to ride on the road going through Manayunk. Thanks of the info for the other trail - I will check it out.


    Quote Originally Posted by thomamueller View Post
    Welcome

    You have two of the best trails in the area. One runs from that Art Museum to Valley Forge and then one from Oaks to Green Lane. Check out this website for trails in your area.

    www.railtrail.org

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    Is that a Devil Dog in your avatar? Where are you originally from in the UK?

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    Sometimes he is a devil dog but most of the time he is pretty cute! The dog in my avatar is my cockapoo Atticus, I am trying on some devil horns in preparation for Halloween!

    I am originally from the Northeast of England, a small town about 15 miles south of Newcastle. I miss being by the North sea but I don't miss the rain!

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