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  1. #1
    Bad Newbie
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    Hello and a Story!

    Hello,

    I live in central New Jersey, Mercer County. America's armpit-hub to New York City and Philadelphia

    Two days ago, I bought a Raleigh Detour 4.0 hybrid bike. This is my first bicycle I've ever been on in almost 11 years, and probably the highest quality I've ever owned. I love it! It's so smooth and comfy both sitting down and standing up. The only problem is with the rider!

    I'm 250 lbs at 5'7". I've been trying to whittle myself down weight-wise, and I have from 280 from just cutting out soda and walking 3 miles a day for my paper route.

    So here's my 1st ride story, prepare to laugh and grab the popcorn.

    I hopped on the bicycle for the first time the day after picking it up, and decided I was going to use it to commute, some place local. So my first time on a bicycle in quite a few years ended up being 2 1/2 miles each way. This doesn't sound like much of course but as I have said, I am WAY out of shape. I pushed myself that day, because in this particular commute, I biked to my first day of Hung Gar. And let me tell you it felt GREAT to push myself but the somewhat unused portions of my muscles are screaming at me. Loudly.

    I feel so awful because I can't take inclines very well even small ones. I start to lose steam partially through an incline or a hill, and right now it burns like all hell to stand up and try to grind up the incline (haven't quite gotten the saddle configured properly for me yet, it's going to take some time to feel the bike out). To make it worse I remember those 10 years ago when I was in the 5th grade living in California, and I could grind up CRAZY steep inclines and not feel it in my legs. wish I were 10 again!

    Anyway that's my intro/rambling/blah and such. Nice to be here, and maybe I'll learn a thing or two

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    Senior Member
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    Consider this an invite to join the Clydesdales / Athenas forum.
    You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. - Robin Williams

    Never be frightenend to walk out of step with others because you will walk on ground no one else touches

    Remember, hard work pays off later but procastination pays off now!

    My Rides: '06 Giant OCR Limited & '95 GT OUTPOST

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    Senior Member neilfein's Avatar
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    Welcome, Pezzle. There's some good riding in your area. You're 10 miles from the towpath along the Delaware river, and Pennington, Hopewell, etc are awesome riding areas.

    I'm a ride *****, so feel free give me a holler if you're ever up near Middlesex county.
    Tour Journals, Blog, ride pix

    I'm in the celtic folk fusion band Baroque and Hungry. "Mended", our new full-length studio album, is now available for download.

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    Bad Newbie
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    I'm a ride *****, so feel free give me a holler if you're ever up near Middlesex county.
    Well I sure will. I grew up in Middlesex county and spent some of my life in Union county. I also may be going to Rutgers in the next few semesters depending on how my financial situations work out and which colleges accept me. So it's either New Brunswick or Manhattan LOL.

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    Lanky Lass East Hill's Avatar
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    Hi Pezzle, don't worry about the burn--just keep thinking positively , and you will conquer those hills before you know it. Check out my username, and you will understand how I know!



    Hi Pezzle! Yeah, I know all about hills...see the username! You do get used to hills, and eventually, you even start to enjoy them!

    East Hill
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