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Old 11-03-08, 05:09 PM   #1
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Hello all,
I just started commuting in the Pacific northwest this last summer. I ride about 9-10 miles one way.
I was a competive street rider about 30 years ago and spent the last 25 years on other life pursuits.
Biking has felt sooooo good to get back into. Very painful at first since I thought I was still 22 years old! Now its coming back and starting to work. I've stopped in to this forum a few times and I think I'll probably hang out in the commuter section more than others. I work in alternative health, am quite into music and family.
Have a good ride!
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Hi xiyangshen, what part of the PNW?

And what bike?

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Old 11-03-08, 05:55 PM   #3
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Hello!
I commute through downtown Portland OR. Generally I've found it to be a pleasent ride. Cars have mostly been courteous, peds have been a pain but not literally. (as in accidents) I think I'm ready for the weather but wondering how far to push it when feeling a common cold.
I'm currently riding a Spec. mtb that I've set up for the commute but I still have my Univega(Miyata) Gran Premio that I look forward to riding next summer. I can't beleive the gears I used to push on that bike!! No way I could do that now (next summer?) I may just gear it down to my current speed and have some fun with that.
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You are in a great place for riding, then. Ooooh, oooh! Univega Gran Premio? Photos, please, for the Classic & Vintage forum.

As for riding with a cold--I can handle the first few days, but when I start coughing too much, I either drive or walk.

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Welcome! I'm in a similar situation. I can't say I was competitive, but I didn't own a car until after graduating college in 1984 (man, that Ford Tempo was something!) Anyway, I rode as a primary mode of transport all the way up through college, then after getting married and we could only afford one car, I got a bicycle to give us an extra set of wheels. Once we bought a second car, the old bike hung on hooks in the garage for 20 years.

I got it down in February and started commuting on it occasionally. In September I turned up the gain and now I ride to work most of the time. I love the exhilaration of being in the saddle.
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