I'm Chris here in Denver. I'm 29 and fat, overweight, slow, and lethargic, I'm staring at 30 (I know not old at all) I feel 50, and I don't like it
My buddy Dave was always talking about going up to the local mountains and riding. When I was younger I used to love bashing around in the hills on my old GT outpost trail (which I still have!) But that was over a decade ago.
I finally went with him earlier this year... I was smitten and I haven't had any disposable income since. I started riding my old GT to work, riding it in the mountains, and using it to head off to the store. Now less than a year later it's mostly been replaced by a goofy (too large) 1980 Peugeot craigslist single for road duty. We've cobbled together a sweet GT aluminum frame MTB that is a perpetual project. My old bike is being converted into a single speed commuter for work and grocery getting and I'm in the market for a roadie to start rolling biathlons and triathlons with. I've started jogging, swimming, riding whenever I can (darned winter!) I walk places instead of driving, I climb 14ers (Colorado thing) I go backpacking...
on the whole between Dave, my old GT, and the fact that I will never be able to afford a classic car habit, I'm a bike nut now and unapologetic about it...
I like measuring myself in miles per burrito
My wife and I share a car (4 wheels bad, 2 wheels good)
I have %20 body fat, but my legs only have %0.2
A good day in the hills means that I only crashed twice
I drool over bike tools
My garage is perilous due to errant ball bearings on the floor
I actually have considered shaving my legs...
Lycra is a possibility (need to loose about 20 more Lbs before I feel comfy in them)
My desktop at work is usually a picture of a bike of some kind
I have in depth discussions about the pros/cons of 29" Vs 26" MTB
"Geometry" is not just a class in high school anymore
I ask myself if I'm riding tonight before I eat lunch
Bike messengers aren't *so* crazy anymore
I feel better about life...
...so Thanks Dave, Thanks biking community, Thanks internet... I've got a new fixation, now can someone please explain to my wife that Carbon Fiber is a good value for money?