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Old 12-22-08, 01:44 PM   #1
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getting older (not really) and the pursuit of greener pastures

Howdy all,
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 Now less than a year later it's mostly been replaced by a goofy (too large) 1980 Peugeot craigslist single for road duty.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... 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?

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Old 12-22-08, 02:11 PM   #2
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Welcome chrischad.

Explain to your wife that a CF bike will help you get the weight off faster. Maybe then she'll let you get a new bike.

And Jesus looking upon them saith, "With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible." - Mark 10:27
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Old 12-25-08, 05:41 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums.

For what it's worth, one of the best exercises I ever found was hiking uphill. It doesn't jar you like jogging, and you can adjust the pace to whatever degree of workout you want. I have been up to Horsetooth Rock and Greyrock Mountain near Fort Collins dozens of times, and before we moved out of that area, managed to hike up all the 13'ers in Rocky Mountain National Park. Get out there and enjoy while you can.
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Old 12-26-08, 01:58 PM   #4
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Drop on in to the Clydesdale forum. some of the greatest folks who ever threw a leg over a bike over there.

Welcome to the forums, and welcome to the madness!
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Old 12-26-08, 09:05 PM   #5
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Awww.. that brough a tear to my eyes!

I'm the 'Dave' he refers to in the post.

Welcome Chris

now let's go ride !!!

oh... and tell Laura Carbon Fiber is so you can kick my ass!

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Old 12-27-08, 12:19 PM   #6
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Thanks for the welcomes all! I have to get some honeydoos done today so I can go out and hit the road! no time for forum surfing... that's why I have a job!
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Old 12-27-08, 12:21 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum. You started just n time, and conversions and your own bike builds are the way to go. Keep on riding!
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