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Old 01-10-09, 04:51 PM   #1
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Hi, I would have never thought I would have considered myself a Biker. I underwent Bypass surgery and was looking for a way to start exercizing. So, I dusted off the old Free Spirit and started riding. Surprisingly I ended up putting 600 miles on this bike in one year. The next year, I got a better bike, a 700c hybrid, and put 1200 miles on it. Then I made some refinements to the bike and started commuting the 5 miles to work and riding every park and path in Cleveland and put on 2500 miles. I think I'm hooked. I tend to go on the longer rides and have done 3 Centuries and 5 Metric Centuries with the Hybrid. Now, I'm looking at touring bikes and thinking about using part of my vacation next year to do some multi-day rides . Pretty crazy, huh. Hope to meet some great folks in these pages and hope I can provide my opinions when warrented.
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Old 01-11-09, 01:09 PM   #2
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You are doing a wonderful job of keeping that heart muscle exercised! Congratulations on doing three centuries on the hybrid! I have a hard enough time doing metric centuries on my road bikes (although being all vintage steel, and it being quite hilly here, it does make it a bit more difficult).

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Old 01-11-09, 02:03 PM   #3
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Welcome! That's quite a bit of riding!
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Old 01-11-09, 02:24 PM   #4
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Hey Pacman, you are off to a great start. Congrats on the new healthy lifestyle and making a commitment to keeping your bypass grafts wide open

There are other NE Ohians posting in the Great Lakes regional forum, maybe you want ot check it out?

GOBA would be a great first biking tour. It's got decent but not astronomical mileage, some built in rest days where you can ride or rest, and it's just good clean fun. It starts in Norwalk this year.
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Old 01-12-09, 01:26 AM   #5
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GOBA may be a good idea. It does seem like a ready made excuse for a week away (with rest days built in) I have no experience with multi day trips yet, dont know how the legs would hold up. All of my rides have been day trips, sometimes ending at night but realively flat. Gotta luv that NE.Ohio Glacial plain. Another good ride here is the charity ride for MS, Pedal to the point. Up to 150 miles over 2 days. Thanks for the tips, and I did find the Great lakes forum
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