Newbie says "Hello" :)
Hi there, it was suggested that I tell a bit about myself since I am a new member of this site.
I was born and raised in the Northwest, I love traveling and I work in the field of environmental conservation.
I used to be justa get-around simple commuting biker (usually fair weather at that!). I had a clunky, cheap Giant mountain bike that I used for everything (I won't even mention how many pounds that behemoth was/is - I still have it!)...
In 2006 I was given the opportunity to bike the North Island of New Zealand....so I started training in earnest about 1.5 months before departure....on a clunky stationary recumbant bike that had come with the house I bought earlier that year (god it was boring!).... my goal was to pedal at least 100 miles a week (don't laugh - I think the longest I'd ridden was about 15 miles at a wack...ever).... never mind that the itinerary noted some 80 to 100 mile days(!!!)...ignorance can be bliss (in moderation).
Long story short - ebay produced a classic steel Bianchi (circa 1980's) and, with the help of friends I tracked down all the necessary accessories...did I mention I'd never ridden with clipless pedals until then? (there were some "Benny Hill" moments as the Large-ish paniers toppled me at the most embarrassing times).
I arrived and met the rest of the group - seasoned long distance riders every one...that's when the group leader had the audacity to ask me if I'd ridden much..."because I didn't look like a cyclist" (so I didn't have the stereotypical lean physique - athletically curvy can be just as good...jeez, give a girl a break!) To which I responded the next day by kicking his ass up every bleep'n hill! (small victory for the "non-cyclist"). For those of you who haven't experienced the hills of N.Z. yet, let me tell you it is a life altering experience. We rode 1000 miles in 2 weeks - it was an incredible trip!!!
In a nut shell - I became completely hooked on long distance riding - taking particular enjoyment in climbing hills - steeper the better!
Now I have a Canondale CAAD-9 which I love although I believe a full carbon frame of some kind is in my future... I try to bag 5 to 10 organized rides a season (with 1/2 or more century rides).
...so that's my story ............ I LOVE ROAD BIKING!!!
long time visiter
We've all had those Benny Hill moments ... especially with your first clipless ride. No biggee. At least you got to make your mistakes in New Zealand ... and a 1000 miles in 2 weeks. Well done!
Welcome to Bike Forums, and make sure to share some of your adventures in the forums.