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    hello from massachusetts!

    hello all!

    I have been lurking for a bit, but this is my first post! I've just recently gotten back into cycling as I hadn't been on a bike since I was little and figured it was about time.

    I started out last summer on a Lemond Etape, which barely got any use and just wasn't right for me. I recently sold it for an Origin-8 Uno, my first foray into the world of fixed gear. I'm currently in the process of spiffing up my Uno, and I love it so far. Once I get comfortable on busy roads, I hope to start riding it to work. I'm out in the suburbs of Boston, so the thought of riding in an environment that is 95% cars, most of which zoom by at 50 miles an hour, is a bit daunting. Fingers crossed!

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    Welcome aboard! I used to live in Lexington. I hope you have a helmet - especially if you'll be sharing the road with motorized idiots who don't believe we exist. If not - put that on the top of your shopping list. And don't ride on Route 2. LOL.
    How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

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    whatapp. Quincy rider here. good luck with your new start to cycling

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    Thanks for the welcome, both!

    A good, comfortable helmet is next up on my list since soon I'll be wearing it more often than the one I have now! And I can't imagine riding on Rt 2 - it's almost a deathwish in a car! eek

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    Quote Originally Posted by cate14 View Post
    hello all!

    I have been lurking for a bit, but this is my first post! I've just recently gotten back into cycling as I hadn't been on a bike since I was little and figured it was about time...I'm out in the suburbs of Boston, so the thought of riding in an environment that is 95% cars, most of which zoom by at 50 miles an hour, is a bit daunting. Fingers crossed!
    Welcome to the Forums. I'm a year round commuter from Kenmore Square to Norwood. Where are you, more specifically than the suburbs, and what is your intended commute?

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    Welcome to the forum! Yes, eastern MA roads can be a death trap. Or you can ride west of Fitchburg and traffic thins out a LOT. It's all in knowing where to go. Of course that doesn't help much if it takes 3 hours just to ride out here on your bike! Hook up with the Charles River Wheelmen, they have lots of rides of varying degrees of speed, and there's sure to be something that fits, and someone to ride with too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    Welcome to the Forums. I'm a year round commuter from Kenmore Square to Norwood. Where are you, more specifically than the suburbs, and what is your intended commute?
    Hi Jim! My commute will be relatively quick and straightforward, starting and ending in Natick - down Rt 27 and then the option of riding on Rt 9 for a hundred feet or so (scary thought), or simply cutting through back roads and through a clearing in the woods to end up at work.

    Quote Originally Posted by Suzie Green View Post
    Welcome to the forum! Yes, eastern MA roads can be a death trap. Or you can ride west of Fitchburg and traffic thins out a LOT. It's all in knowing where to go. Of course that doesn't help much if it takes 3 hours just to ride out here on your bike! Hook up with the Charles River Wheelmen, they have lots of rides of varying degrees of speed, and there's sure to be something that fits, and someone to ride with too!
    Thanks Suzie! I'm definitely still learning where to go - I'll be sure to check out the Charles River Wheelmen, this seems like a great way to get started.

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