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    NH Rider
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    57 year old newbie having fun

    One year ago on Memorial Day 2003 I bought a Gary Fisher Zebrano hybrid and within a month had gone from 4 to 14 miles a day, switched seats, tires, seat posts, bars, etc and the LBS said it was time for a road bike. Got a Lemond Buenos Aires after July 4th and quickly got up to 15-20 mile rides and 100+ a week. Formed a lunch time riding group at work which taught me a lot. Upgraded the BA to DuraAce components, EC90 bar, Ritchey stem, SLR seat, SPD-L pedals and continued developing. Over the winter bought a Pedal Force frame and DuraAce components, EC90 bar, SLR seat, Ritchey stem, DA7750 pedals, and Flight Deck. Duplicated all the working dimensions but shaved off 4 pounds. Started riding my "Stealth" [all nude black carbon] bike in the middle of March (cold here in NH); then finished in top 10 of 100 in 50 mile charity ride. What a fun way to get exercise! So much so, no more time for my motorcycle so sold my Gold Wing. First time without a motorcycle in 40 years but having great time turning myself into a motor.

    Nice to meet you all. Keep those wheels rolling!

    Michael

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    Where in NH are you? I grew up north of the notch in (Littleton) and do miss it so.

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    Welcome. I started biking at 58 and also upgraded to a Lemond BA.

    After that, you got way ahead of me!

    Glad to hear you enjoy your biking and are doing so well.
    Gone from the 50+ forum. - Email me at dnvrfox@aol.com for fun new group of 50+ folks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwhurst
    One year ago on Memorial Day 2003 I bought a Gary Fisher Zebrano hybrid and within a month had gone from 4 to 14 miles a day, switched seats, tires, seat posts, bars, etc and the LBS said it was time for a road bike. Got a Lemond Buenos Aires after July 4th and quickly got up to 15-20 mile rides and 100+ a week. Formed a lunch time riding group at work which taught me a lot. Upgraded the BA to DuraAce components, EC90 bar, Ritchey stem, SLR seat, SPD-L pedals and continued developing. Over the winter bought a Pedal Force frame and DuraAce components, EC90 bar, SLR seat, Ritchey stem, DA7750 pedals, and Flight Deck. Duplicated all the working dimensions but shaved off 4 pounds. Started riding my "Stealth" [all nude black carbon] bike in the middle of March (cold here in NH); then finished in top 10 of 100 in 50 mile charity ride. What a fun way to get exercise! So much so, no more time for my motorcycle so sold my Gold Wing. First time without a motorcycle in 40 years but having great time turning myself into a motor.

    Nice to meet you all. Keep those wheels rolling!

    Michael
    Hi to Michael and the list! I'm a newbie here on the forum so please bear with me. Michael, it sounds like you are into hard training and competition. I'm a bit different. My mode is mostly commuting and pleasure rides. I was a die-hard "roadie" once, but no more. I just switched over to a recumbent and I'm kicking my butt I didn't do it 10 years ago! I've only had the 'bent about a week and I'm selling the road bike. As long as the event is not a sanctioned event (whatever the organization is that sanctions races, the nae escapes me for the moment) there is no reason a 'bent can't compete, unless the local rules dictate otherwise. I'm having the time of my life, nothing hurts or goes numb, and my speeds are nearly where they were on my road bike! As the new muscle groups develop the speed shound increase even more. My commute takes me through the center of a good size town and I've found that motorists tend to be more courteous and give a wider berth when passing than when I was on the road bike. Other things I've noticed are that headwinds affect me less and, yes I can do hills. Since I normally spin on the road bike it is just a natural adaptation to that technique on the 'bent. The hardest part was unlearning all of the roadie habits and just learning to relax. I'm 53 so we aren't too far apart in age. Go try a 'bent and have fun. You can still keep the road bikes and there are others that ride both. Me, I'm tired of beating myself to death, numb hands, sore neck, etc. I'm just gonna ride for the pure enjoyment of riding and the 'bent does that. Hey one more additional thing: On the level, against headwinds, and especially downhill bents are faster that diamond frame bikes. With your ability I'll bet you could leave everyone in the dust!

    'bent Brian

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    NH Rider
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    Quote Originally Posted by codiene
    Where in NH are you? I grew up north of the notch in (Littleton) and do miss it so.
    Windham, NH just 4 miles north of MASS, bisected by Route 93, Exit 3 Actually have been up Littleton way, but just taking my son to hockey games, not biking. Beautiful country.

    Michael

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    NH Rider
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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox
    Welcome. I started biking at 58 and also upgraded to a Lemond BA.

    After that, you got way ahead of me!

    Glad to hear you enjoy your biking and are doing so well.


    Thank you, my wife will be surprised and pleased that there are other over 55's doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bnet1
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    Hi to Michael and the list! I'm a newbie here on the forum so please bear with me. Michael, it sounds like you are into hard training and competition. I'm a bit different. My mode is mostly commuting and pleasure rides. I was a die-hard "roadie" once, but no more. I just switched over to a recumbent and I'm kicking my butt I didn't do it 10 years ago! I've only had the 'bent about a week and I'm selling the road bike. As long as the event is not a sanctioned event (whatever the organization is that sanctions races, the nae escapes me for the moment) there is no reason a 'bent can't compete, unless the local rules dictate otherwise. I'm having the time of my life, nothing hurts or goes numb, and my speeds are nearly where they were on my road bike! As the new muscle groups develop the speed shound increase even more. My commute takes me through the center of a good size town and I've found that motorists tend to be more courteous and give a wider berth when passing than when I was on the road bike. Other things I've noticed are that headwinds affect me less and, yes I can do hills. Since I normally spin on the road bike it is just a natural adaptation to that technique on the 'bent. The hardest part was unlearning all of the roadie habits and just learning to relax. I'm 53 so we aren't too far apart in age. Go try a 'bent and have fun. You can still keep the road bikes and there are others that ride both. Me, I'm tired of beating myself to death, numb hands, sore neck, etc. I'm just gonna ride for the pure enjoyment of riding and the 'bent does that. Hey one more additional thing: On the level, against headwinds, and especially downhill bents are faster that diamond frame bikes. With your ability I'll bet you could leave everyone in the dust!

    'bent Brian
    Don't know how hard core I am since I just began a year ago, but it certainly has got my attention. I tend to focus on something until I do it really well, then decide to keep with it or try something else. Kept with motorcycling 40 years, flying 10 years, computers 45 years (yeah, I know, I'm a dinosaur). Recumbents look really interesting to me and I want to try one sometime. In the meanwhile I just started commuting, weather permitting, to work which is 28 miles each way. Memorized the route in my car first; then rode it. The first time I spent the whole day worrying about having the energy to ride back, especially with the last 1/2 mile 12% hill up to my house. Actually shouldn't have worried. Averaged 18.6 and wasn't exhausted. I've gradually learned the different ways to make adjustments in myself and the bike to not get the numb hands, sore neck, etc. so at least those aren't pushing bad buttons.

    Next up will be a 150 miler--the MS MASS Getaway charity ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwhurst
    Thank you, my wife will be surprised and pleased that there are other over 55's doing this.
    Tell your wife that my wife (age 66) also rides - we did a portion of the Santa Fe Century just this last month.
    Gone from the 50+ forum. - Email me at dnvrfox@aol.com for fun new group of 50+ folks

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