Keeper of the Castle
Join Date: May 2009
Location: NE Ohio
Bikes: 2009 CAAD9-5, 2009 Kona Dew Plus, Trek 930
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New 50+ Clyde from NE Ohio
Hello all forum members. Please allow me to "introduce" myself. I am a 51 year old man in the NE Ohio area who I guess fits into the "Clyde" category since I am 5'7" and 225#. Now just to clarify, I am a former competitive bodybuilder who used to compete in the Light Heavyweight (NPC) class and my normal non-competition bodyweight has been in the 210+ range for the past 25 years. Of course as I have aged and life has slowed me down some of that weight is definitely "extraneous" at this point. I could probably stand to loose 15 - 20# but my waist is currently 34" and my chest 48" so I will probably always be a "Clyde" in this bike world. (Very strange since in my bodybuilding/weight lifting world any man < 180# or so off-season is considered a "lightweight" - and our big quads come from heavy squats!)
Anyhow, my wife and I recently got back into biking. We have old (circa 1993) Trek 930 mountain bikes that we still enjoy when camping up in the woods but really take their toll for everyday and road use. Late last year we bought a couple of new bikes: a Specialized Carmel Globe "comfort" bike (with 3 speed Nexus internal hub) for her and a Kona Dew Plus for me. I was leaning towards a Trek FX bike before I discovered the Kona. This is a great bike with components that fall between the current 7.3 and 7.5 FX models for leas than the 7.3 FX. I really like the chrome-moly fork and mechanical disc brakes. This is a perfect everyday bike that does everything adequately but nothing great! Over the past several months I found myself riding more and my wife keeping up less. I initially tried to get her into some type of fitness hybrid model but she (also 51) felt more comfortable with a women's specific 26" tire comfort model. Oh well, at least she is out there riding!
As I have been going out more by myself on roads and paths I have been wanting to go faster. After visiting several LBS, I ended up with a road bike: a 2009 CAAD9 5 model (I know, the darling of the roadies on this forum). While a few of the others I tried may have been a bit more comfortable, I really liked the handling and immediate response of the CAAD 9. My LBS just happened to have a 54 model in black with a compact crank and I was all set. After a few weeks of riding I am getting more used to the posture and dynamics of a road bike. Lat week I bought some clipless pedals and shoes and am getting used to those. At this time I am trying to get in several 10 - 20 mile rides during the week (as work permits) and a 25+ mile ride on the weekends (as family obligations permit).
While only 5'7" with a 30.25" inseam, I do have a very long torso (and big feet). A 54 frame in both the Kona and Cannondale actually fit me the "best". The 52 CAAD 9 was a bit too cramped for my upper body.
So I guess I "qualify" for several forums: recreational, roadie, Clyde, and 50+. Since I cannot change my age I can see the 50+ forum being a usual hangout. I have also gotten back into lifting although no illusions of competition - just keeping up my strength and stress relief. I obviously do not have an ideal road cycler physique so I have no illusions about keeping up with the young skinny guys. I just hope the wheel set of my CAAD holds up and that I never crash into a ped (or car) at 20+ MPH!
Sorry for the long intro. I promise future postings to be much shorter!