I began riding during my first year away at school ('82) and I bought my first good bike in '84; a Peugeot UO-14 from Cumberland Transit in Nashville. I racked up a lot of miles in Davidson and Williamson Counties in TN.
I dropped riding for a while when I moved to Huntsville, AL in '86, but a friend got me back into to it in the early '90s. I rode a bit with the Spring City Cycling Club during that period. I've only been on the bike for brief periods in this decade; preferring to concentrate on my job and being a musician.
I recently decided to get back into cycling. I decided to retire the antique Peugeot in favor of a modern ride, so I bought a Motobecane Sprint from BikesDirect. Holy cow! What a huge difference 25 years has made in bicycle development. I'm loving these modern drivetrains!
After only one month back on the bike, I feel like I'm riding better than ever with two exceptions. First, at 23 years old, I used to tear up the hills of middle TN while barely noticing the change in terrain. At 45, I'm finding lesser hills to be quite a challenge. Second, I'm having to pay much more attention to my body. In my 20s, I just hopped on the bike and rode with a little water here and there. At 45, I need to pump sugar and water into my body well before I think about riding as well as during. I do find it facinating to explore the limits of my fat, old body.
Enough rambling. I'm happy to have found this site and I'm hoping to learn from others here. I'm also hoping to find a few replacement parts for that old Peugeot.
I'm in Huntsille here too! Soon I'l be moving to Auburn for a job though. Look out for my white, turquoise and pink specialized. I'm pretty car-free, so I ride alot. You should check out the city bikerouts map. I'll look for it. Critical mass is last friday of every month at 6:30 by the madison county courthouse.
Hi FlatMaster, I tend to ride in Madison or west into Limestone County. I do have one route over Eastview Drive into Research Park and back by Old Madison Pike. I see bike route signs (route #41, I think) on Wynn Drive. Is this the routes to which you're referring?