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Old 08-07-09, 06:21 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Three years ago my wife asked me to buy a bike so I could go riding with her. 35 yrs. ago I walked into a bike shop and told them to wrap up two of their best bikes. They were a men's and women's Schwinn LeTour. One for me and one for the, now ex, wife. I rode a lot and did many Century days. (round trip to my favourite restaurant was just about 100 mi.) Two boys and four marriages later I bought an old Trek 820 Antelope mountain bike to go riding with the wife. It caught on with me and I ended up being the biker of the family.

At 260 lbs. (see comment about restaurant above) and 59 yrs. old, I decided I needed to do some serious training and get in shape. Three weeks ago I gave my son the Trek 820 and bought a Trek FX 7.3 and started riding to improve my fitness. We have a lot of nice bike paths up here and I started doing a number of 20 and 30 kilometer rides. I've been on the bike all but two days since I got it. I did a 50K day a week ago and then my first 100k two days ago. (sure is a lot easier dealing with K's rather than mi's)

The Trek FX 7.3 is a great bike for how I'm using it. It's sturdy, smooth and comfortable.

Although I've done most of my riding myself, it's fun to go with my wife. In her younger days she was a world class athlete and is usually faster than me, even though I'm on a lighter road type bike and she's on her mountain bike. That's fine, cause I like watching her from behind.

I've read through the forum a bit and I'm sure it's going to be a good fit for me. After all, it's got an over 50 forum AND a Clydesdale forum. Just what I is.

Good to be here, be talking to you soon.

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Old 08-07-09, 08:36 PM   #2
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Welcome to Bike Forums, John. That Trek FX must be a nice ride if you can increase your mileage so quickly. Do you have any photos of the bike?
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Old 08-07-09, 08:57 PM   #3
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Old 08-08-09, 03:31 AM   #4
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Welcome to Bike Forums, John. That Trek FX must be a nice ride if you can increase your mileage so quickly. Do you have any photos of the bike?

Thanks CbadRider,

Nope, no pictures. Just a stock bike, but compared to 35 yrs. ago, all these bikes are much better. Actually doing the K's didn't seem to be a problem, finding the time to do it was. It took all day (7hrs.) do do the trip.

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