Hello to all. I'm 61 years old and have not ridden in 15 to 20 years. My last road bike was a Fuji S10s road racer (1975ish). I've had several mountain bikes but after her first ride, my wife decided to never get on a bike again. She wanted something with one speed, coaster brakes, big handlebars and a wide seat. I have exercised on and off most of my life. I recently found out that I have a huge calcium problem in my heart and my cardiologist wanted me to do all of the cardio that I can. In addition to weight lifting I was running 20 plus miles a week on an elyptical machine, BORING!
I should never watch the Tour De France. Every year I get the bike itch. I entered the Trek WOW contest everyday and won twice. Not the bikes mind you but 2 Trek water bottles. I think Trek does that on purpose so you have to go to a dealer and daydream. So, after picking up my new water bottles and window shopping, I decided it was time for a new bike. WOW, STICKER SHOCK. Prices seemed to have gone ballistic in the last 20 plus years like everything else. I told my wife about the great sale price on a new 2007 Trek 2100 and she asked the dreaded question, "how much?". As I slumped into my chair, head between my legs, I told her. Her reaction was somewhere between really upset and nuclear. She told me to offer them half what they were asking, yeah right! Well, I bought the bike but did not tell her about the extras like pedals, shoes, helmut, tools, pump, good bike shorts, etc. etc. etc., just about another $700.00 plus. Today my new Kinetic trainer arrives so I can keep going in bad weather. Remember, I'm buying all this stuff for health reasons. There must be balance. Did I hear that I may be worth more dead than alive?
In typical male fashion, I rode too much, too far, too soon. I'm chaffed beyond belief, and my pain threshold. I've not been on the bike in over 2 weeks and using evey cream known to mankind. Even when I've had a bad sunburn I've never peeled this much and it keeps on peeling. Have a great day!