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Old 09-19-09, 08:02 PM   #1
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my introduction

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I'm a 62 years old professional who spends all my work hours seated. I had back surgery June 2008. It was successful in alleviating the severe pain but I still have constant pain which varies in intensity. I have gained weight and am very unconditioned. I thought bike riding might be helpful to get me strong and conditioned as well as leaner (). I also plan on using a treadmill. I haven't ridden since a child but many streets in our area are good for bike riding. I need to get a bike which is comfortable for me and one I feel stable riding. I'm hoping to get inspired by all of you and get suggestions for bikes etc.
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Old 09-19-09, 08:09 PM   #2
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Welcome .. Plenty of text and photos. It's all divided into catagories & sub ....
in short order you'll have enough to go on .. at least enough to make an early investigation of a local bike store (LBS). I've waisted enough of your time and must go now.
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Old 09-19-09, 08:37 PM   #3
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Wow, nice intro thar...? Not sure who that person was but anyway - I'm a real person and ...

Hey guy who's thinking of getting back out there - while it is great to have us in your back pocket - DO and I will state again DO go to your LBS (local bike shop) - and maybe more than one - like in my local where I have two high end bike shops that concentrate basically on building high end bikes and probably 5 other bike shops that have specific manufacturerers, etc - and have bikes at location to test.

While I'm not suggesting a recumbent - it might not be a bad thing to look into - and also to look at one that has a double wheel in the back - one of my friends was looking into this for his Mom. My local LBS has a couple of different 'bent options for people to try out - and that's the key word(s) - TRY OUT. You need to go and try some of these things out.

So - you go have a blast and shop at a couple of shops - seriously - to me bike shops are like the Sears Wish Book - I want one of everything - and doooo have a good time doing it as well as riding pleasure!
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Welcome to Bike Forums. I agree with the posts above - go to your local bike store and try different models to see what works for you. You might also want to post a question in the Fifty Plus forum, as there are other riders who have had the same issues as you.
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Welcome.

I had back surgery about 18 years ago, with pretty much the same results. Excruciating pain was gone, but chronic pain persisted. It may take you a while to figure out what activities will aggravate your pain and what activities are fine. I agree with above posters that you need to find the bike fit that works for you. Once you have a bike, you may need to adjust the handlebar position fore/aft and up/down as you ride more and find what works. Talk to the bike shop about that before the purchase. Your back is unique, and you'll have to discover what works.

I'm mostly pain-free now, and continuing to find more things I can do. Today, I rode a century, my 4th of the year. Actually it was 120 miles because I rode to/from the event.

Good luck and happy cycling.
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