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Old 09-13-10, 02:51 PM   #1
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New rider and member from the Jersey Shore

Hello all,

I am JT from Brick NJ. I lived to ride bicycles when I was a teenager and into my very early 20's. I had BMX bikes and a 12 speed with a rack on the back to haul skateboards. My father had a very nice upscale Puch road bike that was the nicest bike I or my friends have ever seen. I also used to work for the LBS in Hazlet on rt 35 (now I think its a T-Moble store). After I got my license, I got into cars and motorcycles and soon after a bicycle was only something I might use at a swap meet to get around or maybe even go down the boardwalk once a year. I would still use my BMX for dirt riding and ramps but that didn't last long and by the time I was 20, my bikes started to collect dust. Obviously not much of a cyclist anymore.

Step ahead about 12 years - I started to watch the Tour de France on a regular basis about 6 years ago. Everytime I would watch the end of a stage I would then get on my Magna mountain bike (from Target) and start to ride again. I used to live in Middletown NJ and the Henry Hudson Trail was a mile from my home. I would ride the one mile to the trail and then 3 down the trail and back home. Not a long distance to most cyclists but being 50-60lbs overweight now that seemed like a start.

I got to the point where I can ride 16 miles a day. It was a great trail. I also moved but was with in 1/2 mile of the trail head in Aberdeen NJ so I could ride. I just didn't go often, maybe once a month if that. I won a BMW Cruise bicycle at a BMW car rally my wife and I did and that sparked a new interest in riding so she got the Magna and I rode the BMW bike. The both of us started to ride the trail but again, not often enough.

So to bore you all even more I will shorten this up. I moved down the shore. I have no local trails so I have to use the streets. After watching the TdF this year, it has piqued my interest in riding as I haven't used the bikes in 2 years. I sent the BMW out to the LBS to get a tune up and bought a new Bike Computer. My wife and I have started to ride and I really found this renewed interest in the sport that I haven't felt since I was in my teens.

I now found this Forum and joined in hopes that it will keep me interested and riding. I still need to lose those extra lbs. So thats my long story in short nutshell.

Since I know many of you are going to say "I didn't know BMW made bicycles" here is a picture of it.

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Old 09-13-10, 03:31 PM   #2
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Hi JT,
Riding your bike will get you in better shape. You will feel and look better.
Loosing weight is about eating less.
Very nice bike and introduction.
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Hi JT,
Riding your bike will get you in better shape. You will feel and look better.
Loosing weight is about eating less.
Very nice bike and introduction.
Thank you for the response. A few years back I lost 30 lbs just by eating better and walking three times a week 2 miles per walk. I added more fiber to my diet with less cheese, no fried foods, cut portions of restaurant meals in half, and just eating more senseable things is all I did. I was not going to follow fad diets or meal plans or any of that garbage.

So far my wife and I have rode about 5 miles a day this past week with a couple days of walking 2-3 miles. She prefers walking, I prefer riding. Since we are doing this together, it's in the best interest for us to do what we both like so we support each other. She can out walk me as she can do an easy 5 miles but I can out ride her and prob can do 7-8 miles before I start to really feel it. I also ride the better bike and that makes a big difference as her cranks are shorter than mine.

So far, I have lost 2.5 lbs!
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Walking together is nice.
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Old 09-20-10, 03:33 PM   #5
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Welcome! I am another who recently joined Bike Forums and I also need to lose some weight. Isn't the Tour De France a great motivator?
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I had to reopen this thread from last year because I haven't been here in a long time. I wound up not riding the bike much over the winter and even this spring I was on it only once. So here is my new/old introduction to the site again. I have more motivation this year as I have been trying to be more active. A friend just sent me a bike event, about 16 miles round trip, which I posted in the NJ region trip thread. I will be attending this this weekend. Time to get the bike ready. I should have pictures next week to post.
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Old 05-30-11, 07:17 PM   #7
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yeah, get on that bike and ride! Doing it with groups is a good way to make it even more fun.
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Welcome back to Bike Forums! Awesome you and your wife can ride together.
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I just did a 13 mile ride yesterday with a group. about 7-8 people on the way out and 30+ on the way back. I feel good, a little sore, but overall I survived. From doing no riding to this kind of mileage, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I am happy my success of yesterdays ride. This is giving me great motivation and my wife is going to take a ride with me possibly tomorrow if I recover well enough.

I also started a chart with the date and weigh in LBS. Starting at 258lbs so hopefully the #'s will drop as I continue.
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