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    Hello from Southern California!

    Hi all,
    My name is Tom, and I have been riding regularly since 1987. My wife calls me "Cycleman". Pretty original, huh? I'm 49 and work as an Engineer developing disposable medical devices. Last year I rode more than 4000 miles, mostly commuting. My commute is 35 miles round trip. Part of my route is along the ocean, which is nice. Recently I have been commuting less, but going on Saturday morning group rides. These rides are fast! They leave me too tired to commute more than once a week. But I am getting faster, especially on hills. My bike handling skills are improving , too. I ride a Trek 5200, the most comfortable bike I have ever owned. These days, comfort is more important to me than absolute stiffness. Well, that's about it - I love to ride, and look forward to sharing thoughts and experiences with others who love to ride.
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    Where is SOCAL are you located?

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    I live in Mission Viejo and Commute to San Clemente.

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    You might want to take a look at the group/club you are riding with. If they are seasoned hard core "roadies" that want to make every ride a fast training ride then their style may not suit you. When I got back into cycling this spring one of the things I looked for was a club to do some group riding with. Fortunately I found a club that was mostly touring/commuting type folks. On group rides no one is really in any hurry and viewing the scenery is one of the good things about any ride. Yes, we do have a couple of hard core younger "roadies" in the bunch. We usually turn those guys loose with a route map and tell them we will meet them at the designated destination for lunch. Even after a group ride I have enough energy to do my 17.7 mile commute the next day. In the meantime it sounds like you are doing great. Keep it up!

    'bent Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Fangrow
    I'm 49 and work as an Engineer developing disposable medical devices. Last year I rode more than 4000 miles, mostly commuting.
    Well, you are not quite yet 50, but we do have a 50+ forum in which you may have an interest. Please join us if you like!

    You will definitely be interested in the thread where 60 fifty and over cyclists describe their riding experiences.

    Special Thread For 50+yo Bicyclists

    Welcome
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Fangrow
    I live in Mission Viejo and Commute to San Clemente.

    Hey Tom!

    Who do you ride with? I live up in Orange and ride with the OC Rebel's outta Irvine... you should check them out sometime... great group of people with varying speed levels... some guys who like to hammer, and some that just like a brisk ride... http://www.ocrebels.com

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    [QUOTE=bnet1]You might want to take a look at the group/club you are riding with. If they are seasoned hard core "roadies" that want to make every ride a fast training ride then their style may not suit you.

    Nice to meet you, Bnet1. I rode with a tri group for a while, then a club, and was surprised at how fast they rode. I couldn't stay with the front group, but I didn't really mean to sound like I was complaining, because my goal is to become a faster rider. The last 2 Saturdays I rode with the Bicycle Club of Irvine, which is not a racing club, but still fast. I feel fortunate to have so many choices.
    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by SipperPhoto
    Hey Tom!

    Who do you ride with? I live up in Orange and ride with the OC Rebel's outta Irvine... you should check them out sometime... great group of people with varying speed levels... some guys who like to hammer, and some that just like a brisk ride... http://www.ocrebels.com

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    Hi Jeff, I probably will check them out eventually. I have ridden twice with BCI, and found out that OCRR broke away from BCI about 6 years ago. I saw on the OCRR website that the ride coordinator was stepping down/asking for help. Is he the driving force in the club? How are things going in the club these days? How many people show up for rides on Saturday mornings? Which route/group do you usually ride with? Maybe I'll run into you there soon.
    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox
    Well, you are not quite yet 50, but we do have a 50+ forum in which you may have an interest. Please join us if you like!

    You will definitely be interested in the thread where 60 fifty and over cyclists describe their riding experiences.

    Special Thread For 50+yo Bicyclists

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    Thanks for the invitation, DnvrFox! I'll check it out. Right now I am overwhelmed by the sheer number of threads and posts! There are too many to read. If you don't reply to a popular thread within a few hours, your comments end up on page 2 or 3. A new smaller forum may be just the thing.
    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Fangrow
    Hi Jeff, I probably will check them out eventually. I have ridden twice with BCI, and found out that OCRR broke away from BCI about 6 years ago. I saw on the OCRR website that the ride coordinator was stepping down/asking for help. Is he the driving force in the club? How are things going in the club these days? How many people show up for rides on Saturday mornings? Which route/group do you usually ride with? Maybe I'll run into you there soon.
    Tom

    Hi Tom,

    I rode with BCI a few times before I discovered OCRR about a year and a half ago. Jess, the "benevolent dictator" has decided in the past month or so to delegate authority to other people. So now another guy name Rick is taking over, with riders stepping up and becoming ride leaders every weekend... It takes a lot of the stress off of Jess, as he seems to be a guy who likes to try and do everything.

    But, overall, the club is strong. We have a pretty good turnout every weekend. Last Saturday I rode from Irvine to Long Beach with them, and there were probably 40-50 people that showed up. I like it because there are fast people in the group, as well as slow people, and a lot of people in between (like me)... I usually make the mistake of trying to keep up with the fast guys, and blowing up too soon... but I always have a good time.

    If you wanna swing by next Saturday, I will be the ride leader for the 9am rides. Unless something changes we should be heading out to the Starbucks in the Orange Circle. I usually ride the blue or green routes, depending on how I'm feeling, and how many hills are on the route :-)

    But definitely swing by and check us out... If you do come out next weekend, I'll be the guy with the Red and Black Lemond, standing near a Blue Ford F-150 Pickup. Stop over and say HI :-)

    see ya around

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    Welcome to Bikeforums, Tom!
    So many men....so little time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.troll
    Welcome to Bikeforums, Tom!
    Thanks, A.Troll! Cool troll picture. Are you from California?
    Tom

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