Hi everyone another noobie here!
Well let's see...I rode my first organized bike ride in 1976 on my brand new Free Spirit 10 speed bike I got for my 12th birthday. Some of you may remember that American classic.
I raced as a youth, but never really did anything more than just local events. Placed a few times, but was never committed enough to train as a competitive cyclist should back then.
I began riding cross-state tours with a friend many years ago and have ridden the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia 5 times. I plan to ride RAGBRAI one of these years, and hope to do many more cross-state rides! If you've never ridden one, you should try. It's really a great way to enjoy our sport, and see places that many people never get to see.
I love riding centuries, I have ridden several centuries in Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee.
I was doing well up until about 5 years ago when I started to develop arthritis in my neck. The pain became so excruciating I found it nearly impossible to continue riding a standard bicycle anymore. I now spend most of my time riding a Bacchetta Corsa in the northern parts of Atlanta.
I recently became interested in commuting to work via my bicycle, but I didn't want to ride the recumbent. I set out to look for my new bike. After watching the discussions about the Nashbar X cyclocross bike and how people seemed to be fairly happy with them, I decided to get one myself.
One of the greatest lies in cycling has to be, "Honey, this will the last bike I will ever have to buy."
Well, I have begun working on my new cyclocross/commuting bike. Even though I worry about the pain, I really don't think it will be much of a problem because my commute will be about 10 miles each way. I had to convince my wife that I could do this, and my doctor even said he thought I should.
If I ride longer rides or centuries, I will be on the Corsa.
But I'm looking forward to fighting high fuel prices by commuting to work on my new X crossbike!
Keep the rubber on the road!