Another in the Pacific Northwest
At 63 I guess I fit under the senior classification. I'm retired and live on a small island in Puget Sound. I got back into bicycle riding last fall when my son-in-law sort of talked me into riding the STP. That's the Seattle to Portland bicycle ride, 200+ miles, I suspect most members have heard of it. Having not really ridden a bicycle since the 70's I needed a bicycle. I tried a friends aluminum bicycle and my prostate told me in no uncertain terms "if you keep this up we are no longer friends". My son-in-laws carbon fiber bicycle was better but our roads are almost all chip seal and so long distance or long time in the saddle was not looking promising. I settled on a steel touring bicycle, a Windsor Tourist. I spent the winter on a trainer indoors and headed outside when the weather warmed and cleared. And so 1400 plus miles (according to the Cateye computer) later I rode the STP with a time in the saddle of a few minutes under 14 hours. I took two days, the first being 126 miles to Vader finishing the rest on Sunday. I was pleased enough with my first STP but I wanted a lighter bicycle as my Tourist weighed just over 40 pounds with fenders, full water bottles, trunk with spares, pump and rain gear and snacks and camera in the handlebar bag etc.. So asking other riders on the ride (primarily older male riders like myself as most guys are happily unaware of their prostate until after age 55) I kept getting a suggestion to try the Specialized Roubaix. I did and ended up purchasing a 2006 Roubaix Elite triple in 56.5 cm size. The bike makes chip seal more than tolerable, it's a fun ride. Not that passing younger guys on fancier bicycles while riding a touring bicycle with fenders etc. doesn't have it's merits. And with the Roubaix, next year's STP will be one day.
So having gone thru the bicycle fitting process with my Physical Therapist (long story about improperly adjusted cleats) with the Tourist I know I need a narrower handlebar as well as shorter stem, so I started a search. And thru that search I found this forum because a member here had exactly what I was looking for in the "For Trade" section. Looking around the forum it seemed like a great group of guys and a good source of information so I am here, joined.
Other interests include wood fired cooking (built a WF pizza oven in 2008) and sailing although it's been more than several years since I last crossed an ocean on my boat.
Happy to be here,