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  1. #1
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    Hi from the Shires

    Hi all

    Just joined the forum after getting into cycling a year ago as part of my fortysomething midlife crisis...

    I bought my first road bike last July, a Bianchi Via Nirone 7 Sora on our tax-free bikes scheme the government runs over here, and have been merrily hacking around the beautiful countryside of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire where I live. I try to get out for a quick 20 miler three times a week or so and a longer run of around 50 miles at the weekend. I don't do anything competitive but I've done three 100k sportives this year and I'm aiming to do the 100 mile versions next season.

    I love getting up early and going for a ride as the sun rises, and I often combine it with my passion for photography which can make for quite dramatic shots but absolutely terrible average speeds as I keep stopping for pictures! My other hobbies are my old restored Land Rover, which is ideal bike transport (it wheels straight in) and playing guitar, which I have yet to find a way to combine with riding a bike...

    After about 3000 miles on my beloved VN7 I have worn out and grown out of Sora, and was planning to upgrade the groupset to 105, but the N+1 rule kicked in and I've just bought a rather gorgeous Bianchi Impulso 105. Luckily my wife is also a born again roadie and has a very nice Cannondale which means I get a bit of latitude in these things...

    Plan for the winter is keep the VN7 for lunchtime rides from my office about 30 miles away with some colleagues, so I have a new set of country lanes to get lost in. Seems to be working so far, though I think our poor receptionist is still getting over the shock of the HR Director prancing around in full lycra...

    Anyway, see you around the forum

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    Hey Alfajock,

    Welcome to Bike Forums from a Texas road rider.

    Post some pics of the country roads and your bikes.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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    Hi 10 Wheels, thanks for the welcome.

    A few pics as requested
    Bianchi Dawn 1.jpgBianchi Dawn 2.jpgBianchi Dawn 3.jpgBianchi Dawn 4.jpgimpulso 105 resized.jpg

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    Galveston County Texas 10 Wheels's Avatar
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    Winner:

    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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