I kept ending up here in my google searches as I ramp myself back into cycling, and I have been consistently impressed with the breadth of knowledge here, and the tone with which it is delivered. A community! Hot damn.
A buddy of mine has roped me into the sport. I biked a lot as a kid and in college but from a
utilitarian angle. In my late 40's, I'm coming at it now for low-impact fitness, and some bugs in my teeth from grinning while I do it!
Sitting here with very sore thighs as I type this, having celebrated said buddy's 50th birthday with a 62 and 50 mile ride on consecutive days yesterday and day before. These had some real climbs in them because he had his rat-pack from back in the day celebrating too, and they are a bunch of lean mean Colorado biking machines... I was the weakest rider, which I gather is never fun, but I cranked it as hard as I could, which was pretty hard, so I feel good about it.
I initially trained for it on my 80's mountain bike, doing a 10.5-mile loop with one big steep climb included in my rural area. It sucked. Pushing those big tires and HEAVY frame around lacked a certain... grace. But it was aerobic as heck. With the help of this forum, meaning threads I searched up, I bought a '08 Specialized Sequoia Elite a few weeks ago. I got in a bunch of good rides on it prior to the birthday rides, maxing at 34 miles, which helped me get it somewhat fitted to me. I think. Certainly have some questions there.
I didn't mention yet-- I'm tall at 6-4". So bikes can be harder to find. The Sequoia came available at a local shop and I snagged it at $600. It has a few upgraded parts. It's comfortable and I'm getting used to the feel of the AL frame with carbon parts- things flex (or not) somewhat independently of each other, compared to a frame made of all one material. But I like the bike and it'll be my steed for the foreseeable future.
I have a couple physical issues that I'm interested to float out there that came apparent in my rides in the last few days, and I suspect they will be addressable through some fitting advice, and body mechanics tweaks. Can't wait to tap the brain trust here on that one!
So--- long post, I guess I could've just said I'm an enthusiastic noob who comes in with full respect for the forum, and left it at that, but DAYUM MAN! I just tapped all this in on an iPhone and I ain't deleting it!
All the best, and looking forward to learning and participating.