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    Hello from South East PA

    Hello everybody, figured I'd join because I want to get back into biking and want a place to chat about it.


    A bit of history about myself:
    Up until I was 16 I biked all the time. I am not kidding, I would go out and do 10-20 miles of riding a few times a week. Trail riding, road riding, even stunt biking. I went threw bikes like they were cheap shoes. Bent forks, broke frame welds, broke handlebars, everything. I beat the heck out of big-box bikes until I had the money to buy a Schwinn Mesa in 1995(?). After I turned 16 and started working part time my biking slowed a lot, then stopped when I was around 20 years old. Partly due to working full-time and partly because I totaled my jeep (not my fault and I was uninjured) so couldn't easily take my bike to the local parks. I gained a lot of weight due to the lack of activity and was up to 280+ pounds a few years ago.

    But more recently in the past few years I've had some new jobs requiring intense physical activity that put me on the path to getting fit.
    I cut soda out of my diet, stopped eating so much junk food and as of 2 weeks ago I am now under 200 pounds for the first time in maybe 10 years and lost 5 inches off my waist so far.

    I want to get back into regular biking now to help continue the weight loss. I miss biking, I loved biking, I want to bike again.

    I still have my old bikes:
    21 speed schwinn mesa, front shocks, solid rubber inner tubes (had gotten tired of flats every week, lol)
    21 speed Mongoose XR250 (got it 5 years ago when working at walmart as a bike assembler, failed attempt at getting back into biking)
    10 Speed Peugeot street bike (20+ years old)

    The Mongoose is in the best shape, only rode it a few times then it sat in my shed.
    The Schwinn I don't know about. I think it might be worth scrapping besides the frame.
    The Peugeot is in excellent shape still, just needs a shift lever. Have yet to see one for sale though as they mount on the frame just below the handlebars.


    Anybody got any good tips on getting back into biking after a 10+ year hiatus?
    Anybody have any thoughts about how these bikes compare to newer models?
    Last edited by zaroba; 06-20-13 at 06:43 PM. Reason: typo

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    Hey zaroba,

    Welcome to Bike Forums.

    Pick out your best bike and start with very short rides.

    Visit local bike shops to see what is new.

    Check you local Craigslists for bikes your size.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
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    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
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    Hello Zaroba, glad to have you here with us, welcome to BF. 10 Wheels has this one nailed, get the one bike that you can get in good, safe condition and ride it regularly. Do your search based on what you learn while you ride, read here and haunt your LBS. Best wishes on your restart.

    Bill
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    Thanks for the welcomes guys.

    Just got back from my first ride. Not wanting to take the full suspension XR250 on a flat trail, I decided to ride on the wooded trail I hiked for 4 hours last week. By the time I hit the long uphill half a mile into the trail my heart was pounding and my knees were aching. Couldn't get up the hill and had to stop every 10 yards or so. Ended up turning around before getting close to halfway to where I walked to last week, might have only gone 2 miles overall. Having a job that requires constant lifting and walking up to 20 miles a day, I Feel disappointed that I couldn't go further.

    Bike didn't fare so well either, lol. Thought it was good, I rode it around my street yesterday to make sure it worked well. But other problems arose from the bumpy trail. The darn handlebar clamp was loosening while I was riding. By the time I turned around the screws were loose enough to rotate by hand and the handlebar could slide back and forth. My elbows and wrists did not like having to hold the handlebar in place while riding the bumpy trail back to my truck.

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    Happy you got a ride in.

    I carry necessary tools for adjustments on the bike.

    Don't forget a spare tube and a pump or CO 2
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
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    lol, yea.

    I was looking at the swiss-army bike tools they had at walmart at thought of getting one but my main concern was gettign a flat. They had no tire patch kits though


    Going to do another ride today. On the Schwinn though and on a flat trail. Hoping it will hold up and will see what all it's problems are. I'm still debating on trashing it or stripping it and rebuilding it. The frame is good, but most of the rest of it is not. The fork needs to be replaced, the pedals are damaged, and the front sprocket is worn. It's still perfectly usable, but very worn out. The wheels aren't true anymore either but that is fixable.
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    Check the Local Bike Shops for a multi-tool and patch kit/pump that will see you back home. I have a seat wedge bag with a Park multi-tool, spare tube, Park Tool mini patch kit, CO2 pump, extra cylinders and a house key. Its small and unobtrusive and I can get back to the house if I have a problem. Cell phone always goes with me every ride.

    Bill
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