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Old 01-24-14, 07:32 PM   #1
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Out of shape newbie from Seattle - glad to be here!

Greetings from Seattle! I'm a "big girl" from the Eastside, and since September I've been working to improve my health and fitness. Down nearly 45 pounds so far, but still have a ways to go before I get down to a healthy weight. I haven't ridden a bike in nearly 15 years (I used to love riding as a kid, but most of what I remember is falling!), but after months and months of thought and research, I decided to bite the bullet and purchased a '14 Specialized Dolce Elite Compact two days ago. I was originally considering a hybrid with a flatbar, but after trying out as many in my size that I could find, I decided that I felt better on a dropbar road bike form factor. Who knew!

Still have to schedule the bike fit, and I've only ridden it a couple times so far in my neighborhood. Short rides. We're talking sub-2 milers. I'm starting from scratch basically! My sit bones are still pretty tender (REALLY tender - riding for ten minutes kills me) and I'm told that will go away with a proper fit and mileage, so next step is to invest in some padded shorts and just grimace through it until it's easier! And if not maybe grab a different saddle.

My goal is to ride for fitness and fun. Seattle is a great city for riding, and here on the eastside we have a number of great paved trails that I can start on. I'd love to eventually be able to do the Lake Washington Loop, or even something like the STP (a girl can dream!). I'm excited because this weekend I've invested in a private "Back to Basics" training lesson with a trainer from the Cascade Bicycle Club. I need to learn things like how to brake and shift properly, how to get that rear quick release back on without merely lucking into it, and how to not die on the road. That kinda stuff.

I'm eager to make the most out of this knowledgable community, and maybe make some connections along the way. Thanks for reading! Oh, and here's a pic of my new ride:

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Old 01-24-14, 09:59 PM   #2
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Welcome to Bike Forums!

You'll find lots of help here. You might want to check out the Clydesdales & Athenas section for assistance, (I have no idea if you "qualify" or not, but it's the most friendly place on BF, IMO.)

Just remember the number ONE rule: have fun!! If you're not having fun, hit the reset button and enjoy riding!
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Old 01-24-14, 10:11 PM   #3
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Welcome! You've got so many amazing things to look forward to.....riding a bicycle is truly one of the most wonderful things in life.
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Old 01-24-14, 11:24 PM   #4
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I would give it a week or two before buying a new saddle. The first few rides are almost always hard on the rear and it will be easier to assess your needs after your rear end has toughed up a bit.

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Old 01-25-14, 06:09 PM   #6
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Thanks for the welcome, all. I'm so happy to have found the Clydesdales/Athenas sub-forum -- that's right up my alley!
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Old 01-25-14, 06:14 PM   #7
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Welcome from another W.Washingtonian!

Today was a great day to ride!

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Nice to meet you Julie, welcome to bikeforums!
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