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Old 01-07-10, 11:53 PM   #601
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Hello, names Bernard. I'm in Antioch. I started riding road bikes a few months ago but more familiar with track cycling. I start off every morning by riding. I try to do atleast 15-20 miles a day. If your from the area, i'm looking for more people to ride with because I usually ride alone or sometimes catch rides with "fixie" riders.

Heres my bicycle. I bought it almost a month ago from La Dolce Velo in San Jose.

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Old 01-08-10, 08:30 AM   #602
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Hey guys - hope to see you on an East Bay ride some time soon.
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First let me apologize that i've never introduced myself, even though i've joined a few months back.

So here goes, my name is Bassem (originally from Egypt, hence the name).
Not much of an athlete, i've done a little rugby and rowing back at college (that was eons ago).
I'm a 39 year old ex-clydesdale (was 242lb 7-8 months back, i'm now 173lb). Lost a ton of upper body weight, so rowing i think is over for me. Biking is a lot more fun though, so i don't regret that for a second.

I started biking with some seriousness late this past summer on my bullet-proof late nineties Specialized hard rock. The bike has served me well and has now become my commuter bike.
I live in the west San Jose area. Pretty close to Cupertino, Campbell and Saratoga.
I try to commute to work in Sunnyvale every day weather permitting (around 20 miles round trip).

So to treat myself for the weight loss and for my upcoming 40th birthday i ended up getting a brand new road bike (Lynskey R330) and i absolutely love it.
I haven't joined an cycling clubs yet, i'm not sure whether Western Wheelers or ACTC makes more sense for where i live. I plan to go on some of their rides soon.

Goals for this year (they might be real stretches though): a Century and Mt Diablo
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First let me apologize that i've never introduced myself, even though i've joined a few months back.

So here goes, my name is Bassem (originally from Egypt, hence the name).
Not much of an athlete, i've done a little rugby and rowing back at college (that was eons ago).
I'm a 39 year old ex-clydesdale (was 242lb 7-8 months back, i'm now 173lb). Lost a ton of upper body weight, so rowing i think is over for me. Biking is a lot more fun though, so i don't regret that for a second.

I started biking with some seriousness late this past summer on my bullet-proof late nineties Specialized hard rock. The bike has served me well and has now become my commuter bike.
I live in the west San Jose area. Pretty close to Cupertino, Campbell and Saratoga.
I try to commute to work in Sunnyvale every day weather permitting (around 20 miles round trip).

So to treat myself for the weight loss and for my upcoming 40th birthday i ended up getting a brand new road bike (Lynskey R330) and i absolutely love it.
I haven't joined an cycling clubs yet, i'm not sure whether Western Wheelers or ACTC makes more sense for where i live. I plan to go on some of their rides soon.

Goals for this year (they might be real stretches though): a Century and Mt Diablo
considering what you have already accomplished, i dont think its unrealistic. if you havent ridden 30,40,50 miles yet. give that a shot and see how it goes. good luck and good job!!!!!
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Congrats Bassem, that's a great accomplishment. I'm sure you'll find the century very doable, and you'll love Diablo. That was one of my goals in 2008, after getting back into riding in the middle of 2007. I'll never forget my first ride up there on an early September morning. It's a special place.
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Old 01-15-10, 12:57 AM   #606
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First let me apologize that i've never introduced myself, even though i've joined a few months back.

So here goes, my name is Bassem (originally from Egypt, hence the name).
Not much of an athlete, i've done a little rugby and rowing back at college (that was eons ago).
I'm a 39 year old ex-clydesdale (was 242lb 7-8 months back, i'm now 173lb). Lost a ton of upper body weight, so rowing i think is over for me. Biking is a lot more fun though, so i don't regret that for a second.

I started biking with some seriousness late this past summer on my bullet-proof late nineties Specialized hard rock. The bike has served me well and has now become my commuter bike.
I live in the west San Jose area. Pretty close to Cupertino, Campbell and Saratoga.
I try to commute to work in Sunnyvale every day weather permitting (around 20 miles round trip).

So to treat myself for the weight loss and for my upcoming 40th birthday i ended up getting a brand new road bike (Lynskey R330) and i absolutely love it.
I haven't joined an cycling clubs yet, i'm not sure whether Western Wheelers or ACTC makes more sense for where i live. I plan to go on some of their rides soon.

Goals for this year (they might be real stretches though): a Century and Mt Diablo
Hey Bassem, congrats on the weight loss and on the new bike! I went on a Western Wheelers ride once as a guest and I got a good impression of the club. However I end up doing a lot of solo riding or rides with people from bikeforums so I never bothered joining.

Sounds like you're getting a lot of commuting miles in, especially since it's winter. At that rate I don't think your goals should be pretty reasonable. Good luck and hope to see you out there some time
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thanks guys for all the welcomes. Hope i get a chance to go on one of those fabled BF-NorCal awesome bike rides soon.
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Old 01-15-10, 03:18 PM   #608
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Hi Bassem,
Congrats your accomplishments already. My friend (OffTheBack here on BF) also started at around 240 last year and is down to about the same as you as well. I think a Century is well within your grasp. There's also lots of clubs in and around San Jose in addition to ACTC and WW (San Jose Bike Club and Alto Velo are a couple).
I wonder when the next BF ride is going to be....
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Old 01-16-10, 01:21 PM   #609
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hey guys,

before i posted my pics of my bikes the other day, its been awhile that ive posted anything on here. i only ride in the stockton/lathrop/manteca/tracy areas but i want to go on some hills. like patterson pass.

hopefully i can ride with you guys some day.

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Name is Kobi and I've recently relocated up to Davis due to the economy and fiance which goes to school up here. Got into riding MTB about a year ago while living in Socal, but with the recent relocation I made sure to pick up a road bike before moving. Since I'm "employed" by the State for now, I pretty much ride solo 3-4 days a week around here. Trying to build miles up on my legs and ride my first century, the Sea Otter Gran Fondo in April. Here are some pics of the rides. Please excuse the shotty picture quality.

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Old 02-28-10, 07:45 PM   #611
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Name is Matt, posted on here a few months back and fell of the horse when I struck out and started my own business. (This sounds like an AA post) Now, that I am a little bit settled, I am back riding again. I am trying to do 20 miles every other day and alternating with some running (read walk/jog). I have to say Walnut Creek seems to have some great riders and it inspires me every time I get passed like I am standing still. I would really like to do the Napa Century in August, but I may opt for the 65 mile run instead (mentally I know I can do it, I just don't want to die of a heart attack). You can spot me as the fat man on the Fuji Roubaix (White and Carbon Fiber, I haven't seen anyone else around here with one like it).
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Old 03-13-10, 10:14 AM   #612
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Hey y'all, I'm Brandon. Live in Sac, grew up in Placerville, and have lived in some other great places to ride, including South Lake Tahoe and Arcata. I'm mostly a roadie, but also ride fixed gear and wouldn't mind getting into MTB more someday. I'm pretty much a recreational rider; I like doing centuries and am planning to do my first fixed gear century at the Tour de Cure this year in Napa, so I can be found out on the ARBT training on the fixie for that! (Living right off the bike trail is Sacramento's only saving grace, btw...). I hope to relocate to hillier terrain soon, but for now sac fits the bill. What else? Oh yeah.....this is my FIRST POST WOOHOO!!! Go Giants.
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Old 03-13-10, 10:25 AM   #613
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Hi Brandon, I'm nearby in Rancho. Heading down to the Delta for a ride tomorrow. As I heal, I'll start adding the hills back in. I usually post my rides here in this forum, so keep an eye out.
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Old 03-14-10, 10:17 PM   #614
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Hey everyone! My name is Dwight Im 25 yrs old. I just started riding about 3 months ago, been into all sorts of fitness activities my entire life, decided to try road cycling and I was instantly hooked! Bought a new bike 2010 cannondale caad 9.5 and lovin it! Ride about 3 to 4 times a week and working out in the gym when I'm not on the bike. My rides have been anywhere from 15 miles to 50 miles, working my way up to my first century hopefully soon (if anyone wants to recommend a good century coming up in this area...). Currently been riding mostly alone or sometimes with 1 or 2 others but I would love to meet up and get in some group rides here and there, so if you live in the walnut creek area let me know! Also my competitive side is pushing me to get involved in some races eventually so would love to meet up with a group of you that has group rides geared toward racing as well.
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Nice Joel, I'm not too far from Rancho, just on the upper end of La Riviera...maybe I'll see you out there! Dwight, check out the Tour de Cure in Napa. It's pretty flat and really isn't that expensive if you get some friends to sponsor you, and its for a good cause. The Wildflower is a nice fairly flat century and is coming up in about a month. The last 40 flat windy miles are a bummer though...
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Hello all, My name is Tom. I just turned 53. I am a Clydesdale (Human).I have been riding all my life, and around the world while I was in the service for 20 years. Just got into the SS thing. I bought a Schwinn cutter first,but I wanted a better bike so I just got a new MASI specieale commuter. The reason I got into single speeds was for my knee's. I know that sounds crazy, but I find I push myself harder since I can't down shift. I'm trying to build up my legs and knee cause I'm getting a total knee (left) replacement in S.F. sometime in the next 6 months, My right knee has a steel plate and 6 large screws in the Tibia plateau and femur (ouch), this was due to a motorcycle accident. Left turn in front of me. Anyways I love riding, I push through the pain, and biking is the only real exercise I like to do, and did I mentioned I love to ride. Oh yeah I almost forgot I live behind the redwood curtain in Eureka,Ca. :-)>

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Old 03-22-10, 12:56 PM   #617
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Can a half-timer play? While I still officially “reside” on the east coast, I spend about half my time in California (work). Spent much of the last two years in the Pleasanton / Livermore area. I ride primarily on the road (Giant TCR C2). While in California I’ve ridden in the Patterson Pass / Mines Road areas and I’ve been riding in Marin county as well (Tiburon, Corte Madera, Larkspur). Haven’t worked myself up to Mount Diablo yet.

I’m mostly a lurker (here and in the Northeast regional forum as well), but figured might as well introduce myself.

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Redwood Curtain! I like that. Welcome guys. We need another big meet-n'-greet ride soon.
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Oh yeah I almost forgot I live behind the redwood curtain in Eureka,Ca. :-)>
Goddamn I miss the riding up there!!! Yeah the roads are full of potholes and gravel, but the lack of traffic and abundance of amazing climbs (maybe even better than the Sierra's, and I grew up in the foothills!) make Humboldt some of the best riding I've enjoyed. Not to mention 55 degree days all summer...Making me think about hitting up TUC again!
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I don't think I got to this thread yet...

Hello fellow Norcal cyclists! I am Darren. I am from Vallejo but currently live in Rohnert Park(near Santa Rosa). I am finishing school within a month at Sonoma State University. I will then have A LOT of time to bike this summer. I hope to meet some of you if you are in the area.
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Hello, I'm Andrew and I started riding a lot more since Feb this year. I'm in Mountain View but would pretty much go anywhere in the bay area for a nice ride. My goal is to put 2k miles on my bike by the end of the summer as well as doing a century around Tahoe. So far I've done a 60k at Tierra Bella and hope to do a 100k ride soon (next few weeks).

Man this stuff is addicting!
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hope to do a 100k ride soon (next few weeks).
Welcome! Do you like climbing? I think the Sequoia Century has a 100k route.
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Newbie here, first post. I recently got into cycling for some much needed exercise. I bought a Bianchi Pista and set it up as a single speed, sorry fixie guys and gals, it's just not for me right now. I didn't want to spend too much money on a bike and figured a single speed would suit me as a beginner bike as it's much cheaper and simpler for an inexperienced rider.

I'm in the East Bay and work in the Peninsula and am mostly on flat bike trails like the Iron Horse Trail and that bike trail along Ocean beach in SF, to get my feet wet. Taking things one step at a time and trying to stay out of the traffic for now. And to the chagrin of my girlfriend, I seem to be getting myself into yet another potentially expensive hobby - getting "professionally" fitted on my bike tomorrow, and I hope it won't require too many new and expensive parts to get fitted right!
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Hi, I'm Johnna in the Bay Area. My kids have been serially home sick from school this week, so I found BF while stuck at home unable to go for a ride.

I bought an entry level road bike last month, to replace my hybrid stolen from the high school bike lot. I had been looking for a cruiser, or something I could take into the dirt trails, but the road bike was so fun to ride, felt like it was made to my size, it changed all my plans. I'm suddenly riding more than I ever had in my life and really having a good time.
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