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Old 06-16-14, 03:34 PM   #1
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I Quit. And I Start Over.

I changed. My custom title is now "Rose Smeller", instead of Captain Big Ring. I have spent a lot of time posting in A&S, Commuting, and other forums but now that I've turned 61 I'm getting less and less interested in riding aggressively and commuting and living car-light and getting into arguments about it at internet forums . My style of riding has morphed into the "neighborhood old guy on a bike getting some exercise". I've stopped riding fast on purpose. I have ceased taking lanes. I stop and sit on park benches. It does not bug me if someone in "Full Kit" passes me. I wave to children. If a dog chases me down the street, I turn around and lead him back to his grateful owner. I know the mailman's name. I ride in the rain on purpose because it feels good. Sometimes I'm gone on the bike all day long and I only rode ten miles. I wear a straw hat instead of a helmet. I will never compete in the Tour. I am a recreational cyclist. I admit it.
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Old 06-17-14, 05:58 AM   #2
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That's not quitting, that's transitioning.
when did I become vintage?
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Old 06-17-14, 06:16 AM   #3
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At least you are still on a bike. Just sounds like a fresh restart to me.
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Old 06-17-14, 07:51 AM   #4
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Old 06-19-14, 03:39 PM   #5
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Most of my favorite rides in the last few months have been "junk miles" -- enjoy!
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i wear a straw hat instead of a helmet.
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