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  1. Update: a month ago I rode my first group ride...

    Update: a month ago I rode my first group ride since 2008 when I crashed. I went with the C group (16mph) and it was way too easy. I've been going with the B group (18mph) but that is getting easy....
  2. One of the benefits of cycling is good health....

    One of the benefits of cycling is good health. Even considering the inherent dangers of cycling it's a great thing to do for yourself. My wife and kids wanted me to quit after my last crash but I...
  3. I'm thankful I live in a rural area about seven...

    I'm thankful I live in a rural area about seven miles from the nearest city. I never go anywhere near it. They built a whole bunch of roundabouts to replace stop lights at some of the biggest...
  4. I'm not rich by any stretch of the imagination...

    I'm not rich by any stretch of the imagination but I decided to go big after a crash last August that put me in the hospital. What I saw there convinced me to get off my butt and seriously train as I...
  5. I paid even less than that for the stock bike but...

    I paid even less than that for the stock bike but I added a carbon crank set, upgraded wheels and a Garmin computer.
  6. Someone riding a bicycle likely to be in...

    Someone riding a bicycle likely to be in relatively good health and free of intoxicating recreational or prescription drugs that alter and interfere with one's ability to operate safely and exercise...
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    I've taken my road bike off road several...

    I've taken my road bike off road several times-every one of them was a crash.
  8. I'm recognizing a pattern here. A lot of riders...

    I'm recognizing a pattern here. A lot of riders who have top-of-the-line bikes are driving cars that are unimpressive for keeping up with the Joneses. This includes me. My Jeep Liberty was purchased...
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    I'm 68. I've flown all my missions. I hang with...

    I'm 68. I've flown all my missions. I hang with the gang and let the kids do the pulling unless I'm in a group that is very slow.
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    I'm old so I don't pull a lot any more but my...

    I'm old so I don't pull a lot any more but my response to those who contest my lack of pulling is for them to just drop me which they can't do. With age comes wisdom. :50:
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    1986- triathlon (road rash) 1992- race (broken...

    1986- triathlon (road rash) 1992- race (broken left collarbone, herniated disk, road rash) 1995- race ( broken elbow, road rash) 2002- race ( broken nose, road rash) 2008- group ride pace line mishap...
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    I try to hit the cycle shops at the end of the...

    I try to hit the cycle shops at the end of the season to get deals on shorts and bibs. Cycling is expensive but the advances in the last two decades have greatly reduced the discomfort of cycling. I...
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    Love the picture. We had a guy that big in the...

    Love the picture. We had a guy that big in the club a few years ago and he never got dropped.
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    Well, bikes are well sealed and made to be used...

    Well, bikes are well sealed and made to be used outside. They perform better if they are clean so cleaning them is a good idea. A better idea is to cheaply invest in a beater bike that is used...
  15. You're right about not wanting to get it dirty...

    You're right about not wanting to get it dirty but I would never put it on rollers or even on my fluid trainer. It's a bike to take out on great days with a fine weather report. It's a bike to take...
  16. Luckily, I only told one person at work what I...

    Luckily, I only told one person at work what I paid for the bike. It's probably a good thing most people have no idea of price differences in bikes because a high level bike is a magnet for thieves....
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    I'm 68 and have logged a lot of miles. Some of us...

    I'm 68 and have logged a lot of miles. Some of us in the club I used to ride and race for (1989-1996) tried the wax route and we had the buildup problems as well as the pain-in-the-neck chain removal...
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    I saw a guy on one of those fat bikes the other...

    I saw a guy on one of those fat bikes the other day. He had a GoPro on his helmet presumably so he could sue whoever hit him if he lived. I bought a recumbent trainer with a seat that's more...
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    I've said too much already. I'm smart enough not...

    I've said too much already. I'm smart enough not to leave my bike unattended outside but I worry about burglary. I'm not telling anyone from now on what I paid for any of my bikes. Luckily I don't...
  20. I like the concept for the improvement in motion...

    I like the concept for the improvement in motion on the front end. This type of pedal may benefit riders who have trouble with calf soreness and knee issues. I'm a little surprised that no testing...
  21. Sometimes you just have to go with what you've...

    Sometimes you just have to go with what you've got. This might sound strange from someone who is shelling out a lot of money for a top-of-the-line bike but it makes sense to me. I can't stop the...
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    Poll: I could've gotten it with my Super Six Hi-Mod but...

    I could've gotten it with my Super Six Hi-Mod but the shifting on it is a dream with the conventional set-up. My first question would be what happens when it gets wet or sticky with mud and road...
  23. I think we all agree that that is a good formula....

    I think we all agree that that is a good formula. My decision to go for it with this bike is more complex than many realize. When I was in the hospital waiting to see if my head injury was going to...
  24. I'm going with these pedals because they are a...

    I'm going with these pedals because they are a departure from what I've been using since 1986 which is Look. I may not like them so I'm not going for the top of the line model just yet. The color is...
  25. AF is still not well understood even by...

    AF is still not well understood even by cardiologists. I can remember episodes of AF as far back as 1969 when I was 22 though I didn't know what it was at the time. Surprisingly vigorous exercise...
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