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    Interesting thread. I turn 40 in a few months.

    I've had a few back surgeries at L4/L5, with the final one being an L4/L5 lumbar fusion 4 years ago. Doctor has suggested against jogging for exercise as there is too much compression on the spine. I bought a recumbent exercise bike for the basement and started using it daily. Found I really enjoyed it so I decided to buy a bike last year......my first one in 25 years. Ended up with a Cannondale Quick 3 hybrid. Found I only used 1 or 2 gears at most and was getting frustrated with a noisy derariler and a chain that kept popping off. Plus, it had carbon front forks which I manged to ding which concerned me. With my back issues, I didn't want to risk the forks breaking on me.

    Sold the bike a few weeks ago and started looking for a CroMo single speed. Since I live in Canada, it's not easy to order the "darling of the forum" the Kilo TT from Bikes Direct.

    Locally, there were slim pickings at the LBS, but I did find a Specialized Globe Roll 1 at a bike shop that had some paint defects when they pulled it out of the box. THey offered it to me for 30% off MSRP and it just happened to be my size. I've been riding it daily for the past 10 days and really enjoying it's simplicity. I have it on the SS side of the rear hub as I'm not interested in riding on the fixed cog. It's quiet, simple and forces me to use my legs vs gearing down on slight hills. I have encountered a few steep hills that required me to get off and walk, but I'm fine with that.

    Because I wanted a bit more of an upright seating positing, I have the handlebars set up a bit higher and the seat is down quite low (only 2 inches above the seat clamp). It probably looks odd, but it's working for me.

    Looking forward to daily rides on it this during the summer. I might add a quick release skewer for the front wheel to make it easier to get in and out of the car. Other than that, I'm happy with the mediocre, stock components that generally come on big brand bikes. I know many on these forums don't like the big branded, mass market overpriced single speed bikes being pumped out as a trend, but they do serve a purpose for people like me who don't have the knowledge and skillset to build their own for less money. Also, I'm so new to this that premium components would be wasted on me as I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

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    Hey, folks. I started racing on the track last week. I'm going back tonight for some more torture. I came in dead last. I had a blast!
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    Hey, folks. I started racing on the track last week. I'm going back tonight for some more torture. I came in dead last. I had a blast!
    My fantasy. Even DFL would be fun! Good luck with it all.

    We have an outdoor velodrome in Cleveland. I've emailed regarding perhaps a private lesson/certification, but no response. It would be great to get involved with the track , but I'm not really keen on certifying in a group of 12-15 year olds on a weekend.

    This is the old fart's FG thread, right? I don't want to offend any young'uns!

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    Indeed it is. To hell with those 15 year olds
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    Quote Originally Posted by North Coast Joe View Post
    My fantasy. Even DFL would be fun! Good luck with it all.

    We have an outdoor velodrome in Cleveland. I've emailed regarding perhaps a private lesson/certification, but no response. It would be great to get involved with the track , but I'm not really keen on certifying in a group of 12-15 year olds on a weekend.

    This is the old fart's FG thread, right? I don't want to offend any young'uns!
    I'm only 25 and I wouldn't even want to get certified with a group of 12-15 year old either lol.
    Bye-bye Mom, it's now me and my black metal friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Coast Joe View Post
    My fantasy. Even DFL would be fun! Good luck with it all.

    We have an outdoor velodrome in Cleveland. I've emailed regarding perhaps a private lesson/certification, but no response. It would be great to get involved with the track , but I'm not really keen on certifying in a group of 12-15 year olds on a weekend.

    This is the old fart's FG thread, right? I don't want to offend any young'uns!
    I did this a few years back at the forest city velodrome.
    It was a bit off-putting for about 15 minutes.

    Don't let the age of your classmates prevent you from doing this...it is just so worth it.
    (That, and those 12-15 year olds have hot moms!)

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    I did a beginner's session at Northbrook last summer and there were all types: a couple of juniors, some fixie hipsters, a college kid from Indiana training for the Little 500, and a bunch of old roadies like me. It was great. I had no problems with the kids, everyone had a great attitude and it was super fun.
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    [QUOTE=Cyril;1682191
    (That, and those 12-15 year olds have hot moms!)[/QUOTE]

    What was I thinking? I'll submit a rez for next week's class. Some additional incentive was necessary to make the hour drive each way and put up wid da' kidz. This may be the deal maker. Got to take this cycling stuff seriously, ya' know. Oooh, oooh....I'll bet there may be a tavern located on the way home, as well!

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    Last night, the ages ranged from about 10 up to I don't know. I'm 53, and I didn't see anyone as old as I, but there might have been some. Most are in their 20's and many in their 30's. Doesn't bother me. I was in one race last week and three last night. I come in last every time, and I have a fantastic time. I'm making all the beginners' mistakes, which is funny, because I know better intellectually. I got out in front by accident in the beginning of my first race last night. I started pedaling as hard as I could, which is so stoopid. Then everyone turned their afterburners on and left me in the dust. In my second race, I TRIED not to be in front, but it happened again. So I tried to fall back, but they all blocked me from behind! It was so funny that I laughed out loud. I laughed in a race!

    If you have a velodrome, you are very lucky indeed. You should definitely go. Get a license online. Register for an event at bikereg.com. Make sure your bike is legal: drop handlebars, no brakes, nothing attached to the bike. Last week, I rode to the track and removed my brake etc before entering. Last night, a friend drove me.

    I plan to come in last in every race this year. I'm succeeding at that. I plan to have fun and to learn. So far, so good!
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

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