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Old 03-29-12, 03:33 AM
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I'm a 43 yo former smoker (23 years - quit in Mar 09), 6', 230 LBS. Decided that for my smokers birthday I would buy a bike. Found a few on craigslist and went to Dicks to see the models in real life before contacting the sellers. Everything I sat on I hated..too low, dropped handles, too heavy, etc. Last in line was a Diamondback Edgewood. It had been marked down because of some scratches from shipping but I fell in love with it as soon as I pulled it from the line. That was Saturday morning and I've been riding about 5 miles a day since. I want to go further but I know I need to take it easy. I had been riding the stationary for a few years but they are not the same. My inner thigh muscles seem to get the sorest for some reason but they did at first on the stationary too.
I'm just amazed that after 23 years of smoking that I can still climb the same hills that I did as a kid. Never made a better decision in my life. I hope the biking decision turns out to be as good too.
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Old 03-29-12, 03:44 AM
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Welcome and congrats for the not smoking, the new bike and new life. I can't speak for you but I know that I, as well as most everybody else here, can and will tell you that cycling has been nothing but a great decision. If you get half as much out of it as a lot of us do, you're well on your way to a new and HEALTHY addiction. Enjoy the ride!
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Get out there and ride!!! Welcome!
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Welcome to the boards.

Now get out there and ride like the wind... Or a slow breeze. either way ride....
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