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First ride in a long time today

Old 11-06-17, 01:56 PM
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First ride in a long time today

I hadn't ridden a bike in more than 50 years before today. I turned 69 on 10/26 and bought myself a new Electra Cruiser 7D to celebrate.....my across the street neighbor has been after me for years to get a bike and go riding with him so I finally did it.
My friend took me to the Spring Creek Greenway in Spring, TX which is just a few miles from our houses and although I was a little shaky at first, I was able to follow him for a first ride going 7.2 miles. He usually does 25+ miles but today took it easy for me. At 6 or so miles my legs were pretty tired so I struggled back to my car and he took off for the rest of his ride. Its about 3 hours later now and I feel pretty good....maybe I'll be a little sore tomorrow, maybe not but I look forward to the next ride in a few days.
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Old 11-06-17, 02:22 PM
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good start, keep riding!
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Old 11-06-17, 02:26 PM
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That's great!

Hello and welcome.
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Old 11-06-17, 09:19 PM
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it always warms my heart when I hear about a new addict who has surrendered his/her future to the two-wheeled side.
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Old 11-06-17, 09:58 PM
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Congratulations! That's pretty good for the first time in 50 years :-) When I first got my wife to go cycling, she went to the end of the block and stopped. (That was 20 years and thousands of miles ago, so she did get over the initial slow start.)
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Old 11-06-17, 10:31 PM
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Rubber side down, at all times = that's most important. Second most important = smiles on every ride.
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Old 11-07-17, 06:56 AM
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Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement. Not sore today at all, guess I didn't work hard enough.
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Old 11-07-17, 07:00 AM
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That's pretty good distance for a "first" ride. Starting again after a decades long break, I think you'll find your capacity increases quickly in the first couple of months.
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Old 11-07-17, 07:22 AM
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Welcome back to the world's greatest sport!
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Old 11-07-17, 07:51 AM
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Good goin'! I looked up the Electra Cruiser 7D and it looks like a good bike to get on after so many years. It looks like it has one of those extra low 1st gears, which help with whatever hills you may have in Houston.

I also noticed the tires. All the photos I saw showed the bike with somewhat knobby tires. If you aren't riding in loose dirt or mud, you will find a set of wide, smooth, slick street tires will roll much easier and faster and they're oh, so comfortable.
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Old 11-07-17, 09:18 AM
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keep it fun!
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Old 11-12-17, 09:18 PM
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Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement. Not sore today at all, guess I didn't work hard enough.
Just like riding a bike, huh? Good start! I mean re-start after a few years.
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Old 11-13-17, 03:23 PM
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Now that you're hooked, let's talk about n+1...
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Congrats!

I love threads like these. Strips away all the tech and strava and just makes it about riding a bike; just like we did as kids.

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Old 11-13-17, 08:38 PM
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Well done! Keep spinning!
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Old 12-13-17, 01:35 PM
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I've been trying to ride the nearby trails at least twice a week and have been doing 15 or 16 mile rides for a while now. Yesterday, I broke the 20 mile barrier, proud of myself and looking forward to 25....
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Originally Posted by swiftycoop View Post
I hadn't ridden a bike in more than 50 years before today. I turned 69 on 10/26 and bought myself a new Electra Cruiser 7D to celebrate.....my across the street neighbor has been after me for years to get a bike and go riding with him so I finally did it.
My friend took me to the Spring Creek Greenway in Spring, TX which is just a few miles from our houses and although I was a little shaky at first, I was able to follow him for a first ride going 7.2 miles. He usually does 25+ miles but today took it easy for me. At 6 or so miles my legs were pretty tired so I struggled back to my car and he took off for the rest of his ride. Its about 3 hours later now and I feel pretty good....maybe I'll be a little sore tomorrow, maybe not but I look forward to the next ride in a few days.
Hi I'm so glad to see this because I'm going to be 68 next week. Tomorrow is going to be my first ride in almost 40 year
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Old 12-13-17, 08:54 PM
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Welcome back to the thrill of riding! Good job on that first ride!
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Old 12-16-17, 05:02 PM
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Okay, I'm a bad boy....the Cruiser isn't fast enough. Here is a picture of my new bike! I'm hoping to put lots of miles on this one!
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Okay, I'm a bad boy....the Cruiser isn't fast enough. Here is a picture of my new bike! I'm hoping to put lots of miles on this one!
Wow! Very nice
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Old 12-16-17, 05:52 PM
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Good going! Make sure the pressure in your tires is at its maximum to give easy pedaling. Keep us in the loop about your riding!
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Okay, I'm a bad boy....the Cruiser isn't fast enough. Here is a picture of my new bike! I'm hoping to put lots of miles on this one!
That is a fast color. I think you made a great choice!
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I expected that to happen, Swiftycoop, but you got there a little faster than I'd have predicted. Good job! The new bike looks nice.
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Old 12-16-17, 07:25 PM
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Thanks guys, I'm really pumped!
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Old 12-21-17, 02:12 PM
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Awesome!
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