Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Fifty Plus (50+)
Reload this Page >

I finally did it. I am now in the N+1 club

Notices
Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

I finally did it. I am now in the N+1 club

Old 03-22-12, 06:57 PM
  #1  
Bikey Mikey
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Bikey Mikey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Newport News, VA USA
Posts: 3,325

Bikes: Diamondback Edgewood LX; Giant Defy 1

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I finally did it. I am now in the N+1 club

Well, cycling wasn't making the sciatica any worse. In fact the sciatica seems to be improving in small steps. So, I pulled the trigger. I got the 2012 Giant Defy 1.




Oh, and here I am as a spandex warrior....

but with FLAIR!


Last edited by Bikey Mikey; 03-22-12 at 07:16 PM.
Bikey Mikey is offline  
Old 03-22-12, 06:58 PM
  #2  
Doohickie
You gonna eat that?
 
Doohickie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
Posts: 14,721

Bikes: 1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 164 Post(s)
Liked 63 Times in 41 Posts
You know you need another bike, don't you? That's how N + 1 works, you know.
__________________
I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.


Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."
Doohickie is offline  
Old 03-22-12, 08:25 PM
  #3  
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Posts: 32,846

Bikes: 02 GTO, 2011 Magnum

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1269 Post(s)
Liked 1,028 Times in 512 Posts
Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
Well, cycling wasn't making the sciatica any worse. In fact the sciatica seems to be improving in small steps. So, I pulled the trigger. I got the 2012 Giant Defy 1.




Oh, and here I am as a spandex warrior....

but with FLAIR!

Like the Blue......Dang you is a skinny guy.
__________________
Fred "The Real Fred"

10 Wheels is offline  
Old 03-22-12, 08:27 PM
  #4  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 28,488

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r, Trek FX Alpha 7.0

Mentioned: 109 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4902 Post(s)
Liked 2,875 Times in 1,925 Posts
nicely done sir
rumrunn6 is online now  
Old 03-22-12, 08:38 PM
  #5  
Dudelsack 
A might bewildered...
 
Dudelsack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Loovul in summer. Jensen Beach in Winter.
Posts: 6,623

Bikes: Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires; Trek/Electra Townie Mega E bike.

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 131 Post(s)
Liked 71 Times in 32 Posts
Nice machine.

I also like your bike.
__________________
Brevity is the soul of wit.



Dudelsack is offline  
Old 03-22-12, 09:12 PM
  #6  
Louis
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 4,868
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Very nice.
Louis is offline  
Old 03-22-12, 09:34 PM
  #7  
Bikey Mikey
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Bikey Mikey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Newport News, VA USA
Posts: 3,325

Bikes: Diamondback Edgewood LX; Giant Defy 1

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Like the Blue......Dang you is a skinny guy.
Thanks.

As for being skinny...I am now...back at the end of August 2010, I weighed 251 lbs. Now I weigh 147 lbs.
Bikey Mikey is offline  
Old 03-22-12, 09:35 PM
  #8  
Durockrolly
Senior Member
 
Durockrolly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 283

Bikes: 2020 Giant Cypress DX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Liked 12 Times in 4 Posts
Sweet!!!
Durockrolly is offline  
Old 03-22-12, 09:40 PM
  #9  
bjjoondo 
Senior Member
 
bjjoondo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, CO.
Posts: 2,113

Bikes: 2006-2010 Terra Trike Tour

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
Liked 99 Times in 65 Posts
Very sweet machine, ride the wheel's off of it and ENJOY!!
__________________
Take Care, Ride Safe, have FUN! :)
Jo: 2014 Terra Trike Rambler
BJ: 2006-2010 Terra Trike Tour, TT Legacy Trike!









bjjoondo is offline  
Old 03-22-12, 09:44 PM
  #10  
Bikey Mikey
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Bikey Mikey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Newport News, VA USA
Posts: 3,325

Bikes: Diamondback Edgewood LX; Giant Defy 1

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Not sure anyone noticed, but I had the LBS put on Gatorskins instead of the default tires. I took the default tires home as back ups.

My LBS gave me 15% off all the accessories I bought since purchasing the bike(tires, bag on the top bar, water bottle, water bottle cage, spare tube, cycle computer)
Bikey Mikey is offline  
Old 03-23-12, 06:11 AM
  #11  
qcpmsame 
Semper Fi
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 12,911
Mentioned: 88 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1160 Post(s)
Liked 319 Times in 214 Posts
Looks so sweet Mike, glad you pulled the trigger! Now a ride and pie choice report are in order form you. Keep on riding my friend!

Bill
__________________
Semper Fi, USMC, 1975-1977

I Can Do All Things Through Him, Who Gives Me Strength. Philippians 4:13


qcpmsame is offline  
Old 03-23-12, 06:18 AM
  #12  
jmccain
Senior Member
 
jmccain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 597

Bikes: Kvale, Peugeot, Cervelo, Bridgestone

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
Thanks.

As for being skinny...I am now...back at the end of August 2010, I weighed 251 lbs. Now I weigh 147 lbs.
Very impressive!! The bike is cool, too.
jmccain is offline  
Old 03-23-12, 06:26 AM
  #13  
Bikey Mikey
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Bikey Mikey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Newport News, VA USA
Posts: 3,325

Bikes: Diamondback Edgewood LX; Giant Defy 1

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I can't believe I forgot the PIE!!!! Being diabetic though, I have to be careful with pie. Mmmmmm, blueberry, or cherry, or... But, I did celebrate with an Italian sausage with sauteed onions and green peppers on nice bun at Costco last night.

I can't tell the wife my weight any more...she's frustrated with hers at the moment...btw, I checked this morning and I'm actually 145. Don't regret that treat I had yesterday now.
Bikey Mikey is offline  
Old 03-23-12, 06:32 AM
  #14  
John_V 
Senior Member
 
John_V's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 5,585

Bikes: 2017 Colnago C-RS, 2012 Colnago Ace, 2010 Giant Cypress hybrid

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 408 Post(s)
Liked 122 Times in 85 Posts
That's a very nice looking bike and I'm sure it will give you many miles of enjoyable riding. I really like the color combination. I bought a set of 25 cm Gatorskins to replace the Kenda OEM tires on my Defy and had about 150 miles on them when I purchased the Colnago, in January. I had the LBS swap the tires out because I like the ride of the 25 cm tires over the 23's that came on the Colnago. So far they have over 1,400 miles on them and have not had the dreaded f word. I have the Vittoria tires from the Colnago on the Defy, which I'm trying to sell.
__________________
HCFR Cycling Team
Ride Safe ... Ride Hard ... Ride Daily

2017 Colnago C-RS
2012 Colnago Ace
2010 Giant Cypress
John_V is offline  
Old 03-23-12, 06:38 AM
  #15  
George
Senior Member
 
George's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Katy Texas
Posts: 5,640

Bikes: Specialized Roubaix

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 86 Post(s)
Liked 43 Times in 24 Posts
Way to go Mike, enjoy the new ride.
__________________
George
George is offline  
Old 03-23-12, 06:44 AM
  #16  
jethro56 
Watching and waiting.
 
jethro56's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Mattoon,Ill
Posts: 2,023

Bikes: Trek 7300 Trek Madone 4.5 Surly Cross Check

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Congrats on the weightloss and the bike.
jethro56 is offline  
Old 03-23-12, 07:39 AM
  #17  
Allegheny Jet
Senior Member
 
Allegheny Jet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Medina, OH
Posts: 5,806

Bikes: confidential infromation that I don't even share with my wife

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Bikey Mikey only needs to say "WINNING". Great going all around!
Allegheny Jet is offline  
Old 03-23-12, 08:24 AM
  #18  
on the path
Señor Blues
 
on the path's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: upstate NY
Posts: 1,598

Bikes: Cannondale CAAD 10, Breezer Venturi Custom Build, IRO Singlespeed

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 127 Post(s)
Liked 6 Times in 6 Posts
By definition we are all in the N+1 club...

Love the new bike, especially the blue accents. Go out and ride!
on the path is offline  
Old 03-23-12, 08:56 AM
  #19  
NOS88
Senior Member
 
NOS88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Posts: 6,489
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Congrats! Hope you get many happy miles on it.
__________________
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright
Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831
NOS88 is offline  
Old 03-23-12, 09:45 AM
  #20  
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Posts: 30,225

Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1570 Post(s)
Liked 638 Times in 359 Posts
Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
You know you need another bike, don't you? That's how N + 1 works, you know.
So what's the next one going to be?
Retro Grouch is offline  
Old 03-23-12, 10:20 AM
  #21  
Bikey Mikey
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Bikey Mikey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Newport News, VA USA
Posts: 3,325

Bikes: Diamondback Edgewood LX; Giant Defy 1

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Did 23 miles on the new bike. I had to stop a couple of times. Butt was hurting--not sure if it's because the saddle is not that great, or because I'm in a new position and not used to it compared to the really cushy comfort bike seat and its position. I got fit yesterday at the LBS and several adjustments were made. I think I'll need to give the saddle several rides before making an accurate evaluation.

I was conservative with the ride so my speed wasn't that much different than on the Diamondback comfort(The avg was faster though and more consistent throughout--definitely easier in the climbs). I need to get used to the new position and balance. Left hand did some tingling--might have been griping too tight in addition to the carpal tunnel I have. Need to get comfortable holding on with only one hand so I can shake the tingling hand back to normal. Comfort and confidence with balance will come quickly I'm sure.

Last edited by Bikey Mikey; 03-23-12 at 12:37 PM.
Bikey Mikey is offline  
Old 03-23-12, 11:03 AM
  #22  
bigbadwullf
Senior Member
 
bigbadwullf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: West, Tn.
Posts: 1,761
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Woo hoo. Very nice.
bigbadwullf is offline  
Old 03-23-12, 11:12 AM
  #23  
John_V 
Senior Member
 
John_V's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 5,585

Bikes: 2017 Colnago C-RS, 2012 Colnago Ace, 2010 Giant Cypress hybrid

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 408 Post(s)
Liked 122 Times in 85 Posts
Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey
I had to stop a couple of times. Butt was hurting--not sure if it's because the saddle is not that great, or because I'm in a new position and not used to it compared to the really cushy comfort bike seat and it's position.
Had that happen when I got my N+1. The OEM saddle on the Defy was a wider saddle then the Colnago saddle. After my first thirty mile ride on the new saddle, my sit bones were sore to the point that it hurt to sit. They got better a few rides later and now the new saddle is broken in and very comfortable. And yes, the new riding position will take a few rides to get used to.

Yesterday, I mounted the Airstrike aerobars that I got last year for Father's Day on the Colnago. I tried yesterday to go from the hoods to the aerobars and back and it looked as if I was riding drunk; swaying all over the bike path. Went and practiced some more today and did a lot better. I think I figured out a way to get the hands to the aerobars and back without swaying the bike from side to side. More practice is certainly needed. The aerobars also put you in a slightly lower position than riding the drops so that is also going to be something to work on.
__________________
HCFR Cycling Team
Ride Safe ... Ride Hard ... Ride Daily

2017 Colnago C-RS
2012 Colnago Ace
2010 Giant Cypress
John_V is offline  
Old 03-23-12, 11:45 AM
  #24  
stapfam
Time for a change.
 
stapfam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Posts: 19,913

Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
Not sure anyone noticed, but I had the LBS put on Gatorskins instead of the default tires. I took the default tires home as back ups.

My LBS gave me 15% off all the accessories I bought since purchasing the bike(tires, bag on the top bar, water bottle, water bottle cage, spare tube, cycle computer)
Hope you realise that these defy's are a Special machine so it is a good job you are a lightweight. But putting all that weight onto the frame is going to slow you down. Bag under the saddle--in fact two--Bag under the Bars and the size of that water bottle

Good choice- Now all you have to do is post it under the 2012 N+1 Post and join Club Tombay

Good choice.

Edit--See you have already replied on the N+1 post.
__________________
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


Spike Milligan

Last edited by stapfam; 03-23-12 at 11:53 AM.
stapfam is offline  
Old 03-23-12, 12:36 PM
  #25  
Bikey Mikey
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Bikey Mikey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Newport News, VA USA
Posts: 3,325

Bikes: Diamondback Edgewood LX; Giant Defy 1

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
@Stepfam,

There's nothing in the bag on the top frame under the front of the saddle so I'll likely take that off. The water bottle is an insulated one, so not as much more water fits in it than a regular bottle. The under the seat at the rear bag has a spare tube, patch kit, multi-tool, and 3 plastic tire changing tools and it's where the Radbot 1000 hangs--so that bag's a keeper. Got to keep the pump. What really adds weight is the MagicShine 808e + battery(what appears to be the bag under the bars)--I want to be seen in the daytime, so it's going to stay. I guess I need to get stronger to go faster. Here's my fingers crossed so that club Tombay is one I never join.

@John_V,

When I rode yesterday on the test ride and then later to go take pics, I felt like I was re-learning to ride a bike and was really nervous moving the hands. At times I bet I looked like I was drunk riding the bike. In the later half or last third of the ride today, I was able to ride one handed to get my left hand feeling normal again much more easily. I need to get used to, confident with, and good at using only one hand on the bars so I can signal when I need to turn. Getting into the drops doesn't seem to be too much a problem, but getting out is still a tad shaky.
Bikey Mikey is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.