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Old 06-18-18, 01:18 PM
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Well, after 30 years...

I'm finally retired and have a bit more time to start riding again. Been out twice so far and did 2.7 miles each time. Using my '90-91 Giant Iguana mtn bike. Put some Continental double fighters on and the bike feels real good on the gravel roads here. 1.35 miles is around the block once. No other cars at all. I also have a 1978 Schwinn Letour III that I road a lot before I started my last job (35 years ago). I had put 1 inch Alum rims with miche hubs back in the early 's. Also a closer ratio suntour ultra 6 freewheel. Changed the freewheel to a 28-14 6 gear that is closer to stock with some gator hardshell. That bike just says faster, faster, you can handle it! I think I'll just stay on the mtn bike for now.
Well that's it for now.
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Old 06-18-18, 01:37 PM
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Get out there and ride and do be sidetracked by 'gear'. The ride is what it's all about..
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Love my '78 Le Tour, best fitting bike I own
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Congrats on retirement!

You mean you have not ridden a bike for 30 years? Were you sidetracked by other sports? Other hobbies took away from cycling?

What else you got planned for retirement?
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Ride, man, ride!
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Yes, I have not ridden in some 30 years. I bought the Giant to go ride when my daughter got old enough (1990) but then we moved to Nevada and lived on a narrow 55 mph highway. Tried a few times but gave up. My job was pretty much taking up all my time. Hit 328 lbs about 6 years ago. Used a stationary recumbent and walking to get down to 235 and stayed for a while but that last few years it crept to 285. So I'm at 270 now and trying to set up a daily regular ride. Where I live now is about a mile from the paved highway on a network of dirt / gravel roads that head off in various directions. Some mountains, some flats, so I can vary the routes. Just going 'round the block for now. High desert so it's usually cool in the morning / evening.
Bought the Le Tour III new in '78 at a LBS in Bellflower Ca.
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Yes, I have not ridden in some 30 years. I bought the Giant to go ride when my daughter got old enough (1990) but then we moved to Nevada and lived on a narrow 55 mph highway. Tried a few times but gave up. My job was pretty much taking up all my time. Hit 328 lbs about 6 years ago. Used a stationary recumbent and walking to get down to 235 and stayed for a while but that last few years it crept to 285. So I'm at 270 now and trying to set up a daily regular ride. Where I live now is about a mile from the paved highway on a network of dirt / gravel roads that head off in various directions. Some mountains, some flats, so I can vary the routes. Just going 'round the block for now. High desert so it's usually cool in the morning / evening.
Bought the Le Tour III new in '78 at a LBS in Bellflower Ca.
I'll not only echo the "get out there and ride" advice above, I'll add a strong recommendation to find one or more local cycling groups that either cater to "casuals" or have a classification for more casual riders. Riding groups are one of the great things about cycling. Even if you have to drive a bit to get to some of the rides, its worth it. I would start on meetup.com and look for groups in the area.
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Old 06-19-18, 08:11 AM
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I checked on meetup.com and the nearest group is in Sparks (near Reno) about 40 miles away. They say they have B, C, D group rides. Not sure what that is but it does look interesting.
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A, B, C, D are the ride paces;
A / A+ is the fastest, 18-20+ mph, and are usually competitive.
B are 'sporting' but not outright competitive, and average 15-17mph
C is slower still, tends to be shorter distances as well, a good place to learn how to ride in groups, handle pace lines and hone your road riding skills.
D is typically the 'coffee' or 'ice cream' ride. As much about the social aspect and the destination as it is the ride.

(That's how it shakes out in my area, feel free to add / update to this)
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Old 06-19-18, 10:07 AM
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I haven't retired yet but started cycling again a few years ago on an early 90's Iguana that had been sitting unused for a decade or so. Just a few miles at first and when I got up to 20, bought a used road bike that I do 50 mile rides on regularly. Still use the Giant for early morning rides before work and to occasionally explore some unpaved roads in the area.

Just get out there, enjoy the ride, and see where it takes you.

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Glad you are now in the game Brian but be advised that it is addictive. My nephew, who is built like a firehouse, began riding some months ago and weight has been melting off. Then he gave a bike to his sister, my niece, and she has caught the bug and is riding 20 miles or more and has ambitions of longer rides. You have been warned!
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Old 06-19-18, 10:42 AM
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Having been there at the weights you're talking about, I can tell you it gets more fun as you lose weight. I'm at 172 pounds now from a peak of 321, and I'm riding at about the speeds I was riding at 30 years ago. When I was really heavy, every mile felt like a fight just to keep it rolling.

My advice (which you didn't ask for) is keep the riding fun, don't overdo it to the point you get miserable. If you have to do something more aggressive to burn calories, biking isn't your best bet. I look at the fun I'm having on my bike now as a reward for losing the weight, but I don't think I could have gotten there without lots of hours on an elliptical.
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Coingrats on retirement . Can't wait until I can afford it..
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Congratulations @bgdoyle! I retired 2 years ago and I'm loving it! I bought a road bike a few days ago after being without one for 25 years. I'm really excited about getting back into riding shape!
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When you’re just getting back into riding after a looooong layoff, it’s all about taking “baby steps”. I’m retired, 70 yrs old, definitely overweight, and determined, but every season, I have to start out slo and build up my stamina and conditioning. As you ride longer distances, don’t be afraid to push it little bit (within reason). Eventually, you might want to rework the LeTour into your main ride. The main thing I would suggest is that you spend the time and money on finding a bike that is comfortable to you - that may the most important thing I’ve learned. And take the time to learn how to maintain your bike - it’s fun and financially expedient. You’ve got a good start, now keep at it!
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I'm just starting easy, doing a few block laps during the week (1.35 m/lap). It's the kitchen I'm rebuilding, the floors need installing, stuff in the yard, ect. I've been so busy these last 2 months I don't know how I had time to work before!
The Le Tour is ready, it's me that needs the tuneup.
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Glad you are retired.
Enjoy every day.
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Well, I made it to 12 miles today. Rode over to Lake Lahontan and picked up a senior state park pass. So now I'll ride round the lake when I get there.
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Well, I made it to 12 miles today. Rode over to Lake Lahontan and picked up a senior state park pass. So now I'll ride round the lake when I get there.
You are doing great! Before you know it you will be rolling 20-30 miles.

Congrats on retiring, it’s a beautiful thing, like being a kid again without a worry in the world!

I highly reccomend it!
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Congrats on your retirement.

I retired in January and have been riding a lot since I retired. I try to ride daily for my health.
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I working on loosing 65lbs but I will be happy losing 40. Never been able to stay below 220 for more than a week in my life. (@265 today)
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It's nice for riding so many years ,nice feeling !
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With retirement you will find that you are free to create your own pace of life. Mine has slowed considerably and I am the better for it. I use the bike as a tool to experience whatever life has to offer. Interestingly, I am faster, smoother and more peaceful than ever before. Enjoy retirement.
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go, Go, GO!
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Well done!

I'm a few years behind you and I feel lucky to get a head start. I just bought my first bike in 30 years and am having a ball.
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