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Old 07-14-15, 04:28 PM
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Back In The Saddle!

Hello all!

My name is Tim, and I'm from Nashville, TN. I'm 52 years old, and glad to say I'm back riding again after all these years. I used to ride all the time back in my teens and even up into my thirties. But as with a lot of us, career and other factors took over and I gradually gave it up. I kinda started back after buying a hybrid bike 5 years ago to ride with my then 5 year old son. Back in my twenties and early thirties, I had a Raleigh 10 speed. Ahhhh, the good ol' days... Not really putting any emphasis on ever doing any serious riding, I purchased a Schwinn (Pacific Cycles) Trailway hybrid at my local Target. We periodically rode around in the neighborhood for a couple of years, mostly casually, but I did lose about 20 lbs in the process. Then it kinda tapered off for a couple of years, as other interests occupied our time.

About 5 months ago (and in between jobs) I started picking it back again and have really gotten into it more and more. I bought a Thule Doubletrack Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack and we started hitting a lot of the local greenways around town. Started out counting laps, but downloaded a ride tracker app on my iPhone to see exactly what we were doing. Then, it really became more interesting and we got into it more. Started riding about 5-10 miles at first, but have progressively worked up to around 20-30 miles a day. The most we've done is about 48. Needless to say, that much riding doesn't set well with a 10 year old (or at least mine... lol), so I talked a long-time friend of mine into buying him a bike to ride with me. Although, he's not that much more enthusiastic than my son ...I'll keep working on him. When riding by myself, I'm averaging about 12.5 mph and top speeds around 25 mph. Even on days I can't get out to my favorite greenways, I'm still getting in at least 10 to 15 miles a day around the neighborhood. I'm 6' 4" but have dropped down from my heaviest weight of 258 in February, to now 223! I'm hoping to get down to 210 and level off there.

The more riding I do, the more I find myself wanting to get away from the upright position I'm in with this bike. I must say though, it has really been a decent bike believe it or not. The only problem I've had was the freewheel went out about 3 months ago, but Pacific Cycles sent one to me no problem. It was a comfortable bike, which is what I needed at first, but now I find myself leaning forward trying to find more speed without the wind resistance. I'm getting very close to getting a new bike, and have done quite a bit of research. I've decided to rule out (for now) an all-out road bike, as I still want to ride with my son, and sometimes that requires terrain other than pavement. After much consideration, I've decided on a Giant Roam 2. It appears with Giant you get the most bang for your buck. Especially with the Roam 2. I considered the Cypress DX, Sedona DX and Trek Verve at first, but as I said, I want to get away from the total upright. I've looked at a Trek 8.3DS, Cannondale Quick CX3, Diamondback Trace Comp and several others, but the Giant Roam 2 keeps calling my name. I plan to get one soon, with intentions of riding it about 3 or 4 more years until the kid no longer wants to be seen with me, then moving up to a road bike. I'd like to eventually get really serious with it, as I'm enjoying myself more and more.

My apologies for the novel, but I tried to make it as short as possible. I welcome any / all opinions and advice. I would also like to get any advice and recommendations for other things I'm up in the air on, such as equipment, but I suppose this isn't the proper thread for that.

Well, that's my story and I look forward to getting to know many of you ...and talk cycling!

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Old 07-14-15, 08:35 PM
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Welcome. Have you thought about getting a road bike and keeping the Schwinn to ride with your kids? N+1!
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Old 07-14-15, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
Welcome. Have you thought about getting a road bike and keeping the Schwinn to ride with your kids? N+1!
Thanks! I did initially, but I promised my wife if I got a new one, I'd give her the Schwinn Trailway. She has a Schwinn too, but one of those California (where she's from) Cruisers without any gears. So, she gets mine while daddy gets a new one! hehe
Really, the hybrid is much too small for me. I have the seatpost raised so high it looks ridiculous.. I need a 23 or 24" frame, while it's only about 16.

Also, knowing me, when I eventually progress to a road bike I'll want to buy one on up the price chain quite a ways. Budget (wife) won't allow that right now.

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Old 07-15-15, 04:50 PM
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welcome to the forum. Riding with your kid is fun, my son is 44 and i still ride with him several days a week.
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welcome to the forum. Riding with your kid is fun, my son is 44 and i still ride with him several days a week.
Well, I have the 10 year old ...which I still have a bit of power with. Then, there's the 28 year old daughter who has the power over me.
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