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Old 08-20-15, 09:30 PM
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Big Midwest Guy Says Hello & Thanks!

Hello. I'm a big guy and I'd been trying to walk 3-4 times a week for the past few months. That has been good, but I wanted some variety and I wanted to up the intensity of my exercise while minimizing joint stress. Getting back on a bike was the ticket for me.

I found this forum and was able to get a lot of great information about what I needed to consider as I set out to purchase a new bike. I also found many of the personal stories very motivating! I ended up getting a new Surly Ogre, changing out the stock wheels for 40 spoke Velocity Cliffhanger rims and Big Apple tires. So far, I LOVE IT! Working with my LBS - an acronym I learned here - was a positive experience that was enhanced by the information I gleaned from this forum ahead of time.

I've been riding 3-4 times a week and go between 5-8 miles a ride (gotta start somewhere). I've stayed with paved bike trails for now, mostly flat, but some hills. I still try to get a good brisk walk in one day a week, but getting on the bike is definitely much more fun!

I look forward to continuing to learn, be inspired, and occasionally share as I check-in with this forum (gonna hang out in the Clydesdale section mostly - another term I learned here). Thanks to those here for sharing their knowledge, experiences, and stories. You have played a part in helping me get back on a bike. Best wishes to everyone here!

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Old 08-20-15, 10:44 PM
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Hey como13,

Welcome to Bike Forums.

Keep it fun and you will ride many miles.

Ask for help when you have a question.
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Old 08-20-15, 10:51 PM
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Welcome como13!
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Old 08-21-15, 03:55 AM
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Welcome to Bike Forums, como13!
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Old 08-21-15, 05:03 AM
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welcome to the forums... sounds like you got started the right way and are doing a great job of it.
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