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Old 09-21-16, 03:26 PM
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Hello from Western Massachusetts

New guy here - I found this forum looking for online resources for people who want to return to cycling.

I'm 51 and have had a few bike 'phases'. I won't count the teenage banana bike and Royce Union phase....my first real cycling was in Grad school. I'm from the Northeast, but I got a summer job in Southern California. A girl in my office was an avid cyclist and I was keen to impress her, so I bought a bike and rode almost every day that summer. Ironically, the bike I bought in Cali was a Serotta, built less than 2 hours from my hometown in Massachusetts. Sadly I sold that bike to pay bills.

Fast forward to the 90's. I lived in Boston. My wife and I (girlfriend at the time) bought bikes and joined a group called the Charles River Wheelmen. I had a not too fancy Cannondale CAAD something, though as time went on I tweaked it a little with better brakes, wheels, carbon fork etc. We did the occasional club ride and one or two day charity rides, but mostly we rode on our own west of Boston.

Our big investment was a customized Co-Motion aluminum tandem. We had it built like a road bike....road wheels, road brakes, two ring chainring...we could fly.

Then we got married....bought a house in the suburbs and had babies. She got pregnant, she gained weight, I gained weight. She had our first child, she lost weight, I didn't. Fast forward to the present. We relocated to Western MA, and my wife, who remains very fit, competes in the occasional 10k or triathalon event. My young girls and I volunteer at the transitions. We realize there is family division. My wife mostly runs. The girls want to kayak....so that leaves me (51, borderline Clydesdale, and no bike) to do the cycling leg.

So that's all It's my hope during the course of the next year to learn about modern bikes, actually buy one, be brave enough to ride it without looking like an idiot, and with luck, get in shape and enjoy the process.
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It's my hope during the course of the next year to learn about modern bikes, actually buy one, be brave enough to ride it without looking like an idiot, and with luck, get in shape and enjoy the process.
Why wait until next year? I'm 71 and love my road bikes. Get a bike and get out there with us.
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Why wait until next year? I'm 71 and love my road bikes. Get a bike and get out there with us.
My apologies for being unclear What I meant was by this time next year I'll be riding the 30 mile leg of a bike, row, run triathlon (I hope). So all of that between now and then.
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