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Old 09-26-16, 08:54 PM
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Hi from Houston Texas

I'm new to the Bike Forum. I'm 5'-8 and 61 yrs. old and just started riding around last December. I started on a 2006 Trek 6000 Mountain bike given to me by my brother. I started riding and am still riding for cardio and weight loss. Over a short period of time, I have grown to really love riding. Haven't been on a bike since I was 12 or 13 years old. Wish I started years ago but never made time...now I make time. A few months ago, I decided to buy a new Trek 7.1 Hybrid bike. I really love this bike. I ride almost every day during the week about 15 to 20 miles every morning. On the weekends, I try to ride between 20 and 30 miles. I take a day off every 6 to 7 days. I average between 13 to 14 mph. (without a good headwind) on mostly fairly level roads with some inclines. I try to keep a cadence of 70 to 80. I monitor my heart rate and keep a detailed spreadsheet in my rides. I ride on asphalt or concrete only. When I first started riding, I weighed 202 lbs.. I lost around 20 lbs. by altering my diet big time after a couple of months. After I started riding every day, I'm now down to 161 lbs.. I feel so much better since I started riding. I'm hoping to find someone to ride with occasionally on weekends. For those of you in Houston, I generally ride at either Terry Hershey Park or Memorial Park. I rode once at White Oak Bayou which was a great 10' wide concrete bike trail ans was very impressed. I want to ride it again but would prefer to ride with someone since I don't know the trail.

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welcome to the forums...
White Oak is a great MUP...you don't really have to know the trail... just pick a spot to start at ride until you want to turn around and go back to your vehicle...
I rode that area almost every weekend for a year when I lived down that way, used to start at the T.C. Jester Park ride north to the end, turn around and go south to 11th street and then back north to the park...they have added to it some since I rode there and I hear that you can go all the way to downtown now...not sure about that...
The loop section at Allen Parkway is not too bad, but the area around the dog park is a pain in the butt...and if you are not there real early, the joggers/walkers are too numerous...
I did not like the Braeswood MUP, parts are pretty rough and lots of street crossings...
anyway, have fun.
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Welcome to Bikeforums. Glad to ear about how biking has impacted your life. You might check out the Houston Cycling Club on Meetup.com. They have weekly rides in the area where you ride.
For other rides look at the event calendar at Texbiker.net
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Originally Posted by texbiker View Post
Welcome to Bikeforums. Glad to ear about how biking has impacted your life. You might check out the Houston Cycling Club on Meetup.com. They have weekly rides in the area where you ride.
For other rides look at the event calendar at Texbiker.net
Hi texbiker, I've seen a lot of your posts. Riding is my favorite past time and I do it almost every day except I think I should rest a day every 6 to 7 days and I don't ride when it rains. I do see a huge difference in my health. Greatest thing I ever started. My brother in Austin told me that I might be getting to a point to where I could possibly consider riding in an organized group. I've never done that for I've been only riding for around 10 months and not sure if I'm really physically ready. I do ride really about 16 to 18 miles/day during the week and longer on the weekends BUT I do stop and rest for 3 to 5 minutes every 5 to 8 miles then start up again. Some of the organized rides I see have rest stops every 10 miles which makes me think that everyone's going at least 10 miles before they stop. I can do that but probably not at the speeds they're riding. I generally ride between 13 and 14 mph. on a fairly flat road with not much of a head wind. I ride a Trek7.1 Hybrid which I understand is more of a "fitness bike". I really love this bike though. The tail winds are great and I do 15 to 17 mph. and I say this trying to keep a cadence of 70 to 85. I try to keep a cadence to where I'm "spinning" without pushing too much to where I kill myself. I have to keep reminding myself that I'm not in my 30s or 40s anymore. Most of the pictures I see on the organized rides show people riding road bikes. I was talking to a girl at the Bike Barn last week and she thought my ride speeds are kinda an in between speed and might have troubles in an organized ride. I don't know except I do know I'm having a blast and can't wait for my next ride. My bike is only 3 months old and bought it from Bike Barn.

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