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Old 11-10-16, 04:59 PM
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Hello from Central PA

Greetings. I'm a new forum member and relatively new rider. Retired from full-time work in November 2015 and as a bit of a lark I selected a bicycle from the retirement gift catalog. As a big guy who has had 5 knee operations, at first I couldn't even go around the corner and up the nearest hill. 1 year later, I've put over 250 miles on that Fuji Nevada and have rediscovered the joy of riding a bicycle.

Winter is coming to PA and there won't be many rides left, but I'm researching in anticipation of buying a nicer bike. Will post in a more appropriate forum thread to get advice on that along with local bike shop recommendations.

Glad to join the community of cyclists.
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Welcome aboard, CJ, its good to hear that you decided to begin cycling on your retirement, lots of people here have taken that road. If you want to connect with folks in your area about LBS and activities nearby, the Northeast Regional Forum should get a visit from you. Northeast - Bike Forums

Also, If you haven't checked in at the 50+ Forum be sure you head in there at some point. http://www.bikeforums.net/fifty-plus-50/

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Welcome CJ. Glad you started your retirement with a bike. Not only is cycling enjoyable but it helps keep in shape to better the extra time you now have.

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Welcome to Bike Forums. I'll be 72 next month and love my road bikes.

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Winter is coming to PA and there won't be many rides left, but I'm researching in anticipation of buying a nicer bike. Will post in a more appropriate forum thread to get advice on that along with local bike shop recommendations.
The folks in the 50+ forum can give you great advice about a new bike. Have fun deciding what bike to get.
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Originally Posted by cj19 View Post
Greetings. I'm a new forum member and relatively new rider. Retired from full-time work in November 2015 and as a bit of a lark I selected a bicycle from the retirement gift catalog. As a big guy who has had 5 knee operations, at first I couldn't even go around the corner and up the nearest hill. 1 year later, I've put over 250 miles on that Fuji Nevada and have rediscovered the joy of riding a bicycle.

Winter is coming to PA and there won't be many rides left, but I'm researching in anticipation of buying a nicer bike. Will post in a more appropriate forum thread to get advice on that along with local bike shop recommendations.

Glad to join the community of cyclists.
I'm from central PA 2 and have had 5 surgeries in the past 7 years, plus diagnosed with Parkinsons, siatica, spinal stenosis, and a bout with kidney stones.

Doc says reason I'm still walking is that I ride about 1700 miles a year. Most are very short rides (5 to 10 miles) due to physical limitations but I do try to get out every day except when snow/ice on streets. I did 20 miles 2 times last month though. My last ride on patchy snow covered roads ended up in a fall right on my recently replaced hip. Scared the shxx out of me but no damage to me or bike.

I enjoy riding in the cold. Air is so crisp and clear and makes me feel good......much better than the stationary bike/trainer I was originally recommended to ride. Riding in the rain (light rain, not downpours or lightning) is a bit different cause you have to keep on your toes but still fun.

Plenty of good bike shops in York area so if you are near by post here and will pm you with contact info.
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Welcome cj, and hello okane, i'm 55 in western PA,about halfway between Pittsburgh and Erie, roughly 4&1/2 hours northwest of York. I haven't done any real riding in more than 20 years but I'm planning to change that in 2017. i had a stroke in 2011 that ended my truck driving career and i got a tricycle to get around town at that time, it worked well for a couple years then got stashed at my brother's place when I had to go back into the hospital and exposed to the last couple winters, as you can probably imagine it's in pretty sad shape now and needs a lot of TLC along with some upgrade/modifications to deal with the hills where I live now, that's my project for the winter.
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Old 11-11-16, 10:33 PM
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Greetings okane and keg and I appreciate your hospitality. Its interesting how many new riders have a backstory of some medical issues and how cycling has allowed them to experience the freedom to get some exercise and enjoyment of the outdoors. I'm going to log in to the 50+ forum as well and look forward to more dialogue. Enjoy your rides!
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I find myself in Harrisburg or Devon once a year and manage to bring my bike. Almost all the roads are paved and I have found the drivers courteous. The area I visit is rather hilly - especially when compared to my hometown roads of metro Detroit. I say all that to say that I really enjoy riding my road bike in central and eastern PA and hope you enjoy it too!
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Nice to hear from you supercharger. Next time you're headed to Harrisburg let me know and we'll see if we can get together for a ride.
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Old 11-14-16, 06:45 AM
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Hi cj. I commend your bravery in beginning riding even after your knee operations. Sometimes, things just work out! Also, april comes early, so just stay loose. Welcome to Bike Forums!
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Originally Posted by cj19 View Post
Greetings. I'm a new forum member and relatively new rider. Retired from full-time work in November 2015 and as a bit of a lark I selected a bicycle from the retirement gift catalog. As a big guy who has had 5 knee operations, at first I couldn't even go around the corner and up the nearest hill. 1 year later, I've put over 250 miles on that Fuji Nevada and have rediscovered the joy of riding a bicycle.

Winter is coming to PA and there won't be many rides left, but I'm researching in anticipation of buying a nicer bike. Will post in a more appropriate forum thread to get advice on that along with local bike shop recommendations.

Glad to join the community of cyclists.
Welcome fellow CPA. I know the area well. Also retired, I'm in CNY now and also rediscovered cycling. Those PA mountains are killers, keep to the valleys for a while Enjoy!
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Fujis are great bikes for the money. Glad you are enjoying yours !
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