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Old 08-13-17, 06:21 AM
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Howdy from Texas

After a 9 year absence from being able to ride, I have two brand new alloy knees and I'm anxious to get back on the road. I was over-obsessed with speed from 2002-2008 (low to mid 60's mph top speed downhill, able to hit 40 mph on flat ground whenever I wanted to and hold it for a while, no fear, idiot maneuvers around traffic, and all that at age 44), but I'm hoping to turn over a "new leaf" and not be that guy.

I'm still 30-45 days out from being able to pedal for any amount of time, so I'm going to be searching for advice on how to ease back into this. Plus I have 35 lbs to lose. And I need a bike. And stuff.
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Old 08-13-17, 06:29 AM
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Old 08-13-17, 06:39 AM
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Welcome to Bike Forums. Sounds like you might be over 50. If so stop by the 50+ forum and ask your questions of the other old timers.
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Old 08-13-17, 02:17 PM
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Old 08-13-17, 03:21 PM
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Welcome back. Texan here too.

I was away from cycling for 30something years. Just got back in the saddle two years ago this month. It was a long slow grind getting back into shape. A car wreck and spine injuries slowed me down a bit.

First year I rode a heavy comfort hybrid. Took almost a month to ride three miles without stopping. Averaged 9 mph for the year, usually riding 10-15 miles at a time. On the one year anniversary of riding I rode my age, which happened to be close to a metric century with a few extra miles tossed in. It's now semi-retired to errand/grocery bike duty and handles that well a couple of times a week.

Decided I was ready to tackle a lighter, rigid frame/fork bike. Had to add riser bars to accommodate my neck. Average ride increased to 20-30 miles per ride, around 12 mph.

This weekend I put the flat bars back on the hybrid. Took a year to get the back and neck into good enough condition for that. Feels a little more efficient. Average speed is closer to 14 mph on the hybrid now.

This summer, two years back in the saddle, I finally got a drop bar road bike. It was just painful the first two weeks but I kept working on conditioning. After two months I'm enjoying it again. Finally pushed my average speed to 16 mph, with lots of interval training rides. Progress is slow but coming along.

I'll never be fast but I'm enjoying the ride and able to put in a few more miles per ride and explore more places in a day.
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Old 08-13-17, 05:16 PM
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Welcome to Bikeforums from another Texan bicyclist. I would suggest your doctor's instructions control your pace. Those metallic knees need care if you crash. Enjoy the rides.
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Old 08-13-17, 05:24 PM
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Thanks... and yeah

Originally Posted by texbiker View Post
Welcome to Bikeforums from another Texan bicyclist. I would suggest your doctor's instructions control your pace. Those metallic knees need care if you crash. Enjoy the rides.
Im trying to follow surgeons advice but its very vague... 2 to 3 months. I figure that putting a bike on a trainer in the house cant hurt. Slow peddle in 15 increments. Hard to bottle the urge. Until I can bend 120 degrees at the knee no road work. Im at 6 weeks and I can do a lot though.
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Old 08-13-17, 06:00 PM
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Welcome, make it fun .
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Old 08-15-17, 04:33 PM
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Howdy from San Antonio. Good luck toughing out the Texas summer heat!
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