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Old 03-07-08, 08:43 AM
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Started back cycling in August 2007 after 27 years of hardly ever getting on, less than 50 miles a year average over those years. Riding for pleasure, not exercise, but am enjoying the improved knee and ankle health that regular riding has brought me. I have owned only 3 bikes since 1962. A 26 inch Schwinn with a 2 speed bendix rear hub(what a great bike that was), a mid-range Zebrakenko road bike that I toured all over WI, MI and MN in the 1970s and a 1992 Trek 820 Antelope "all terrain bike" that I am still riding. I am fortunate to live in a place that I can ride from home a beautiful 25 mile paved tour and hardly see a car. Route has some gravel road options as well into the National Forest. I am remembering now why I spent so much time on the bike in my youth(besides not having a car). I enjoying traveling through the landscape at 10 MPH much more than at 60MPH. Hope to do some touring again. Right now just happy to get on the bike every day that is above 50 F.

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Hi Sedges, what National Forest is that? You must live in a rural part of George if you are in the Northeast portion.

Do you still have the Zebrakenko?


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thanks for the welcome

I like what I see on this forum.

I am a neighbor of the Chattahoochee National Forest. I ride along the Tugaloo River in GA and SC. The river is the border. Very rural, very friendly, forest, fields, marsh views all along the way. We have a charity tour here in November, 3 years now, to support an effort to protect the river corridor. Tour de Tugaloo. A metric century as well as some shorter, easier loops.

I gave the Zebrakenko to a friend to rebuild for his very tall grandson. Its good to see it used. It was a big frame as I have long legs. At the time road riding in the mountains scared me. Too many blind hills and curves, no shoulders, no respect. Thats why I bought the Trek 820 in 1992, to ride on the Forest Service roads, but I never did much. The Z was a good bike and I put many thousands of miles on it commuting and touring in the Great Lakes.
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Originally Posted by sedges View Post
Riding for pleasure, not exercise,
The two don't have to be mutually exclusive. That's the wonderful thing about cycling.
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it is wonderful

some days I enjoy a real fast(for me) ride and others I will stop and do some birdwatching and botanizing along the way taking 2 hours to do 10 miles. I believe in maintaining a good cadence when I am moving so my joints are getting the benefit even if I am poking along.
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Birdwatching? Botanizing? Two of my favourite activities to do whilst cycling .

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