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Old 11-27-10, 03:41 PM
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Hi, my name is Jeff and I have returned to the sport after 10 years away. I rode recreationally in the 90's until I was diagnosed with Wegener's disease. Pretty much gave up trying to do anything physical. Last year my doctor, a young woman, basically told me, you're 52, 30 lbs. overweight and if you don't do something about it your life is going to go downhill quick. I went home and dug my old Lotus out of the attic, pumped up the tires, put it on the mag trainer, and rode about 10 minutes. I said "(can't swear) this, Im not doing it." The next day I rode about 10 minutes and said, "the same thing." Thirty days later I had worked up to 30 minutes. I decided to build a single speed out of my brother in law's rusty old Tommaso. I developed an Ebay addiction. The single speed sports 80's Super record parts and White Industries hubs. I pulled my 98 Rocky Mountain out of the attic, tuned it and gave it new tires. When warm weather hit, I hit the road. First it was 10 miles, then 20. I began to wonder how far I could go with this. I wanted a new bike, my goal was to ride 50 miles and if I could get to ride that reliably I would go for new. A couple of months and I made it. I researched and shopped and finally ordered a Bianchi Infinito frame in red. I ordered up some new carbon Record parts and got it together . I researched fit and position, I read about training and diet, my new goal was to ride the Rodman Ride for Kid's century. Pretty soon I was riding 200 miles a week with 80 of it on a weekend ride. I signed up. I set a goal of 7 hours, 6 hours would have been a dream. I rode it in 5 hours and 48 minutes. It was awesome! I had never ridden a tight group of 60 bikes before, it was surreal. I am 30 lbs. lighter and in excellent shape. Bicycling has saved my life. The training continues, so does the collection. A Cinelli SC and a Litespeed Natchez (both built off EBAY with some parts I have collected over the years) have joined the stable. So has a mountain bike for the cold weather. I am having the time of my life. Ride on.
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Old 11-28-10, 05:28 AM
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Welcome, and good to hear you're back on the wheels.
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