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Old 05-30-12, 09:10 PM
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Greetings From Wichita Falls, TX!

Hi there!

I'm brand new to the forums here, but have been cycling intermittently throughout my life. My first bike was a yellow Raleigh 10-speed (I think it was a Pursuit) my step-dad handed down to me when I was in my early teens. I have so many awesome memories of riding all over the place in the years before I got my drivers license. It got stolen off our porch, though, and I went a few years without riding. I got the itch again in my mid-20s, so I bought a Gary Fisher hybrid (a Zebrano, maybe?) that I rode all over DC where I was living at the time. In my mid-30s, I decided I wanted something a little sportier, so I bought a used GT ZR3000 off eBay and dolled it up with full Ultegra. It was a blast to ride, but after a couple years, I lost interest, so I gave it and the Gary Fisher to people who seemed like they'd get more use out of them. I'm 41 now, and the bug has bitten me again. I'm a traveling surgical tech by trade, and my current assignment is in North Texas where it's mostly flat. I picked up a used Gary Fisher Triton single-speed, and I've been riding it all over town for the last couple months... Loving it!

Then I heard about the Hotter'n Hell 100. I've just enough of a masochistic streak in me to make that my first century ride, something I've had in the back of my mind for years now. At first, I thought I might give it a shot on the Fisher, but there's no way it's possible to ride a hundred miles in one gear, right?! I just got back from the LBS, where I put a brand-new Jamis Satellite Comp on layaway. It'll be the first bike I've ever been properly sized for, so I'm curious to see if the shop can really do that much better than I've always done by estimating...

So, thanks for being such a great community. I'll likely be seeing many of you around the Regional Rides and Clydesdale sections!
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Congratulation on the new Jamis.
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Old 05-31-12, 12:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Moctavius View Post
but there's no way it's possible to ride a hundred miles in one gear, right?!
Welcome! I began my cycling career in one gear like you and remember climbing uphills in standing pose. Your legs are gotta very strong.
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