Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Introductions Welcome to the BikeForums community! Please introduce yourself to other forum members here.

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-18-12, 11:28 PM   #1
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Greetings from Iowa

Hey Everyone,

My name is Jason and I have developed a cycling least that's what my friends call it! If you listen to them I am completely nuts! Why would anybody want to sit on a seat (if that's what you want to call) that resembles a splitting maul for miles on end. I guess I'm that certifiable nut job that every group of friends has.

My story started on January 1, 2012 when a bunch of people bet me that they could lose more weight than me...who was to not try to take their money! Our biggest loser contest was to run from January 1 - May 1. I started weighing, at my highest 270 lbs, with a goal of getting down to 220. Who would have thought losing weight could be addictive, but it sure was for me. I was a die hard "exercise is for chumps" kind of guy. I was so against working out it was actually the butt of most of my jokes. I ended up pounding out 6-10 miles a day on my wife's treadmill for the last three months of the contest effectively ruining it. I did win the contest though by dropping about 90 lbs and taking everyone's money!

As it goes, with most people that aren't in any kind of shape that jump into working out like that I suffered knee injuries to both knees that made running pretty painful. It was then I decided to knock the dust off my old Wal-Mart Mongoose mountain bike and started pounding out miles on that. Once I got comfortable on that, I put about 200 miles on through June, I decided maybe I could do a triathlon. I wanted to actually be somewhat competitive though, so I borrowed a bike from a local bike nut that had a spare bike laying around. He let me borrow his old Trek 5000 carbon fiber bike...I thought I had died and gone to heaven after hopping off my mountain bike and onto that! Long story short, that bike got me hooked and the guy I borrowed the bike from helped me build my own bike this past July.

I ended up buying a Trek Madone 3.1 carbon frame and SRAM rival component set off of Craigslist and the rest of the build items (handlebars, stem, seat, post, and wheels) local from a couple people I knew. Since the middle of July I've clocked about 550 miles and even got a century ride in. I wish I would have discovered cycling sooner! What and amazing way to stay in shape and see the country side.

Hopefully I can get the pics loaded of my bike and the repair stand I made. I'm a DIY kind of guy, so I had to build the stand so I could perform repairs and tune the bike. It seems like there is always something that needs to be cleaned or adjusted...or at least that's my excuse for why I disappear out to the shop at night.

Note: I have since upgraded the pedals to clipless pedals shown in the pics on the stand. Those platforms were a replace!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg bike on stand.jpg (56.4 KB, 7 views)
File Type: jpg bike.jpg (77.4 KB, 9 views)

Last edited by dudelovesit; 09-18-12 at 11:33 PM.
dudelovesit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-12, 12:14 AM   #2
Formerly Known as Newbie
Juha's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Posts: 6,263
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Cheers Jason, thank you for the comprehensive introduction and welcome to Bike Forums!

To err is human. To moo is bovine.

Who is this General Failure anyway, and why is he reading my drive?

Become a Registered Member in Bike Forums
Community guidelines
Juha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-12, 06:32 AM   #3
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
10 Wheels's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Bikes: 2010 Expedition, 03 GTO
Posts: 31,002
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 707 Post(s)
Hey Jason,

Welcome to Bike Forums from Texas.

Nice bike...Thanks for the pics.
Fred "The Real Fred"
10 Wheels is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:54 AM.

  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.