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Old 07-28-13, 10:27 AM   #1
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Hello!

Just thought I would introduce myself as I began reading all the stickies and forum posts. Mostly joined to participate in the road and commuting forums, though my commute to work is very short (3 miles) and I will likely lurk for a while just to get a sense of the place. While I have been riding for a while (though I just returned to it after a 3 year hiatus due to a back injury), I have never really done so other than as a way to get somewhere until now. I picked it up again a few months ago (Hurrah for a healing back!) as a way to help with losing weight. Am having a blast just riding around by myself seeing the city and the surroundings, using MapMyRide to track routes and milage and speed. Have really started getting into it. This has made me think about the equipment I am using, where as before, really any bike would do. Currently I am riding a 1994 Jamis Explorer XR a friend gave me. Been adjusting it here and there and am close to as good a fit as I think I can get and I like the bike, but am starting to realize that perhaps I would benefit from something a little closer to my riding style (and also the 20 years advantage in new materials for that level of bike (or maybe a step up)). So I am also in the process of thinking about a new bike (or gently used). Looks like a whole slew of models have been released for us older (I am 41) guys who have a bit of money, like to ride fast and far on paved surfaces, but aren't going to race/compete. So I am sifting through all of those, learning the lingo and common wisdom about frame geometries, materials, and components, figuring out what I think best suits me and will probably start hitting the LBSes to get on bikes to get a sense of how the models I think might be right for me fit.

As for the other personal stuff, I am a Professor at UNM in Albuquerque. I Participate on a few other forums (watches and computers). For recreation, I enjoy riding, camping (backpacking), scuba diving (when I can. A bit hard in the desert), soccer. Other hobbies are xerix gardening and watches.

So that is a tiny bit about me. Thanks

Patrick
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Old 07-28-13, 10:38 AM   #2
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Old 07-28-13, 03:48 PM   #3
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welcome to the forum. I love my Omega bumper watch! scuba was fun untill I left Florida. Now in Georgia it is riding and hiking with my wife!
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