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Old 05-09-14, 07:22 AM
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3 bikes in a year=75 lbs down,

Hi everyone!

I returned to biking after 20 years away recently as part of a diet and life change. At 48 years old, I had burnt the candle at both ends long enough. I am happy to say I lost 75 pounds in 11 months. One year and one month ahead of schedule (wanted to be fit by 50) Biking played a huge part in my success.

I started with a basic Schwinn Sierra 21 comfort bike and quickly learned it was just not up to the trails I found. After a few broken axles, and countless shifting issues I gave it to my kid and went back to get a better bike. Still, I lost almost 30 pounds with it, so I cant complain.



My LBS had a deal on a 2013 Fuji Nevada 29 1.9 D. I was getting into some local single track by this time and thought this might hold up better. Once again I found it was just not ready for the real world. It had a Free Wheel design and I was bending axles every week. I bent the big gear ring in the rear and the LBS mechanic would sigh every time I came in. No Good!!



Finally found these forums and got some direction. Learned about free hubs and better components...etc.



This is my third bike in just 6 days short of a year!

Just traded up to a new 2014 GT Karakoram Elite!

Pic before it even got in the house!


Just got back from my first ride, and I am a happy camper so far! Cant wait to do my trail and complete it without a single break down / chain off / Wheel rub problem!!!

Thanks to all who help people on this forum!
Remember, we all had to start somewhere.
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Old 05-09-14, 07:52 AM
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Old 05-09-14, 03:32 PM
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Welcome to BF, congrats on the weight loss and stick with that program!
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Very nice-have a great season!
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Old 05-09-14, 09:28 PM
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Did over 15 miles at Schaeffer farms today. What a joy it is to ride without a care. Shifting with certainty. Not a single missed shift or issue. I think I'm in love.

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Hey livedb congrats on the weight loss in these times we live in it's encouraging to see someone get health minded and do something about it! you stated you lost 70 pounds that's great,, what was the starting weight?? and whats current just to get an idea of where you started,,,,If that's too personal disregard and keep up the good work!!! and welcome to the forum,,,,,
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I started on May 15th . I'm 5-10, weighing in at 260 lbs. Lost 10lbs before I got the bike. On April 15th I weighed in at 174.4. Changed my life in so many ways, but my main goal was to do something everyday. Tracking calories on myfitnesspal and now 2-3 day's at the gym. but lately all I want to do is ride the bike. I still want to pick up a road bike, but this bike will mean I do that next year.

I'm just loving the speed, and the outdoors.

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