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Old 07-03-14, 06:48 PM
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Greetings from Colorado USA!

Hi everyone,

Just joined the site a few days back along with picking up my new ride. First I'll start with a little about me. I'm 43 and a type 2 diabetic, been diagnosed with it since 2002. Father of two kids and married to a very understanding wife. I live out on the eastern plains of Colorado so I have some decent riding areas, not much along the lines of serious off road but there are some trails and some pretty good road riding areas. The cycling community is a little sparce out this way but there are some that do ride.

I'm a wrench at heart but back in my early to mid 20's I used to race semi-competitively on the mountain bike circuit. I could never keep up with the pros but it was really just for me. A challenge to myself and to learn, develop and become better. I've meet some pretty cool people along the way.

Now days I'm more interested in riding to get myself off my medications and get to a better place health wise. I've switched from my mountain bike to a road and have been focusing on that. Oh don't worry, I didn't give up the mountain bike, just giving it a rest.

Ok, so to get to the question you are all asking, "Well what bike did you get?", it's nothing super fancy or expensive but I picked up the Schwinn Varsity 1200 from of all places, Wal*Mart. yes, I bought a bike from Wal*Mart. Now before you start hating just hear me out. As a former mechanic and rider I've been exposed to a lot of things. Crappy wal*mart bikes to amazing $2000 + rides. Yes, there is a difference between them, but as a mechanic I've learned that not everything is at it appears to be. The Varsity has an all aluminum frame and a really decent set of wheels and it's surprisingly fast and nimble. As a person who is on a budget, I simply couldn't afford a super nice roadie but this one will do very nicely for $200.

I don't care too much for the mountain bike style flat handlebar or the gripshifts. (I just could never get used to those) and plan on switching over to traditional drop bars and yes, better components. Why on earth would I spend more money on it for stuff that's probably worth more than the bike itself? Simple, it has a great foundation to start from. I picked up an aluminum frame and decent set of wheels for $200, Add on say the Shimano 105 components and I've just turned a $200 box store bike into a really nice novice roadie's bike.

As I mentioned before, my main goal is to get off my meds and to get a little healthier. I plan to do some rides like the Tour de Cure but not in a competitive way, mostly as challenges to myself. Can I do this? Did I train properly? How's my diabetes doing with all this? Things like that.

Anyway, that's enough about me, hope to talk to you all soon!

Steve
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Old 07-03-14, 07:33 PM
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Hey Steve,

Welcome to Bike Forums from a Type 2 Texas road rider.

Riding has been my diabetic medication.
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