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Old 04-18-07, 11:16 AM
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Ok, so as most of you know, I'm pretty new on this forum. I'm hoping to get to know you fellow cyclists and a little bit about your lives, riding, training, and diets. Also, what your cycling goal is.. Anyone and everyone reply and let's all get to know eachother. I'll go first..

My name is Tim. Im a student at wayne state university in detroit, michigan. Im studying finance and have about two years left. I work at Huntington Bank as a teller, and also at a retirement home washing dishes... bleh. Ive loved cycling my entire life, but just got into road cycling this past March. I ride a 2006 Specialized Allez Sport, no upgrades as of know except for a computer, lol. I try to ride everyday, usually it ends up being 8 miles in 25+- minutes for some reason, due to the route by my house. I try to go to Stony Creek for a long ride every Sunday if possible for about 25-30 miles. I need to get on a better routine though. The diet I'm on right now is mostly soups, salads, rice, chicken, steak, and fish. I don't eat any bread or potatoes. That's about it... my short-term goal right now is to be able to ride 10 miles in 30 minutes. Im getting closer and closer everyday!! thanks for reading, tim
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I think there's an entire forum for this, but I'll play along.

My name is Rick. I live in South Florida right now (west of Ft Lauderdale) and work in the telecom industry. no I don't do telemarketing. haha. I bought my first bike as an adult when I was stationed in Germany when I was 24. until then I hadn't really been on a bike since I got my drivers license. It was a Cannondale Killer V 900 that became my only means of transportation around base and off in the mountains for fun. that was 13 years ago and I just recently bought my first real road bike. I've been slowly building up my endurance and I hope to be able to do a century by the end of the summer. Which down here is late Oct. so far I've been averaging 15-16mph on my rides but I'm not worried about upping that until the endurance comes up. For my diet I eat FAILY clean. I work out at the gym also, so I eat a high protein, somewhat low carb diet. the only time I really eat a lot of carbs is the nights before a long ride. otherwise it's mostly chicken, sushi, beef and sides of potatos, mixed veggies or a small amount of pasta.
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Welcome aboard Tim.

Everybody starts somewhere. Cycling is a great way to achieve good fitness. Good luck with your future cycling goals.

I commute most days to work (10 miles each way) to keep the engine in good shape. Then I'll ride evenings when there's daylight and the weather's good, and weekends I'll do big, long rides.

Sometimes I do a mountain bike ride/race, but my heart's on the road....
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Okay, I'll play.

My name's Bruce and I work for the state goverment. I also work for my small family business. I am 31 years old and have been back on the bike for about six years now. I started riding to reward myself when I quit my three pack a day smoking habit.

Now I'm generally on the bike training four days a week and racing one or two days a week. My goal for this year is to get in over 6,000 miles, so far I have about 2,100 miles in. I also hope to win the WVMBA mountain bike season championships in the sport class. On top of that I would like to get a few more road races in and possibly upgrade to a cat 3 this year. I don't know if that will happen with my schedule or not though.

Other than that I'm just an old married guy (31) with a little girl that loves me and spends most of her time jumping around, barking, and playing fetch.
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I'll bite too:
My name is Ted. I'm 42 -- today.

During grad school on I started mountain biking a lot and did well loosing weight. Got older, quit smoking, moved to NYC, etc. Put on weight. Decided I had to do something about it so I bought a road frame (GT Edge) and some parts and built my road bike. I started having kids before I could start riding though so the bike sat unused for a few years. Started riding seriously last year. (I put more miles on my bike last year than my car.)

Now I ride to work most days and my goal is ten centuries this year and 2,428 miles.
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Happy birthday, one question. Why 2,428? I'm sure that number means something.
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Originally Posted by LowCel
Happy birthday, one question. Why 2,428? I'm sure that number means something.
distance NYC to San Diego. (I expect that will be the easier goal to reach.)
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Started out on Mountain biking in the teens - moved over to road in college. First road bike was a steel frame Bianchi, circa early 90's...mint green beauty with leather saddle and bar tape.

Two regrets:
- Had it repainted a matte black
- Gave it away when i got my next bike; it would have been a dream fixed gear


Typically ride 25 miles Monday/Wednesday/Friday; 100 miles on Saturdays; 40 miles on Sundays. Wife & I are considering starting a family in the next year or so...so I try to get in as much riding now as possible before the "life change" :-)

Goal: Riding up Mt. Evans this Summer; would like to do it under 3 hrs
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OK, I guess I can pitch in.

My name is Prokop. I am original from Prague, Czech Republic. Married an American in 1994 and moved to States 10 years ago. My old man bikes all his life and that's why I started biking some time after turning forty, that would be 3 years ago. All this time in USA I work for AOL - managing digital assets for the photo department.
We live on 4 acres in rural Virginia. We means my wife, three kids and three dogs. Also we have two sheep and a horse. Our house is not a fixer upper, it is a rebuilder upper, I am busy like one legged guy in that famous competition and bike only Sunday morning (to church) and my typical Sunday trip is around 40 miles. My biggest day was biking the Old Dominion Trail from Purcelville to DC and back (92 miles).

Now for this year my goal is to bike from home to Leesburg, take Old Dominion Trail to DC and than follow Potomac South and eventually make it back to Nokesville.
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My Name is texasphil, I live in orphanage in Texaco. I want to be just like fryer Nacho Libre. I ride bike, sometimes I drive to buy bike, sometimes I drive to buy stuff for bike, sometimes I buy stuff for bike when I should be riding, last sunday I miss church to sell something to buy stuff for bike (bad, bad, bad). Dis country so big nearest good bike shops over 65mi away, I would ride to them but they would be closed when I got there and would miss work at orphanage. I have 4 dogs, two of them will chase bikes, one run away, and one just bark.
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Hello, my name is George. I've been a bike forums member for the past four years. I like girls and fixed gear bicycles.
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Hello, my name is George. I've been a bike forums member for the past four years. I like girls and fixed gear bicycles.
You forgot to add that you're the official "back of the peleton" photographer.
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You forgot to add that you're the official "back of the peleton" photographer.
My wife made me get rid of all the nice butt shots....
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I'm 48, 5'11", 205#, and at my peak would probably never really make it past Cat 5 so I decided to become a n00b official. That way I can get paid for any race I go to. I've hopefully had the worst bike wreck (not vehicle related) of anyone on here when I was 14 and on my first 10 speed. Broken jaw, nose, cheekbone, hospitalized 9 days, wired shut for 11 weeks, had to go back in to have a tear duct drilled out, and also resulting in 5 root canals & I now have 9 false teeth. All that and I still ride and get a thrill from bombing down hills at 45+ mph, but I'm easy to pass on the way back up.
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I'm Steve, 6'3 195#
I'm in my 4th year of grad school, which is awesome since I make my own hours and can leave when it's nice (like today, 65 and sunny so I'm gone)!
I grew up Mtn Biking in VT near Jay Peak and even raced a bit in high school. I've been on the road for a little over a year and love it. This summer a may try my hand at racing but for sure I'm climbing Mt. Evans and Trail Ridge road a couple times each on my bike.

I go through a gallon of VT Maple Syrup every three months or so since I love blueberry pancakes before a ride.
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Originally Posted by VTer
I'm Steve, 6'3 195#
I'm in my 4th year of grad school, which is awesome since I make my own hours and can leave when it's nice (like today, 65 and sunny so I'm gone)!
I grew up Mtn Biking in VT near Jay Peak and even raced a bit in high school. I've been on the road for a little over a year and love it. This summer a may try my hand at racing but for sure I'm climbing Mt. Evans and Trail Ridge road a couple times each on my bike.

I go through a gallon of VT Maple Syrup every three months or so since I love blueberry pancakes before a ride.
you may call me out on this but I have long held that the best pancakes in the world are from a place called Sugar and Spice. Just before the Killington access road.

They process their own syrup there. So, you can go downstairs and pour off your own little jar of syrup before your pancakes come.
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Some day you will hit 50 and be allowed on the over 50 thread. I'm fifty four. I started riding at the age of 52. Started mountain biking so I could spend more time with my teenage son. All I ever see of him on my rides is his fanny, and not even that for very long. I decided to ride on the road to build up endurance. Must be helping because my MTB ride today wasn't as exhausting as it used to be. I'm indecive, I think. I want to buy a new road bike but I don't know whether to go 'inexpensive', like a LeMond Reno or Pilot 1, or lots more expensive, like a Pilot 2.1, or even more expensive, like a Felt Z 85, or try an on-line bike like a Fezzari Catatonia (heh). Would someone make this decision for me? If it runs over $1000, would you help make up the difference (I have a Paypal account)? I'm sorry to burden you with my problems but everyone on this thread just seems so dog-gone understanding.
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Originally Posted by Hambone
you may call me out on this but I have long held that the best pancakes in the world are from a place called Sugar and Spice. Just before the Killington access road.

They process their own syrup there. So, you can go downstairs and pour off your own little jar of syrup before your pancakes come.

You know I have never been there and for that I am ashamed , but I'll check it out this summer when I'm in Rutland. However my parents send me syrup that is from sap collected from the land I grew up on (which is great cause it's Free!)
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Originally Posted by VTer
You know I have never been there and for that I am ashamed , but I'll check it out this summer when I'm in Rutland. However my parents send me syrup that is from sap collected from the land I grew up on (which is great cause it's Free!)
It is on the right as you go from Rutland to Killington and it is a little below road level. Look like an old barn/sap mill.

If Botto or anyone who has been there in the past couple of years can correct me, I've got two little boys (well 2 and 2/9's) and haven't been skiing that far north in a few years.

https://www.killingtonguide.com/dinin...and-spice.html
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Originally Posted by Hambone
It is on the right as you go from Rutland to Killington and it is a little below road level. Look like an old barn/sap mill.

If Botto or anyone who has been there in the past couple of years can correct me, I've got two little boys (well 2 and 2/9's) and haven't been skiing that far north in a few years.

https://www.killingtonguide.com/dinin...and-spice.html
haven't been that way for a few years myself, so no corrections coming from me. for once.
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Tim,

You should check out the Clinton River Riders - They have a ride that starts at Stony Creek every Saturday Morning at 8:00, usually starts up in May. They ride out to Armada and back, about 47 miles.
They have 2 groups one will avg 19 -21 MPH the other will be about 16.5 - 18 MPH.
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