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what got you into riding??

Old 09-20-08, 05:14 PM
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what got you into riding??

Well first i will introduce myself as I am very new to BF. I am a 26 y/o, new road bike rider in the DC area.


I initially got back into riding (since childhood) about a moth ago. My fiance, who lives in Atlanta, had a faulty piston in her Chrysler and the engine caught on fire burning the car down. She was fine, but was without transportation for work. I, at the time had an 07 CBR 1000rr and a car so I offered to let her take my car until she moved up to DC with me thinking I would be fine on the motorcycle. Well... Aug 6th i was called into work in the middle of the night (im military). I went outside to leave and saw that my M/C was stolen. I was so miserable. Mainly because I loved that bake so much.


Anyhow, a week prior i had filled out an application for a P/T job at Performance bikes. Funny how things work themsleves out. I had always been into biking but never got INTO it, since it costs quite a bit initially. Well lemme be the first to tell ya that the discounts a Performance as an employee are great. I Picked up an 08 Scattante r-560 with 105 shifter/der combo, FSA gossamer crank, and blah blah blah (pretty ok bike). All for about 7 hundo.


Since I started riding I have had more energy than i know what to do with. I work between 60 and 70 hours a week between the two jobs and commute between each job (and everywhere else) on my bike. I prob average about 22 to 26 miles a day depending on if I work both in a given day. I went from a pack a day smoker to none, cold turkey. I dropped about 8 lbs, and have toned my legs tremendously since I started. I can't wait to see the effects of this on my next PT test come October.

Sometimes I wake up and hate the fact that I have to ride the bike to get everywhere, but once I clip in I fall in love all over again. I love embracing the suck of grueling climbs. One of which i finally tackled for the first time last week. No idea how steep on paper, but I coast down it at 41.5 mph. Its about 3/4 of a mile long and a PITA to get up. Once I finally topped it though I came to the realization that I will probably continue to ride/commute even when I get my car back.


I really like reading all the information, jokes, and general camraderie that a lot of you guys have goin on here. You've got a great forum going, so keep it up. I look forward to riding more and telling/reading accounts of riding experiences to come. maybe next season I will see if I am fast enough to race. We'll see.

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Here's my story: https://www.machka.net/aboutme/aboutme.htm


And paragraph breaks help make posts easier to read.
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I tried but It didn't take after writing it. how do I go about adding breaks?
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Originally Posted by drummermike58 View Post
I tried but It didn't take after writing it. how do I go about adding breaks?
To fix your original post ...

Select Edit, under your orignal post. Then for each paragraph break you want, hit enter twice. Once to go to the next line, and once to leave a space.

Then click Save.

And welcome here!
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Old 09-20-08, 05:32 PM
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Wanted to ride in college, but didn't. Decided to do things differently in grad school. Now I ride five days a week.
Have a car, but only use it when I need to arrive somewhere dry (sweat, rain), or lug something heavy. La vie, c'est bonne.
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Old 09-20-08, 05:32 PM
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I graduated college, and moved cross country to try something new. I didn't find a job I really liked, and didn't know what I wanted to do with myself. So I went on a cross country bike tour for 2 months. After riding at a cruising speed of 10-12 mph on a loaded bike I wanted to try my hand at a real road bike. I've been riding for about a year on it now.
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Old 09-20-08, 05:37 PM
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I was getting (OK already was) fat. I remembered that I loved riding when I was a kid, so I bought a bike and started mountain biking. Turned out I still loved riding, so I stuck with it.
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My cousin got me into it.
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I got into it after trying out spin classes at the local gym I regular at. With the help of the publicity given to road racing in the Beijing Olympics, I bit the bullet for a road bike and never looked back.
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i initially got a bike for a new form of cardio, it was a trek hybrid, great exercise bike, i used to take it out when i didn't feel like running or swimming

then my license got suspended last month and the bike was my only form of transportation, the trek was a little heavy to be riding EVERYWHERE so just last week i got a road bike, and i love it

cycling is great exercise, i was running about 4 miles a day before and just using the bike to get back and forth to the gym and school has replaced it, and it's much less stressful on my body too, and much, much more fun

eventually i want to be able to go on the long group rides that some of my friends do, 50-100 miles and all that, but i have a lot of conditioning to do first
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Around 4 years ago, I had two discs in me neck fused, the doc told me cycling was good for recovery. About the same time, my youngest son, who was very good at destroying things, reached the point where I had to buy him a larger bike. Reluctant to spend $300 for a new Trek, I went to a yard sale and purchased an 1988 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo MTB for him and a Nishiki Ariel for me for the whopping sum of $40 total. I bought the tools neccessary to clean up both bikes. Within a couple months I was buying yard sale bikes and flipping them. Then two years ago, I picked up a 96 Cannondale SR500 and started serious road cycling.
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Originally Posted by drummermike58 View Post
Well first i will introduce myself as I am very new to BF. I am a 26 y/o, new road bike rider in the DC area.
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I love embracing the suck of grueling climbs. One of which i finally tackled for the first time last week. No idea how steep on paper, but I coast down it at 41.5 mph. It's about 3/4 of a mile long and a PITA to get up.
I'm in NoVA; to which climb are you referring?
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I went through a nasty divorce. Riding started out as a way to improve my body shape and turned into a competitive passion.

I lost over 60 pounds and got a whole lot faster since September of 2005.
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Originally Posted by hrt4me View Post
I'm in NoVA; to which climb are you referring?

South Van Dorn toward Franconia rd under the Metro Bridge. Once you reach the top the entrance to the beltway is on the right. I could just be a wuss, but it sucked....
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stop smoking ,then gain 30 lbs .2 yrs ago
Still love to ride as much as i can
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Numerous things, the event that sent me over the point of no return was when I watched a Cat 1 crit and thought

"Hmmm, that's pretty cool. I could do that..."

Turns out it's harder than it looks....but I enjoy riding nonethless. :-)
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Originally Posted by drummermike58 View Post
South Van Dorn toward Franconia rd under the Metro Bridge. Once you reach the top the entrance to the beltway is on the right. I could just be a wuss, but it sucked....
You could always come ride Skyline Drive with us sometime...
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Blew out my knee in 94, couldnt run and a friend suggested cycling.
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You could always come ride Skyline Drive with us sometime...
Id love to, When are you doing it? Ill need a walkie talkie from the distance behind you ill be hehe. I used to ride my cbr 1000rr up there. If i came though I would needx a ride. My fiance has my car in ATL.
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I was waaaaaay overweight about three-and-a-half years ago, so I decided to change my dietary habits, something that eventually led to my being a vegetarian. To complement my changes in diet, I implemented some cardiovascular exercise, namely jogging, into my daily routine.
Approx. eight months ago I decided to go see a doctor about my chronic ankle/knee/hip/lumbar pain and was told I had a disorder that greatly effected my feet which eventually led to my other problems(had my parents been somewhat adequate, this could have been fixed at an early age but you know...) and had caused arthritis to begin forming in my joints.
As I was thinking of some sort of replacement exercise, I noticed my neighbor, home on break or something from college, fully kitted clipped into his Madone spinning up our road; thus, I found my new activity. Though I didn't have money at this time, I knew that by my high-school graduation Open-House I would get extra money to spend.
So, I started looking for bikes and around four months or so ago I bought a '07 Bianchi C2C Via Nirone 7 and have ridden as much as possible since, my longest ride probably being forty or a bit less miles.
It's also a great way to blow money(i.e. a hobby) as I've spent probably $250 on clothes, $100 on shoes/socks, $200 on new wheels/tires(bought some Fulcrum R7's at a good price), and maybe $100 or so on bottles/cages/pumps/tools.
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yea after my bike got stolen i went from a $350 a month motorcycle payment to about $900 last month and $400 this month on bike stuff.... so musch for saving gas money, at least i get new stuff to show for it though hehe.
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I was a big-time two-wheeler when I was younger, but then sold my bike when I moved to the east coast and was out of it for ~12 years. Then, almost 4 years ago I broke a hip (was doing mostly rollerblade for exercise at the time, and no -- that's not how I broke the hip) and it was a long recovery where I packed on a good middle-age layer of fat (had made it up to ~220 lbs this year).

Well, some spinning classes led to getting bike because frankly spinning without going anywhere is boring as hell to me I'm aiming for a metric century, and have made it as far as ~75k a couple weekends ago. I'm also commuting now too (15km each way). And, for the record, last I checked I was on my way under 190 lbs.

I'm hoping to do some touring next year!
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I was at, probably, 260 three and 1/2 years ago. 165-175, now. With cycling I hope to bring that down to 155 and maintain a higher muscle mass/lower body fat%.
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I was looking for a way to spend tons of cash on stuff that only I could use, find a way to piss off my wife with requests for 4 hours rides on the weekends when she wants to go to the zoo with the kids and a way to make sure that every time I am on vacation for more then 3 days that I start to get grumpy becuase I cant ride.

Ok, for real it was something real nerdy - my wife forced me to go see two stages of the TdF when we lived in Luxembourg - it looked cool, I watched it the next year and then decided to drag my 10 speed out of the basement and find out just how hard was it. I have had a ton of fun ever since.
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