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What got you into cycling?

Old 11-17-11, 09:28 PM
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What got you into cycling?

I would like to know what got you to put down your car keys and pick up a bike?

For me, I first stated riding to stay in shape and then naturally I fell in love. Then I decided to start riding my bike when I can in order to reduce gasoline and car use. I wanted to reduce my carbon footprint. :)
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Old 11-17-11, 09:57 PM
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My reduced carbon footprint was offset by my increased carbon fiber footprint.
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Old 11-17-11, 09:59 PM
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I'm a Ham and often was part of a club event that provided radio support for Cycling events.... This was back in the 80's before cell phones were every where. As I would ride as an op for a bike shop van and the mechanics I started to learn the basics of cycling. Later got a gas pipe bike and started to ride putting what I learned in to practice and by the early 90's I had a nice Cannondale and was now riding in the events and have never looked back since.
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I'm a recovering triathlete.
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Always road as a kid. Then, while in college in 1984 I bought a Schwinn Traveler on a whim and fell in love with biking. Rode a bunch got sidetracked, bought a used Vitus off a friends husband and rode a ton more. Met my evil first wife and the riding stopped for many years, upgraded wives and picked it up again in April.
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Im on a journey to lose the weight i had gained (70 lbs) and continued to lose since i started riding a month ago. I have lost a total of 80 lbs in a little over 9 months and on my way to hit my new goal of losing 100lbs in under a year. Riding to lose weight and the fun is a good bonus!
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not wanting to be obese like 95% of this country
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I've always like cycling. It started when I was a kid...it stems from no desire to reduce my carbon footprint nor an urge to relinquish my car keys.
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Old 11-17-11, 10:33 PM
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In 1971, age 17, I had 3 near fatal encounters in quick succession while riding my Triumph motorcycle. A friend had just purchased a new Raliegh 10 speed and let me take it for a ride through the hills of Glastonbury CT. I was amazed at the speed and thrill of it and remember thinking how the sensation of speed seem to exceed that of my motorcycle. I was hooked and have been cycling ever since.
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Old 11-17-11, 10:35 PM
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Hit a rough spot in my life at the time and cycling totally cleaned up my act and not to mention left me in better shape. I've always loved cycling so getting back to it was a no-brainer.
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I was on a bike all my childhood until I started driving in high school, but only mountain bikes and BMX bikes. 14 years later now, I started running this year and decided I needed a bike to cross train on. As there are no good trails close to me, I chose a road bike. Fell in love all over again the minute I took it for a ride and now I'm having trouble running as much as I used to since cycling is taking over!
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I got stuck behind a critical mass type of ride, and decided it looked like a lot more fun than driving -- so I bought a bicycle.
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Funny... I don't remember the details, because I've been riding since I was a kid. I do remember wanting to ride really, really badly when I was five or six. I haven't stopped for long since then, and I'm 58!

I rode all sorts of nice hand-me-down bikes until I was ten. Then mom and dad gave me a Schwinn Typhoon for my birthday. It was new and shiny and bright red, and I loved it! I rode that poor bike all over the place. Then my best buddy showed me his 10-speed. Wow! His brother had an identical bike, but didn't ride it, and I bought it for $10 or $20. My buddy and I rode our bikes all over the place, and we even used to draft each other to go faster. That was a pretty good thrill for a 15 year old!

Now my wife and I have a tandem that we ride all over the place, and I have a solo bike that I ride all over the place. I still love it!
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Being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. My eating habits and exercise mostly biking I no longer take any medication. It has been a year and a half now that I have not taken any medication or insulin.
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Old 11-17-11, 11:42 PM
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I used to ride bmx when I was a teenager. Eventually grew out of it, finished high school, went to college, etc. My girlfriend's mom got her a beach cruiser a few years ago and I couldn't stop riding it! It brought me right back to my bmx days. I had a motorcycle at this time, so I told myself I'd go out and buy a single speed aluminum bike "just for commuting and riding around town with my girlfriend." Then one beautiful summer day I just decided to go out for a spin. 67 miles later I returned home. I had never felt so great in my life. I was hooked right then and there. I sold the motorcycle and the single speed and bought a bike with multiple gears so I could go further. The rest, as they say, is history.

I bet my girlfriend wishes her mom never bought her that bike!
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Blew out my kneed from running last year. Needed to find a way to exercise without beating my knees into pulp. The physical therapy office had some cycling magazines in the waiting room. Later that week I heard a radio ad for Performance Bike and some big sale they were having. Took it as a sign so I went in and bought a bike.
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Old 11-18-11, 03:02 AM
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I'm not so sure biking really reduces a carbon footprint unless you're operating on your fat reserves. For us at <10% body fat we're powered by meat and veg, and that takes TONS of water, fertilizers, transport for those it all creates quite a bit of pollution. Public transport is probably a better option if the environment is what you care about.

Anywho...I got into biking because I moved to a place that is 100 yards from a 30 mile long continuous uninterrupted MUP. No street crossings, No stop signs, 10ft wide, and pretty much empty on weekdays during the day.
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Old 11-18-11, 03:20 AM
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I absolutely fell in love with my tricycle. It then was replaced by a red Viking cruiser type bicycle. I loved that bike even more. I have never been without a bike, except for the three times when my bikes were stolen. I've always loved bikes. Any kind of bike! It doesn't matter! As long as it has two wheels and I can ride it, I'm in love!

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Old 11-18-11, 03:33 AM
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Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
I absolutely fell in love with my tricycle. It then was replaced by a red Viking cruiser type bicycle. I loved that bike even more. I have never been without a bike, except for the three times when my bikes were stolen. I've always loved bikes. Any kind of bike! It doesn't matter! As long as it has two wheels and I can ride it, I'm in love!

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hahaaa,you are so humorous,so it just because your tricycle was lost so you ride the two wheels bike.
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Originally Posted by yifeng vivi View Post
I would like to know what got you to put down your car keys and pick up a bike?
Car keys?

Let me think ... hmmmm ... I might, possibly have had toy car keys when I was 6 years old.

I got into cycling when I was a young child because that's what young children in the area where I lived, and during the time period when I lived, did.

For further information about my cycling progression ... https://www.machka.net/aboutme/aboutme.htm
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Old 11-18-11, 03:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Car keys?

Let me think ... hmmmm ... I might, possibly have had toy car keys when I was 6 years old.

I got into cycling when I was a young child because that's what young children in the area where I lived, and during the time period when I lived, did.

For further information about my cycling progression ... https://www.machka.net/aboutme/aboutme.htm
i don;t have a toy car in my childhood,so poor am i.......hahaaaa
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Old 11-18-11, 04:18 AM
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I got a bike later than most kids when I was growing up; the parents did not think it a priority since we live on a gravel road in the middle of the country, with dangerously narrow state roads nearby. I saved up enough to buy a 20-inch wheel, high-rise handlebar, banana seat bike that so many kids had in the 70's, and after I outgrew that, I didn't get another until I was in my mid-20s.

The only other time I had been on a "10-speed" -as we called them in the day - was on an extra bike owned by one of three other young teens I was hanging out with "in town", and when they decided to go out of town to a local watering hole/park, I rode ahead of them all at daring speeds on some of the Ozarks hills.... I think they thought I was crazy, but I was having a great time, never having had a chance to get out out on the open road like that.

When I was married and in my mid-20s, I bought a $179 Schwinn to stay in shape, and liked it so much that I traded "up" to a $400 Traveler - which I still own - and rode like for about a year and half (up to about 40 miles per weekend trip, 12-15 miles weekdays, Mondays off), and overtrained my left knee into chondromalacia. It bugged me enough that I never got back into it as devotedly, and life, work, and family intervened.

Sent the kid to college over a year ago, and got bored enough to slowly get back into it.

Sprung for a Giant Defy 1 a few months ago, and have put over 800 miles on it so far; bought a few hundred dollars worth of new cycling apparel, and look forward to a couple thousand miles next year...
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Old 11-18-11, 04:28 AM
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I started racing bikes on a team at age 9.
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I rode BMX a lot as a child but got away from cycling as a teen due to football. When I tore my acl playing football, I gained a massive amount of weight and took ill due to some complications. Later, in attempt to get back into shape after being deemed healthy again, I took up jogging but I was unable to deal with the pain in my leg from constant running. I started to look for another avenue and that brought me back to cycling. I'd say I started getting serious about ten years ago at this point and I get more into cycling each year.
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