My Intro and bike story



Fourlegsgood2wheelsbad

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Hello fellow cyclists. 58 year old male.
I'm back after 26 year absence from cycling. (Short of a few rides on a coaster bike)
Major life events took away my pursuit of road & MTB . So sure I would not ride again, had long ago gave away my MTB and road bike. Back in the saddle again, was given a REI 1.1 by a friend several months ago.

After a re-fit and addition of bar ends , removed racks ect- I had something to ride. Been slowly raising saddle to the right height and working on my spin. The bike is solid for the steep roads in this county. But a bit heavy. Looking at the cost to upgrade a few parts, I found I could actually buy a good used road bike with the same money. So 3 weeks ago I found a 2018 SCOTT Speedster for $200.00 about 22.5 lbs. Sure this is a bit heavy , but will do for the time being. My old road bike was about 19.5 lbs quite good I thought in 1996.
No real budget for cycling , but was able to get a pair of look style pedals and shoes. Is what I ran back then , and love the design. Have only been out a few times on the road bike , being mainly running. Had started running in April and just cant stop.

Looking forward to advice and learning about equipment and changes in cycling since my last involvement. All I had was magazines , books and talking to other riders .Had no web back then . Prefer to do my own mechanical work , and did some repair on the side. Built wheels for a bit local bike shop when in HS , enjoy wrenching on bikes.

My "bike story" is recent , was riding the Hybrid and got moving pretty good against the wind a week or two back . Said to myself " go for the drops" - well I did and there was no drops on that bike. Was too in the moment , it just felt so right to assume that position . I found myself holding up my trunk up unsupported , I scrambled to get hands up on the bar. Was over before I could panic. Could have ended bad and felt really dumb after that.
I credit my well-trained abs for the save.

Fourlegsgood2wheelsbad
 

Mr. Beanz

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I guess my technique is a little better and safer. I go for the drops one at a time.
 

Fourlegsgood2wheelsbad

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Thanks for the reply to my post Mr. Beanz! I will go over and check out your blog after this post.
I certainly agree , going for them one at a time would have been logical. I thought about the incident several times since , while in the "rest position" I feel like I can almost go up a gear and cadence rises noticeably when I put my elbows on the bar. The steering is a little sketchy , I wouldn't want to spend much time in that position . I use it often on way back from marina in the afternoons -there is a ferocious headwind for most of the several mile jaunt.

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kolin

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It's very nice to have you, Welcome and best wishes. Thanks for your nice informative and energetic post.
 

Fourlegsgood2wheelsbad

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Just being welcomed means a lot and I really needed that gift today . one of those days.

Very nice to have met you all and looking fwd to your posts .

Fourlegsgood2wheelsbad