|How much cycling experience do you have?||ALLEN phx.|
Aug 24, 2001 10:05 PM
|Iv'e always wondered this about the people in this forum.
How long have you been cycling?
Work in, or own a bike shop?
Difficult training schedule?
-Just stuff like that I guess.
BTW, I'm 16, been doing this for almost a year (got 3,891 miles logged in so far), never been sponsored, and have done 4 Mass Rides...(no real races).
& Gregg, what about you?
|first century in 1965||club|
Aug 25, 2001 4:40 AM
|on a campus green Varsity with downtube shifters and Allvit derailleurs (before they switched to stem shifters and "schwinn approved", respectively.) MTBing since '83, I rode a Stumpjumper the year before, but didn't "get it." Former Cat III roadie, former Cat II trackie, cycling journalist since '83. Wrenched the two Tours de Trump. 6-hour backcountry singletrack epic begins this a.m. in 90 minutes.|
|first century in 1965||club|
Aug 25, 2001 4:42 AM
|on a campus green Varsity with downtube shifters and Allvit derailleurs (before they switched to stem shifters and "schwinn approved", respectively.) MTBing since '83, I rode a Stumpjumper the year before, but didn't "get it." Former Cat III roadie, former Cat II trackie, cycling journalist since '83. Wrenched the two Tours de Trump. worked in 4 different shops. hundreds of centuries, scores of doubles, one triple (never again). biggest years: over 14k for 7 years, 14,7k biggest year. 57:00 best 40km TT. fine weather today, so 6-hour backcountry singletrack epic begins this a.m. in 90 minutes.|
|My bike is almost twice your age!||Humma Hah|
Aug 25, 2001 5:29 AM
|I predict you'll get a lot of us "boomers". Most of our parents wouldn't have been caught dead on a bicycle, but they felt obligated to buy one for us shortly after we could walk.
I started riding at age 5, 43 years ago. My first bike was a small cruiser, second was a Schwinn MkIV Jaguar, then I bought the Schwinn Typhoon I still ride. I've owned a couple of roadbikes and also have a MTB.
I rode a lot, mostly commuting and visiting friends, as a teen, and the bike was virtually my only means of transportation in college. While in college, I gradually converted the bike to off-road ruggedness. I independently "invented" mountainbiking, like 1000's of others, unaware of the efforts of Fisher and Breeze and that bunch who finally introduced commercial MTB's.
I rode only a few fun runs and one race (single/3-speed) n college. I rode a solo 130 mile run I was ill-prepared for. I estimate I put something like 15,000 miles on the bike in college. Then I dropped to about 20 miles per year for about 20 years when I moved to a bicycle-unfriendly environment.
I renewed my love of cycling about 2.5 years ago. I've done 4 centuries since last September, and a 140-mile solo ride in April 2000. I took a track class (on a borrowed fixie) last summer. The bike is now restored, and it has restored me.
I'm well ahead of my beginning-of-year goal of 60 miles per week, probably will top 4000 miles this year (a light riding pace for riders in this forum).
|re: How much cycling experience do you have?||Tig|
Aug 25, 2001 9:08 AM
|How long have you been cycling? Started at 5, 33 years ago. First MTB was in '85. First road bike was in '87.
Centuries? Rode a few in the late 80's, including one when a small cat 1 hurricane was approaching (35-45 MPH winds the last 50 miles!). Will ride a few centuries again next season.
Competitive racer? Raced road 3, track 4, and sport MTB for 5 years.
Sponsored? Just the club's sponsors.
Work in, or own a bike shop? Worked in a bike shop for a year between "serious" jobs. Learned a bunch of good mechanics.
Miles/year? Not many THIS year, but I'm just getting back into riding after 2 years off. Used to ride about 9000-10000 a year.
Difficult training schedule? Not any more! As a recreational rider, I get to "just ride" and not stick to the mega-structured training schedule. Tuesday & Thursday night are short, fast club rides. Saturday AM is a medium-fast club ride about 42 miles. Sunday is a easy 17-20 MPH big group ride 50+ miles. Pretty coushy these days.
|re: How much cycling experience do you have?||azdave|
Aug 26, 2001 7:32 AM
|I bought my first mountain bike at the start of my sophomore year in college to commute the mile from my apartment to campus. I started riding it off road almost immediately, and I did that for two years. I lost interest for another two years, but then purchased another mountain bike after I started putting on weight during my first job out of college. It turned out that I was riding that mountain bike on the road more than off, so I bought my first road bike. I started doing group rides, and I put 3000 miles on in my first six months of road riding. I succeeded in losing 40 pounds in those six months, but then I took a job that required me to work long days and some weekends. I stopped riding for a year, and I took it back up on March 1rst this year (kind of late for a New Year's resolution) after I had put 20 pounds back on. Since March 1rst, I have only put on 2000 miles since then, but I have been easing into my mileage this year. Since March 1rst, I have lost another 30 pounds (down to 190 from 240 a couple years ago, and I am 6'2").
I am currently doing between 125-175 miles a week. I ride 4-5 times a week, which typically includes Saturday, Sunday, and morning rides before work (when it's 110 in the afternoon, it is easier to wake up at 5am to ride). I have never done a real century, but I have done several metric centuries and one 85 miler. I would like to do longer rides, and I am working with a physical therapist and a cycling coach to fix some knee and back pain (the result of a poor fit and a lack of flexibility). I usually ride pretty hard at around 70-80% of my max heart rate, and I average between 19.5 and 20 mph while riding solo. I haven't really gotten back into group rides though. I mainly cycle to clear my head and to get some exercise, but I do enjoy following pro road racing.
BTW, I'm 25 and I have been lurking on this board for about a week. I have been making my way through the archives, and I have found this board to be very enjoyable. I even find the Airborne bicycle discussions that turn into political debates to be amusing.
|azdave, what city in AZ do you live in? I'm in AZ too. (nm)||ALLEN phx.|
Aug 26, 2001 10:58 AM
|azdave, what city in AZ do you live in? I'm in AZ too. (nm)||azdave|
Aug 26, 2001 3:24 PM
|I just bought a house in southwest phoenix near the Desert Sky Pavilion.|| |