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How much cycling experience do you have?(8 posts)

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?
Centuries?
Competitive racer?
Sponsored?
Work in, or own a bike shop?
Miles/year?
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).

Thanks.
& Gregg, what about you?
first century in 1965club
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 1965club
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.