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Thanks for the pull...(33 posts)

Thanks for the pull...MXL02
Sep 26, 2002 8:06 AM
Thanks for the pull.

I am celebrating my one year road biking anniversary this month. Without getting too maudlin, let's just say this sport has changed my life. I have come a long way since last September, but only because I have had help from my friends here on RBR.
When I started I weighed 230lbs, and riding 10 miles at 15 mph was difficult. I now weigh 200lbs, (and dropping), and routinely ride 120-150 miles/week, averaging 16 mph solo in hills, 18 mph solo flats, 20-21 mph group ride flats. I just started using rollers and feel myself improving every week. I couldn't have done it without my friends here at RBR.

Things I have learned (in no particular order):
No one can set up your bike for you, because no one else rides it but you.
]A Fit kit is a good start, but there is only one way to learn what size frame you need, what your best saddle position is, how much handlebar drop is best for you, etc.and that is to ride baby ride.

Steel is real, but CF is smooth as silk.

You don't need Dura Ace or Record, but damn, they sure are nice.
Collecting bikes and fooling around with different wheelsets, components, etc, is fun, but riding is its own reward.
The only reason we read or respond to this board is because we are not riding and we all we wish we were.
Having the latest greatest equipment is nice, but there is something magical about a vintage 10sp road racer with a quill stem, downtube shifters, skinny steel tubeset with a panel paint job, and leather saddle.
Ride baby ride. (Did I already say that?)
Through suffering one finds joy.
Being 160 lbs is a lot more important (and a lot more difficult) than having a 16 lb bike.
Looks do not equate to speed or endurance, but no one wants an ugly bike.
Cycling is a team sport.
]And on that note, riding 20 miles at 15 mph with your SO, is much better that riding 100 miles at 25 mph with the local hammerheads.

Do what's right for you, no matter what the anti-Fred / style Nazis say.
]Whether you use a double chain ring and a 13-29 cassette, or a triple chain ring and a 12-25 cassette, just keep riding, and let your performance speak for itself.

Don't worry about road rash, just shave your legs.
Lance Armstrong is a god.

Again, thanks for the pull.
Best distillation of RBR wisdom I think I've seen.js5280
Sep 26, 2002 8:21 AM
Awesome post, one of the best ever. Knocking off 30 pounds, that is truly an accomplishment but as importantly is the happiness that cycling has brought you, it rings through your words. Congratulations on your first year!
I think we have another one hooked on this drug, I mean sport.Juanmoretime
Sep 26, 2002 9:22 AM
Congratulations and I hope you enjoy many more years. It is a positive addiction, right. I hope you don't have bike magazines and catalogs in your bathroom like I do, I mean like some people do! Do you?
I plead the fifth on the mags/catalogs in the bathroom question.MXL02
Sep 26, 2002 9:53 AM
What's wrong with mags and catalogs in the Broom?Geko
Sep 26, 2002 11:12 AM
I have em... I'll admit it. :-)
A years worth of Excel, CC, Performance Bike in mine nmDave Hickey
Sep 26, 2002 11:49 AM
Very nice post... nice to hear someone catch the buzz for c. nmOld_school_nik
Sep 26, 2002 10:24 AM
You da man MXL02. Excellent post..........Dave Hickey
Sep 26, 2002 9:16 AM
I'm going to print this and post above my desk....
re: Thanks for the pull...LC
Sep 26, 2002 9:17 AM
Glad someone got something out of all this nonsense, plus that is one less guy trying to run me over with a car!
You nailed it. Great post! (nm)look271
Sep 26, 2002 9:21 AM
More pearls of wisdom gleaned from hereRoyGBiv
Sep 26, 2002 9:35 AM
1. What goes down, must come up (think hills).
2. (Blush) Man do I look good in lycra.
3. Ever seen the sunrise on a hazy Sunday morning in July?
4. Wind. Don't care what you say. Annoying.
5. Ride baby ride? Burn baby burn!
6. There oughta be a law: Road engineers shall ride bicycles to work.
7. I love this sport. But not enough to shave my legs.
8. How many times has my mom said: Don't be silly, you can't ride your bike all that way. It's gotta be 10 miles.
9. Anyone who pushes pedals, no matter the bike - mountain, hybrid, road, bmx - is alright by me.
10. I wish more people did it.
Sep 26, 2002 10:32 AM
Ahhhh...go for it! Your wife will love it. Mine does.

To add a few more

11. Pain is good. Defeating the pain is incredible
12. Toys. Trinkets. Upgrades. The sport always gives us something new
13. NewbieToo's
14. If you ride over 100 miles/week, you can eat more!!
15. Riding makes me a nicer person. A better husband. A happier father. Ride on!
#15Dave Hickey
Sep 26, 2002 10:35 AM
Hits the nail on the head. I am a much better person,husband and father when I ride....
Hey MXL02, I'm in Houston this weekend......Dave Hickey
Sep 26, 2002 9:43 AM
for a hockey tournament. I'm not going to have much time but I plan on riding Memorial park loop. We're staying over in the Westheimer area. Are you goin to be around?
Hey MXL02, I'm in Houston this weekend......MXL02
Sep 26, 2002 9:51 AM
Would love to get together, but I will be riding in the Sealy Crossroads on Saturday, then with the wife on our tandem on Sunday...if you'd like to go with us Sunday am let me know.
Hey MXL02, I'm in Houston this weekend......Dave Hickey
Sep 26, 2002 9:58 AM
I have to check my son's game schedule. It's usually busy on Sunday mornings. I'll let you know
You folks play hockey in Houston?RoyGBiv
Sep 26, 2002 11:12 AM
I thought it was all football, all the time. With a little cycling for good measure. :-)
Being a yankee in the south is hard sometimes...Dave Hickey
Sep 26, 2002 11:22 AM
Both my kids are in travel hockey. It's actually quite popular although football is king. Remember, football cheerleaders mothers kill each other here just so their little princesses can get a spot on the cheerleading team.
Heaven forbid, wouldn't want them to become puck bunnies nmRoyGBiv
Sep 26, 2002 11:33 AM
And nobody likes a wheelsucker-Crankist
Sep 26, 2002 9:54 AM
Good post. But don't go's your turn to pull.
And nobody likes a wheelsucker-MXL02
Sep 26, 2002 10:07 AM
How right you are, I promise to try and add some valuable .02 as much as possible...
thanks for the thoughts..._rt_
Sep 26, 2002 10:40 AM
bravo. well said.

keep up the good work.

Fantastic!Ken of Fresno
Sep 26, 2002 10:43 AM
I'm headed in the same direction, only I'm returning to the sport after several years. At the beginning of this year I was up to 250lbs. Today wieghed in at 229. I think I may be able to hit 200 by next year. You're right. Just ride!
Me too!clintb
Sep 26, 2002 10:58 AM
Around this time last year I was at 220. Now I'm down to 192 or so. 7yrs off the bike is just too long.
It must be an epedimic!B2
Sep 26, 2002 12:07 PM
I was 202 last winter and now am at 174! Winters are REALLY tough.

A couple of weeks ago I was finally sucessful at something I've been trying to accomplish for the last 6 years (since I started riding). I completed a 25 mile loop, including 1200' of total elevation gain, with an average speed over 20mph (20.2 to be exact). It might not be about the bike, but when you get a new one, it sure makes you feel good when you're riding!

Life is Good,
Great post, and speaking of weight loss..........TUT2222
Sep 26, 2002 2:27 PM
That was a great post!
I started riding again around May at 225lbs. I also had my thyroid meds increased to straighten that out. I bought a used Waterford RS11 in July, since I was enjoying riding so much, to replace my MTB that I had been using strictly on the road. I now weigh 169 and have 4 pounds left to my goal(what I used to weigh before I became a mouse potato). :)
This is a must read post for those occasional nay-sayers...Tig
Sep 26, 2002 3:07 PM
...who pop in and whine about some of the topic and posts in here. It is also a must read for all of us who love to ride. Very well written, MXL02!

Hey, I lost 5 pounds this year, so I can brag a little. Oh, I went from 137 to 132! ;-) I still can't climb though...
*applause* (nm)lonefrontranger
Sep 26, 2002 5:31 PM
re: Thanks for the pull...aliensporebomb
Sep 27, 2002 5:08 AM
Great message - truthful stuff.

Don't know how much I've lost if any but I'm definetely
feeling much better than I have in a while.

Next year I hope to drop the weight that's followed me
the drafter makes the lead rider faster, tooDougSloan
Sep 27, 2002 5:18 AM
Figuratively and literally. We all learn and benefit from sharing. This site makes the whole cycling experience more rewarding for me, and in ways, makes me faster and more motivated. Whatever works, right?

You reminded of another important lesson...MXL02
Sep 27, 2002 6:17 AM
Just because you get dropped doesn't mean the group doesn't want you around...they just want you to get better. Thanks Doug.
good oneDougSloan
Sep 27, 2002 6:32 AM
Of course, if they stick a pump in your spokes, that's another thing... :-)

and, as Gandhi said...DougSloan
Sep 27, 2002 6:52 AM
"As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it." Mahatma Gandhi