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Old 07-14-19, 12:29 PM
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Returning to 2 Wheels

After an extended period off bikes (five years is extended isn't it?) I started bike commuting off and on in 2016, but only really started to go out for longer, 30 mile rides, late last year only to have that cut off by torrential rains in the SF Bay area. (I'm a wimp)


Part of the reason I'm back on is family history of heart issues and weight. When the scale said 244, my reply was I don't think so. I'm down to 230 and need to keep up the pedaling to keep the decline going. Target weight is to change that first digit of my weight to a 1, so even holding steady in the high 190s will be satisfactory to me.


Back in the day I did the Amgen California Coast Classic (Arthritis foundation ride) in 2003 from SF to LA on Highway one most of the way and in 2013 I subjected myself to the Canary Century which ended up being 107 miles with the last 20 on a rear wheel with a broken spoke.


Now I do a longer ride on the weekend (30 ish miles up the SF peninsula) and either a 14 or 26 mile ride home from work 3 or more times a week.


Current pet project is converting the Trek FX-S5 I bought for commuting into a 1x with drop bars, wider tires and GRX. The flat bar it came with doesn't do it for me, neither did the Tiagra drive train. Oh and building the perfect 1x Franken-Cassette 2 tooth jumps on a 1x with an 11t smallest cog just doesn't do it for me.


Why I took a break I don't know. But now I have a hobby that helps me shed pounds AND feeds my desire to tinker. Win Win!
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Old 07-14-19, 12:36 PM
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Welcome to Bike Forums. My personal extended period off of bikes was closer to 30 years!
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Old 07-14-19, 01:06 PM
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But you have a Honda motorcycle according to your name, you just didn't pedal.
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Old 07-14-19, 07:33 PM
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But you have a Honda motorcycle according to your name, you just didn't pedal.
Yes, a Hawk GT that I haven't ridden since 2004. Also a 1989 Suzuki RGV (track day bike) both have been objects of tinkering as well. The hills seem to be much easier on both of those bikes...
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Originally Posted by SCTinkering View Post
Why I took a break I don't know. But now I have a hobby that helps me shed pounds AND feeds my desire to tinker. Win Win!
Welcome back! I'm recently back from a two-year hiatus as well. I have no idea what I was thinking. (I suppose I wasn't!)
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Old 07-15-19, 07:21 AM
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Old 07-21-19, 07:10 PM
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You take a break and make newbie mistakes because you forgot all of your old routes.

NorCal South Bay folks might get this one. I totally blew the turn I was supposed to take off of Steven's Canyon and ended up climbing Redwood Gulch. And by climbing I mean pushing my bike up because OMG that thing is STEEP.
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