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Old 01-26-21, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post
It was the spandex..
Wearing it or watching others wear it?
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Diabetes. Got a 7.5 on my A1C test, and I bought a Peloton bike the same week. After that came a hybrid, and now a road bike.

In a strange way, I'm lucky I got the diabetes -- it forced me to get serious about my health for the first time since I was a teenager (a long time ago). Biking helped me get fit, and then it became a hobby, one that I love.
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Basically I wanted to explore new places without spending a lot of money to get there.
I guess you never got real serious about cycling, then. I spend a LOT of money to get "there"...
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It was the mad coaster brake skids when I was 6 years old.
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running killing my knee's
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you should learn to embrace change, and mock it's failings every step of the way.

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For me it was simple. Too many sprained ankles running. Tough to sprain an ankle while clipped in. dave
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Old 01-28-21, 06:40 PM
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I rode a lot as a kid. It was how we got around in the 70s. At least where I came up, parents didn't generally drive kids everywhere. And I loved riding. I had a gas pipe Raleigh ten speed, but it was a racing bike to me.

Then I got older, bought a motorcycle, and didn't ride a bike again for decades. The road I live in happens to be frequented by a lot of riders and did get a sort of wistful feeling watching them go by. But I never really thought of riding again until my wife said she wanted to get bikes to ride around the neighborhood. Bought a hybrid off CL and it was fine, but after a few weeks I bought a road bike and the old feeling immediately returned.
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my bike was a life part beginning in the 1st grade as how i got to school and then 4th grade delivering groceries and from then on i have always ridden a bike either to school(s), job(s), or for work
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I can't believe I just read all of these stories. Loved every one of them.

As for me, I rode bikes all over the place as a kid and loved them. Cars came into play in HS, so I took a break. Enter college..... I borrowed a friends mountain bike (hadn't ever seen one before) and couldn't believe it had 21 gears. I went to college in Gunnison and that first ride up Signal peak was brutal, but the ride down was it. HOOKED!!. I bought my first mountain bike at the Tune Up bike shop in Gunnison in 86, a Trek 800. I pounded the crap out of that bike. Hartmans Rocks, Kill Hill (which we called hamburger hill back then). I rode with a group of guys that could really put the hammer down. Turns out one of them was a future Leadville 100 winner. I let you guess who that was. I've been riding and racing ever since.

I was recruited to be on a neo pro mountain racing team sponsored by Cannondale around 2008. I loved it, being sponsored and having kits, bikes and whatever else the team dished out. After a few years, it became too much. Riding wasn't fun anymore and I felt like I HAD to get on my bike. I think I dropped off of the team in 2012 and eventually quit riding. Enter 2020 and I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and was over weight. I got back on the bike and rediscovered how much I love being on a bicycle.
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Here's one that may or may not have been mentioned yet: The bike is a good excuse to buy accessories for, upgrade and modify.

For a few years, I owned a Jeep Wrangler. The accessory aftermarket for Jeeps is enormous! Probably equals the GNP of many small nations... The bike industry is almost the same way. Here it is wintertime and there is a foot of new snow on the ground but I can keep busy with my bike ordering cool parts for it. If I throw enough money at it by buying CF parts, I'll have lost half a pound by the time I can ride it again. But it's fun.
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My knees were too bad to continue running.
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
... and is cheaper than motorcycling.
Uh, really not so sure about that part.
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Went to pick up a bookshelf on offerup and I ended up taking his bike as well!
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Old 02-04-21, 12:04 AM
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A bet. I have always been active and athletic. At 28, I worked in a big aerospace company with over 2,000 employees so there were plenty of sport groups. I played on softball teams and parked the ball often. I played in the volleyball leagues, worked out at the gym benching 330 pounds, racquetball leagues. I did very well in all sports.

Being a bigger guy, 6'1 and 210 pounds, there was a group of cyclists that were vegetarians, 4 people, 2 male, 2 female. Didn't get along too well so they said that I was big, strong, and fast, running lengths of a football field and mile runs for my size. But that being strong was not everything and that they could smoke me on a bicycle as I was too big and more than likely had no stamina. OK! They challenged me to a bike ride. Gave me a month to get used to riding.

We were to ride a trail 60 miles roundtrip. They started out fast so I just tried to hang on. Then they faded so I went to the front and pushed the pace. We got in 15 miles when one had to pull over. One of the women ended up puking. Ride was over, the others gave up and wanted to head back.

I only had to ride 15 miles before winning the bet!

Got a total of 30 as they wanted to head back. But the ride made me realize how much fun cycling could be so 30 years later, I'm still going at it!
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Old 02-04-21, 06:43 AM
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All of the incessant and inane ‘what got you into cycling’ threads got me into cycling
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