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Old 11-13-22, 11:26 AM
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Better late...

...Well, in more ways than one. First of all, as I started posting without introducing myself. Naughty. Second, in terms of picking up cycling, which is the main reason I am here.


So, about me: I'm 46, I live in London (originally from Italy), kinda turned my life around since January - quit smoking, quit booze and lost about 15kgs. I am a keen, though not very good, tennis player. Now I am keen to get properly into cycling.


Had my first attempt about 9 years ago, when I bought a Fuji Absolute 1.3 through my cycle to work scheme - loved how quick and responsive the bike was, but it turned out it was a touch too big for me - and maybe the geometry did not really suit me. So after a few attempts, it kinda remained a commuting and going to the shops bike, as I never really bothered selling it and buying a better fit.


This summer I decided I ought to try and get back into it. Knowing my main motivator in life is fun, and as I love hiking, woodlands etc (mostly for mushroom foraging to be honest) I thought buying a front suspension bike might be a good idea, giving me the option to go off road. So I "splashed out" on a Giant Escape 0 - I wanted to treat myself for kicking cigarettes and booze and losing weight. Turns out, I wasn't too keen on the bike's sluggishness and manoeuvrability and to top it off, not went off road once.


Well, ten days ago the bike was stolen, so here I came, mainly looking for buying advice, having decided suspension was out of the window and I needed a more nippy and agile fitness bike... New bike is now on the way (a Merida Speeder 400), so I am now getting ready to really grinding up the gears and eating those miles.


I'll see you around, and great to be part of the community!
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Old 11-13-22, 12:23 PM
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Welcome! Hopefully you will have better luck and more time with your new bike.
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Old 11-14-22, 10:18 PM
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congrates for new bike and safe drive.
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Thanks both.
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Old 11-16-22, 09:48 AM
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Likewise fellow newbie!
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Old 11-25-22, 05:41 PM
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congrats on your bike and drive safely,welcome on the forums as well.
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Am very impressed how you have turned your life around and better yet getting into a sport that will last a life-time. Welcome and have fun.

You have no trace of an Italian accent either.
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