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Fri Jun 12, 2015, 09:54 AM

I just found this group

I hope this doesn't annoy any of the others but I would like to post about my rides and tribulations on the bike and save them to my journal. It seems the only way to save to your journal is when you post in a forum or group. If any bicycling group subscribers or hosts object let me know by either replying to this post or PM.


My cycling has a sporadic history. I began seriously riding while living in Hampton, VA. I was dealing with a lot of personal problems and they seemed to melt away on the bike. I loved that bike. It was a Fuji that weighed about 23 pounds. After I moved back to Houston I was still riding regularly until the day my boys tacoed the front wheel while I was at work. Times were tough and it never got fixed.

Fast forward to 1993 when this fat white boy was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I knew that I needed to do something so I bought a Raleigh Technium bike from a pawn shop for $60.00. HaHa I just saw one just like it on EBAY asking $342.00. I was soon riding 100 to 150 miles per week. When the weather was inclement I used an indoor trainer. My sugers normalized and I dropped 55 lbs. Riding was such a joy. At the time I worked the graveyard shift and that gave be mornings to ride. The Raleigh became my commuter bike that I would ride weekly if possible to work 23 miles one way. I installed mud guards, super bright head and taillights and a rack for my work clothes.

I then found another Reynolds steel frame Fuji much like the other one. It was my fun bike. I would ride it in various fund raiser rides, doing 50 miles, never tried a century. I would be completely blown at 50 with jelly legs. I ended up selling the Fuji and buying a Cannondale mountain bike. Mostly because part of our road wasn't paved and it was a pain walking the road bike through the gravel. I only took it once on a very technical (to me anyway) course at Bluff Creek Ranch Warda, TX.

I was forced off the midnight shift (believe this if you want) to day shift and it became increasingly difficult to ride. Consequentially, I began to lose the good control I had on Diabetes. That brings us up to the present.

I became retired at age 65 in March, 2015. Sometime in April I dragged the Cannondale out of the shed to try and put it on the road. Amazingly the tires were in very good shape but the rear tube was leaking at the valve stem. I replaced the tubes and rebuilt the cantilever brakes (I may be upgrading to V-Brakes). I replaced the rear shifter cable which was a real lesson in index shifters. And I was back on the road.

My first rides were 1 mile. I had no legs to speak of and was unable to stand and pedal. We were having a lot of rain but I managed to get a ride in most mornings. I began increasing them bit by bit. This morning I road 7 1/3 miles in 40 minutes averaging 11 MPH with a max speed of 19.5. I admit that was downhill. I did a flat sprint to 18MPH and one uphill sprint reaching 14.5 MPH.

The Raleigh required new tires and tubes and new brake pads. It has Shimano SPD pedels and I had to a problem with my shoes. If the glue holds I will be riding it every other day.

Thanks for your patience, signing off.

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TexasProgresive Jun 2015 OP
frylock Jun 2015 #1
TexasProgresive Jun 2015 #2
Thor_MN Jun 2015 #3
TexasProgresive Jun 2015 #4
Thor_MN Jun 2015 #5

Response to TexasProgresive (Original post)

Wed Jun 17, 2015, 11:01 PM

1. What happened to your shoes?

I saw you posted about them in another thread.

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Response to frylock (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 18, 2015, 05:56 AM

2. I was going to update that today so here goes

My shoes are Shimano MTB shoes. It seems these are the same shoe as a road bike shoe with a hiking type sole glued over the smooth sole. That waling sole had started to come loose. I was successful in gluing the 2 soles back together using Elmer's Stix-All. This brings us to yesterday.

I posted yesterday about riding in the wind of T.S.Bill on the Mountain bike. It doesn't have clipless pedals so I woas in sneekers. That ride was from 8 to 9AM. At 11:30 I was craving on of my cousin's hamburgers. Her store is 3 miles from my house. I took the road bike. I walked in some very wet grass and then ate my burger. When I was approaching my driveway I clicked out of the right pedal OK but could not click out of the left. I looked down and saw that my foot and the sole were not moving together. I managed to rip the rest of the sole from my shoe. I dismounted and was able to unclick the two soles and cleat from the pedal and hobbled home. The good news is that my fix on the walking sole held up, the bad news is I need to get new shoes.

It may be the wet grass helped to breakdown the factory glue. These shoes like all my gear are advanced age. I was hoping to use them for a few months before having to replace them. I'm looking to replace the road bike. I think I have been riding on to large a frame. I have never been fitted to a bike. If I could straddle the top tup I figured I was OK. That worked when I was younger, but not so much in my 60s. This bike is 59 to 60 cm and I think I should be in the range of 54 to 58.I've had a couple of close calls dismounting and actually took a tumble once.

I'm looking for an endurance bike with a more relaxed geometry. It would be nice to be light weight and responsive just no need for aggressive high performance. The days of riding one of those Italian Testosterone Elites are long gone. Ready for a bike that is more user friendly but not yet for a trike.

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Response to TexasProgresive (Original post)

Thu Jun 18, 2015, 06:16 PM

3. I enjoyed reading what you are posting.


I did the Minnesota MS150 last weekend and I think I'm ready to ride again today. Two days of 75 miles put me a bit of soreness. This was my 6th year riding the MS150. Also the toughest from a mental standpoint as my high school friend with MS died about three weeks ago. Physically it was best yet as the guys I was riding with pulled me into a faster pace than I would have had I been alone. Riding time was right at 5 hours both days, but the rest breaks extended that by a couple hours.

The weather was great if a little hot in the 80's I can't imagine what a daytime ride in Texas would be like.

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Response to Thor_MN (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 18, 2015, 07:06 PM

4. Come on down and do the

Saturday August 29, 2015
I was going to say you could WARMUP for the Hotter than Hell at the

But you missed your chance, it was June 13

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 18, 2015, 07:09 PM

5. Probably >80% of my first 22 years were spent within a quarter mile of Lake Superior.


Unless you know of a bike that comes with AC, all you would find of me is a bike covered in molten slime...

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