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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:42 am 
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Great post TGR :)

Its interesting to read other members comments about how most of them have returned to cycling. I'm very much the same myself. In the late 70's I was in Congleton Cycling Club and always did the Sunday club run's. I had a heavy weight Puch Alpine 5 speed which was by far the cheapest bike on club runs. I always remember being envious of the older guys with their Bob Jacksons and Brian Rourke's. Somehow though, I used to keep up, and we'd regularly do 70 mile runs. Maintenance was something you just did and leaned from trial and error, but I think it was also a different age where people 'fixed' things. I'm always amused by people today who go to their LBS to get a puncture repaired. My bike was my transport (freedom) to get to mates houses, girlfriends, off into town or going fishing. I never thought anything of distance. Only now when I sometimes end up driving down the same roads do I think how far we used to ride.

Like a lot of people here, passing my driving test was the kiss of death for cycling. About 10 years ago we moved to Shrewsbury, pretty much an ideal cycling town and countryside. This inspired me to get cycling again and I bought a Hybrid, probably the worst type of bike I could ever have laid my hands on! It certainly didn't rekindle any fond memories, so it got consigned to the Shed of Dread. Fortunately, I didn't give up and bought a Vitus 979 for £70 without entirely appreciating my luck. That bike really made me realise what I had been missing, I used to say it was such a shame I'd missed out on 30 years of cycling! But at least I was back to it, even if a little late.

That Vitus 979 also made me start to look at cycle build quality and craftmanship, and that has become another part my cycling addiction. Some builders can do really amazing things with steel. The lugwork, the brazing quality, paintwork. I'm also at an age when I can afford the bikes I used to envy on club runs. Now I'd say I'm a rebuilder/restorer/cyclist. I don't expect to be clocking up 70mile club runs but its good to enjoy cycling again and get fitter.

Call it nostalgia or mid life crisis, but except for a handful of current builders I think the 60s/70s/80s were the golden age of quality built bikes. Restoring bikes has even lead me to restoring a 1969 BSA Bantam 175.

I'd say just enjoy it which you obviously are doing along with the rest of us. One thing I was determined about this year was not to let my fitness slip over the winter, so I bought a trainer. When the snow, rain and hail finally clears and the roads aren't covered in branches, twigs and wet leaves, I'll let you know if its worked :)

All my bikes are to good to get dirty :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:38 pm 
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Have you tried the CTC. They have accredited cycle trainers who may be able to help in improving your confidence riding on the road. Only heard good things about the training. Getting past the cycling proficiency for adults stigma is the hardest part


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:08 pm 
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NeilM wrote:
If you want some inspiration, take 45 minutes to watch this:

http://www.cyclingtips.com.au/2012/12/h ... cial-film/

I would love to be able to ride this sportive :wink:


just did and now i'm totally inspired!!
many thanks for posting it..has anyone
done anything like this, whether officially organised
or not?

:)


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Excellent thread.

Don't worry to much about cadence etc, just use a gear that you feel comfortable in.

I've been riding on and off for twenty odd years and still hate traffic so I know where you are coming from. Riding on the road is just a matter of confidence - once you've sussed that 95% of other road users are not idiots who are out to kill you, you'll be fine.

As previous posters have said work out somewhere that you'd like to go (a cafe is a good start) and plan you route around that. Bike Route Toaster http://www.bikeroutetoaster.com is a great site for working out local routes.

I got into retro bikes because I enjoy building bikes nearly as much as i enjoy riding them and (most) older bikes are more affordable than modern carbon ones. I regularly ride my Cinelli or Peugeot on club runs and the occasional sportives and have converted several of my fellow club members over to the faith.


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bikenut2010 wrote:
:( I was soaked INSIDE as it just didn't breathe the sweat!


i know this as the teabag effect, more moisture on the inside than on the outside


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I've never seen so many big write up replies Richard :shock:

Freddy Mercury made a song !! ''Get on your bikes and ride''....Do it :wink:

Shame we don't live closer together!


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Was the song called Fat Bottomed Girls?

Ian, you would embarrass me if i was close!


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TGR wrote:
Was the song called Fat Bottomed Girls?

Ian, you would embarrass me if i was close!


:roll:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CTPLUcQAjk


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My knowledge of Freddie is obviously lacking, you seem to be an expert on the late Mr Mercury!!

I do like Hammer to Fall, useful for bike maintenace!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:32 pm 
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Richard, you know you're welcome to get out with us when you feel up to it, and better weather etc.. i think there may be some cycle paths in your area it would be best to start on them , when you feel more confident and handling the new machine to your liking, davy and I will conduct you on one of our Sunday runs around the area of the oldest whiskey distillery in the uk, 1608, if not the world, we were selling the americas this whiskey before they had a country or knew what to call it, now they are telling us how to do business!!!!!! welcome any time and we won't break your heart, legs or lungs.. regards will.. bloody raw out today.. where's the black bush??


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