How old are the newbies to road cycling?

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Tetley10
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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Tetley10 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 17:01 pm

I'm 36. Got a cycle scheme bike. Getting too old to play football so need something to keep me occupied at the weekends. Also using to get to work.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby GuernseyStu » Fri Dec 21, 2012 04:51 am

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Tetley10 » Wed Dec 26, 2012 19:30 pm

GuernseyStu wrote:
Tetley10 wrote:I'm 36. Got a cycle scheme bike. Getting too old to play football so need something to keep me occupied at the weekends. Also using to get to work.


Snap! I'm 36 too and running and football don't agree with my knees any more so cycling gives me what I need. I've not had a road bike since I was at school (Townsend?? I think) and my Moda Rubato will be arriving in two weeks so hopefully I won't find it too weird after all these years.



What you were riding Pete Townshend when you were at school? That's impressive :P
It's quality. I've well and truly got the bug.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby MugenSi » Thu Dec 27, 2012 15:54 pm

I'm 42. I took up cycling again earlier this year after a 15yr haitus. I used to cycle to work back then when i lived in the city and had a Townsend hybrid which i clocked up over 15k miles on over a 3 yr period but then i changed jobs and forgot about the bike and descended into a life of non-activity and weight gain. Last year I weighed myself and for the first time in my life i tipped 14st on the scales and it shocked me (I'm 5'11 3/4") and so I decided i had to start doing something before i got any heavier and seized up completely. I bought a Ridley compact road bike on the bike to work scheme and over the course of 6 months lost 2st in weight and gained a reasonable level of fitness although it has slightly lessened over the winter as i can't get out as often as i'd like. During the summer there were a few periods where i went out 5 or 6 times a week and it was addictive. I was doing 20 mile spins in the evenings and then a longer 40 mile spin at the weekend.

I plan on keeping the ridley till the end of next year and then upgrading to a carbon bike (Cervelo S2 perhaps if funds (read wife) allow) I might keep the ridley as a winter bike if possible. I plan on joining a club in the new year and hope to get in regular club spins at weekends as well as my own spins in the evenings after work when the evenings get longer again. I absolutely love it and regret not taking it up ten years ago!

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby stinger53 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 21:45 pm

Age: 20

And what are your reasons for picking the sport up?
Fittness and enjoyment. easy to do as can go from your front door.
Also what cylcling / exercise / fitness history do you have?
i used to mountain bike. and still swim, kayak, walk.
Finally what bike have you bought / now use?
i have a ribble evo-pro carbon with campag veloce components
Interested to know your thoughts - answer as many as you want and give as much history as you want.
i always liked mountain biking but it annoyed me that i had to drive to the tracks before i could do any. so got a road bike last year and loved it since. but need to get out more

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby damov2 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 15:29 pm

I'm 33 and took up MTB'ing a few years ago but ended up riding it on the road more than off road so decided to get a road bike. Then got side tracked with life and never managed to save enough money so carried on being a fat ars*, then August this year I decided I didn't want to weigh 227lbs anymore so started p90x, halfway through I managed to get a bike on the ride2work scheme. I have since finished p90x and I'm currently doing insanity plus riding every weekend, down to about 180lbs and loving every minute of it!

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby adameyres » Sun Dec 30, 2012 17:54 pm

Im 21 ! just started a few days ago, bought a peugeot cr 22 tiagra bike!

Specs : http://www.evanscycles.com/products/peu ... e-ec044184

Hopefully not a wasted buy :D.

Not really cycled before, just allways fancied and after a year of wanting... decided to just buy.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby GDensham » Mon Dec 31, 2012 17:02 pm

Hey guys.

I'm 32 years old. Just about to start a family so decided to buy a bike for the commute instead of buying a second car. Got really carried away with all the bike porn around so I ended up getting the 2013 Specialized Roubaix Sport. Was originally planning on spending about £500 on a bike but, oh well!

I was a county level 100m Sprinter and Javelin Thrower in my early teens. But, I kind of gave that up when I started playing Rugby, which I've played ever since. However, age and injury have caught up with me and my knees and ankles mean that I've not been able to play for about a year now. But, that's meant that my weight has rocketed.

I started doing some challenges in the last couple of years ago; Great Manchester Swim, Great Manchester Run. I really enjoyed challenging myself and Cycling opens up some more of these challenges to me; Great Manchester Ride, Manchester to Blackpool, Manchester to Chester, Coats to Coast.

But, just really enjoying getting out on the roads at the moment.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby GsStumpJumper09 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 00:01 am

Hi, currently 27 and need to keep fit giving up £58pm gym membership!
Been a bike nut since a young age so ive been through bmx and trials riding
(had a £1k trials build stolen so moved on to xc and downhill) The Stumpy sees anything up to 34 miles rides ranging from road to full on boggy decents and harsh climbs. Not experienced a full road ride yet!
Current bikes:
90s raleigh nitro single speed run about (build cost £27)
Specialized P1 jump bike (fiancee rides it now)
Specialized 09 Stumpjumper (my pride and joy)
And the new edition will be just be a cheap Carrera Zelos!
Currently work for Halfords so will end up paying less than what id spend in fuel commuting over a few months.
(cycle to work scheme is without doubt a great thing to look into!)
Looking at the zelos its gears have an odd ratio/setup and low spec parts but i think it is a good start point.
Upgrading to a better gear system would mean swapping the rear hub out, maybe later on!
Anyway thats me!

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Revdarny » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:31 am

Dan 34 I ride a Specialized Allez sport

Been riding cross country for many years. Took on road cycling only to commute to work at first. Sold my MTB hardtail after doing a 100 mile ride on it using road tires. Been enjoying my road bike for a year now and have just noticed a few differences in road riding to mountain bikes. 1. road bike parts can be a lot more expensive than mountain bike parts. 2. You need to look out for pot holes especially in the winter months on a road bike. Love my Allez at the mo, has been a great first road bike.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Bwgan » Fri Jan 04, 2013 15:20 pm

I'm 34, and have been cycling on and off for years. Started MTBing again and struggling with fitness, so thought I'd get a road bike. My company don't offer the cycle to work scheme, and I don't want credit so I'm building up a bike slowly while an aweso,me friend borrows me his winter hack. Just need a cassette, chain and shifters and my one off striped horse will be set free. Oh, also need some vinyl graphics too

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby pda » Fri Jan 04, 2013 22:44 pm

I'm 26; used to ride all through my youth upto around 18 and then I slowly switched to motorbikes. My background is mainly bmx and mountain biking (rigid jump bikes) so I'm pretty excited to be returning to biking with road cycling. I've not quite sealed the deal on it, but my first bike back will be a Bianchi Pista Sei Giorni so it's definitely going to be a new experience for me.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby joshbortz » Fri Jan 04, 2013 23:24 pm

And what are your reasons for picking the sport up: Ive loved mtb since i was a kid (7), its a good way to stay in shape, and i find an amazing way to socialize and meet new people

Also what cylcling / exercise / fitness history do you have: I am a above average fit person, its not that i need cycling to stay in shape, its more that i enjoy it.

Finally what bike have you bought / now use: My first bike was a Giant Roam XR1 Hybrid, turned out to be the wrong bike for the bunch ride i was doing. Just bought a Trek Madone 5.9 2013, i am 14 years old, so say what you like, but i love cycling so much

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Dregsi76 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 19:03 pm

Age 36, took up cycling as work did cycle to work scheme which meant I had 1000 to play with. Went for a cube peloton pro, looked nice and have been told by many it's a nice bike with good components (tiagra) happy do far and getting fitter too

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby twitchor » Sun Jan 06, 2013 19:18 pm

Hello.

Well been riding mountain/Hybrid bikes for the last 10 years, mainly a fair weather cyclist.....

but for the last 6 months been riding more and more...
So have just brought my first road bike at a young 43..

Being delivered tomorrow :D

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby feemackenzie » Sun Jan 06, 2013 21:20 pm

Evening, I'm 40 and have been dabbling in cycling all my life. Road cycling as a teen, then MTB until recent. Now knees are hurting when running so back to the back; have treated myself to a Felt z95 (2013 spec). Very pleased with the "stealth bomber" matt black finish

And what are your reasons for picking the sport up?
Fittness and enjoyment. easy to do as can go from your front door.

Also what cylcling / exercise / fitness history do you have?
i used to mountain bike. and still swim, kayak, walk.

Finally what bike have you bought / now use?
I have a Felt z95 (2013 spec), and already my 8 years has said he wants to save for a road bike!
Felt z95 - loving my first road bike

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Ray of Hope » Mon Jan 07, 2013 08:21 am

Hi Everyone,

I'm 48 and I bought a road bike last summer. I have been a diabetic for the last 15 years so I've taken up the cycling in order to get a bit fitter and to help with my health. I bought a Trex Madonne 5.2. A number of my friends have taken up cycling over the last few years. I haven't gone out with them yet as I want to build up some fitness first. They would leave me for dead at the moment but i'll be ready for them soon, I hope.

My doctor told me that I'm A MAMIL = Middle Aged Man In Lycra. :D :D

Regards,

Ray.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby IanBz » Mon Jan 07, 2013 19:28 pm

I'm 48 on Friday! I used to time trial years ago and had a frame built by barons from Stow, just outside Lincoln. I got a MTB on the cycle to work scheme which I've used only off road. Started a 9 mile commute to work last March on the road bike and have thoroughly enjoyed it, the frame is now in for respray and I've been commuting on the MTB for a couple of weeks. I've just bought a Bianchi 928 Carbon from local dealer and planning on doing some sportives this year.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Shakey Bear » Mon Jan 07, 2013 20:33 pm

I am 46, and a complete 'newb' to cycling. I am embracing some lifestyle changes that i think is my 'mid-life crisis. I even joined a gym for the first time back in August!
I can't ever remember feeling so good, both physically and mentally.
Encouraged by some road bike nuts at work, and several months of serious research, i made a visit to a local independent, who built me a bike around a Tifosi frame. I just need to build some confidence, and road miles now.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby duffydotcom » Sat Jan 12, 2013 00:51 am

I'm 23 and a natural bodybuilder.
I've always enjoyed cycling but I've only had mountain bikes. I've just ordered my first road bike (specialised allez) and it doesn't come till the start of February! Cannot wait. This is the perfect replacement for mundane static cardio in the gym as well as general commuting and I'm wanting to to the C2C with a friend this year too.


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