In the spring of 2007, I decided I needed to drop some weight. I started eating better, and picked up a Trek Navigator comfort bike as a form of exercise. I spent the next couple weeks tooling around the neighborhood, reaquainting myself with the love of bikes I’d had as a kid when we’d spend hours on BMX bikes, canvassing the small town I grew up in. When my younger brother left for a couple weeks on vacation, he left his Torelli Gran Sasso steel framed road bike with me, and riding it became like crack cocaine for me – instant addiction.
I couldn’t believe how much more efficient the road bike was compared to the comfort bike. Skinnier tires, lighter frame, no fork and seat suspension, and a tiny little seat. After getting used to the perceived shakiness of this nimble bike, I took it out for a 20 mile ride, screaming (well, it felt like screaming at the time) down the road all the way. I took his bike into the local shop where he had it built, and asked the owner to make me a twin for myself….only slightly faster and sexier!
I dropped 50 lbs in 2007, and continue to love riding, and really anyting related to bikes. This blog originally started out as a self accountability blog for my weight loss, but has since morphed into one related to bikes and riding here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I currently ride road bikes exclusively, but am looking forward to trying my hand at Cyclocross in the 2009 season!
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