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    I rode everywhere I needed to go as a kid, it was transportation. At 13 I got my first "road bike". a Schwinn Varsity, 10 speed (5 x 2) and I was hooked, I added a Brooks saddle ( in 1965 and still ride Brooks exclusively). I wore that bike out and then it was stolen in 1973. I spent most of the 70's staring into space and chasing dreams until 79 when I settled down and moved to the upper midwest. I got back on a bike in the early 80's and rode when I could, building a house, a business and a family left little time for recreation. By 93 my youngest was old enough to ride behind me on a kid carrier and after that a trail a bike. My mileage has steadily increased since then and have logged well over 50,000 miles since the mid 90's. I love riding and would pretty much rather be riding than doing most anything else.
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    I re-started road cycling to get in better shape for the ski season. The flat-bar hybrid bike wasn't doing it -- couldn't go very far, so rides got boring.

    Drought hit right when I took up cycling (again), and now I cycle much more than ski. Strong cycling scene where I live, so plenty of opportunities for group rides, with welcoming cyclists of all ability levels. I feel lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KojoAkimbo View Post
    I re-started road cycling to get in better shape for the ski season. The flat-bar hybrid bike wasn't doing it -- couldn't go very far, so rides got boring.

    Drought hit right when I took up cycling (again), and now I cycle much more than ski. Strong cycling scene where I live, so plenty of opportunities for group rides, with welcoming cyclists of all ability levels. I feel lucky.
    Lemme guess.... Colorado or NorCal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9W9W View Post
    Lemme guess.... Colorado or NorCal?

    Jealous. bye!
    Yes, northern California. It's usually nice here.

    And to continue more on-topic: wondering what percentage of current "serious" riders had bicycles as children. From the current replies, looks like a lot (most?). I, like many, had a bike as a kid, then again for a short while in college, etc.

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    Rode bikes all the time as a kid, rode a bike everywhere on campus while in college. I had been going on long rides in college, but on a mountain bike. Never thought to switch to a road bike until years later when I started hanging out with a guy who rode a lot on the road. Then met other cyclists through friends, so I decided to pick up a road bike off craigslist.

    Cycling was fun, kept me occupied after a gf breakup, kept me in shape, and fulfilled my need for speed without having to get speeding tickets in my car. Now that I'm married, I haven't ridden nearly as much because I don't have as much free time, but I hope to change that one of these days with a shorter commute or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KojoAkimbo View Post
    I re-started road cycling to get in better shape for the ski season.
    i couldn't believe how much easier it is to ski a whole day (or 3-straight) after rediscovering road biking as an adult. i can now out-ski my bro, who is 8 years younger.

    wish i had biked more throughout my life, especially when i lived in the tennessee valley. the roads are really good there.
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