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I love the sport of cycling - to the point where sometimes it means more to me than football.

I haven't ridden a bike in fifteen years.

I need to resolve the second part - I was a nationally-ranked junior BMX rider, and was still riding club days when I was 18. But I got off, and never got back on.

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I know it's not the most original but I have a Specialized Allez road bike. Absolutely love going out for long rides, unfortunately I don't currently live in sheffield so it's on much different routes to you lot!

The real disappointment round here (just north of London) is how flat it is; there are some climbs but nothing really exciting. Have to travel elsewhere for that which means taking time off work.

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I love the sport of cycling - to the point where sometimes it means more to me than football.

I haven't ridden a bike in fifteen years.

I need to resolve the second part - I was a nationally-ranked junior BMX rider, and was still riding club days when I was 18. But I got off, and never got back on.

At times I can see what you mean, although despite always loving getting out on my bike I only really got serious with it after I left university where I'd rowed as an elite athlete and found myself nowhere near a river. Since found that there's a fair bit of crossover between the two sports.

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Just been out for ride number 2 of the year and I feel pathetic. 6.5 miles in 40 minutes. Felt better than the other day but I would have knocked off 12 miles in that time back in the day (granted on a much flatter route).

I'm going to get back into it though and build up. I already felt much better than sunday afternoon and hit a lot more up hill too. My flipping left nut was flipping killing half way up one of the hills though and I had to stop and *ahem* readjust (must have looked good to the bus coming the other way).

I just wish I had someone to ride with like I used to with my mates at uni, that was what kept me going.

Going to go out on Wednesday again and see if I can't just do the 6 miles up hill towards my work and then bomb back down the other way (see if I can trip a speed camera).

Baby steps.

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Just not bothered...

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When I was riding regularly - I used to do various routes for approx 1 1/4 hours. Some hills in there too.

I used to alternate - day on, day off etc.

The problem is motivation - if you ride on your own.

The key is IMO - go at your own pace (slow in my case) and persistency and consistency.

When I have been out on the bike - I always feel good, especially mentally.

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When I was riding regularly - I used to do various routes for approx 1 1/4 hours. Some hills in there too.

I used to alternate - day on, day off etc.

The problem is motivation - if you ride on your own.

The key is IMO - go at your own pace (slow in my case) and persistency and consistency.

When I have been out on the bike - I always feel good, especially mentally.

Once I get a bit of CV fitness back I think I will be motoring, my legs are fine, it is just the lungs that give up. I've never used the granny ring so much before though. lol


Just not bothered...

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I have 2 MTB's - i have converted one into a hybrid - it's a 1996 Diamondback Sorrento and i absolutely love it - have done several thousand miles on it but alas not recently.

I also have a Specialized Rockhopper Disc - think its a 2008/9 model and its still got the wrappers on that it arrived in and never been built. It is basically brand new.

I really want to get back into riding but i'm so limited for time currently - the other thing is the traffic makes it a nightmare and puts me off. If i get half a day spare i'll go offroading - really missing it now and need to get back into it

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I have 2 MTB's - i have converted one into a hybrid - it's a 1996 Diamondback Sorrento and i absolutely love it - have done several thousand miles on it but alas not recently.

I also have a Specialized Rockhopper Disc - think its a 2008/9 model and its still got the wrappers on that it arrived in and never been built. It is basically brand new.

I really want to get back into riding but i'm so limited for time currently - the other thing is the traffic makes it a nightmare and puts me off. If i get half a day spare i'll go offroading - really missing it now and need to get back into it

Problem round here is the lack of off road tracks. It is either on road or down the canal. But touch wood I haven't encountered too much trouble with traffic. I try to cycle as a car driver (if that makes sense) to reduce conflict.


Just not bothered...

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Also meant to say eDDie that the last sentence of your post makes me feel a little sad; any reason at all that you suddenly stopped?

I have a self-destructive streak that led me to a world of endless red wine and specialist pornography.

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I have a self-destructive streak that led me to a world of endless red wine and specialist pornography.

Stick a bottle of Rioja (insert your joke about that being a middle class drink) in your bottle rack and a picture of some 14 year old jailbait on your handle bars. flipping Wiggo would have no chance of catching you!


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I've got one of these (not my pic)

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A carrera vengeance limited edition. Really pleased with it but I have honestly used it twice this year after using it tons last year. Annoying weather (excuse I know)

Managed to get up to 30 miles a time last year which was a good buzz for someone like me. Hope to get out more over next few months again altho footy season will reduce my weekend abilities.

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I didn't think anybody had read my shall we have a cycling thread comment so nice one Burnsie

I have a 2009/10 Trek 1.2 road bike much like yours Burnsie but in red white and black which has mudguards on and I use mainly for work

and my other bike is a Cannondale Synapse road bike which I got last year for when we did the John 'o Groats to Lands End ride for charity. Incidentally I put some of those slime inner tubes on the Cannondale before said ride and haven't had a puncture yet in over a year.

I cycled 63 miles in the peaks yesterday from Sheffield to Darley Dale, Winster then on to Buxton, Castleton and back through Hathersage and Fox house but know quite a few routes in that area

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I'm the same as eDDie. I raced BMX's when I was younger and generally spent most of my free time messing around on bikes of some description.

I've never been that fond of riding on the roads and just stopped riding bikes all together, except for my exercise bike.

I keep thinking about buying another BMX and a mountain bike but I keep finding excuses not to.

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Out of interest has anyone ever done any touring? It's something I'm interested in but never had the time to get it organised and get out there. Would love to hear people's stories.

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Out of interest has anyone ever done any touring? It's something I'm interested in but never had the time to get it organised and get out there. Would love to hear people's stories.

Me too, we have discussed getting some paniers on and having a touring holiday down the west coast of France but as yet it's just a pipe dream

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Me too, we have discussed getting some paniers on and having a touring holiday down the west coast of France but as yet it's just a pipe dream

This is pretty much the stage I'm at; the 'discuss it over a pint, never take it further and then discuss it over the next pint again' stage

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This is pretty much the stage I'm at; the 'discuss it over a pint, never take it further and then discuss it over the next pint again' stage

This is pretty much the stage I'm at; the 'discuss it over a pint, never take it further and then discuss it over the next pint again' stage

A few of my mates did it last summer on a trip ROME TO HOME. I think they went through parts of Ireland France and Italy though not sure of exact route. Im sure you've met a few of them. Let us know if you want to talk to any of them about doing one.

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Come on then chaps, how about a ride from Hillsborough to Derby for the first game of the season, a slow 10mphish ride. I'm sure everyone could handle that (Im looking at you first eDDie!!)!!

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A few of my mates did it last summer on a trip ROME TO HOME. I think they went through parts of Ireland France and Italy though not sure of exact route. Im sure you've met a few of them. Let us know if you want to talk to any of them about doing one.

Sounds like a good one there. Will let you know at some point because after that they'll surely have some good tips and things they only learnt after actually doing it.

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