Two decades and 60 pounds ago, back in college, I did quite a bit of road biking. I also purchased a '88 Rockhopper Comp for school. After 2 knee surgeries (the most recent about a month ago) I've decided I need to get more cardio and drop some weight. I've been doing Hot Yoga regularly for 2 years but its just not enough cardio to keep me where I need to be. So I dusted off the rock hopper and had a new adjustable quill stem put on because the whole bent over positioning just doesn't work anymore. I also hit the Grand Opening Sale of the Performance Bike in Roseville Ca. and picked up a great deal on some fabulous new technology that did exist the last time I paid attention. I got some of those new fangled clip-less pedals (new to me at least), shoes to go with (that didn't have a bracket 1/2 an inch tall stuck to the bottom) , and a helmet (seems to be required now...do they even have the padded leather bologna skins anymore?).
I put it all together and had a nice 40 minute ride today. I almost died from lack of oxygen, and I had to walk up the big hill, but other than that it felt pretty good.
I'm at 270 now. I've set a goal for myself to get down to 250 at which point I'll reward myself with a new ride. The 29inch fully suspended bikes looks pretty sweet.
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