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    Keep up the good recovery work. You are tough as nails. I kept the rubber side down tonight. There is definitely a fat bike riding learning curve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
    I am starting this thread to allow some of us a way to share our rides and the benefits we gain from our rides healthwise. I am a 62 yr old cyclist that has weighjt and health issues. I ride a bout six days a week on local bike paths and trails . I have congestive heart failure (chf), diabetes type 2 and arthritis. When I first got back into cycling I weighed 329 lbs. Currently (3 months later) I am down to 289 lbs and My health has shown marked improvement. My bike that I ride currently is a Mongoose Dolomite. I used to ride a Marlin singlespeed but I need more a wider range of gears for my arthritic knees. Being on a fixed income I couldn't afford an expensive fat bike so I swallowed my pride and bought a big box store bike.
    I say bravo to you sir! Keep at it, it can only get better!

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    iCollector:

    Welcome to our community and this thread. I hope my continuing posts can help people and encourage to ride fat!

    Today was my rest day. I only went out of the apartment to check the mail and see if a neighbors cat got trapped in the utility room. the current temperature here at 4:40 cst is 30f. No snow today but we are expecting it now tomorrow night.
    My daughter and friend Tom went to the Kaintuck rec area today and frozen their butts off, but, had a good ride. They rode for two hours and checked our campsite and found nothing other than a couple of beer cans. Until tomorrow PEACE Fred aka the Oldbear

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    Saturday is my off the bike day also. I Foam roll, do some light weights, cold bath for recovery from a week of riding. Then I eat breakfast and head to work. It was hard not to get my lights out and take my fatty to the trail that is only six miles away. Supposed to rain tomorrow. I may get a very early start to beat some of it. You get yourself better. I am only 3 years your junior. By the way, I love my new fatboy. Only two rides and I am making it up and over stuff that I have a lot of trouble riding on my 29ers. Might have to sell some things come spring and start saving for another fat bike.

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    robertdavid: Good hear that you are enjoying that Fat Boy. I too am saving for another fat bike. most likely as Bikesdirect Gravity Bullseye Monster Pro. I will get it in May before I go to Dirt Fest in Penna. It's got some decent upgrades over the std. monster plus a Bluto fork. It's got sram x7 drivetrain too. All for $999.00.I already own a 2014 monster and want suspension for long treks, like the Berryman trail. i am on a fixed income and can't afford a LBS bike even though I would love either a Trek Farley, Specialized Fat boy Or a Surly Ice Cr3eam Truck.
    Snow hasn't started to fall yet but they are calling for 2-4 inches. Yay!
    I am sooo tempted to ride, but, I will be a good boy and stay put.
    Besides I need to concentrate on getting better and not mess around and wind up back in the hospital or worse yet being sidelined for good.

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    Hi everyone! Just returned from rehab. I worked out and rode the stationary bike for 50 minutes. Logged about 15 miles on it set up with a road course with Moderate hills. I sure wish they could set it up as a mountain bike ride.
    Well, it's snowing here expecting 2-3inches. not much by Minnesota/northern Wisconsin standards but it's snow all the same. I am wanting to try the Huskerdu's so bad But I won't. My daughter is going ride tonight and will use my wheels on her monster. Lucky girl.
    Until later, PEACE
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    You know you're the definition of 'inspiration', don't you?

    I more people could be reached by your example, there'd be a lot more healthier folks I this world!

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    It seems like forever when we have to take time off and like nothing when we can ride off road again. Hang in there.

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    It sure does seek like forever when you are sidelined. even more when you have other family members riding their fatties. lol.

    This morning I went to rehab at seven and stayed until eight forty five. I had a new routine introduced that focuses on my left side. I hurt but it helps. Lots of stretching and some weight work. I couldn't ride the stationary bike as it was being worked on for routine maintainence. The limp from when I was dragging my left leg is now all gone.I haven't walked with a cane for about a week and a half.
    Any way all of you keep on cycling and if you have snow enjoy it!
    PEACE. Oldbear

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    Glad to hear you are doing well in your therapy. You are an inspiration. Cannot wait to hear when you are back outdoors on your bike. I am loving my FatBoy SL. Local trail is closed due to wet and sloppy conditions so I rode it on the road this evening. Won't do that much because the tires cost too much but it was so much more fun and a better workout due to the rolling resistance.

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    oldbear52 Congrats on the weightloss! Sounds like things are going a lot better for you.

    I've had my Fatbike for a little over a week now. After 3 rides I'm convinced I'm cheating. I did 2 rides (not a lot of sleep) last week no prob, before that on my old Giant NRS1 I would've been done after one ride and wouldn't be able to do more than one ride a week. This week I visited an old trail I hadn't been to in a really long time and it was a piece of cake. Again, before it would've been a major all day ride for me. I didn't get all that much sleep again and I still felt I could go ride again later that day. I'm shooting for 3 ride days this week although Wednesday looks like rain. I wonder if I'm cheating myself out of actually getting a workout. Was "spinning my wheels" actually better for me? LOL

    With that said there is absolutely no way I'm going back to my NRS1. I absolutely LOVE my blind buy Fatboy!!

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    Too darn cold!`

    I couldn't go to rehab today the high for today was 28 at 4pm. most of the day it hovered around 24 with a wind chill of 22. according to my Doctor I can't go out with a wind chill like that. So I spent the day at home and did some leg lifts and sit ups. Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer with a high of 40.
    I finally sold my Trek Marlin ss. Got $300 for it and put the money in the bank towards a Gravity Bullseye Monster Pro. the Trek was just gathering dust. So I am down to three bikes. Of which I only ride one, my Fatty.
    I am glad so many ofyou have decided to ride fat. I really believe that the size of the tires makes us feel more confident when 'shredding' on the trail. I know when I ride the same trails I used to ride on the Trek It really smooths out the bumps and glides over things like roots. Besides all that I don't hurt my butt like I used too.
    Until tomorrow. PEACE. OLdbear

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    Hey, Fred, I rode on the road tonight and it was 25 degrees, here in Nashville. Supposed to be in the mid 40's tomorrow. That will feel like a heat wave. Local trails are all closed due to freeze/thaw cycle. Winter isn't my favorite time of year but it presents new challenges. At least, if we get snow, I have a bike for that this year.

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    Okay, need some reports. Did a 2 hour and 10 minute very windy road ride again tonight. Still in freeze thaw cycle on all the local dirt. Gotta love winter. NOT

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    Local trail was open today. Little slick but no problem with my new fatty. It was great out there tonight. About 2 hours on leafy soft trails. Hope all is well with everyone that has contributed to this thread.

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    Hi everyone! I got some greeat news. I can get back on my fatty on December 1st! I have been sooo busy with therapy that I have exceeded my Doctor's expectations. My weight is back down to 256 and all systems are go. I am so glad that next week I am riding again. I put the bike in the shop to replace the rear cassette and adjust the brakes.
    We only got about an inch of snow and that melted but Thanksgiving week end we are expecting a storm.
    We are planning to go to Sedona Az in March for the Mountain bike festival. I will be taking my fat bike and so will my Daughter. We are buying a wall tent and taking along a folding double bed for my wife and I. No more sleeping on the ground. We are way too old for that. lol
    Well until next time......PEACE
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    OldBear - I'll bet Dec. 1 can't come fast enough!

    My Nightrain is all set now.... So my next ride will be on a Fat bike! Gotta love 'em!
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    That is good news OldBear52. Very happy, for you.

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    I have been following this thread since it started. What an inspiration. Keep at it Oldbear! I am out of commission for a while due to a crash. I wish I was getting back on my Minnesota 2.0 December 1 (like Oldbear), but I am out for several weeks. Looking forward to hearing about your rides Oldbear!

    See my other post about recovery times. I did not want to hijack Oldbear's great thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MPE View Post
    I have been following this thread since it started. What an inspiration. Keep at it Oldbear! I am out of commission for a while due to a crash. I wish I was getting back on my Minnesota 2.0 December 1 (like Oldbear), but I am out for several weeks. Looking forward to hearing about your rides Oldbear!

    Take care,
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    Hope you heal up faster than expected. I had a close call tonight in the dark. My depth perception is awful, in the dark, even with good lights. I have only ridden my fat bike, on the trail, since I got it. Traction is addicting. I have got to start riding my other trail bikes. I knew this would happen.

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    I turn 64 in a few days; fat biked 12 miles today on a beer run. Use it to keep the weight down, BP down and it's just plain fun. Have commuted up to the last year, retired and commute around just for fun now. I have a Novara 29er approaching 14,000 miles and the Fat Tire Muk3 has around a 1,000 now. Studded tires for it this winter here in Anchorage, they are cheaper than a trip to the ER and skip the healing time! I teach Scouts the Cycling Merit Badge in the summer and do a century with them as they finish up. The fat tire is easiest on the bones, no need for a suspension. There are times that the 26 Mtn Bike is the best choice but I still prefer the fattie! Low speed handling is superb, can ride along side a neighbor walking and carry on a chat. I ride with the "heavy" tires, I figure when the 10 kg's are off me I'll think about lighter components. Til then, a bit of extra g's makes the ones on me leave faster! Keep on riding!

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    Therapy is over!

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are all enjoying friends and family and eatr8ing a lot of turkey! Well yesterday they they released me from therapy. Boy am I glad!
    They even said I could ride today . Which I just got back from. Boy was it nice. I bundled up in my new puffy coat and double sweats and rode around for an hour. It was glorious. I didn't get winded or stop other than to get a drink. My Daughter joined me and we had an excellent time just riding and talking.
    I will head over to the Lion's Club Trail tomorrow and put in some time. It's supposed toi be in the forty degree range tomorrow and into the low 60's Saturday. So I guess I will just go out and enjoy the nice weather.
    So until tomorrow, get out and ride! PEACE.
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    Nice to hear this post. I rode one of my favorite local trails for the first time on my new Fat Bike. It is usually a little slick with the leaves and light rain we had last night. I felt like I was cheating. The traction was amazing. I slid out only twice on some leaf covered roots. With my usual 29er I would've slid all over the place a lot of times. I know because I have done it a lot. Now, will I ever ride my other bikes on the trails even when dry. Yes, to compare but in these conditions, no comparison and my average speed was the same or just a tad faster with the trails like this. Woohoo. Took my mom to Cracker Barrel and we only had an hour wait. She had the Turkey Dinner and I had eggs and pancakes. I am not a meat eater and this is about the only day of the year I have pancakes. Have a good ride tomorrow. I hope to ride tomorrow night after work unless something unforeseen happens. Thanks for starting this thread.

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    I hope that all of you are trying to work off the dinners of Yesterday. I rode the Lion's Club system today for two hours,. I loved the new tires and the new casette. The trail was leaf covered and those
    Huskerdu's hooked up nicely.
    Robertdavid: you do realize that an egg is a liquid chicken don't you? lol We have Turkey with potatos and dressing with gravy. I had just one plate, of course it was filled to overflowing. I hope you enjoy riding your Fatboy. Sounds like you're hooked.
    The temp here is 55 degrees at 3pm. When we rode it was 48 and I only wore a sweater with a thermal undershirt. Wait a minute I did wear my helmet, gloves, sweats , beanie, shoes and socks.
    Tom wore tights anbd mtn bike winter shoes. My Daughter Beth didn't join us as she had to work. Monday we are planning on going out to Kaintuck Rec. area and ride for a couple hours. It is only gong to hit 31 so all my wintergear will be worn.
    I have started to store my bike in my bedroom. Somebody tried to cut off the lock on our apartment storage locker so instead of losing my fatty it sits next to my desk. My daughter put a different lock on the locker and we are storing just extra stuff. Her bikes sit inn the kitchen along with our trailer. It's a big kitchen and we still have room to cook and get my wifes wheelchair out. one of the resident's had a couple stay with him and they once tried to tkae our bikes when we had them locked together on the rail outside. Whenn I caught the husband with a wire cutter in his hand standing over our bikes he ran away. So I think it was him or his wife, (they are meth heads). I saw my neighbor and he said they stole some stuff from him when they moved out. When they 'lived' here they rode two heavily repainted mtn bikes. I reported this attempted theft to the Police and they came out and finger printed the lock and door of the unit. So now they won't have a chance to pilfer through our stuff.
    Anyway other than that things have been pretty quiet in my little corner of the Ozarks.
    Until Tomorrow: PEACE Oldbear.

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    I rode from home tonight to a local trail and with the road and trail it was right at 2 hours. I rode my hardtail 29er and it was fun but on the trail, it wasn't as much fun as my Fatty. I am almost afraid to ride my favorite Single speed and not like it as much because I love SS riding. So, if it isn't as enjoyable, I may sell two or three bikes in the spring and get another fatty set up single speed maybe. I like to ride a lot of different surfaces and the fat bike is good for all gravel or dirt but I don't want it on pavement. Fat Tires are too expensive to wear them out on hard surfaces.

    Fred, glad you are back in the saddle. From my little corner of the world, stay healthy and keep the rubber side down.

    and here is a good picture of a Fatboy SL

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    A Fat singlespeed in my future?

    robertdavid: like you I enjoy single speeds. I just sold my 26" Trek Marlin SS, and, I miss it already! Even though I am converted to a fat bike lifestyle, I have sellers remorse. But I just looked at the Bikesdirect,com website and found that they are running a sale on some Gravity Bullseye Monster SS. I mentioned this to my wife and she said that Monday I can order one!
    Back in the day I used to ride a converted BSA bike that I retrieved from a dump in Price Utah. I set it up with some Specialized tires, a straight Handle bars and a nice seat. Of course it had coasterbrakes and a Sturmey Archer 'kick back two speed 'kick back' hub on the rear, But I used it anyway. I also added an old Pletcher rack on the rear to hold books. and a clamped on water bottle mount. I rode that bike to and from the College of Eastern Utah for a year and even took it down to Moab a few times to run errands when we camped near town. So now I'll own two fattys.
    3shmitz: Keep up the good work! This Fat Bike lifestyle is addicting! Although I am two years younger than you, I can tell you that cycling has once changed my life. Since late June I have lost 57 pounds. going from 313 pounds down to 256. and my waist has dropped from 64" to 56". Also after this most recent stroke, I owe my rapid recovery to getting fit through riding my fatty. like you I didn't change my tires until recently, because I wanted to wear out the ones that came on my fatty.
    I went from an out of shape walrus, (I have a beard) to a Clydesdale. When I first got back into cycling, I could barely make it up a couple inclines without stopping and walking my bike to a fat biker that can ride up hills without a break, at first I stuck to the pavement and paved bike trails in town and worked up to riding off road on some sweet singletrack and fire roads in the national forest near home. So just keep on riding and you'll lose those unwanted pounds.
    So until later toady, everyone get out and ride! PEACE The Oldbear

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    I may be joining the ranks of fat biking soon as I'm close to pulling the trigger on a Gravity Deadeye Monster - a SS version of the Bullseye it seems. I love SS, so for $399, I don't know how I can resist! haha

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    Hey Oldbear52, I am so glad you are healthy and back at it.

    You made me realize that that life is too short. I ordered the fat bike I have been lusting for over the last few months. I am like a kid at Christmas, I can't wait. I got an amazing deal. Unfortunately my cargo bike will have to go back but they assured me when I bought it that that was not a problem and they encouraged me not to hesitate.

    I will have to share some pictures when it gets here if you would like to see them.
    Ride while you can...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Fisherman View Post
    Hey Oldbear52, I am so glad you are healthy and back at it.

    You made me realize that that life is too short. I ordered the fat bike I have been lusting for over the last few months. I am like a kid at Christmas, I can't wait. I got an amazing deal. Unfortunately my cargo bike will have to go back but they assured me when I bought it that that was not a problem and they encouraged me not to hesitate.

    I will have to share some pictures when it gets here if you would like to see them.
    Good for you and ride that thing like the devil.

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    owie owie owie

    I haven't written lately not because there's nothing to write about, but because I am battling a couple of impacted teeth with tons of swelling. I used to chew redman tobacco and all that sweetness rotted my teeth. I can't see a dentist until next week so I am taking painkillers and antibiotics. So gentle readers, if you do chew please for the health of your mouth please please please quit.
    I ordered my single speed Monday! A 19" Gravity Deadeye Monster in black. It probably will get here on Monday. I am anxious to get it and ride the Lion's Club trail.
    We have been riding a lot into the national forest lately. I ahve been checking my blood pressure and heart rate and I see a lot of improvement in my recovery time. It used to take up to 45 minutes for my heart rate to drop down to 65. Now with8in 30-35 minutes I drop to 33 to 60.
    I really enjoyed our outing to the Kaintuck Red. Area. We rode out there for three hours and for safety's sake wore safety orange vests, as it is archery season. It was cold but we bundled up and just had a time of it.
    Today< Friday, I will rest. right now at 3:15am it is 46f out and I think it might hit 60! i might just switch my rest day back to Sunday. lol
    Remember this, It's only 20 days until Christmas. It is the season for giving. so donate to the Salvation Army to help those in need.
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    Tis the season. Good to hear you are feeling better. Not good to hear you will require a dental visit. Thanks for starting this forum.

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    Happy global fat bike day!

    Greetings everyone! I hope you all got out and rode today. Here the weather was chilly as it only hit the mid 30's. And boy was it overcast!

    We hit the Berryman trail today at 8:30 am. Since it rained yesterday the trail was a little slick and a little muddy. But we put about 20 miles on it. We rode ten miles in and returned to our van. Our group numbered four. My daughter, my middle son, Tom and I.
    My son had brought down his walgoose dolo, but, instead of riding that he rode my Gravity Deadeye Monster ss. It came in yesterday and it is nice. It took me fifteen minutes to assemble and do any minor adjustments to it, mainly the brakes. I just used the same measurements off my Bullseye Monster so it went real quick. I got mine in black with a 19" frame.
    We traded back and forth and he fell in love with both. So for a late Christmas present I am ordering him one in yellow.

    As we rode we laid out plans for our rides for the next month. We are going to attempt to ride the Katy Trail next weekend, Binder Lake the week before Christmas and when my son comes down for New Year's Eve and day, the Berryman again. This ti9me he is brining his Mini van so we can ride it end to end.

    I really enjoyed my ride on the SS today. I found that it handles really well and corners like a 29'er. I did notice a difference between the tires though. On the stock tires the SS has a bit of a problem self steer. I will be changing the to something from Surly in 4" Does anyone have a suggestion?

    I will own three fatties in April. I am saving two hundred a month for a BD Gravity Bullseye Monster Pro. I will equip the stock monster for running errands and shopping. My trail time will be split between the SS and the Pro.

    I now weigh in at 248. That means that have lost a total of 65 pounds. My goal of losing 50lbs buy Christmas has been exceeded by 15lbs. By the way, I had blood work done at a clinic and before, six months aAgo, My triglycerides were way high. Now they are at the low end of the normal scale Plus my good cholesterol was normal as well as my 'bad'. The only bad report was my A1C that was 9.5. Which means my Doctor is going to have to adjust my meds again and maybe add something. I never eat refined white sugar and sweets like cookies from the store.I guess my downfall is that we are all ice cream junkies. Our favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough. Instead of sugar we use Splenda and Stevia. Another aspect covered by the test was Iron content. Back in June 2014, I was diagnosed with anemia. The blood test revealed that anemia is no longer a problem. As I have stated before I owe all the improvements to a healthier diet and and my Fat Bike lifestyle.

    My daughter is going to buy a Go-pro camera in January. Maybe I will be able to post some videos for everyone to see. I wish we had it with today, so, I could have taped some rather Knarly downhill stuff on our trek. I rode the SS on two downhills and never came close to endoing over the bars once.

    So until Tonight (it's 12:56am here) remember to keep the rubber side down PEACE
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    Great success story ^^
    It is amazing how something so enjoyable can have such positive health outcomes.

    More power to you brah

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    Nice post Oldbear. Glad to hear you are hitting your goals and enjoying it, in the process. I will ride a local trail today for awhile on my Fatboy. Saturday is my usual off the bike day.

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    i AM SORRY.

    i want to apologize to all you who read this post, because, I called the Dolomite a Walgoose. If you remember when I started this thread I used to own one and for the first two weeks of my quest I rode mine religiously. So if any of you got offended I am sorry. I really don't want to come off as a bike snob. If you have one and it works for you great.

    Today was supposed to be my 'off' day, nut, my son David came down and we went to St. James to have a 'fun' day riding the Forest City Trails. Today he rode my Bullseye Monster and I rode the SS. We rode for about two hours and had a ball. There were some hikers taking a stroll on the trail with theuir dogs. We stopped and chatted awhile with them. They said that they ride the trails i the other three seasons and they were surprised to see bikers out 'this late in the season". They had seen fat bikes on the web and never thought of getting one because they are, to them, a one season bike They tried both bike while we held their dogs and they loved it. They even asked where they could ones like ours and we told them about bikes direct. We even exchanged phone numbers so that when they get theirs we could ride together. I told them of the improvement in my health that fattys has caused. The husband of one of the women said took up cycling to get more healthy too. he is in his late forties and had been a smoker for thirty years and a heavy drinker. After a heart attack he decided to take up a healthy lifestyle. Now he has shed 40 pounds down to 200 and has quit smoking and drinking. So these folks will be joining our little band in January

    (I just heard from Jim and Patty. They were so impressed by the BD site they ordered two Gravity Bullseye Monsters and will get them sooner than they expected to.)

    Well tomorrow is going to be my rest day. I really need one. I had to take arthritis meds today something I haven't done for six months.

    So until tomorrow... PEACE
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
    i want to apologize to all you who read this post, because, I called the Dolomite a Walgoose...
    Nutt'n wrong with calling either my Beast or my Dolo a Walgoose.

    The Dolo is on the upper end of "Walgoose", and a level above a typical Walgoose in some ways, but it sure doesn't hurt to remind people of what that bike is or isn't. In fact, I'd call that doing people a service, so if they're looking to go that route, they may stop and research a little more, so they understand what they'll be getting, and getting into, so they can make an informed choice. Very important for getting the most value for what money one has to spend.

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    I rode my favorite local trail today and Montgomery Bell State Park. Rode my Fatboy for close to 5 hours. Trail is pretty tight and twisty and hilly. I loved every minute of it. Great way to start my week.

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    My day 'off'

    Today was suppose dot be my day 'off'' Needless to say I still went out to run some errands, and, since we do not own a car, I rode my bike.
    I hooked up our trailer to my Deadeye SS since it was only supposed to be a out and back ride to kroger's'. As I was entering the store I noticed a fatty chained to one of the brick posts out front. It looked very familiar. I went to the frozen food isle and there was Tom. He said he was just picking up a few items but his cart was loaded. I told him I had the trailer hook up and we decided that instead of calling a taxi we would just haul his stuff to his house together. thank God it's mostly flat to get to his house.
    We rode back to my place and he succeeded in persuading me into going for a ride. I removed the trailer and off we went. As we rode down 63 south toi Lion's club park I had little problem with most of it. The last climb on the bike path was almost my undoing. Usually when I go out to the trail in Lion's Club park, I ride my Bullseye Monster. but, Tom talked me into going with the SS. As we climbed up grade I was fine, however, I had problems in the last 150 yards and almost got off and walked the bike. Tom took the lead and I wheel sucked my way up.
    At the Park, we rode three laps and then headed home. I just love this SS! Today, Tuesday, we are heading to St. James to ride the trails there. We also have to change to tires on Tom's bike. H ejust gotn some surly tires and tubes.
    So, everyone, have a great dya and go out and shred some dirt, leaves or whatever! Until later today, PEACE
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    Very Nice.

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    Finally, a day off.

    Finally, I HAD MY OFF DAY. Although it didn't mean I didn't do anything bike related. I surfed the web all morning reading on Fat-Bike.com and looked at some other posts here on the forum. I was glad that we didn't ride today as the zipper in my new coat broke and the temperature only hit the mid 30's.

    I talked to Tom about our ride tomorrow. we decided to go out to the Kaintuck area and meet up with Patty and Jim. They are going to bring their 29ers and we hope to ride for about three hours and then have a lunch at my apartment.

    While talking to Jim I found out that they want to head to Sedona for the Mountain Bike Festival in March. They have a class "a" motor home that can sleep six. That means that all of our group could go together and split the gas costs. I said we should form a club of sorts and hold meetings once a month to decide which trails to ride and to be able to volunteer some time to trail maintainence. Tom said he has a 14' enclosed trailer we can use to haul our bikes. tools and misc. stuff.

    So until tomorrow....PEACE
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    P.s.

    Just a quick p.s.. I had an appointment with my Cardiologist for a routine pacemaker function check. They weighed me and checked my waist size. In the past week, (roughly) I have dropped another 6lbs and my waist has dropped to 48" down from 58" at the beginning of my quest for health.
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    Very nice weight and inches lost. :O I rode about 2 hours tonight at Percy Warner trail. It was a nice night for a ride. Love my new light.

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    My new bike cleared customs and should be delivered tomorrow! Who can sleep?

    Great job on the progress Oldbear52! Keep up the good work.
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    Fred you are the man! Cheers from Ontario Canada.
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    Just returned from riding. I went out to Lion's Club and put in nearly an hour when I started feeing woozy. I had to call a friend to come get me as i had a headache and nausea. I guess I caught a bug. I think that I caught it from my wife's aide. So, I only put in about 12 miles today off road. Had to stop and get some pepto and sinus meds. My legs were fine it is just I was woozy for leaving my breakfast on the trail. Out of our intrepid little throng only my daughter, Tom amd Jim aren't effected. I even had my flu shot! So It usually only lasts 24 hours with me so I should be riding tomorrow afternoon. But I am not gonna push it. It is supposed to be near 50 tomorrow so I won't get that chilled.
    I want to thank all of you gentle readers, for letting me have this little thread for relating my story as it unfolds day by day.
    All of you serve as an inspiration to me and I love the responses and tales you tell.
    Fishman: I hope you enjoy your bike as much as I enjoy mine. Fat biking is more than a curiosity it is a viable part of the Mountain bike culture and a very real lifestyle.
    Until next time....... PEACE
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    Canadian Roots.

    Greg-o: I thank you for the nice note. I have Canadian Heritage in my blood line. Three of my ancestors hail from Canada I want to visit there some day and also Scotland and Ireland. They were all immigrants to the USA during the 1850's. Two were from Nova Scotia and one from New Foundland.
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    Take care of yourself oldbear and keep riding when you are feeling up to it. You have been an inspiration. I am living vicariously through your ride posts. I am out of action for a while more due to an injury (see my post asking about recovery times). Enjoy and appreciate your rides, because it really stinks being on the injured reserved!

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    OldBear, hope you have a speedy recovery. Being sick is no fun at all. I rode from home to the trail, about 10 miles on the trail and back for 22 miles total. Was a little cold outside but it was a great ride and the trail was in great shape. Keep posting. This is the only thread I regularly look at.

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    Today, although it was overcast and chilly, I went to Binder Lake up near Jefferson City. The trails were in real good shape. We rode the entire system which took about two hours and loved it. My heart rate got up in the 90 range and after a half hour it dropped back to 56. My oxygen level stayed at 98 and my blood pressure during the ride never got real high. 140/98 during and 130/80 after.
    Jim and Patty got their bikes today and we spent the afternoon assembling them and adjusting them to their needs. Patty got the silver Monster and Jim got the matte black. We added water bottle cages and the vp pedals they bought via ebay. We then rode a lap at Lion's Club and had dinner at BK. I know it doesn't sound healthy but they have diet Dr. Pepper cherry vanilla on tap.
    So all min all I had a great day 18 miles and fellowship with the crew, what more could I ask for.
    Until tomorrow.......PEACE
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    Tonight was pretty chilly. The trail was in really good shape tonight. Fatboy and I had a good ride. 2 hours and about 18 miles. I can make so much more stuff than I can on my other bikes that I feel like I am cheating. Keep the thread alive Oldbear because it is a good one. I ride by myself a lot due to work schedule but that is okay.

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    Oldbear - you're the best!

    i read all your posts and take them to heart.... you show us what determination can really accomplish! once more - I salute you!!

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    A move to moab.

    I just got a phone call from a friend in Utah. Seems he bought a couple of mobile homes in Moab and wants us to move there next fall. My wife and I are going to seriously discuss this and see what happens. We love Moab and the surrounding country and we have always talked about moving there when I turn 65. That's only 3 years away and it sure woul;d be nice to live in the desert again. But don't worry, as it's a long way off and even if we do move there I plan on keeping this thread alive.
    ro0bertdavid: I love to read your posts. and love to hear how your Fatboy is doing. keep at it.
    Until tomorrow .........PEACE
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    Hope you do what your head and your heart wishes. This thread is very inspirational. Wish there were a lot more like them.

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    This Morning, I saw some pics of the house in Moab. It is nice. I really like the layout. It has the master suite at one end and three more bedrooms at the other. So we'll have at least one extra bedroom for guests if my daughter moves with us, and, two if she doesn't.

    Today I will be riding my SS around town and over to Lion's Club.

    Also keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I found a knot above my navel this morning and it's painful. Going to see my primary care doctor this afternoon. I think it might be a hernia.

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    I hope everything is ok Oldbear52.

    I had the safety check done and had my fenders put on the new bike. Finally got to take it for a spin, WOW! I am going to love this bike but I think I need to drop the gearing a bit.

    Here are a couple teaser pics. Sorry about the lighting.

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    Fisherman: I hope you enjoy your bike as much as I enjoy mine. The ppics you posted are neat. Are you getting one like that too? It looks like an ideal bike for commuting and hauling stuff.

    Went out with my son to Lion's Club to ride. We rode for about two hours. It sure is nice not to have a lot of others out there, especially hikes with dogs. Did a little work at speed. My BP before the ride was 120/78 and as soon as we got home it was 140/90. my heart rate went from 56 to 100 and back down around 60 a half hour after the ride.

    Until later........PEACE
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
    Fisherman: I hope you enjoy your bike as much as I enjoy mine. The ppics you posted are neat. Are you getting one like that too? It looks like an ideal bike for commuting and hauling stuff.

    ...

    Until later........PEACE
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    Oldbear, give us a report on what your Doctor told you about the knot above your navel. Sheesh, you need a breather from all this medical stuff. IMHO

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    robertdavid; Tell me about it. I guess it's just a fluke. Or could be just a part of getting older. It didn't bother me at all when I rode today.

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    Bad news - good news

    Bad news I didn't get in a ride today because I spent time in the ER. I don't have to go into the hospital for surgery! I did however find out that this strain of flu running around here isn't effected by my flu shot. I have the virus that seems to be making it's rounds in this area. I should able able top ride tomorrow.

    Annnnd that means a long ride from Jefferson City to Hermann on the KATY. My son is going to have a friend follow him to Hermann to park his van and then all six of us are going to ride together the KATY. Around 60 miles.

    My Friend Sean in Utah sent me a DVD of a ride he took at Slickrock in Moab. He even video'd a complete sunset shot for the rocks above Slickroick in the Sand Flats area. I spent awhile and watched it. It was real refreshing to watch a sunset from my future home.

    until tomorrow......PEACE
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
    ...I did however find out that this strain of flu running around here isn't effected by my flu shot. I have the virus that seems to be making it's rounds in this area. I should able able top ride tomorrow...
    If you have the flu please check the consequences of exerting yourself.

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    Hey Fred, don't push yourself too much if you gave the flu. I know how you feel about not missing a ride. Keep us posted.

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    I am on the downward side of the virus. but, we decided not to do the ride tomorrow. Instead it will be my rest day as scheduled.

    It looks like the move is on in October. Next spring we will have two rooms ready for visitors. Sean says that he has enough extra furniture for two bedrooms, living room, kitchen and sun porch. This will be the first time my wife and I will have a king size bed! Plus Sean will take us to Provo to shop at the Mormon thrift shop, Deseret Industries for what ever we want. I hope to find some Hawaiian shirts as they are my favorite to ride in. Also sometimes they get de0cent bikes real cheap from their returning missionaries. I picked up a decent Diamond back there in 1992 for $6.00!

    On the weather front here in the Ozarks they are calling for SNOW on Friday and Saturday. 3-5". I hope it does that.

    Until Tomorrow---------PEACE
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    A Quiet Day In the Ozarks.

    It's been a quiet day here. I did ride a little to Kroger 's and back to get supper and soda. Almost 60 here today. I rode with 0my wind breaker and wind pants. All I have left of the virus is a case of the sniffles.
    Other than that how was everybody's Sunday?

    Until Tomorrow..........PEACE
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    I rode 45 miles at Jackrabbit trails in Hiawasee, NC today. Someone wanted to take a picture of my Fatboy. I loved every mile I rode. Taking a day off from work tomorrow then heading home. Life is too short to not enjoy some of it. Glad you are feeling better Oldbear. When I was in college I worked one summer at Silver Dollar City. That was in 1978 or 79. Never got back there.

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    Managed to get out for a short ride. Still getting used to the fat bike - and platform pedals. Those suckers really do hoed your feet pretty darn Good!

    It was mild here inn So. CT, around 45 I think. I have to get the bike on the stand and adjust the shifting now that I have to some miles on it. I never realized how easy it is to 'keep warm' when it's cool out.... Just get on a mtn. bike and pedal!

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    Hello all! I haven't been too active today as the temps were a little too cold to ride. But I did ride yesterday. We went to St. James and played awhile. I kinda developed little sinus drip and my throat is a little sore. But, other than that I feel real fine.

    It's supposed to snow and then freezing drizzle here tonight and tomorrow. But I will bundle up and ride if it snows. Freezing drizzle is another matter. I don't have studded tires to handle the ice. LOL.

    But I will get out and ride my my Deadeye Monster SS. I won't take out the Bullseye 'cuz I don't want to mess up the gearing in a fall or with slushy ice.

    Our handicapped son's Deadeye monster came today. I wan to put on some different tires and make sure he can handle the brakes. So far he rode it around the parking lot and seems to be Okay with using them. So now we have four fat bikes in the apartment. A neighbor asked if he could 'borrow' it to ride to work. Of course we said an emphatic NO! I could just see him selling it for meth.

    right now at 7:46pm it's 34f and feels like 29.
    Until tomorrow----------PEACE
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    I don't let anyone "borrow my bikes". Nice call on that one. Four fat bikes in one place. Must be a big bike room.
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    Two in my bedroom and two in the kitchen. LOL. If I haven't said yet............
    ............Merry Christmas to all who follow this thread.
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    Rode about 40 miles on local trail today. Very nice December day. Have a nice holiday season.

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    Shingles!

    A little itching on my arm turned into a rash and into SHINGLES! I've been asking myself, "What am I, Job?" Sooooooo I have been off the bike since Wednesday and won't get to ride until the start of January. I am beginning to think that the move to Moab is a real good Idea. Out there I am not dependent on Benadryl of other antihistamines and my nose doesn't run like a faucet.
    I did receive good news though I hit 238 over the past few weeks. sooooo i have surpassed my goal of 50lbs by Christmas! I have lost since July a total of 75 pounds!
    We did get snow Wednesday and my son got to ride in it with his sister. They rode on the grass because the pavement was clear we got about an inch on the grass, and , like typical Missouri weather it melted by Thursday morning. Itwas sloppy and real wet. I wish I was okay and could have ridden too.
    Until tomorrow--------Peace
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    Nice work on the weight loss, that is remarkable. I seen shingles and it is no joke. Hoping it passes very quickly and you can get out there again.

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    Dang Oldbear and congratulations at the same time. Hope you heal faster than expected.

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    Congrats on the weight loss! that is REAL accomplishment!

    Good luck with the shingles - that can be a real pain -literally!

    Hope you get to ride sooner that you expect> Long lay offs are the worst for keeping on track!

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    Have a Fat and Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy 2015.

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    Merry Christmas.

    Merry Christmas! I am past the rash stages thanks to meds. So, I took a Ride today. My kids were all here and we all rode except for Sean, my handicapped son. SURE WAS QUIET. We saw a kid on his new fatbike. He just got a Trek Farley 6. Nice present for a fourteen year old. We stopped and talked to his dad and he is getting one too.
    My present form the kids was a Surly wool cycling hat. It sure is warm and fits under my helmet.
    so how was everybody's day?
    Until tomorrow----------------PEACE
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    I rode at Montgomery Bell for 21 miles which takes about 2.6 hours in winter conditions. Trail tread was leafy but very nice, a little damp, with all the rain we've had. That places soaks up water like nothing I have ever seen. That was a 8 o'clock start time then back home and over to my sister's for Christmas meal and all that stuff. She outdid herself as usual.

    My fat bike makes this time of year a lot more enjoyable to ride. The traction is ridiculous compared to regular mountain bike tires. Looking like a pavement or long gravel ride on Sunday due to the weather. Road ride on Friday and Saturday off from biking. Thanks for the report. Keeps me honest. Glad you are on the mend.

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    I haven't ridden too much lately because I have a minor sinus infection. But I did ride on Saturday. We went to a area down south of our town in a little town called Edgar Springs and went into the national forest to explore some old logging and game trails.
    I rode with my daughter and Tom. We had lunch down in licking and throughly enjoyed.

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    National forest trails.

    Actually we rode on some logging roads about 9 miles west of Edgar Springs out near a little unincorporated town called Flat. Back about four years ago we lived there and I explored the roads around the area. I had an old Diamondback that a neighbor gave me that I just wore out.

    It was way too cold too cold to ride today, as it only hit 30f with a wind chill of 21. So tomorrow I am getting all kinds of winter g4ear and have the zipper fixed on my down coat. or maybe break out an old snowmobile parka.

    UntilTomorrow-------PEACE
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    Have a good ride today and a great 2015. It is basically here. I am having to ride a lot of pavement as it is wetter than wet everywhere else.

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    Lucked out and got the first day of the year off. I rode my fatty at Montgomery Bell Mountain Bike trail for 3 hours. Took mom to Cracker Barrel in the afternoon and did her and my laundry and got my grocery shopping done. Nice day to be off. Hope you all had a good start to 2015.

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    PWP trail was frozen late afternoon. Rode 1.5 hours, about 13 miles. Windchill of minus 4, air temp 15, and the only place I felt cold was my face. Great traction on the crunchy trail and had a good time. Who wouldn't?

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    You ok oldbear52?
    I second this question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertdavid View Post
    PWP trail was frozen late afternoon. Rode 1.5 hours, about 13 miles. Windchill of minus 4, air temp 15, and the only place I felt cold was my face. Great traction on the crunchy trail and had a good time. Who wouldn't?

    Thats a stretch -4! you're a tank!!

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    What happened to this thread?

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    Fred we're missing your updates, hope all is well with ya!
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    Hey OldBear52! It's been 2 weeks since your last post!
    Once You Go Fat.....You'll Never Go Back!

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    Stents, stents stents. plus recovery.

    I just underwent surgery to place three stents in my arteries leading to my hearts left side. I was havibng chest pains after a ride on the Berryman and had to go to the ER. They found some blockage and decided to stent me. So I am off the bike again for a month. AndI have to go to rehab again starting next week. I hope to be back on the bike in Mid February.

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    Despite the surgery I do have some positive news. I have hit 225lbs! Annnnnd my Cardiologist says that will contribute to a repaid recovery. I off insulin and just taking metaformin for my sugar. My sugar hasn't gone above 190 for two months.
    All during this time my wife and other friends have been super supportive. I was surprised when the Doctor released me three days early. i would have stayed seven days to begin rehab and recover but they decided I could recover at home faster. So who knows maybe i'll be back o n the Mo0nster by Feb. 1st!
    Until tomorrow------------Peace
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    Despite the surgery I do have some positive news. I have hit 225lbs! Annnnnd my Cardiologist says that will contribute to a repaid recovery. I off insulin and just taking metaformin for my sugar. My sugar hasn't gone above 190 for two months.
    All during this time my wife and other friends have been super supportive. I was surprised when the Doctor released me three days early. i would have stayed seven days to begin rehab and recover but they decided I could recover at home faster. So who knows maybe i'll be back o n the Mo0nster by Feb. 1st!
    Until tomorrow------------Peace
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    So glad to see your post and know you are okay even though you aren't 100%. Your thread has reached out to a lot of people in a very positive manner. So when you cannot post, you need to teach your family members to keep us informed. Heal up fast and quit having to go to the doctors so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
    Despite the surgery I do have some positive news. I have hit 225lbs! Annnnnd my Cardiologist says that will contribute to a repaid recovery. I off insulin and just taking metaformin for my sugar. My sugar hasn't gone above 190 for two months.
    All during this time my wife and other friends have been super supportive. I was surprised when the Doctor released me three days early. i would have stayed seven days to begin rehab and recover but they decided I could recover at home faster. So who knows maybe i'll be back o n the Mo0nster by Feb. 1st!
    Until tomorrow------------Peace
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    I enjoy your posts, always positive, and they leave me with a smile. Glad to hear you are on the mend, hope you feel better soon!

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    I've said it before, and I'll say it again - oldbear is one of the reasons I come to this forum so often. He's an inspiration to everyone.

    Take some time to rest oldbear, the bike will be waiting!

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    Hope you are feeling better Oldbear. I rode an extra loop for you , last night, at my local trail. Heal up. Best wishes.

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    Hope you are feeling better OldBear. Keep us posted, please.

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    Hey Fred, long time, no posts?

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    I am here

    I have been busy with rehab. I am feeling pretty good and recovering quickly. The doxctors and therapists expect me to be back on the bike by mid February. I have progressed so quickly that the doctor has let me begin walking everyday for an hour outside around town. I wAlked and paid bills today, and even carried homesome fixns for supper, which didn't materialize because my wife wanted a Dminos pacific veggie pizza. I am expeeriencing a little trouble with diabetic nuerapathy amd thedoctor added some pretty serious stuff to fight it. I came home took thde meds and slept for two hours. lol. It's supposed to asnow here on Sunday and the crew is gearing up for it. aAt the clinixc where I do my rehab I use the same model saddle that is on my bike. the stock saddle on their stationary bikes are what I call tractor seats.THey look like ones senio9r citizens in Foorida ride on their4 trikes around their retirement communities. One thing is they let mew ride for a half hour at my own pace and



























































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    Hey Fred, long time, no posts?

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    Heal up Fred. Hope you are better soon

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    Let Me Finish.

    I wasgoing to share more but this dinosaur latop of mine froze up. So anyway, I get to ride on a saddle that is just like meine. I ride at my own pace for 1/2 hour and feel no ill effects.

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    So glad to hear you are recovering well. Keep the updates coming when you can.

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    I'm one of your "stalkers" - haha... Love to read the stories and your progress. :-) Heard you call in on the latest Fat Bike Radio. Too bad they cut you off without expanding on your story. (Seems they prefer the drunk and dumb guests... Haha) I think they could do an entire episode on you!

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    came across this thread, and really enjoyed the story and inspiration. Bear, good to hear you've been in the saddle, and shredding. Hope you are recovering well.

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    Did a gravel road ride this afternoon. Nice day to be outside after work. Hey, oldbear, you and family still moving to Arizona? Hope all is well.

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    Hey oldbear, I haven't been here a while, but I'm happy to hear you are making a speedy recovery. I'll be with you in spirit on your next ride - make it a good one!

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    Okay, where is everyone? I rode 42 single track miles on my fatty on Sunday and had a blast. Tonight I rode 20 and had as much fun. Yesterday I rode my SS and it was not as much fun but still great.

    OldBear, where are you and how are you recovering. I miss your posts.

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    Okay, where is everyone? I rode 42 single track miles on my fatty on Sunday and had a blast. Tonight I rode 20 and had as much fun. Yesterday I rode my SS and it was not as much fun but still great.

    OldBear, where are you and how are you recovering. I miss your posts.
    Just turn that fatty into a SS and have double the fun.

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    It's -18F this morning without a wind chill and that trend is supposed to continue for the better part of the next week. As a result, there won't be much biking going on for this guy, at least outdoors.

    Hope all is well oldbear!

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    First post here. I'm 72 and just getting back into biking after 55 years absence. I got the fat bike that I could afford, the cheapest one my local bike shop had. It's a Sun Baja Cruz. It was $500 so I assume it's a despicable critter, but then I might be one too! I love it. I've had it for a week and have ridden it every day. Not many hills in this part of Florida so my rides are pretty flat. The big tires do good on pavement and on packed dirt and gravel. Not so good on sandy trails. Tires are rated for 8 to 30 lbs pressure and are currently carrying 15 lbs. Think I need to drop 'em to 8 to 10 lbs. for sand. Does that make sense. Should the lower pressure still support my 275 lb. bones? Thanks, Dennis

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    You should be fine but try 12 and 10 first and work down from there. Hope this helps. Welcome to the addiction.

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    Anyone heard from oldbear? Curious how he is coming along

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    Anyone heard from oldbear? Curious how he is coming along
    I have sent him a pm and nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertdavid View Post
    I have sent him a pm and nothing.
    Hope and pray all is well. He started an awesome thread, and is an inspiration to many of us!

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    Prayers going out for Oldbear. I can relate to this thread in a big way. Last April, I had an M. I. It was definitely a game changer, to say the least. My question to the cardiologist was, "when can I ride my bike?" His answer was "as soon as you go home" with limitations. 3 months ago the restrictions were lifted. Yay! Bought a fatty for my birthday, and became a "toys r us kid". There's nothing like a bike that should say Jeep on it! It has been a Godsend for my recovery. The only issue I have had since was at 11000' elevation riding the snowmobile trails, my oil pressure light came on after an hour and a half of riding so headed back into town to the ER, they checked me over and said everything is good. Diagnosis, oxygen debt. Go figure!

    Oldbear, hope all is good for ya, heal well!

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    Prayers going out for Oldbear. I can relate to this thread in a big way. Last April, I had an M. I. It was definitely a game changer, to say the least. My question to the cardiologist was, "when can I ride my bike?" His answer was "as soon as you go home" with limitations. 3 months ago the restrictions were lifted. Yay! Bought a fatty for my birthday, and became a "toys r us kid". There's nothing like a bike that should say Jeep on it! It has been a Godsend for my recovery. The only issue I have had since was at 11000' elevation riding the snowmobile trails, my oil pressure light came on after an hour and a half of riding so headed back into town to the ER, they checked me over and said everything is good. Diagnosis, oxygen debt. Go figure!

    Oldbear, hope all is good for ya, heal well!
    I definately identify with you Bro Ihave been absent from my own tbhread because I didn't have access mto the net. But that has been changed and (I can post again. Rehab hAs been going really well. I am up to forty minutes on the stationary bike and next week I can ride outside if the weather is good enpugh. Had a bit of a problem last week though. Thursday morning at 2am my handicapped son woke us up vomitiing and witha fever. I stayed up with him and around four thirty I had chest pain that doubled me over. My wife called 911 and I wen tto the ER. I wound up staying all day Thursday and most of Friday in the telemetry unit . They did a chemical stress test 'cuz they didn't want me to collapse, (silly medicos) to see if there was anyfurther damage to my heart. Of course becauseof my rehab schedule and my oln bike excercise program b efore all this hit I was given a clean bill of health. So as far as my projected 'back on the dirt' ,time I will be riding in a week! Mean while the Monster sits awaiting it'scall to service along with it's compadre the ss fat bike. on the festival front Sedolna is being put off til next year. I just won't be ready for it. But Dirtfest inPennsy is a real possibility. -I will keep you all posted.




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    Thanks for the update. This going to the hospital stuff has got to stop sometime. IMHO

    Really, take care of yourself and enjoy your journey back to the addiction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertdavid View Post
    Thanks for the update. This going to the hospital stuff has got to stop sometime. IMHO

    Really, take care of yourself and enjoy your journey back to the addiction.
    Thanks.
    I just checked the temp here in Rolla and it's right at 32. we are expecting snow and i wish i could ride! Buit the temps won't cooperate and besides my time is still 6 days off. But the rest of the crew plans on riding
    I still take my own saddle to rehab. In fact even the seatpost fits so i don't have to fool around with it too much.
    We had some snow about a week back and then ice on top of that. It made for some interesting slkiding and falling by my Daughter and tom. LOL I wish I wuld have gotten some video of them.

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    Glad you are doing well OB! The bike will be there when you are ready to ride.
    I have to go in for follow up & another echo in 2 weeks, hope the outcome is
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    so far the only trouble I have had was @ 11000 ft. elevation. Oxygen debt pissed things
    off a wee bit. Down to lower elevation resolved it.

    Be good, and no more going AWOL!!!

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    I agree with the above post. No more AWOL!

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    Alright, OB! How ya doin' today? Hoping to hear that you are on the mend.
    We are anticipating an adventure story from your end with good times had!

    Glad they gave you a clean bill of health. Next week you can hit the rehab
    With your friend, Mr. Fatty for the fun rehab, 'cause those stationary bikes
    Aren't as fun.

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    OldBear - you still have your supporters here - but the way you hang in, I think YOU are supporting us!

    Can't say enough praise for your effort and good will. Know that there are many standing with you!

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    Rode the pavement again today. The south wasn't meant for ice and snow and cold. Got in two snowy icy rides. About 1/4 inch snow over ice is tough on any bike, IMHO. Hey, OldBear, how about a weekend update? I think you know you have an audience. Toyota, you asked for it, you got it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iCollector View Post
    OldBear - you still have your supporters here - but the way you hang in, I think YOU are supporting us!

    Can't say enough praise for your effort and good will. Know that there are many standing with you!
    Werd!

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    Fat Biking and health-image.jpgI've been mostly a road cyclist with some MTB tossed in. But we've this wonderful beach 1/2 mile west and for the 60th my wife got me the fat. I love riding 5-6 times a week in the sand. Brutal. Much more work than asphalt. But I'm 60 & looking to keep the Fam tradition of living ripe into 90's. All I can say is take it easy but take a lot of easy. Be fiercely patient, diligent. Rock on.

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    That's the kind of fat that's good for ya. Keep it up!

    Btw...drop the pressure in the tires for the sand, it will greatly improve the ride. Although, the one accessory you'll need is a high volume tire pump for the ride home.

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    Rode in 3.5 inches of snow powder over a little ice this afternoon on a local golf course and some of the horse trails. Lots of sledders out. Rode just under 2 hours and it was great. Roads were a little icy getting back to the car but we made it without incident. Now bring on spring, please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jseis View Post
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ID:	968541I've been mostly a road cyclist with some MTB tossed in. But we've this wonderful beach 1/2 mile west and for the 60th my wife got me the fat. I love riding 5-6 times a week in the sand. Brutal. Much more work than asphalt. But I'm 60 & looking to keep the Fam tradition of living ripe into 90's. All I can say is take it easy but take a lot of easy. Be fiercely patient, diligent. Rock on.
    Love the post! I am back once again . Got on the fatty today for a ride out at the Kaintuck Rec Area. It hit 62 so it was a pleasant ride for all of us. My recovery is complete and now i can ride everyday again. yay! We covered about 15 miiles in the dirt and I was just so excited to to ride and not experience any problems. I did have my first flat today. I hit a piece of wire and it made my tire go flat. Lucky for me Tom came equipped with rather nice home made steel tire irons and we made quick work of the Problem.
    Other than that it was beautiful day and we all loved riding together again.

    Un6til tomorrow.........PEACE
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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    That's the kind of fat that's good for ya. Keep it up!

    Btw...drop the pressure in the tires for the sand, it will greatly improve the ride. Although, the one accessory you'll need is a high volume tire pump for the ride home.
    Ha! Forgot to mention that I roll 5.25 rear 3.5 psi front. That's brutal in beach sand...any lower and I might as well be riding a Caterpillar! Thanks!

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    I'm baaaaack.

    Oh I forgot some toher exciting point to relate. First health wise I went to my pnp this week for a follow up after the episode. when I weighed in I am now sitting at 230 lbs! Annnnnnnnnd They took me off oxygen permanently. They pick up my machine and bottles this week. Another thingis my a1c. A month ago it was 13. way too high. Now I have it down to 7.8 which is substantianly better.
    Second, On my quest for a Gravity Bullseye Monster Pro, I will order mine next month! Of course it will be in black like my stock monster. I look forward to getting it set up and running oin the Berryman in May.


    Again, unitl tomorrow.........PEACE
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
    Oh I forgot some toher exciting point to relate. First health wise I went to my pnp this week for a follow up after the episode. when I weighed in I am now sitting at 230 lbs! Annnnnnnnnd They took me off oxygen permanently. They pick up my machine and bottles this week. Another thingis my a1c. A month ago it was 13. way too high. Now I have it down to 7.8 which is substantianly better.
    Second, On my quest for a Gravity Bullseye Monster Pro, I will order mine next month! Of course it will be in black like my stock monster. I look forward to getting it set up and running oin the Berryman in May.


    Again, unitl tomorrow.........PEACE
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    Thanks for the update. Glad to know you are better.

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    Glad to hear the good news! And a new bike to boot!? That sounds like the health is improved greatly to give up the O2 as well. That must be a major relief for you and your family to see such good improvement.
    Back out for adventures sure is a good piece of news as well!

    Good stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jseis View Post
    Ha! Forgot to mention that I roll 5.25 rear 3.5 psi front. That's brutal in beach sand...any lower and I might as well be riding a Caterpillar! Thanks!
    Lol, my caterpillar had a ride in the high country on Saturday. The tires @ 3 psi front & 4 rear for an afternoon of snow riding. This time about with no issues with no blood pressure drop mid ride. Snowmobilers were slowing down in amazement at the big fat tires our bikes have. And how well they perform in snow.

    These bikes sure do make adventures come to be!

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    Lol, my caterpillar had a ride in the high country on Saturday. The tires @ 3 psi front & 4 rear for an afternoon of snow riding. This time about with no issues with no blood pressure drop mid ride. Snowmobilers were slowing down in amazement at the big fat tires our bikes have. And how well they perform in snow.

    These bikes sure do make adventures come to be!
    Bansheerun:
    Good to hear about your BP. ANNNNND riding on snow must be a riot!
    I went out at 8:30am and rode for around three hours. Just taking it nice and easy. Checked my pulse and O2 levelmid ride and my pulse was 80 and O2 98%. Pretty nice for an old fart.
    I had a nice 'brunch' waiting for me when i tgot home. Had French toast, turkey bacon and OJ. Going to break out the trailer this afternoon and go to kroger's with my son. I will ride my ss fatty and Sean will be on his too. He's autistic but that doesn't stophm from riding and enjoying it too;.

    I hope everyone has a safe day and get out and ride!

    Until Later.............PEACE
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    That's great news OldBear! And a great breakfast awaiting the end of an adventure? How cool is that? Gotta love it! Glad you are doing very well. A grocery run turned adventure sounds like a good time too!

    The snow ride is great fun, tho' I have to take it a lot slower than I would like. Every ride is better than the previous. It's fantastic being out on a trail that has many uses, from snowmobiles, dog sleds, and xcountry skiers...oh, and fAt bikers! The diversity of users is the best, 'cause everyone is courteous and friendly. Makes it good to be a toys r us kid!

    Don't laugh...you're a toys r us kid too!

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    I don't wanna gro0w up.........

    Yup I am a Toys R Us kid! I went shopping and got some dinner for tonight. Chicken, French Fries and Cole slaw, We took it slow and rode a circut to Kroger's on a paved bike trail about m100 yds from the apartment. We rode our SS's and took a nice long downhill and side streets to the store. My son and i both have Gravity Deadeye Monster SS's that we bought a few months ago and we love 'em. Tom came over and replaced the chain on my Bullseye monster for me. It's nice to have him with us. He's a certyified bike mechanic and has a nice shop in his garage too boot. oldbear (aka Fred) PEACE
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    That works! Good excuse to get out and get some exercise and supper to boot! Glad you and your son are both riding and having a great time together.

    Next week I have to go to the cardiologist for a follow up. Hoping the outcome is good.
    It will be a year since my heart attack in April. Must say the fatty has been a great form of exercise. And fun as it gets to boot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    That works! Good excuse to get out and get some exercise and supper to boot! Glad you and your son are both riding and having a great time together.

    Next week I have to go to the cardiologist for a follow up. Hoping the outcome is good.
    It will be a year since my heart attack in April. Must say the fatty has been a great form of exercise. And fun as it gets to boot!
    That's one of the reasons i got back into biking. My cardiologist suggested I get a Bike to ride on the Bike Paths that run through our little city. So long story short, my fat bikes have b3ecome a source of health and happiness for me. In fact my cardiologist always follows my posts. He has a TGrek Farley 6. He shadows me on here and doesn't really want to post because he's extremely busy.
    As dfar as my Handicapped son goes Like I said he has autism and that includes some motor skill coordination so we bought him a Gravity Deadeye Monster. He has learned to use the hand breaks and even goes on evening rides around the block with me and today he rode around town on the paved bike path to go shopping with me pulling our trailer. He has our family gut and is losing it slowly.


    Until Tomorrow..........PEACE
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    Wonderful day for me. I went over to St. James and rode the forest city trails. We spent four hours there and had a good workout. I checked my O2 level and Pulse rate at the mid-way point and the O2 was 98% and my pulse rate was 87bpm. Was a little muddy but my Husker-du's kept me rolling. I even got into a sprint with Beth back to the car:

    OLdbear (aka Fred) PEACE

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    Thanks for the ride report. Glad to hear your are back outside riding and feeling better. Nice.

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    I am up a little later than usual because I am on some new meds and I am just waiting or the last dose to kick in.
    i am excited to get my new bike. Sean is going to inherit my Monster. I will probably swap out the stock tires onto the monster and put the Husker-Du's on the new bike.
    robertdavid: by the way I won the sprint back to the parking lot

    Untillatertoday..........PEACE
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
    robertdavid: by the way I won the sprint back to the parking lot

    Untillatertoday..........PEACE
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    Nice; I rarely win sprint finishes.

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    OB, and I thought you were going to let her win!

    Glad to hear you had a good time out riding! & those #'s are looking good too.
    You have some great places close by for an adventure, so hope to hear more of the adventures going down. Thankful the the docs are giving their blessing for you to ride!


    Yesterday was a run to pick up a customers tv from repair, which put me a short distance from Fruita. Made for some good riding cause the weather was unseasonably warm.
    Had to pump up the tires because they were still squishy from Saturday's snow adventure.
    Had no trouble with the heart because of the lower elevation.

    Keep it up OldBear!

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    To Quote the late great Mr. Rogers: "it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood". I put almost five hours this morning on the bike. I rode part of the Berryman with Tom and Beth, (My daughter.) No signs of fatigue or other issues. Just a leisurely pace. we rode halfway and turned around and went back to our car. My O2 level and HR stay well within the limits set by my Doctor. (98% and HR 87)
    The Weather could not have been more beautiful. clear skies and a light wind, Right now at 3:13pm it's 72.6f.
    So Sean and I are getting ready for a ride around the neighborhood just to get him out of the house and excersing

    More later.,..........PEACE

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    OB, and I thought you were going to let her win!

    Glad to hear you had a good time out riding! & those #'s are looking good too.
    You have some great places close by for an adventure, so hope to hear more of the adventures going down. Thankful the the docs are giving their blessing for you to ride!


    Yesterday was a run to pick up a customers tv from repair, which put me a short distance from Fruita. Made for some good riding cause the weather was unseasonably warm.
    Had to pump up the tires because they were still squishy from Saturday's snow adventure.
    Had no trouble with the heart because of the lower elevation.

    Keep it up OldBear!
    You Must live near grand Junction. I love western Colorado. We are planning a trip to Moab to look ata double wide in June witgh the possibility of relocating there in the fall. My Wife and I are retired radio DJ's and We used to live in Price Ut. back in the 90's . We used to make monthky 'pilgrimage to moab" Our favorite area it the Sand Flats above slickrock. We would ride slickrock plus the ;long road across the Sand Flats. It's been 20 myears since we ghave been out there. Maybe we can have a meet up? Until later.......PEACE Oldbear (akaFred)

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    Lemme know when you will be in the area. Moab and the surrounding area is a mountain bike habitat for sure! Hope it works out for you to move there.

    I am in the Glenwood Springs area, and make the pilgrimage to junktown from time to time. The riding out there is stellar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Lemme know when you will be in the area. Moab and the surrounding area is a mountain bike habitat for sure! Hope it works out for you to move there.

    I am in the Glenwood Springs area, and make the pilgrimage to junktown from time to time. The riding out there is stellar.
    Cool Beans! We spebnt some time in the carbon area south of Glenwood Springs back in '95. We had a 1955 International Harvester bus that was converted into a rv. We climbed up and over the mountains heading towards Panonia (?) The n took the dirt roads up and over the mountains to Crested Butte vis Kebler Pass.

    Maybe next fall after we get moved we'll have you out for a weekend. My friend who is giving us the doublewide in return for watching his small manufactured home park says its a four bedroom, so we'll have plenty of room. I have lots of friends lining up to come on out. LOL

    Until later.........pEACE

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    Another Quiet day.

    Today was an off day. but after looking at the weather forecast looks like I'll get wet tomorrow. I did ride my SS fatty to the store today. It's about 3miles as I ride a bit of the bike path.It's downhill to the store and uphill coming back.
    Soon i will set my order in for the Gravity Bullseye Monster pro, It's gonna be the fourth Gravity Bike we own.we have between Sean and I
    right now two Gravity Deadeye Monster SS and one Gravity Bullseye Monster. I am so looking forward to the Pro. That bluto might just help ease some of the tension I get from extended rides, like the Berryman
    We are goignto rent a Mini van to go to Utah in June. I have a friend who is going to build up a lightweight trailer to haul six bikes and my trailer. It will be nice to do it like that instead of hauling everything iside.there just won't be room with five adults and all our gear. We decided to Hotel it instead of camping mainly because my wife will be recovering for so major surgery and we have had our fill of camping in tents.
    On another forum a buddy of mine is posting pictures o0f the desert around Las Vegas and telling us how hot it is there (87f today). I told him next winter to keep his guest room open.

    Until tomorrow........PEACE
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    Fred, I have to tell you how impressed I am with your weight loss. If I have this right, you have lost about 100 lbs. in less than a year. And it's easy to see you have been having fun doing it. Keep up the good work and best wishes for continued good health.

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    Nice post Fred. Glad to hear you are out there again.

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    The most comical vehicle & bike ordeal I have ever witnessed was a friend trying to get his bike into his smart for two! The damn thing is so small there's room for two and a couple of bags of groceries.
    That new bike will be nice with the bluto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    The most comical vehicle & bike ordeal I have ever witnessed was a friend trying to get his bike into his smart for two! The damn thing is so small there's room for two and a couple of bags of groceries.
    That new bike will be nice with the bluto.
    I rode in one of those "smart cars" once and I never want to experience like that
    I never felt so unprotected and unsafe. Give me my Detroit iron any day. (right now We don't own a car) LOL
    Today was an official OFF DAY. But Sean and I walked aro0und town a bit to get some stuff done. Big problem arose though. Seems this town goes Crazy and hold their parade for the Patron Saint of the University St. Patrick. We ghad to avoid much of the area we would walk in and had to circumnavigate the parade route to avoid the bands of drunk Students. It took us nearly two and a half hours to go to and get back from the store.
    Other than being leg sore we are both tired and now i will say good night.

    Until later today.......PEACE
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    Couldn't agree more on feeling unsafe. Screw 50+ mpg. I'll take a real vehicle over one of those smart cars.
    OldBear,
    Just glad to hear you got out for some exercise and are doing well.

    How convenient, an event to make getting around a picnic!

    Saturday was a trip to Fruita for some fat mountain biking. I rode Mary's loop and Rustlers loop. The weather was favorable with temps 70 degrees. Had to take it easy for some of it. It was a good time and uneventful.

    Sunday was a local ride on single track close to home. Just didn't have the energy I did on Saturday tho'. No trouble with the heart on either day made it worth it.

    The peeps on regular bikes were amazed at the fAt tires and their ability to ride over the rocky trail. These fat bikes are 2 wheeled Jeeps! And so fun to ride, to boot.

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    Rode my Specialized fatty in a 40 mile race in Western North Carolina yesterday. 4500 feet of climbing with technical single track and fireroads and rocky double track with creek crossings thrown in. Had a great time there.

    Keep this thread very alive OldBear and everyone else. Drove back to Nashville right after the race, 5 hours. Pretty long day but worth it.

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    That's a serious ride! Good stuff. Don't think I could do it yet, tho', cause the ticker ain't
    what it used to be.

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    Thanks. I was glad to break 4 hours again. Rode well but the climbs, even on a light fatty, are not as easy as on my Single Speed. But this one was a lot more fun on fatty. Will do this as long as I can. I turn 60 in June and the recovery takes longer.

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    I can relate. The climbs can take their toll. Just take the advice your body offers, and heed it.

    My fatty is a 9Zero7 weighing in @ 32 lbs, no worse than my 4x bike but those marshmallows we call tires are so irresistible. I am grateful the cardiologist said my bike is a prescription. No longer making excuses to ride is awesome!

    Gotta say thanks to OldBear for starting a thread so good!

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    Seems OldBear has been awfully quiet lately! Hope you're ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Seems OldBear has been awfully quiet lately! Hope you're ok.
    I have been busy with the wife. Haven't ridden much since Monday because the weather has become cold and rainy. Planning on a big ride Saturday on the KATY Trail eastbound to Hermann. Going to take Sean along with Beth and Tom. Going to ride my Gravity Deadeye Monster SS Because there no real grades to tackle as the trail follows the Missouri river bottoms all the way to Hermann.
    A week until I place my order for the Pro. It will be the black model as all fat bikes are either Black or Matte Black.

    Until later.......peace
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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    I can relate. The climbs can take their toll. Just take the advice your body offers, and heed it.

    My fatty is a 9Zero7 weighing in @ 32 lbs, no worse than my 4x bike but those marshmallows we call tires are so irresistible. I am grateful the cardiologist said my bike is a prescription. No longer making excuses to ride is awesome!

    Gotta say thanks to OldBear for starting a thread so good!
    You are welcome. Your cardiologistis wise....LOL......Mine wants to join us in May when we tackle the Berryman.

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    Couldn't agree more, OldBear!
    Tomorrow is my cardiologist visit. Fingers crossed all turns up well.

    Has anticipation set in yet? Can't wait to hear about a new adventure with your new friend!

    Just got the summer tires for my bike, swapped out the Bud/Lou with Dillinger 5's. They roll with less resistance than the Surly's and should last longer too.

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    Cardiologist appt was with good news! They have lifted all restrictions. The doc says my heart is doing very well.

    Oh yeah, the bike is still a prescription! Yay!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Cardiologist appt was with good news! They have lifted all restrictions. The doc says my heart is doing very well.

    Oh yeah, the bike is still a prescription! Yay!!
    Nice news. Congratulations on a good visit.

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    Thanks Robert. Today is a run to Fruita to meet up with a group and ride Mary's loop. Would be cool if you and OldBear could join us! The lower elevation is quite helpful as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Thanks Robert. Today is a run to Fruita to meet up with a group and ride Mary's loop. Would be cool if you and OldBear could join us! The lower elevation is quite helpful as well.
    Hello all!

    I had to go into the horse pistol again. This time for two days for some extensive tests to check exactly how much damage these three mini-strokes have done. (3 cat scans An EKG an EEG and an Echo cardiogram) There no damage to my motor functions, and absolutely no further heart damage. The only residual damage is to my speech and memory loss.

    I wish I was out west NOW. It hit 76 in Moab today and I wold have been out and about riding.
    Yup I wish I would have been in Fruita with you and Robertdavid, Banshee.
    By the was excellent report from you visit with your cardiologist.

    Until tomorrow, \

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    You guys get and stay healthy. You are scaring me. Wish we could ride sometime. It would be great.

    have a great Sunday. I am riding my fatty for several hours tomorrow. I am trying to do one distance event per month and have to keep up my riding and training. Woohoo

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    After all the teats my cardiologist stopped by my room and so did my neurologist. Both of them cleared me for the berryman tomorrow! Yup I forgot that Important piece of news. My cardiologist is going to meet us at the trailhead and he's even bringing some subway sammies fpr us to eat at the opposite. His wife is going to pickus up in their family van and take us back to the start. So tomorrow is an assault on the trail that put me in the hospital. LOL
    Then Monday will be a light workout on the Lion's Club Trail for two hours> I am tringto get back into my usual schedule. My routine is I ride five days a week and usually put in 3 hours a day. three of the days I try to get a cardio workout and then the other two I usually ride to enjoy the scenery. My usual day off is Sunday. But tomorrow is different. We are not going to try to set any records for speed. We are going to take it easy and take in a leisurely ride. Monday will be a transition day back into n=my routine.
    Banshee and Robertdavid: I wish we could ride together too! The High tomorrow is going to be 68f and I will wear light clothing to start and carry a backpack to carry my pouter clothing as I warm up.


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    Wink

    Fruita report:

    Weather: clear, 76 degrees light breeze.

    We got off to a great start, rolling Horse Thief and finishing off with Mary's Loop. Good riding out there without incident. Just can't find a better way to piss away a Saturday!
    The highlight of the ride was a chap flying a rather elaborate drone. It sounded like a pissed off hornets nest at 100 Db, unbelievably loud. There were a couple other folks on fatty's as well.

    OldBear, CUT IT OUT!!! Just kidding... Glad all turned out well for ya. Sounds rather concerning tho'. Just hoping you're all good. Looking forward to the ride report too!

    BTW: The cardiologist was interested in trying out a fatty! (Public service announcement) "First hit's free" Hope he gets to the "wanna fly Kid, ya gotta buy Kid" part...

    Be safe out there OldBear & Robert!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Fruita report:

    Weather: clear, 76 degrees light breeze.

    We got off to a great start, rolling Horse Thief and finishing off with Mary's Loop. Good riding out there without incident. Just can't find a better way to piss away a Saturday!
    The highlight of the ride was a chap flying a rather elaborate drone. It sounded like a pissed off hornets nest at 100 Db, unbelievably loud. There were a couple other folks on fatty's as well.

    OldBear, CUT IT OUT!!! Just kidding... Glad all turned out well for ya. Sounds rather concerning tho'. Just hoping you're all good. Looking forward to the ride report too!

    BTW: The cardiologist was interested in trying out a fatty! (Public service announcement) "First hit's free" Hope he gets to the "wanna fly Kid, ya gotta buy Kid" part...

    Be safe out there OldBear & Robert!
    had a wonderful day out on the trail. Everyone rode real well and i has my BP,HR and HR all checked professionally.My BP stayed within normal limits and after one long uphill I was checked for heart rate and it was only 85.
    Our lunch was neat. Steve's wife brought out a table and some folding chairs. Had Subs and chips and diet soda. We all went home pretty well tired but it was a good tired like we really accomplished something.

    So how was everybody's day outside?

    Until Tomorrow ...........PEACE
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    Now that's more like it OldBear! Glad you got out there and had a good time. And the heart rate and blood pressure was behaving too ! Yay, for good news!
    A picnic lunch afterward sounds quite nice.

    Just glad you are doing well, and adventuring again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Now that's more like it OldBear! Glad you got out there and had a good time. And the heart rate and blood pressure was behaving too ! Yay, for good news!
    A picnic lunch afterward sounds quite nice.

    Just glad you are doing well, and adventuring again!
    Thanks Bansheerun!
    I really did enjoy myself today. The temp was65-68f and I wound up shucking my sweats and sweat shirt down to mt shorts and light hawaiian shirt Right at the end i got hot enough to actually work up a sweat!
    I did alright except for one long climb that I had to get off and walk up rigth near the end.

    Until; Tomorrow...........PEACE

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    Good times! Glad you are enjoying the ride. I can relate on the last of the climb. My legs turn to rubber on long climbs and recovery takes time these days.

    Shows to go ya, we need jerseys with handicapped emblems on 'em!

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    Nice play. I rode one of the local trails yesterday. It was fun and the weather was pretty nice. Hope both of you stay healthy and get out and enjoy each day. Thanks for the updates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Good times! Glad you are enjoying the ride. I can relate on the last of the climb. My legs turn to rubber on long climbs and recovery takes time these days.

    Shows to go ya, we need jerseys with handicapped emblems on 'em!
    LOL Either the handicapped emblem or a slow moving vehicle triangle. according to my computer I never got above 19 mph average for the entire trip and that includes some sweet downhill runs.

    Until Later Today..............PEACE
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    I can relate! I am working on getting back in the groove. I have been looking for some flowing trails that don't require my trials bike! (KOXX Red Sky)
    A friend of mine has 2 hip joints that need replaced...again so he needs one too!

    Hoping to ride at lunch time today, just to ride. I can't seem to get enough of the fatty!

    Robert, keep it up! Any excuse to ride is a good one!

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    I rode the local trail on my 29er this afternoon. Fatty needed a rest after yesterday's long ride. Hope to get out tomorrow afternoon also. Keep the updates coming. Keeps me on my toes.

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    Good stuff, Robert! The long fatty rides are the bees knees, but I have been eyeballing my '98 Turner Stinger for an outing. Yeah, it's vintage these days, but a 3" full suspension that weighs a scant 22 lbs is sure inviting. Oh, that fuel economy! The Stinger gets 12 miles per sandwich, the fatty around 5! Lol

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    I love that sandwich per miles theory. Seems okay. My fatty weighs about 24 pounds. Saved almost 3 years for a full sup and ended up with a fat bike. It is light but you still have to pedal more rotational weight. I love riding it more than any other bike but I like to ride all of them for different reasons. Have a great day and go out and play a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Good stuff, Robert! The long fatty rides are the bees knees, but I have been eyeballing my '98 Turner Stinger for an outing. Yeah, it's vintage these days, but a 3" full suspension that weighs a scant 22 lbs is sure inviting. Oh, that fuel economy! The Stinger gets 12 miles per sandwich, the fatty around 5! Lol
    I think my fatty SS gets around 4 and my monster gets around 10. They are my only means of transportation right now. We are looking at a Volvo station wagon though. LOL

    No riding today. It's raing cats and dogs here. and I don't have any rain gear yet.
    Yesterday we went to the doctor for my wife and she is going to Columbia Mo. for a surgical consult to get a large tumor removed. I would covet your prayers and thoughts.

    Until later...........PEACE

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    OldBear,

    You and your wife are in our prayers! I can say this confidently 'cause I'm a priesthood holder.
    Hope all goes well for the Mrs. And without complications. Speedy recovery Mrs. OldBear!

    Sorry to hear the weather is not cooperating today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertdavid View Post
    I love that sandwich per miles theory. Seems okay. My fatty weighs about 24 pounds. Saved almost 3 years for a full sup and ended up with a fat bike. It is light but you still have to pedal more rotational weight. I love riding it more than any other bike but I like to ride all of them for different reasons. Have a great day and go out and play a little.
    I took my bike to Jenny Craig but they said go to the LBS and drop 2 k on some carbon wheels and a few other parts.
    Dang! 24 pound fatty? Sweet ride, my friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertdavid View Post
    I love that sandwich per miles theory. Seems okay. My fatty weighs about 24 pounds. Saved almost 3 years for a full sup and ended up with a fat bike. It is light but you still have to pedal more rotational weight. I love riding it more than any other bike but I like to ride all of them for different reasons. Have a great day and go out and play a little.
    Sounds like a great ride! I have shaved maybe five pounds off my Fatty. Tires, tubes and a new saddle. Now it weighs in at 30.7 pounds. My Gravity Bullseye Monster Pro is going to get new tires and tubes too. I don't know what a stock one weighs in at but I think it might be in the same range as the Monster. 35.5 pounds.
    because it's got a Bluto up front.

    Hey guess what? The sun came out and the temp is 61.8f. I think Sean and I might actually get some ride time in. The pave bike path will be good enough because I talked to a neighbor who went out to the Local park and said the trails were muddy.

    Will fill you all in tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    OldBear,

    You and your wife are in our prayers! I can say this confidently 'cause I'm a priesthood holder.
    Hope all goes well for the Mrs. And without complications. Speedy recovery Mrs. OldBear!

    Sorry to hear the weather is not cooperating today.
    Thank you. I know all about the priesthood. .I have friends that are also LDS and are putting her in the Temple prayer Rolls out in Utah at the Ogden temple and of course the Salt Lake temple too.

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    Glad to hear that OldBear. The Salt Lake Temple is the Holy Corporate Headquarters, so those will arrive sooner! Lol.

    Really is nice to have the support. Just try to relax, Mrs. OldBear is in good hands!

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    I hope your wife gets a good report. Keep us posted. Rode fatty today for 16.6 miles and railed it. Had to take it into the shop because the bb is creaking and it is a press fit so I don't have the tools or the knowledge to work on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
    Yesterday we went to the doctor for my wife and she is going to Columbia Mo. for a surgical consult to get a large tumor removed. I would covet your prayers and thoughts.

    Until later...........PEACE

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    Thinking of you and your wife, OldBear. Hang tough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertdavid View Post
    I hope your wife gets a good report. Keep us posted. Rode fatty today for 16.6 miles and railed it. Had to take it into the shop because the bb is creaking and it is a press fit so I don't have the tools or the knowledge to work on that.
    So what you have is a BB that sounds like my back! Hope it was an easy fix on the bike. Glad you got out for a good ride!

    I had a service call close to the continental divide today, so afterward I broke out the fatty for a final snow ride. The snow was wet and sloppy, so didn't quite go as planned.
    Even tried the super squishy air pressure to boot.

    Thoughts and prayers to you OldBear...

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    To Mrs. OldBear.

    I donít think that get well soon is good enough.
    I wish that you would get well now.

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    I second that! ^^

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    oldbear, I just went through the thread, its a great read for us older horses that are looking to drop some pounds and help with flexibility.
    First, nothing but good thoughts and prayers headed your way for you and your family. Hope your wife gets through her ordeal.
    I started riding a beach cruiser a few years ago to lose some weight. I pushed a heavy 3 speed around town and got the runners high I used to get as a runner. Back surgery stopped that in 2000. I found the bike and got at it again. Then purchased a Specialized Crosstrail and continued on. Then a Gravity SS 29er for off days. The last 3 years have been good; 1100 mile in 2012, 1200 in 2013 and over 1300 last year. I'm presently looking at Fat Bikes and I'm working on $ to get one I want.
    How about some pictures of you and your bike.
    Again good thoughts and prayers coming your way.

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    Glad you got back to bikes, Chief! They keep you young somehow.
    11 months post heart surgery myself, and can't get enough of the fat bike!

    Keep it up and be well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Glad you got back to bikes, Chief! They keep you young somehow.
    11 months post heart surgery myself, and can't get enough of the fat bike!

    Keep it up and be well!
    Yeah I agree, getting out puts a smile on yer face like nothing else can.

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    Fat bikes should be given an honorary degree in psycology!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHIEF500 View Post
    oldbear, I just went through the thread, its a great read for us older horses that are looking to drop some pounds and help with flexibility.
    First, nothing but good thoughts and prayers headed your way for you and your family. Hope your wife gets through her ordeal.
    I started riding a beach cruiser a few years ago to lose some weight. I pushed a heavy 3 speed around town and got the runners high I used to get as a runner. Back surgery stopped that in 2000. I found the bike and got at it again. Then purchased a Specialized Crosstrail and continued on. Then a Gravity SS 29er for off days. The last 3 years have been good; 1100 mile in 2012, 1200 in 2013 and over 1300 last year. I'm presently looking at Fat Bikes and I'm working on $ to get one I want.
    How about some pictures of you and your bike.
    Again good thoughts and prayers coming your way.
    CHIEF500:
    When I started out I had a Trek marlin SS. I bought my first fatty last may it was a walmart Mongoose Dolomite. I quickly found out just what a cheap heavy bike could do. So I wound up getting a Gravity Bullseye Monster, which has over 1200 miles onit now, followed by a Gravity deadeye Monster SS for myself and my handicapped son. I admire your attitude towards riding and how it also helped you. I struggle daily with Congestive heart Failure, Diabetes type 2, COPD and major depression. But my bike keeps me fit and balanced. Sure I struggle with some of it but I don't sweat it anymore. I hope you keep on riding and getting beter.
    Now on to my daily post, Sean and i rode around town today in ci=oats and sweat pants. We rode out to Tom's via that Acorn bike trail and with all it's little twists and turns we put in about 12 miles total. We rode our SS and had a blast. stopped for fountain sodas at a MFA conv. mart. It's my one vice i have left,. Yes it was diet soda, diet Dr. Pepper.

    Until tomorrow..........PEACE

    Oldbear (AKA Fred)

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    Had to do a pavement ride today due to rain and wet conditions. Loved it. Hope Mrs. OldBear is doing okay. Glad to see everyone is getting out. I found some 6 hour races with a fat bike division. Might have to look into that. Should be fun.

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    Good read, thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertdavid View Post
    That one was good Robert!

    OldBear, You can be a Pepper Too!!!
    BTW: How is Mrs. OldBear today? Looking forward to good news, OldBear...

    Glad to see all of you got out for a ride! Had a short ride tonite on the local trail. Just following Dr,s orders! (I really didn't need an excuse, but i'll take it)


    Welcome to OldBear's thread, Chief!

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    Had a ride out in the Clifton area today under sunny skies! 79 degrees, Oh boy was that nice!
    Out in the rolling hills below the Bookcliffs there is a seemingly endless trail system. Dusty and dry out there, but so fun.

    OldBear, Hope y'all are well, and hope to hear Mrs. OldBear is doing well, and mending quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    That one was good Robert!

    OldBear, You can be a Pepper Too!!!
    BTW: How is Mrs. OldBear today? Looking forward to good news, OldBear...

    Glad to see all of you got out for a ride! Had a short ride tonite on the local trail. Just following Dr,s orders! (I really didn't need an excuse, but i'll take it)


    Welcome to OldBear's thread, Chief!
    Bansheerun: Mrs. Oldbear is waiting to see which Bariatric Center she will be accepted at. She has to have an operating table that's bigger than we have locally. Her tumor is estimated at 75 pounds. But I feel it will all workout God willing.
    Today I went out to St. James and rode thew trail system there for two hours. It was nippy (32-45f)but the riding was good. We took Sean and his bike with and even rode a little on the dirt with us. He was wiped pout when he got home. I was too but I recovered nicely and helped Mrs> Oldbear< Sue make a home made pizza for dinner.
    I will be going on a trip up to St.Louis to ride some trails in Castlewood State Park. Tom says they are excellent.

    Everyone stay safe,'

    Until Tomorrow..........PEACE
    Oldbear....(AKA Fred)

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    We are pulling for her, OldBear! God will supervise and all will be good.

    Glad you and Sean (YoungBear) had a good ride. That has to be special for both of you! Quality time is so important for a family.

    Two bears go riding, three bears have supper, a great day for the Bear family!

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    Everyone have a nice Sunday. I am doing a gravel grinder with a friend today. Fatty is still in the shop. It may be a warranty issue. Will know sometime this week. My shop men and women are great.

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