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Discussion in 'Cycling Department Forum' started by Petra, Jun 29, 2016.
Luckily we don't have any hills in this country
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Name's Nick. I'm from California, but currently live in Birmingham, Alabama. I started mountain biking when I was in Japan. Epic terrain there, which I dearly miss. I actually haven't ridden in like a year--2 young kids you see...
But, I love Freeride and Downhill--my user name is Serial Thriller for a reason I actually got to freeride the bottom portion of Mt. Fuji several times. It was wicked.
Here is a snip of my bike back in Japan--an 06 Yeti ASX (with a crappy Manitou fork):
Welcome @Seria17hri11er, great having you.
@Seria17hri11er , glad you're here!
Yes, kids will knock you off your bike, figuratively and literally. But I'm starting to take my oldest trail riding, and it can be really fun for both of us. I can see him dropping me on climbs in a few years. That'll be weird.
Thanks . That's awesome. I bet it can be fun. Hopefully my kids will want to ride. I've got quite a long while before I can take them. 3 and 1 year old.
Iam Sascha(29y) from Troisdorf, Germany. I found you searching for the ROSE Pro Cross, read Brams post about his height and thought "another tall fellow"... i have to write him!
Now Iam staying
I plan on starting to commute with my bike to work. For that reason I want a new bike. I always liked the idea of getting a road bike but remained with my mtb everytime. At this time I think a cross bike would suit my needs best.
I also added you to my strava to get motivated
Yep, welcome! . You wont regret getting a cross bike, it basically goes through anything and any weather.
Welcome @NoobOnTour ! Really looking forward seeing the Orange Monster in action soon!
Welcome Sascha. Great to have you on board. Nice to have another tall guy to hide behind!
Thank you guys
I just realized that I have started write on this forum without a proper introdution.
So here I am.
My name is Igor and I live in Northern Italy, in a land between Milan and Varese. I'm 40 years old and I am employed as a Policeman. I used to be Mountain Rescue technician in Cervinia and bikes are my passion.
I love to ride with my wife close to rivers, dams and lakes (that we have in abbundance).
I like to know people, expecially foreign; in my opinion encountering other cultures is an incredible enrichment so I took a degree in Cultural mediation and I speak Italian, English, Spanish and a bit of German and French.
Out of curiosity Orione532 was my radio code when I was deployed in Former Yugoslavia ad Peace Enforcing international force.
Thank you for having me on the forum.
I wondered where your name came from!
Great to have you
Thanks for the intro @Orione532. Ill be sure to behave now seeing you are with the police
New members don't be shy to introduce yourself here. We love to hear who you are, what you are riding, what your goals are etc.
I joined this forum coming from the amazing Race Department.com sim racing club as a side interest i have picked up in the last year or so, and realised there was an interest in cycling there which was a nice surprise! Really positive stories on here and nice to see.
I'm 36, working full time as an Architect in Richmond London UK.
I have raced bikes for the last 10 years throwing myself at it in 2008 going from a similar starting point to some of you here, going out and exploring the countryside at the weekends discovering a love for cycling and trying to get fit and loose weight at the same time, i had gotten fat after 7 years at uni and a sedentary life of work and study and too many computer games, it also inspired me to quit smoking.
I then joined a Cycling Club in 2007 (London Phoenix) and discovered I really loved racing and was actually good at it, to then eventually climbing the amateur ranks eventually earning my elite licence in 2013 and getting signed into a semi professional / top amateur shop team (Pedal Heaven 2013-2015)
I have raced at a British National level dabbling in some National professional races (this is a level below UCI level races you might see) and had a great time helping them get some serious results (although the best I could personally manage as a mortal was one top 20 at the Lincoln GP), all while holding down a full time job. Those riders have gone on to become full time professionals.
I could maybe have gone further and quit my job and gone full time, however at my age its too late and the money really isn't great until you establish yourself, its below minimum wage actually and I didn't want to take the risk.
Today I accept my level and ride for an amateur shop team based in London, Nuun Sigma Sport London RT. Still kicking arses in Amateur Time Trial races and National B Road Races and loving it.
I do still enjoy the long rides around the British countryside and know most of the lanes from to the south west to the south east as my stomping ground.
I use Zwift a lot using it for training two to three times a week using specific training my coach at www.trainsharpcyclecoaching.co.uk who sponsors the team. I have really good knowledge of training and what works but i am not a coach. Any questions on equipment, training techniques especially Time Trail which is my speciality / best ability i'd be glad to help with. I get the latest kit and its great fun keeping ontop of it all. This year is all about aero disk brake bikes, tubeless wheels and tyres.
Getting our team bikes shortly and will post on here if you like?
Would you believe it - I'm just up the road in Isleworth.
Ex racer here too (albeit a long time ago). I can still mix things up at the sharp(ish) end when i'm on point but generally prefer relaxed long rides in the lanes these days. I'd suggest meeting up except i've not turned a pedal since November (busy with house renovations) so completely out of shape at the mo.
Would be great to see some pics when you have them.