@Eric N posted:
I found a bunch of gearheads, and mountain bikers!!
I definitely landed in the right spot!
I have been racing bikes for the better part of 20 years. It has been my go-to hobby/madness for a long time. I retune/rebuild/service bikes, and the suspension components for others in my area. Chain Breakers Cycling (@chainbreakerscycling) • Instagram photos and videos and, I also put together a cycling team.
I found this site by accident, and seeing the amount of friendships, and support being offered here, was a large factor for me to venture into another hobby, with Speedster ownership, and dial back my bicycle madness. I'm really looking forward to seeing some of you at future shows, and cruises. My 2-3 week countdown for my materials, couldn't come soon enough!
I was riding 2500+ mi/year, rebuilding a bike/week, working 50+ hrs/week running a 24/7/365 service business, and raising 3 kids when I bought my first speedster in December of 2000.
Fast forward to March 2021 - kids grown, still running the business (but really, mostly half-timing it in the field), and 65 lbs fatter than when I bought the speedster. I haven't ridden more than 50 miles in 10 years.
This hobby is ridiculous amounts of fun, and the people are fantastic... but it's a time-sink, and will take over your life if you let it.
I'm down about 18 lbs in a month, and hope to lose another 35+. Once I hit 230, I hope to swing my leg back over the Eddie Merckx/Campy Ti bicycle and start trying to ride again in earnest. I don't want to crush parts of me that are still important to my enjoyment of life, so the bike will have to wait until I drop another 15lbs - but things are finally trending in the right direction.
FWIW, @Joe Fortino was influential in finally getting me off my butt.