This intro is too long, I should be pedalling...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by andyaldrich, 13 Aug 2012.

  1. andyaldrich

    andyaldrich Member


    My name's Andy and I live in Gloucestershire. I have gone from fatso to cycling addict.

    Until I was about 25 I always quite enjoyed cycling. Between 2008 and 2011 I decided to get into cars and cycling disappeared from my life. I gradually put on weight :-(

    In 2011 I decided I was getting too fat. I declared my car SORN and started cycling a 26.3 mile round trip each day. My road bike needed work I couldn't afford, so I rode a 1990s Raleigh Atlanta mountain bike.

    I got my road bike (2007 Orbea Asphalt) repaired in August 2011 and started riding that to work and using it on weekends for 20 - 40 mile rides by myself. I ride on Bontrager Hardcase tyres which I find slow but bulletproof.

    I always wave to fellow cyclists and it's always nice to get a 'hello' back. I ride no matter what the weather and I know who the fair weather riders are. I always ask those I pass while silly commuter racing if they want to grab a wheel. There's only one person who doesn't wave back/say hello, I'm going to keep waving at him until he relents to my unwavering happiness. I suspect he's putting in so much effort to his cycling because he's a fair-weather cyclist - he needs to give it 150% because he only rides 25% of the time.

    I found I was losing weight during the week but putting some back on in the weekends - I was still eating pizza, crisps, chips, burgers and the like. I cut out junk food and most carbs and the weight started to drop again.

    I've lost over 3 stone. I no longer feel like I'm on course for a heart attack, I have legs I'm proud of and now my bike holds me back.

    On 30/7/2012 I placed an order for a Ribble Sportive 7046 Curved with a Tiagra compact groupset. I 'upgraded' to the optional ITM Aero 2.4 wheelset and a carbon seatpost. I have a set of gatorskins ready to go on it as soon as it arrives!

    Since around April I have been working a second job (so I work 7 days per week) which is 16 miles from home, I cycle there too.

    On days when I have to use the car I feel like I'm cheating on my legs and on the bike, I only drive places when I absolutely MUST.

    I'm looking to expand my road bike collection. If you're not a million miles from Gloucestershire and you have cycling kit/a bike/parts such as wheels you'd like to sell then let me know! I'd quite like something classic, something for Winter and something carbon.

    The Brewer, Pat "5mph", HovR and 3 others like this.
  2. Col5632

    Col5632 Veteran

    :welcome: to the site, sounds like you do a fair amount of cycling :bicycle: Good for you deciding to loose weight and use the car alot less :thumbsup:
  3. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Hello Andy and welcome to CC. Nice intro, BTW.

    Glad that you've seen the light and become addicted, like the vast majority of folk here.

    Plenty to be gleaned, learned and laughed at here, so make yourself comfy: your evenings on here will be long!
  4. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    welcome aboard , please join in we have fun at times
  5. john-boy

    john-boy Well-Known Member

    welcome from another newbie :-)
  6. Alex11

    Alex11 Active Member

    South West
    Good on you Sir, must be rewarding.
  7. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    Hello - good work! :hello:
  8. OP

    andyaldrich Member

    Thanks for the welcomes guys.

    Good news: I called Ribble today to see when I should expect my bike and was told it is currently being built!

    Bad news: Looks like I messed up my order on the Ribble site, so I will just be getting the standard (non-compact) Tiagra 4600 cassette, an alloy seatpost and the standard Rodi Airline 4 Clinchers. This isn't a big deal as I can just upgrade these items at my local bike shop.
  9. HovR

    HovR Über Member

    Welcome to the site! Congratulations on loosing the weight!
  10. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

  11. OP

    andyaldrich Member

    My new bike arrived a couple of days ago...
    Pat "5mph" and Nearly there like this.
  12. Nearly there

    Nearly there Über Member

    Nice bike and :welcome:
  13. Part time cyclist

    Part time cyclist Über Member

    Welcome to the forum, nice looking bike by the way
  14. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    A very uplifting story. Well done on losing weight and discovering cycling all over again. Your tale is the same as many of us here.
    I'm now doing 44 mile commutes into London twice/thrice a week and loving it!!!
    Welcome :smile:
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