Great looking bike, a welcome friend and vehicle for your recovery.
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On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 6:28:15 PM UTC-4, Broccoli Cog wrote:
> Hello All, I am fairly new to the group and have been reading and taking
> in some of the information shared here for the last few weeks. My cycling
> history has been heavily influenced by racing. My competitive experience
> has been in road, mountain and cyclocross. I had gotten to the point where
> riding a bike was no longer simply just riding a bike. I called it
> "training" and I always followed a structured plan and even had a cycling
> coach. In short riding became like work and took all the fun out of it. I
> knew something had to change as I could no longer sustain my chosen path.
> At the end of the day I am just a guy with a regular job and a family. I
> had been aware of Grant Peterson and the folks at Rivendell for several
> years now. While my interest was piqued when I first learned of them I
> never fully embraced the Rivendell style. As I began to build up my
> conditioning for another season of racing I happened to read Grant's book
> "Just Ride" the words on the pages leapt out at me getting to the heart of
> everything that I had been thinking. It was time for me to make a change.
> While the book is full of many nuggets of wisdom there is one short
> sentence in the book that really resonated with me. It read, *A bicycle
> should make your life better, not take it over and boss you around*. My
> bike and my immersion in the racing subculture had taken over my life. So I
> took a giant step back and reevaluated the time and effort I was putting
> into the sport of cycling. I decided to sell off three bikes, several
> wheelsets and many random parts that I felt I no longer needed. Frankly,
> It's a little embarrassing to think about how much money I had spent on
> bikes and cycling equipment through the years. The money raised from
> selling off all of this stuff was used to purchase one awesome Sam
> Hillborne. I love this bike as much as one can love a bicycle. It's
> everything I need an nothing more. I have been riding it everywhere. On the
> road, bike paths, single track, gravel, you name it. Sam does it all well
> and it's comfortable as a bike can be. I thought I would post a picture of
> it so you can all see how it turned out. I went with the complete bike that
> Rivendell offers later adding a Marks Rack, SaddleSack X-small bag and a
> Swift Industries Handlebar bag. I love it!
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