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  1. #1
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    My first ride w/pics!

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    Hi Everyone,

    here I am on my new GT - it was perfect weather today. We only went 20 miles or so, but I think that was just right for my first time out. The chamois in my shorts saved my ***, literally! Tomorrow I will be 46 yo - and my brother-n-law surprised me by buying me new gloves when we stopped at the bike shop! Brought with me some homemade vegan friendly crackers, that were the perfect snack. My brother-n-law very kindly explained biking etiquette as we went along. I learned a ton and had a fantastic time...can't wait until my next day off to do it again...I have to work on my birthday, but will have some very fond memories of being out on the trail today.

    Anyway...here are a couple of pics!
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  2. #2
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    Congratulations! 20 miles for a first ride is fantastic! And it looks like you're having a great time.

    Happy Riding!
    "There are only two ways to live your life: You can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle" - Albert Einstein

    2012 Cinelli Gazzetta della Strada
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    1970s Western Flyer Cruiser

  3. #3
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    Wonderful! You look great, and your bike is beautiful.

    Happy Birthday!
    Emily

    2011 Jamis Dakar XC "Toto" - Selle Italia Ldy Gel Flow
    2007 Trek Pilot 5.0 WSD "Gloria" - Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow
    2004 Bike Friday Petite Pocket Crusoe - Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow

  4. #4
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    Great pictures! Both you and your bike are beautiful (as is the surrounding scenery). Congrats on your first ride. 20 miles your first time out is fantastic! Here's to many more wonderful miles ahead (and happy b-day). Cheers!
    Check out my running blog: www.turtlepacing.blogspot.com

    Cervelo P2C (tri bike)
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    1983 Motobecane mixte (commuter/errand bike)
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  5. #5
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    You and your bike look awesome, as does the scenery. Congrats on 20 miles, especially on your first ride (took me a few months to get there...). Happy birthday!
    At least I don't leave slime trails.
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  6. #6
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    Nice bike, lovely smile, great gloves!
    Winter riding is much less about badassery and much more about bundle-uppery. - malkin

    1995 Kona Cinder Cone commuterFrankenbike/Selle Italia SLR Lady Gel Flow
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  7. #7
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    Lovely bicycle! Enjoy!

  8. #8
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    Very Cool! You and your bike look great. Happy Birthday too. Happy Trails!!
    2013: Riding a Dolce sport compact for fun and a vintage Jetter with cargo rack for commuting

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  9. #9
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    Love the photos! Happy Birthday and congrats on your great first ride, wishing you miles of smiles.
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  10. #10
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    Good for you! I'm banging on the door of 46 too, and learning to ride in my 40s is the best thing that I've done after having my daughter. Gorgeous photos! Have a very happy birthday and I hope it's not too long before you're out riding again
    Dawes Cambridge Mixte, Specialized Hardrock, Specialized Vita.

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  11. #11
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    Happy Birthday!

    Great photos! Wow! 20 miles... I think my first ride was...uh, five miles.

    Enjoy your day and your new bike and gloves. I love bike gear as birthday presents.
    "Don't go too fast, but I go pretty far"

  12. #12
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    Congratulations!! and Happy Birthday. I couldn't think of a better way to spend your special day.
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  13. #13
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    Happy birthday!!! 20 miles is awesome for your first ride. Love the picture of you holding the bike over you. That's awesome.
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  14. #14
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    Thanks everyone!!

  15. #15
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    Great ride, and happy birthday to you! Wishing you many more of both!
    2013 Kirk Frameworks JK Special/Selle Anatomica
    2012 Gunnar Sport/Brooks B17
    2001 Calfee Tetra Pro/Selle Anatomica
    1984 Raleigh Sport/Brooks B66

 

 

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