« on: February 08, 2007, 12:00:58 pm »
I was in a similar situation several years ago. I took up riding again when I was 51, after not having ridden (except a couple isolated, ten-minute rides in a park) since I was probably 14 or 15. Lotsa years in between there!
I got back into bicycling after reading an Adventure Cycling magazine in my dentist's office, so the dream that led me to the bike shop was the long-distance trip. But I didn't try doing LD rides right out of the box. I've done that with other things, and have finally learned that I can spoil anything by trying too hard at the start.
Instead, I used the bicycle for short errands. I was fortunate in that my job was just four miles from my home, so I could ride to work, too. Short rides got me re-acquainted with the feel of riding, and gave me oppportunity to know what I needed to change--most noticably, the saddle!
Get the old bicycle tuned, make sure it still fits, and go out for a quick spin around the neighborhood. Good luck!Text