Well there’s week one in the books as the new maintainer of the Bike Noob blog. We’ve updated the blog, given the Facebook page a facelift, and starting getting more active there. Ray did an amazing job here building this, and I hope to keep it going at least as well as he did.
Don and Jeff have both expressed interest in sticking around as guest bloggers, which is wonderful.
There is a pretty active group of readers here, and while I don’t expect to immediately become your bestie, I do hope you’ll continue to participate and I’ll get to know you better.
Here’s a bit about me.
Hello. My name is Scott. And I’m a cyclist.
I’m kind of obsessed with it, and I’ve discovered that of all the things to be obsessed with, a form of exercise is a pretty great one. I mentioned in another post that cycling has changed my life, and it has. First, it’s made me a happier person. I do believe that there is a “cyclist’s high“. And, I’ve gotten a heck of a lot healthier. I’m in the best shape of my life, though the New England winters do have a way of putting the pounds back on. They do come off quite quickly on the bike.
I ride both road and mountain, though pretty much all road unless my friends drag me into the woods. I don’t like mountain biking nearly as much.
I live in Massachusetts, about 20 miles west of Boston. Which pretty much means I say I’m from Boston. But I live in a pretty rural area with quiet windy roads. Cyclists drive from all over to start rides here, so I’m pretty lucky. I’m also on the eastern edge of where the hills start getting big around here. So if I ride west, it’s hilly. East, flat.
I love hills. Up and down. I also like going on long rides, metric century rides, century rides, and longer. Particularly when they include one or more mountains to climb. I’m lucky to have Mt. Wachusett climb as the turnaround point for a metric century ride.
I started cycling about 4 years ago after watching some friends enjoy it for a few years. So I dusted off my old steel Schwinn Traveler from college, which I never rode, and gave it a go. This time I fell hard. In love. Not to the pavement. Well I did that too first time on clipless pedals. I put new wheels on it, way better than it deserved and told myself that if I rode for the entire year I’d call myself a cyclist and buy a new bike.
I rode 3,000 miles on that bike.
That winter, I bought a new bike, all in pieces, and built it myself. Everybody needs a winter project, right?
In my fourth season now, I’m about to pass 10,000 miles. I’ve learned a lot, and still have a lot to learn. I hope to share the former and do more of the latter here, and have some fun while doing it.
Please say hi in the comments. And join me on the Bike Noob facebook page.
And here I am on Strava.
Thanks for sticking around through the changes!