A Self-Proclaimed Geek Takes on Cycling

Aaron Madrid is a recent father and convert to the Way of the Bike. A lifetime geek he now spends his time with his family or out riding his bike…occasionaly finding time to read comic books and play video games. You can find him ranting on Twitter (@Aaronthestrong) or at www.GuerrillaGeek.com.

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  • http://twitter.com/shitcyclistsays Heather Nielson

    *claps hands*  great story Aaron!! Thank you for sharing my friend

  • http://twitter.com/myrnacgmibus Myrna CG Mibus

    Bravo! An inspiring story. It’s also very fun to learn about a Loving the Bike teammate :) 

  • http://www.twitter.com/chmpgnepolitics Kelly

    My favorite sentence in here: “I needed to quit focusing on the bike itself, and just start riding.”

    How often does the act of overthinking keep men and women stationary? I know it’s happened to me countless times. The unfamilar can be scary, especially when it is in regard to fitness (which is life-altering). Well written story, Aaron. You changed your world as you knew it. Pretty cool, I think.

    • http://twitter.com/AarontheStrong Aaron of Battlemouth

      Thanks so much, Kelly! I couldn’t go every day without support from all of these wonderful people I have met through this site (and #Bikeschool)! Change is always hard…but I decided to borrow a slogan from an old sports company and JUST DO IT, haha.

  • http://www.massivemtber.co.uk Clive Chapman

    Well done mate! As a getting thinner fat biker myself (but not a geek!) I know exactly where you’re at! Don’t ever stop!

    • http://twitter.com/AarontheStrong Aaron of Battlemouth

      Thanks Clive! Same to you brother! I loved watching your video for the #30Daysofbiking vid! Made me a wee jealous, haha.

  • http://twitter.com/deanofmac Dean Roberts

    Way to go!  I’m an Apple systems admin at a Medium-sized university in the Mid-West that was getting very little exercise myself. I bought a hybrid, a Trek 7100, and now use it as my exercise and commuter bike. My goal is to be able to ride a century or two next summer (2012). On the days I can’t ride outside I at least do 10 miles on a trainer at the Y. The weight is coming off and I feel much better about myself. I’m also teaching my 8 yr old son to appreciate cycling.

    • http://twitter.com/AarontheStrong Aaron of Battlemouth

      Too cool Dean! Everyone says to enjoy the time my baby is little… but I can’t wait until she is old enough to do stuff like that! Go Big Ten!

  • http://twitter.com/PedalmanTO PedalmanTO

    Each day that goes by, I get prouder to call you my friend. I’m beside you every crank of the chain. I’m declaring you winner of the ‘Keeping the Rubber Side Down’ Achievement Award this year.
    Way to go brother!

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      I agree that he’s a deserving recipient of the “Keeping the Rubber Side Down” Achievement Award.

    • http://about.me/Aaronthestrong Aaron Madrid

      Ian, you are awesome! I couldn’t keep the rubber side down without all the support you and the rest of the lovingthebike and #bikeschool family have given me! It’s fantastic that we have such awesome places like lovingthebike.com to bring so many of us from so many different places together.

  • http://twitter.com/dboyd22 Dave Boyd

    Aaron,
    What a great story! My hat’s off to your willingness to shift your focus toward healthy living. You will give your child a gift worth much more than anything else, to value her health. Way to go!! I can’t wait to meet up for a ride.
    Dave

    • http://twitter.com/AarontheStrong Aaron of Battlemouth

      Thanks Dave! Your advice was much appreciated the other night! I look forward to a ride as well!

  • Anonymous

    Great story and congrats on getting out there. Which bike did you end up with? When I started this cycling journey back in 2008 I also picked up a Schwinn from a big box store. It was the Trailway and worked good until I was ready to get back on the road bike. I’ve still got it in the garage.

    • http://twitter.com/AarontheStrong Aaron of Battlemouth

      Thanks! The Trailway is actually the one I went with as well! It was great for the first few months, but gave me some mechanical grief as time went by. Probably as much my fault for not knowing proper maintenence as it was the bike. I’m getting there!

  • http://velonista.wordpress.com Velonista

    Terrific story—and welcome to the bike side. The next bike step is to do your own build. Scour craigslist and local bike shops for bits and pieces and frames. This is the best and most fun way to get a bike on a budget. My most recent build came to under $250, and that was with spending close to $150 on wheels. But good work and good luck. Keep on rolling!

    • http://twitter.com/AarontheStrong Aaron of Battlemouth

      Thanks much! I fortunately have managed to pick up a new road bike just recently! I still keep my eyes out for parts though, I would love to put together my own fixie for more casual rides around town. Thanks for reading :)

  • http://twitter.com/bikerly Jim (@bikerly)

    Love this story. Keep cranking, geek :)

    • http://twitter.com/AarontheStrong Aaron of Battlemouth

      Every day!