New bike and bits on the way

I’ve been piling the weight on over the last 2 years, not through choice or being lazy, I started getting some bad breathing problems 2 years ago out of nowhere (it’s still not right now), so I had to stop cycling at that point after collapsing off the bike one night unable to breath properly and my arm/chest going numb and tingling, ambulance called etc, I thought I was having a heart attack, as I also have heart problems, anyway, with my breathing not being right, I haven’t done much except sit at the computer all day since then, getting fatter by the day.

3 years ago I weighed 14 stone 2lbs, I was unfit and a heavy chain smoker, I decided to buy a cheap mountain bike (it weighed 38lbs), and started riding again after not riding for many years, it nearly killed me lol. I cut down on the smoking, got my weight down to 11 stone 12lbs over a period of 9 months having ridden nearly 3000 miles during that period, I was a hell of a lot fitter, but since then with not being able to ride, I’m currently back up to around 15 stone 7lbs.

My breathing still isn’t as it should be, but if I don’t do something soon, it’s just going to get worse, so I’ve been looking at bikes for the last few days, had my eye on a couple of nice carbon mountain bikes that I have drooled over for a quite a while, proper bike pron, but I can’t justify buying them, as they wont get the use they were intended for (at the moment), so I had to change my mind about them for something more suitable to my needs.

A road bike would have been nice and light, but I haven’t ridden one of those since 1985, I had a Bianchi Sprint then, I don’t think I would feel comfortable with road bike bars these days on these dodgy Irish country lanes.

In the end, I decided I couldn’t be bothered with a suspension mountain bike, having to service suspension forks and messing about with hydraulic disk brakes etc, so I went a bit old school, I ordered a BeOne Karma hardtail mountain bike with rigid carbon forks and v brakes, which means less maintenance and less weight on the bike. I thought this was a real bargain of a bike, it was originally priced on a Chain Reaction Cycles at €2K, but was then dropped to €1K due to it being being a model from a couple of years before this years bikes were rolled out, and it was also their last remaining one in stock, this is the bike and it has decent finishing kit on it:

• Frame: 6061 T6 Alloy
• Fork: Carbon Rigid
• Rear Derailleur: SRAM X9
• Front Derailleur: SRAM X7
• Shifters: SRAM X9
• Brake levers: Avid Speed Dial SL
• Brakes: Avid Single Digit SL
• Crankset: FSA After Burner Compact
• Handlebar: Easton EA30
• Stem: Easton EA30
• Seatpost: Easton EA30
• Saddle: Pro Logo Nago Evo
• Hubs: Shimano Deore XT
• Rims: DT Swiss XR4.1
• Chain: SRAM PC971
• Cassette: SRAM P950 (11-32)
• Tires: Schwalbe Furious Fred
• Weight: 10.4 kg

With 2012 bikes now on the market, this bike is nicely discounted, I also like SRAM derailleurs/shifters it has, very smooth gearing set up with those, I had SRAM on my previous bike, I ordered a few other bits and pieces for the bike whilst I was at it:

Hope Logo Waterbottle (2 x bottles)
Blackburn Comp Bottle Cage (2 x bottle cages)
Schwalbe MTB Tube (2 x tubes)
Continental Travel Contact Tyre (2 x tyres)
Electron Pico 4 Rear Light 2012 (1 x rear light)
SKS Steel Track Pump (1 x track pump)
M Part Micro II Mini Pump (1 x mini pump)
Electron Terra 2 Front Light 2012 (1 x front light)
Wellgo V8 Copy (1 x pedals)
Cateye Velo 5 (1 x computer)

Looking forward to delivery and getting riding again, I just hope the lungs hold out so I can carry on and get back in to a riding daily routine, it should help that the new bike only weighs 22.9lbs, compared with the previous 38lbs monster I was riding, mind you, the old bike was good for getting fit pushing all that weight along.