Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Michael Royse: Riding To Live

For many of us, a bicycle is much more than just a machine. It is a way of life, a ritual that helps ground us and center ourselves as we go about our daily lives. For some people, though, a bicycle is what saves their life, giving them the strength to fight back and reclaim themselves, while at the same time becoming happier and healthier human beings. Michael Royse is one of those people. 

My name is Michael Royse.  I'm 39 years old and was diagnosed with Diabetes about 4 years ago.  I retired from cycling after marriage, kid and house came for over 10 years.  It was during this retirement that I was diagnosed with type 1.5 Diabetes.

So after awhile of feeling sad, I decided to dust off my old bikes. 10 years and 25 pounds heavier I slowly started to ride again.  Fast forward a few years, I've done several local bike events and feeling great.  Even though Diabetes is always right over my shoulder, I feel that with every pedal stroke I'm winning this race.

      I started building my "dream bike"(2005 Tuscany) a few years ago.  It took me about 18 months to slowly accumulate all the parts (dura ace 7700).  With the bike completed I truly love Litespeed bikes.  I'm a big fan of Ti but if I ever went with carbon fiber, I would definately go with Litespeed.   Thanks again for creating a great product and remember, limitations do not apply to everyone.

Michael Royse
Diabetic 1.5 and riding to live. 

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