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PAMLICO-DAZE SparkPoints: (46,737)
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4/17/13 11:24 P

Love biking in the spring

DAWNDREGER Posts: 303
4/17/13 10:12 P

I've got plantar fascitis (sp?) too...biking's awesome! Also, with good orthotics and the right shoes, plus stretching in the morning and wearing supportive footwear ALL the time (including in the shower), the pf pain can relax a lot. Good luck!

DETOX55 SparkPoints: (1,070)
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4/17/13 8:57 P

SIMPLELIFE2 - totally agree!!

NOBLEEQUESTRIAN SparkPoints: (5,453)
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4/17/13 8:46 P

The first type of exercise I did was biking. It's easier on the joints and I could build muscles and burn good amounts of calories without tiring out to fast.

If you do buy a bike look for a nice one. The nicer ones are always better.

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You may also want to look into swimming.

Edited by: NOBLEEQUESTRIAN at: 4/17/2013 (20:46)
SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
4/17/13 2:28 P

@ BARBANNA: I have a trainer that I hook my road bike up to for cycling in the winter and bad weather. Frankly, I hate it and have to force myself to use it to keep my legs for spring.

DETOX55 SparkPoints: (1,070)
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4/16/13 4:30 P

BARBANNA - this is a good suggestion if safety, location or time is an issue, but if the goal is to have fun, get outdoors and maximise fitness and toning, you'll never get the same results on an indoor bike as you will on a real bike...

For the same reason that you can't train for a marathon on a treadmill...your body - and mind - works much harder on the pavement and off-road trails...:-)

BARBANNA SparkPoints: (107,718)
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4/16/13 1:59 P

A stationary bike might be more practical as it is always easy to jump on it and do a short workout rather than find the time outside.

NOCTURNALLIFE SparkPoints: (1,407)
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4/16/13 1:14 P

I also love my bike. I make it a goal six times a week to bike 20 miles a day. That includes up hills. I normally stay between 11-14 mph. I just am not sure why this site does not allow us to up the amount of hours spent on exercise. They only allow 7 hours. I put in at least 12 hrs a week on my bike.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (67,473)
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4/16/13 9:10 A

LOVE my bike. I keep it at the office because there is no place to ride around the house. I often ride to the gym, do my ST, then ride back to work.

and because I can generate a breeze when riding the bike, I can ride all summer long. I gets way too hot in July & August for walking or running (unless you get out at 6AM), but riding my bike is no problem.
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DETOX55 SparkPoints: (1,070)
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4/15/13 11:30 P

Oh - and one final comment on cycling...I always used to HATE my shapeless calves before I took up cycling, now people say what great legs I've got...if only I'd discovered this in my 20's....ha ha...


GRAPLEIRIS SparkPoints: (9,363)
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4/15/13 11:29 P

Absolutely do it!

I just bought one and I really like the variety it gives me. I can walk...I run (a little). I bellydance. I do a step workout, soon I will take out my kayak and the bike really rounds things out.

DETOX55 SparkPoints: (1,070)
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4/15/13 11:27 P

Can I make a suggestion?

Before you go investing in serious equipment and expensive bikes, track down a bike hire store and give it a go first.

And hire more than once - if you like it after the third or fourth time, go buy a bike...

Oh - and don't buy a bike until you know the type you want - road bikes aren't for everyone, neither are hybrids or mountain bikes...try a few different styles before committing...

I am a biker and LOVE it, but it's not for everyone.

There are a lot of garages around the world full of expensive bikes bought on a whim, never touched by the new owner...

Good luck!

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
4/15/13 10:50 P

Cycling is great exercise. The miles and time flies by when I'm outside. Do yourself a favor and buy a decent bike from your local bike shop. Avoid the big box store models. The difference in ride and fit is amazing. You may spend a bit more, but the bike will last if you take care of it. I spent a small fortune on my road bike, but it's carried me hundreds upon hundreds of miles in the past 10 years with just routine maintenance. I'm partial to Trek but Giant is good as well.

KATIENIU SparkPoints: (5,014)
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4/15/13 4:55 P

Biking is great exercise, especially if you are dealing with an injury like plantar fasciitis.

During the summer I will ride my bike to work which is about 9 miles one way. It's a great cross training workout and for me it helps me with my marathon training.

If you do decide to get a bike I would consider going to a local bike shop. They will fit you properly and make sure you get the correct bike for what you need.

SERGEANTMAJOR Posts: 6,432
4/15/13 4:19 P

The Spark team Slow Riders is for people who ride bikes for fitness and recreation. Look us over and see if we resonate with you and your goals.

CHIHUAHUAMOM2 Posts: 348
4/15/13 3:34 P

Thanks! I think I will go ahead and invest in one. :-)

JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,613
4/15/13 3:00 P

I love biking! I actually just got back from a nice ride, this morning my daughter and I biked on our tandem 27kms round trip to the next town and back. We stopped at a little cafe and my daughter had a hot chocolate, I had a coffee and we split a brownie. So much fun and great exercise too! Happy biking emoticon

CHIHUAHUAMOM2 Posts: 348
4/15/13 2:46 P

I have problems with plantar faciitis, and walking has become painful for me. I am thinking about buying a bicycle....I have a nice neighborhood to ride around. Does anyone else bike for exercise?

Edited by: CHIHUAHUAMOM2 at: 4/15/2013 (14:46)
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