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A Few Years Ago...

Monday, September 12, 2011

...if somebody would have told me that when I get back to cycling I would feel best sitting on one of those skinny little seats all bent over those drop down handlebars I would have called them a liar...!

But you know, it dawned on me while working out at a hotel tonight and sitting on a cushy recumbent seat, sitting up nice & straight...my butt was hurting! Couldn't help but smile over that! I remember first getting serious about looking for a good bike for myself thinking: No drop down handlebars for me! I want to sit up nice and straight...and LOSE that skinny seat! Gotta get me a big cushy thing!

And now? I'm all crouched over on my skinny seat, hands mostly in the drop position, just buzzing right along feeling right at home! I notice how much more efficient my pedaling feels when in the "drop" position.

To the uninitiated...as I once was...it seems counterintuitive, but a word to those looking to jump into the world of cycling, or to re-invent your approach to cycling: work with your local bike shop and their suggestions and be open to trying things that may not APPEAR to be what you might THINK you're looking for...you might be pleasantly surprised!

Keep it SPARKING everyone!

Don
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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/19/2011 2:14PM

    Thanks for the advice, I just can't get past the idea of the skinny seat. My old ten-speed seat used to kill my tush. Silly quesion, but how long does the dairyaire hurt before it becomes accustomed to the seat? Inquiry minds really want to know. That's my only drawback.

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VHALKYRIE 9/16/2011 8:10PM

    I know what you mean! I really dislike the recumbent bike. I just cannot get as good a workout as the real thing. I find my padded cycling pants is all the "comfort" I need, but I prefer my real bike seat to be streamlined.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 9/14/2011 11:33AM

    Now that's my idea of "recycling" emoticon

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2BMYOWN 9/14/2011 3:19AM

    I can't even picture a skinny seat and drop down handlebars.....OMG.....but you're right. Every single person I see who rides all of the time chooses the very same equipment that you speak of, so there's gotta be something to it. Every morning on my way home from work, I see a dedicated cyclist pedaling to work looking like a finely honed machine, and I always say a quick prayer for him because frankly, people drive like freaking maniacs around here and I'm scared to death someone will hit him. But he always looks so relaxed and almost like he's part of that bike that he's riding, and I have often grinned to myself because it always reminds me of you! LOL Keep on kickin' it, sparky bud. Being one of those who has a hard time sticking with something for even two weeks at a time, your dedication and that of so many others here on sparks just literally amazes me.

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TAMIK1964 9/13/2011 11:01PM

    Great tips. I'm learning a few of those as I go too. Now I just smile when people look at my skinny seat and say ouch!!!

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RUNCHOOSE 9/13/2011 10:47PM

    I love the way new habits can just transform your life.

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WATERMELLEN 9/13/2011 5:31PM

    Amazing what a difference getting fit makes in how we feel . . .

I'm always stunned that my butt is bony enough now to notice if I sit for a longish period of time . . . lost pretty much all the cushiness, and don't miss it!

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L*I*T*A* 9/13/2011 10:03AM

    great tips...
who knew the skinny seat was so comfortable!!!
not for me though..
i tried spinning the seats too uncomfortable???!!!
thanks for sharing......
blessings and hugs............lita

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VALERIEMAHA 9/13/2011 9:26AM

    Something to look forward to in my next incarnation (in this life or the next)? We'll see how I make it upright-ish (I'm always trying to adjust into a "spinal slant!") on my skinny little seat through the fall classic this Saturday. I picked the 45-mile tour...will I stop at 28 miles? And Lycra shorts -- ni hablar!

YOU ARE MY CYCLING (etc.) HERO!!!
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Maha

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W5VEOTX 9/13/2011 8:41AM

    Neck and back arthritis keeps me sitting upright but still look forward to riding my touring bike - finished 34 miles in Ride for Children Saturday.

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LADYGWEN25 9/13/2011 7:56AM

    no clipps for me...lol.. And i've really been riding on the drops lately.. gotta say.. it's been a good change and i've been having less hand numbness.

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BILL60 9/13/2011 7:30AM

    The theory on Clip-ons is similar to biking on drops. It makes cycling that much more efficient. When you realize this you'll most likely say, "why did I wait this long??? Hang tough my friend.

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BD3269PM 9/13/2011 6:45AM

    Thanks for sharing the tip on skinny seats. I would never have thought that they would feel comfortable enough to use all the time. Live and learn. Keep on Sparking emoticon

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JLITT62 9/13/2011 6:12AM

    I'll admit those are pretty much my thoughts if I were ever to try biking . . . and certainly no clip-ins, I'd look really dorky falling over! Good thing running & swimming keep me plenty busy. Plus yoga, walkingthe dogs, ST . . .

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DDOORN 9/12/2011 11:45PM

    AND, ya know...I still resist using bicycle shorts as much as possible. We have another older fellow in our cycling club who NEVER wears cycling shorts! AND he's a long-distance cycling dude! I routinely don't bother for rides 20-25 miles and occasionally 30 miles.

I'll grant that they are a necessity for distances over that...but who knows...maybe I'll follow in this fellow's footsteps! :-)

My reason? Lycra and me in public is just a poor idea...so I wear shorts over my shorts...which makes it a hotter ride. PLUS if I ride to work it's one more thing for me to pack and one more step to add to the process of getting to work and READY for work.

I like to keep things as simple as possible.

Don

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/12/2011 11:11PM

    Zing!

LOL

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DDOORN 9/12/2011 10:59PM

    As soon as I posted this I thought: Oh no! Now *SOMEBODY'S* going to ZING me about clipping-in...! :-)

Don

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/12/2011 10:50PM

    Hmm. And there seems to have been a time when someone I know swore he'd never wear the "dorky" padded lycra shorts, either... LOL

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Perhaps eventually you'll even try the clip-in shoes. You might be pleasantly surprised!

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LMLOPEZ 9/12/2011 10:33PM

    Isn't it great when you "discover" what works or doesn't work for you? Glad your skinny seat makes you comfy-and thanks for the tip!

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