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ZURICHMAN
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Upbeat glad to hear you are out riding. May the best sister win the challenge. emoticon At my end I'm training for a big race so 2 back to back 50 milers over the weekend. Not sure how Lance Armstrong felt riding while juiced up on steroids but I had the strongest ride of the season after a big Easter dinner. emoticon


Enjoy your exercising and the journey
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I have a Giant Suede bicycyle and I love it. My sisters and I just challenged each other to outride one another this season. I feel like a twelve year old when I am on the trail.



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Yes, I am well aware of the "fit." And, I adjusted the seat a few times till I was comfortable with the fit. But, thank you for your concern .. it was well-received. I figure if I can use the stationary bikes at the gym for a while until I'm riding comfortably, then I'll switch over to my own bike (with the nicer weather). I'm just concerned, at this point, that I'll hop on bike and start riding, get overly tired or winded (I have asthma), and won't have the strength to ride or even walk back home. LOL At the rate I'm going, I don't think it'll take long for me to hop back up on that bike.

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Mermaid:

Be very careful on the machines. I don't have knee problems but my knees don't like those machines like my bike which was fitted for me. Should be at a 30 degree angle with the foot all the way down at 6 o'clock. Keep up the good work.


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DCWILLIAMS831 - I used to do that one place I worked at years ago. Loved it. I'd really like to get to the place that I can just ride my bike to and from work. I'm only live about 6.5 miles from where I work, so it's not that bad of a ride.

Went to the gym last night ... did 19 minutes on the treadmill, and then 17 on the stationary bike (2.25 miles ... or so the computer said). Next time I'll shoot for more miles and maybe a little more resistance. Need to keep "upping" my game. I'm actually surprised that I was able to go that far, especially right aftering doing the treadmill. The good news is that this morning I am now down 10% of my original body weight. So, I'm a happy camper today!

Keep on peddling! emoticon

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Sounds like a great plan to me.

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I want to bring my bike to work so that I can ride around the parking lot at lunch time. That way, I won't have any excuse for not exercising or riding my bike as much as I can!

One day, one meal, one choice, one step to a new me! Go D-Dub!


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I'm just not sure I could ride even 5 miles at this point ... just need to get back up on that horse and ride. I used to ride from Mechanicsburg to Carlisle, back to Mechanicsburg, to Camp Hill and back to Mechanicsburg every evening after dinner. Want to get back to doing that again.

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Mermaid

I would guess if you could ride 10 mph you could ride with the D group as they leave no one behind.

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Hey, Zman ... funny ... I was just looking at the Harrisburg Club web site today and checked out all the D rides. They've got some really great rides coming up this year! Would LOVE to work my way up to being able to do some of their rides! The one up in the Finger Lakes sounds awesome! I've been to Lake Seneca and hiked the Watkins Glen Gorge. Just absolutely beautiful country up there. Looking forward to one day joining a ride down to the beach.

Heading to PF tonight to meet with a personal trainer. Don't want to get muscle-bound or anything, just fit enough to be able to get up on that bike to ride comfortably. Maybe in a few weeks I'll feel comfortable enough to join those D rides ... and then work my way up from there.

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Mermaid didn't know you were from the same area as I was. I have ridden with the Harrisburg club out of Carlisle and Mechanicsburg. You probably should start with the D riders.


I had a great ride today on my day off
101.02 miles
7 hrs 9 minutes 18 seconds.

I'm trying to get ready for a race in Ohio on May 3rd and so today's training ride gave me some confidence. Yes by all means get a helmet. I don't ride without one and have had a couple of bad accidents where the helmet saved me.

Later
Z

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You guys are so inspirational! I have a friend in Annapolis who wanted to get back into shape a couple of years ago. He joined a gym and primarily used the stationery bikes there until he felt he was ready for the road. Now he's doing 50+ and 100+ trips with his bike club. He's been very encouraging for me. I hope, one of these days, he and I can meet up maybe like half way to ride together. There's a bike club in the Harrisburg area that also has different "classes" of riders. Once I feel comfortable riding (and I have to buy a bike helmet for the first time in my life. LOL), I will be joining them. I would LOVE to be able to ride with them down to the beach one of these years. That's actually a goal of mine ... maybe I should add that to my Bucket List?

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Christine large bike groups have different classes of rides.

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Sounds like the D rides is what is for you as they stick together and highlight of the ride is where they are going to stop at.

Good luck
Z

I hope to ride either 62 miles or 100 on my day off and they are calling for a cold front moving in tomorrow night so better get my long ride in tomorrow instead of Tuesday.

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When I first started to ride my bike again after many years, I found a wonderful older bike group. The first ride I couldn't ride very far, so I turned around early, and one of the members rode back with me. By the end of the summer I was riding 90 to 100 miles a week. I am still a slower rider and had some health issues so I sold my regular bike and bought a recumbent. Now that I have been off for months after having surgery, I am starting out slow again. I have decided to ride from my house to the coffee shop where all the riders congregate after a ride, and join them for coffee. That way I still feel part of the group and get lots of cheers. I will keep on doing that until I think that I am ready to join their rides again. I walk my husband to work on Mon-Wed and Fri and then walk home, (6 miles). And on Tues and Thurs, and sometimes on Sat's. I bike ride down to the coffee shop and back, (16 miles) And yes...recumbent can do hills, because that is all we have around here!
I'm saying this to encourage anybody that might be thinking about trying to ride. I look back now at where I was when I first started riding and I can't believe how far I have come!



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Mermaid as long as you are moving forward with your exercise then it is all good. Good luck

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Git Er Dun!!!! emoticon



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I actually want to do that ... and tried it last year. But, between my weight and asthma, I had a hard time just riding a couple blocks around my apartment building. So, if I join the gym, even just for a couple of months, to work up to being able to ride, I think it'll help. I am so out of shape, it's not funny. I had the same issue when I lost weight 7 or 8 years ago ... but once I took off some of the weight and started exercising slowly (at first), I was back up on my bike and riding like old times. Unfortunately, back then I wasn't living in an area that was conducive to riding a bike ... and then family issues cropped up and I fell into a deep, dark depression. Now, I'm back where I started and even a little further into the "hole." It's taking me a little longer this time, although I'm down 21 lbs since I started back the beginning of February. If I start this now, I'll be up and riding distances probably before summer hits. It's all good.

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Mermaid why not ride the bike to get back in shape. I ride a lot and this spring a 15 mile ride was a hard ride for me. So why not just go out and ride a couple of miles and get back in the habit of exercising. Just a thought.


Good luck on the journey.
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I just have your normal 10-speed, for right now. And, yes, it is fitted ... I learned about that when I was still a teenager ... bought myself a good bike back then at a shop. I eventually want to get a better bike, but until I can comfortably ride without getting winded, So, for now, I'll stick with what I have. The last place I lived, some young guy stole my bike off my front porch. I reported it to the police. Luckily, my neighbor saw him ride off with it ... can't miss my bike because of the paint job (looks like someone splattered different colors of paint on it). The police caught the guy and returned my bike, unharmed. Now it sits in my living room right inside my front door ... just waiting for me to get back into shape to ride her ... which I WILL do!

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Git Er Dun!!!! 10 miles on the 4 wheeler yesterday!!!



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Another great ride today. Had to push myself out of the house on my off day. Started at 3:30 pm in just before dark.

50.06 miles
time 3 hrs. 17 minutes 31 secomds
average speed 15:20 mph
max speed 34.69 mph


This was a great training ride. I had the wind in my favor the 1st 30 miles and then a headwind the last 20 miles. I just had to roll my shoulders forward, put my head down and get er dun.

Hope everyone's training is going well.
Z

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Mermaid:

Not sure what kind of bike you have but whatever it is you should be fitted for your bike. With all the crazy riding I do I hadn't change my seat height in years and was having knee problems on my longer rides. I went to a LBS(local bike shop) was fitted for my bike and now have no problems at all.


Good luck to you on your journey.

Check in over on the fitness site

Bicycling in Winter started by Garrie. I have been giving her lots of cycling advice.

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ZURICHMAN - you are an inspiration! That is awesome! I have a friend who lost some weight a few years back ... started with the stationary bikes at a gym ... and now he does the long-distant riding with clubs. I'm hoping to get into shape to be able to do the same thing. When I was younger, it was nothing for me to ride 20-40 miles every evening after dinner. Those days are long gone ... but I'd love to work up to doing that again.

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Git Er Dun!!!!



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I'm very new to this over 50 group so I'm not sure what is going on with born in whatever year.

What has worked for me over the years is someone is old if they are 10 years older than me. I'm now in my 60's so in my thinking someone is old if they are 70 or over.

I don't let age stop me and have planned 3 ultra distance cycling events for this year

Calvin's Challenge a 12 hr. race where I hop to ride 200 miles

24 hrs. of Booty in Columbia Md. where I hope to ride 300 miles and it's a Cancer support ride which I'm a prostate Cancer survivor and my GF is a Breast Cancer survivor.

finally my major ride of the year the Tejas 500 where I hope to ride 500 miles in 48 hrs.


Hope anyone on here can just keep on exercising.

I see someone had a bucket list

One of mine is do a 100 mile bicycle ride on my 100th birthday in Colorado my favorite place to ride my bike.


Later
Z

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Spring weather here late start in at 9:30 pm


35.09 miles
2 hrs 17 minutes 07 seconds

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4mehealth you should be fitted for your bike. General way that is done is they spin you foot while your bike is put on a trainer down to the lowest position which is 6 o'clock. They then use an angle gauge and neutral position is 30 degrees. It should take at least 1/2 hr. to be fitted professionally. They should have done that where you bought your new bike.

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I'm an ultra distance cyclist and have done lots of races most of which I won't post on here.

I did a 50 mile training ride the other night and have 3 races lined up for this year.

I have done 3 week long tours of Colorado
Tour of Colorado
Bike the Rockies
Pedal the peaks put on by Cycle America which they don't do anymore.

I have rode bike Virginia

Ragbra ride across Iowa is a big party ride

One ride with a Company I would recommend is cycle with Cycle America. They are a very small base Company but give excellent support. They do National Parks rides where are very nice. I have not rode this type of ride with them but they did organize my Pedal the Peaks ride I did in Colorado and only had about 450 riders in it.

I saw some mention on some clubs here. I will give some general guide lines on club rides at least at my club but then it depends on size of the clubs.

A rides 18-20 mph sandbag at the beginning of the ride and if you can't keep up find your own way back to town
B rides 16-18 mph and usually wait up at stop signs most are no drop rides
C rides 12-14 mph and possible talk of where you are going to stop for a treat, for sure a no drop ride.
D rides 10-12 mph and the highlight of the evening is the ice cream stop you are going to find on the ride that night.
They are also many States rides out there which should fit the bill. Any other questions send me an email.

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As I have just restarted after thirty years I am no pro, but I started slow and got use to the balance first. I do a quick 5 around the neighborhood fairly easy now and have done up to 10 miles non stop. The hardest thing for me is getting on and off as I am short. I'd love to have a partner myself but don't so maybe we can encourage each other right here. Go for it! and let me know how it goes.



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I love to ride, but haven't at all this year..but since fall is approaching I look forward to getting started again..about four years ago I was up to 18mi. when I rode but I also had a partner then, it's so hard to find ppl my age and area to ride with, so I will start again shortly but since it's been so long I may not even be able to ride around the block without getting winded..any advise would be appreciated.



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Well some times I really want to let it all hang out. I don't race, never be fast enough for that. I like to get it going to burn more calories, you up the tempo and you can burn twice the calories.



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So you recommend a club? You say the club goes to slow for training, do you compete? I like riding for enjoyment and since I haven't rode in like 30 years I am still a careful rider and get nervous around traffic. I doubt I'd ever race but I know I have to increase speed as right now I don't think I'm getting much of a cardio workout. Oh well, baby steps.



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I've been riding about 20+ years and yes I do belong to a bike club. The club is more a social thing, can't get much training in a club. They ride to slow sometimes, but the social aspect and riding with someone really helps.



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How long have you been riding and do you belong to a bike club?



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I didn't get many in last night either, it was actually a little colder out then I was thinking.



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I got 8 miles in last evening. I just roda around the neighborhood, maybe tonight I'll have time to add a few more miles in. I enjoy riding and look forward to the week-end.



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Git Er Dun!!!!



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I did get 15 miles in this week-end. I checked out one of the local trails and it was nice. The weather was beautiful and I really enjoyed the ride. The trail wasn't all that long but they plan to connect it to another part which will then make it a really long trail. I hope to check out others next week-end. I have a friend who rides with a group every week-end and has invited me to join them. I didn't do it yet because as a beginner I worried I might hold them back or not be able to go as far, I'm thinking I might be ready to try now. Gosh I can't wait until tomorrow night just so I can ride again.



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Hubbie & I started riding last year. Love it. So many wonderful bike trails. We go 20-60 miles on weekend day and 5-10 miles weekday morning or evening. We haven't yet done a bike vacation but do have ideas for them and will do one next year.



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The weather is cooling down so I'm hoping to put some miles in this week-end. I made a goal for myself of 150 miles this month and only have 25 so far. I sure wish I could ride to do daily things like going to work and the store. I'm just not there yet and where I live is not all that bike friendly.



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As I've said before - Git Er Dun!!!! Winter is coming, get the miles in.



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Since I had to give up jogging I have switched over to cycling which is easier on the joints. I used to think it odd to see people riding their bikes in the wintertime but in 2011 I decided to give it a try myself. As it happened the winter of 2012 was quite mild and I ended up putting on 2000 miles for the year of 2012. I didn't go out during the winter of 2013 and because of the very wet spring I did not go out for the first time until May. Sadly for this year I only have about 220 miles. My bikes are vintage (37 y/o 10-speed and an 18 y/o mountain hardtail bike) and while I was looking at getting something new and improved I began to replace various parts on these old bikes to improve their performance (new tires, rims, tubes, seats, chains, cogs, etc.). I never gave bike maintenance much thought before but now I find myself paying closer attention to tire pressure, brakes, shifting, lubrication, etc..

Since I am safety conscious I choose to ride at night since there is less traffic (especially on county country roads) and less pollution to breathe-in as opposed to riding during daylight hours. It is also cooler and less sweat means less need to stop and rehydrate. One problem that can occur in day or night--but is a little more terrifying at night--is when dogs chase you. Since my average speed is only about 13 mph I cannot outrun dogs. Thank the good Lord I have only been chased once this year and it was in the evening hours.



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Hoping to go out tonight but T-showers are predicted...got caught in one of those once.



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Git Er Dun!!!!!



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Rode 5 miles yesterday and not in all that much pain today



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Don't know then, I have been riding so long that I can get on any seat of the different bikes I have and don't have any bother with any of them.



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Funny thing is I have been taking spinning classes for over a year now and the bike seat in class doesn't hurt at all. It's an even smallet seat.



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Everything you said is true. For the backside you need some good riding shorts. You need to strengthen your back and shoulders etc.... You may need to do some adjustments also. Charity rides are fun also.



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I got a Fuji road bike, it's a 2014, white and blue. I road 3 miles the day I got it, 10 miles that Sunday and then another 10 miles this Sunday. I'm trying to figure out how to get more than one ride in a week though. The firsr time I rode 10 was great but yesterdays 10 really hurt my backside and my back. I don't know if I need more time on the seat, adjustments to the seat or what. Today I am really sore.
I'd like to work up in miles so I can take a biking vacation. I plan to try one next year. I also plan to join a local bike club and next month there is a charity ride that I can do as a beginner, it's got several routes starting with a 15 mile one. I'm really looking forward to it.




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My husband and I are going on a biking trip in early Oct with Backroads. We are biking, hiking and kayaking between Charleston and Savannah - can't wait! We've done other adventure trips with NatGeo - so much fun - a chance to be active while on vacation! Biking is a great activity for the two of us to do together. Oh, we are 50 and 52 and moderately active.



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That's great, I did 14 going to the parade and back. What kind of bike did u get?



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I got my new bike! It's great. I rode 10 miles Sunday.



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Any riding is better then no riding. emoticon



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That's great. I'm ordering my new bike today and can't wait to start riding it. I have a basic bike now, but it doesn't have gears or anything. Not one to ride for to long at a time.



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Yes, I've done what they call the PALM in lower Michigan. It is very family oriented and it is a 6 day ride across lower Michigan. I've done it 4 years now. I've done other tours in WI and MN. Its a great way to exercise and also get out into nature. emoticon



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Has anyone ever taken a bike tour type vacation? Would you recommend it?



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Any bike riders on the Getting Fit Over 50 board? I recently started riding and am loving it. It seems to be a great way to get exercise and spend time outdoors. I am not and never will be a runner and even long distance walking takes a toll on my feet after breaking both ankles. I've been checking out charity events and week-end rides and I'm really excited about what I've found. Any other enthusiasts out there?



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