SparkPeople Cycling - Road, Mountain, Fun, Racing Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1670 Discussion forum for those who like all forms of cycling (road, tour, mountain, leisure, race) SparkPeople Cycling - Road, Mountain, Fun, Racing Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1670 Caring For Carbon-Fiber Bicycles and Components http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x62298672 We've all been hearing nasty stories about carbon-fiber failures and accidents. Here are some tips posted at Road Bike Rider about caring for carbon fiber bicycles and bicycle components: <BR> <BR> <link>www.roadbikerider.com/jims-tech-talk </link> <BR> <BR> "Simple Carbon Care Tips <BR> After I shared seven horror stories about carbon bicycles and components failing in last week’s Tech Talk, fellow Bicycling Magazine alumnus and longtime Adventure Cyclist technical editor John Schubert... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:43:42 EST Luckiest Cyclists Alive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x62265426 <link>https://youtu.be/hfLAgMjeYX0 </link> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 03:49:09 EST Keep Your Hands Pain-Free on Your Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x62252122 Keep Your Hands Pain-Free on Your Ride <BR> From wrist pain to numb fingers, experts look at how to fix common hand problems <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicycling.com/training/injury-pr<BR>evention/keep-your-hands-pain-free-you<BR>r-ride </link> <BR> <BR> Some good pointers here. My favorite strategy: moving my hands around on the handlebars. Which is one more reason I love my drops...there are so many different locations for my hands to move around on. I could never deal with straight handleba... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:02:55 EST Bikes and Headphones: Do They Mix? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x62238716 In case ANYONE 'round these parts was wonderin'... <BR> <BR> Bikes and Headphones: Do They Mix? <BR> Are You Out of Your Mind to Wear Headphones While Cycling? <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.active.com/cycling/Artic<BR>les/Bikes-and-Headphones-do-they-mix.htm </link> <BR> <BR> "There are no two ways about it; cycling is dangerous. Dodging a maze of cars, open doors, potholes, pedestrians and other obstacles while pedaling maniacally on two wheels is what every cyclist encounters on his or ... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:22:09 EST there is a SALE at the LBS - its like Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x62206088 Here is the dilemma. I want a mountain bike, real one with a suspension and all the bells and whistles. My plan was to wait until the sales hit this fall, buy one, spend the fall and winter getting used to it and then in the spring hook up with the Dirt Divas. Their mission is to encourage women to take up mountain biking. What a coincidence. <BR> <BR> After much obsessing over bike porn I settled on a Specialized Model Year 2015 Jynx Comp 650B , retail $800. <BR> <BR> The full suspension... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 13:48:14 EST Anyone doing an organized ride this month? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x62150001 Once a month I try to do a paid organized ride. Next week I'll be doing a new one - Hershey Chocolate Tour. Starts of course in Hershey, PA and at each rest stop rumor has it they have chocolate at each rest stop. Money benefits Penn State hospital at Hershey for cancer research. <BR> <BR> How about the rest of you? Anything scheduled? Sat, 1 Aug 2015 14:07:12 EST Biking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x62140494 Hello, My name is Pam.. I love to bike.. I live in Tewksbury, MA and am always looking for someone to bike with. <BR> <BR> I did 40miles in New York and need to train for the Hub On Wheels coming in Boston. I bike and can't lose weight... This is it.......... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:34:01 EST Recumbent bikes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x62127798 Recumbents have intrigued me for a few years, especially since my hands and wrists are more prone to being stiff and sore as I get older. Do any of you have experience with recumbents? <BR> <BR> My husband and I met an interesting gentleman riding a recumbent in the state park recently. He's now 80 years old. He used to cycle a lot, but shoulder, wrist pain interfered with enjoyment, and when he turned 70 he bought a recumbent. He liked it so much he rode it from St. Augustine, FL, to San D... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:48:48 EST Turbo Training video for beginners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x62095556 I have just ordered a Turbo Training Stand for my bike. I am enjoying riding again and it's helping my fitness and weight loss. I want to be able to exercise even if it's bad weather. <BR> However, I'm not sure I can cycle for 1 hr (my usual workout) on a trainer in the garage. I'm sure I would get bored. <BR> I looked at various training videos on Youtube, and they are just what I need. - Interesting routes, and cadance and resistance instructions. <BR> BUT! These are designed for athletes,... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:27:00 EST New cyclist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x62031558 Hi <BR> <BR> I used to bike when I was a young adult. I used to travel anywhere from 5 to 10 miles at a time, just to look around and see what I could see. Then I learned how to drive, and bike riding became less important. And then I moved out of my parents house and bike riding was left behind. <BR> <BR> 30-40 years later and I am 55 and obese, but I remember how much I loved the freedom of riding. I also live in an area with many nice, paved bike paths. So I bought a nice Trek a couple o... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:06:02 EST What Time of Day (Week Day) Do You Cycle? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61947350 Bill says I need to get my butt in the saddle and get more miles in for the team - he is right, but I am having difficulties getting started. In the morning I worry about the commuter traffic and then at noon I worry that it will be too hot. So.....what time of the day (week days) do you get your cycling in? Tue, 7 Jul 2015 06:51:44 EST almost got wiped out today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61933010 Ok here is the setup - I was on a bike path that winds through the city. Its nice as far as car interaction goes but you have to watch for people with dogs on extended leashes or just walking like drunken sailors. You also cross some rather busy streets so its a bit annoying in that it's hard to maintain a decent speed. <BR> <BR> Nevertheless I like riding down it because...I just do. <BR> <BR> Anyway I was just about to cross over a busy street WITH the light I might add and a car came zo... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 14:28:32 EST Tracking miles with your smartphone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61932554 What are you using to track your cycling stats? <BR> <BR> I previously had a Garmin watch, but honestly it had problems on almost every ride. Plus it never seemed to stay charged enough to be ready each day. So I've moved to using my iPhone in my jersey pocket (or stowed in a pouch) and the free version of Map My Ride, which works well enough. Not perfectly, but, its free. <BR> <BR> But I'm wondering what else is out there that folks like. I'm not against upgrading for something that work... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 13:22:01 EST How to get started with mountain biking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61889802 I have a very old and crappy MTB that I learned how to bike on. This morning, I saw a video for an off-road duathlon and it looked like SO MUCH FUN. I've seen videos of super technical trails, how do you get started with mountain biking? We don't really have "easy" trails here, unless you count the paved, flat, multiuse path that runs through town. Then you get into super technical and hilly. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:17:24 EST Katy Trail, Clinton to Sedalia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61886300 Monday installment of the Katy Trail Blog is up and ready. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953098 </link> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:38:46 EST Getting ready for the Katy Trail Ride. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61875026 Here is the first installment on our Katy Trail Ride. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952382 </link> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:48:36 EST Helmets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61858009 How often do you replace your helmet? <BR> <BR> I've had mine for 5-6 years, although for 5 of those years it's been sitting in a closet in my room. I have fallen off my bike many times, but always landed on my hands or knees, never bonked my head as far as I know. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:17:52 EST How to Plan Your First Overnight Bike Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61775760 How to Plan Your First Overnight Bike Trip <BR> <BR> <link>www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2015<BR>/may/22/how-to-plan-your-first-overnig<BR>ht-bike-trip/ </link> <BR> <BR> Take the plunge and savor the open roads! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:32:45 EST Bicycle Touring: Free E-Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61767969 Just sharing some links to free E-Books on Bicycle Touring for anyone interested: <BR> <BR> Bicycle Touring Photography <BR> <link>www.bicycletraveler.bicyclingaroundt<BR>heworld.nl/bicycle-touring-photography<BR>-a-quick-guide-to-taking-better-pictures </link> <BR> <BR> Bicycling Around The World <BR> <link>www.bicycletraveler.bicyclingaroundt<BR>heworld.nl/bicycling-around-the-world-<BR>ebook </link> <BR> <BR> Bike Touring Basics <BR> <link>https://books.travellingtwo.com/fetc<... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:48:18 EST Do Mountain Bike Mikes Equal Road Bike Miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61725356 I am training for my first half ironman which is in November. There are times when I ride my mountain bike in place of the road bike, like when the road bike is in the shop. My question is whether riding the mountain bike on the road is comparable to the road bike. Obviously it's harder to pedal the heavier mountain bike but am I losing anything by doing this? Wed, 10 Jun 2015 13:04:11 EST Hill Climbing Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61717245 The Biggest Mistake You're Making on Climbs <BR> Get to the top faster—and fresher—with these smart strategies <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicycling.com/training/climbing/<BR>biggest-mistake-youre-making-climbs </link> <BR> <BR> Some good suggestions here...anyone care to add tips of your own? <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 9 Jun 2015 14:34:06 EST Charge Your Smartphone While You Ride Your Bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61681459 The options are growing and prices are coming down...pretty cool stuff! <BR> <BR> <link>www.makeuseof.com/tag/charge-smartph<BR>one-ride-bike/ </link> <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 5 Jun 2015 10:49:34 EST What to Do If You're Injured on a Bike Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61619057 What to Do If You're Injured on a Bike Ride <BR> Our test director was alone on singletrack when he crashed and broke his leg. Here's what you can learn from his experience. <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicycling.com/training/first-aid<BR>/what-do-if-youre-injured-bike-ride </link> <BR> <BR> Good reminders here...! <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 29 May 2015 14:45:26 EST Wrap With Me: Wrapping Handlebars Tutorial http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61549287 I found this tutorial helpful and am saving it for "one of those days" when this all-thumbs-kinda-guy gets around to re-wrapping my beat up handlebars: <BR> <BR> <link>www.roadbikerider.com/jims-tech-talk </link> <BR> <BR> "As I write this, an exciting Tour of California has concluded, and the Giro d’Italia is into its second week. As much as I enjoy the race action (bravo Peter Sagan for hanging on to win the TOC!), I feel for the overworked mechanics. <BR> <BR> One of their most impo... Thu, 21 May 2015 10:34:44 EST Today: Ride of Silence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61539481 A Global Remembrance of the preciousness of human lives: <BR> <BR> <link>www.rideofsilence.org </link> <BR> <BR> When: May 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM <BR> <BR> (Southern Hemisphere and preferred rain date/ time: Sat. May 23rd 10:00 AM) <BR> <BR> WHERE: Hundreds of locations world wide <BR> <BR> Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. <BR> <BR> WHY DOES THIS ORGANIZATION EXI... Wed, 20 May 2015 09:55:24 EST Bike help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61505414 I claim to know absolutely nothing about bikes. My bike has (sadly) spent the past 10 months in the garage because I let all sorts of excuses get in the way. Today I had my moment of self-truth with the scale and decided to get reacquainted with my bike. I got all dressed with my new helmet, hopped on the bike...and promptly fell off again....and again...and again. I couldn't even make it 0.25 miles all downhill before becoming exhausted, giving up and walking back home (uphill half carrying ... Sat, 16 May 2015 14:46:05 EST Strava vs. MapMyRide http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61497072 Has anyone used Strava or MapMyRide? I am interested in an app that will show me routes in my area and then provided me a guide while I am on the bike. Does anyone know if either Strava or MapMyRide provides this option? I have been reading through their info and not really sure they provide this option. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any guidance you can provide. <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 May 2015 14:06:01 EST How to use Google Maps offline mode http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61494732 Here's a tip for those times when we're out riding our bike in the hinterlands of cell-dead-zone-territory: <BR> <BR> How to use Google Maps offline mode <BR> <BR> <link>www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-use-googl<BR>e-maps-offline-on-ios-android/ </link> <BR> <BR> Nab the maps of your cycling territory in advance and then you have them for reference should you need them while you're enjoying your new adventure! <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 15 May 2015 09:26:36 EST Help me pick a new bike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61402711 So I finally went out and tested out a couple of new hybrid bikes. Oh my I think I am in love, if not I am seriously infatuated. The one I am looking at right now is a Specialized Arial, 2015, it's the woman's design but not a walk through and has disc brakes and big (29" perhaps tires) <BR> I have been riding a 6 speed Schwinn cruiser from the years when Schwinn was still an American company and not in big box dept. stores. It's a decent bike and I had upgraded the tires a year and half ago... Mon, 4 May 2015 21:17:28 EST Trek Bicycle has recalled nearly 1 million bikes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61292989 <link>www.usatoday.com/story/money/busines<BR>s/2015/04/21/trek-bicycle-recall/26149<BR>227/ </link> <BR> <BR> Trek Bicycle has recalled nearly 1 million bikes in the United States and Canada after a rider was paralyzed and two others were injured. <BR> <BR> The recall, issued Tuesday, affects 900,000 bicycles in the U.S. and 98,000 in Canada from model years 2000 through 2015. <BR> <BR> The bikes' front wheels can "come to a sudden stop" or separate from the bicycle if the open quick r... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:55:59 EST Raising the handlebars http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61227872 I can't afford a new bike so the old mountain bike from the '80s will have to do. However, I don't do any aggressive trail riding these days and want to sit a bit more upright. The bars are as high as they can safely go but not quite high enough. Are there extenders? Or maybe curved bars would be a good solution? I'd like about 2 more inches height. You all are so knowledgeable I'd appreciate your suggestions. BTW, great discussion on chains! Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:23:19 EST Bike Commuting in Denmark & Sweden!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61195935 I just returned from my trip to Denmark and Sweden and I am now all excited about bike commuting now that I am home. It was great to see SOOO many people riding there bikes to work, on errands, around town, just to get from point A to point B. There was no fancy bike clothes - just grab helmet and go! Now, it was about 40 degrees (a temperature that I would say is too cold to ride, but they were out riding). <BR> <BR> The bike infrastructure was AMAZING! My family lived about 30 minute... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 07:47:22 EST Bike Chain Recommen dations? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61154139 I have a tendency to be pretty hard on bike chains. Hence they stretch and have cost me much grief and $$$ as this results in wear & tear on my rear cassette which then needs to be replaced along with the chain. I've heard that some brands are better than others to resist stretching. Most recently I've been steered toward KMC, which I hope will do better. <BR> <BR> With all the hills and aggressive climbing I do I need as much help as I can get from my bike chain. <BR> <BR> Any tips, sugge... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 15:34:18 EST Bicycle Touring Gear: What's On YOUR Bike? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61140378 Darren has one HECKUVA list of recommendations. Dunno if I could be bothered to haul ALL this stuff on my bike: <BR> <BR> <link>bicycletouringpro.com/blog/bicycle-t<BR>ouring-gear-2015-packing-list/ </link> <BR> <BR> My gear tops at around 30-35 pounds. What do folks think? As exhaustive a list as Darren's is, might he have left something out that you consider important? Darren certainly has a penchant for the top-of-the-line, as his Ortlieb panniers indicates. But sometimes there are s... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:46:15 EST bags http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61025506 What do some of you riders have for bags? Handlebar ,seat or a pannier?? Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:38:15 EST What do you ride? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61025472 It would be interesting to see what everyone else is riding...This is my first good bike I have had in probably 25 to 30 years maybe longer then that I'm 44 years old know... Just brought a trek 820 for me and girlfriend about a month ago...We both really like them when I ride mine I put about 20 to 30 miles each time I ride it....We both are doing 1 day of ragbrai with them Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:34:16 EST ragbrai 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61006246 Anyone on here doing ragbrai? Me and girlfriend are talking about doing 1 day from our home in Fort dodge to eldora...Anone have any tips to share what to take for the ride? This is our first time doing it.. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 23:24:31 EST Bike Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x61005742 DH and I got to ride 2 days of Bike Florida. Good roads, courteous drivers, and it was so nice to be in warm weather for a change. Now back home and off to work. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:08:26 EST New to the Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x60999518 Hi, I'm a lifetime rider, but I'm new to this group. <BR> <BR> I've been out of the saddle all winter, but it's warming up and I'm looking forward to getting back on the road! Sun, 22 Mar 2015 08:59:03 EST bike helmets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60999212 Just did get 2 new trek 820 bikes...Looking to see what some of you use for helmets? Anyone brought a helmet from walmart? Are they any good? Sun, 22 Mar 2015 08:16:32 EST new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x60999174 New member aboard from Iowa.. Me and my girlfriend just got 2 rand we trek 820 bikes we ride all the time we both really like them...I get any where from 20 to 30 miles in each ride I go on she gets less due to her working and I'm off for time being...I haven't been on a bike for 25 to 30 years I bet I'm 44 know...We have talked about doing ragbrai this year only 1 day though .. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 08:12:23 EST Why You're Not Bike Commuting—and How to Fix That http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60945147 Why You're Not Bike Commuting—and How to Fix That <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicycling.com/beginners/commutin<BR>g/why-youre-not-bike-commuting-and-how<BR>-fix </link> <BR> <BR> "A new survey looks at the psychological barriers to bike commuting" <BR> <BR> The weather is turning...hoping to resume work commutes before too long...! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:30:29 EST Bicycle Safety http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60845581 Here are a couple of interesting online discussions about bike safety worth checking out and passing along, in anticipation of maintaining maximum safety for ourselves as we prepare to hit the roads again soon: <BR> <BR> Bikes vs. Cars: The Deadly War Nobody's Winning <BR> <link>www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-advent<BR>ure/biking/city-biking/The-Lawyer-Nego<BR>tiating-the-Bike-Car-War.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Liability lawyer and former professional bike racer Megan Hottman spends her wor... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:04:44 EST Off to a Great Start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60822322 Hello team -- after many years of looking at my bike and wishing I were out riding, I finally have taken the first steps to getting back into cycling. The band on my old rollers broke and I could not find a replacement (the rollers are at least 25 years old) so I bought a new set from Nashbar. Last week I finally put my bike on the rollers and gave it a go! My legs are not where they were when I was at my hey-day, but I guess I have to start somewhere. Last week I did two 30 minute sessio... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:43:41 EST Chatting about Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60765968 I have been enjoying the birds that come to my feeder faithfully every day. It would be nice to see more variety, but that is not probably going to happen. Thirty days give or take.. That is all that remains of my Condo living. April first we go on vacation to Mexico for a week. Then even a few days earlier than we first thought - we move to the summer cabin and begin working for the next six months. <BR> Well at least this means I hope to get some riding in during my afternoon breaks Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:20:07 EST A Cautionary Tale: How Cycling Saved My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60707456 Very interesting account with super recommendations: <BR> <BR> <link>www.roadbikerider.com/top </link> <BR> <BR> I like his added caution about refined carbs / starches and second that! <BR> <BR> And in case you sometimes wonder why is it so difficult to avoid sugar in our foods: <BR> <BR> <link>www.ucsusa.org/center-for-science-an<BR>d-democracy/sugar-industry-undermines-<BR>public-health-policy.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sadly, $$$ talks! And results in lives lost...! <BR> <BR> Do... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:22:15 EST Free Weather Underground Premium http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60670332 If you're like me when it comes to riding my bike or other outdoor activity, you're pretty tuned into the weather and want all the info you can get about the weather. <BR> <BR> I thought I would try this freebie: One Year Free Premium Weather Underground account. Couldn't hurt, no software install involved as it's web-based, just an online registration. <BR> <BR> <link>sharewareonsale.com/s/weather-underg<BR>round-premium-sale </link> <BR> <BR> This offer is only good for a couple of d... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 22:22:15 EST Easy Things Your Bike Mechanic Wishes You Would Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60646835 3 Super-Easy Things Your Bike Mechanic Wishes You Would Do: <BR> <BR> Tips that will save you time and money—and prolong the life of your bike <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicycling.com/maintenance/repair<BR>-maintenance/3-super-easy-things-your-<BR>bike-mechanic-wishes-you-would-do </link> <BR> <BR> I'm so mechanically CLUELESS that I hadn't even HEARD of #2 and despite the picture, am still a bit uncertain where the heck the bottom bracket's cable guide might be. <BR> <BR> Although I've hear... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:40:40 EST Summer ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60611830 We have finally decided upon our summer ride! Shorter than usual (about 250 miles) but will enjoy the scenery. (Biking buddy and I will be doing shorter 3 day rides through the summer as well.) Starting Rochester, NY we'll be going on the Erie Canal to the Peace Bridge. Cross into Canada and up to Niagara Falls for a couple of day. Then cross over the Rainbow Bridge and will follow route 18 and the Niagara Parkway along Lake Ontario back to Rochester. Spring please come quickly!!!! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 18:44:41 EST Best Ever Indoor Trainer Information Website http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60599767 Here is a link to a great resource for someone considering buying an indoor stationary bike trainer. <BR> <BR> <link>stationary-bike-stand.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> This website has all the information about indoor trainers that a person needs to know to make an informed buying decision. <BR> <BR> I bought a Cascade Fluid Pro Power indoor trainer because Cascade trainers are whisper quite. The heart rate monitor, speed senor and cadence sensor are top notch. The Cascade trainer is rock ste... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 16:01:14 EST Fountain of Youth | Cycling Subways | Google Earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60584206 Cycling = Fountain of Youth! | Cycling Subways | Google Earth Pro Now FREE! <BR> <BR> Of course we already KNEW this, but it's always nice to have it spelled out. If nothing else, it could be handy to forward to friends / family who don't "get it"...this "thing" we have for bicycling... :-) <BR> <BR> Cycling Keeps You Younger Than Your Years <BR> <link>www.bicycling.com/training-nutrition<BR>/training-fitness/cycling-keeps-you-yo<BR>unger-your-years </link> <BR> <BR> I'm a sucker for co... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 22:22:24 EST Cycling Tracking Android and Team Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60575204 This is really a multi-part question and I'm probably dreaming. <BR> <BR> I'll start with the easy one... Right now I am entering my time in the Fitness Tracker and just found the Team Goal for 20 miles/month. Does anyone know if there is a way to enter these details once, or in a single page? <BR> <BR> Ideally and probably a more difficult question, does any one know of an Android GPS Tracker that integrates with SparkPeople. I see the iPhone version of the SparkPeople App has built in ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 23:49:11 EST Bicycle Traveler, Latest Issue is OUT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60391630 <link>www.bicycletraveler.bicyclingaroundt<BR>heworld.nl/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Dream! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:46:45 EST Safety http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60319068 There are so many wonderful facets to our bike club that I overlook sharing...one of them is our Safety Committee who have drawn up an exhaustive compendium of safety resources which are shared on our website. <BR> <BR> Here is our latest safety reminder from the head of our Safety committee and a link to the safety section of our club's website: <BR> <BR> "Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a great year and very Happy Holidays. I am sure with the recent cold snap not many ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:42:32 EST so I'm thinking about getting a mountain bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x60307273 There is a meetup group that does beginning mountain bike rides. Turns out there are several mountain bike parks not too far outside of the city. My old trusty mountain bike was made back when your knees were your suspension system. I'm torn on what to do though. I don't want to spend big money on it and then not really care for it, but then again if I get something cheap and do like it then I'd end up wanting a better bike. <BR> <BR> I walked into REI and then had brain lock down and walke... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:17:06 EST Erie Canal Bike Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60297035 I'm thinking of doing the Erie Canal bike ride offered by the NY parks dept. in July. Has anyone ever done this ride? Feedback appreciated. From all I have read it seems very well organized but was thinking it would be very doable with a friend or two. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:10:13 EST indoor trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60228588 With bitter cold temps blasting my neck of the woods, I would like to consider an indoor bike trainer but don't know much about them. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have an old but faithful Trek mountain bike. I still enjoy riding during the winter months but temps have to be above freezing. That's not happening this week and winter is just beginning! <BR> Thanks! <BR> <em>108</em> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 21:09:50 EST Willie Weir Bike Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60224979 I'm a huge fan of Willie Weir and his blogs and books (Travels with Willie, Spokesongs) and recently got a few of his blogs mentioned in an e-mail from him that I thought I would share: <BR> <BR> Winter Reflections <BR> <link>www.adventurecycling.org/resources/b<BR>log/winter-reflections/ </link> <BR> <BR> Paradise is a Relative Term <BR> <link>www.adventurecycling.org/resources/b<BR>log/paradise-is-a-relative-term/ </link> <BR> <BR> Why Not Share? <BR> <link>www.adventurecycling... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:22:48 EST 5 Reasons to Ride Outside This Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60205063 5 Reasons to Ride Outside This Winter <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicycling.com/training-nutrition<BR>/training-fitness/5-reasons-ride-outsi<BR>de-winter </link> <BR> <BR> Well now that I'm armed with my LG Oslo Airzone Tights, this cold-wet-weather wuss is a teensy bit less wussy. Hoping to have more opportunities for getting out. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we're heading for a balmy 50, however it looks like it'll rain most of the day...sigh. And THEN later in the week the bottom drops out and we're... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 00:03:54 EST Great Way To Start The New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60184953 Yesterday, January 1st, I packed the bikes into the car and took the family to our local rails-to-trails. It was a cool 38F, but I was able to get my partner and 10yo daughter to ride 3.8 miles in and then turn around to head back to the car. It took us an hour to complete this trip <em>246</em> It was not the epic adventure I was seeking, but it was great to be out on the 1st day of the year - and great to have my family there with me!!! Here's to a great 2015!! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:13:54 EST MOVIN'...! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x60039410 "Amazing footage of John Degenkolb's sprint in TOC stage 1" <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7aH1bn6yUI </link> <BR> <BR> Some of our spinning classes play big screen video with a projector...oughta have THIS running for our SPRINTS! :-) <BR> <BR> I've read how the sports networks are looking to re-vitalize interest in watching cycling events by incorporating more and more point of view video such as this one...cool development! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:53:36 EST Tough Hills? No Problem...! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59954782 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryCWIjdVF0g </link> <BR> <BR> Don Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:05:35 EST I May Get A NEW Mt. Bike for Christmas!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59949627 Okay, okay....I am very excited about this, but I have not been Mt. biking in probably 20 years (that is why my old bike just needs to be recycled). <BR> <BR> So.....what would you recommend for a new mt. bike? What would you chose and why? <BR> <BR> Thanks a bunch!! Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:00:14 EST Here's a Switch: 5 Reasons Why Bicycling is SAFE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59926934 <link>momentummag.com/cycling-is-safe </link> <BR> <BR> Great points to pass along...! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 3 Dec 2014 14:54:54 EST Is this spin class benefitting me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59923493 I just had to share this story. <BR> <BR> I haven't been as regular about going to spin class lately, due to a variety of scheduling issues (water heaters breaking, windows being installed, dog needing surgery, holidays...etc). I had been to a few classes, but the last time I noticed that one of the regulars, I'll call him Rob, wasn't there. Neither were a several other regulars...life happens, so I didn't give it a thought. <BR> <BR> This last class I went to was unusual -- it was just fo... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:46:10 EST Best cycling gifts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59907819 Now that we're in the height of the gift-giving season, what are the cycling-related items that you think would make a great gift? Is there something that you found that you really like? Something that makes your ride easier? For the purposes of this thread, I'd like to keep them tangible and practical. OF COURSE I'd love a top-of-the-line carbon fiber road bike with top end shifters and drive train, or the Garmin 920 GPS watch. But that's not something I'm capable of giving nor will anyone b... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 16:49:29 EST Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59899395 Rode the Dirty Dozen for the first time yesterday. Cleaned the first 8 hills, Canton stopped me and my will and body gave out. Boustead crushed my spirit, and couldn't do Welsh. Headed home after a difficult 5 hours. Well worth a shot if you enjoy self flagellation. ;) <BR> <BR> <link>www.dannychew.com/PG%20DD%20Map.gif </link> <BR> <BR> <link>wesa.fm/post/after-three-decades-dir<BR>ty-dozen-competition-tougher-ever </link> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:35:46 EST is this spin class really helping my cycling? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59889278 What it is doing is letting me know how totally uncool I am. I have no idea what any of the music playing is. I swear not a single song has come up in a spin class that I have ever heard ever. <BR> <BR> follow up question - my husband's office has a gym that I sneak into from time to time. There is a bike there but it's a we'll go with recumbent although I don't know if that's what it is but your feet are sort of out in front and not under you. Is that doing anything for my cycling? <BR> <... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 16:32:14 EST Don't Let A Little Water Get in the Way... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59813554 Hit the waves with this Water Bike! :-) <BR> <BR> <link>schillerbikes.com/x1 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:42:31 EST Great Lake Seaway Trail http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59722942 We are starting to think about rides for next summer. So far we have discussed doing PA trails J or G. Another option is riding from Lancaster, PA to Ocean City, Maryland. A fourth option presented itself yesterday. A friend that lives in Erie, PA invited us up to enjoy Presque Isle. Looking at the map it isn't that far from Niagara Falls - around 120 miles. Has anyone ever ridden on any portion of the 500 miles Great Lake Seaway trail? It's suppose to be great for cars driving but it ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:56:27 EST WA Residents: Giive WSDOT a Piece of Your Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59720545 I'm on WSDOT's "Voices of Washington" panel. It occasionally sends out surveys related to transportation issues. If you're a Washington State resident, I hope you'll consider signing up. We are a very bike-friendly state, but we'll only stay that way if cyclists' voices are heard over the din. <BR> <BR> <link>voiceofwashingtonsurvey.com/ </link> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:23:47 EST What is a Courteous Cyclist? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59714647 What is a Courteous Cyclist? <BR> <BR> http://iamtraffic.org/education/courteou<BR>s-cyclist/ <BR> <BR> A great article that helps to parse various ways for cyclists to share the road with greater thought, courtesy and above all, SAFETY! <BR> <BR> As shared by fellow bike club member and former president of the Southern Tier Bicycle Club, a fellow member of SP: TEAMAGIS. <BR> <BR> Don Sun, 9 Nov 2014 21:50:58 EST The crackling knee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59699831 So it's off-season for me, and I'm putting more time into circuit training these days. When I was riding before, I noticed that my were getting a bit, erm, loud. There was no pain, thankfully, but they would make what I can only describe as a crackling sound. Now that I'm circuit training more rather than biking (a bit tougher on the joints), you can seriously hear this sound from across the room! Does anyone else have this issue? Sat, 8 Nov 2014 09:25:45 EST Don’t Let Jake Gyllenhaal Steal Your Bike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59659868 or...learn some lessons on the best way to lock your bike: <BR> <BR> Don’t Let Jake Gyllenhaal Steal Your Bike: <BR> "New movie Nightcrawler serves up thrills—and a lesson about proper bike" <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicycling.com/blogs/thehub/don-t<BR>-let-jake-gyllenhaal-steal-your-bike </link> <BR> <BR> "Nightcrawler, which opened in theaters today, is not a movie about bikes. But the thrilling film includes a scene that will no doubt strike fear (and anger) into the hearts of cyclists—w... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 08:44:31 EST Touring Bhutan: Cool Article with Lots of Pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59611415 "Bhutan: A Higher State of Being - <BR> In the vertiginous mountains of the South Asian nation, where happiness is akin to holiness, bicycling has become much more than a national pastime. It’s a spiritual journey." <BR> <BR> <link>tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/<BR>30/bhutan-bicycle-gross-national-happi<BR>ness/ </link> <BR> <BR> "In Bhutan, there is a king who rides a bicycle up and down the mountains." <BR> <BR> How COOL is THAT?!?! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:09:50 EST El Tour de Tucson http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59599607 Sports fans El Tour de Tucson is scheduled for the 22nd of November. Some super folks that I met at RAGBRAI are doing it with me. We're going to someone's home on Friday and enjoying a nice past-filled dinner. Saturday we do the 112-mile ride. The wife and I have a time-share in Tucson where we will stay from Friday thru Tuesday. We plan on driving to Alpine, Tx, and enjoying Thanksgiving with my wive's sisters. Should be loads of fun. So, who is doing this Ride?? I did it once and was very h... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:35:10 EST Bicycle Touring: It Ain't Easy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59592267 Okay, so I'm paraphrasing Darren's article: <BR> <BR> "Don’t Ever Tell Someone That Bike Touring Is Easy" <BR> <BR> <link>bicycletouringpro.com/blog/dont-tell<BR>-someone-bike-touring-is-easy/ </link> <BR> <BR> I've learned a great deal by gradually increasing the length of my rides and picking the many wise brains of fellow bike club members. PLUS for my first tour I had the generous offer from another bike club member of borrowing all of her gear. I learned TONS from this and duly mi... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:55:17 EST Total Team Mileage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59569641 Did a bit of numbers crunching and came up with a not too good Team summary. Would you believe that, so far this month, the top 10 mileage producers account for over 90% of the total team's mileage production. While I realize that out of the 2,500+ members, few are actively on their bikes, that's still a really low number. I also realize that winter is here, but also know that there's plenty of us in the hot-weather states. So, what gives? Surely, we're not getting soft, are we? I certainly h... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:56:21 EST Calorie Calculator Specifically for Cyclists http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59557578 I've got a calorie calculator, specifically for cyclists, up and running. This is the calc I've used for years and found to be very accurate. It requires Java, so I've put together documentation (linked on the page) that will guide you through the simple process of installing Java and configuring the latest version (currently v8 Update 25) to run the calculator app. <BR> <BR> I'd be interested in constructive feedback from anyone who tries it out. The link is <link>www.bikecalcalc.com/ ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:15:04 EST Cold Weather Cycling Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59521498 PERHAPS I might be tempted to tackle some colder weather riding...but I tend to be pretty wussy on this. Maybe some of these tips might help...? <BR> <BR> Passing along from Bicycle Touring Pro: <BR> <BR> "Winter is quickly approaching here in the Northern Hemisphere... but that doesn't mean you have to stop riding your bicycle just yet. <BR> <BR> It's not only safe to ride your bike in cold, snowy, wet and windy weather, it can also be a whole lot of fun - especially if you follow the tip... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:43:09 EST Bike Like A Pro Athlete, Eat Like A Pig http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59505065 Bike Like A Pro Athlete, Eat Like A Pig <BR> <BR> <link>www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/10/14<BR>/354926634/bike-like-a-pro-athlete-eat<BR>-like-a-pig </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a fun chuckle over the best laid plans for eating when cycling like crazy. <BR> <BR> Aside from the smiles & cute pics, my favorite serious line in the article was this: "I love long-distance cycling because it's a leisurely, gentle, human-powered way to appreciate the landscape. It makes a person feel completely... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:44:13 EST Bicycle Touring Pro: Love This Guy's Adventures! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59458611 10 Things I Enjoy Most About Bicycle Touring After 14 Years, 50+ Countries & Thousands of Miles <BR> <BR> <link>bicycletouringpro.com/blog/10-things<BR>-i-enjoy-most/ </link> <BR> <BR> "When I first started bicycle touring at the age of 17, I had no plans of making bike travel an ongoing part of my life. I figured I’d complete my month-long bicycle tour down the Pacific Coast of the United States and then I’d go off and get a job, get married, have kids and do all the things I saw every... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:58:29 EST bike service http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59452514 should I have her serviced before I put her away for the winter, or in the spring? Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:41:59 EST Bike shorts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59441411 commando or not? Mon, 13 Oct 2014 06:57:12 EST Looking for Suggestions: Men's Compression Tights http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59398992 After having spent a chilly time riding in Delaware County this weekend I'm thinking its about time I invest in pants for riding in colder weather. <BR> <BR> I've been happy with my LG shorts and have been looking at tights with & without chamois: <BR> <BR> Louis Garneau Oslo Airzone Tights, <BR> Louis Garneau Solano Chamois Tights, <BR> Louis Garneau Stockholm Tights <BR> <BR> I'm assuming those without chamois can be pulled over shorts with chamois, but am uncertain whether this might ca... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:38:59 EST Preparing For Off-Season Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59334160 Now I know there are some brave folks who deserve much respect for cycling through the colder winter months. But I ain't one of 'em! :-) <BR> <BR> Some folks worry about maintaining their off season cycling fitness. I love spinning class for that, but there is much to be said for mixing it up. I'll again tackle cross country skiing if Mother Nature serves up enough snow in our area. <BR> <BR> Here are some thoughts about off season cycling fitness: <BR> <BR> <link>www.roadbikerider.com/a... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:30:14 EST Dealing with the Dark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59334052 A recent article from Road Bike Rider brings up the issue of the shortening of days and visibility factors: <BR> <BR> <link>www.roadbikerider.com/top </link> <BR> <BR> Some resources are mentioned which might interest folks. Although there has been a recent thread about this, feel free to add more suggestions! <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:18:33 EST October Riding Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59331674 Let's get a bit of accountability going. <BR> Report your mileage using the following format: <BR> First number tells how much you rode on any given day. <BR> Second number tells how much you have ridden so far, in the current month. <BR> Third number tells how many miles you have left from your goal. <BR> Example: I rode 25 miles today and my month's goal is 500 miles: <BR> 25 / 25 / 475 <BR> <BR> Let's sign up and "Do It". <BR> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 06:57:33 EST Free Adventure Cycling Memberships! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59311422 ...for the first 150 folks to sign up: <BR> <BR> <link>bicycletouringpro.com/blog/free-adve<BR>nture-cycling-memberships/ </link> <BR> <BR> Nabbed mine & thought I'd pass it along! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:43:50 EST 101 Ways to Completely Transform Your Cycling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59284638 101 Ways to Completely Transform Your Entire Cycling Life <BR> <BR> "Ride better, get stronger, be happier, go faster, look nicer, stay safer, get fitter, smile wider, and lots more" <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicycling.com/beginners/bike-ski<BR>lls/101-ways-completely-transform-your<BR>-entire-cycling-life </link> <BR> <BR> LOTS of terrific tips & pointers here...perhaps we can even add a few...? :-) <BR> <BR> Don Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:03:22 EST Free Offline Map App: Today Only http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59275768 City Maps 2Go Pro - Offline Map and Travel Guide by Ulmon GmbH <BR> <BR> <link>itunes.apple.com/us/app/city-maps-2g<BR>o-pro-offline/id327783342?mt=8 </link> <BR> <BR> I have found it handy on occasion to have maps downloaded in advance to my phone when I'm out in rural spots where there is no data connectivity. <BR> <BR> Don't let the name fool you (i.e. City) as it maps EVERYTHING. <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:53:57 EST Mirrors and lights..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59255265 Hello everyone! It's been a very long while since I last posted. I was pretty much off my bike for the past two years due to a long term injury. I'm back to riding again finally though and have been slowing building up to where I was before I had to stop. Anyhow I have a few questions. I mostly ride a paved trail on a road bike but it's getting boring. Yesterday I rode on an actual road and it was fun except for having to find a spot to get off the road for a huge combine lol. I really... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:27:10 EST bike trainers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59204667 Does anyone have a bike trainer? I am looking into getting one, but I can't quite figure out what I'm looking at. I saw one that said something about gears, but I'd rather use the ones on my bike. Do they tell you have far you've "ridden"? I use a GPS bike computer so that won't exactly work with a trainer. <BR> <BR> just wondering what other people have Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:26:08 EST Cool weather dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59194438 It's currently 6C out and I'm going for a ride. What would you wear in these temps? I am wearing a thin half zip with a tank top underneath and capris. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:15:47 EST Ride the Rogue anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59140591 Any of you Clyclo-Sparksters doing the Ride the Rogue in Southern Oregon next week? It's a great ride, for a great cause, and is great fun! <BR> <BR> <link>ridetherogue.org/ </link> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:04:30 EST Bike Club Weather Chuckle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59114564 As posted by one of the lucky dog retiree club members who routinely get out for our Wheels-to-Meals rides on Tues & Thurs.: <BR> <BR> "On several rides this year, when the forecast has been less then stellar, there seems to have been an imbalance of riders by gender. Today was a classic example –the forecast was for a chance of rain and 6 riders showed up, all of which were male. Similarly a recent ride to Walton was cancelled but again just 4 males showed up to ride in the rain. I see ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:56:11 EST two open doors yesterday TWO of them http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59114241 I always scan cars parked along the road I'm riding down just to make sure no one opens a door for me to crash into. Once about a week ago someone opened a door but saw me and shut it very quickly. I gave them a friendly - "thanks for not killing me" wave. <BR> <BR> Well yesterday I didn't really have time for a ride but I went anyway. Twice on this ride I had guys in landscaping trucks open the door right as I got there. Since I am paranoid and was scanning I saw it coming and it wasn't a ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:06:10 EST Mileage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59109086 I've noticed that the Team is way down in average monthly mileage. Last year we had several months of over 10K miles. This year we're way below that. What gives?? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:06:24 EST Oh no Bike Wreck http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59100171 Ouch, had a bike wreck today, first in years, over corrected going around a hole and hit the edge of a grate, not going fast, just kind of rolled with bike, so no major injuries, scrapped knee and bruise on leg from bike. <BR> <BR> Last wreck I had was 20 years ago while mountain biking, come around a hill and hit a big rock that bent my front wheel, had to walk my bike out on that one. <BR> <BR> Oh well, keep on riding.....:0) <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:33:22 EST the hubs had his first clipless spill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59100054 Typical really, he was at a stop sign and there was a car at the intersection. Neither of them trusted what the other one was going to do so the car was doing this stop - start - stop - start thing. He unclipped his left foot and then went down on his right side. <BR> <BR> THEN he made me take a picture of his bloody knee with his cell phone so he could text it to his friends. <BR> <BR> boys <BR> <BR> <em>101</em> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:26:39 EST chain grease stains http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59096490 I get chain grease stains on my clothes every time I ride because I have to haul my bike up a very narrow flight of stairs from the basement. Previously, I've scrubbed the stains with a "natural" stain remover, baby Oxyclean, dish soap and Goo Gone and then thrown it in the wash and the stains were gone. Most of the grease came off using the dish soap. <BR> <BR> Now I've got new stains and I started with the dish soap and it didn't work. I even doused my poor clothes with chain cleaner and... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:12:25 EST September Riding Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59085989 Let's get it on!! Report your mileage using the following format: <BR> First number tells how much you rode on any given day. <BR> Second number tells how much you have ridden so far, in the current month. <BR> Third number tells how many miles you have left from your goal. <BR> So, today I rode 32.33 miles, so far this month I have ridden 254.91. My goal for the month is 900 and I have 645.09 miles left to reach my goal. Here's what it looks like: <BR> <BR> 32.33 / 254.91 / 645.09 <BR> <BR... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 21:55:19 EST New to group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x59058972 Just wanted to take a moment and introduce myself. I'm new to this group but not exactly new to biking. My problem is, my 2 bikes ( a good comfort bike and a store-boxed mountain bike) is just sitting in my living room, both with deflated tires. The comfort bike hasn't been moved since my granddaughter and I did a trail ride, almost 2 years ago and discovered I really needed a mountain bike to go where she wanted to ride. The mountain bike (which my online bike group told me to get rid of), h... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 08:53:59 EST Use BILL60's Posting for September Riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59035008 Sept 1- 26.55 K26.55/273.45 <em>332</em> <BR> September Goal 300 Kilometres Wed, 3 Sep 2014 21:33:20 EST math I can do in my head http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x59033485 I don't mean to complain really but every morning I head out with the dog for a "run". I feel like I'm running, mostly I'm running, I do stop so the boy can check his pee mail and make little art projects that I have to clean up but really we're running. <BR> <BR> then I log it here and it calls it a "walk" <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I know I'm not fast so ok, whatever. <BR> <BR> WELL I just got back from a bike ride. This ride was cut short by the raging storm that was about t... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 18:35:27 EST Favorite Book About Bikes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58973245 I saw this article @ Bicycling.com and thought: "I bet we can generate one HECKUVA list of cool books to check out. <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/bikes-a<BR>nd-gear-features/books-about-bikes </link> <BR> <BR> Here's one of my favs: <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HHORHY<BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> What are yours? <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:37:33 EST gear changing seminar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58962751 To set this up, after the group ride on Sunday the group ride when I got not so much lost as separated from the pack - there is a blog if you really want to dredge through it, I went to a gear changing seminar at the LBS. <BR> <BR> They put our bikes on trainers - I had mixed feelings about that given that I was already a bit worn out - and had us practice changing gears. <BR> <BR> It sounds rather simple, but I picked up a few things. <BR> <BR> cross chaining - I'm going to mess this up,... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:11:57 EST The Best Cycling Advice I Ever Got http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58914138 The Best Cycling Advice I Ever Got <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicycling.com/training-nutrition<BR>/training-fitness/best-cycling-advice-<BR>i-ever-got </link> <BR> <BR> Curious...some of the tips offered. I'm a 180 on some, such as always wear gloves. I NEVER wear gloves...I overheat easily enough, don't need sweaty gloves to add to my combustion...lol! <BR> <BR> I thought perhaps folks might want to add their 2 cents and post YOUR version of the best cycling advice I ever got. <BR> <BR> Min... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:54:38 EST hills, signalling, standing up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58883331 3 skills that I need advice on. <BR> <BR> 1. I am using all my gears but I am SO SLOW going uphill. Any tips? which leads me to... <BR> <BR> 2. I think I could get a little better going uphill if I could stand up in the saddle. Obviously in my spinning instructor days I could do this no problem on the spin bike but on the road I lift my butt 2 inches and I'm terrified or something to get higher. I would like drills on how to practice this. <BR> <BR> 3. I'm also terrified/unable to remove... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:53:47 EST Blessing of the Bikes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58871178 My church held a blessing of the bikes liturgy today. The common pray is awesome, so I want to share: <BR> <BR> Gracious God, we live in a world too often poisoned by the excesses of consumption; so we give thanks for the inherent goodness of human-powered transportation and the simple beauty of the bicycle. <BR> <BR> We live in a community filled with children; so we pray for those learning to ride. Keep them smart, safe and visible on their neighborhood roads. <BR> <BR> We live in a worl... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:51:27 EST If Scott bikes are junk someone tell me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58867422 No money has changed hands yet, but the hubs has picked out a Scott CR1 30. We went with a composite frame but the components are meh. He probably won't know the difference. The choices were a bit limited because they're selling off their 2014 models so to get the 30% discount we had to go with what they had in stock. <BR> <BR> It's a good looking bike - the important thing right? It's black & white with some yellow accents. <BR> <BR> I've talked him into going for the cleats, he's a litt... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:21:09 EST Pinellas Trail in Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58858798 We just returned from 2,280 miles of driving to see our children in NC and FL. One of the nice things about driving is you can take your bike! While in Tampa we went over to the Clearwater area and I did a 40 mile ride on the Pinellas Trail. It is actually almost 40 miles long, but I started in the middle so only did half round trip. <BR> What a great trail! Negative was a number of crossing over roads (but had read reviews before going so was aware and was prepared to enjoy the ride), ... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:59:21 EST My aching aches and pains! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58838871 I have managed to get out and ride some every day for the past several days. <BR> I have been feeling my muscles, not in a bad way really...until the night before last! I haven't been sleeping well because of my asthma so any sleep I get lately is valuable. <BR> <BR> I woke up out of a dead sleep with the weirdest cramp, it was like a charlie horse but running down the outside part of my ankle! I actually had to have my beau rub it for me because it wasn't going away with stretching and it... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:44:46 EST Cycling Past 50, 60 & Beyond http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58838275 Here's an interesting post about cycling and aging, which offers a paid-for e-article that might be worth a download: <BR> <BR> <link>www.roadbikerider.com/top </link> <BR> <BR> Plus here is an EXCELLENT book which I greatly enjoyed Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100 When You're 100: <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/Bike-Life-How-Ride-10<BR>0-ebook/dp/B004HHORHY/ </link> <BR> <BR> I thought perhaps some folks might want to share their thoughts, insights, reflections on the topic. <BR... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:50:01 EST on convincing the hubs he NEEDS a roadbike http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58797704 The hubs, we'll call him Brian since he answers to that is a runner. By "runner" I mean one of those sinewy distance marathon running types. <BR> <BR> My current goal is to turn him into a cyclist. Not that I don't want him running its just that he's getting a tad bit older, well technically every day and running the kinds of distances he likes is giving him some knee, hip, and foot issues. On a more selfish note its more fun for me to do things together. I have gotten him ON his bike. That... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:08:50 EST August 2014 Goals and Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58725648 Here it is August, school is starting, and summer is ending. We have spent a lot of time camping and traveling with the grands this summer and my exercise routine has suffered for it. While I have managed to get my walking in, my eating habits and cycling have not fared as well. I did finish one quilt for a friend in July and the forest service quilt should be finished this week. So for August my resolutions are: <BR> <BR> 1) Get my nutrition back under control and record daily <BR> 2) F... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 00:08:13 EST August Riding Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58709175 10,000 miles has been the team's monthly goal. <BR> <BR> Track your contribution to the team total with posts as follows <BR> <BR> Miles Ridden / Total Miles Month to Date / Miles to go to Reach your Monthly Target <BR> <BR> My goal this month is 150 miles Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:44:49 EST What App Do You Recommend for Cycling? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58697768 I have an IPhone and have been using Map My Run for my running. I was going to use Map My Ride for cycling, but then someone mentioned Strava? So.....what app do you use? Why do you prefer one app over others? And....do you pay a monthly fee to get the features you use? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any advice you can provide! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:44:59 EST How To Carry Cell Phone on Bike? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58678769 Hello Team!! <BR> <BR> Today was my first day out on my bike (well, second time this year) for a quick training ride. My daughter was home still sleeping so I wanted to have my phone on me in case she needed to reach me. Now, about ten years ago I took my cell phone with me on a hot summer ride- I placed my cell phone in my jersey pocket - when I got home from the ride, my phone was dead. The perspiration from my back killed the phone. So.....how do you carry your cell phone so that this... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:38:04 EST Emergency kit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58629439 What are the must-have items to carry in a bike repair emergency kit? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:13:00 EST really stupid ? about gear shifting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58589295 So, I got a road bike! but that means I have to start fresh with learning how to shift gears. My old bike had sliders on each side, you push away for going uphill. <BR> <BR> I am really dense for some reason when it comes to shifting terminology. Downshift = uphill? My new bike has 2 clicky levers on each side and I am confused as to which lever does what. I haven't picked up my bike yet, I go to do the fitting next week, but I am scared to ask the bike shop people and be laughed at what... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:29:23 EST "Must Have" Items for Cycle Commuting? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58549638 The company I work for has done very well this year, and we've been advised that we'll be getting a "year end" bonus by July 25th. I thought I might purchase a road bike with the bonus, as I think I'd like something a little more "spry" for my commute (~10 miles each way). The bonus will be large enough that I could get something decent, and it may even large enough to go with a carbon frame. <BR> <BR> Anyhoo . . . I got to thinking that maybe there are better ways to spend the funds, since ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:58:30 EST Cycling across the country barefoot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58499378 Cycling across the country barefoot in search of a simpler life <BR> <BR> "Rob Greenfield's Goodfluence bike tour promotes the 'being' in 'human being' while also encouraging gardens in urban spaces." <BR> <BR> <link>www.mnn.com/lifestyle/responsible-li<BR>ving/stories/cycling-across-the-countr<BR>y-barefoot-in-search-of-a-simpler-life </link> <BR> <BR> What an inspiration and reminder of the important things in life! <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:19:24 EST Something "outstanding" about your daily ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58488008 Today my 6 a.m. ride was just a great ride, the birds were singing their beautiful songs, the sun was shining, Traffic was not bad, I ride country roads when I can. There was a strong odor evidence of skunks being out in abundance, but grateful I never seen them. <BR> <em>108</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:14:38 EST New to biking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x58486272 I have seen the bikers out and about and would like to emulate their fitness and stamina eventually. <BR> Just bought a second hand mountain bike. <BR> 58 and overweight. <BR> Love the outdoors and that feeling of having exercise. <BR> It all equates to overall happiness and health. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:07:12 EST Half-goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58451229 My goal is to be able to bike to work, (about 8.5 miles), work my shift and bike home at least once before autumn....yesterday, I biked all the way home! The route I took was 8.5 miles and it took me an hour and 15 minutes. <BR> I was so proud on myself when I made it! Sun, 6 Jul 2014 23:11:48 EST July 2014 goals and resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58427260 OK, not being alowed to ride my bike for the past 6 weeks has taken it's toll. And I did not do well enough on watching my calories. And taking trips every other week hasn't helped either. So I have shamefully gained 5 pounds. Now that I am allowed to ride again, it is too blamed hot for me (I don't ride if it is in the 90's). So, now I am using my trainer and my kayak and my goals for the summer are: <BR> <BR> 1) to lose my 5 pounds <BR> 2) finish the forest service quilt and wall hangin... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:12:56 EST very new cyclist! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x58405065 I only learned how to ride a bike (yes, really!) about a month ago. This past weekend I biked 20+ kms for the first time on my first group ride with a bunch of hardcore triathletes. I've been running since 2007 and done 9 marathons but is my secret goal to try a duathlon in 2015, when I can get a less embarrassing bike. Right now my bike is a hybrid that I got for free from a friend, it's missing reflectors and has bent parts, etc but it works well enough. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:33:22 EST July Riding Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58404004 10,000 miles has been the team's monthly goal. <BR> <BR> Track your contribution to the team total with posts as follows <BR> <BR> Miles Ridden / Total Miles Month to Date / Miles to go to Reach your Monthly Target <BR> <BR> My goal this month is 150 miles. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 08:17:22 EST Greetings from Alaska! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x58400830 Late blooming biker here at 54 years old. Discovered biking about six years ago when I did a sprint triathlon for the first time. The running and swimming were..meh, but I was totally hooked by the biking. Went on to bike the Denali Highway in the Alaskan interior the next year. And bike about 1 to 2,000 miles a year since. I use a trainer during the Alaskan winters but am looking into a fat bike so I can ride year round. <BR> <BR> I love both distance cycling with my road bike and mountai... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 22:26:16 EST Texas Rider http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58376972 Anyone here ride in Texas? I'm always looking for people to ride with or different rides happening around Texas. I tend to bring my bike where ever I travel so I ride in different cities and it always helps knowing someone to ride with. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:36:09 EST Having an issue that is most likely TMI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58317981 Apologies in advance..... <BR> <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago, I adjusted my seat up to get a full extension on my legs, it made a world of difference for my knees, but now I am having another issue. <BR> <BR> After adjusting my seat, I did 4 miles or so ....I know this isn't much for you pros, but its a long way for me! I noticed that my ...hooha..was pretty sore, so I went out the next day and did 6 miles, because I'm smart that way, lol! <BR> I was having to stand up on the pedals and... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:54:39 EST What's your riding pet peeve? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58302673 Beautiful day for a ride today. So out in the country I went. Beautiful day = people mowing grass. So why do they feel the need to blow grass out in the road? Today was really bad - must not have mowed in awhile as an entire lane of the road was covered for a good distance. Would usually go into the other lane but cars were coming in each direction. As cars passed, grass blew into my face. Although most mowers are aware of what's going on around them, and stop when they see me coming, s... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:05:49 EST Cycling & Weight Loss / Riding In The Heat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58193733 A couple of interesting links in today's Road Bike Rider: <BR> <BR> <link>www.roadbikerider.com/ask-coach-fred </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.roadbikerider.com/top </link> <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:37:24 EST Windburn? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58159508 From my reading, windburn seems to be a somewhat contentious subject amongst cyclists: some claim that it doesn't exist. <BR> <BR> I'm on the fence, but I'd sure like to know what has happened to my face and prevent it in the future if possible! This has now happened to me twice in the last month. I had assumed it was a touch of sun, but hubby insists that it is windburn. <BR> <BR> My face isn't red, but it does feel tight and tingly (as if I have a mild sunburn). When I started my 20k ride... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 09:40:17 EST Whelp! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58154067 I think I finally have my seat adjusted correctly....it must be, because my knees don't hurt but my shenanigans are numb! <BR> <em>40</em> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 20:45:01 EST Bicycle Traveler Magazine: Current Issue Available http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58106070 "Welcome to the Bicycle Traveler Magazine newsletter <BR> <BR> The 7th issue is now online and can be downloaded at:" <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicycletraveler.bicyclingaroundt<BR>heworld.nl/current-issue </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 4 Jun 2014 09:47:09 EST June 2014 goals and resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58077361 Well, I did not do well in May. I have had some breathing problems and the doctor took me off my bike and limited my exercise till they finish tests. That won't be till the middle of June, so not much riding in June either. Perhaps that will help me do more sewing, but it will require some strict diet control. For June I will: <BR> <BR> 1) Keep my nutrition below 1100 calories a day <BR> 2) Walk at least 1 mile daily <BR> 3) Get another quilt in the frame and hopefully quilted <BR> 4) Fi... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:51:16 EST June Riding Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58075801 10,000 miles has been the team's monthly goal. <BR> <BR> Track your contribution to the team total with posts as follows <BR> <BR> Miles Ridden / Total Miles Month to Date / Miles to go to Reach your Monthly Target <BR> <BR> My goal this month is 150 miles. <BR> <BR> 0 / 0 / 150 Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:48:54 EST Bike Seats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58061692 Just curious to know if there is a real reason for bike seats to be so hard or if it is truly just because the designers and manufacturers are sadistic SOBs <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I am certain that my bike seat must be softer than a brick but after my ride today I have some doubts lol. Sat, 31 May 2014 14:52:06 EST Had my backside handed to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x58002487 Hello, everyone. I had my backside handed to me in a really big way on Sunday. Wow. What a reality check. <BR> <BR> My cycling goal for this summer is to ride to work and back two-three days a week. I have a a few route options, which vary from 15.2km (9.5mi) to 17.8km (11mi) in length, one way. Elevation changes along the route amount to around 50m (164ft). The speed limit on Calgary's MUPs (multiuse pathways) is 20kph (12.4mph). Around 95% of my commute is along the MUPs. A brutal headwind... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:57:22 EST Sign Petition To Curb Bike Theft http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57982751 I thought folks might want to sign this petition started by People For Bikes and Project 529: <BR> <BR> <link>project529.com/garage/petitions </link> <BR> <BR> "Every 30 seconds, a cyclist has their bike stolen in the United States. Nearly half of college students with bicycles will lose them during their education. Bicycle theft is rampant in the United States, and it's due in part to the ease of fencing stolen bikes through online sites. <BR> <BR> There's a simple solution that would... Sat, 24 May 2014 12:18:29 EST Rain & Wet Feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57951380 Hey all, <BR> <BR> Went on a ride this morning and got caught in a down pour. By the time I got home my feet were absolutely SOAKED!! Just wondering if anyone has tried putting bags on their feet or had any other suggestions on keeping the toes dry. <BR> <BR> Thanks~ Molly Wed, 21 May 2014 13:36:59 EST Apps to help you take a scenic bike ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57918993 Apps to help you take a scenic bike ride <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/apps/3648/apps-to-he<BR>lp-you-take-a-scenic-bike-ride/all </link> <BR> <BR> Good to see a nod to cycling from Kim Komando! :-) <BR> <BR> "With the weather getting nicer each and every day, you might consider going on a nice long bike ride to take in some beautiful outdoor scenery. All you need to do is take one look at this thrilling video to get motivated. <BR> Once you get in gear, these apps will help you to m... Sun, 18 May 2014 21:44:16 EST Google Maps adds elevation data for cyclists http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57908324 Google Maps adds elevation data for cyclists braving the hills <BR> <BR> <link>www.pcworld.com/article/2156580/goog<BR>le-maps-adds-elevation-data-for-cyclis<BR>ts-braving-the-hills.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Google has quietly added elevation data to bike routes in its Maps service, providing better intel for intrepid cyclists. <BR> <BR> The feature, which launched Friday, seems to work for much of the U.S. and Canada. Google says Maps already factored in elevation when determining route... Sat, 17 May 2014 20:38:38 EST Go Bike Montreal Festival http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57869903 Has anyone done this? It looks like one SPECIAL event! <BR> <BR> <link>us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=0caa27c<BR>d1d48e2fd96117a3b7&id=01b3f4b700&e=161<BR>03a6454 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure that the link to this Pedal America newsletter will work, but here's the article and a link to the Montreal event: <BR> <BR> "Oh, Canada <BR> Psyching-up for My Trip To A Bike-Crazed City <BR> <BR> When it comes to bicycling, I often hear the question: "If you build it, will they come?" <BR> <B... Wed, 14 May 2014 10:51:02 EST World-Wide Ride of Silence: Any Participants? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57857758 Our local bike club is holding the Ride of Silence tomorrow: <BR> <BR> <link>www.rideofsilence.org/main.php </link> <BR> <BR> However I see the world-wide site above lists it as being held NEXT Weds. 5/21...not sure why we're jumping the gun. But I plan to be there at least to send off our riders. <BR> <BR> Anyone else out there observing the Ride of Silence? I think this is an important event to highlight our ever-present concern for cycling safety...! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 13 May 2014 10:14:13 EST National Bike To Work Day This Friday May 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57830179 We are coming up on NATIONAL Bike To Work Day this Friday: <BR> <BR> <link>www.bike2work-day.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Being off the bike as I have so far this year I've been a bit oblivious to such important days...! <BR> <BR> Spread the word everyone! Get on your bikes and GO! :-) <BR> <BR> Don <BR> <BR> ps...here's a handy poster you can print and post at work: <BR> <BR> <link>www.bike2work-day.com/documents/B2We<BR>vent20148x11v1.pdf </link> Sat, 10 May 2014 21:58:58 EST If you were forced to choose... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57827784 between all the possible disciplines and permutations of cycling and could do no other forever. Which would it be? For me, XC mountain biking, even though most of my current riding is utility/commuting. There is just something very special about it for me. How about you? Sat, 10 May 2014 16:24:02 EST The Most (and Least) Bike-Friendly States http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57802109 The Most (and Least) Bike-Friendly States <BR> <BR> <link>blogs.bicycling.com/blogs/thehub/201<BR>4/05/05/the-most-and-least-bike-friend<BR>ly-states/ </link> <BR> <BR> Top 10 States <BR> 1. Washington <BR> 2. Minnesota <BR> 3. Wisconsin <BR> 4. Delaware <BR> 5. Oregon <BR> 6. Colorado <BR> 7. Maryland <BR> 8. Utah <BR> 9. California <BR> 10. Massachusetts <BR> <BR> I see New York has fallen in the rankings...sigh... <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 8 May 2014 09:55:56 EST How to plan a safe enjoyable bicycle touring route http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57768249 How to plan a safe and enjoyable bicycle touring route: <BR> <BR> <link>bicycletouringpro.com/blog/route-pla<BR>nning </link> <BR> <BR> "If you're planning a self-supported bicycle tour (a tour where you travel on your own and carry all necessary gear, clothing and equipment on your bicycle), then it's very likely that you are also going to be planning your own cycling route. <BR> <BR> I've created a massive how-to article for you. In this article I will share with you how to plan a sa... Mon, 5 May 2014 16:09:13 EST Hands going numb? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57765761 I am new to the group and have a few questions :) I am working on getting my distance up and at the moment am up to 16mile rides. I however am having trouble with my hands going numb. Is there anything that can be done other than just remembering to take them off the handle bars and stretch them? <BR> <BR> TIA :) Mon, 5 May 2014 12:13:04 EST Anybody Knowledgeable @ Brooks Saddles? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57713688 I've read so much praise for the Brooks Saddles for long-distance cycling that I'm very close to purchasing one. <BR> <BR> Problem is I can't decide between the B17: <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/dp/B0010AHVH4/ </link> <BR> <BR> or the Flyer (which I see does have some springs which might increase the comfort of the ride I suppose): <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/dp/B000WN2R1K/ </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone out there with some Brooks experience / knowledge to help point me one way ... Thu, 1 May 2014 08:25:27 EST May Riding Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57713255 10,000 miles has been the team's monthly goal. <BR> <BR> Track your contribution to the team total with posts as follows <BR> <BR> Miles Ridden / Total Miles Month to Date / Miles to go to Reach your Monthly Target <BR> <BR> My goal this month is 150miles. <BR> <BR> 0 / 0 / 150 Thu, 1 May 2014 07:48:26 EST National Bike Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57691737 Hoping we have a large contingent of Sparkers signing up! :-) <BR> <BR> -------------------------- <BR> <BR> The National Bike Challenge, now in its third year, is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists and encouraging countless new riders to get on their bikes. <BR> <BR> The goals for the friendly, online competition remain the same: to get more Americans bicycling, whether it's for fun, for work or for health. <BR> <BR> It is a free and easy way to challenge your... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:37:19 EST Free E-Book: Dynamic Conditioning Workout Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57628828 Although this is part 5 of a 5-Part Series, it offers a sample of some of the e-books which are available through Road Bike Rider: <BR> <BR> <link>www.roadbikerider.com/news-roundup </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the link to the actual PDF e-book file: <BR> <BR> <link>www.roadbikerider.com/sites/default/<BR>files/DynamicConditioningMonthlyMonth5<BR>-Maintenance.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:12:56 EST Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour! June 6-8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57622183 I would be remiss if I didn't remind folks out there that our local bicycle club, the Southern Tier Bicycle Club, will be hosting our 34th annual Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour in several weeks and NOW is your chance to register before the WAY reasonable rates ($90 per person for the whole weekend, including breakfast & dinner; $100 if you want a bed in one of the cabins) go up. <BR> <BR> I'd love to catch up with some fellow Sparkers who come to join in the fun that this weekend offers! ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:59:45 EST How Do You Keep Your Bike Safe From Thieves? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57574462 I thought this was an interesting piece and figured we might add our 2 cents: <BR> <BR> "WHAT KIND OF BIKE LOCK DO YOU RECOMMEND?" <BR> <BR> <link>bicycletouringpro.com/blog/what-kind<BR>-of-bike-lock-do-you-recommend/ </link> <BR> <BR> "There is no single bike lock that will prevent your bike from being stolen in all situations. Even with two or more locks on your bicycle, there is a good chance the bike will get stolen if you leave it in the wrong area for too long. <BR> <BR> Lockin... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:30:47 EST New Washington Law that impacts Cyclists http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57509255 A new law will go into effect in June that allows motorcyclists to proceed through a red light if the light will not change because the sensor does not pick up their presence. Where I live, few sensors detect bicycles. Clearly, this will permit the same behavior by cyclists. (Although it's always been permissible to proceed through a red light if it's safe to do so and the light appears to be malfunctioning. And when a light never changes, I consider that defective.) <BR> <BR> Here's the te... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:41:33 EST Box Bikes in the Netherlands http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57427593 Leave it to the Dutch...they keep innovating & integrating cycling so nicely into their culture! <BR> <BR> A bakfiets compilation <BR> <BR> <link>bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2014/04/0<BR>3/a-bakfiets-compilation/ </link> <BR> <BR> "The English term cargo bike has a strong and obvious connection to freight, with that word cargo. The Dutch word bakfiets is more neutral and literally means ‘box bike’. That makes it perfectly normal for the Dutch to transport not only cargo in these box bike... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:37:25 EST New to Cycling, Would Like Opinions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57414641 My husband & I have decided to get bikes to lose some weight and get healthier. He's ordered his, a Torker 3-spd trike (he has balance issues and can't ride a two-wheeler). <BR> <BR> I'm looking at hybrids, specifically the Giant Escape W2 and W3. Problem is, I'm having trouble "test-driving" them, because the shops around here that carry the brand don't seem to stock anything smaller than a Medium. At barely 5'2", I'm going to need either a Small or XS. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a Giant... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 22:58:42 EST Bike Hacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57398501 Many of these are "eye-rollers" and good for a laugh, but occasionally one spots some ingenuity worthy of trying: <BR> <BR> <link>www.bikehacks.com/bikehacks/ </link> <BR> <BR> Don Sat, 5 Apr 2014 17:23:12 EST Improving side visibility - Fiks:Reflective http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57374992 I have Fiks:Reflective on 2 of my bikes that I ride at night to improve side visibility. They make some good stuff, check them out if you ride at night and are looking for some options to improve your side visibility. Night riding is a pleasure, no lie. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ridewithfiks.com/ </link> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 18:01:32 EST April 2014 Riding Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57354704 10,000 miles has been the team's monthly goal. -- We have NOT been meeting this. <BR> <BR> Should it be changed to 5000 miles? <BR> <BR> Track your contribution to the team total with posts as follows <BR> <BR> Miles Ridden / Total Miles Month to Date / Miles to go to Reach your Monthly Target <BR> <BR> I am increasing my goal in anticipation of a nice riding month. So my goal this month is 300 miles. <BR> <BR> 0 / 0 / 150 <BR> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:04:12 EST April 2014 goals and resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57351636 Well, I did pretty well in March, except for the bike riding. Hopefully it is finally gonna warm up and I can get more miles in. Here are resolutions for April: <BR> <BR> Apr 2014 goals: <BR> 1) lose 4 pounds <BR> 2) ride 200 miles <BR> 3) clean and plant flowerbeds <BR> 4) complete 2 quilt UFOs <BR> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:56:25 EST Pround Mama Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57266051 Monday morning my daughter was so excited to ride her bike the one mile to school (she is 10 y.o.). She had her lock ready, the tires were all pumped with air. She got her new bike for her birthday in January and the weather is finally warming up. It was 25F when she left the house - too cold for me, but the bike was calling her name. I remember that sense of freedom - getting on that bike and riding into the distance :) Another cyclist is born!! Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:25:43 EST Vacation Fun... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57262567 Hello everybody! <BR> My husband and I recently came back from an amazing vacation. We started in Florida and ended in North Carolina, both warm (ie: no snow), sunny and best of all...FLAT! I rode everywhere! It was incredible to ride during one of New England's snowy, blustery, and cold months. It gave me a sense of hope that spring WILL come, hopefully sooner than later. I loved it and I am getting ready to go on another biking adventure with my usual partner in crime, my friend Jan, w... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:44:42 EST What is the BEST book on Bicyling You Have Read? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57235186 Share your favorite book on bicycling. It can be fiction or non-fiction. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:14:15 EST It's Back: Free City Maps 2Go App (Offline Maps) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57228839 I love having my City Maps 2 Go App on my smartphone for access to detailed maps which require no data use. This way when I'm off in the hinterlands where 3G / 4G is non-existent I can still pull up a map if I need to. It's a great security blanket: <BR> <BR> "Free City Maps 2Go Pro – Offline Map and Travel Guide <BR> Read more at http://hungryforapps.com/s/free-city-maps-<BR>2go-pro-offline-map-and-travel-guide-1<BR>00-discount#eUcvg0kWdVXB3mOR.99" <BR> <BR> <link>hungryforapps.com/s/fre... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 08:31:55 EST "Drive with Care" media campaign! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57165370 <link>www.indiegogo.com/projects/drive-wit<BR>h-care-by-bikepgh </link> <BR> <BR> "Why "Drive With Care"? <BR> <BR> Bike Pittsburgh has been advocating for better streets for biking and walking since 2002. Just step outside and you'll see our growing community everywhere. In 2012, however, violence against bike riders was at the forefront of Pittsburgh news – particularly alarming was a rash of gruesome hit-and-runs, as well as the negative reactions to news articles posted on social med... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:25:18 EST How much is a cyclists life worth anyway? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57040127 How much is a cyclists life worth anyway? <BR> Rewriting Rules of the Road for the Bike Age <BR> <BR> <link>nextcity.org/forefront/view/how-much<BR>-is-a-cyclists-life-worth-anyway </link> <BR> <BR> "The number of Americans who commute via bicycle jumped by 64 percent between 1990 and 2009, yet the laws that protect them have lagged behind. Nationwide, the bike safety landscape looks like a patchwork of state regulations and variations in enforcement. In most states the only law explici... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 12:25:27 EST Bicycle Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57016381 A member of our bike club suggested that we "nudge" our local businesses to join in with this network to see if our collective word of mouth can open some entrepreneurial eyes to the "benefits" of catering to cyclists! You might want to try this in YOUR community: <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicyclebenefits.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Bicycle Benefits is a progressive bicycling program designed to reward individuals and businesses for their commitment to cleaner air, personal health, and the use of... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 14:02:14 EST Are you looking for a challenge ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x57001605 We (my company) is looking to recruit a woman to complete our team for The Raid Centrale, link below. The short list of requirements is : <BR> <BR> *5 day race from end of April / beginning of May <BR> *in the Swiss Alps <BR> *running & biking each day, about 50k total per day <BR> <BR> I know it is a long shot but thought I would post here on the off chance someone is willing & able (also posted in the Marathon & Half-Marathon teams) <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.raidecp.net... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:43:36 EST March 2014 Riding Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56962614 January and February were both miserable and COLD where I live. <BR> <BR> 4 Outdoor rides total for me over these two months. I am looking forward to Spring! <BR> <BR> 10,000 miles has been the team's monthly goal. <BR> <BR> Track your contribution to the team total with posts as follows <BR> <BR> Miles Ridden / Total Miles Month to Date / Miles to go to Reach your Monthly Target <BR> <BR> March is starting off cold where I live. But I am increasing my goal in anticipation of Spring. ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 13:37:53 EST March 2014 goals/re olutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56946833 And yet another month has come and gone. I didn't quite reach all my goals, but am getting closer to them. Hopefully March will warm up a bit and we can all get outside and work on our aerobic exercises and get some much needed vitamin D. For March I am going to continue to increase my cycling miles, but add a household goal as well. <BR> <BR> Mar 2014 goals: <BR> 1) lose 4 pounds <BR> 2) ride 200 miles <BR> 3) clean/organize one room and closet weekly <BR> 4) complete 1 UFO <BR> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:25:41 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x56909771 I'm new to sparkpeople, trying to find my way around. I hope to be inspired by other people who are getting fit and healthy. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:42:21 EST Tale of 3 Hamlets: An Adventure in Delaware Co. NY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56831820 I came across this lovely blog the other day with many pics of a rural part of New York that's practically in my back yard. It got me itching BIGTIME for Spring...so be forewarned! :-) <BR> <BR> <link>ridingthecatskills.com/2013/07/15/ta<BR>le-of-three-hamlets-an-adventure-in-de<BR>laware-county-new-york/ </link> <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:06:44 EST Support Your Local Bike / Pedestrian Projects! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56831656 I've shared this with our local SparkTeam, but if others want to lend a hand it would be much appreciated: <BR> <BR> There has been an effort over the past several years by some super folks to put together funding for WONDERFUL project proposed to connect our downtown Riverwalk trail and Washington Street Bridge to Binghamton University via a Bicycle / Pedestrian Greenway which would run along the Vestal Parkway Route 434. <BR> <BR> I think this would be a BOON to our area and greatly enha... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:54:37 EST new BK rider http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x56810549 hello everyone <BR> my name is Manny and i have been a long time rider but after getting a desk job (12yrs ago) and sitting behind a desk and working on computers all day long, the weight creeped up on me (currently 280lbs). i tried getting back on the saddle before, about 5yrs ago and was doing about a 10 mile run daily but working over time started taking up most of my time throughout the day (12-15hr shifts) that it was getting more and more difficult to continue to ride. i live in a area ... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:02:23 EST Weight loss stall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56806555 It's been two weeks but it seems like a month. I'm riding my bike further and further. 18 miles 2 days ago. I went from sitting on the couch drinking 1200 calories and eating another 4000 every night to 2500 a day and being very active. I've gained 2 pounds. The only thing keeping me going is my new love for riding longer distances. <BR> <BR> I picked up a Specialized Allez Elite yesterday as a goal to be able to ride it but now I'm not sure. <BR> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:23:09 EST I need some advice on a mountain bike for my wife http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56682900 I've narrowed it down to 3 models in the $400-$550 range. Specialized Myka, Trek Skye, and the Marin Wildcat. All of these seem to be pretty much the same bike. Any opinions? Also the bike shop guy suggested a 29er although she is 5" 4" and 105 lbs. Does this sound right? Fri, 7 Feb 2014 10:31:28 EST New guy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x56682737 Hello everyone! I might be the biggest person here but hopefully not for long! I was a ABA BMX racer as a teen. I got REALLY fat as an adult but I'm kicking that to the curb and working on getting to the point of some serious MTB trail riding! Fri, 7 Feb 2014 10:23:35 EST Hey, all! I'm new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x56657966 Hi! My name is Garrie. I'm from Utah. I was inspired to begin cycling a couple years ago after helping my niece organize a women's bike event. I love cycling, and I love listening to others talk about it. I have so much to learn, and I'll humbly listen to others share their stories, tips, successes, and mishaps. <BR> <BR> Hope 2014 is a grand cycling year for all of you! <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 12:02:01 EST Feb 2014 goals/re olutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56617851 Well, except for my weight loss I missed on my January goals. It is so hard to ride a bike in the snow and ice and hard to quilt when you work every day. So for Feb I will once again attempt to ride my bike 150 miles and get my friend's quilt back to her. <BR> <BR> my Feb goals: <BR> 1) lose 3 pounds <BR> 2) ride my bike 150 miles <BR> 3) finish my friend's quilt and get it back to her. <BR> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 15:46:18 EST Chico Velo Wildflower Century? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56615430 My wife and I just signed up to do the 60-mile flatflower. We've never done it, but have been wanting to for years. Any other Sparksters riding in this event? <link>www.chicovelo.org/wildflower-april.h<BR>tml </link> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 12:08:09 EST February 2014 Riding Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56602005 January was miserable and COLD where I live. I only managed 3 outdoor rides and 2 indoor rides. <BR> <BR> 10,000 miles has been the team's monthly goal. <BR> <BR> Track your contribution to the team total with posts as follows <BR> <BR> Miles Ridden / Total Miles Month to Date / Miles to go to Reach your Monthly Target <BR> <BR> February is also cold and icy where I live. So my goal this month is 100 miles. <BR> <BR> 0 / 0 / 100 Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:33:10 EST What to look for in a road bike..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56563402 Hi everyone. I've been doing all my riding on a Trek hybrid these last few years primarly on bike trails, and want to venture out to road biking primarily for longer distance rides. Does it make more sense to get a touring bike for these kind of rides or a road bike? I'm not sure of the difference and what to look for. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:05:24 EST Changing a Bicycle Flat Tire Without Hands http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56560671 <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWCD<BR>EAYn8rQ </link> <BR> <BR> Pretty amazing! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:51:46 EST garmin 310 xt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56526082 hey runners/ triathletes i am looking for feedback on the garmin 310 xt, my 305 is dying so i am in the market. any thought would be appreciated. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 19:07:32 EST Bike Loot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56501031 My daughter got me a three month subscription to Bike Loot. Just received the first box in the mail a few days ago. It's a gift box with items relating to what else - cycling! It's a surprise every month that I will be looking forward to receiving. Containing various sample items, for January they had a couple of food bars, drink mixes, a ready to go wet cycling towel, and a blinking light that attached to your rear saddlebag. <BR> <BR> Right now they are running a special 6 months for... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:31:30 EST Suggestions for lobster claw gloves? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56490766 Been bike commuting through the cold and my weak spot is gloves. Looking for suggestions for single digits temps and below for lobster claw/trigger finger gloves, any ideas? Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:18:53 EST Waterproof phone mount http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56487196 I've been looking for a new phone mount that will fit my iPhone 5S without having to take the case off. I found this large one that also happens to be waterproof, which is an added bonus! <BR> <BR> It looks like they are giving away some in a contest if you're interested: <link>news.satechi.net/satechi-new-year-re<BR>solution-sweepstakes/ </link> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:39:42 EST Looking for a good Metric Century training plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56433965 Do you guys have a favorite or good training plan for a metric century? I have Googled it but not come up with too much. I just thought maybe you might have a spreadsheet or a good plan that you have followed in the past that you might share. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Don Haller Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:13:14 EST Need advice for winter roads http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56366935 I just started a new job and after a lot of thinking about transportation (I don't have a car), I remembered that there is a bike rack at the library...right where there happens to be a bus stop. <BR> Hooray for me, except that its wintertime in Chicagoland. <BR> <BR> As of right now, the sidewalks (where I usually ride my bike) are mostly impassable for walking, much less riding, and I am not sure about riding in the street...which is where I am walking lately. <BR> <BR> It is only 2... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:54:45 EST Your Opinion on Electric Bikes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56344366 My DH & i have rented pedego electric bikes two times and now we're hooked! They are so much fun to ride. Do any of you own an electric bike? Would you buy one? Why or why not? <BR> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:22:18 EST Indoor cycling training apps? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56278976 Hi all, <BR> Well the rain has finally come to the Oregon Coast - it's been the driest fall and winter on record here. While that's been tough on the farmers and fishermen, it's been heaven on wheels for us cycle-holics. But now it's raining and it's time to pull out the trainer - the BORING trainer. <BR> I found a couple apps to keep me entertained and motivated for my android phone: Indoor Cycling Coach by twelveguage software, and Turbo Tour. I've downloaded them but haven't tried 'em yet.... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:02:42 EST Hello My Name is Christina and I am a bikaholic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x56252034 I am new to this team and have been more diligent with tracking on SP as well. I love the community feeling I get while on here. This time it is different for me. <BR> I have been biking seriously since 2010 and have participated in two century rides. My first attempt was on a comfort bike in which I lasted for 67 miles. My second attempt last year I completed 100 miles on my new road bike. I love cycling, it has become such a huge part of my life. I get sad every winter (here in New England... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 22:51:02 EST 136-mile cycling network above London proposed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56205258 How AWESOME would THIS be?! <BR> <BR> Architects propose 136-mile cycling network above London: <BR> <BR> <link>www.theverge.com/2014/1/3/5269294/no<BR>rman-foster-skycycle-london-cycling-ne<BR>twork </link> <BR> <BR> "Lord Norman Foster, renowned architect and founder of Foster + Partners, has proposed a massive network of elevated pathways for cyclists in London. Dubbed 'SkyCycle,' the cycling routes would follow London's vast suburban rail network for over 220 kilometers (136 miles)... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 22:38:32 EST January Riding Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56193567 10,000 miles has been the team's monthly goal. <BR> <BR> Track your contribution to the team total with posts as follows <BR> <BR> Miles Ridden / Total Miles Month to Date / Miles to go to Reach your Monthly Target <BR> <BR> January is cold and icy where I live. So my goal this month is 100 miles. <BR> <BR> 0 / 0 / 100 Fri, 3 Jan 2014 08:12:48 EST Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour 2014 Reg. Open! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56163035 Registrations for zillions of cycling events are starting to pour in! <BR> <BR> Let me make the case for our local bike club's annual event: <BR> <BR> We've been putting this event together for 33 years! Our club pulls together decades of wisdom and fun! <BR> <BR> This year we are including a wider range of planned activities which add to our road rides some hiking and mountain bike rides. Our campgrounds are located just outside Watkins Glen, NY. <BR> <BR> For a full weekend of riding, y... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:51:14 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x56157561 Hi everyone! I am new to the team but not spark. My husband and I just started mountain biking and absolutely love it! We would love to do some road biking but need to save up for road bikes. <BR> <BR> Excited to be a part of the team and to get some serious miles in for 2014! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:26:23 EST BEYOND the Last Minute Cycling Deals...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56151611 Just got this e-mail on some deals on cycling stuff...lights, tools, etc. Can't vouch for these particular products, but can vouch for the company, have ordered from them before without any hiccups, and the prices are usually rock bottom: <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailysteals.com/heist/?utm_sourc<BR>e=DailySteals.com+-+Deal+of+the+Day&ut<BR>m_campaign=c7cf3fcb2a-12_31_13_Fit_H#h<BR>eist/528 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:58:07 EST Top Biking Stories of 2013 & More... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56148679 All righty, let's wrap up the year with the Top 14 Bike Stories of the year: <BR> <BR> <link>www.fastcoexist.com/3022869/the-top-<BR>14-bike-stories-of-2013 </link> <BR> <BR> PLUS top bicycle maintenance resolutions for 2014: <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicycling.com/maintenance/repair<BR>-maintenance/wrenching-resolutions-you<BR>r-essential-cycling-maintenance </link> <BR> <BR> And to close with wishes for another SAFE year of cycling ahead for everyone with some cautions highlighted in ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:31:33 EST Jan 2014 goals/res olutions: New year, new us. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56137622 Here it is, the end of an old year and time to think about what we would like to accomplish in the new one. I have been challenged with some health issues these last 2 months and that has changed my expectations. I had my gall bladder removed in November and found out I have liver disease. I have had to drastically change my diet and exercise routines and was cautioned not to lose more than 2 pounds a week due to possible worsening of the liver condition, so weight loss will be slower tha... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:10:27 EST Bicycle Traveler Magazine newsletter: Free Issue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56040884 Fun stuff! Get's the imagination to roaming... <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Bicycle Traveler Magazine newsletter <BR> <BR> The 6th issue is now online and can be downloaded at: <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicycletraveler.bicyclingaroundt<BR>heworld.nl/ </link> <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:30:59 EST Must See & Forward This Video to ALL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56019553 Dear Motorist: <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/Euu2QRIuEPk </link> <BR> <BR> This isn't JUST for cycling safety, but concerns the safety of ANYONE ever using a road or walkway in public...joggers, dog-walkers, you name it! This sends a powerful message to anyone getting behind the wheel of a car! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:35:27 EST Bikes for Tikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x56001771 Yesterday, I got together with several of my friends from my car club at the local Chevy dealership and assembled bicycles that will be given away on Friday night for deserving kids in the surrounding communities. This is our fourth year doing this and it has grown in popularity with the community each year. Santa will arrive on a firetruck and hear all the kids wishes, and then the elves unveil the bikes from behind a large curtain that they have been hidden behind. <BR> <BR> Here are coup... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:00:57 EST Game-changing bike invention http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55955773 Game-changing bike invention <BR> <BR> <link>videos.komando.com/watch/4622/viral-<BR>videos-game-changing-bike-invention </link> <BR> <BR> "Whether you cycle for pleasure or just to get where you're going, this invention could change everything! It installs on almost any bike in seconds and works with your smartphone. But what exactly does the Copenhagen Wheel do? You have to watch to find out!" <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.superpedestrian.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Also another fun cy... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:46:43 EST Our Local Bike Club in Holiday Parade http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55943343 Unfortunately I had to work, so I wasn't able to join in the festivities, but every year our bike club joins in with our local holiday parade. One of our members posted a video of it: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/v/ov173HQjDq4 </link> <BR> <BR> "On our recent ride in the Johnson City Holiday Parade, I had a camera on my handlebars (my dashcam). With riding slowly, the handlebars are unsteady and thus the video is a little unsteady. The clip in the link is 5 minutes." <BR> <BR> Yet a... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:16:46 EST Mechanical question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55941244 Admittedly, my bike is a cheap Walmart bike (NEXT Avalon), but lately the gears have been slipping a lot. I pretty much stay in 3rd gear (of 7 total), because it won't let me select 2nd or 1st and if I try 4th, it skips right on to 5th (which is too high for me at my re-beginner level). Even in 3rd gear, I'll be pedaling along and it will randomly catch like it's trying to change gears, even when my hand is nowhere near the shifter. It's becoming frustrating, and a few weeks ago, just as I wa... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:24:27 EST Back in the Saddle at Last! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x55912155 I wanted to drop the team a note to say thanks. A quick history: As some of you know, I had a really bad crash on June 16, 2012. I had a head injury, knee injury, dislocated left thumb, and knocked out several teeth. I have recovered from most of that. I still have memory gaps esp the first couple weeks after the crash. I have spent $20,000 on implants for my teeth (not covered by my dental insurance). Currently I have all my missing/damaged teeth replaced except 2 in the back upper left side... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 18:12:59 EST Wallet Power Bank $29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55898144 While touring this past summer I noticed some folks found a PowerBank a handy solution for their Smart Phone charging needs and figure for $30 one can't go wrong...! <BR> <BR> So I'm passing along the deal if anyone is interested. <BR> <BR> Don <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailysteals.com/?utm_source=Dail<BR>ySteals.com+-+Deal+of+the+Day&utm_camp<BR>aign=31dd922e8f-12_7_13_Sat_Steals#d/15478 </link> Sat, 7 Dec 2013 12:35:16 EST Unicycle Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55876424 This is from Adventure Cycling's Bike Bits: <BR> <BR> A BALANCED LIFE <BR> Riders belonging to the UK's only extreme unicycling team, Voodoo <BR> Unicycles, have performed across the globe in efforts to raise <BR> awareness for a sport that rarely gets the attention it deserves. <BR> Earlier this year, four team members took a road trip around the <BR> Scottish Highlands. Over rocks and snow, sand and dirt, and <BR> makeshift urban-terrain parks they went (as well as over priceless <BR> cast... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 12:27:06 EST Cycling Buddies in Dallas / Fort Worth area? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55860961 Sending out a request from one of our local bike club members who has relocated to the Dallas / Fort Worth area who is pining for the camaraderie of our club rides and hoping to replicate them in his new hometown area. <BR> <BR> I thought I'd toss this out in case anyone from our Team would like to catch up with Sam, who is a well-seasoned, strong and experienced rider of many years. <BR> <BR> Here is his comment about his attempts to connect thus far: <BR> <BR> "I have found it difficult... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 08:09:43 EST December Riding Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55855632 10,000 miles has been the team's monthly goal. <BR> <BR> Track your contribution to the team total with posts as follows <BR> <BR> Miles Ridden / Total Miles Month to Date / Miles to go to Reach your Monthly Target <BR> <BR> So for December, my target is 150 miles ( it is getting cold in the Midwest! ). Today I rode 20.32 miles. Today's ride is also my first ride of the month. <BR> <BR> 20.32 / 20.32 / 129.68 Tue, 3 Dec 2013 19:38:27 EST Forbidden Streets New Years Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55838871 My DH and I have a New Years day tradition: we take a bike ride that includes streets that we NEVER ride because they are too dangerous. In Los Angeles that means they have a high speed limit and no bike lanes. We go out early when there is no traffic and enjoy the ride. <BR> <BR> This year we are planning on riding south on Cherry Ave from North Long Beach to the ocean. The last half is one lane, each way and is always busy with thru traffic since there are no other streets nearby that pr... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 12:50:05 EST Fresh Cycles: SO PROUD of our local Bike Club! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55772764 Being all-thumbs mechanically, I can't take any credit for this effort, but still I am SO PROUD of our local bike club <link>www.southerntierbicycleclub.org </link> for their efforts behind this program! <BR> <BR> Fresh Cycles <BR> <BR> <link>www.freshcycles.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here is an e-mail I'll share from our club's leader: <BR> <BR> "Several of you have been curious as to what may be happening to the several Bicycle Give Away Programs the STBC, Inc. supports. <BR> <BR... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:41:41 EST Thanksgiving Day - Virtual Team Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55754729 All right everyone. It is time to start a team tradition! <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving Day 2013 will be the start of a virtual team event - a Turkey Day ride! <BR> <BR> To participate, before Thanksgiving post how many miles you plan to ride on Thanksgiving Day. By the end of the day, post how many miles you actually rode that day - in your Turkey Day ride post / report please be sure to include what you are most thankful this tp year <BR> <BR> All participants will be eligible for a random p... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 19:38:54 EST What Animal(s) have You Encountered While Riding? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55752670 I was cycling around Charleston with my boyfriend at the time. We were just tooling around aimlessly when we came upon a lake about the size of a football field. There was a tour trolley car ahead of us, and we heard the conductor say, "You can just spot a huge alligator on the opposite bank right now." We saw it, and that thing was ENORMOUS--I'm talking at least 15 feet and THICK. The alligator proceeded to slide into the water. There were no fences at this place. Needless to say, I thi... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:42:52 EST Your Most Fun Organized Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55695352 I am putting together a plan for our city for a fun organized bike ride and would like to hear about the rides you enjoyed and what you liked about that ride. <BR> <BR> Also let me know what you you don't like about organized rise you have ridden in. <BR> How much will you pay for a 1-day ride? <BR> Does it matter that it's for a charity? <BR> Does it matter if there are booths at the start of the ride? <BR> <BR> I was doing research and found out about a Tour de Donut! Your overall ti... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:43:47 EST Can you straighten a bike wheel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55672316 Ughh, so I managed to bend my rear bike wheel on a 40 mile ride yesterday. <BR> <BR> With a bit of brute strength and some judicious alignment, I managed to get it straight enough to limp home, but it was pretty wobbly, and I need a more permanent fix. <BR> <BR> It is an older bike with the threaded hubs, and a bit of a non-standard size, so getting a replacement wheel will not be easy. <BR> <BR> Can a bike wheel be straightened satisfactorily on a permanent basis? Is this something my LBS... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 20:12:26 EST Nutrition: Before & During http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55664699 So, I've started riding with this new group and I'm LOVING it! It's a large group. I'd say 150-200 people. They divide into 6 groups - 2 are no-drops which is what I need. I go with the faster of the two (14-16 mph) which is a "one stop/no drop" ride. They ride between 30-40 miles. <BR> <BR> Here's my problem. The first week, we didn't have our first stop until mile 22! I had a pretty good breakfast about 2 hours before the ride. (a banana, half a glass of milk, two pieces of toast with cinn... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:20:42 EST Pre-Ride Routine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55622748 Sometimes, I am so excited to get on my bike, I forget an important piece of equipment. I have two bikes I use so I have to switch equipment between bikes. That's part of the problem. There's nothing worst than grabbing the wrong size inner-tube and having a flat on an bike path, far from home. <BR> <BR> So <BR> <BR> I put together a check list, wrote it on my portable flip chart and hung it in the garage right above my cycling gear. I'm hoping that will help me slow down and make sure I h... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:41:18 EST Best Bike Lights http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55596513 We have a discussion on another topic on bike lights so I thought I would start a separate thread. <BR> <BR> So share about your lights: <BR> Are they battery operated or USB/rechargeable? <BR> How long does a charge or batteries last? <BR> How many lumens? <BR> Helmet mounted or handlebars? <BR> Price? <BR> Durability? <BR> etc <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:26:27 EST First Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x55575730 Getting back to Sparkpeople for the first time in two years. I have been cycling over the past year about 6000 miles and burn up lots of calories but always manage to replace them. I am trying to manage my intake a bit better. I relate well to others who ride and have enjoyed your posts. Sat, 9 Nov 2013 16:58:07 EST Sunglasses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55537090 I live in Houston where the humidity is often high. Often, my sunglasses fog up so bad that I can hardly see - especially when I stop at a traffic light or whatever. Today, I guess because the humidity was so high, I ended up having to take them off. I've had to do this a few times and I don't feel safe riding without them. <BR> <BR> Are there glasses that don't fog up like this? Or is there some kind of anti-fog that you put on your glasses? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help! Wed, 6 Nov 2013 09:47:20 EST Nov 2013 Resoluti ns/goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55505584 Well, I did not do well with my Oct resolutions or goals. I did get my photo's sorted, but that is about all. Have to see a surgeon Friday about my gallbladder. Have stones and sludge and my GP has me on limited exercise to prevent rupture. So, for November I am modifying my goals: <BR> <BR> 1) Get photo albums ready for Christmas <BR> 2) Finish my 3 quilts for Christmas gifts <BR> 3) Once cleared by MD start riding my bike 4 days a week. <BR> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 21:57:55 EST My First Bike "Race" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55494798 Hello, <BR> <BR> I am going to ride this race next week. http://www.espritdeshe.com/page/show/86087<BR>7-cycle%20tempe#.UnVv-hbvxcw <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? I signed up for the 15 mile ride. <BR> <BR> I bought a new saddle and it will get here next Wednesday. I will test it on Friday to see how it feels. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance!! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>332</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 01:52:00 EST November Riding Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55480789 10,000 miles is the Team's monthly goal. What % of that goal can you reach in a given month? To get it going and because I'm gonna be on a cruise with my Honey, I'm gonna shoot for 5% of the Team's goal. That will put me at 500 miles for the month. So, each time I cycle, I will log in what I biked, what my cumulative total is, and how much remains before reaching my goal. Example: I rode 35 miles and have 500 miles as my goal, 35 / 35 / 465. Good luck. <BR> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 21:27:44 EST If it’s unsafe for cycling, it’s unsafe for... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55406638 If it’s unsafe for cycling, it’s unsafe for driving! <BR> <BR> <link>blogs.plos.org/obesitypanacea/2013/1<BR>0/25/if-its-unsafe-for-cycling-its-uns<BR>afe-for-driving/ </link> <BR> <BR> I thought the author made some great points in this editorial! <BR> <BR> Don <BR> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 22:33:55 EST Need Suggestions - Moving to indoor riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55379517 I averaged 50 miles per week from August to beginning of Oct. Then the cold weather hit! I am NOT a cold weather girl so I brought one of my bikes in and put it on the trainer. I am so incredibly bored!!! I have tried watching movies, watching a tv show and listening to music. I can hardly stand to be on the bike for 20 minutes. The best thing I have found that works is scrolling through facebook while I sit upright but then I feel like I am not getting a very good workout. <BR> <BR> Indoor ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:56:26 EST Tips on Riding in the Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55377915 I am NOT a rainy weather cyclist, but I know many of you are and thought I would pass along these tips recently mentioned in Road Bike Rider. Perhaps if others have ideas you can share them and make this an even more useful message thread as a reference for folks...? <BR> <BR> <link>www.roadbikerider.com/top </link> <BR> <BR> "First, here are a couple of rain jackets we've reviewed in the recent past. If you don't already have one, they come in handy on rides where you just can't avoid ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:22:52 EST Is Paying for a Really Lightweight Bike Worth It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55354869 This article suggests the answer is "no." Blasphemy! Surely my misery climbing hills is caused by my 23-pound bike and its double chain ring, not the extra forty pounds of fuel I'm carrying on my body. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.usatriathlon.org/about-multispor<BR>t/multisport-zone/multisport-lab/artic<BR>les/bike-weight-102113.aspx </link> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:02:24 EST Good inspirational cycling read - Heft on Wheels http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55353383 I'm not sure how many of you may have read this book yet, but I read it several years ago and it was inspiring then and it is inspiring now. I just thought I's share with you all. <BR> <BR> Heft on Wheels, by Mike Magnuson <BR> <BR> http://www.amazon.com/Heft-Wheels-Field-<BR>Guide-Doing/dp/1400052416 <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:15:31 EST Back in the saddle again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x55334496 Hi all, I took my road bike out today for the first time in a very long time. I've ridden my whole life and have many, many centuries and club rides behind me. However, I just stopped one day and now three years later I'm over 100lbs more than I was when riding my bike on a regular basis. I took my mountain bike out a few times for some short jaunts last week and decided that my butt should be able to stand up to an hour in the saddle. I did pretty well for a fat guy, doing just over 14 mil... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 21:53:38 EST when you put your foot down - left or right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55283929 I mean literally putting your foot down - say at a traffic light. <BR> <BR> I'm curious because the first time I went on a group ride when we all stopped I realized that everyone but me put their right foot down. <BR> <BR> I tried the right foot - it felt awkward but I decided to work on that because you never know when there may be a reason that you might need to very quickly unclip and put either foot down. But then I started wondering why everyone but me is going at this backwards. <BR... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 10:08:26 EST Awesome Map App Free Today Only http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55283095 With this app you can download maps while on wi-fi and have them for later reference without requiring data. Just have to remember to nab the maps in advance so you have them. It's been helpful for me as I have the maps while on bike rides when I couldn't get connected to data (i.e. Google maps) even if I wanted to. <BR> <BR> City Maps 2Go <BR> Offline Maps <BR> $2.99 free! <BR> "Little tip: Next time you travel to Moscow and go crazy on the vodka, do not turn on your roaming to try to walk ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:09:17 EST woohoo the husband's bike is in the shop http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55261065 He hasn't ridden it in years so it's just been taking up space in the shed. It's in the shop now getting a tune-up and some other adjustments to get him out and on the trail. He has an ultra marathon coming up so the plan this weekend is to take the bikes up there and ride the route so he can check it out. My not-so secret hope is that he gets a bit of the cycling bug. At the shop yesterday he was eyeing some road bikes and then said "what is wrong with me, I can't even look at this until aft... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:38:32 EST Suggestions: Recruiting Younger Folks 4 Bike Club http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55214275 Just thought I'd see if anyone can join me in a brainstorming effort. <BR> <BR> Although our bike club is filled with super folks and we all have great times together I've been talking with our president about a problem we've been having: <BR> <BR> We're all old! She and I are around the same age, mid-50's and she remembers when she joined the club years ago being one of the youngest members...and she still is! <BR> <BR> I worry about the passing along of collective knowledge, wisdom, exci... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:25:54 EST Does indoor cycling count toward team goal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55195172 It's getting too cold for this older gal to be riding outside. Does indoor cycling on a trainer or an exercise bike count? Tue, 8 Oct 2013 22:39:15 EST You Might Be A CyclePath If... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55193675 I have learned a new use for my Light & Motion VIS 360 atop my bicycle helmet: <BR> <BR> It works great for mowing the lawn in the dark! <BR> <BR> Who wants to use valuable daylight for mowing the lawn when one could be cycling? Around this time of year daylight becomes increasingly precious! <BR> <BR> So I thought, I'll bet there are other crazy things us bicycle nuts do in the pursuit of our love of cycling...care to post any of yours? :-) <BR> <BR> Don <BR> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 20:48:12 EST Help me pick a bike? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55167525 Hi! I am finally getting a new bike after dealing with an old one that is too big for me for so long... The problem is I can't decide what bike to get. I saw a few nice ones at a bike store the other day but I can't decide. I did a test ride for all 3 but it was pouring so I didn't get to do a REAL ride, just back and forth down the edge of the strip mall where the store was, under the awnings... The ride was fine for all three. <BR> I was wondering if anyone can tell me what they think of th... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 21:55:39 EST Oww! My...Pride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55132414 I ended up with 12.5 mile on my bike the other day...I had a job interview a few towns away and since I am still without a vehicle, my super bright and super simple plan was to bike 4 miles to the train station, take the train, bike 2 miles to the business, 2 back to the train, and 4 home. <BR> <BR> The most I have done before this is 4 or 5 miles and since I didn't have a problem with my nether regions, I thought I was safe from that. <BR> <BR> I was mistaken. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Thu, 3 Oct 2013 21:12:54 EST Germany Has A National Cycling Plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55123968 Would that the USA and other countries follow suit! <BR> <BR> <link>issuu.com/carltonreid/docs/german_na<BR>tional_cycling_plan_2020 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:35:54 EST Incentives for Washington Bike Commuters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55102206 If you're in Washington, you may want to check this out. I came across this contest yesterday. Register with them, and take an alternative (to a single-occupancy vehicle) means to work at least six times during October, and you'll be entered in a contest for a trip to Hawaii. <BR> <BR> I'm a bike commuter, so I'll have no trouble coming with six trips. I know a lot of people cannot take the bus, take a carpool, or walk or ride their bikes to work. This isn't a indictment of you if you're in... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 15:27:07 EST October Riding Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55093500 10,000 miles is the Team's monthly goal. What % of that goal can you reach in a given month? To get it going, I'm gonna shoot for 10% of the Team's goal. That will put me at 1,000 miles for the month. So, each time I cycle, I will log in what I biked, what my cumulative total is, and how much remains before reaching my goal. Example: I rode 35 miles and have 1,000 miles as my goal, 35 / 35 / 965. Good luck. <BR> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 22:38:26 EST 1st Half Century http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x55001388 Just a bit of bragging here. On 9/11 I completed a 55 mile charity ride from Warwick, RI to Boston, MA ... my first half century ride. Granted we had checkpoints with water and snacks enroute and a lunch break, but I'm still chuffed. If I can do it, so can you! Remember that folks. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:29:52 EST Prescription Eye Wear http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54998310 Ok ... another question. <BR> <BR> Can anyone give me advice on how to figure out how to go about getting prescription glasses? <BR> <BR> I currently wear progressive prescription glasses ... and while good for general wear...for cycling it ...SUCKS! Wind, dirt, bugs...they all get in my eyes. <BR> <BR> I was debating getting contacts....but am really wanting prescription glasses. But after visiting my local bike shop I am still confused. What do I look for? How do I know if a fit is g... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:53:16 EST Winter Riding (Rainy Days) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54973138 Question – Does anyone know of a product out there that I can use to cover my shoes when riding? <BR> <BR> I have clipless pedals and shoes that are super vented ... so water soak my shoes and feet when there’s water on the road. Short of buying fenders, does anyone know of a way to keep my feet dry (and warm)? (At the moment I’m thinking of switching out my clipless to platform pedals and using a more covered shoe for the rainy season.) <BR> <BR> Also ... while I have a jacket to wear ..... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:25:57 EST Traffic? I am such a chicken. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54966777 How does one work up the courage to ride on the road? <BR> Does it get easier the faster you get? <BR> <BR> I don't have a problem riding in the bike lanes here....on the side roads they are nice and wide, actually, they are probably for parking or something but I use them as a bike lane because there is no parking on the streets overnight. In other places there are paved bike paths alongside the roads aside from the sidewalks. <BR> When there are neither bike lanes or paths, I have no pro... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:22:05 EST 190 pounds lost, she finished a triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54893976 <link>www.cnn.com/2013/09/12/health/human-<BR>factor-annette-miller/index.html?hpt=h<BR>e_c2 </link> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:24:47 EST The Healing Power of Cycling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54883718 Addiction and Cycling: All That You Leave Behind <BR> <BR> <link>bicycling.com/news/featured-stories/<BR>all-you-leave-behind </link> <BR> <BR> "After surviving more than a decade of crack cocaine and alcohol addiction, the author latched onto a pack of friends who introduced him to bicycle touring—and reminded him that there are multiple forms of recovery" <BR> <BR> “Cycling helped me become a different person, one willing to wait for that moment when everything became aligned.” <BR> ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 23:46:30 EST New to Biking. Would Love Tips and Suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54839789 HI, <BR> I am new to road cycling (bike riding in general), but I already love it. I ride a very large, heavy and old mountain bike. It hasn't bothered me (I have nothing to compare it to) until I realized how slow I'm actually going. It takes me an hour to go ten miles. Going slow doesn't particularly bother me. But i would like to go farther, and faster. And have an easier more enjoyable ride too. What are your suggestions on when to buy a road bike? New, used? A good one for a beginner? ... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 13:16:59 EST Chain maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54839718 I just got this email from Team CF (cystic fibrosis). I do my own drivetrain overhauls, but I've never done this method. I usually use citrus-based degreaser, and never occured to me to dry my chain in a slow oven. Any thoughts? <BR> <BR> Here's this person's chain-cleaning method: <BR> <BR> <BR> September 9, 2013 <BR> <BR> Keeping It Clean <BR> By: Gerry Pflug <BR> <BR> Having a clean drivetrain is one of the most important parts of keeping a bicycle running smooth and having a clean ... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 13:09:36 EST Tube blowout question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54822712 Hey all, <BR> <BR> I have a kind of embarrassing question. I started riding my bike again about two weeks ago. I got in 1 ride and everything was great. Then I noticed my tire was really low before my next ride. I filled it up but it went flat during the ride. I replaced the tube. Then on my next ride I got another flat tire. So my question is, am I to heavy for my bikes tubes? If so, do they make tubes for heavy people or am I stuck with a really nice bike I can't ride anymore? I t... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 07:28:48 EST Winter Biking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54815017 Hey everyone winter is coming and I am still a newbie at cycling to get around. I have learned since May (when I got my bike and trailer for my son) some of the basics of what is needed. I have invested in fenders for my bike and I got some flashing lights for the back of my bike the trailer and the front of the bike. I invested in helmets and a mirror which attaches to my helmet (which i love) I know that when it gets to october I should invest in studded tires since I do still plan on ridin... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 12:29:05 EST How was Your Ride? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54793825 How was your most recent ride? Did you ride with others or solo? What was the best moment of the ride? How did you feel afterwards? Etc. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I rode by myself doing intervals. I felt weary during the ride, but I think that is the point of intervals. The best moments of the ride were either when I saw how fast I was going (but later realized I had a tail wind . . . ) or when I waved to another friendly cyclist going the other way. My quads felt heavy afterwards, and I lov... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 16:23:42 EST Carbon Wheels.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54788575 Ok I got some homework to do.. but I thought I would start here and ask .. what is the difference of these carbon wheels? a lot of my cycling buddies are putting them on their bikes and saying they are getting a smoother ride and faster.. ok I am always interested in upgrading.. I purchased an good entry level bike this Spring and I think I would like to upgrade but not sure if I am ready to buy a new bike when I can upgrade parts right? so going to start with the wheels. would carbon be the... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 08:19:36 EST September Riding Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54759781 10,000 miles is the Team's monthly goal. What % of that goal can you reach in a given month? To get it going, I'm gonna shoot for 7.5% of the Team's goal. That will put me at 750 miles for the month. So, each time I cycle, I will log in what I biked, what my cumulative total is, and how much remains before reaching my goal. Example: I rode 35 miles and have 750 miles as my goal, 35 / 35 / 715. Good luck. <BR> Mon, 2 Sep 2013 23:43:20 EST What are You Doing to Get Faster? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54750530 Would love your input: <BR> <BR> I'm 50+ pounds overweight. <BR> <BR> Right now I ride 5 times per week (35 minutes - 1 1/2 hours, mostly 1 1/2 hours), average 13 mph. I just started doing interval training once per week (going as hard as I can for a minute 5 times in one ride.) <BR> <BR> Any suggestions for workouts to get me stronger while I get this extra fat off? Or any general feedback? <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:13:51 EST cycling with a bike trailer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54728416 Hi all! I know I've not been around in a LONG while but I've not been on my bike in a LONG while either. This week we were gifted a new bike trailer so I'm wondering if you have any tips for using this? Sophia is almost 3 and has never been in one but loves going for rides in the little wagon at my parents' house and is super excited about getting in her 'bike wagon' to go on some rides with the family. I'm really out of bike shape and I know this is going to take some work on my part. Just n... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:58:36 EST bike fenders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54719119 What do I need to know about bike fenders? I'm beginning to compile a bike wish list, but I have no idea what to look for! I have a Marin Laskspur CS2 (2012 model), if that makes a difference . . . Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:48:57 EST Folding Bikes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54668664 Committed myself to bicycling every day, starting August 1st, 2013. Made it 25 consecutive days at this point. Husband wants to go camping soon, but not haul our full-size bikes. I'm thinking of getting a folder so I can keep my commitment, but not consume cargo space. <BR> Anyone have any experience with Schwinn's "Hinge" folding bike? Seems ideal for my purpose. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:21:15 EST Required maintenance? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54588685 I have no idea about any of this, when I was younger and had a bike, I rode it a LOT, but if there was a problem, flat tire or if the chain came off or whatever, I just parked it in the garage and my dad fixed it! Not entirely my fault, I was a child, lol! <BR> <BR> It's probably a silly question, but is there a recommended amount of time or miles that things need to be done to my bike? I have only put about 30-40 miles on my bike and I noticed that it seemed to be getting harder to pedal... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 00:21:37 EST Hello team I'm Ann http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x54560153 Hello Team I'm Ann. I love cycling. Today was a Rails to Trails in Palatka, Florida with a nice 25 mile ride. What fun!. I like riding on the road and the trails. Sat, 17 Aug 2013 19:05:56 EST Riding with injured ribs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54534555 Has anyone had experience with riding with injured ribs? I took a spill last Saturday and managed to fracture a couple ribs. I've got them taped up and am managing the pain. I'm pretty much managing day-to-day activities without a ton pain although I am careful on my left side which has the break. I took an easy ride on Tuesday night without much issue, but I'm wondering if that was a dumb thing to do. Thoughts? Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:40:49 EST Newbie commuter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54499260 I bought my first bike in years on Saturday. Did a short test drive on it and another bike day of, 2 miles yesterday (felt good at the end and wanted to stay that way). Tomorrow I have a casual meeting about 4 miles away (so 8 mile round trip). I know that isn't really far, but given I've not been on a bike (except in spinning or regular gym bike), I'm wanting to make sure I'm not dumb for trying to head out on two wheels. Thoughts? Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:10:32 EST Super hungry :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54498598 I've noticed that since I started riding a bike (which I am still loving!), I tend to eat a lot more on the days that I go out and sometimes the following day as well. <BR> I don't seem to be hungry the way I was after a 3k walk/jog, but more along the lines of walking laps in the pool for an hour. <BR> <BR> When I spent a lot of time walking and jogging last summer, I was content to stretch out after I got home, make a healthy supper, and go on about my business. But when I would go to th... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:07:13 EST Speed, or lack thereof.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54498430 I realize that I am going at a snail's pace compared to y'all, since starting, my normal speed has been around 6.5 m.p.h....its just my last ride that was at 8 m.p.h. and I think that might be because it was kinda short and in a relatively flat area. <BR> <BR> While I notice that I am able to get up more of the hills before I have to walk up to the top, my speed goes from a pretty good clip to straining myself in no time flat. I push myself to keep pedaling until I am actually going slow ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:51:54 EST M.P.H or Pace? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54498374 I have been sing Endomondo to track my stats while I am out riding and it give a stat for both speed measured in m.p.h. and pace....shouldn't these numbers be the same? Which number should I go by? <BR> <BR> F'rinstance....I went out the other evening before dusk for a quick couple of miles, according to Endomondo, I went 2.28 miles in 17'04 with an average speed of 8 m.p.h and a pace of 7.29 min/mile. So I am confused. <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:45:16 EST New to it all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x54476899 Hello everyone I am new to both sparkpeople and cycling. I think the last time I rode a bike before the beginning of this month was when I was 15. However, I started off strong and I am still pushing through. I made it through a 23 mile bike ride yesterday and I am loving being back on a bike. I am looking forward to finally being able to go on a long ride with my boy friend one day. Hoping to learn some new information from this team. <em>30</em> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 00:22:07 EST Sudden HR Increase When Cycling - Anyone Else? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54473529 I was out cycling today and noticed a pounding sensation in my chest that I get every so often (maybe 3-4 times a year and feels like an arrhythmia) - generally when I'm cycling, but not always. I switched over to my HRM (heart rate monitor) readout and watched as my HR jumped from 155 bpm to about 211. The increments jumped by 10's and 20's, over the course of about 15 seconds, so it could have gotten higher before the readout indicated my HR had leveled\maxed out at 211. I did what I usu... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 18:48:59 EST Total noob here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x54460489 Ok, maybe 'total' is stretching it a bit far....I DO know how to ride a bike, lol! <BR> I got a new bike a few weeks ago and am loving it....Oh, by 'bike' I mean one of those on sale ones from Walmart. Its heavy and kinda ugly, but I love it. <BR> Its a start though, and until I find a job, it is what I have. <BR> <BR> I am glad to see so much information on the forum as I have a LOT of questions and look forward to getting to know everyone! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 15:49:54 EST Greater Allegheny Passage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54448343 Had a wonderful trip with my 4 friends. We spent the first night in Frostburg (not a very nice motel) and in the morning 2 of them brought me to the trail head in Cumberland where I began. I enjoyed the scenery as I pedaled the 15 miles up a slight grade to meet up with the rest of the group at Frostburg. Highlights: a small town nestled in the valley with windmills blowing along the mountain ridge line in the background, Eastern Divide, and Big Savage Tunnel (a little over 1/2 mile). A s... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 16:05:41 EST Cycling Opportunity in the 1,000 Islands & Canada! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54439592 Every year our local bike club (The Southern Tier Bicycle Club) organizes a trip up to the 1,000 Island's area (Tibbett's Point) over the Labor Day weekend. This will be the first time for me, but other seasoned riders who are familiar with the area will be there also. <BR> <BR> The catch is: in order to pull it off we need 16 of us to go in together to make this happen. Right now we only have 11. <BR> <BR> So the club has opened this opportunity up to anyone who might be interested. I am ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 22:46:28 EST Best Stretches for Cycling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54421886 Best Stretches for Cycling <BR> <BR> The more flexible you are, the faster you can go, with less effort. Take our test to gauge your flexibility—then learn how to loosen up. <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicycling.com/training-nutrition<BR>/training-fitness/best-stretches-cycling </link> <BR> <BR> I thought this was a pretty helpful article on stretches as it offers tips on diagnosing one's flexibility along with stretches to increase each area of flexibility so that you can design a stretching r... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 16:01:05 EST Rising From Ashes: Cycling Documentary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54368783 I haven't seen this around, but the reviews have me keeping an eye out for this one! <BR> <BR> Rising From Ashes <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt2088883/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rising_from<BR>_ashes/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>movies.nytimes.com/2013/08/02/movies<BR>/rising-from-ashes-narrated-by-forest-<BR>whitaker.html </link> <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 2 Aug 2013 12:54:14 EST August 2013 goals/re olutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54367773 My how time flies, here it is August already. I didn't track my food like I wanted for July, but I did keep a log. For August I must start tracking better. The grands will be back in school soon so I can get back on the bike. Gotta get them to riding with me even if it is short ones. DD and I have been working on sorting boys toys/clothes, and cleaning out closets and storage houses getting ready for a yard sale. Gotta finish that, too. <BR> <BR> Resolutions for August: <BR> 1) actually log ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 11:19:09 EST August Percentage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54358919 10,000 miles is the Team's monthly goal. What % of that goal can you reach in a given month? To get it going, I'm gonna shoot for 8% of the Team's goal. That will put me at 800 miles for the month. So, each time I cycle, I will log in what I biked, what my cumulative total is, and how much remains before reaching my goal. Example: I rode 35 miles and have 800 miles as my goal, 35 / 35 / 765. Good luck. Thu, 1 Aug 2013 19:59:20 EST Any recommendations for front racks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54350057 This week-end 5 of us are going to do a sag ride on the Greater Allegheny. However, next month 2 of us want to do self-contained C&O. Need to get a front rack. Any suggestions for a one that won't break the bank? Thu, 1 Aug 2013 07:12:49 EST 3 Easy Do-It-Yourself Saddle Adjustments to Improv http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54337129 3 Easy Do-It-Yourself Saddle Adjustments to Improve Bike Fit <BR> <BR> <link>beta.active.com/cycling/mountain-bik<BR>ing-articles/3-easy-doityourself-saddl<BR>e-adjustments-to-improve-bike-fit </link> <BR> <BR> "Getting a proper bike fit is the single most important step you can take when purchasing a new bike or pulling an old bike down from the rafters to begin riding again. A properly adjusted saddle, handlebars and brakes make a world of difference in comfort and performance. You wi... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:03:53 EST Help for muscle fatigue while biking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54334391 I've recently started to bike again, and I've noticed that whenever I try to bike fast, or increase speed to get up a hill, my upper leg muscles can't handle it and they start to fatigue, lose strength or give out very quickly... <BR> I was wondering if anyone has any tips to prevent this-- besides just building up my muscle strength/endurance? Wed, 31 Jul 2013 00:44:00 EST calf muscles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54318608 finally got my bike ready to go and be rode and I tried it for a little ways (I did go up a hill too) and my calves were killing me!!! <BR> <BR> I was afraid I would have a Charlie horse. I couldn't get back to the house fast enough. <BR> <BR> do you think it's my weight or my bike?? <BR> <BR> I haven't rode at all in 20 years. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts?? Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:48:58 EST Garmin - Forerunner 410 GPS Watch w/ HRM 50% Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54300879 Garmin - Forerunner 410 GPS Watch with Heart Rate Monitor, nearly 50% mark down today only! <BR> <BR> <link>www.bestbuy.com/site/Garmin---Foreru<BR>nner-410-GPS-Watch-with-Heart-Rate-Mon<BR>itor/4444291.p?id=1218477683445 </link> <BR> <BR> I don't use anything like this so I can't endorse it, however there appear to be a number of positive reviews on this HRM. <BR> <BR> Don Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:48:09 EST Group Riding Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54261811 Some good group riding tips are mentioned here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.roadbikerider.com/top </link> <BR> <BR> "I've ridden for about 10 years with a group of guys from my area (a handful live in my neighborhood; others live nearby -- we're all buddies). We all have different experience levels and have ridden with varying levels of "seriousness" during this time. <BR> <BR> That means some of us are stronger than others. But when we ride together, we always wait for anybody who falls off t... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:08:04 EST Cycling Salvation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x54237488 Rejoined SP after a couple years hiatus; caregiver for my mom w/Alzheimer's. Packed on some pounds, and was really having trouble with motivation and support - then I remembered SparkPeople and just how positive everything is here. <BR> Used to ride 3-5 times a week, local and distance. Rode for errands, farmers market, work, veterinarian (cat in carrier in trailer). Was pretty much on a bike any day possible. It's been "responsibilities 1st" for so long! I have current road bikes, but salva... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:34:55 EST My first fully self-supported bike tour http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54219090 My husband and I just completed our first three-day fully self-supported bike tour last week. I wrote a blog about it if anyone is interested. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428826 </link> <BR> <BR> We are planning on biking the Pacific Coast and possibly the Southern Tier in the fall. This three-day ride was part a series of shake down rides we are doing to get ready for our ride in the fall. Last month, we did GOBA (Great Ohio Bicy... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:33:35 EST Great Presentation on Riding Safely http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54216527 As shared by one of our local cycling clubs. <BR> <BR> <link>us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=da67167<BR>13952e8d86a49d2a92&id=362702553d </link> <BR> <BR> I thought this was well thought out and made LOTS of sense! <BR> <BR> Hope the link works for folks, <BR> <BR> Don Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:05:15 EST Do You Have Bicycle Insurance? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54163064 I was thinking about getting insurance for my bike since I use it to teach bike safety classes. Do any of you have bike insurance and if yes can you recommend a company? Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:52:32 EST 10 Things I Learned From Being Hit by a Car http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54160366 10 Things I Learned From Being Hit by a Car <BR> <BR> <link>beta.active.com/cycling/mountain-bik<BR>ing-articles/10-things-i-learned-from-<BR>being-hit-by-a-car </link> <BR> <BR> Good tips to keep in mind! Be safe out there everyone! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:45:16 EST Just started commuting to work and I love it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x54112174 Hello everybody, my name is Marianne, well, The Love Junkie. LOL! I have a DiamondBack Parkway hybrid that an old boyfriend bought for me about 20 years ago. It has been ridden occasionally and two years ago I started riding it to work about 8 miles away. I loved the early morning rides so much, I lost 3 pants sizes in one summer! I switched jobs and moved to a new area and didn't ride at all last year. Now I am back on my bike again only now my ride to and from work is about 29 miles. ... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 13:07:46 EST 10 Brilliant Pieces of Bike Infrastructure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54105660 10 Brilliant Pieces of Bike Infrastructure <BR> <BR> <link>www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/20<BR>13/06/10-brilliant-pieces-bike-infrast<BR>ructure/6009/ </link> <BR> <BR> "A new video on American bicycling infrastructure, produced by the website Bicycle Dutch, has been making the rounds among cycling advocates recently. "Cycling isn’t really taken seriously," says the narrator in a sad tone, as if observing life on some alien planet. <BR> <BR> So what does truly good cycling infrastr... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:08:44 EST need equipment recommendations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54088022 I like to ride my bike, as does everyone on this team. I don't go far - only about 8 miles or so before my bottom gets very sore! <BR> <BR> Can anyone reecommend a good padded pair of bike shorts that won't cause me to take out a 2nd mortgage? I also need good gloves - I got mine cheap and I know, you get what you pay for. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the help! Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:25:46 EST iPhone App Alert: Free MapMyRide App Today Only http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54051944 The head's up courtesy of Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/apps/category.aspx?i<BR>d=14810 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 8 Jul 2013 20:03:13 EST July 2013 goals/re olutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x54003243 Here it is, the middle of the year. I do hope everyone is doing well with your goals and resolutions. <BR> <BR> I haven't been logging like I should, but I have been writing everything down. I'm getting back on track, but still have a ways to go. For July I will: <BR> 1) be back on my proper nutrition <BR> 2) finish cleaning/organizing my sewing room <BR> 3) finish 2 UFOs <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 17:27:57 EST Sackets Harbor Spoker Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x53976577 Just wondering if any one on this group is doing the Sackets harbor Spoker Ride for cancer this July.. <BR> here is the link <BR> <link>www.spokerride.net/ </link> <BR> <BR> Ride on Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:25:17 EST July Percentage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x53963315 10,000 miles is the Team's monthly goal. What % of that goal can you reach in a given month? To get it going, I'm gonna shoot for 10% of the Team's goal. That will put me at 1,000 miles for the month. So, each time I cycle, I will log in what I biked, what my cumulative total is, and how much remains before reaching my goal. Example: I rode 35 miles and have 1,000 miles as my goal, 35 / 35 / 765. Good luck. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 17:52:43 EST 2014 Tour de France http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x53937529 What an opening stage! <BR> <BR> Even before I got my bike I loved watching the TdF. The landscapes and buildings are so different from what we have here in Texas, and I am not sure I will ever be able to get across the pond myself. <BR> <BR> How many of you like to watch? Does the sound of Phil Liggit's voice just make you think of hopping on your bike? Sat, 29 Jun 2013 18:07:17 EST Free Today Only: Size My Bike iPhone App http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1670x53934183 Bike Fit? Yep: there's an app for that! Go Figure! <BR> <BR> This is no endorsement, beyond it's normally $4.99 and free today. No time to mess with it yet, but curious to know folk's thoughts, feedback: <BR> <BR> SizeMyBike By La Pomme Chez Vous <BR> <BR> <link>https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id35<BR>8183415?mt=8 </link> <BR> <BR> "Choose the right bike frame. Fit Your Bike As You Ride" <BR> <BR> I wonder if you have to sit on your smartphone after you install it? :-) <BR> <BR> Don Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:53:29 EST Biking again and lovin' it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1670x53925988 Hi Team <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I joined SP about 6 weeks ago. My husband and I and our son used to ride a lot. We took our son out of school when he was 12 and bicycled and camped in the UK for 3 months. That was a long time ago (he's 41 now). It was the best adventure ever. We've gotten away from cycling for the last 15 years or so and now easing back into it. Didn't realize how much I've missed it. Sure feels good to be at it again. <BR> <BR> Cheerio! <BR> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:25:35 EST