SparkPeople Cyclists Anonymous Team Messageboard Cyclists - people who ride a bike for commuting, exercise or just the fun of it - its addictive! SparkPeople Cyclists Anonymous Team Messageboard The Year 2017 Too cold for a bike <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The first of January 2017 and I had spent most of the day on the couch.. I couldn't let the New Year start off with being a couch potato all day... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <i... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 07:26:13 EST New member Good morning, everybody. I'm Father Richard, a Catholic priest in South Texas. I enjoy riding my Schwinn Point Beach bicycle that I got from Wal-Mart. High end? No, but I like it and it was exactly what I needed at the time. I'm just plain folks. <BR> <BR> The last several months, since joining SP, I admit I haven't done much riding. I've concentrated on walking and jogging, in pursuit of other goals. However, six months later - and down forty pounds - I think I'm going to add bicycli... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:38:24 EST Greetings! Newbie cyclist here. Was very excited to find a cyclists SpeakTeam. I've owned a few bikes before as a kid but never considered myself a cyclist, but I want to be. So I got a set of used bikes this past weekend and am now working on fixing them up. In the meantime, I've decided to go to the office gym and try the stationary bike. <BR> <BR> By joining this group I hope I can find some inspiration, motivation and conversation. Go Team! Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:55:26 EST Cabin Fever So it is this time of year.. Cabin Fever <BR> What do you do to overcome the feelings of Cabin Fever? <BR> How do you overcome this feeling? Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:27:37 EST Exercise website w/cycling specific exercises I was looking up HIIT programs for cycling and found this amazing site. They have a free app and a bunch of workout's, a bunch for cycling specifically as well as others. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> So, I wanted to share it with you guys. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:06:49 EST Goal Confusion Just Checking. Is the goal to do a total of 30 miles in a month's time? Or is the goal to make at least one day of the month a 30 mile ride? I am puzzled by chart that shows our team achievements. Surely 30 is not many miles of riding if it is spread over the month. ??? Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:14:29 EST Virtual Races Have you done a cycling virtual race? I signed up for my first one this month. I'm just curious if you have and your experience with it. Please share. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:41:44 EST Group rides and more Interested in a group ride? Or, learning more about cycling? <BR> <BR> Have you ever heard of It's a National website and if you go to their website, you can type in your hobby (cycling, karaoke, dancing etc etc) and find a group of others that enjoy the same things. <BR> I've found 2 local group riding meetup groups. <BR> <BR> FYI meetup is FREE to join and majority of the groups within meetup are also free. The only thing you are usually expected to pay for is your a... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 04:14:13 EST Bike Touring - Why not? Hello <BR> I just finished a car drive from Vancouver Canada down the west coast Oregon route 101 to the California border. On the way I met a man who is cycling around the world - I stopped and talked a short time with him. It brought back up memories of my younger me of doing so. <BR> What ever happen to the dream of cycling around Canada or the USA?? <BR> MY QUESTIONS - have you dreamed of doing this ever? <BR> What is stopping (us) you from doing it now? <BR> <BR> And if you have s... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:07:00 EST Little Help here Please... Hi, I would like to know what all of you are looking for in the way of information. Please share with me and I will try to find and post what you are interested in. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Pat <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:39:23 EST It's All Downhill I ride with a group of ladies that vary as much in their professional endeavors as they do in their ages and personal characteristics. One of if not the most common issues I see riders dealing with is speed and cornering gooin downhill. I found this article by Jene Shaw. Hope it helps. <BR> <BR> Tip #1: Relax <BR> Relax your upper body and keep a firm (not deathgrip) grasp on the bars. Move to the drops for more brake control and if you are on a tri bike, don't descend in aerobars unles... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:44:49 EST Let The Healing Begin: Running Still Matters This article was written by Brian Metzler as the result of the tragedy at this year's Boston Marathon. I am sure at one time we have all wondered...what if? <BR> <BR> I heard something like a loud but muffled clap of thunder. Nothing remarkable until, moments later, a second blast sent screaming people running in all directions. <BR> <BR> Now, it is two days later and its hard to put it all into perspective. It is clear now that marathon running, and running in general, still matters. Perha... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:20:12 EST If the Bike Fits, Wear It This article was written by Jennifer Sherry and includes topics addressed by numerous individuals that own or work in bicycle shops. <BR> <BR> "Sometimes, the simplewst adjustments have the most impact." <BR> <BR> Everything Must Fit Properly-Matt Ladder <BR> He starts from the ground up on a bike. He starts with the shoes, then the cleat position, then saddle height, saddle fore and aft and finally the handlebar. <BR> <BR> You Have to Play to Win-Mike McKovich <BR> He breaks bikes into t... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:36:25 EST 15 Things A Beginning Cyclist Should Do This article brought back fond memories for me that I thought a new cyclist might want to experience. Most of us have "been" there but the article has some great info and reminders for all levels of cyclists. Doug Robertson wrote this article for Active. <BR> <BR> 1. Get Lost <BR> Ride somewhere you have never been. Explore and rediscover like you did as a child. <BR> <BR> 2. Fix a Flat <BR> Be sure you are on the side of a road with multiple cars zipping by. You might ride most of th... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:17:21 EST Holiday Season How was your Holiday? Did anyone get new equipment, and if so what did you get? Did you find time to exercise of did you take time off? Tell us about your Holiday Season. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 11:08:09 EST Time for a Healthy Snack? This recipe and nutritional information was provided by chef Sandy Dominguez, pro triathlete Jenny Fletcher and registered dietitian and tri coach Marni Sumbal for Active. I tried the recipe and really like it. Let me know what you think. <BR> Three items are used in this trail mix snack: Goji berries, Cacao nibs, and raw almonds. Pick these items up at the store, dump them in a bowl and mix them up. You will have a batch that will last for the week. This mix is low fat and offers great nutri... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 11:04:00 EST Too Much of a Good Thing This article was written by Morgan Johnson and appears in the USAT Multisport Lab. <BR> <BR> Recovery may be the most common catch-phrase in the endurance sports industry today. But what does recovery actually mean? Recovery is the most basic principle of effective endurance training. This principle is formally termed the "supercompensation cycle", and it teaches us that increased fitness occurs after stress is applied to the body (exercise), and the body properly recovers from the incurred ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 11:01:57 EST Eat Like an Olympian This article was written by Chrissy Wellington, M.S., C.N.S., L.D.N., C.P.T. and fantastic triathlete for Active. Interesting little reminders. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: omega-3 rich eggs or egg whites, low-fat organic dairy, lean and clean meats, high protein, whole grains like steel cut oatmeal or quinoa. <BR> <BR> Olympians Eat Organic <BR> Here is the dirty Dozen list; be sure to make sure these items are well cleaned. Apples, celery, bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, ... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:34:19 EST Fueling BEFORE a Workout Again, I'm sort of a newbie (been riding since May 1st this year, logged a little over 600 miles since then), and one of the things that I'm really trying to figure out is how to best get prepared for a workout from an intake perspective. To add to the equation, when I started this journey in May, I was at 198 lbs & as I understand, my idea weight is between 160 & 165. I'm currently down to 184 & my 1st goal is to hit 175 by September 15th. I'm well ahead of the curve so far. But anyway, ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 08:29:49 EST New to the group.... Hello everyone. My name is Terri. I'm from Ohio and I'm new to your group. I absolutely love bike riding for exercise and thought it would be fun to commune with others that feel the same way. I hope you will become my friend and encourage my weight loss journey. I have about 30 pounds to lose. I need to get my cholesterol down as it is extremely high but I don't want to use medication. So, cheer me on and I will definitely do the same for you! <BR> <BR> Have a super sunny day! <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:57:50 EST Hey folks! I'm sort of a newbie cyclist as I've only been riding hard for about 3 months. I commute to the office every day and then try and do a few larger rides (25 to 30 miles) during the week. I hope to ride between 80 and 100 miles per week and I also have a short term goal of being able to average 19 mph over a 30 mile route. <BR> The weather just turned really nice here in Western KY after some brutal heat. So, it's time to ride!! Tue, 10 Jul 2012 07:50:17 EST Our Bikes are Here! Just took delivery of our Electra Townie 8i Balloon bikes and yesterday we rode at least 7 miles (We think it could have been closer to 10 miles! ) Had a blast and felt amazing! Going back out for another ride after work before meeting up some friends at the beach. <BR> <BR> I am seriously addicted. <BR> <BR> I've lost 34 pounds and have another 36 to go! Hubby has lost 45 pounds and pretty close to goal already. Mon, 9 Jul 2012 18:09:35 EST Summertime Blues Not sure about anyone else but I am having a rough time keeping up with all of my tracking this summer. Does anyone else have this problem and can you offer any solutions? <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Jun 2012 09:27:07 EST Three years off the bike and 60 pounds gained I used to love cycling, practically lived for it. But three years ago I burned out, lost interest, and spent my days sedentary at my computer job. I've gained 60 pounds and feel like death warmed over. <BR> <BR> Now I'm pissed off and determined to be back at my optimal cycling weight by Memorial Day, 2013. <BR> <BR> If you're a cyclist too with a long way to go before being in top condition, let's correspond, swap strategies, and commiserate. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> John Mulvihill, ... Sat, 26 May 2012 17:56:00 EST What do you do? What type of riding do you do? Do you road cycle, mountain bike, a combination? Let me know and I can gear my articles towards your likes. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:02:57 EST Balanced Plate Method Katie Jeffrey-Lunn, MS, RD, CSSD, registered dietitian wrote this article for Active.. <BR> <BR> The balanced plate method is a user-friendly method that does not require you to count grams. It is only a guideline aand as such it may not meet the needs of everyone, but I found it helpful as a starting point. <BR> To maintain energy and health as an athlete, you need to eat a carb-rich meal plan every day. You should consume anywhere from 3 to 5 grams of carbs/pound of body weight. Approximat... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:33:33 EST Refueling After a Hard Workout How should a hungry athlete fuel their body for recovery? Not a super easy question to answer, yet there are several items to keep in mind. Obsessing with rapid fueling leads many athletes to grab commercially formulated foods when standard foods are more effective. <BR> Providing your body with a steady influx of adequate carb-based meals and snacks will allow your muscles to refuel within 24 hours. Athletes doing a second intense work workout within six hours of their first workout are the... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 13:46:22 EST 3 Questions for the Offseason... Bruce Hendler of PezCycling News wrote this article for the Active Cyclist. I think all athletes stress over these questions regardless whether they run, bike, swim, etc. <BR> <BR> 1. What is the meaning of break and how long should it be? Unless you are totally spent and over-trained, the body does not need that much time to recover. Most athletes can take 4-6 days off the bike and feel pretty good. <BR> Mentally? It takes different people different amounts of time. YOU need to be honest wi... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 11:16:17 EST Do You Need A Pre-Race Warm-Up? This article appeared in Competitor and was written by Matt Fitzgerald. I realize that it is discussing swimming and running but is it truly necessary to have a warm-up beofre a bike race? Read the article and comment. <BR> <BR> Researchers at the University of Western Australia recently compared the effects of 2 different warm-ups to no warm-up prior to both a swimming time trial and a simulated sprint triathlon and came up with surprising results. <BR> <BR> Each participant in the study... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 11:14:56 EST Hello Im Liz - I have no car - so I bike for transportation. mostly it's just 2 miles but sometimes I have to go 13 miles (Like this thursday) May I join you guys Tue, 15 Nov 2011 20:10:27 EST Stretching or Foam Rolling? This article appeared in Competitor magazine and was written by Scott Jurek. <BR> <BR> Both foam rolling and stretching can be beneficial and it is hard to pick a winner. The best way to find out which one might be more beneficial would be to have a physical therapist or a massage therapist determine if muscle and tendon flexibility or myofascial restrictions are more of an issue for your body. <BR> <BR> If both need work, alternating both methods helps with time constraints. Dedicate foam ... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 12:19:48 EST 3 Roadside Stretches for Cyclists This article was written by the editors of Bicycling and Uma Kleppinger, author and creator of BikeYoga. These three stretches help offset the tightness and muscle tension that comes with long ride. Practice them daily and you will build strength and flexibility, and you can use them on short breaks during epics. <BR> <BR> Crouching Pigeon, Hidden Firebird <BR> Stand and cross right foot just above your left knee and flex your right ankle, pressing it lightly into your left knee. Bend your l... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 11:26:28 EST Healthy Relationship with Food This article appeared in USA Triathlon and was written by Marni Sumbal, a certified Sports Nutritionist. It is a great reminder! <BR> <BR> We are in a society where we are encouraged to try the latest fad diet and food trend in an effort to lose weight. Our society has a deep obsession between body image and numbers on a scale. In all honesty, when was the last time you ate a tomato and found yourself thinking about preventing macular degeneration? <BR> <BR> It is important that athletes se... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 12:05:16 EST 4 Ways to Refresh Your Cycling Season This article was written by Selene Yeager, a certified USA Cycling Coach and appeared in Active Cyclist. <BR> <BR> 1. Bike Swap: Roadies go for a mountain bike ride and mountain bikers go for a road ride. If you only own one bike, find a friend you can trade with. It will do you both good. Mountain biking is short, punchy riding whereas road rides are usually longer and smoother. <BR> <BR> 2. Group Effort: Once or twice a week, jump into the group ride for fun, carefree training. Yo... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 10:35:09 EST Just got a new bike... Hi everyone! My husband just bought me a new road bike this week... so far, I have ridden about 35 miles since I got it. I used to ride his super-old bike. It was so uncomfortable, I stopped riding it. Now, I love riding and I feel great! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that between cycling and weight watchers, I can lose this 40-50 pounds that has been clinging to my body for the past 2 years... I used to be a runner, but with the weight gain, I feel like running isn't in my best interest right now..... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:00:52 EST What Would You Like To See? Hi all. <BR> I have been away for a month and now I am back and ready to get with it again. Is there anything particular that you would like information on or something you would like to discuss? Please let me know. Tue, 9 Aug 2011 12:43:09 EST Bike Virgin Hello want to say Hi and introduce myself...I have lost 80 lbs before with Spark People and due to stress and life, gained back about 20 now I want to begin riding my new Pawn Shop special Mountain Bike to work ( approx 4 miles) ... any advice for a virgin? I stared riding in my neighborhood about 3 weeks ago and am getting ready to try riding on the streets to work. A little scary ... open to advice ..thanks :) Thu, 9 Jun 2011 11:11:38 EST Challenges OK. I have been slacking with the Team Goals lately. I have so many ideas, but time and commitment just never seem to coincide enough for me to actually set some goals. <BR> <BR> I added one goal of just 30 miles per month, with a team total. <BR> <BR> I was thinking about several other fun goals. Take a look and let me know what you think. <BR> <BR> # of roads cycled per month: <BR> For example: I bike 52 miles per day and touch 31 different roads every day. (yeah I ride them a lot. LOL... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 15:21:26 EST The Athlete's Omelet This recipe was presented to Active by Gale Bernhardt. I don't usually share recipes, but this is a keeper! It is incredibly easy to adjust this recipe for personal likes and dislikes. <BR> <BR> This meal is colorful, rich in vitamins and minerals, and it is versatile. Best of all, it tastes great. Before you start this recipe, you'll need to cook brown rice ahead of time and then chill it in the refrigerator. This gives you the best results. Steaming the rice is a good idea but you can cook... Wed, 4 May 2011 13:10:58 EST Swimming For Recovery This article appeared on triathlete webpage and is written by Matt Fitzgerald. Matt is a senior editor an Competitor Group and has written 17 books, and counting, including Brain Training For Runners and Racing Weight. <BR> <BR> Swimming works well after a hard bike ride as well! <BR> <BR> Triathletes do all kinds of strange things to accelerate muscle recovery after hard runs. We stretch, take ice baths, wear compression socks, get massages, strap on Normatec boots, drink recovery shakes a... Mon, 2 May 2011 12:34:05 EST 5 Common Hydration Mistakes While Bicycling This article appears in Bicycling Magazine and was written by Selene Yeager as a result of an interview with Monique Ryan, RD, author of Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes. <BR> <BR> Hype: REPLACE EVERY LOST OUNCE <BR> Truth is, your body can't absorb fluids as fast as it loses them, and not every ounce of weight is lost through sweat anyway. <BR> <BR> Truth: KEEP UP WITH SWEAT LOSS-MOSTLY <BR> Replace about 75% of sweat lost during a long ride. To do this you need to know your sweat... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 13:20:31 EST Hi all! Just wanted to say hi, my name is Chrystin and I'm looking for info on biking! I ride a hybrid bike around town, to run errands and for fun. I'm looking into buying a road bike and considering biking to work- though it's 40 miles round trip! YIKES! And, I have to be at work at 6AM and work 12 hours....but I KNOW it is possible, I know I can do it. I just don't know where to start! Currently, I can ride up to 10 miles with no problems on my city bike. But I don't have any real biking ge... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:43:45 EST Minimize Repetitive Stress Injuries <BR> This article was written for Active by Dr. Hamid Sadri, a sports Chiropractor. <BR> <BR> Being active and exercising helps to improve health and it also increases the risk of injury. The most common type of athletic injuries are repetitive stress injuries or (RSI). These aren't single-event traumas but injuries caused by accumulative and repetitive activities that are part of any sport. <BR> <BR> The general intention of exercising is to force the body beyond what it is capable of at ... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 12:01:33 EST Ignorance is bliss OK, so this story is basically a rule book for how to NOT handle an altercation with an ignorant. What is an ignorant? Well an ignorant is an individual that thinks bikes have no place on roads at any time and if they are on the road with them, the biker should be taught a lesson. I had an interesting experience this weekend while taking my oldest son for his first road bike ride. It was his first experience with riding solely on the road, with no sidewalk time. <BR> <BR> He was nervous at ... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 16:24:33 EST 10 Cycling Training Fundamentals This article appeared in Bike magazine and is written by Selene Yeager. After reading the article it dawned on me that you can use these fundamentals for any sport...just change "cyclist" to whatever your pleasure and you will be on your way to serious improvement and health. <BR> <BR> 1. Have a plan. <BR> You might get fit by winging it, but truly remarkable accomplishments, whether upgrading to Cat 3 or scoring a belt buckle in the Leadville 100, require careful execution of a train... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 11:36:18 EST Site is getting active Hiya everyone! <BR> <BR> I recently decided to take leadership of this team, mainly because this is a team that I think has loads of potential for. <BR> <BR> I am an avid cyclist and a pure bike commuter. I do not own a car (well my wife's car has my name on it...but you get what I am saying.) and bike over 200 milesa week. I would not trade it for anything! <BR> <BR> There is a freedom to being on a bike. The smells, the sounds, the feel, and the feeling of knowing you are the engine to ... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 19:47:25 EST 4 Drills to Improve Pedaling Technique Gale Bernhardt wrote this article for She is a USA Triathlon Coach. She currently coaches and was at the 2003 Pan Am Games and 2004 Athens Olympics. <BR> <BR> Anyone can ride hard-not everyone can ride fast. Most effective use of force during movement, to create power, depends not only on strength of muscles involved, but also on a series of coordinated neuromuscular patterns. <BR> <BR> Want to excel at cycling? You need to possess many aspects of fitness. One aspect is efficien... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:14:43 EST 100% Bike Commuter Hiya everyone. My name is Dacius. I have been a long time spark member, long time biker, and about a year and a half ago I decided to stop driving to work and start biking 100% of the time. <BR> <BR> I personally ride 52 miles a day round trip to and from work. I live in Jacksonville, FL so we get a good range of temperatures. My coldest ride has been in 18 degree weather and my warmest has been in 101. <BR> <BR> I love biking. I ride a Jamis Coda, with fenders, rear rack, Clipless SPD du... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:53:33 EST Charity Cyclists I'm curious to see if there are other cyclists here that ride in Charity events. By that, I mean that you're actually doing some fundraising for a charity & not just paying the Registration fees (which I know go to sponsoring charities as well). <BR> <BR> I am currently training & fundraising for the AIDS/LifeCycle Ride which is in it's 10th year. It's a 545 mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles! I've done one Century & this is going to be completely different ~ a week long, fully supp... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:15:13 EST 2010 December Resolutions WooHoo. I did well in November. Stayed on my nutrition program (except Thanksgiving Day) and got my exercise in almost every day. I did miss some of my work days. It is hard to work it in when you end up working 14 hours. <BR> <BR> Now, for December. I am going to keep up my strict nutrition going, get my 30 minutes of exercise daily, and get at least an hour of family time every day. No TV, no computer, no video games, no cell phones. Just time re-connecting with each other. <BR> <... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 15:39:48 EST Great Core Workout for Cyclists Dimity McDowell wrote this for Bicycling Magazine. I have a lot of fun working through this workout. It has helped me tremendously. <BR> We all know that our legs provide the most tangible source of power when cycling. The abs and lower back are the vital foundation from which all movement, including the pedal stroke, stems. A solid core will help eliminate unnecessary upper-body movement, so that all the energy produced is delivered into a smooth pedal stroke. <BR> Try this routine 3 times... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 15:51:44 EST Brrrrr Hi just joined this team. I love cycling but its November in Alberta now, and although it was actually warm today that is about to change. I like to commute to work on my bike but I don't know how I can do that when its below freezing! Any good ideas for biking in the cold? Fri, 5 Nov 2010 19:56:25 EST 2010 November Resolutions I hope everyone did well with their October resolutions. Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here? This is the hardest time of year for most of us. It is getting cooler, we exercise less, and seek out our comfort foods to warm us up. <BR> <BR> My November resolutions will be to continue my strict nutritional tracking, make sure I get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. I really need to concentrate on increasing my strength training. <BR> <BR> Ok, fess up. Where are you needin... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 09:44:22 EST 2010 October Resolutions I am so sorry I let the resolutions fall by the wayside. Sometimes life just gets sidetracked. It is time for me to get back in the swing of things, so I am starting October a bit early. The holiday eating season will be here before we realize it. Now is the time to prepare. <BR> <BR> My October Resolution is to stick strictly to my nutritional guidelines. DH and I have a 7 day trip planned the first week of October, that will be a real challenge. <BR> <BR> Come on everyone, let's ge... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 02:19:22 EST New in this team My husband gave my as a birthday present a New bike 6 years ago. I think I used it 20 days in 5 years. He has been a bike fan since he was a little boy and he rides every day and loves it. And wanted me to ride with him and my son. But I hated exercise. <BR> But suddenly I found SP and decided to try riding with my husband by my side. I did 2.5 km in 40 min and ended exhausted. Wasn't happy but decided to do it again next day. Hated. Next day could talk while riding about nice things with him... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 14:53:46 EST Back on my bike!! I bought a "comfort" bike last year to help me get back into the cycling lifestyle. It's a wonderful bike and my poor neck which has had numerous whiplash injuries doesn't suffer from leaning over! <BR> I've really been procrastinating this year and haven't managed to commit to the amount of cycling that I would like to do. I'm hoping that I can change that this month! <BR> (I'm cycling to a coffee shop tonight after dinner!) Tue, 3 Aug 2010 22:00:14 EST Painted Bikes For some reason, I don't like that the TdF guys paint their bikes to match their jerseys. Yeah, it may just be jealousy, but here I am struggling to keep my one bike in pristine condition, and these guys get new paint jobs everyday. Does anyone know if those "painted" bikes are offered to charity after the race? Do the riders paint their bikes in other races? <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Jul 2010 13:22:52 EST 2010 June Resolutions Here it is, almost the middle of the year. My how time flies. I did pretty well with my May Resolution. Didn't get the entire house organized, but did get 2 rooms a week, which was my goal. With the weather getting warmer (well, for most of us anyway) I am in the mood to do something outside. My goal for June will be to get 30 minutes of cardio outside every day I don't work. This will be in addition to yard work, which is work, but not very cardio for me. I am also going to have to ge... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 13:18:47 EST 2010 May Resolutions Here it is once again. The start of a new month and time for new resolutions. I have begun the deep cleaning of my house that I "plan" to do every year. My resolution for May is to actually finish it. <BR> <BR> For my resolution, I will do at least 2 rooms every week, closets, drawers, under furniture, get those things tossed that I really don't need any more. The Civitan's are having a yard sale May 22nd and have a storage room to keep the things in, how perfect for getting rid of eve... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 10:11:14 EST 2010 April Resolutions I can't believe I forgot the resolution thread. I am having way to many Senior Moments these days. <BR> <BR> For April (at least the rest of it) I will get 30 minutes of cardio every day. Mon, 12 Apr 2010 23:22:49 EST Need help with purchase of bike Hi, I am an occasional Sparker, would like to be more consistent but can't seem to find the time to get on here. I came to this team to see if anyone could help me choose a starter bike. I am going to participate in a mini-triathlon in June and I need a bike. I don't want to spend alot of money on one until I know that biking is something I am going to enjoy doing. I have read some on the different types of bikes but still am confused. I think I want one that sits me upright instead of b... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 12:03:02 EST 2010 March Resolutions Can you believe it is March already. It will be spring before we know it. I hope everyone did well with their Feb Resolutions, now it is time to start thinking about spring. I really need to start tightening up all those muscles that have not been used much this winter. <BR> <BR> For March I will do my strength training at least 3 days a week, and walk 2 miles every day. <BR> <BR> Come on everyone, let's get ready for those swimsuits. Sun, 28 Feb 2010 08:04:16 EST New to the program, new to the team. . . Hello out there-- <BR> <BR> I've been with Sparkpeople for a couple of weeks, hoping that if I drop some weight the hills will get easier. Favorite local ride is the Silver Comet--rail trail with less than 2% grade. <BR> <BR> I've been meeting the nutrition and exercise goals since signing up, but the scale's been slow to move. Early days yet--slow and steady <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> Cheers-- <BR> Mel from ATL Wed, 10 Feb 2010 10:39:11 EST Newbie from Austin! This is great that I happened to stumble across a team that is into cycling. Love the sport! I've been riding for about 6 yrs. <BR> <BR> Had a rough accident about four months ago and now I am in the process of regaining my strength and fitness level back. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 10:27:14 EST Charlotte, NC, cyclist Do most of my cycling alone, although that is not by choice. I am not yet fast enough for group rides run by local bicycle shops. Bicycling is a great sport for weight loss. I am down about 40 pounds Mon, 1 Feb 2010 00:17:50 EST 2010 February Resolutions Here it is, February already. I do hope everyone has done well with January Resolutions. January was unusually cold for just about everyone. I was certainly glad I didn't chose an outdoor activity for that one. Perhaps February will be better. <BR> <BR> For February I will continue my strength training 2-3 days a week and make a stronger effort to stick to my nutrition recommendations. Sun, 31 Jan 2010 21:45:37 EST My 2010 "Big Picture" goals A post on another forum about walking 500 miles got me thinking (not always a good thing). While we are making our monthly resolutions, perhaps we should have a Big Picture of where we would like to accomplish by the the end of the year. <BR> <BR> Here is my "big picture" so far: <BR> <BR> Cycle 2000 miles (37 per week) <BR> Walk 540 miles (10 per week) <BR> Lose 20 pounds by June and maintain <BR> Finish painting my house <BR> Decorate the living/dining room <BR> Master my new mid-arm and ... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 19:03:55 EST 2010 January Resolutions Here we are at the end of another year. My how fast they are flying by. Once again I resolve not to make yearly resolutions, but rather will continue to make my monthly ones. I find them much easier to remember and stick with. <BR> <BR> My January 2010 resolution will be to do strength training 3 days a week (more when possible). I will also continue with my cardio for 30 minutes daily. There it is in writing. <BR> <BR> Who will care to join me? <BR> Thu, 31 Dec 2009 19:21:46 EST hi I'm Marge I'm still getting used to this Spark thing. I love to bicycle. I wish more women would join me. My two big goals this year are the STP (Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic) & the RSVP (Ride from Seattle to Vancouver B.C. and party) I've done both in the past but not both of them in the same year. <em>213</em> Tue, 22 Dec 2009 11:06:57 EST December Resolutions Here it is the beginning of December and time to make our last resolutions of the year. My December resolution will be to stay within my calorie range every day. It will be difficult and require planning, but I will do it. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Dec 2009 22:30:00 EST Happy Thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving my friends. May you have a great day and safe travels. Wed, 25 Nov 2009 17:19:39 EST November Resolutions We are so very rapidly approaching the end of the year. I know we are all getting busy preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but we should not forget our exercise. This month I will continue to keep within my nutrition guidelines, and also get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. Sat, 31 Oct 2009 19:08:13 EST new member Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new here and love this site. I'm getting back into cycling after a few years off. Anyone in the Orlando, Fl. area need or want a cycling partner, let me know. <BR> <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone in reaching their goals! Wed, 28 Oct 2009 01:08:39 EST October Resolutions We are rapidly approaching the end of the year and that means the toughest holidays are almost here. For my October Resolution I will stay within my calorie recommendations. Even on days I exercise and can eat a bit extra. Thu, 1 Oct 2009 00:16:52 EST Hi, I'm new! Hi, my name's Tracy and I'm new here. I'm really glad there's a cyclist group to join. Cycling's my favorite hobby/sport, albeit one that I don't get to enjoy much! <BR> <BR> During college I rode all the time. Since starting a very intensive grad school program a year ago, I think I've been on my bike a whole three times (yuck!). Time for that to change. I need to make time for my health and happiness. <BR> <BR> And since riding is very therapeutic for me, it will probably help me ... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 14:25:09 EST September Resolutions Well, here it is, the last day of August. School is starting back, football has started, and the holidays will be here before you know it. For September I am going to increase my exercise. I will continue to get my 30 minutes cardio every day, with 1 hour 3 days a week. I will also get strength training 3 days a week. I have really been lax on my strength work and need to get back to it. Mon, 31 Aug 2009 22:00:15 EST Hi I am a sparks returnee.and a bicycling addict. My addiction started last spring with a Bianchi Giro purchase, was at its peak mid July with RAGBRAI (ride across Iowa--60 to 105 miles a day for a week) and seems to be slowing down as I fell below 100 miles last week. I enjoy riding but I also fly fish and am trying VERY hard to go from a fish eating vegetarian to a vegan. but on top of all that I REALLY want to lose 15 lbs, I am still 15 lower than when I re-started sparks last spring but have... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 13:20:36 EST Any other cyclists in NW Arkansas? A friend of mine, who went on a 7-day self-sustained ride with me two years ago, wants to schedule another in a few weeks when the weather cools. We want to bike from NW Arkansas down to Dallas. <BR> <BR> Anyone else interested in self-sustained bike rides?? We would love for other cyclists to join us. Sun, 30 Aug 2009 21:41:51 EST August Resolutions Can you believe it is August already. I hope everyone is doing better with the monthly resolutions than we usually do with New Years resolutions. <BR> <BR> For August I will ride my new bike 20 miles a week, in addition to the miles we get on the tandem. <BR> <BR> Ok, come on everyone, make those resolutions. Fri, 31 Jul 2009 09:41:30 EST hey all! training for a century in VA! just wanted to say hi, i just came across you guys! anyone in VA? <BR> <BR> you know i've gotta put a plug in for TNT, the group i'm training with....trying to stamp out the ever poisonous cancer!!! i'm trying to raise 2500, i'm over halfway there....pls visit my page at: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>9/sfontaine </link> Thu, 9 Jul 2009 20:36:19 EST Howdy from the newest member Hi all <BR> <BR> I've been with Spark for a couple of years now. I started riding a bike again about 2 years ago, shortly after my heart attack. I've been riding regularly this Summer, and I keep finding cycling teams to join on Spark. I'm not sure what is more addicting: Riding the bike, or finding new cycling teams on here! Sun, 5 Jul 2009 21:09:23 EST July Resolutions We have completed half the year now, hope everyone is doing well so far. I think I did well with my June resolutions, didn't get much feed back so can't say for certain, but I did try. <BR> <BR> For July I think I will continue my 30 minutes of exercise daily and add 30 minutes of ME time. My MIL is requiring more care and I have discovered how important ME time is. Even if it is just a long bubble bath or some time in the hammock after a bike ride, I will have some me time daily. <BR> Wed, 1 Jul 2009 23:43:13 EST June resolutions It is that time again, lets plan our June resolutions. I have taken stock of my first five and am doing well at keeping them so far. My June resolution is not going to be about me I am resolving to do something to help someone daily. It may not be anything large, perhaps just help problem solve, or some encouragement. <BR> <BR> Remember, it takes 3 weeks to form a good habit. These resolutions are only for one month, after that they should be habits and easier to maintain. Mon, 1 Jun 2009 00:04:02 EST pics from the GA Tandem Rally in Athens DH got the pictures uploaded to his flicker account, here is a link. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2157618749974597/ </link> Wed, 27 May 2009 14:55:43 EST May resolutions Here it is, the start of a new month. I must admit I haven't done well with my stretching, more everyother day than every day, but I am feeling better. <BR> <BR> My resolution for May is to continue my 30 minutes daily cardio and increase to 60 minutes 3 days a week. I will also be more diligent with my weight training 3 days a week. <BR> <BR> Come on everyone, let's hear yours. It is just for 1 month, you can do this. Fri, 1 May 2009 09:08:41 EST April resolutions Here it is, the first day of a new month. Time for another resolution. I must admit I did not do well with my March (stretching every day). I stretched, but not as much as I would have liked to. I think I need to work on this one for another month. <BR> <BR> For our new members, this is not a team challenge (but if you want to use a team challenge as your resolution, feel free to do so). Instead of a bunch of new years resolution, we are making one monthly resolution. I think they ar... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 16:47:35 EST March resolutions Here it is the end of February already. Where is the year going? It is time to think about our March resolutions. I have managed to keep my Jan (eat 5-6 times/day) until I got my braces, but still doing pretty good, and my Feb (30 minutes exercise daily) with only 2 exceptions. Remember, if you consciously do something for 21 days it becomes a habit. Now for March ... <BR> <BR> For March I will do stretches (or yoga) everyday. I have noticed I am getting stiffer as I get older and real... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 20:11:42 EST February Resolutions OK, we have worked on our January Resolutions for a month now. I hope everyone has been able to keep them. Now it is time to add our February Resolutions to the list. <BR> <BR> For February I am going to do at least 20 minutes of exercise daily. I will alternate strength on even days and cardio on odd days. This one will be tougher than my eating habits were for January. <BR> <BR> Sat, 31 Jan 2009 23:34:24 EST Diet tips With the beginning of a new year, lets take time to post some tips that have helped us towards our goal. <BR> <BR> One of my favorite is to only eat at the table. Not in front of the TV, not while I cook, not as I pass thru the kitchen. Even snacks are placed on a plate and eaten with determination. I eat 5-6 times a day, small meals and snacks, so I eat about every 2-3 hours. It is much easier to tell myself to just wait, you get to sit down and eat in xx minutes. <BR> <BR> Lets hear so... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 10:17:03 EST n00b ahoy hi everyone! I'm 23 and from Wisconsin. new to sparkpeople as of today. new to regular cycling as of about 2 months ago. started doing a 30 minute beginning spin class on saturday mornings. just recently ventured into a 50 minute class and got all the way through it! looking forward to more progress and going outside in better weather. I hope to be in good enough shape to commute sometime next summer. Thu, 1 Jan 2009 16:57:08 EST new! Good morning! My name is Julia & I'm new to sparkpeople, just trying to live healthier & lose that extra couple pounds I've been hanging on to for the past couple years. I'm happy to see some nice biking groups here. I try to bike as much as possible in spring,summer & fall, but I admit I'm a bit of a fairweather biker. It's too cold, snowy and icy in Wisconsin for me right now, even with studded tires! Wed, 31 Dec 2008 11:49:55 EST New Year Does everyone have their goals for the new year ready? Tue, 30 Dec 2008 11:51:48 EST Howdy... Noob but glad to be here Howdy, <BR> I am Brad and I am a cycling fiend. I have just gotten back into my fitness and healthy way of life. I am 26 and I have let my fitness go in the past few years due to going to college and gaining the freshman 15 followed by the sophomore 15 etc. It snowballed to 60 lbs. and I have lost 10 of those so only 50 more to go. I have been lifting and riding as often as possible. I look forward to participating with you guys. Oh almost forgot I am from Texas. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Br... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 04:13:05 EST I`m Stephen, and I`m a cycleholic.... I ride daily, all day, everywhere. It`s the only way to get around. Wed, 19 Nov 2008 15:51:15 EST Hello all, just found you Haven't been a member long and I'm still finding things. DH and I ride a tandem road and mountain bike as often as possible. We try to get at least 23 miles of road or 12 miles of mountain riding 5 days a week, with more on weekends if possible. I must say he brought me kicking and screaming in the the cycling world, but I love it now. We try to go to an organized ride somewhere once a month and have met some really great people. <BR> <BR> beverly Mon, 17 Nov 2008 08:48:44 EST Introducing KingTermite I'm not expecting a big welcome, seems a little slow in here. <BR> <BR> Where's all the cyclist? <BR> <BR> I'm 38 and started cycling a few years ago. I've been on and off with my cycling activity. I've gone through times where I was doing 100 miles/week and times where I was a weekend warrior at best. <BR> <BR> Last year I moved and now live in a much bike friendlier city. I started commuting to work but like all else, it was on and off. Now I'm trying to motivate myself to c... Thu, 30 Oct 2008 11:18:00 EST Tips on Commuting Please share your cycling commuting tips here. <BR> <BR> I don't have any bc I'm just thinking about doing it. I HAVE noticed many more bikers on the road since gas is climbing! <BR> thanks <BR> Julie Thu, 29 May 2008 20:55:58 EST Introducing myself Hello. <BR> <BR> I'm Andy. I'm trying to lose around 30 lbs by my birthday August 16. I'll be 40. I've slimmed down 20 lbs, put a little back on over the holidays now I'm headed on down to 165, currently at 195. <BR> <BR> I've always like to ride. I've had a Mountain bike just about always, but just purchased a new road bike last April after being away from it for 10 or so years. <BR> <BR> I'm married. Have two great boys 10 and 5 and a great wife as well. :-) I live in Nashville, TN. Tue, 25 Mar 2008 14:11:12 EST