SparkPeople Slow Riders Team Messageboard ! Take the hammer out of cycling and put it back in the tool shed ! Slap on some saddlebags, lose the car keys, and ride. Bicycling isn't just going places, it is a way to Be places! SparkPeople Slow Riders Team Messageboard Interval Bodyweight Workout This is a supplemental workout to the time we spend riding. Something to do on the less than good weather days we have bearing down on us. <BR> <BR> This is an interval type circuit workout which I have modified from a Garage Warrior one by adding an addition exercise. It consists of 4 or 5 rounds of 4 exercises done by alternating 30 seconds of work with 15 seconds of rest. Do as many of each exercise you can in good form during each thirty seconds work bout. Rest 15 seconds then do the ne... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 21:53:50 EST Get pn the Ball! The ball of your foot that is. <BR> The key to success in activities often requires learning and using the proper mechanics. For cases in point this will be about running, cycling and skipping rope. They all require you to be on the ball, the ball or the foot that is. <BR> When running the proper and most efficient foot strike is on the ball of the foot with the foot under the centre of mass. This has the knee slightly flexed which allows the leg to act as a shock absorber. This helps to pr... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 14:17:11 EST 8 Noises You Hear on a Ride (and What They Mean) 8 Noises You Hear on a Ride (and What They Mean) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>les/8-noises-you-hear-on-a-ride-and-wh<BR>at-they-mean </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a few tips to keep us rolling trouble-free this summer...! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 24 May 2017 08:47:24 EST May Be not maybe <BR> "APRIL is the cruelest month" is a quote from T.S. Elliot's poem The Wasteland however it seems at times that May carries that over into the early part of the month of May. The days alternate with the promise of Spring alternating with carry over vestiges of the rain and even snow of April here in the Northland. <BR> The vagaries of the weather can cause us to change our workout resolution of May Be into a maybe. We want to transition over to more out of doors activities and workouts ... Tue, 2 May 2017 13:42:37 EST Suspension Trainer <BR> My local Aldi has a suspension trainer (TRX type) on sale for $15.00USD this week. Check it out. I have one will be getting a second one today. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:35:17 EST "The weather outside is frightful" Consider this was cross training to add to whatever indoor stationary biking you plan on doing for those of us who live in the regions just south of the Arctic Circle. <BR> <BR> As we enter into the indoors time of year with winter sports more of a recreational activity than a fitness one it is time to think about stay at home exercise. Yes going to the gym is an option but that entails a cold trip home after a workout. So for those days you cannot or do not want to do the gym thing you ca... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:28:41 EST Trip to Germany and Austria I have recently returned from my trip to Germany and Austria.and want to share some observations and thoughts. Anyone who has seen any recent photos from Europe has some understanding of how prevalent cycling is as a major means of transportation. In addition to the bicycles owned by individuals the major urban areas have rent here leave there bicycle stations similar to the Nice Ride program we have here in Minneapolis.spread throughout the downtown areas. In Germany it is sponsored by the D... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:23:46 EST It Is Fall but do not fall off "Oh, it's a long long while From May to December But the days grow short When you reach September. When the autumn weather Turns leaves to flame One hasn't got time For the waiting game" <BR> <BR> The lyrics of a popular song from the past describe where we now find ourselves as we transition from the exciting days of summer to our preparations for the upcoming winter. And we have no time for the waiting game to adjust our workout schedules in order to be in sync with the changing season. <B... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:54:04 EST Cool visualization from bike sharing GPS data Saw this cool visualization on Twitter and thought I would share. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>german-researchers-turn-gps-bike-share<BR>-data-into-visualisations-of-cities-vi<BR>deo?platform=hootsuite </link> Tue, 9 Aug 2016 16:41:04 EST You are biking where? So who is riding this weekend? Where are you going? And how far? Thu, 4 Aug 2016 23:02:23 EST Ride Baby Ride! <BR> Time to take advantage of the weather and get the wheeels to rolling. Let's get some reports on your rides as we enjoy the summer. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:31:04 EST HOW TO RIDE IN TRAFFIC HOW TO RIDE IN TRAFFIC <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sletter-2016/235-issue-no-717/2163-how<BR>-to-ride-in-traffic </link> <BR> <BR> "Bikes must mix with motorized vehicles. And the reality is that traffic of all kinds is increasing. A few years back a Belgian cycling official expressed concern about whether road racing would survive the next 10 years in his country because of the increase in cars on what used to be lightly traveled farm roads. If this is a con... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 14:38:33 EST May Is National Bike Month: Fri May 20th Bike2Work "May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try." <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2015_web/1?e=1335002/11627923 </link> <BR> <BR> One of the ways many communities celebrate Bike Month is to... Mon, 16 May 2016 16:38:57 EST Tips on Buying a Used Bike Tips on Buying a Used Bike <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rs/tips-on-buying-a-used-bike </link> <BR> <BR> "Traversing eBay and Craigslist ads for a great used bike deal can be daunting. Here’s what professional rider Neil Bezdek suggests" <BR> <BR> Any other tips out there? Chime in! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 3 May 2016 12:54:47 EST Pain free: ride more, hurt less Pain free: ride more, hurt less <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ore-hurt-less/ </link> <BR> <BR> "As rewarding as it is, cycling can come with its fair share of aches and pains—especially for new riders who aren’t used to time in the saddle. Some soreness may be inevitable—this is a sport, after all—but a lot of discomfort can be remedied with a tweak of your bike setup or your riding style. Bike-fitting specialist Happy Freedman and exercise physiologist Polly d... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:43:27 EST Yoga Meets The Bicycle! How Changing Your Breathing Can Improve Your Performance <BR> Harness your lungpower for a stronger, faster cycling experience <BR> <BR> <link><BR>w-changing-your-breathing-can-improve-<BR>your-performance </link> <BR> <BR> It never occurred to me to pay attention to my breathing but this makes total sense! <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:23:46 EST HOW TO COME BACK AFTER A LONG TIME OFF THE BIKE Some helpful tips here! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-rbr-newsletter-2016/220-issue-no-708/<BR>1957-how-to-come-back-after-a-long-tim<BR>e-off-the-bike </link> <BR> <BR> Check out the link for more detail, but here are the highlights: <BR> <BR> "1. One-leg pedaling. <BR> <BR> 2. Builds: start at a comfortable cadence and each minute increase by about 10 rpms to the highest cadence you can ride at without bouncing in the saddle. <BR> <BR> 3. Accelerations: s... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:22:35 EST Not Your Grandmother's Oatmeal <BR> Not being a fan of high carbohydrate and sugar breakfasts but being a lover of oatmeal I created this alternative. <BR> <BR> Not Your Grandmother's Oatmeal <BR> <BR> 1/3 Cup of Old Fashioned Oats 95 calories <BR> 2 Tbsp precooked real bacon bits (Kirkland) 60 calories <BR> 2 Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese 55 calories <BR> <BR> 1 tsp butter 35 calories <BR> Total calories 245 calories <BR> Carbohydrates 28 grams <BR> Protein 16 grams <BR> Fat 18 grams <BR> sodium 295 mg <BR> <BR> 1. ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 12:37:50 EST Suspension Trainer <BR> <BR> If you have any interest in suspension (TRX type) training Aldi is selling a suspension trainer for $15.00 USD. It can be rigged over the door or attached to a free standing support such as a tree or playground equipment. It has a 275 pound rating and comes with a 3 year warranty. It is sturdy and well made, equal to the one I paid $50.00 USD for 18 months ago. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:05:38 EST BurnBaby Burn <BR> <BR> BURN BABY BURN! <BR> <BR> <BR> Watching the current iteration of "fitness" commercials on television and in other media I notice an emphasis on how many calories each piece of equipment or technique "burns". Burn is a handy but inaccurate term to use, <BR> Definition: Calorie: A unit of food energy. The word calorie is ordinarily used instead of the more precise, scientific term kilocalorie. A kilocalorie represents the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of a l... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 15:23:06 EST Winter and SAD As our out of doors workouts diminish and we get into the time of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) it is far to easy to backslide. We can adjust to SAD with specialized light sources and modify our workouts by transitioning to bodyweight only or resistance bands both or which are do anywhere do anytime programmes. Indoor bike training mounts are an addition to our repertoire of activities as are spin classes. <BR> <BR> Can I get some feedback from members as to what works for you? Thu, 3 Dec 2015 12:56:04 EST When its dark, it's your responsibility to be seen As shared by one of our bike club members: <BR> <BR> "Just a thought ... <BR> <BR> On my drive to work this morning at 6:30am I encountered two runners who were wearing dark clothing and didn't have flash lights. Although they looked very fashionable they were putting themselves and me at risk. <BR> <BR> As Winter's grey days and early darkness is now descending upon us this is a great time to evaluate our "visibility factor" and take a more active role in becoming more seen on the roa... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:49:42 EST Good Information From today's Star Tribune newspaper: <link><BR>s-can-take-the-pain-out-of-pedaling/32<BR>4479621/ </link> Tue, 8 Sep 2015 15:42:40 EST Greetings Slow RIders After a longer than planned hiatus I think I'm back. I've been doing a lot of great catch-up riding the last half of the summer. We gave our second car to DD so DW and I are a single car family and I have lots of excuses to ride to work more often! Mon, 7 Sep 2015 10:18:52 EST Keep Your Hands Pain-Free on Your Ride 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><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 09:03:26 EST Bikes and Headphones: Do They Mix? 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><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 13:22:49 EST Small Victory I want to share something which may have a motivational resonance for some others. Yesterday I completed a 6 mile bike ride which is not normally anything exceptional except it was my first attempt since my AFIB ( atrial fibrillation) incident. It went off without any problems albeit my pace was a bit slower than it had been in the past. I did a recovery break at the 3 mile mark and felt better on the return leg than I had going out. It is nice to have a dedicated no motorized vehicle bikeway... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:31:52 EST Hi I'm Bud An older biker from the Wisconsin area. I love biking but I got away from it for a little bit. Got back into it today. I'm not a racer. I just like to ride. <img src=""> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 19:45:01 EST Hill Climbing Tips The Biggest Mistake You're Making on Climbs <BR> Get to the top faster—and fresher—with these smart strategies <BR> <BR> <link><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 14:34:28 EST Charge Your Smartphone While You Ride Your Bike The options are growing and prices are coming down...pretty cool stuff! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>one-ride-bike/ </link> <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 5 Jun 2015 10:49:58 EST What to Do If You're Injured on a Bike Ride What to Do If You're Injured on a Bike Ride <BR> <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><BR>/what-do-if-youre-injured-bike-ride </link> <BR> <BR> Good reminders here...! <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 29 May 2015 14:46:17 EST Wrap With Me: Wrapping Handlebars Tutorial 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> </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 10:38:58 EST Today: Ride of Silence A Global Remembrance of the preciousness of human lives: <BR> <BR> <link> </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 09:56:01 EST How to use Google Maps offline mode 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><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 09:27:09 EST Trek Bicycle has recalled nearly 1 million bikes <link><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 14:56:42 EST Kat from the state of Missouri. Hi everyone, <BR> I've been a bike rider off and on most of my life, though until recently never owned a very good one.. Finally got a decent bike to replace the old 12 speed, about 3 years ago. My new bike is a used 93 Trek 930 21 speed mountain bike. This has greatly increased my speed and joy in riding. It has made such a difference, I am now able to ride several hundred miles a year around the trails and streets of Mid-Missouri. <BR> <BR> No internet at home makes it a little difficul... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:37:16 EST Why You're Not Bike Commuting—and How to Fix That Why You're Not Bike Commuting—and How to Fix That <BR> <BR> <link><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 09:30:55 EST Bicycle Safety 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><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 13:06:51 EST A Cautionary Tale: How Cycling Saved My Life Very interesting account with super recommendations: <BR> <BR> <link> </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><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 14:22:51 EST Free Weather Underground Premium 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><BR>round-premium-sale </link> <BR> <BR> This deal is only good for a couple of da... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 22:26:17 EST Easy Things Your Bike Mechanic Wishes You Would Do 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><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 08:42:57 EST Fountain of Youth | Cycling Subways | Google Earth 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><BR>/training-fitness/cycling-keeps-you-yo<BR>unger-your-years </link> <BR> <BR> I'm a sucker for co... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 22:23:22 EST Bicycle Traveler, Latest Issue is OUT! <link>www.bicycletraveler.bicyclingaroundt<BR> </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Dream! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:47:11 EST Safety There are so many wonderful facets to our bike club that I overlook 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 13:44:07 EST Erie Canal Bike Ride 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 doable with a friend or two. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:12:48 EST A New Year <BR> <BR> My apologies for my recent inactivity, I will correct that this year. To start off this year here is a ver interesting read I found concerning fitness. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/db7e3623-be5b-4c2f-a450-e04682e3a29c/<BR>c9091ce76fa502096db553e8d1037abb </link> <BR> <BR> In addition today's Minneapolis Star Tribune had and article on the new fitness book from Greg LeMond, a Tour De France winner Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:59:40 EST Willie Weir Bike Blogs 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><BR>log/winter-reflections/ </link> <BR> <BR> Paradise is a Relative Term <BR> <link><BR>log/paradise-is-a-relative-term/ </link> <BR> <BR> Why Not Share? <BR> <link>www.adventurecycling... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:23:32 EST Tough Hills? No Problem...! :-) <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Don Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:09:26 EST Here's a Switch: 5 Reasons Why Bicycling is SAFE! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Great points to pass along...! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 3 Dec 2014 14:55:37 EST Don't Let A Little Water Get in the Way... Hit the waves with this Water Bike! :-) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:42:59 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone, <BR> After experiencing a serious injury that resulted in traumatic neuropathy in my left foot, I have rediscovered cycling. I live in Los Angeles, so have mild winters, but can have crappy air and brutal winds. Slowly building up my mileage to be able to ride with my husband who loves cycling. I use my bike to get everywhere, cheaper and almost as fast as driving with our crazy traffic. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:38:52 EST Bike Like A Pro Athlete, Eat Like A Pig Bike Like A Pro Athlete, Eat Like A Pig <BR> <BR> <link><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 19:45:29 EST Free Memberships to Adventure Cycling! ...for the first 150 folks to sign up: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nture-cycling-memberships/ </link> <BR> <BR> Nabbed mine & thought I'd pass it along! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:44:29 EST 101 Ways to Completely Transform Your Cycling 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><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 21:04:14 EST Free Offline Map App: Today Only City Maps 2Go Pro - Offline Map and Travel Guide by Ulmon GmbH <BR> <BR> <link><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 20:55:08 EST The Best Cycling Advice I Ever Got The Best Cycling Advice I Ever Got <BR> <BR> <link><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! <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 08:55:39 EST The Joy of Brooks Saddles ! Hello Fellow Slow Riders, <BR> <BR> I was just reminded yesterday when I went to unlock my commuter, and ride to the gym for my lunchtime work out. How wonderful it is to own Brooks leather saddles! A friend was going by and looked at my commuter, and commented "Wow, I have not seen a seat like that since my Mothers 3 speed that still hangs in the garage in her home." I said, Oh that is too bad, Brooks saddles are the best! Once you get one broken in you will have it a lifetime, and it fits ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:42:33 EST Bicycle Traveler Magazine: Current Issue Available "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> </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 4 Jun 2014 09:48:54 EST Sign Petition To Curb Bike Theft I thought folks might want to sign this petition started by People For Bikes and Project 529: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ons/ </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> There's a simple solution tha... Sat, 24 May 2014 12:19:09 EST Apps to help you take a scenic bike ride Apps to help you take a scenic bike ride <BR> <BR> <link><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 21:44:48 EST Google Maps adds elevation data for cyclists Google Maps adds elevation data for cyclists braving the hills <BR> <BR> <link><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 20:42:49 EST Ride your bike to work day. Tomorrow is our campus Ride Your Bike to Work day. They had a lot of nice treats last year. Unfortunately, I need to take the car to the shop tomorrow and can't ride my bike. What a bummer. Thu, 8 May 2014 23:33:41 EST How to plan a safe enjoyable bicycle touring route How to plan a safe and enjoyable bicycle touring route: <BR> <BR> <link><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 16:10:04 EST Anybody Knowledgeable @ Brooks Saddles? 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> </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> </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone out there with some Brooks experience / knowledge to help point me one way ... Thu, 1 May 2014 08:25:56 EST National Bike Challenge 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 14:37:59 EST Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour! June 6-8 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 22:00:33 EST How Do You Keep Your Bike Safe From Thieves? 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><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 22:31:22 EST Just found this team I like the fact that this team is about enjoying the ride and not hammering all the time. <BR> <BR> I've been riding a hybrid bike for 4 years and enjoy riding back roads and rail trails. I've ridden almost 500 miles on my Air Dyne bike since January and am looking forward to getting outside. It's been a long cold winter here in NH. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:16:40 EST Box Bikes in the Netherlands Leave it to the Dutch...they keep innovating & integrating cycling so nicely into their culture! <BR> <BR> A bakfiets compilation <BR> <BR> <link><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 21:36:44 EST It's Back: Free City Maps 2Go App (Offline Maps) 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<BR>2go-pro-offline-map-and-travel-guide-1<BR>00-discount#eUcvg0kWdVXB3mOR.99" <BR> <BR> <link> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 08:33:00 EST Let's Talk <BR> <BR> As we rocket around the world wide web checking out fitness sites and information we run into TMI (too much information) almost instantly. As a trainer I am perhaps more guilty than many since I feel a need to be current so that I can answer questions my clients may have. One of the things which I have found is that most of the fitness” information” is not based on any research but rather on anecdotal information or opinion.This is going to turn into a bit of a rant as I share my ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:08:07 EST Starting Over Hi I'm Tina and I live in MN. I got into biking in 1998 when I lived in Texas (native Texan) I've ridden across the state of MN 4 times on the bike in the MS TRAM but haven't been on my bike since 2007 when I rode the last TRAM. <BR> <BR> I wanna ride again!!!! I got burned out and just didn't touch my bike. I have a wonderful TREK 7200 in almost new condition that needs miles on it! I just bought a stationary bike as it's a horrible winter here and I won't be outside on "Barry" my TR... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:53:29 EST Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour 2014 Reg. Open! 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 10:52:05 EST BEYOND the Last Minute Cycling Deals...? 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><BR><BR>m_campaign=c7cf3fcb2a-12_31_13_Fit_H#h<BR>eist/528 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:58:41 EST Top Biking Stories of 2013 & More... All righty, let's wrap up the year with the Top 14 Bike Stories of the year: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>14-bike-stories-of-2013 </link> <BR> <BR> PLUS top bicycle maintenance resolutions for 2014: <BR> <BR> <link><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 09:32:00 EST Looking Ahead N.O.W. . <BR> Another year has passed and we now have another to use to our advantage. While time is divided into the past present and future the only time over which we have any control is the present, yesterday is gone and tomorrow has not yet occurred. Now is where we are and now is the time for us to do those things which benefit us the most. <BR> Since fitness and fat loss are the topics which have brought us to Spark how can we use the now we have in hand to prioritize them? Since it is one of... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:51:43 EST Bicycle Traveler Magazine newsletter: Free Issue 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> </link> <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:36:17 EST Must See & Forward This Video to ALL! Dear Motorist: <BR> <BR> <link> </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 09:35:55 EST Game-changing bike invention Game-changing bike invention <BR> <BR> <link><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> </link> <BR> <BR> Also another fun cy... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:47:07 EST Our Local Bike Club in Holiday Parade 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> </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 09:17:15 EST Wallet Power Bank $29 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><BR><BR>aign=31dd922e8f-12_7_13_Sat_Steals#d/15478 </link> Sat, 7 Dec 2013 12:36:24 EST Cycling Buddies in Dallas / Fort Worth area? 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 08:10:25 EST The Change of Seasons Now that winter is here for those of us above a certain latitude what adjustments or changes are you making in your training programmes to adapt to the weather change and to prepare for next years cycling season. <BR> <BR> By the way here in Minneapolis there seems to be no cycling season, there are hard core riders who ride year around and the city plows the bikeways following a snowfall. Tue, 3 Dec 2013 14:34:32 EST Awesome Map App Free Today Only 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 09:09:54 EST Need recommendations for a bike computer Looking for recommendations for a good bike computer. <BR> <BR> I would be interested in one that can store and upload data to my computer (in fact, in a form that is usable for the Fitness Tracker here at SP would be nice). <BR> <BR> I think I would prefer a wireless model. <BR> <BR> I would like data for current speed, average speed for the ride, ride time, and ride distance, and maybe temperature. Any other features might you recommend? <BR> <BR> I don't really "need" GPS, and money i... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:44:14 EST FINALLY got my bike! I joined this team quite some time ago, hoping to immediately acquire the BIKE OF MY DREAMS. <BR> <BR> Life happened, and I was delayed. At last, on Tuesday, I brought her home. Her name is Black Moriah, at least we have tentatively decided on that name. <BR> <BR> I have joined the local Cycling Club, and will go on my first "official" club ride this Sunday. It is about 10 miles and approximately 10 miles per hour. I am with the Hokey Pokey group -- show and easy! <BR> <BR> In the mea... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:28:10 EST The Healing Power of Cycling Addiction and Cycling: All That You Leave Behind <BR> <BR> <link><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 23:47:14 EST Dusted Off the Bike and Rode Last night after work rode for 1/2 hour. Didn't want to over-do it first time out. <BR> Might go again tonight. <BR> Hard to get motivated, but it's a start... <BR> Good to see this group here, and hope I'll get into a pattern of riding more in the weeks to come. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Dave Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:35:13 EST Cycling Opportunity in the 1,000 Islands & Canada! 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 22:47:25 EST Greetings! I'm Jennifer. After a recent battle with my car and realizing how little I drive it, I've decided to trade it in for a bike. Hoping to get a bike sometime this week. I am a bit intimidated as I have not been on a real bike in YEARS (was gifted a mountain bike that was not a good fit several years ago . . . was not out on it more than a few times . . . lived in a place where I had no flat ground near home and I never did figure out the bike carrier I was also gifted that came with no instructi... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 12:31:11 EST Back in the saddle Sorry that I totally slipped off the radar screen after agreeing to help out with this forum. No excuses, I just hope it won't happen again. <BR> <BR> I had some bike issues earlier this summer which made me leery of anything adventurous but I think I've gotten them all straightened out so I've started taking more "detours" again on my way to work. Thu, 1 Aug 2013 14:22:38 EST September ride in July <BR> On Saturday my partner Jodi and I rode the north spur of the Lake Woebegone Trail for Albany, MN to Hollingsford,MN, The ride was 10 out and 10 back, a 20 mile ride. It was a September ride in July since the ambient air temperature was 62 degrees and on the outbound leg the wind from the left front was clocking 22MPH. Not exactly July weather even for Minnesota. After pushing against the wind we decide to break for lunch at Hollingsford before we made the return leg. The return 10 was ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:48:21 EST 10 Brilliant Pieces of Bike Infrastructure 10 Brilliant Pieces of Bike Infrastructure <BR> <BR> <link><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 22:09:20 EST I'm Elizabeth and I'm a fat bottomed girl ;-) Hi y'all, <BR> I love a good bike ride, I always have. Fat Bottom Girls by Queen is one of my favorite songs and its about a bike ride. <BR> <BR> I've started riding again this year as a point of fitness and fun. I'm looking forward to being in this group. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:53:51 EST iPhone App Alert: Free MapMyRide App Today Only The head's up courtesy of Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d=14810 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 8 Jul 2013 20:02:51 EST Free Today Only: Size My Bike iPhone App 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><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 11:54:14 EST Beating The Heat on Summer Rides Here is a helpful infographic on tips for dealing with the heat on summer rides: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ur_summer_bike_guide </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone have more tips, suggestions? <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:43:26 EST Streets not suitable for biking?!?! I've never ridden my bike on the street before but I want to start for more exercise, to help the environment, and to save on gas money. I'm looking at google directions for bikes and it has a warning that says some streets listed may not be suitable for biking. I don't get it. Why would they give those streets then. I'm already paranoid enough about getting run over. Does anyone know what to do if I encounter one of those streets? Can I just ride on the sidewalk. I know it's illegal in Chica... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:03:46 EST Care to Share the Story of Your First Bike? is looking for folks to share their stories here...perhaps folks can cross-post your stories here too! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tbike </link> <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 14 Jun 2013 09:06:58 EST Why Do We Ride - Post your reasons Why do I ride? To get there. My bike is a tool for getting from point A to point B faster than walking. And, for free, I get exercise I'd miss if I used a car, or a bus, or a subway. Also for free I sometimes get some solitude, sometimes sense of engaging with the environment and staying warm, or dry, or cool, or even just alive, and, depending on what the nearby automobile drivers provide, some moments of astonishing excitement! Quite a lot of bonus for also getting from point A to point B. ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 09:34:52 EST Defensive Riding A necessity. The only way to be reasonably safe on a bicycle on the road. We've all got stories. Here's one I've put into my blog. I'll bet there are others out there. <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=DOUGDC </link> <BR> Let's hear. <BR> <BR> Ride safe <BR> <em>217</em> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 16:58:38 EST Support your Local Bike Shop My local bike shop (LBS) is The Old Bike Shop on Pershing in Arlington VA. Great place. They're focused on repairing and refurbishing existing bikes to get them on the road, as opposed to focusing primarily on selling new and high end bikes. I think of them as recyclers. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I found that the small blinkie tail light on my bike had escaped somewhere. No idea where. So I considered going to Amazon for a replacement, and decided, instead, to go to my LBS. On the wall the only li... Fri, 31 May 2013 08:55:51 EST Virginia Creeper Trail I was on a bit of this trail several years ago, and joined a group that planned to do a bit of it this last weekend. Didn't happen. The group opted for a hike instead of a ride on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Anyone been on the trail recently? Pictures? <BR> <BR> Doug Wed, 22 May 2013 11:08:25 EST Love the avatar! Source???? I really like the image our team has for an Avatar! <BR> <BR> Can you identify the name of the painting/artist? <BR> <BR> I wouldn't mind having a poster size of it to frame and put on my wall. <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 May 2013 22:41:09 EST How To Talk to Non-Cyclists About Cycling Safety How To Talk to Non-Cyclists About Road Cycling Safety <BR> <BR> I thought this article brought up some good points we can make when we talk with friends and family about cycling safely on our roads even if Uncle Leo "writes me off as one of those weirdos in spandex." :-) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>05/11/help-from-our-friends/ </link> <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 17 May 2013 09:18:20 EST Running shoes <BR> This is not as germane to this team as it is to others more oriented towards general fitness but I thought I would share it for any thoughts people here might have on the topic. <BR> <BR> I posted this URL to a news article on the Fitness forum and it surprisingly to me elicited little response. <BR> <BR> <link> 2701.html </link> Thu, 16 May 2013 13:21:47 EST Free "Bike Repair" App: Today Only! If you haven't check out "AppsGoneFree" it is a great way to pick up new apps to try for free: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-gone-free-best-daily/id470693788?mt=8 </link> <BR> <BR> Today only, they are offering "Bike Repair" and app filled with bike repair tutorials: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-Repair/dp/B004UWTLZE </link> <BR> <BR> You can only get it free by first obtaining the app for "AppsGoneFree" and downloading "Bike R... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:07:56 EST Hello - I'm Doug Hello group. I'm pumped to find a group with this sort of intent. That is, enjoying cycling for some reason beside speed and the thrill of skill vs. disaster (single tracking on mountainsides). Not that I don't enjoy covering miles, sometimes quickly. And cycling skillfully enhances safety. But I use my bicycle to get from one place to another, and, with that general provision, have come to really enjoy being outside and getting some exercise while seeing things I might not otherwise visit. O... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 00:01:37 EST Apps to help you take a scenic bike ride Courtesy of Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> Apps to help you take a scenic bike ride: <BR> <BR> 4/5/2013 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d=14288 </link> <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> <BR> Once you get in gear, these apps will help you to map your route, as well as ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 08:50:57 EST Saddle Up! <BR> Here we go everyone, saddle up! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 17:01:57 EST Bicycle commuting = happiness It's official. Research shows that people who commute to work by bike are the happiest. <BR> <BR><BR>3/02/psu_study_equates_bicycle_comm.html Sat, 9 Mar 2013 18:21:04 EST just joined the group Hi everybody. <BR> <BR> I am mostly using my bicycle for transportation. I will ride to the grocery store and use a backpack for my food. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to lose more than 50 pounds! <BR> <BR> see you all later! Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:43:15 EST Bicycle Camp at Colgate Univers (Central NY State) I'm passing along a real gem of an opportunity for a weekend of cycling joy here in upstate New York! I went last year for the first time and had a blast. A terrific perk are the top-notch music students at the university who put on a WONDERFUL performance during the weekend. My ride to Hamilton and at the end of the weekend was an added bonus, too! <BR> <BR> There are rides of varying degrees of distance and challenge. <BR> <BR> Although it refers to this as a "camp" we stay at one of the ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 07:03:23 EST GUADALAJARA FREES THE STREETS! Cool news from American Cycling Association: <BR> <BR> GUADALAJARA FREES THE STREETS <BR> <BR> Sheila Poettgen from Burlington, Vermont, wrote to tell us that she and her partner Kai are in the process of bicycling around the world and reporting their travels on their website. "Thought you might be interested in sharing our latest video covering ViaRecreativa," Sheila wrote. "It's an event that occurs every Sunday in Guadalajara, Jalisco; 64 kilometers [40 miles] of streets are closed off ... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 09:08:01 EST Accessories Fantastic new...I am being given a bicycle...I am so excited. <em>224</em> <BR> Though it isn't one I picked out for myself, I feel it will be just fine for a beginner, <BR> recreational rider. <BR> So team, what bike accessories do you have/or wish you had that make your <BR> ride more enjoyable? <BR> <em>332</em> <em>252</em> <em>186</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:54:55 EST How do you train? This team continues to grow as more and more people discover the joys of recreational riding and riding for errands or work creating a more diverse population geographically. Here in the northern tier there4 is snow and ice to cope with but many here in Minneapolis choose to ignore the time of year and ride. On Saturday with an inch of fresh snow on the trail I saw a group of 20+ running as a faux peleton on a local bikeway. I admit to being remiss in my cycling lately notwithstanding the fac... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 14:38:01 EST New rider from Mississippi I just got a new bike this week and I've taken one fairly short ride so far (about 25 minutes of riding). I haven't ridden in years, so I know it'll take a while to get used to it again. I hope to take some long rides when I get accustomed to the bike. At least I don't have too many hills to cope with as long as I stick to my area--I live on the MS coast, so it's flat. But not too many bike trails, so I have to watch the traffic and ride mainly in suburban neighborhoods. Sun, 3 Feb 2013 15:59:15 EST cyclometer? vs Garmin I'm totally a newbie. I am just beginning my search to purchase a bicycle that will fit my needs. As a runner, I love the outdoors and am seeking other means to expand this and not quite as much time in the gym. Other than any info that would be useful in making a purchase decision, I was wondering about gauging distance. I've seen several post that mentioned a cyclometer....Would my Garmin Forerunner used on my run, also work for biking as far as distance and time? Thank you for any ad... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:10:19 EST I'm a biker! Hi! I'm linda and the best thing I ever did was learn to ride a bike! I love my bike and there is nothing out there that frees me more than a ride. I'm looking forward to participating in this group of like-minded people! linda Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:31:43 EST Post your Goals for 2013 Hello Slow Riders, <BR> <BR> Let's share our health and fitness goals for 2013 and see if we can stick to them. I'm not a big fan of "resolutions" because they often aren't very concrete and don't seem to last. Goals, on the other hand, seem more tangible. So I'll get things started and see if we can help each other reach our goals. <BR> <BR> 1. Transition to maintenance by the end of January. I've been hovering around my target weight for a while now so I want to start tracking withi... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:29:30 EST Any bicycling related Christmas gifts? So, did anyone give or receive any bicycling related gifts? Wed, 26 Dec 2012 17:41:13 EST Co Leader <BR> A co leader has been appointed for the team. My cycling activity has been slow here and I have been concentrating on other aspects of my training resulting in my not posting. I want everyone to remind themselves of the mission statement. This is not a team about challenges orhard core cycling, this team is for the recreational cyclist who integrates cycling into their fitness programme as a for of active recreation to round out their fitness programme. Sun, 23 Dec 2012 11:30:49 EST Here's How to Get All Your Timid Friends on Bikes Saw this in another team's forum and thought folks on this team might like to check it out. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>12/11/friendly-guide-bicycle-transport<BR>ation/3909/ </link> Tue, 4 Dec 2012 22:48:23 EST Hi, I'm Judy I recently started riding a bike again.. it's probably been a decade since I was last on one. I'm having a lot of fun, which is awesome because exercise has always been a huge struggle for me. I don't go very fast, and I don't go very far, but I GO, and that's what matters! <BR> <BR> So yeah, hi everybody :) Sun, 28 Oct 2012 01:52:58 EST Hi from a new bike rider! I recently started bike riding for exercise! I rode when I was a kid and loved it! I still love it but I'm trying to increase time and distance without causing myself pain. Any advice? I've been riding 3.5 miles to 5 miles 3 times a week sometimes 4 times a week. It takes me 25-35 minutes. I know I'm slow but I weigh 223 pounds at 5'51/2" so I'm obese. I have a 1 speed bike. Any advice on gradually increasing my biking fitness? Also any advice about how to stay in shape in the winter? I'm 50 ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:48:52 EST Falling into Winter <BR> <BR> The days are shorter, the air has a chill in it in the morning and we are now falling into winter. What if any adjustments are you making in your workouts? How are you planning your workouts if you have been doing them primarily out of doors, what will change in your programme? The Fall and Winter can be prime times to take the opportunity to reassess your goals and adjust your workouts. The change in seasons can change our approach to fitness for the good if we become creative. ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 11:43:18 EST Hi im new and want to cycle more Hi ,I loved the loose the car keys and the title. I'm not looking to race or dwonhill..just to use my bike more and improve my fitness. I have a ladies claude butler 21 gears,adjusted seat and bars to take my back conditions into account,and want to get to the point where i'm cycling every day for at least 30minutes. As well as using it for shopping and visits..I'd like to get up to a cycling holiday..maybe even the South Downs ! <BR> I live in Gosport Hampshire UK so if there are any similar... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:20:02 EST Going the distance Hi everyone, <BR> I'm new to the team and also new to long distance biking, which I can't get enough of. All summer I've been riding an hour a day, but in Sep. I started clocking 30, 60, 130km a day on my bike, just getting around my new city and seeing what I can see. Nothing beats the limb heavy, twitching exhaustion of an 8 hour ride. <BR> <BR> This weekend I'm taking my first over night trip to Niagara Falls, which is 140(about) km away. I'm excited and nervous and I can't wait! Ho... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:37:57 EST Bells and Whistles I started this topic on the other biking group but thought I would post it here to and see if we can get some discussion. <BR> <BR> What kind of bell/whistle/horn do you use? Here is the situation. About half of my commute is a very nice and "safe" combination walking/riding trail. That also creates a challenge because you have to be careful about pedestrians and joggers. I have a nice loud bell that I ring as I approach them from behind and call out on which side I will pass them (making su... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 07:47:57 EST Love to ride Slow rider but, really putting in the miles. I love to ride through the forest and the bike trails. Where I live in the City can sometimes be a hazard for riders, although my City is rider friendly. This past summer I have ventured out every day about 10-25 miles a day. Those bridges are a killer. Getting better at it - funny alot easier going down than up. Over the Summer I lost 34 pounds riding to and from various destinations. Looking forward to riding this fall to see the color cha... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:22:19 EST Hi i am Dottie I have been around Sparks for a while, but was given a bike, a cafe 3 felt . As is was going through the bike teams , this group looked like a great place to start with ridding a bike again . Thu, 9 Aug 2012 11:14:13 EST Hi! My name is Mary and I,I've in Virginia. Several years back I rode my bicycle for exercise and enjoyment frequently. Then we moved to a hilly area and gave up because I am terrible at hills. Pounds later here I am hoping to get back into cycling and a healthy life style. Look forward to getting to know you! <em>332</em> Sun, 5 Aug 2012 14:30:39 EST TOUR de VOUS (MOI) TOUR de VOUS <BR> <BR> The Tour de France 2012 ended Sunday and was won for the first time by a Briton. Time for each of us to create a Tour de Vous. Vous is the formal French for you used when addressing more than one person however each of us can create a Tour de Moi to have some fun biking over the next few weeks. <BR> <BR> The Tour de France 2012 had the following pattern. Running from Saturday June 30th to Sunday July 22th 2012, the 99th Tour de France was made up of 1 prologue and 20... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:32:12 EST Hi i'm Terrie My husband and I have just rediscovered our love of hiking. It's been 30 years for me and longer for my husband. We are looking forward to building up distances that will allow us to take tours and give our vacations a new look. We've been riding local bike trails for about 6 weeks and tomorrow try for 26 miles round trip. We pack a light lunch, ride easy, have made a couple new friends and find most all fellow bikers very polite. <BR> looking forward to scienic ride - vacation ideas Sat, 21 Jul 2012 14:13:10 EST Hello, I'm new here. Hello Slow Riders, <BR> <BR> I'm a new member, both to the site itself and the Slow Riders team. <BR> <BR> I'm an experienced cyclist who hasn't ridden a real bike in a few years. I've got a bike again, so am excited to get back to it and once again have cycling be part of my everyday life. <BR> <BR> I ride a lovely black Pashley, rain or shine. Wed, 4 Jul 2012 11:57:26 EST Your Brand and # of gears Currently I am using a Fuji 10 speed which I have put some miles on this year. 600 <BR> and I have a Schwinn 12 speed Mon, 2 Jul 2012 22:51:54 EST Le Tour This may sound like a silly question on a biking forum but are there any fans here? As much as I like to ride, I am mainly just a casual biker (no fancy equipment, etc) so I did not pay much attention to Le Tour in the past. However, after spending some time living in Europe a few years ago I've followed racing a little more closely. I worked with a guy who was a huge fan and he got me interested. A few years ago we had the Tour of Missouri which had a stage that ended in our town and I r... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 11:35:46 EST Beating the heat With temperatures climbing to over 100 here in Missouri I'm thinking about ways to beat the heat when biking so I thought I would try and get some discussion going. I've been leaving for work earlier in the morning and putting in extra miles while it is "cooler". For the ride home the heat is still pretty intense so I usually stay at the office a little longer but that isn't much fun. My helmet is probably the biggest issue along with wearing my backpack. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 22:19:11 EST Bikers, be aware: Ride defensively <BR> Just a reminder for everyone on a team which rides a lot. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>525.html </link> Sat, 2 Jun 2012 21:51:48 EST Time for Bike Walk Week <BR> <BR> Twin Cities residents are invited to trade in their cars -- at least once -- for a bike or a walk during Bike Walk Week from June 2 to June 10. Nearly 10,000 people participated last year. Organizers have lots of events to get people into the act this year <BR> <BR> <link><BR>html </link> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 31 May 2012 15:19:30 EST Weekend ride Great weekend! 60 miles. <BR> Saturday about 18 riders started out on a historical tour of the Taunton River. A few had to leave early and rode back but the rest of us got to enjoy a couple of long hills looping back to our starting point. Monday six of us really enjoyed the country roads. We started out in Fall River rode into Somerset, Swansea, Rehoboth, Dighton and back . And then….back to work Tuesday. UGH Tue, 29 May 2012 21:00:47 EST Bike to Work Week: 10 Awesome Pieces of Bike Tech National Bike to Work Week: 10 Awesome Pieces of Bike Tech <BR> Make your ride safer (and geekier) with these biking gadgets and accessories: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/national-bike-to-work-week-10-awesome<BR>-pieces-of-bike-tech </link> <BR> <BR> "Use National Bike Month as an opportunity to become a first-time two-wheeled commuter, renew your view of your city, or change up your workout. Whatever your reason for picking up biking, be sure to check out th... Mon, 21 May 2012 08:24:13 EST Hi I'm Bud Hi <BR> I'm from the windy city, that's Manitowoc, Wisconsin of course. I really enjoy cycling and want to use it as my main means to get fitter. Please to meet all. Sat, 19 May 2012 15:01:19 EST Bike to Work Week/Day Next week is Bike to Work week. I hope many of you and your colleagues are participating. I just noticed signs posted around our campus for Bike to Work Day which is Friday. There will be a free healthy breakfast for everyone who bikes to work that day and drawings for prizes. Should be a lot of fun. Fri, 11 May 2012 14:24:38 EST May is National Bike Month May is National Bike Month. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>h/ </link> <BR> <BR> Any events scheduled in your community? Wednesday was Bike to School Day and next week is Bike to Work week. I'll start a separate thread on that. Fri, 11 May 2012 14:21:04 EST cycling vacations Just want to let y'all know I have a cycle touring business. If you'd like to check it out, <BR> <BR> Even if you can't make it this year, I'd appreciate it if you could share the link with your friends. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:54:35 EST New Member Hi team! My name is Tara and I live in NE Ohio. I just picked up biking as my new workout. I love every minute of it and plan to bike to the gym as well (which is only about a 8 minute ride away). When I was a child, I loved to bike all over our neighborhood but was never allowed to venture out of the allotment. Now, as an adult, I get to explore my city even better. I can't express how much better I feel inside and out. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:14:16 EST Spring? The daffodils and crocuses are out, it hit the low 60s today...I am not quite ready to ride yet but this would have been the perfect day for it! My goal is to get my first ride in this year before the end of May. That'll be about a year off the bike due to injury....way too long! Sat, 3 Mar 2012 19:27:25 EST new bike Going shopping for a new bike today. DH & I narrowed it down to two. ..Trek FX and Specialized Sirrus. and finally decided on one, the Specialized Sirrus.I'm leaning toward the ladies version..Vida..not sure yet. Also I am going to try the clips as well. Very excited. Well off to the gym first. Sat, 25 Feb 2012 08:33:38 EST Always Loved Cycling Already a member of Girls Gone Riding, I just discovered Slow Riders! I've loved most everything cycling since my 1st bike at age 5. Raced BMX bikes in the '80s, rode mountain bikes several years, then found I really enjoy road riding and recreational trails. I have a few bikes, but my favorite is a Cannondale Road Warrior flat bar road bike set up for touring. At nearly 34 lbs. it's a great training bike and urban assault vehicle, ideal for errands and outdoor markets. My husband commutes by... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 10:27:42 EST Been riding for a year now I started on a one speed beach cruiser. I could barely ride it a mile when I started. I had no muscle mass and rageing fibromyalgia. A year later and I ride a 21 speed schwinn 700 c 8-14 miles a day 6 days a week (8 during the winter and 14 during the summer)! I want to get up to 20 miles a day and be able to maintain a 15 mph average. =) I guess that's not slow, as this site calls itself, but I am hooked. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:50:14 EST Cycling Quotes Hey how about starting up a message thread filled with quotes about cycling that we come across which are inspiring, humorous or otherwise notable? Perhaps we can "sticky" the thread if it takes off...? <BR> <BR> Came across this one today, which I couldn't agree with more heartily!: <BR> <BR> "It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car on... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 16:25:55 EST Great Tips from Active Cyclist Newsletter Group-Ride Tips for Cyclists <BR> <link><BR>p-Ride-Tips-for-Cyclists.htm </link> <BR> <BR> 3 Questions for Your Cycling Offseason <BR> <link><BR>estions-for-Your-Cycling-Offseason.htm </link> <BR> <BR> 2 Hill Workouts for the Indoor Trainer <BR> <link><BR>Hill-Workouts-for-the-Indoor-Trainer.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Plus How a Big City Became a Cycling City Against the Odds!... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 10:25:07 EST New to the team Hello all, <BR> <BR> I've been on SP for a few years now but looking for a new team to join and this team looks like a good fit. This year I've started riding to work a few times a week and also doing a little casual riding when I can. Partly for fitness, partly for being a little more green but mostly to simplify life and chill. I'm looking forward to sharing my journey with others. <BR> <BR> Dave Mon, 26 Dec 2011 14:39:57 EST THE CASE AGAINST HIBERNATION <BR> <BR> <BR> I find that not being willing to be out of doors in the winter is a rather strange position to take in that every four years the world celebrates an event called the Winter Olympics. If I remember correctly these are not held in an semi tropical environments. Living in Minnesota if I feared the cold I would end up looking like Jabba the Hut having just hibernated for several months. <BR> <BR> Man has survived and functioned in the cold for millennia by adapting to the c... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 14:48:23 EST Winter discontent <BR> WINTER TRAINING <BR> <BR> Listen up people, this is the Sergeant Major! <BR> <BR> To paraphrase “September Song” the daylight hours dwindle down to a precious few as we lurch grudgingly into winter, We can “Fall back” with our clocks so have to now ensure we do not fall back on our fitness. It is time to reassess our fitness routines since for many of us winter is only indoor workout time. That does not have to be the norm since there are ways to adapt our programmes to the wint... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 23:14:54 EST Winter conditions change in weekend plans Yesterday's snow storm in the Hudson Valley (New York) has put me on my snowshoes for the day. But will be back riding after work the rest of the week. <BR> What kind of outdoor activitiy are you doing today? <BR> <BR> Happy trails (snow or otherwise)! <BR> <em>108</em> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 13:13:43 EST Hi there So glad to find this team here! I'm not new to bike commuting or SparkPeople (3rd time's a charm, I hope). Despite biking ~80 minutes per day 5 days per week for the last 3 years, I've still been packing on the pounds in the last six months or so. I know it's mostly my diet, so I'm trying to just keep doing what I'm doing in terms of biking, and add some other forms of exercise to the mix. <BR> <BR> I started doing everything by bicycle due to a severe case of plantar fasciitis (tendonitis i... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 14:20:18 EST Where did you ride this weekend? Such a beautiful autumn weekend here in NY, I rode the Harlem Valley Rail Trail today. It was awesome from Amenia to Millerton, NY. If you ever get the opportunity, pack some fruit and water in your backpack and ride along beautiful farmland. There are some very interesting inhabitants to meet along the way, too. <BR> <em>108</em> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 19:38:58 EST bicycle commuting Thought I'd share this site <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 1 Oct 2011 13:21:48 EST The Ping Noise Yesterday we went to the East Bay Bike Path, it was a beautiful day. Toward the end of the path we stopped to break and take in the view, when we decided to start up and go back, I moved my kickstand up and heard a "ping". I looked at my bike and didn't see anything wrong. During my ride back, I noticed that my legs were getting tired and attributed it to wind and the cardio class the day before. <BR> <BR> Fifteen miles later, back at the car and hubby, he put my bike up on the rack and no... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 21:03:35 EST huddle? How does one huddle? I went to the "view huddle wall/huddle now" page but can't find anything to click on so I can join the huddle. What am I missing? Sun, 18 Sep 2011 18:42:46 EST Hello! My name is James, I live in East Texas, and recently started back riding, after taking a few years off. I really enjoy riding bikes, own 2 Treks, a hybrid and an entry-level road bike. I generally ride with my sister, and we ride between 50 and 100 miles a week. I started out in Cyclists Anonymous, but I think this group may be a better fit... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 13:44:03 EST Greetings all Well, I've been lurking on this forum for a little but. I'm back to cycling at age 51....I re-found the joy of riding after my ortho doc told me stop running. <BR> <BR> While I love the wind on my face at 25-30 MPH, I enjoy a long leisurely pace that allows me to end a ride without soreness and reminds me what it was like to spend all day on a bike as a kid. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 16:31:41 EST How far do you ride in a week I have set a goal of 100 miles this week and so far am up to 70 I wish Spark People nutrition allowed for some extra calories for this much activity. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 16:04:49 EST drinking and riding whats up with drinking beer and riding bikes I was almost taken out by a drunk bike rider on a moonlight ride the other night Thu, 18 Aug 2011 11:24:48 EST Tour de Goshen, NY Wondered if anyone from the team is riding in the Tour de Goshen this Sunday, August 21st. I plan to ride the 25-mile leg of the tour. Goshen, NY is located in Orange County, New York, if anyone is interested. Would be fun to ride together! <BR> Happy Trails! <BR> <em>108</em> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 19:05:12 EST Hi, I'm Luna Hi all, I just joined this team! I've been biking as an adult for three years. My husband and I have semi-recumbent bikes made by a company called Day 6. Cool bikes. I have a picture of me (at a much heavier weight) on my bike on my SparkPage if anyone is interested. <BR> <BR> I love to ride but I don't ride fast. I do like to ride far, love to get a 20-mile ride in. Mostly though I ride in the 10-15 mile range. I ride mostly on streets, but do some trail riding (flat trails, not moun... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 18:45:18 EST Slow Bike Movement: Not all cyclists in a hurry Slow Bike Movement: Not all cyclists in a hurry <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tainment/29823415_1_bike-lane-people-b<BR>ike-riders </link> <BR> <BR> Here's an article up our alley...! :-) Don <BR> <BR> "San Francisco is boomtown for bicycling. And with more riders comes more diversity. Among the growing population of bicyclists are those who eschew speed and spandex in favor of sitting upright and slowly making their way through town in whatever they happen to... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 10:13:59 EST Hi I'm Bud I love riding. Sometimes I feel like really tappin the pedals. Some times I like to just take in all the scenery. Bicycling will be my main form of exercise activity. I am looking forward to being a part of this team. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 21:21:32 EST Sheryl Here! Hello! I am Sheryl. I have been riding most of my life and I have never really been able to pick up a lot of speed. I enjoy trails as well as quiet country roads. I have been sparking since 2007, but regularly since May 2011. The spark journey has been the most successful weight loss plan I have ever embarked upon. Sun, 24 Jul 2011 10:26:16 EST Hi I'm Sharon I'm Sharon and I'm proud to be a slow rider. I love riding my bike but hate trying to keep up with other people, so I usually ride solo. I live in central Ohio. <BR> <BR> I also love hiking and kayaking (slowly, no whitewater), and quilting. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:11:52 EST Hello, I'm Darla I just got my bike a little over 5 weeks ago. I'm definitely a slow rider and that's ok with me. I needed to get moving and this has been a great way to do that. I enjoy riding around my neighborhood. I have been riding every other day. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 11:07:13 EST Hello from the UK Hi, <BR> <BR> I was taught how to ride a bike at Christmas and had to take a few months off. I've just started again and I've got the bug in a very serious way. I can't seem to leave my bike alone in the shed for longer than 24 hours. Having said that I don't go very far at the moment but it's building quite nicely. <BR> <BR> I'm really lucky that I live in a town with quite a few cycle paths and it only takes a couple of minutes to hit the countryside. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 13:02:23 EST Hi I'm still Bud I left the site for a couple of days. I'm back because I missed the support from the various groups especially this team. I love riding. I am a Road Bike groupie. I'll be watching the Tour De France every day. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 21:41:14 EST Hey Hi everyone, my name is Heather and I'm a 21 mother of one boy. I love to ride my bike. Just recently I saved up to by myself a cute little cruiser and put a basket on the front and my son's ridealong seat on the back. Since I got that I have put more miles on my bike then my car. I've used maybe ten dollars of gas in the last month. I wish I could of been doing it sooner but my other bike needs a lot of work. The cables for the brakes and to change gears didn't work. I didn't mind ridin a bi... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:37:53 EST Dreading clipping in I think I'm suffering from clip-phobia. After falling twice last week and then raising my saddle to a more comfortable riding level, I'm afraid to get back on. In fact, I haven't been back on. The weather played a part in that but I'm afraid to get clipped in. I may just have to suck it up and do it. I'd thought about using my regular sneakers and pedaling until I got used to the new seat height then clip in. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 08:06:06 EST If cycling makes you a cyclist... then I'm a cyclist extraordinaire! I managed to fall TWICE today, both times while dismounting. Had no problems with standing climbs. Apparently I don't need to practice those but dismounting....well, let's just say I stopped at CVS and bought first aid items to keep with me. Mon, 6 Jun 2011 13:23:24 EST Bike question(s)?! Hi! <BR> <BR> I really want to get into bicycling as a means of hobby, weightloss,and transportation. It's so much fun! I was hoping to get some advice from you all as cyclists. I don't quite know where to begin. I've been hunting around for vintage looking cruiser bikes (that's my style) on the internet and live in the northeast. Does anyone have any shop recommendations? Any advice for someone starting out? I'm not even sure if everything is accurate as far as price range and such either (... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 11:43:22 EST Oof! Hubby and I took Tiny Tot to the CG base nearby. It has some nasty hills to ride on. I always tow TT since my bike can handle the cart. Hubby took me up a road that went straight up as soon as you turned onto it. The dilemma I was provided with was "unclip and fall or keep pedaling and risk falling". Hubby had to jump off his bike and make sure I didn't go over. I did make it to the top but I refuse to ride that hill again with TT in tow and with clips on. I just don't have the confide... Mon, 30 May 2011 08:11:35 EST Misty morning ride Went for a ride near the ocean this morning with hubby and friends. This time it was different, very foggy, and had to keep wiping my glasses. As we got closer to the ocean we could see the rocks and very little of the water as the fog was heavy. Even though the beautiful ocean views were not there for us this morning we had a good ride and the rolling hills were easier than last year. I guess the spinning classes have helped. Sat, 28 May 2011 22:17:53 EST Hi From Florida Thought I'd better introduce myself. I'm Vicki, I'm 54 years old, married, and have 1 grown son that lives in NC. I'm also 100 lbs over weight. In 2005 I was 142 lbs but due to a lot of things my eating and exercise routine changed for the worst and since then I steadily climbed to 245.8 lbs. Since Sunday I've been on a new food and exercise plan and as of this morning I'm 240.2 lbs. So I'm finally doing something right once more. <BR> I have no idea how long it'll take me to reach my goal w... Tue, 24 May 2011 12:35:16 EST Free Bike Touring Webinar Tues. 9 pm EST I don't know if the links contained in this e-mail will only work for me, if so you might want to go to <link> </link> and sign up for his free newsletter as that may be necessary to participate in this webinar. <BR> <BR> I thought some might be interested in learning more about touring. I'm hoping to consider a 3-4 day tour toward the end of the season. <BR> <BR> The Park City, Utah event might be of interest to some also! :-) <BR> <BR> Don <BR> <BR> ----------... Mon, 23 May 2011 21:32:46 EST Hi, I'm Bud. I am really interested in this Team. I love to ride. I want to make it part of my exercise routine. I am new to SP but from what I can tell so far it is just what I can use. Mon, 23 May 2011 07:51:08 EST Hello Slow Riders! This sounds like the team I am looking for! I am in my early thirties, obese, and new to cycling. As of today, I am only a few pounds from being "overweight" (as opposed to obese). I have a Giant cyclocross bike and I love riding. The bike comes with cross tires as well, which are not as fast as a true road tire, but I love them because I can take the gravel roads or grass trails if I want to, and I can still rack up some mileage on the asphalt. Part of me really likes the idea of a full carb... Sun, 8 May 2011 09:56:52 EST BIKE MONTH 2011 IS ALMOST UPON US! BIKE MONTH 2011 IS ALMOST UPON US! <BR> <BR> May is Bike Month, a celebration of all things cycling. The League of American Bicyclists is the national sponsor of Bike Month and they are promoting: <BR> <BR> Bike-to-Work Week 2011 from May 16-20 and <BR> <BR> Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 20. <BR> <BR> Check out details, Bike Month ideas, promo tools, logos, posters, banners, printer files, and more! <BR> <BR> Go to: <link><BR>h/ </link> <BR> ... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 08:35:26 EST Time to get rolling! <BR> The snow is gone and so is the ice, time to mount up and get rolling again. What are you doing to get back in the saddle? Do you have any specific training sequence planned or are you just going to start riding again? Did you get your bike tuned up for the season? Inquiring minds want to know. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 10:56:27 EST first ride of the season We finally got out and rode this Friday, it was nice to be out in the fresh air. The four of us rode under 11 miles in the city, all while running a few errands and stopping for a bite to eat. We conquered a few small hills and talked about our next ride. Can't wait. Sun, 24 Apr 2011 18:28:42 EST Hello All I am a recreational bike rider, own a hybrid and love to bike but unfortunately I haven't yet, the weekends are still a little cool and windy. But I have getting my legs ready, for the last 3 weeks I have been taking 2-3 spinning classes at my gym and loving it. Fri, 15 Apr 2011 20:33:36 EST Really Slow Rider Let me start by saying I had the best ride ever today! I am lucky enough to have the day off, it's 60 degrees and sunny, and I went out on the towpath. It's one of my favorite places to ride - it's off-road, flat, plenty wide for passing, and it's over 180 miles long so I can ride as long as I feel like. Today that was 16 miles. That's a new high for me off-road! it took me just under 2 hours, including loading/unloading the bike. Maybe we need a really slow rider forum? I w... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 18:14:50 EST Ungh I've just spent the past week feeling like poo. I haven't been able to get outside (not that the weather was helping any) but I couldn't even ride my trainer or go to the gym. The whole family has been sick. Apparently there's some sort of stomach virus going around. I managed to sleep 11 hours last night and could still sleep. I finally feel like eating something other than toast but the fatigue is killing me. I have two loads of laundry and a toddler to wash. I'm getting tired just t... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 07:44:42 EST Face Burn Does anyone have any suggestions on protecting your face from wind burn during a ride? Fri, 1 Apr 2011 14:37:53 EST RAGBRAI <BR> I may be signing up for this event. Anyone else crazy enough to ride 60 miles a day in the summer heat across Iowa? Time to decide and get training, the snow is temporarily gone and the bikeways here are clear. Damn I just ran out of excuses. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 22:50:26 EST New member, not a new rider I just took up bicycling again last year after about 20 years of non-cycling. I forgot how much I enjoy biking. My hubby and I are riding in this year's NYC 5 Borough Ride May 1. Hope I'm up to snuff. The thought of riding over the bridges is freaking me out a bit. Thu, 10 Mar 2011 17:38:01 EST Alarming News! I received this notice today: <BR> <BR> Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has received word that a devastating attack on trails, walking and bicycling could happen this week. <BR> <BR> Though we do not know details yet, we anticipate a congressional amendment that could do away with or hobble programs like Transportation Enhancements (the nation's largest funding source for trails, walking and bicycling), Recreational Trails Program and Safe Routes to School. Therefore, we are working with ... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 20:12:52 EST What Made You Grin Today? Listening to a neighbor tell me about how weirdly affectionate (her term, not mine) her BIL is with his chickens. Then telling her about shampooing one of my hens and blowing her dry yesterday! Sun, 13 Feb 2011 15:32:48 EST Hard Core Cycling <BR> <BR> For all of you in warmer climes who do not like to bike when it is below 50 degrees I submit the following for your review. <link><BR>374.html?elr=KArksUUUoDEy3LGDiO7aiU </link> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 12:36:53 EST Hi from Mount vision N.Y. I commuted home daily since the end of may to December 2nd this year. I have an indoor trainer and love riding my bike. I do not like the passing cars on rural roads or the dogs that want to eat me. Does anyone tie up their dogs anymore? Glad to be on the team. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:33:13 EST Hi... Just found this team Hi... <BR> Just found this team. <BR> Glad to be here. <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Dec 2010 12:09:27 EST Winter Training <BR> Here in Minneapolis where the hardcore take advantage of plowed bikeways there are those of us who seldom venture out on our bikes this time of year. This a time of year to do some cross training using resistance training and some form of indoor cardio. <BR> <BR> We all may lust after an indoor bike trainer and a place to put it however the reality is that may not be an option.The investment in an inexpensive set of resistance bands will allow the use of a wide variety of full body a... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 14:33:58 EST Indoor trainers Any advice of what is desirable and what to avoid will be appreciated. J Mon, 6 Dec 2010 02:27:37 EST Howdy from Colorado I have been with SP since Feb-60 pounds lost so far with another 20 to go. Been on a bike of some sort since I was 12. Got away from the bikes for about 10 years when my sons took them over prior to getting their cars, Now I got them back. Been Commuting to work since May, loving every mile and every look of shock when drivers see me bundled up riding in the cold. <BR> <BR> Currently rolling on 1997 Nishiki blazer MTB while I finish up a 1985 FUJI Sagres road bike. <BR> <BR> go ride ... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 12:09:40 EST Heard While Biking "Hey lady...where's the liquor store?" <BR> From a very, very drunk guy sitting on a rock wall Mon, 29 Nov 2010 14:43:01 EST Bicycling Getting Dull? My dear brother sent me a link to some girls with mad bicycling skills. I don't think I'll be trying this at home! <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 7 Nov 2010 09:45:53 EST Its all good on two wheels. Hello group. I am an avid, non-competitive cyclist in the Minneapolis area. I ride my commute, some of my shopping, and just for fun. My weapons of choice include a 1981 Raleigh Rapide single, 1986 Schwinn World Sport, 1996 Gary Fisher Paragon, and a 2007 Specialized Roubaix - all a blast. I love seeing people on bikes just in general - older folks, young kids, couples, hipsters, whatever. The more of us there are on the road, the more other vehicles are forced to pay us mind and be more ... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 19:24:42 EST tool ?s and suggestions I am making a mini tool kit to take with me on my rides just in case something happens or I decide it needs an adjustment while i am a way from home. What are some things that you would suggest putting in my kit? I already have a small crescent wrench that fits the bolts on my bike, any other suggestions? Mon, 18 Oct 2010 14:25:47 EST Feeling like a kid again! I have been taking my oldest daughter to school almost everyday with my bike, and then if the weather isn't to bad I take my youngest to the park. I am having the most incredible time ever! I love riding my bike so much. I hadn't ridden for years, and now I am enjoying it more then I ever thought I would! <BR> <BR> I live out in the country, but the school, the park and a gas station are close enough to ride to. I feel like a kid again and I feel great! Yay! <em>244</em> Fri, 8 Oct 2010 14:32:51 EST Recumbent Trike?'ll probably kick me off this team since I'm not a BIker but a TRIker. I just got a new recumbent trike which has put the word FUN back into my concept of exercise. <BR> <BR> I'm 61 and have knee problems, so a regular bike isn't an option. I have to say that I just love my new trike! And it's not a granny trike. LOL It's a tadpole style recumbent and I've already gone over 20 mph on it. There's a photo on my sparkpage. <BR> <BR> Next I'm going to add a dog-walker so I can take my ... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 13:52:46 EST In limbo Hi, I'm Gayle and this is my first post here. I have a great bike, it's an automatic (I don't have to change gears). I really like it, the trouble is it hurts like the dickens when I ride if only for a short while. I'm pretty sure I may need to ease into it but the last time I rode it and I was broke in then, I still had pain in my legs. I have big fat tires on my bike, could that be part of the problem maybe? As of today I've lost 10 lbs. I know my weight is a hindrance too, it'll get better... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 20:36:05 EST Hi. Hello people :) My name is Brandy and I recently acquired a child trailer for my bike. I live about a mile and a half (one way) away from the elementary school where my daughter is a kindergarten student this year. I found it silly to drive her to school everyday, so I borrowed my sister's trailer and found my old bike in the garage at my mother's house. I haven't ridden a bike since I was 13. Now I will be riding about 3 miles everyday with my two daughters. I'm pretty excited to get started... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 22:20:33 EST Me & My Trek, We Gotta Good Thing Going! I have to admit I approached climbing on my DD's bike with a little trepidation at first. I hadn't ridden for years and it would take a good deal of money to rehab the bike after it had been left to rot out in the weather. But, I joined SP and I thought it might be a good way to get some cardio going, so I bit the bullet, spent the money, and threw my leg over the saddle. <BR> <BR> At first, it was scary. I was out of shape, I'd never owned a bike with gears, and some of those drivers out t... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 15:53:19 EST new bike commuter Hello all. I’m half way through week one as a full-on bicycle commuter (20 miles round trip 5 days a week). I have long envied several of my coworkers who are committed bike commuters, but my employer provides a free public transportation pass and I was, until recently, living 22 miles away from the office and mothering an aging dog, so bike commuting really wasn’t an option. <BR> <BR> In the last month I’ve moved 12 miles closer to work and had to put my old dog to sleep. To top off the dr... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 19:05:52 EST NO TEAM GOALS? I JUS JOINED THIS TEAM, & FREEDOM RIDERS ALSO. & ON THAT TEAM I BROUGHT UP THE SAME POINT. JUS CURIOUS!!!!! WHY IS THERE NO TEAM GOALS LIKE ON OTHER TEAMS? Mon, 16 Aug 2010 14:22:01 EST Hello All So I'm new to SP and new to biking. I mean I had a bike when I was a kid, but haven't ridden since I was a teenager. I've always thought that I was a gym type of person (thought that I liked sweating in the a/c), but I got a cruiser about a month ago and I was hooked after the first ride. I'm from South Florida and we have this 110 mile trail around Lake Okeechobee that I ride(well the part that's in my town). The scenery is gorgeous, not to mention all the wildlife you get to see. Anyway I'd... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 01:15:33 EST COME RIDE WIFF ME <em>220</em> <em>332</em> , IF U LIVE ANY WHERE ROUND ARLINGTON <BR> IRVING, OR <BR> GRAND PRAIRE <BR> PWEAZZZZZ LET ME KNOW... <BR> I AM TRYING, WISHIN VERY HARD 4 SUM 1 TO RIDE WITH IN THE PARKS, ON SAT OR SUN.. I WORK 2 - 10 PM MON - FRI. MAY BE EVEN MEET AT 24 HR FITNESS 4 A W/O.... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 20:42:30 EST Strength Training for Cyclists <BR> <BR> <BR> After being involved in a rather long and acrimonious debate over the need for lower body strength training for cycling I have come to the conclusion that it is beneficial to include it. While one study indicates that time spent on weight training as opposed to time on the bike may degrade the specific cycling skills I feel that for the average cyclist the improvement in muscle strength will improve the quality of riding. <BR> <BR> In my experience with beginning runners... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 13:51:20 EST Things you see while riding! I love the glimpes of nature I see while out riding. We were out at 4:30 am this morning and saw a pair of screech owl in full flight. They landed about 20 feet away from us so we got a beautiful view. Boy, they can be noisy too! Thu, 15 Jul 2010 20:45:19 EST Ouch! When did my neighborhood get so hilly? I got a bicycle for my birthday! I've been wanting one for a while, but I never spoil myself, wait for my hubby to do it for me. <BR> <BR> Wow, I never realized how hilly my neighborhood is. I cannot get anywhere. It's a joke. Hubby was laughing b/c I would go on 5 minute rides & come back exhausted. So, he decided to buy himself an early present & bought himself a bike. LOL ... now he sees. <BR> <BR> Any tips on learning to ride hills well? Exercises to help build stamina while not on the... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 01:35:29 EST Hi, I'm Mona I joined this team this week and am a beginner bicyclist. I look forward to the knowledge and encouragement this team might offer. When I bought my bike one week ago, I made a commitment to myself to ride 3 times a week (except when traveling). <BR> <BR> My intention is to increase my ride time and distance slightly each time I go out. My first ride was 3.1 miles, my second was 4.6 miles and todays ride was 6.1. Well, those are my first week's results. I'm really enjoying my bike and t... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 23:27:00 EST The Great FANY Ride: 500 Mile Bike Ride Across NYS All right all you serious cyclists out there! Especially those living in or around New York State! <BR> <BR> Check out this WONDERFUL opportunity to test your meddle! <BR> <BR> "Less than 8 weeks away, the Great Big FANY Ride is a fun challenge you definitely want to be a part of! Pull on the spandex; you've got plenty of time to train for this 500 mile bicycle ride (or only 250 miles with the Sore FANY option) across beautiful New York State July 25-31, 2010 <BR> <BR> Come earn your brag... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 22:45:20 EST long hair .... help I have long hair and I work from my bicylce I need t look professional after removing myt helmet. Anyone have any styling ideas (My hair fits under my helmet) Cutting my hair is not an option. Thank-you in advance Wed, 12 May 2010 09:58:11 EST Hey I'm Cyndi Hey I'm Cyndi, <BR> <BR> I love my bike I allways have. I ride for pleasure transportaion stress relief and wieght loss. I ride to work as well and if anyone has any hair style ideas for long hair that look good after removing a helmet please let me know. Mon, 3 May 2010 15:19:35 EST Oh NO! Yet One More Team I Just GOTTA JOIN! :-) Your Team description just nailed my sentiments about biking to a "T"! <BR> <BR> "Take the hammer out of cycling and put it back in the tool shed ! Slap on some saddlebags, lose the car keys, and ride. Bicycling isn't just going places, it is a way to Be places!" <BR> <BR> I have been VERY careful and reluctant to join any more Teams, but biking has recently been where my HEART has been! I just LOVE the open road and traveling new vistas...even though they're roads over which I've driven, i... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 17:10:46 EST Hi I'm Michelle Hello, My name is Michelle. I am almost 44, happily married with 2 beautiful adult daughters. I have recently gotten into bike riding after a friend asked me to be on his team for the Tri State Trek. This is a 3 day almost 300 mile ride to raise money for Lou Gherig's disease. I figured this would be a good way to honor a very good friend who died from the disease a year or so ago, and help me get into better shape. Unfortunately because of a change in jobs I'll only be able to do one day of ... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:07:23 EST Globe vs. Electra I'm considering a new 8i commuting bike and I'm looking at various Globe and Electra bikes right now. <BR> I commute 5 miles each way to work every day and am planning on upgrading from my Specialized Crossroads Hybrid which has always had jumpy gears. <BR> Thoughts? Anyone have a Globe or Electra bike who can share? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> James <BR> <em>309</em> Tue, 20 Apr 2010 12:39:40 EST I hear crickets... theres not much happening with this group is there? Can't seem to get any responses to anything and theres no goals sooooo I guess I might as well leave...too bad it didn't work out here, oh well hopefully I can find another biking group that is more active. <BR> <BR> Later Y'All! Sat, 17 Apr 2010 23:49:30 EST No Team Goal? Just curious as to why there is no team goal in place. And I hope everyone is having a great day. Thu, 15 Apr 2010 10:55:54 EST Hello everyone I've been doing Spark for a short time and just found this team yesterday. My husband and teenage son cycle a lot, in fact my son is a competitive cyclist. I've enjoyed going to his races over the past year & a half. Since he's been seriously training, my husband started riding more also. So last year, in an effort to not get left out of family activities, I got the first new bike I'd ever had in my life. As a kid I always had hand-me-downs. Here in mid-life, I've discovered a new joy. ... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:30:49 EST Weekly miles Anyone want to start posting their miles? It is that time of year and I'm sure everyone is dusting off their bikes and hitting the road! Conditions in South Dakota have been beautiful, but windy. So very average! <BR> <BR> Last week I ended up with 35, 6 of those with my 70 pounds of children in a bike trailer. <BR> <BR> This week I'm shooting for 50. Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:13:27 EST Ride of Silence Hi Slow Riders, <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you know about a very special ride coming up on May 19th. It is called the Ride of Silence and is held every year at about this time. What makes this ride so special is that it is to remember our fellow bicyclists who have been killed or injured by motor vehicles in the past year. As the name of the ride suggests the ride is silent because of thse bicycles that were silenced. If you know someone who was killed in this way, you are enouraged to wear a... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 20:07:19 EST Happy but Sad I love bike riding and I am gonna be doing it alot this summer. I got a brand new bike this which is nice because the one I have been using didn't fit me properly, the handle bars were too far away, the seat hurt my ass and because of that my back was always sore after bike riding. Excited to try my new bike. The reason why I am somewhat sad is because I possibly have Plantar Fasciitis which I would have gotten last summer while walking almost my entire pregnancy I didn't know that your he... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 10:20:46 EST Not a challenge but a committment <BR> Fpound out about this late today so am a bit behind in posting it. <link> </link> This local for me but it appears it has an international following. Even if you missed Day 1 start tomorrow and join the peleton. Thu, 1 Apr 2010 22:59:44 EST Hi from NE Ohio! Hi I'm Ness! I have a Trek Hybrid that I have owned for 4 years now. I live in NE Ohio so I really only ride in the late spring through fall. There are some really great bike trails around here and every year I say I'm going to ride the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Towpath trail all the way, but haven't done it. This summer may be my last in the area, so I have no excuse not to do it. I have made attempts at becoming a more serious biker and I hope to use this team to do so. I've already ... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 22:25:19 EST On the road again *cues up Willie Nelson* <BR> While we are not a band it is time for those of us in the non Sun Belt to get on the rad again. Here in Minnesota the bike ways are clear and ready to ride so the only thing we need to do after tuning up our bikes is to figure out how to dress to be comfortable. Note I did not say keep warm since the biking will add to our core temperature. My way is to start out a bit chilled then I do not overheat. <BR> <BR> If you have not been using a trainer start with sh... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 00:19:56 EST Hi I'm Julie I just joined SparkPeople about a month ago. I am struggling, but remaining positive. I live near Milwaukee WI, and I do not like riding outside in the cold. I have a trainer for my bike, but it is just not the same. I am looking forward to spring when I can get out and ride again. I love bicycling and will put a lot of miles on during the warmer months. <BR> I was wondering if any one else has trouble with nutrition and weight loss when they are riding? If so, I would love to talk with... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 15:12:16 EST Hello from Woonsocket, RI! My name is Mary, and I haven't owned a bike in years, but I'm planning to buy one in a few weeks (if it ever stops snowing here!) Looking at Kent and Huffy cruisers. Any recommendations? Sun, 28 Feb 2010 09:00:44 EST Hi there! Hi! My name is Dawn and I am hoping to fix up my 60s model Schwinn soon so that I can ride it every where! At the moment I am procrastinating on walking, but I'll probably do that until I get the tires on my bike. <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm 25, been married 5.5 years, and I have a 2.5 year old who will be tagging along in a bike trailer. <em>104</em> That should help me lose some weight, too, cause it'll add resistance on those hills. Thu, 4 Feb 2010 23:16:59 EST Wintertime and the riding ain't easy <BR> <BR> For many of us this is not the best time of year to be out on our bicycles when we consider the weather and the road conditions. Even with that said here in Minneapolis I see people commuting and riding their bikes daily. For those of us who are past the age of being that adventurous I have some training suggestions. <BR> <BR> First if you can find a copy of this out of print book, CYCLING, FOR Health, Fitness and Wellbeing by James McCullagh it has some excellent year around... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 21:42:56 EST Your biking goal What is your biking goal? To bike in an event? To bike to a location? To use a bike to commute? Sun, 17 Jan 2010 15:28:32 EST Spinning? I haven't been here for a while (looks like I'm not the only one!). I'm guessing I'm not the only one dying to get on a bike. My dad is crazy enough to be riding in this weather, climbing up the snow drifts and avoiding the ice as much as possible. I'm not so adventurous. <BR> <BR> My parents and I have decided to do a big bike ride this year. A 500 mile ride actually. It is in July and I have a lot of work to do. I was wondering if anyone has any great off-season training tips. I've ... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:28:10 EST Ice Bike I rode today. We have about 4" of snow over the weekend. Pretty good conditions and great clothing. That route might not take 80 minutes in July, but it was hard work in December. <BR> Mon, 28 Dec 2009 17:54:37 EST new to group hello, everybody, just starting again on the bike after too many years taking the easy life. Hope to stick at it so support would be nice. Wife Laughing at my choice of travel to work. Jook. Sat, 31 Oct 2009 08:56:28 EST Hi from Springfield MO I just joined the team after about 3 months on Sparkpeople. I've been getting more active with my bicycle lately. Mostly family rides and a few solos. I love the effect riding is having on my body and can hardly wait for another chance to ride. My wife and I own a Kent tandem bicycle for the family rides and I use a Schwinn Mirada for my solos. They're not expensive bikes but they ride well. If there's anyone in the SW MO area that wants to do a Sparkpeople ride just let me know and I'll do m... Sun, 9 Aug 2009 10:25:30 EST Price of new tires? I hate to say this, but I know nothing about bike care. I pretty much get on and go. My hubby keeps my tires inflated for me. I can use the hand pump if I need too. <BR> <BR> Recently the back tire on my bike went flat. I had to walk it home. I put air in it and it just went flat again. I guess I will need a new tire or inner tube? I have no idea. I'm a complete newbie when it comes to bikes. <BR> <BR> I was curious as to what is the average price for new tires--I have an old fashion beach... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 10:08:33 EST Hi All Hi, in a way I am new to biking. I didn't get my first bike till I was an adult. Growing up my parents were into the rodeo so as a kid we always had horses. I never wanted a bike. If I wanted to go down to my friends house I'd take my horse, and when I got there my friends would get their horses and we'd go riding. No need for a bike. <BR> <BR> Flash forward 20+ years and I'm married, living in the city, and just can not afford to keep a horse. I also live in a county that has LOTS of MILES ... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 09:38:19 EST hello from md anyone out there from md? <em>91</em> Tue, 4 Aug 2009 19:49:05 EST I need a thingy! I don't even know if this exists or if it does what it might be called. <BR> <BR> Is there such an item that would allow me to my make my regular bike a stationary bike for the winters but not permanently? Thu, 30 Jul 2009 10:32:32 EST Newbie With A Mission Hiya! <BR> I am determined new member. <BR> I want to do what is best for me and the planet. <BR> I want to commute to work on my bike. <BR> I have got the gear. <BR> I know the most rider friendly course. <BR> I just need to get over the fact that I have to be out the door by 6:30 am in order to get to work on time and be ready for business. <BR> This means that I have to have lunch and breakfast prepped the night before, yikes. <BR> I am usually good about starting strong but I let my sched... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 21:41:01 EST Hi, I'm Sara I'm Sara and my husband and I just starting biking a few weeks ago. I really love it, which is more than I can say for any other form of exercise that I have tried. I am not in very good shape, so my current goal is to ride eight miles in one stretch so that I can ride to work. I'm trying to keep the "fun" mindset, and if I happen to lose weight doing it, that's great, too! Tue, 14 Jul 2009 09:35:08 EST Hi I'm Meredith! My name is Meredith and I am a slow rider! I am just starting to get back into biking after a 5 year hiatus due to having babies. My babies are now 2 and 4, so I'm out of excuses! <BR> <BR> I am training for a 109 mile ride in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota in September. I'm slow, I have fun, and I love to bike. Wed, 8 Jul 2009 17:13:40 EST Hello, I'm Linda I'm getting back into the bicycling habit--my favorite form of exercise because it doesn't feel like exercise. It's fun, and eco-friendly. There are lots of bike paths here in Minneapolis, and I live only a few blocks from a major bike/walk network. In the summer, there aren't too many excuses not to bike-commute. Although I have a racing bicycle, I'm definitely a slow rider. So this seems like the perfect place for me to hang out. My goal is to ride my bicycle at least once a day, even if it... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 21:23:47 EST Great Magazine For Self-Propelled People I wanted to share my favorite cycling magazine with you all. Its called Momentum and is about cycling as a lifestyle. It is from my hometown of Vancouver but discusses cycling in cities all over North America, gear, maintenance and all kind cool bike stuff. Lots of free articles online too. Tue, 26 May 2009 21:55:55 EST The Frugal Home Gym <BR> The Frugal Home Gym <BR> <BR> <BR> These are the tools which will provide everything needed for a comprehensive home gym. This gym will provide everything needed for a well rounded fitness and weight control programme when coupled with a good nutritional foundation. The Items are listed in an order of priority so that they can be acquired over time if needed. All prices were those listed at a WalMart in St Paul, MN on 20 May 2009. <BR> <BR> 1. Gold’s Gym short resistance ... Wed, 20 May 2009 20:59:45 EST Anyone training for anything special? I sign up for bike trip to motivate me to get out and ride. It really helps! <BR> <BR> This year it's the Tour de Blast (June 20)-Mt. St. Helens-(in 39 days!) and Seattle to Portland (the 2 day ride-I am a s-l-o-w rider after all) and maybe something in August. Tue, 12 May 2009 17:25:22 EST Hi, I'm Rob! I've been with SparkPeople for 75 days and I've dropped 14 pounds (about one or two each wee) the old fashioned way. Since it is "bike to work" month, I decided to try and fix my bike.. but that did not go well. So I brought it to the shop for a tune up and new chain that set me back $90 total.... it was really out of shape, the gears did not shift and I cannot wait to get it back tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I ran a lot last year and really hated it. I have been using the elliptical and watchin... Tue, 5 May 2009 20:15:46 EST Hello.....Ride, Sally, Ride Hi. My name is Sally. I am one of those odd people who didn't learn to ride a 2 wheeled bike until I was an adult. I can't keep up with the fast riders, but I love a good bike trail. We (my 10 y/o & I) will be moving near Chgo. in June and I will be looking for bike trails nearby. I know many old railroad tracks have been turned into trails. I'm a little to skittish about cars to ride in the street. My last bike was stolen, so one of my first purchases at the new house will be a bike, nothing... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 20:25:25 EST have you all seen the fitness mapping application? I love being able to map out a route AND get distance and calorie data out of it. SparkPeople gets better and better! <em>244</em> Sun, 19 Apr 2009 09:23:57 EST snow, snow, did you say snow! I guess mother nature is mad, here it is april 7th and it snowed yesterday and the wind is howling outside now. it seems the more anxious that i become just to go for a bike ride the worse the weather becomes oh-well this is michigan! Tue, 7 Apr 2009 04:43:31 EST Time for a tune up Even here in the Northland the roads are now clear of snow and ice so it is time for a tune up. Tune up your bike, get riding and tune up your butt for the new bike season. If you have been training indoors with a stationary trainer or a spinning class it is not time to return to the real thing. Get your cadence back up where it belongs and practice using your gears to maintain your cadence as the terrain changes. Do some bike fartleks to build up leg speed and endurance. Do some sprints stan... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 19:54:48 EST ANYONE OUT THERE RIDING YET? Is the weather out there any good, anywhere today, to do any bike riding? Do you ride for exercise or enjoyment? <BR> <em>217</em> Sun, 15 Mar 2009 16:37:41 EST No more excuses I have now run myself out of excuses to not train on my bikes. In the last two weeks I have purchased an Elite Volare stationary trainer and a Catseye computer with a cadence counting function. I need to cure myself of going on eBay and looking for things because I end up purchasing them then am forced into using them. <BR> <BR> I have not even started and already my body is complaining. Tue, 10 Mar 2009 11:55:01 EST Welcome Welcome to all of the New Slow Spokes!! <BR> <BR> <em>217</em> Sat, 28 Feb 2009 11:39:25 EST Howdy from West Texas Greetings to all from the fastest Slow Rider in my town! I like all things bike. As a newbie, I am looking forward to being in this group. I am (slowly) training for a century this summer. Looking to drop soe weight & improve over-all fitness. Mon, 16 Feb 2009 19:45:16 EST Gears, a magical mystery tour <BR> <BR> Gears, gears, gears, the current generation of bicycles come with anywhere from three to twenty three gears and no instructions on how and when to use them effectively. Go to your local bike shops and ask and you are off on a magical mystery tour of counting teeth on each chain ring and cog then looking at a chart to determine each combination in inches. This can be valuable information but is it really necessary for the casual or fitness rider. It can make you a more effective ri... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 15:18:10 EST Cadence <BR> <BR> CADENCE <BR> <BR> Since many are riding indoors with their bike on a trainer or using a stationary bike this is a good time to work on developing a proper leg cadence. <BR> <BR> Cadence is the measure of leg speed while pedaling, the higher the cadence the faster you are turning the pedals. Occasional cyclists ride in a relatively high gear at a cadence of 50 to 60 revolutions per minute which feels natural and comfortable. If you ride for fitness or are training for racing you... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 12:29:06 EST New to this group but not to biking. It is nice to find this group. I have been biking in the slow lane (except going downhill) for many years. I am like the tortoise and not the hare; I get there after stopping to smell the roses. After about 30,000 miles on an upright bike my body couldn't take it any more even though I tried almost every "comfort" seat out there. I now ride recumbent bikes exclusively. They are wonderful! <BR> Even though I ride a lot I am still overweight. So I am committing myself to the group to follow go... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 15:13:32 EST Newbie from Michigan Hi, I'm a newbie to the site and this group, but definitely not new to cycling. I've been riding 3,000-5,000 miles per year since 1991. My riding style has changed over the years. In my early years I rode as fast as I could every where I went and was extremely upset if my average speeds didn't improve each week. Now I'm mostly a commuting and utility cyclist and don't care in the least what my average speeds are most rides. I must confess to occasionally turning on the afterburners from time ... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 14:12:09 EST Hey, I'm Emily. Any Tour de Fat-ers in this group? I'm new to the group...definitely a slow rider, I poke along on crazy-heavy vintage cruisers (but it makes my legs really strong!) So I'm wondering, does anyone here participate in Tour de Fat? Here's a link to some info if you don't know what it is. Every year they have a contest to see who can ride the slowest--how perfect is that? <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 18 Dec 2008 18:14:48 EST Excellent book I just obtained a cycling book at a resale store I am finding to be very informative. The book is "Cycling: For Health, Fitness, and Well-Being" by James C. McCullagh. I checked and it is still available at reasonable prices. This book covers all aspects of cycling from selecting a bike to proper sizing to how to train using your bike. Reading the book and studying the material is an excellent way to spend the limited riding months. <BR> <BR> The same author has another earlier b... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 12:25:20 EST Well it finally happened <BR> Today we have the first snow in the Twin Cities. There is about two inches on the ground and it is still coming down albeit very lightly now. <BR> <BR> What do we do now? Put up the bike and take a spinning class? Mount the bike on a trainer and create our own spinning class? Continue to ride when the streets and bike ways have been cleared? <BR> <BR> If we continue to ride what is the best way to dress? How do you cope with winter and being a bicycle rider? <BR> <BR> What say yo... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 09:13:26 EST Slow Riding is the Way to Go! Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm totally psyched about this group, because I'm totally a slow rider. I stumbled onto riding my bike a few years ago when I had a job close to my house, and it was more convenient to ride the few blocks there than to walk or try to park. My car was pretty junky and it was pretty easier to let it go, but I thought I would get another one. It turned out that riding bikes to places is actually pretty fun, and I always sorta feel like I'm retired or on vacation when I'm going ... Mon, 17 Nov 2008 08:15:22 EST Hi--I'm Faerdy Just trying to get back into the swing of things after a very busy summer and then a vacation to Hawaii, where I let myself indulge in too much good food (but I did a lot of walking). Since it's getting to shorter days, I still want to ride and have a setup with my bike in the garage (for stationary but a real bike). Anybody out there have any suggestions on how to make that more effective and interesting (reading a book seems kinda cheating and a little hard to do.....) <BR> Weekends work ... Mon, 6 Oct 2008 16:40:38 EST Monday was Labour Day <BR> OK people listen up, I hate to be the bearer of less than welcome news but summer is essentially over. Here in Minnesota I may have another eight weeks to ride comfortable or it may be eight days. All of you people who live in areas south of Memphis are dismissed since this does not affect your riding or shouldn't. <BR> <BR> How do we adjust to the change in the weather? What are your routines and how do they change? What adjustments do you make if you continue riding into the cold... Wed, 3 Sep 2008 21:18:39 EST Crank it up! I sugggest that on our workout rides we begin to do what I will call bicycle fartlek. Fartlek means speed play and is used by distance runners to vary workouts and increase their endurance and leg speed. Basically it is a random form of interval work in which you do a speed burst for a preset distance by picking out an object then sprinting toward it. On a bike we can make those sprints in the 300 to 400 metre or even up to 800 metre distances depending on how far ahead we can pick out a land... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 12:35:25 EST Love to Bike -- PharmD Candidate 2010 I'm a 51-year old married female. My husband and I bicycle at least an hour each day. I use a heart rate monitor to make sure I'm working at aerobic levels. We have logged over 360 miles on our bikes since June 26, 2008. We've both lost weight and are feeling strong and fit. We love riding. We ride Electra Townies for less hilly, slower rides and Trek fitness bikes for faster rides with more hills. <BR> <BR> I'm a third year pharmacy doctorate student at The University of Tennessee. Str... Tue, 12 Aug 2008 23:48:21 EST Hello from Suburban Chicago I love my bike and would like to ride more. I have a Kona Smoke. She's beautiful and very good to me. I'm trying to ride for all errands less than 5 miles. I try to ride a trail one day of every weekend. Wed, 6 Aug 2008 23:26:27 EST Let's set some team goals Let me be the first to admit that I thrive on goals. Without them, I would do nothing... and have! <BR> <BR> Our team has no team goals yet. I would like to suggest we set some. At a minimum, I think we should ride our bikes once a week or more, or for a time or distance. Does anyone agree? <BR> <BR> How about replacing one car ride with a bike ride? I am winging it here so please be tolerant. What do you all think? <BR> <BR> Nancy <BR> <em>217</em> Tue, 5 Aug 2008 12:00:00 EST Stretching Routines I am interested in knowing what types of stretches other riders are doing before and after their rides. I am doing some simple calf stretches, a hamstring stretch and a thigh stretch before and after riding. But I don't think I am stretching enough. Sun, 27 Jul 2008 10:19:48 EST Drinking Water During Rides I frequently ride with a friend who insists that I should be drinking water throughout the bike ride. I drink my 8 glasses a day of water and make sure I drink before and after my ride. I ride 40-50 minutes 5 days a week. Should I be stopping to drink water during my trip? Sun, 27 Jul 2008 10:15:26 EST Biking for fitness If you use your bike for cardio workouts what do you do? How far do you go and how fast? I am excluding staionary bikes for the moment since it is summer and time to be out of doors doing our workouts. Sat, 26 Jul 2008 12:51:44 EST Hi! Glad to have found this forum. I love my bike! I have a mountain bike with road tires. I bike to work most days about 4 miles and around town for errands and such. Helps that I still don't know how to drive and biking is so much more enjoyable then public transit. I live in hilly Vancouver which is a challenge for me as I am not that fit. Though one of the hills I always had to walk up I can now ride. My mantra when going up big hills is 'its not a race':) One day I'd love to do some bike t... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 19:12:04 EST The truth about seven common bike safety myths This was published by the Minneapolis Police Department however I think these would be in effect in all cities and towns in the USA. <BR> <BR> The truth about seven common bike safety myths <BR> Minneapolis Police Department <BR> <BR> MYTH NO. 1: Bikes must use the right lane on the road. <BR> <BR> FACT: Cyclists are required to stay to the right in most cases but may ride in the lane that is appropriate to their destination. That means bikes may use the left lane to turn left, to p... Mon, 21 Jul 2008 22:05:38 EST New bike suggestions I have recently moved to MD state. I am thinking now that I live in a neighborhood conducive to cycling.. I would like to get a bike for exercise. <BR> <BR> I haven't bought a new bike since.... uh......1978. So, I am seeking advice here about what I should look for and what isn't necessary. I am not super athletic, would just like a basic bicycle that can be ridden on smooth suburban streets and mild incline hills. I'm a lightweight. :) <BR> thanks for your advice! <BR> lisa Wed, 16 Jul 2008 22:08:56 EST Why do we ride? In my area there has been major increase in the people who are bicycling and the metro area just declared several roads and bike and way ways. Articles in the paper have discussed the increase in bike commuters do to the fuel prices. Before the current fuel increases we were rated as second in the nation with regard to the number of bike commuters. <BR> <BR> I have several questions for discussion here. Why do you bike? Do you commute by bike? Do you run errands on your bike? Each of these... Fri, 11 Jul 2008 12:39:45 EST YAY!! Bike OK, this is a happy/sad/question post, all rolled into one. lol <BR> I have been riding at least 10 miles a day, every day for a couple of weeks now. Yesterday was the first time I was a little short on the goal, but since I have ridden more than that so much, I figure it can slide ;) <BR> I have been trying to combine biking with walking or hiking. But now it is getting hot. I live in Washington and consider 83 or above hot! Lol. I just put in a scholarship application at the Y. It takes... Thu, 10 Jul 2008 12:10:31 EST Carrying things on your bike I thought I'd create a new topic about this- since there was so much info about it going to the other thread. :) <BR> <BR> For those who couldn't see my baskets, here is a tiny url to help since the other was long and went across two lines: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I *LOVE* my baskets!! I'm going to pick up canvas when we go to Missoula tomorrow so I can sew some bags to fit it for when I get groceries, then it will be perfect! Wed, 9 Jul 2008 10:10:09 EST Hello I just joined the team this morning and have sorta kinda maybe volunteered to moderate the team. I currently moderate 2 teams on Spark both oriented toward shorter general fitness workouts. I repair and rebuild bicycles and make bike trailers for cargo use. The details of my background are on my spark page so i will not list them here. Please read my post in the sticky topic and give me any feedback you may have. Tue, 8 Jul 2008 12:42:31 EST Bike clubs/riding speeds We joined our riding club recently. I went online looking for group rides. Even their slowspokes rides are 12-15 mph for 30 miles. This makes me want to cry. My ride speed is between 7 and 10 mph, so I can't even ride with the slowpokes. <BR> The skills ride, for relaxed fitness is 16-18 mph. That doesn't seem very relaxing to me. <BR> Do those sound like really quick speeds to anyone else or am I just really lame? <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Jun 2008 18:56:51 EST Riding So, my Purple Electra Townie (now known as Tallulah) has really changed my life. <BR> I wasn't comfortable on other bikes, and had a lot of fear riding. I had a single speed cruiser that I loved (Betty) but I couldn't take her into town because of the hills. <BR> So, I bought this bike and my confidence has soared. I made the goal of riding at least 4 miles a day. Most days I exceed that. This week, I rode 11 or more miles for three days, and added a 2 mile hike in the middle (I biked to... Sat, 28 Jun 2008 14:55:30 EST Hello- another new person Hi, I am Jenna. I got my bike back in March. I started out slowly- just a few miles a day. Now I commute part way to work & back everyday (a little over 10mi & very hilly). I would like to work up to the hole commute in the mornings (about 30mi), still taking the bus in the afternoons (It's hot!). I also try to get 20-30 mi in one long slow stretch on the weekends. My brother caught the bike bug now that I have lost 30+ pounds & he got a bike. So now I have company on my weekend rides. I have... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 19:39:31 EST Hi HI everyone, <BR> <BR> I keep hopping on and off the weight loss wagon, but hopefully this time I will get serious. <BR> My husband is a pretty hard core commuter cyclist who biked to 6 miles to school every day through the grey, cold, and drizzly Pacific Northwest winter with 30 lbs of books on him. So, I have a great support person! <BR> I have never been much of a rider. I learned to ride when I was 11 or 12 and then found it seriously uncool by the time I was 13. I got back on a bike... Thu, 19 Jun 2008 13:15:03 EST Greetings from Montana! Hello! I just found this team, and am excited! We got our bike's decked out about 2 months ago, and we've been driving only to church and only to stores when I need more than what my baskets will carry. Hubby carpools to work though- so he doesn't count! <BR> <BR> My family (hubby and 9yr old) are trying to get ready to ride the Hiawatha trail in August. I need to lose a lot of weight, but I'm up to 6 miles a day now. <BR> <BR> I love my bike, regardless of saving $$$ on gas, it's stre... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 19:04:17 EST New slow rider here! Hi there! I have been a member of SP since March 2007 and have lost around 25 lbs. I still have 6 to go to get to my goal and was looking around for a new team to join. I saw this and it sounded perfect! I ride my bike to and from work every day (10 miles each way) and I have been feeling bad because I go so slow (it takes me about an hour to go 10 miles)! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping this team will be an encouragement and a support! Thanks for being here! <BR> Tue, 17 Jun 2008 08:35:22 EST HI! New with concerns Hey all, I am interested in going green, losing weight, and being sensible and conscious about myself and my surroundings. I live in town and am .8 miles from work, 1.6 miles from church, bank, grocery store, family doctors, etc... It makes sense to ride. I have two small children. <BR> <BR> So, yesterday, I went and bought a Schwinn Jaguar Comfort bike and a Schwinn trailer to get around town. I do have reservations however. <BR> <BR> I am about 70 pounds overweight and to be honest, I... Fri, 30 May 2008 09:00:10 EST Fellow bike lover <3 Hi <BR> <BR> I sold my car almost a year ago and get around town by bike. I've learned a lot about myself and other people since I've gone bike only. lol. Like how many hills there actually are in the road (never noticed THAT in the car!) Anyways, I'm glad to find this team. One can never talk too much bike! ;) Wed, 28 May 2008 01:47:19 EST How about grocery shopping on our bicycle? Today I am going to stop in at the bank, and do some grocery shopping by bicycle. <BR> <BR> I do this thing of PartWay bike commuting, as I live out in the backwoods, and the daunting climb is very unmotivating to bike commute when I'm not feeling like Lance Armstrong. So, I park down in the city limits, with panniers ready to get groceries. I love the feeling of pulling up on my bicycle and cabling it to a post, and walking in the store with out having to deal with the stressful park... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 10:50:47 EST Carry extra weight on the bicycle as you lose. Lean Mean Riding machines we can be, but Slow Riding is more about the tempering of the speed, while keeping the fitness, not to be mistaken as novice. There's another Slow Rider in my town, he rides a rigid atb and keeps a full set of front and rear bags on. He's the Master of Preparedness, and the fellow I learned the nifty trick of keeping the panniers on the bike and carrying extra weight. He likes to carry roughly the same weight on his regular rides as he would take on a distance t... Sun, 13 Apr 2008 10:27:21 EST