SparkPeople Girls Gone Riding Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=35854 We are a group of women who have found health, community and passion in road cycling. Our hope is to help other women get into cycling and also support one another in training for rides SparkPeople Girls Gone Riding Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=35854 Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x59032082 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Shelley, and I am working on ignoring the scale and instead living a healthy and active lifestyle. In late June I gave up driving on a daily basis and began cycling to work. Two and a half months later I am asking myself why I waited so long! I have been participating in a lot of community rides in the Windsor-Ontario/Detroit-Michigan region, and am really looking forward to the Tour de Troit in a couple weeks. <BR> <BR> And I should mention that passing packs of... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 14:52:38 EST September challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x58933642 Greetings, ladies! <BR> <BR> I have been MIA--rather unmotivated to talk biking when I haven't been able to GO biking! But it's time to put that behind me. And time to think about a September challenge! September is usually a wonderful biking month--it's not as hot and muggy in most places. <BR> <BR> So the challenge for September is this: do something exotic! Ride in a place that you've never ridden before; ride in a group ride like Critical Mass; ride in a costume ride; ride in the woods... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:20:41 EST costume run costumes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x58850671 Okay, I have a 6.66 mile race at Halloween for which they give prizes to the best devil costume. I'm thinking Cruella DeVil, but I don't want to wear a long fur coat for obvious reasons. Here's my best thinking so far, but I'd love to hear advice to make this better and I'd love to hear about others' fun costumes. <BR> <BR> I can do one side of my hair white and one side black, but does it still work as Cruella if I have it parted down the middle in two ponytails? I have waist-length hair... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:46:55 EST Bicycling Terms for Newbies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x58749820 As a mother who picked up a tiny bit of bicycling just to get around town and get some exercise, I am completely new to any bicycling terms. Recently moved to California, which is more bike friendly than TN, where we lived a short while and may want to join a group ride here and there. But I am finding some of the lingo a tad confusing. Yes, I am noting the pace and terrain markings which they translate at the beginning of the list. I know I want to avoid some of these other things for n... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 10:05:57 EST Bike Your Butt Off Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x58425840 I just picked up this book written by a USA cycling coach and personal trainer ... it is a 12 week plan to become a better cyclist and of course drop weight by cycling so far the book is very good. and I am starting the program today.. (just waiting for the to warm up.. it is 60 right now) but any ways.. I thought I would pass this info along to see if any of you have done the program and if so what did you think? <BR> <BR> Thanks. <BR> <link>www.bikeyourbuttoff.com/bikeyourbutt<BR>off/bke... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 08:49:09 EST Women on a Roll http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x58229025 I saw this story (thanks to Team Estrogen's email/FB feed) and thought of our Girls Gone Riding. I love that a group of women made a point of riding to their local shops and engaged them in dialogue about how they could serve women customers more effectively. <BR> <BR> Go, Rollers! <link>bikeleague.org/content/showing-shops<BR>-women-mean-business </link> <BR> <BR> (Edited to amend my really lousy linking skills!) Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:15:04 EST MS Bike to the Bay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x58221859 I noticed some orange painted road markers (and an awesome inspirational on the far side of my overpass hill) and it turns out my house is on the Day 1 75 mile, and Day 1 100 mile route for the MS Bike the to bay next weekend. <BR> <BR> <link>www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/<BR>420888224/ </link> My house is on mile 56 <BR> <BR> <link>www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/<BR>419687180/ </link> My regular bike route includes miles 79-81 <BR> <BR> All the bike to the bay maps are... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 02:36:51 EST June challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x58109029 Help! Someone give me an idea. I am in a crisis. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 14:23:08 EST Do you let other people ride your bike...??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x57873338 You know as a kid my parents always taught us kids to share and to be neighborly..which I think we where, on the same token our parents would never let us let the other neighborhood kids ride our bikes because lets face it they paid good money for them and they did not want them destroyed.... and it was never a problem we all had our own bikes.. but there was an occasional friend that did not so I would let them ride my bike and did not think anything of it.. <BR> <BR> Not sure if I am lik... Wed, 14 May 2014 16:29:16 EST What keeps you from riding? How do you defy it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x57820621 I've been a "fair weather commuter" for a long time...until last year, when I decided I would try to ride when it was a little colder than I liked, or a little wetter than I wanted. I tried to set goals for myself at the beginning of the week (looking ahead at the forecast and at my meeting calendar) to plan ahead - this day would be easy to ride (good weather, no meetings early or late), that day would be bad (icky weather, or meetings that required fancy clothes and - ugh! makeup!) That wa... Fri, 9 May 2014 22:04:16 EST National Bike Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x57704157 Tomorrow (May 1) is the start of the National Bike Challenge. Hope to see you there: <BR> <BR> <link>https://nationalbikechallenge.org/ </link> <em>332</em> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:47:28 EST New Washington Law that Affects Cyclists http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x57509269 A new law will go into effect in June that allows motorcyclists to proceed through a red light if the light will not change because the sensor does not pick up their presence. Where I live, few sensors detect bicycles. Clearly, this will permit the same behavior by cyclists. (Although it's always been permissible to proceed through a red light if it's safe to do so and the light appears to be malfunctioning. And when a light never changes, I consider that defective.) <BR> <BR> Here's the te... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:42:27 EST April challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x57339003 At last we are reaching spring--at least I hope! Time to get back to challenges! <BR> <BR> April challenge is to choose one or both of the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Get your bike into your LBS for a thorough tuneup; <BR> 2. Sign up for 30 Days of Biking and bike every day. <BR> <BR> Here is the website: <BR> <link>30daysofbiking.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is supposed to be a cool, rainy April, so taking on this challenge is a big deal, but I'm going to try it! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 01:19:14 EST Tightness in knee after stationary bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x57288658 I was just wondering if anyone else has dealt with this? I have been using the stationary bike at the gym to get in some seat time while it is still yucky outside. After doing a half hour (using the rolling hills program in the bike) at a fairly high cadence/high speed (about 16.5-17.5 mph) I always have a really noticeable tightness in my right knee. It isn't painful per se and it loosens up again after moving around for a few minutes. <BR> <BR> I have never experienced this with my regula... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:30:40 EST hoping I will be able to ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x57234992 A lot of you may know I tore my meniscus this past December and I was down for a while.. but slowly worked out with what I could do with my knee, I did get on my spinning bike a lot after things settled down.. today I have my good days and my bad.. but the fear that I do something to my knee is always lurking.. as well as I am doubting my self that I am able to even ride.. There are a couple of major rides coming up this Summer and a 100 miler one that I was scheduled for in May but today I ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:56:30 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x56909762 I'm new to sparkpeople, trying to find my way around. I hope to be inspired by other people who are getting fit and healthy. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:41:33 EST I'm Excited I Found You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x56822435 Hello guys, I’m a new member tto this team and new to road cycling; I purchased my bike in May 2013 and was able to do a few rides when time allowed. I got a trainer for Christmas (CycleOps Fluid 2) and now my goal is to train to do a century in September 2014. I’m hopeful to become more active, lose a lot of weight and meet many wonderful people along the way. I’m here to give and receive support and motivation. Thank you in advance for all the knowledge I know you will share with me! Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:41:30 EST Have a goal, now how to get to it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x56812642 Okay, so for the first time ever, I have actually started getting in shape during the dead of the Minnesota winter. I have been going to the gym 4-5 times a week and have been working on both cardio and strength training (first time that I have seriously worked on ST wince high school). Right now I am attempting to show the rowing machine who is boss. That thing kicks my butt and I am determined to master it. Anyway, once I get past my obsession with beating the rowing machine into submission... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:21:40 EST Everymove.org http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x56795562 Through a Sparker on another team, I learned about everymove.org. It will take data from a variety of platforms - Endomondo, MapMyWhatever, Garmin Connect, Fitbit, etc. - and give you points for activity. You can redeem those points for a variety of things. I've selected The Major Taylor Project because of my love of cycling. (Major Taylor was America's first cycling superstar. He's largely been forgotten because few Americans realize how popular cycling was here a century ago, and because he... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 12:15:17 EST 2014 Riding Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x56773756 I really like the format for challenges we've done in the past, so I'm going to start up a new one. Instead of just picking how many miles you intend to ride, pick a destination or a dream trip, like a ride. As you progress along your trip, feel free to tell us where you're at and what the scenery is like (if you know). Once you've done that, pick another if you want to continue "playing." <BR> <BR> Some day, I'd like to ride the route Lewis & Clark took through Washington, my home state. Bu... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:29:33 EST HELP I'm stuck inside...so much snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x56583973 Hello everyone, my name is Christina and I am new to this group. I live in New England so it is cold, snow, and ice which do not make for great bike riding. So in the mean time I am stuck inside riding my bike on the MagTrainer. It works for now, but I certainly miss riding the roads. I took a spin class the other day 90 minutes of a** kicking, sweat dripping, heart pounding awesomeness...ya I'm a glutton for punishment! <BR> I will be taking my Specialized out when the roads clear up even f... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:22:56 EST Trainer workouts from bicycling magazine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x56409586 Since I find intervals ease the boredom of the trainer, I was interested in these workouts. <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicycling.com/training-nutrition<BR>/training-fitness/how-ride-inside-indo<BR>or-trainer-workouts-cyclists?page=0,0&<BR>cm_mmc=BicyclingNL-_-1568992-_-0117201<BR>4-_-indoor_workouts </link> <BR> <BR> I will probably try one of these when I get bored with my current workout. Right now I am doing a basic interval workout using my pandora radio. I start with a long song for t... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:02:23 EST Bike is ready! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x56308636 I retrieved my bike from the shop today & she looks great! Full service, new tires, tubes were fine & new handlebar tape. She's all cleaned up, greased & lubed! I'll be trying on my cycling gear tonight to see what fits & what will fit in a few weeks. <em>332</em> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:19:59 EST Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x56201943 I've just come back to SP & have my Lemond Reno in the shop for a Full service & new tires. I have set goals for myself which include cycling. It's very rainy here in south coastal BC but I think I have all the gear I need to allow me to be out on my bike even in the rain. <BR> I did a Century in 2009 & an Olympic Distance Tri in 2010 with my Lemond. I'm looking forward to getting back on it for at least 10miles a week (probably my first ride) during January & then working my way up to at l... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 18:32:51 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x56187350 I am a 37 year old mom to an 8 year old boy and three stepsons between 16 and 22 years old. My youngest is on the autism spectrum (Asperger's) and I just got done with a year of school to complete my LPN to RN program. Now that I have a little time to focus on me I am looking forward to getting back in shape and, once the weather cooperates, back on my bike. Thanks in advance for any and all advice, support or input. It is all appreciated. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:43:57 EST Preparing for riding in the spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x56186850 I am just getting back to taking care of myself again after having spent the last year going to nursing school to complete my LPN to RN program. In the warmer months biking is my preferred exercise but, alas, it is 2 below zero here right now and I won't even think of going out in it so no need to suggest that. <em>20</em> I finally splurged for a gym membership at a small local gym and I want to be ready to hit the bike trails as soon as warmer weather arrives. <BR> My question is: What ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:11:06 EST Bike across USA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x56157314 I thought I would start a ride across the US starting New Years Day. This is a virtual tour...in that I am not actually cycling from coast to coast. Its roughly 3,400 miles at its widest point. I am from Cape Cod Ma so weather here puts my winter miles on a spin bike, exercise bike or trainer. I plan on checking in with a weekly total that I will deduct from the 3,400 miles. Join me if you would like. <BR> <BR> Heather Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:03:08 EST Ride across the U.S. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x56157296 I thought I would start a ride across the US starting New Years Day. This is a virtual tour...in that I am not actually cycling from coast to coast. Its roughly 3,400 miles at its widest point. I am from Cape Cod Ma so weather here puts my winter miles on a spin bike, exercise bike or trainer. I plan on checking in with a weekly total that I will deduct from the 3,400 miles. Join me if you would like. <BR> <BR> Heather <BR> <BR> I will add this to the challenge post! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:00:32 EST What's up y'all? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x56016648 Hi Girls. My name is Ticia and I'm from The Bahamas. <BR> <BR> Got my first bike ever, today. It's a Cruiser with a wide seat. <BR> <BR> I rode for 5 miles then came home and cooked. Boy am I sore and tired. I thought I would look for a group to get pointers. I look forward to getting to know u guys. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:41:14 EST Any advice on saddles? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x55918801 I'm finally ready to give up on the saddle that came with my road bike. I will admit: I'm cheap, and for the past many years I didn't feel much like spending money on a new one. But now that the bike is on the trainer and I'm trying to ride longer "this really is Winter exercise and not my commute" rides, I am finding the standard saddle pretty uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> I've been visiting bike forums and sites (like bikeshopgirl.com) and I see lots of info about padding the seat or not, abou... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 09:25:49 EST Best trunk bike carrier. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x55665551 Hi Ladies, <BR> I was just wondering if anybody has suggestions for the best trunk mounted bike carrier? <BR> I have a Toyota Corolla and I can take my front wheel off and put it in the trunk but that is a pain and it causes issues with my bike. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for any suggestions. <BR> <BR> Becky <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 09:30:12 EST November December challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x55645279 It's getting cold, and no one seems too excited about the bike challenge. How about a challenge that doesn't actually involve bikes? <BR> <BR> We are just 4 weeks away from the second installment of The Hobbit! Who else is excited?! <BR> <BR> In celebration of that momentous event, a small challenge. Bilbo Baggins had to face new challenges and stretch himself in order to face down the dragon, so this month's challenge it to try something new: a new exercise, a new recipe, a new hobby. It's... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:10:22 EST Anybody live in Phoenix,AZ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x55522607 HI Becky here new to cycling and looking for folks to ride with. <BR> <em>332</em> Tue, 5 Nov 2013 07:43:30 EST November challenge--bike every day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x55477130 This is the time of year when most of us slow down on biking and store the bikes away. But with a little preparation we can extend our biking season. So the November challenge is to bike every day of this month. Even if it's just to the end of your block and back, get your seat on your seat and turn those pedals! And report in to get encouragement and to encourage each other! <BR> <BR> I biked 17 miles today. I read that the local nature center was having a quilt show today and tomorrow, so ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 15:11:50 EST Heart Rate Monitor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x55330550 I wear a Polar F11 heart rate monitor when I ride. <em>332</em> It indicates my highest and average Heart Rate and calories burned. I don't pay too much attention to the average because quite often I will stop to rest for a period of time and I don't feel it truly reflects the average while riding. There also is other data that I don't use. <BR> <BR> I think the calories burned and HR are fairly accurate. The reason I say this is I keep track of my rides and if I ride the same ride, the... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 15:09:05 EST Ugh! SO just got the snowblower ready! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x55299107 I guess the riding season may be nearing its end for me! <em>234</em> <em>39</em> <em>46</em> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:26:13 EST Any Super Long Ride Advice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x55296946 I did it! I signed up for the BP MS 150 ride for April, 2014 (Houston to Austin). I'm so excited! I started really training rather than poking along whenever I want to this past week. On tap is at least 3 rides a week with a steady ride, an interval ride & long weekend rides building in mileage to get me there. <BR> <BR> Any of you that have participated in such an event or traveled far on your bike have any advice to offer this newbie? Padded shorts - check! lol <BR> <BR> <em>332</em... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:52:58 EST cycling clothes for bigger ladies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x55208791 Since I generally ride purely for fitness and joy not for transport I have been wearing regular workout clothes for my rides. I am just getting to the point where I do enough mileage (and working back up to that again on the newer bike) that padded shorts were a good addition. I have always worn regular workout shirts, or tanks for my ride, because I thought cycling jerseys look a little silly. Now that I am riding more I understand the function of those jerseys and the variety (some don't... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 23:04:54 EST Indoor bicycle trainers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x55165769 I'm new to cycling this year and am so sad to see the weather turning and my cycling days growing shorter and shorter. I live in an extremely northern climate, where we'll see only a few hours of sunlight per day in the depths of winter. As a result, I'm considering investing in an indoor bicycle trainer so I can at least work my cycling muscles over the winter. Does anyone have experience with these? Do you find it to be an acceptable substitute for outdoor riding? Any suggestions for ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 19:30:45 EST Chilly weather riding - what gear works for you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x54939623 Oy! It has started to get chilly on my morning rides (do I hear any cheering for the 42nd parallel?) I need to dig my polypro helmet liner out of the Winter gear box. Somewhere, I have (more expensive than I should have paid) "windstopper" cycling gloves. I'm starting to plan layers for the morning commute, knowing that I'll shed some of those for the ride home. I am fighting the mental battle of "do I really want to ride my bike when it's only 60 or 50 or 45 degrees out?" <BR> <BR> I *know*... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:47:29 EST How did you get faster? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x54823394 I'm looking for your feedback on how you improved your bike speed? I want to get on a training program so next summer I can average a faster speed. I'm currently averaging about 15mph and would like to be at about 18mph. I've looked online and see lots of ideas, but I'm looking for what actually worked for you. <BR> <BR> Any input would be appreciated! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 8 Sep 2013 08:22:51 EST Tracking Calories after a ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x54814940 I use a Polar Heart Rate Monitor to track calories when I ride. There is also a calories burned indicator on my Garmin Edge 500. I believe the Heart Rate Monitor because I wear a chest band for it. The Spin instructor said she believed the HRM is accurate within 50 calories. <BR> <BR> Do you use anything? If you do, what? Do you believe it's accurate? Sat, 7 Sep 2013 12:22:13 EST Pedaling Past 60! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x54814833 This message forum is for those of us over 60. Post your, problems, successes, failures, tips, tricks, etc. here. Sat, 7 Sep 2013 12:09:23 EST Girls Gone Riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x54814793 The team's name is really neat . . . but I wonder . . . it "sounds" so past. I know you cannot change the name, but I think Girls WILL Ride sounds more like something more challenging. Sat, 7 Sep 2013 12:04:39 EST How Many Miles Did You Ride Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x54814754 Please let everyone know how many miles you rode today. Comment on your ride if you want to! Sat, 7 Sep 2013 12:00:54 EST Bike tour http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x54787079 I did it! I booked the Niagara falls bike tour with womantours.com for June of 2014. I need to call them when I wake up in the afternoon and put my deposit on the trip. The have several longer harder tours of places on my "must see" list so this will be a good shakedown run for me to try bike touring. This is only a 4 day trip and Niagara is a 6 hour drive from where I live, I can easily do that with the bike on its rack. Thu, 5 Sep 2013 05:00:40 EST September challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x54665226 Ladies, I kind of missed July and August for challenges, but let's get one in for September. School starts back up, and the days begin to get cooler and shorter. So this challenge will be just for fun: <BR> <BR> Tour someplace on your bike that is beautiful. Take pictures and post them here. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:03:39 EST It's been awfully quiet around here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x54645287 ...we must be on our bikes, instead of on our computers! <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> Have fun, girls! Sat, 24 Aug 2013 17:06:41 EST Breaking the bike out of the garage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x54633347 I'm nervous and feel very out of place posting here, but I am seriously considering breaking my bike out of the garage and riding to work. I'd like some advice from any of you with experience. <BR> <BR> I live in a 'city' of 60,000 people, but luckily I live only 2 miles from work. My routine consists of dropping my son off at school, then driving to work. Home and back for lunch then home at night. My normal route rarely strays farther than the grocery store two blocks from my house. <BR>... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:29:36 EST Cadence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x54577397 So I am still a novice bike rider. I have picked up a few things, learned how shifting gears helps me cycle better (when I was a teen on a ten speed I pretty much lived in one gear, but we were in a flat land area). There are a lot of things I still don't know though and recently I found an article about cadence, and their suggested cycler cadence was WAY higher than what I am doing. So I started doing research, most of the articles I read suggested a pro or someone training to race should... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 08:26:27 EST How do I handle a group ride? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x54492202 Strange question I know and your right if I rode before then I should be use to riding in a group but really I am not.. when I ride on my own I am really pushing my self for speed and yes I am secretly wanting to do some time trials, but serious I am afraid that I would embarrass my self .. but that is a whole another issue.. I guess what I am saying is I like to race.. and I have thought about tri's but I am no runner and the swimming well I love to swim and I can swim but the thought of swi... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 08:53:49 EST New Bike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x54216683 I finally broke down and got a new bike! It is a Trek Verve 4. It rides really nice, has a lower step through than my old Trek Navigator 100 and much smoother click style shifters. I was able to increase my cruising speed from 8 mph to 10-11 mph even while pulling a tot trailer with my granddaughter in it. I hate the color (silver) but it only came in one color. <BR> <BR> I want to put red polka dots on it. Does anyone know where I can get vinyl red dots that will stick to the bike without d... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:16:23 EST We did our first self-supported tour last week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x54214319 My husband and I did a 150 mile, three day fully self supported tour last week in Wisconsin from Whitewater to Stevens Point. We carried all our gear, camped at night and cooked several of our meals. All in all, the trip was very sucessful. We learned a lot and had a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the weather was extremely hot. The heat index was 112 F one day and in the 100's the other two days. We had planned to bike the 150 miles back after spending the night in Stevens Point... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:30:16 EST Best Conference Hotel Idea Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x54212095 Hi, team - <BR> <BR> I'm getting ready to go away for a long haul at a conference, which always requires a lot of planning for me if I want to keep on track - I can feel the tug of temptation to dump out of my weightloss/fitness/healthy eating plan when I'm traveling for work or away on vacation. (Insert whiny voice here: it's too HAAAAAAAAAARD to stay on track! I don't WAAAAAAANT to! The bacon/egg/butter/cheese omelette with a side of bacon slathered in bacon cream sauce is to GOOOOOOOD to... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 13:24:53 EST Bike Path Yarn Bombing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x54143871 On an utterly frivolous note (and those of you who are knitters may enjoy this), when I finally got to my daily commute today, I found that the mileposts that mark the city path on which I ride had been bedecked with "post cozies" by a band of yarn bombers. <BR> <BR> I love this! <BR> <BR> See: http://bikepathyarnart.wordpress.com/ for pictures and the story behind the knittery and crochetery. <BR> <BR> (My favorite? Planet Earth - You are here!) Mon, 15 Jul 2013 23:22:41 EST Insert inspirational cycling lesson here... ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x54143766 ...and I think It's that I am a complete dork, but I persist, anyway, and that's okay. <BR> <BR> Scenario: T-style intersection. I am on my bike, on my morning commute, and have approached the T from the West (abiding by all laws of traffic and sense) as I have done hundreds of times. I stop at my sign, and the kindly fellow who just reaches the stop sign facing me (from the East) stops, smiles, and signals to me that I can make my turn (onto the road coming from the North). This is the mor... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 23:13:46 EST It's time to de-lurk and say hello - hi, everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x54113620 ...and beyond that, what to say? Hmmm. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty new to spark (signed up last month, just before going on vacation), and I'm really encouraged by the range and variety of information, tools, and support. I was really pleased to see a women's riding team! <BR> <BR> My bike story: I got on a bike for the first time in 20 years, 10 years ago - my town had just completed this awesome new commuter trail that practically connects my neighborhood to my office building, so I figured I sh... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 16:08:55 EST Not feeling it.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x54066739 I knew you cannot always be 100% and I am not writing this to whine about it but if I don't get this off my chest it will eat me and of course I might eat.. because I am an emotional eater when I do not deal with what's bothering me I will run to food so here it is .. <BR> <BR> Tonight I went on a bike ride with the womans riding group and along why I was riding I was struggling.. struggling to peddle, struggling to push struggling to keep up, I mean I thought I was putting out good pace.. ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 22:07:51 EST How do you know when your ready for a Tri Bike? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x54020524 Now I use to say I did not want to do a tri.. I mean I love to swim and I love to cycle but I cannot run.. I can jog but running is not for me.. I am more passionate about cycling and I would love to get in to some time trials.. that is my dream.. and I know I have to get better <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had to take my bike in the shop for an adjustment and I saw this tri bike.. OMG I fell in love.. that bike was sleek.. so my question is how is that bike different from what I am riding I know ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 08:38:51 EST Sackets Harbor Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x53976537 Just wondering if any one who is on this team is going to be doing the Sackets Harbor Spoker ride for cancer on 7/27... if so spark mail me .. hope to meet some of ya.. <BR> <BR> Ride on Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:19:50 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x53842733 I just took up biking about 3 months ago after a foot injury put an end to running. I ride a hybrid and up to 25+ mile rides - would like to work my way up to longer rides. My husband also bikes. My goal is to do a multi stop 100 mile ride!! Sat, 22 Jun 2013 10:36:46 EST Greetings from Alabama http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x53770977 Hi there! I just got my Roadmaster out of storage this morning and rode it a little over a mile and back - mostly uphill. It showed me just how out of shape I really am! My goal is to work my way up to riding five miles by June 28th. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 23:13:28 EST I found you--new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x53765276 Hello Ladies <em>41</em> My name is Sandy and I am a college student in New Mexico I haven't rode my bike in a couple of years but recently dusted it off, cleaned it up and ready to go. I had to get new shoes--my feet grew?? Before college I was riding 20 miles a day and 60-80 on the weekends. Now, I am lucky if I have a chance to ride 30 miles one day a week. <BR> <BR> For me this is the fastest way to condition, burn fat, and calories. I am so glad I found a team just for us gir... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 13:57:33 EST Clipping in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x53698067 I never thought I'd do it, but I am now riding clipped in on my road bike. The bike shop showed me a new clip-in system called Click-r, and I am absolutely loving it. Getting out of the clips takes 60% less effort than regular clips. So easy, in fact, that I immediately know if I'm starting let my toes turn in (something that happens when I get tired) because I will pop out of the clips! <BR> <BR> I have always said that I would never lock into my pedals, but these have changed my mind. Also... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:16:29 EST June challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x53625050 Okay, ladies, I have been slow and uninspired in putting up a challenge for June. So let's go for mileage goals. <BR> <BR> I'm pushing for 300 miles this month. Wed, 5 Jun 2013 22:45:01 EST Rant about boyfriend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x53511710 Even though I reallllyyyyy wanted to sleep in this morning, I got up and rode 10 miles before work. Upon my return I told my boyfriend I was happy that I got in my goal of ten miles in less than an hour, considering that winds were at 10-20mph this morning. His response? "Don't forget you need to work your upper body too." <BR> <BR> Oh wow, thank you for telling me, otherwise I never would have known! Mr. bacon-every-morning-beer-every-evening-rar<BR>ely-rides-or-does-yoga-with-me-know-it<B... Tue, 28 May 2013 16:27:09 EST I want to ride a century this year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x53498054 That is my current cycling goal. The most I have ridden in one day is 45 miles. I just moved to Kansas from California, where my bicycle was my made mode of transportation, and everything was sorta spread out. Now I live in a small town where going from one end of town to the other is only about 3 miles. So for the first time, I need to actually purposefully train in order to get miles in. Becoming more sedentary and putting on weight after our move was a major motivation for joining SparkPeo... Mon, 27 May 2013 14:46:54 EST I never want to see another gravel road again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x53485388 My boyfriend and I moved to Southeast Kansas about six months ago, and this is a pretty rural area. Yesterday we took a ride to a state park that was supposed to be 32 miles round trip, and we used Google to map our route. Well, we kept coming upon unmarked and/or gravel roads, so following directions were difficult. We went a few miles out of our way trying to find the state park, and then tried to take the mapped route back... except we ended up lost and riding on gravel roads for 8 1/2 mil... Sun, 26 May 2013 13:00:39 EST Just got a "new" (to me) bike!!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x53467752 Picked up a GT Slipstream at the Minneapolis Police bike auction last night. Its a hybrid that was built between 1999 and I think 2001. Apparently not a lot of them were sold but from what I've seen most discussion has been pretty positive. Anyway, this one is in immaculate condition. It still has the factory grease on the gears. But, most importantly, it fits like a glove! I LOVE it! Unfortunately we have tons of rain coming for the next few days but if I can find 10 minutes of clear weather... Fri, 24 May 2013 20:27:22 EST Woman's bike or men's??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x53409246 I'm thinking about getting a man's bike because they come in a larger frame and have more room to hang things on in the middle. Plus they seem easier to transport on a bike rack (although I do have an extra bar to attach to my woman's bike). <BR> <BR> Do any women here ride a man's style bike? If yes, why? If no, had you considered it and why not? My biggest fear is that I will have to learn to swing my leg over instead of just picking it up and putting it through to get on it. Mon, 20 May 2013 08:33:58 EST A reintroduction of sorts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x53393706 Hi all! I'm not really new to the group as I joined last year but I haven't been very active until now so figured an introduction is due. I live in Minnesota and our never ending winter seems to finally have ended. I love riding my bike and that is my main cardio exercise in the warmer months but I'm really bad about not keeping up in the not-so-warm months (of which we have many here in MN). I finally broke the bike out of the garage earlier this week and am really enjoying being back in the... Sat, 18 May 2013 23:21:47 EST Hi all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x53388725 Let me start out by saying I just bought my first bike in 18 years today. Woo-hoo! They've changed a bit since then, lol. My old one was a road bike, but the new one is a hybrid since I didn't figure on going 100 miles at a stretch (just in case, I'm keeping the old). I want to get back into cycling as a way to get my legs stronger without doing too much more running than I am already (I love running, but my joints sometimes tells me differently). So glad to have this group--hope everyone is ... Sat, 18 May 2013 14:07:19 EST An odd tip for hill climbing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x53375534 There's not a reason in the world why this works except the power of positive thinking, but I've taken a new approach to hill climbing, and it's actually helping a lot. <BR> <BR> As I'm approaching a hill, I start chanting to myself, "I love hills. I love hills." All the time I'm climbing, I chant that to the rhythm of my pedaling. <BR> <BR> And by gosh, it helps! I dread climbing less, I tackle hills with less misery, and I actually find myself planning routes that will pick up a couple e... Fri, 17 May 2013 11:00:39 EST Perhaps a Strange Question? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x53343481 To start with - I have had hypoglycemia most of my life. Knowing what is normal is not easy, sometimes. <BR> <BR> I got my bike - so far I have ridden it twice and I love it. I remember when I was in college and I had a bike. One day I took it for a spin and at some point I pushed myself and started to feel rubbery in the legs. <BR> <BR> I have kinda forgotten that feeling - when I use my spin bike - I don't get it (I guess I don't work out hard enough) - I don't get it on the treadmil... Tue, 14 May 2013 13:33:45 EST Squeee! Another 'what bike' question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x53258315 I never thought I'd use 'squee' in a post, but it looks a lot better in print than EEEEEEE or AAAAAA, so I went with it. <BR> <BR> My mom told me today that next week, I get to pick out a new bike. <BR> <BR> My current bike is a Specialized Hybrid from the 1980s (with a new seat. The old seat HURT.) I trialed a road bike last year and loved it, so I'm pretty sure I want a road bike. If we get it from the LYS, it will almost certainly be a Specialized. They have one or two Raleighs in... Tue, 7 May 2013 17:49:49 EST Ride of Silence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x53243673 Is anyone going to be participating in the World Even "Ride of Silence " on May 15th? <link>www.rideofsilence.org/main.php </link> Mon, 6 May 2013 15:49:49 EST Hello from Vancouver Island! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x53231742 Hi there! <BR> I've rejoined spark people recently to help me keep track of my goals! I've lost 90lbs and have 20lbs more to go! <BR> Love cycling on my cruiser ~ in fact today was the first long ride of spring...I went 9.87km (or 6.13miles) Woo Hoo!!! And 2 killer hills in there to boot!! Sun, 5 May 2013 18:13:20 EST Performance Statistics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x53230123 Recently I purchased a very good high end entry level road bike.. which I love I was riding a vintage steel 10 speed. <BR> When I ride I have always used my app on my phone "Map My Ride" which will give you statistics of mileage and pace, <BR> I have been trying to improve my speed, I feel I can ride faster on my new bike and it performs much better.. Today I rode 7 miles in 33 minutes and it told me my pace was 13mph.. <BR> I looked back at past rides that I did on my old bike and it was t... Sun, 5 May 2013 15:09:58 EST looking for help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x53192015 Ok I am getting ready to get back a bike for the first time in like 20 years. I am a runner and due to some injuries and age, have been told by my ortho that I need to consider something else. So... Can someone tell me where to begin. I have a very old 10 speed bike to start, live out in the country so will probably be doing some road work. <BR> <BR> Here is my e-mail address if anybody has some advice for me. <BR> <BR> woolywon@gmail.com <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Vicki <BR> Thu, 2 May 2013 11:15:25 EST May challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x53172355 May Day tomorrow! For May, use a map program to figure out somewhere you want to visit and then bike the miles that would get you there. <BR> <BR> I am choosing Niagara Falls. That's 233 miles from me. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 22:41:03 EST Riding Conditions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x53154976 I'm curious -- what sorts of conditions do you ladies ride in? And by that, I mean *choose* to ride in -- obviously, sometimes you're out on a long ride, and the weather changes, and you have to get back home somehow. Precipitation, temperature, and wind speed come to mind as all things to consider. <BR> <BR> I'm asking because up here on the prairie, we have WIND. Saturday, I forgot to check the wind on my computer before heading out on a ride and thought I had a west wind to deal with -... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:12:00 EST What Bike? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x53046351 I may be acting prematurely by joining the group - because I don't really have a bike yet. Well, I do - but not one I like. <BR> <BR> Years ago I bought a bike that I absolutely loved - It was second-hand and it was old-timey - a Schwinn 3-speed, I believe. It was one of those that you could easily imagine a basket on the front. It broke down - and over time it got donated. I miss that bike. <BR> <BR> Then, one day dh comes home with a bike - it is a 10 speed. I try to feel grateful, b... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 21:05:24 EST Name a Ride Event! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x52932848 I tend to find out about ride events when it is too late. So Let's use this thread to name events for 2013 that you know of whether or not you are riding in them. <BR> <BR> <link>www.riveredge.us/default.aspx?id=85 </link> 21st Annual River Valley Bike Ride - June 23, 2013 <BR> Newburg, Wisconsin <BR> <BR> This one I will be going to! <BR> <BR> AND... <BR> Ride on the Wild Side <BR> Sunday, September 15, 2013 <BR> Milwaukee Zoo (Wisconsin) <BR> <BR> I did this last year and it was a g... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:10:07 EST Hello I'm new to the team.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x52927036 Hello everyone, I am excited to have found this team. My name is Dawn , I'm 46 and loved my bike as a kid.Story goes Married had kids gained weight now taking time for me. I am back on a bike again thanks to my DH . I have a lot of weight to lose , but that is not stopping me from being on my bike.I have a Specialized vita basic model for now, but I love that thing. Riding is so Freeing to me. I am learning to Navigate busy streets as we live where it is moderately busy on all streets around ... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:30:05 EST Finally rode in an event http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x52864038 Hurray! I finally did it. Yesterday I rode 27 miles in the Talbot Special Riders inaugural event. This was a great ride in St Michael, MD along the Chesapeake Bay. The ride benefited TSR which is a therapeutic horse riding organization. Great ride, great cause. Thank god for my husband who paced the ride at about 11 mph. I was able to complete the ride...no complaining, no stopping until the rest stop! Big accomplishment for me as I haven't rode my bicycle for that many miles in over 4... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 09:05:03 EST Poll: What bike do you ride? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x52842191 Well I advanced to a good top of the line entry road bike, I was riding a old bike for the past two years and I put money down and a Specialized Dolce. elite. I am so excited I cannot wait to ride ... <BR> What type or brand do you ride? <BR> <em>108</em> Fri, 5 Apr 2013 14:02:24 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x52791308 Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm a cyclist (road and mountain bike) in Florida. I am getting healthy and fit by using principles from Eat to Live by Dr. Fuhrman. I used to be a competitive cyclist and now I'm a roadie mostly. <BR> <BR> It's great to have this community! <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Apr 2013 05:05:01 EST April Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x52764523 Sorry to be late getting this up, ladies! Where did March go?!?!?!? <BR> <BR> April is 30 Days of Biking month! Try to get on your bike for at least a little while every day of this month. You can join the community and take the pledge at http://30daysofbiking.com/ <BR> <BR> Let's see how many of us can accomplish this goal! I know I have one day that's going to be a serious challenge because I will be out of town, but there is a bike at the home of the people I'm visiting, so I plan on run... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:03:19 EST Safe riding tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x52524809 Reading through messages, it seems that one of the biggest issues is riding safely. Particularly for new riders, there is a lot of concern and even fear about riding, So let's use this thread to talk about how to optimize our safety on the road. <BR> <BR> My first tip would be, TAKE THE LANE. As cyclists, we are very much aware that we are slower than cars, and in an effort to be polite we often try to stick close to the curb and make room for vehicles. But that only encourages cars to try a... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:47:53 EST March challenge - get back out there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x52472965 Simple challenge: get your bike out and get your ride on! Lots of my friends don't get started until April or even May, but getting out there early means that when the really great riding weather comes, you're already in shape! Sun, 10 Mar 2013 17:22:11 EST New to the group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x52440804 Good morning all! <BR> <BR> I'm currently planning on getting back into cycling this Spring, and I'm so excited about it! <BR> <BR> I used to commute by bike to my old job in the city, but I got clipped by a pickup truck a few years ago, and it made me lose my nerve for riding on the street. I made it out of that with only a few scrapes, but my TANK of a bike (a Trek hybrid) made it out of the scrape even better than I did- I think she rode even better after the accident! So if she made it ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 09:40:26 EST Flags for road safety http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x52414685 I'm a member of a great website for bicycle tourists called CrazyGuyOnABike. It's an awesome place to learn about self-supported bicycle touring. One of the biggest concerns of bicycle tourists is road safety. While many cyclotourist display safety flags for increased visability while biking, several seasoned cyclotourist there have posted that they tend to get more respect from many drivers on the road in the United States when they have an American Flag displayed prominently of the back ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 13:29:34 EST Cycle Zydeco www.cyclezyd co.com/Cycle Zydeco http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x52364176 Anyone besides me going to ride this? <BR> <BR> www.cyclezydeco.com/Cycle Zydeco Sun, 3 Mar 2013 08:05:50 EST Can anyone help me figure out if a hybrid or http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x52347807 a dual sport bike is what i need? Now I live in north Louisiana where the roads are rough. I will primarily ride in my neighborhood for exercise, local bike paths and country and logging (dirt) roads. I also do two to three sprint triathlons a year and have a used road bicycle that I used for that. It's a Trek, too big for me but it works for what little I use it for. But two sprint triathlons have a fat tire category so I could ride it instead of the road bike I am less than fond of. U... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 22:56:08 EST New to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x52295768 Hi, My name is Debbie and I live in Louisville KY. I started riding about 3 years ago. My husband and son are avid cyclists and I started out on the premise that "if you can't beat 'em, you might as well join 'em." <BR> <BR> But seriously, I'm in my mid-50's, overweight, and have an artificial hip due to a hip defect at birth. Walking has never been a great form of exercise for me so cycling seemed to be a better option. I had read an article in Bicycling magazine about 2 women who had... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:54:13 EST Getting my Bike legs! (I'm freaking out here) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x52119271 Kinda like sea legs but with more fear. So as I said in my last post I am new to cycling and I do like it I am just afraid. Afraid of falling, getting hit by a car, turning, the hills in the tunnels on the canal, going too fast. <BR> <BR> My brain just doesn't want to let me ride in peace. It's all new to me. I feel like I need one of those bumper stickers on my back that say "Student Driver". <BR> <BR> I went riding last night and I was fine on the canal minus the tunnels part. I ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:31:42 EST ImaReader from Mississippi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x51946914 Hello! I've just joined this team, and look forward to some great advice from all of you experienced bike-riders! <BR> <BR> I bought a bike about a year ago (one of those simple 'cruisers' with foot brakes and no gears). I thought that since I hadn't ridden in about 8 years (had a 10-speed that I had let get weather-damaged and didn't want to fix, so I gave it away) I would start with a simple bike. After I rode it several times I decided that I didn't like it. It never felt just 'righ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 17:13:37 EST Bike recommendations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x51941163 HI I am new to this team and new to Cycling. In fact, I did my first ride in 30 years on New Year's day! I loved it. I borrowed a bike from my nephew. It was too small and had a awful squeak but I still had fun. I am an avid hiker, kayaker and camper <BR> <BR> I live in Phoenix, AZ in the Dreamy Draw neighborhood. It is a cycling mecca. Dreamy Draw road and the Arizona Canal trail are outside my door. I see cyclist daily. People drive to my neighborhood to ride. <BR> <BR> Okay t... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 09:18:44 EST Hi from a sluggish starter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x51688703 I have an excellent bike and a good place to ride, but the bike has been on the porch for some time unused. So, I am joining your group to motivate myself to start using it and get out there and ride! <BR> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:26:47 EST Sorry to be MIA! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x51637401 My husband had a heart attack on Saturday. Tomorrow they are performing a double bypass. I am hanging on, but barely. Hope to be back soon. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:52:29 EST January challenge --getting to the core http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x51433425 Okay, ladies, many of us are off our bikes for the next month or two due to weather. But that doesn't mean we can't be training our bodies for the coming bike season. <BR> <BR> One of the most important, but most neglected, aspects of fitness is core training. And it's easy to see why: it's not a lot of fun,and the results are mostly invisible. <BR> <BR> But core training is one of the most essential tools for good riding over distances. If you have a strong core, it will decrease the amou... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 12:15:39 EST Greetings from Louisiana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x51387766 We live in north Louisiana so we can pretty much ride year round. In 2008 I did a sprint triatholon on my husband's mountain bike. I swore I would never do another sprint tri until I could get a road bike. In 2010, I found a used road bike on Craigs List. It was built for a man who is 6'2" and even though I have had it modified I have never loved it. I I"ve had it modified my husband gave me money to get a new bicycle for Christmas. I am going to get either a Trek FX or a Raleigh Cadent... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:25:45 EST Mississippi River Trail- in Minnesota http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x51372196 Hey Ladies! <BR> <BR> Hope your holiday season has been good to you! I am trying to coordinate a biking trip with my sister for sometime in 2013. I was wondering if anyone has ridden any of route sections of the Mississippi River Trail in Minnesota? I was looking for any kind of feedback. I'm looking at the Headwaters section down to the Metro section. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 16:10:51 EST Just for fun--favorite holiday movie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x51228721 Let's divide this into two categories: <BR> <BR> 1. Favorite version of A Christmas Carol <BR> <BR> 2. Other favorite holiday movie <BR> <BR> For me: <BR> <BR> 1. The Muppet Christmas Carol--I love the music, and, hey, Muppets! <BR> <BR> 2. Love Actually Sun, 16 Dec 2012 10:44:19 EST Just for fun--what holiday song do you HATE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x51083597 I am mostly a fan of Christmas music. I'm the crazy lady who's grapevining down the grocery store aisle to Jingle Bell Rock. I don't even mind all Twelve Days of Christmas. But there is one song that absolutely puts my teeth on edge: <BR> <BR> The Little Drummer Boy <BR> <BR> I shudder even thinking about it! <BR> <BR> So, this has nothing to do with biking, but I am curious what you ladies think. Does holiday music drive you batty in general? Do you love it all? Or are you like me, with o... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 13:11:09 EST hello girls! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x51068797 Today I rejoined SP to stay motivated during the winter and since I like to bike I decided to join this team too. I am mostly a road bike type of person. Mud and sand scare me a little. But during winter it is not so fun to ride a road bike. So I have been using my hybrid bike, which is something like a mtb but less sturdy and heavy and therefore better suited to ride on regular roads too. Next June I have a big event coming up so I want to stay in shape during the winter. To work on my stren... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:04:51 EST December challenge - love your bike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x51066715 December is a hard month to ride for a lot of people, but it is the perfect month to get your bike to your local bike shop and get it thoroughly tuned up! It's the perfect time of year because, unlike spring, your bike shop won't be all backed up with the hundreds of tuneups that people are anxious to get done now that the weather is nice. It's the time of year when you don't feel too badly about leaving your bike at the shop for a few weeks, since you aren't likely to be riding anyway. And a... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 09:34:29 EST What's on your gift list? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x50962817 It's that holiday time of year, and everyone wants to know what people want for Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanzaa/Yule. This is a perfect time to ask for those little luxuries you might not buy for yourself. So what's on your list for this year? <BR> <BR> My number one item is a gym membership. I'm not much of a winter rider, so I want to have a nice, indoor space to get lots of exercise. Also, there's a hot tub. I was thinking about asking for a Fitbit, but I read that they are useless for biking,... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 17:41:15 EST Wishful riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x50902034 It's getting quiet here, now that the weather is pushing many of us off of our bikes. So instead of talking about the rides that we're doing, let's talk about the rides we'd do if we could. <BR> <BR> Me, I would love to do a riding tour of Ireland. There are some companies that assist with such rides, setting up hotel accommodations at the distance you plan to ride each day. But I think I'd rather go with less agenda, in case I wanted to hang around in a community for more than one day. <BR... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 09:23:24 EST Hi! Looking for advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x50737646 Hi! I've been a member of this group but haven't been here for a while. Mind you, I wasn't able to get onto SP for a while. <BR> <BR> I'm sure people here can give me some advice. I've mot ridden for over a year, & right now we're in our rainy season. Also, working nights, it's not eady to get in rides. I want to train & to prepare myself for spring when I can start riding regularly again. It's not easy to start riding when it's rainy & dark. :) <BR> <BR> Aside from using a stationery bike,... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 23:11:25 EST Playing through, or laying back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x50730592 Today I am quite miserable with a sore throat, sinus problems, and a bit of an earache. I'm leaning toward taking the day off from working out, just because I feel so miserable. I've already cancelled my appointments and my evening activity. I'm of the "rest it a day or two for recovery" camp, when it comes to illness. <BR> <BR> How about the rest of you? Do you take the day off when you are feeling under the weather? How far under the weather do you need to feel? Wed, 7 Nov 2012 12:32:07 EST Do you do your own repairs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x50675480 I'm attempting to repair my brakes tonight.. curious if anyone has some ideas for good reference books or videos on "how tos" <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Annie Sat, 3 Nov 2012 18:47:12 EST Back again.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x50675431 Hi Girls! <BR> <BR> Well, I'm baaaaack after quite a hiatus.. so glad to see the team is still here.. and see some familiar faces.. I'm fixen' to break out my repair book to see if I can fix the brakes on my cruiser for my commute to work next week.. hope I can figure it out. <BR> <BR> Annie Sat, 3 Nov 2012 18:43:38 EST November Challenge--Prep for the winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x50642790 Yikes, how did November get here so fast?!! <BR> <BR> Bike challenges get tougher for those of us in Northern climes, come this time of year. Someone like Lisa can just keep biking, but those of us who are subject to snow and rain (and hurricanes!) probably aren't going to keep up the biking with our usual regularity. <BR> <BR> So this month's challenge is to figure out your winter training program. If it's gearing up for cold weather riding, then report on your success in getting comforta... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 11:08:46 EST How did you get started cycling? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x50520858 I'd love to hear how all of you found your love of cycling. My hubby has ridden for years, for pleasure, both on the road and on mountain bike trails. I've always enjoyed the casual ride, but only started riding "for real" this past summer for fitness & weight loss. <BR> <BR> No one was more surprised than I was to find there was an exercise out there I actually liked! <BR> <BR> When, why, & how? I'd love to know. <BR> <BR> Lynda Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:47:31 EST I'm growing as a cyclist! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x50520291 It's hard NOT to grow, I suppose... I've just been riding for 2 months or so. But still, I know I'm getting stronger when I see there's a south wind of 10 mph or so and I still head out on a ride that has the last 3.5 mile leg riding due south. <BR> <BR> I also spent a half hour at my LBS trying not to drool over a new road bike. I've got a mid-90's hybrid, and an invitation to stop by and give a new bike a 5-10 mile test ride any nice day this fall. Ahhhh. Then I can dream all winter. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:54:02 EST Amazon for some great prices on bike stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x50508254 I just bought a wireless cyclo-computer for my bike from Amazon for $2.95! The original price was about $40. They have bike lights, bottle holders, gloves and more if you are willing to search. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:15:40 EST A B C checklist before a ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x50507500 The League of American Bicyclists has a great program for all levels of riders. One thing they teach is to check your bike every time you prepare for a ride. See info at the following link: <BR> <BR> http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/educa<BR>tion/pdfs/confident_cycling_recreation<BR>al_riding_abc_quick_and_bike_fit_script.pdf <BR> <BR> If you do not understand what it says, talk to the mechanic at your Local Bike Shop (aka LBS). These are all easy things to learn and you should feel much... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:28:06 EST Horror stories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x50459570 Hey, it's almost Halloween! Let's tell our worst biking horror stories! <BR> <BR> For me, it was July 4 of this year. My biking group was having a morning ride, and my daughter was newly arrived and had only ridden twice in the last 6 years, both of them the week before. Now, usually our group ride starts out with a slow and steady 5-mile climb, then 10 miles of up-and-down, and ends with 5 miles downhill back to the leader's home. But for this ride they decided to bike down to the Rock and ... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:23:04 EST HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x50457286 Wanted to join a biking team. I really enjoy riding my bike again. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:35:52 EST Shout out to MISSG180 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x50333827 I wanted to give a shout out to MISSG180 and a big thank you for leading this team. There wasn't much going on before you became team leader now we're an active and awesome team... <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>304</em> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:20:51 EST What purpose does compression anything have? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x50286707 Compression shorts, pants, tops, jackets...why? It sure isn't a fashion statement to us plus sized beauties. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 19:33:43 EST Correct fit of helmets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x50286479 Obviously helmets need to be strapped on snug so in case of a crash the helmet stays put and does its job. I've been wondering though, how are they really supposed to fit? I mean some people have their helmets that sit high on the head and looks like it would not provide much help in a forward crash. I've seen other helmets that the head goes in deeper that looks like it would protect the head at any angle of crash. I've seen many people wearing helmets with the brim tipped back. I have a rea... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 19:12:56 EST The days are getting shorter... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x50254560 Hey All, <BR> <BR> The days are getting shorter here in the Black Hills of SD & the temps are dropping. I have a small riding group that gets together 3x a week in the morning. This morning it was 27 degrees out. And, riding downhill about froze my little paws off. <BR> <BR> I'm just wondering what folks do to keep hands/feet warm during the colder months of winter. And, if anyone has any recommendations on a headlamp for my bike I'd gladly appreciate it. <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Oct 2012 11:35:09 EST WEAR YOUR HELMET!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x50200187 Friday night I attended the monthly Critical Mass ride. We were only riding 8-10 mph, a speed at which some people claim helmets are silly. But one rider had someone stop suddenly in front of him, couldn't stop in time, and went down, hitting his head. He lost consciousness and went into seizures. He had to be transported by ambulance and didn't regain consciousness until the next day. He's going to recover, but who knows how well from the head injury. <BR> <BR> And suddenly he's a believer... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 23:27:36 EST Watch Out For Sand! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x50177430 On my ride yesterday I ended up finding the Kenosha Dunes. I'd heard about them but never found them. My son had been out there and told me about the off road path to get there. <BR> <BR> So I'm riding this trail that wasn't much of a trail when I hit a patch of sand. My bike stopped instantly and I kept going. Somehow I managed to hang onto the bike and land on my feet. The ground firmed up after a bit so I got back up on my bike and started riding again. This time when I hit a patch of s... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:50:11 EST October Challenge: You and me against the world! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x50174974 October is the start of more challenging weather, so this month's challenge is to ride into the face of challenges: rain, wind, darkness, ice. Whatever challenges you face, tell us about them and how you rode despite those challenges. The one with the best story of the month (as decided by general consensus) will win a very nice Spark Goodie! Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:53:35 EST Riding in the snow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x50165112 Does anyone have experience with studded tires/snow tires? Sat, 29 Sep 2012 19:41:53 EST The frog says hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x50163901 Hello from Western Pennsylvania! <BR> I ride my bike everyday except winter, of course. I don't drive a car, so my bike is my freedom.I ride to the store and to the doctor and to the park. Too bad the library, church and dentist's office are not in biking distance :) Sat, 29 Sep 2012 17:52:48 EST New fish in the pond http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x50149945 Heips peeps! <BR> <BR> I'm old to Sparkpeople, and have been into cycling for a while, but just got back into SP after about a year of some depression madness. <BR> <BR> I live in Helsinki, I love to tour in the UK (I'd very much like to do a Scottish tour next summer), come from Canada, and love my bikes. They all have names. <BR> <BR> I try to be an advocate for less aggressive city cycling and better confidence for riding in traffic. I like spinning classes and touring, but I've never ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:52:11 EST Close encounter with a skunk on the bike trail http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x50124039 Hubby and I were riding on the bike trail right at dusk this evening. He was in front. We were riding through a portion of the trail that is somewhat residential and there are a lot of back yards abutting the trail. We both saw a really cute little white cat at the side of the trail that looked like it was going to cross in front of us so we slowed down. My husband was looking at the cat and didn't realize there was a skunk right behind the cat that appeared to be motivating the cat to w... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 21:29:58 EST Hi! I'm new too. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x50106531 I am new to this group and pretty new to cycling. I've been riding about a month now, and have been learning lots. Today's 'lots' included a new seat that suits my sit bones -- and what a difference that makes! I ride 10-16 miles 3x/week or so - but that will probably change when winter hits. <BR> <BR> My bike is an old Specialized Crossroads -- a nice hybrid that is SO much better than the chain store bike I wrestled with for a week. I usually ride with my teenaged son, who has inheri... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:10:23 EST How do you bundle up for cold rides? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x50070998 <em>332</em> <em>465</em> I'm just curious what do you all wear to combat the cold while riding. It was in the 50's this morning when I went out to ride. I had my jeans and a fleece jacket on. I still was cold plus the wind made my nose run. I'm really going to have to toughen up if I'm going to ride all fall! <em>465</em> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 15:42:26 EST Hello, I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x50041001 My name is Jeaninne. I should have joined a bike enthusiast group a long time ago because I love riding my bike! I ride my bike for transportation whenever possible; commuting to work (it's only 2.4 miles one way), grocery shopping, errands, visiting people, etc. The only things that will stop me from riding my bike instead of driving to my destination are time constraints, great distances, weather, and carpooling. I won't ride my bike to work if it's raining in the morning, but I don't mind ... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:38:20 EST I totally did it!! 169 km Bike Tour - Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x49935046 Hi Everybody, <BR> <BR> I just had to come and announce that I actually COMPLETED the MS Bike Tour Biking to the Viking event a couple of weeks ago. It was a two day event with 84km each day. I had been training all summer for it and I had been aiming to try and complete one day. I thought that was reasonable considering I am still trying to nurse a knee back to health after surgery a year ago and I only managed to finally take my first outdoor bike ride in many years in May of this year... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:12:53 EST You'd think crossing a busy street... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x49905888 You'd think crossing a busy street with the walk light would be safe but it's not. There is a really busy intersection on one of my favorite routes. Usually I get off my bike and walk it across the street even though it is all part of the trail. Today I waited for the walk light and decided to ride across instead. I had just started when this car came cruising through making a left turn almost right into me! He never even slowed down or even acknowledge that he cut me off. <BR> <BR> Since I... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:26:19 EST New to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x49791027 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've been working to improve my fitness over the past 16 months or so, and I recently added cycling to my regimen. I love it so much that I bought a new bike and I ride 15-20 miles a day, 4-6 days a week. <BR> <BR> I'm still somewhat of a cycling noob, so I'm looking to chat with other enthusiasts about it. Thu, 6 Sep 2012 00:02:36 EST Night Riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x49786156 I was just thinking about the days getting shorter. It won't be long before it will be dark when i get out of work. I'm trying to decide if I will still ride during the week or just save it for the weekends. <BR> <BR> Do any of you ride at night? Do you find it enjoyable if you do? Do you wear special reflective clothing or extra lighted gear? Is it safe to ride the bike paths for the most part or would you stick to the city streets if you rode at night? <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to re... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 18:22:26 EST As the sun sets, keep your mouth shut! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x49786055 Ach! My rides are getting later and later while the sun sets earlier and earlier. I've noticed the bugs are fierce as the sun sets. I opened my mouth just to say a friendly hello to another biker passing by and got a mouth full of bugs! So from then on I only smiled and nodded as they passed me by. <BR> <BR> The bugs are so bad that before I even got on the bike trail my shirt was covered with little things with wings! I hope as it cools down the bug population dies off. <BR> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 18:16:21 EST Google now has bike directions on Android http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x49702783 Google has now added it's bicycle routing feature to Navigation on Android smartphones. They have had it on the internet on Google maps for over a year, but just recently added it to their Android apps. While I wouldn't rely on it 100% to get around by bike, it does offer the possibility of getting turn-by-turn instructions specifically for cycling while riding. I figured this would come eventually. I'm just glad it's finally here. <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 02:14:52 EST September challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x49671251 30 days of biking! September's challenge is to get on your bike every day. Even if it is only around the block, pledge to get in the saddle daily. <BR> <BR> There is a groups called 30 Days of Biking at <link>30daysofbiking.com/ </link> . The challenge is usually just in April, but this year the group is challenging uus all to a bonus challenge in September. <BR> <BR> It's going to be a REAL challenge for me, because I am traveling the first two weekends of September. But I will find an e... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 22:45:51 EST Got a new bike yesterday....a tandem! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x49651405 Hubby and I took the plunge yesterday and got a new tandem for our self-supported tour next summer. It's not just any tandem either....It's a Hase Pino. A very unusual bike. It's a lot of fun to ride either as the stoker or the captain. <BR> <BR> This youtube video is in german, but it has great views of the bike and you can really get a good idea what it's about. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab7wq1zQvi8 </link> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 17:18:40 EST Pain in the seat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x49626012 I have a good saddle, and a pair of padded shorts, but my sit bones still hurt - a lot! I was hoping after the first 100 miles on the seat (20mi/weekly) I would get used to it, but I'm still in pain for days after! Any advice? Sat, 25 Aug 2012 23:10:55 EST Anyone else use Endomondo app to trac rides? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x49621092 Just an FYI...if anyone else is using Endomondo to track their sports activities, there is a "spark team" on the Endomondo site that is fun to participate in. It's a small team (about 10 active members). It ranks all of us based on our mileage for the past 7 days. The rankings can change alot depending on who is doing what...it's fun and motivating....if anyone is interested. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 16:23:42 EST Intro to Girls Gone Riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x49620325 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just a little line to note that I'm just so really happy to have found Girls Gone Riding. I love my bike. Looking forward to getting to know you a little better over time and hope to be actively involved as much as I can. Getting healthy involves a real time commitment, and much of my effort will be concentrated on what goes on in the kitchen, at the dinner table, plus gaining a real sense of balance between rest and relaxing outdoor activity such as cycling. Glad that we ... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 15:02:26 EST Lube to prevent chafing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x49566978 I just bought my third tube of Chamois Butt'r yesterday. If you have any problems with chafing or soreness in the saddle area, I HIGHLY recommend a waterbased skin lubricant. This stuff is like magic. I swear it's made of ground unicorn horn and powdered fairy wings. When it was really hot this summer, I would use it on my thighs when I was wearing a dress! Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:55:40 EST Long Rides http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x49521070 I'm so jealous when I see some of you almost daily going on long rides (greater than 15 or 20 miles). I also get jealous that my son can ride farther and faster than me. I get it in my head that if I had a better bike I could go farther and faster. Then I think that I actually do have a good bike, I mean it is a Trek hybrid so I can't really blame it on that, can I? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure why I am posting this. I guess I'm just frustrated and having a down day. How do you all g... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 22:59:52 EST Walking to get rid of lactic acid after a ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x49487881 I just wanted to post about how walking (leisurely) after a ride seems to have been helping me a lot to get rid of the lactic acid in my legs and reduce stiffness and soreness the next day. Has anyone else noticed this? <BR> <BR> Sometimes after a long ride, my husband get in the car and have to drive a couple hours to get home...other times we stop along the way and do some grocery shopping or some other form of leisurely walking. I'm noticing how much better I feel after rides where I do... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:03:08 EST Great biking/touring blogs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x49483467 As part of getting ready to bike across the US next year, I've become very involved in reading blogs written by other people that are touring or just into biking in general. I've discovered there's a whole world out there of touring/biking blogs. <BR> <BR> There are a couple blogs that I like so much, that I just thought I'd share them. One is <link>shecyclesolo.wordpress.com/ </link> . It's written by a woman that bikes solo all around the world. Right now, she is biking around the p... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 08:54:10 EST Knot your shoe ties or wear velcro! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x49479081 <em>230</em> <BR> I learned a valuable lesson today on my ride, one that I never even thought of. I was just about 5 miles into my ride and had just topped a steep hill when suddenly my pedal locked up. Fortunately I was able to stop without falling. I looked down to find my shoe lace had come undone and was wrapped several times around where my pedal arm meets the gear! I couldn't even take my foot off the pedal since it had wrapped around it so tight. To make matters worse I couldn't loos... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:52:35 EST Great book on Biking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x49450660 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just finished reading this little gem of a book on biking! It's called "Just Ride- A Radically Practical Guide to Riding a Bike." It provides great tips for all of us "Non-Racers" who simply enjoy riding as a part of their daily life. Check it out! <BR> <BR> http://www.amazon.com/Just-Ride-Radicall<BR>y-Practical-Riding/dp/0761155589 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 07:09:54 EST Out on my own! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x49438377 Went out this morning and rode 20 minutes approximately 5 miles! This probably doesn't seem like much but it is huge for me. There are numerous hills in my area (in my five miles I had six fairly steep hills). I really stink at hills and become winded and just want to get off my bike. Today I did all six, no stops and really coached myself through. Average speed was 10 mph. Not bad! Very proud today <em>332</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 11:15:32 EST Put a lid on it -- the right lid! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x49395066 Helmets: I know some people think they are unnecessary, but I won't ride around the block without one. But the place to discuss helmet use is elsewhere. This is about when to replace your helmet. <BR> <BR> Any helmet that has been involved in ANY kind of impact should be replaced at once. If your trustee helmet protected your braincase from smacking into a low-hanging branch, thank it and then replace it. I replaced a helmet this year that had not been in an accident, but had been dropped an... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:49:33 EST Inflation is a good thing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x49394907 I didn't really think that this would be a tip, but after three recent encounters, I guess it might be a good thing to say: <BR> <BR> INFLATE YOUR TIRES! AND CHECK TIRE PRESSURE REGULARLY! <BR> <BR> I went to a friend's house to to go riding, and when she hopped on her bike I thought she had a flat! No, her tires were just very low on air. I insisted she get off and let me pump them up, and when she got back on the bike she could hardly believe how much easier it was to ride! <BR> <BR> Pr... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:41:12 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x49394193 Hi ladies! I am new to the team. I started on SP in 2007 and lost a lot of weight - 230 to the 190 range - and then I kind of fell off but took up running, training for the NYC Marathon in 2009, which I ran at about 183 (and a slooow 5:22, ha ha!) In the next couple of years I kept getting little and not-so-little running injuries, which led me to add cross training and eventually to dabble in triathlon. This past spring I left my job and immediately started to put on weight (I crossed the dr... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 08:59:50 EST New to Cycling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x49343609 Hi All, <BR> Your group looks fantastic for me, and I think I will learn a lot from you all, as I am new to cycling. I currently have a Townie with three gears, but will be upgrading to a trike that will be easier on my back and knees and will go faster. I am trying to keep up with my husband who is an avid cyclist and loves to go on touring rides for the weekend. I am hoping to get in better shape on my trike and be able to go on some longer touring rides next season. Tue, 7 Aug 2012 00:32:33 EST Hi! I'm new to this team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x49319121 My name is Mary and live in Virginia. Several years ago I got into bicycling and could ride 20+ miles no problem pretty much flat roads. I moved to a very hilly area and have been afraid to ride because I can't even get up the hill out of my development. My husband is an avid cyclist and has been bugging me to get back into it. So here I am...trying to loose weight and hoping to use my bicycle to help me get there! <em>332</em> Sun, 5 Aug 2012 14:25:25 EST Bicycle across america!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x49289206 My husband and I are seriously considering a self-supported ride across the US next summer! It's been on my "secret bucket list"for a while. Hubby is retiring next spring. About three months ago, we started seriously talking about what we wanted to do after he retires. I told him about my dream and he thought I was absolutely crazy!!! Now he's really on board with the idea. Whoo Hooo!!!! <BR> <BR> We have only been married 6 years. Before I met him, I used to do supported week-long ri... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 10:45:24 EST One Less Car http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x49255734 One Less Car is a movement to encourage people to use their bikes instead of driving, whether it be for commuting or for running errands. The idea is not to ask people to give up driving entirely, but to encourage them to think about their driving choices and how they can help to have one less car on the road. <BR> <BR> So how many of us use our bikes for commuting or errands? I know I try to, and this week have had two trips that I made by bike instead of by car. It makes me feel doubly goo... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 10:23:08 EST Greetings from NYC! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x49232950 Hi everyone! I'm new here and to Spark people (just joined yesterday!) Super excited to see this group - I love biking! In NYC, I bike practically everywhere as its often faster than a taxi/subway, far cheaper and has innumerable health benefits. Plus, in a month or so, NYC is getting its own bike share program - <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you guys! <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> Ree Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:33:23 EST Bike hotties http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x49232509 The title of this topic comes from my daughter: every time we need to go to the bike shop, she says, "Time to visit the bike hotties!" Because the guys who work at our local bike shop are, frankly, a cute bunch. So she likes that we always go back to the same bike shop. <BR> <BR> But the reason why I go back to the same bike shop is that I think it's important to develop a good relationship with the people who can help you to get the most out of your biking experience. Because these guys kno... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:07:22 EST Do you ride further with or without a predestined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x49215884 Do you ride further with or without a predestined route? Sun, 29 Jul 2012 22:05:27 EST Safe or Not Safe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x49215552 My son and his wife disagrees on this point. What do you think? <BR> <BR> Is it safe or not safe to have a child attached to your bike on a ride-along AND a tot trailer attached to the ride-along? It ends up looking like a train LOL! He thinks it is fine to do this (rides mainly on bike paths) but my DIL thinks it isn't safe. I think it is just exhausting but my son is strong and does just fine. He figures this way he can take 3 of the 4 kids riding with him. The tots are ages 2 and 3. <BR>... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 21:49:11 EST Hi, I'm new here :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x49202146 I'm a new team member and I am having so much fun riding my bike. My father-in-law got it at a garage sale for me and I have been fixing it up (it only really needed cleaning) and getting a few accessories. I have been riding it everyday (except one rainy day). When I was in middle school and high school I lived far from my friends so we would always bike to each other's houses and some of my friends lived 15 miles away. I loved riding my bike. This is the first time I have rode a bike a... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 22:37:42 EST August mileage challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x49197670 Challenges for a bike forum are a bit...challenging. We all have different goals, and different levels of riding. So for August's challenge, please state your own mileage goal for the month. Let's see how many of us can meet and even beat our goal! <BR> <BR> My August goal is going to be 350 miles of riding. Pedal to the Point will be 150 of that in one weekend, leaving me with 200 miles to pick up for the rest of the month. <BR> <BR> What about the rest of you? Sat, 28 Jul 2012 15:52:32 EST New forum for your tips and tricks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24007x35854x49197508 I've added this forum for people to offer hints and ask for advice. Please feel free to start new topics and contribute to all our knowledge! Sat, 28 Jul 2012 15:35:39 EST Olympic riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x49196328 Watching the men's road race. 155 miles in under 6 hours. Wow, I feel like a turtle! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Daughter and I are amused at how much more interested in the bike racing we are, now that we are riding so much ourselves. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:38:01 EST New leader; what would you like from your team? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x49195490 Hey, all-- <BR> <BR> The team was leaderless, so I volunteered to lead. I don't have any particular qualifications for this, and I would be happy to have a co-leader, if anyone is interested in volunteering! <BR> <BR> I'd also like to know what you would like to see as far as content goes on this board. Are people interested in challenges? What kind of advice are you seeking? <BR> <BR> I know there are other devoted bikers out there, so let's make this something special! Sat, 28 Jul 2012 12:19:39 EST Bike Shorts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x49101031 I am new to cycling, so this may be common sense to most but not me :) Why do cyclists wear bike shorts? It is for aerodynamics or chafing or what? I have my first long ride -17miles coming up and I don't own a pair of bike shorts and don't know how important it is that I wear them on the long ride. At this point, speed isn't important, just finishing without butt, leg, shoulder pain; etc. LOL <BR> <BR> I have been wearing regular fitness shorts but haven't ridde over 8 miles. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 14:20:02 EST Alternative to sports drinks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x48983291 I really do not want to start drinking sports drinks on my rides. It just seems so artificial to me. I do realize though that I need something more than water because I get dizzy riding in the hot weather even though I drink tons of water. I was thinking I will bring some bananas on my next ride. What do all of you bring to replace electrolytes on your rides? Sat, 14 Jul 2012 18:38:30 EST Bike Adjustments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x48983248 Ok, so I've been working on making adjustments on my bike to make it more comfortable for riding. I've raised the seat quite a bit so that it is easier to use my toes rather than the middle of my arch for pedaling. That has helped a lot. <BR> <BR> I have two problems still. My hands go numb even with repositioning them frequently and keeping the wrists straight rather than bent. It almost feels like I need to raise my handlebars up so I'm not bent over so much and putting my weight on them. ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 18:31:09 EST Smaller bike shorts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x48840213 Riding this week, it felt like the padding of my bike shorts was just not fitting right--it was very uncomfortable and the seams were rubbing in the wrong places. Then I noticed that they were rather loose. <BR> <BR> Spandex isn't supposed to be loose. <BR> <BR> So anyway, I went to the local bike store today and was actually able to buy bike shorts off the rack! Sports clothes sizing is crazy, so these are a XXL, but much smaller than my plus-sized 1XL bike skorts. I am quite pleased!!! Thu, 5 Jul 2012 13:46:42 EST New to the team, New bike as well! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x48823950 Hello Lovelies, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team as of today. I'm head over heels for my shiny new bike, and am looking forward to being part of the GGR team. <BR> <BR> I'm currently living in the UK and I ride a Pashley. I'm a rather experienced cyclist, but haven't ridden a bike outside of exercise bikes at the gym in a few years. I'm looking forward to resuming my habit of riding as much as possible, rain or shine! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Jul 2012 11:52:14 EST New to team // Finally breaking out the bike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x48703086 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am so glad this team exists. I bought a bike last summer, rode it 2x (complaining the whole way) and it's been sitting in the garage getting squeaky and rusty since. It's a hybrid by Schwinn-- a little cheapie I bought at Target. I want to really be committed to riding regularly before making a larger investment. Right now (for the past 2 weeks) I've been riding before work (around 7am) for 30-40 minutes -- it's a loop which is 3.3 miles around and I do it twice. One... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:29:44 EST bike shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x48657915 I just spent the last two hours browsing the internet for bike reviews and WOW....I'm so overwhelmed. I've been riding a cheap hybrid mountain bike consistently for a year now. It looks like I'm actually sticking with this hobby and I'm ready to take the next step. I want to start packing on the miles but I think my bike is holding me back a little. I'd like to find a road bike but I have no idea what to look for. My brain is swimming from all of the info I've found online. <BR> <BR> S... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 17:18:25 EST Lessons Learned or "Where's My Idiot Sign?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x48617627 Every now and then I do something so incredibly stupid that I really have to laugh at myself. Not too long ago I got a tot trailer for my bike. I love to pull my 3 y/o grandson and his giant stuffed bear named Jerry in it. Since I got it I have always been surprised at just how hard it is to tow a tot in a trailer. I'm always exhausted after just a few miles. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Today, in this 94 degree heat I went for a bike ride towing Brody and Jerry in the trailer. My son had 6 y/o L... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 22:48:53 EST saddle size http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x48542899 Right now I have a regular bike seat/saddle. I have been thinking of getting one of those really big ones with super padding that is closer to my butt size. I've also thought about getting one that doesn't have that narrow part in the middle and looks more like a rectangular shape. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried any of the alternatives to a regular bike seat and what do you think about it? Fri, 15 Jun 2012 19:21:31 EST New to this team and new to road cycling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x48536925 Hi everybody! My name is Lisa and I was looking for a way to take advantage of the beautiful weather and outdoors but cannot run very far due to a back injury. I remembered how much fun I used to have on my banana-seat Schwinn as a kid and decided to throw myself into road cycling!!! <BR> <BR> I went today and picked out my very first road bike, I go back tomorrow to be measured and fitted and can pick it up later on this week! I am so excited! <BR> <BR> Any tips or suggestions are welco... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 10:39:10 EST Sorry been missing in Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x48508891 Hi team.. sorry to say I have been missing in action and I sure have missed the team. <BR> the Spring started out not too good for me, losing my job in Feb. and having to put my dream of buying a new road bike on hold. I was less into it then I thought. I have been doing some riding on my old bike and my mt bike. <BR> Tomorrow is my first group ride with a woman bike group.. cannot wait and I hope I can do it.. Monday took a bad fall off my mt bike when I was going over a walkway bridge on t... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 13:59:22 EST Getting Fit all over again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x48449999 Hi everyone happy summer, <BR> <BR> I am in the midst becoming healthy and fit all over again. I live in Washington, DC and truly have no excuse not to work out and lose weight except fatigue from being over worked. On may 5, 2012 I participated in the 5 boro bike ride in New York City. I completed the 42+miles however it was a struggle. I have dedicated June 11, 2012 until June 11, 2013 to getting back to a healthy regime. <BR> <BR> I need your help and support. Next year I am going to fi... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 17:34:29 EST I signed up for my first group ride ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x48423662 I took the plunge and signed up for the River Valley Ride on June 24th! I'm really nervous because I have no idea what it will be like. I also signed my son and 2 of my grandsons to go along with. Liam (age 6) isn't a good rider yet so he will be riding on the ride-a-long attached to his dad's bike. I ordered a new Trek bike for my 11 y/o grandson Haydn so he will be taking the next few weeks learning to operate the gears. There are 7 distances to choose from between 8 and 100 miles. We plan... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 20:25:50 EST HI! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x48258041 I loved riding when I was a kid, but I haven't done it seriously in 20ish years. I started doing stationary bike for fitness when I first got into spark because it was easier on my knees than treadmill or walking. I have worked up to running, and am currently working on couch 2 5k. I don't see myself ever being a longer distance runner, so to keep things fresh I want to get back into biking and see if I can train up for longer rides and site seeing trips. I would love to bike Kelley's Isl... Mon, 28 May 2012 04:40:54 EST New to the team, just bought a bike yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x48235994 Hi there! <BR> <BR> I am 51 and haven't ridden since my early 20s. I just bought a bike yesterday. It's a cross bike. It has racing style handles and slightly thicker tires than a road bike. <BR> <BR> I am hoping I will be able to ride an hour a day, 3 days a week. And then move on to a 2 hour ride, with my husband who is way ahead of me. Yesterday for my first ride, I went for about half an hour. <BR> <BR> I have crappy knees and I hope I haven't wasted my money! I hope I can do this w... Sat, 26 May 2012 08:59:37 EST Ohio Bike Trails http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x48203877 I live in East Tennessee in the summer months. It's very hilly and most of the roads are narrow. Last weekend, hubby and I drove to Cedarville Ohio and spent three awesome days riding the bike trails there. It was well worth the drive. If you are anywhere close to Ohio, check out the LONG FLAT PAVED bike trails there! We will be back. <BR> <BR> I am so envious of people that live close to those trails. Wed, 23 May 2012 21:14:29 EST New to this team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x48184597 Hello, My name is Dana and I love to cycle! I currently ride a few times a week and spin as well. I have been cycling for about 15 years but seriously road cycling just a couple. I live in Texas and enjoy the great outdoors. <em>332</em> Tue, 22 May 2012 15:16:19 EST training suggestions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x48140818 It really helped me, before I ran my first 5K, to find the couch to 5K training plan (even though I didn't follow it). It gave me a clear sense of how quickly I should be able to progress, how much I needed to rest, etc. <BR> <BR> Now I want to find a training guide to get to my first century. I can ride 30 or 40 miles comfortably (with a padded chamois, that is), but I'd like to work my way up to a century. The obvious thing would be just to have longer and longer training rides every ... Sat, 19 May 2012 14:05:23 EST Riding a hill....help needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x47956481 Hi I am new to this team and would love some advise. I have been road cycling for two years now...however will admit that its really been bike path riding. We have several converted railroad tracks that have been converted to paved bike paths. They are over 22 mile long.. I am signed up for my first long ride and I am looking to simply finish...not win, place or show lol. I think I have chewed off more than I can handle. Although I am capable of doing the 65 miles this one is in an area... Mon, 7 May 2012 13:56:53 EST May - National Bike Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x47930582 I just learned that May is National Bike Month. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/linkexchange. asp?ic=25&lnk=http%3A%2F%2Ffeedproxy.g oogle.com%2F~r%2Ffitsugar%2F~3%2F5A8cr ifMzCQ%2FMay-National-Bike-Month-22958944 </link> <BR> <BR> Happy trails! <BR> <em>108</em> Sat, 5 May 2012 21:29:22 EST cycling vacations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x47749857 Just want to let y'all know I have a cycle touring business. If you'd like to check it out, www.GrimesGetaways.com <BR> <BR> Even if you can't make it this year, I'd appreciate it if you could share the link with your friends. <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:45:45 EST First mountain bike ride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x47654969 Hi everyone! I'm Raine, and I just joined the team a few days ago. I've owned a road bike for about 2 years now, but I dont consistently ride it really - I am pretty afraid of riding on the street and getting killed - I know more riding will bring more confidence, though. However, this past weekend I finally bought a mountain bike - living in Colorado my boyfriend says that it is a must! I've never been mountain bike riding before, so yesterday after work we went on our first ride togethe... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 08:31:00 EST Rear View Mirrors and Street Riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x47616749 I hate riding on streets for the most part. They are unavoidable though as most city bike trails have you doing some time on them. I used to have a rear view mirror that strapped on to my handlebar but it never stayed put. I've looked at others but they just don't seem like they are long enough to see around me. I saw a cute little one that sticks to your helmet and is only about an inch diameter. I just don't see how that would work. <BR> <BR> Does anyone here use a rear view mirror? Any br... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 21:39:04 EST Just for fun - Best "Trail Prize" You've found... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x47609944 We cover a lot of different terrain with road, recreational, and mountain biking. Safety requires scanning ahead for debris, hazards, etc. Some cool things we have found en route - Topeak White Lite headlight, big Allen wrench, gorgeous fluffy black kitten to name a few. "Marco" (yes, Pantani as named by daughter) is hands-down the best. He rode 15-ish miles back home with us in an old pannier. <BR> What are some of the cool or useful items you've found in your adventures? Miles and fitness ... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:50:46 EST Time limits and names of rides? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x47485900 I'm really liking bike riding so much more than I ever imagined. Can anyone tell me the names of the rides? I've heard half-century and century which would be a 50 and 100 mile ride. Is that correct? Are there any websites to learn the biker's lingo? Also, I tried searching but have not found the time limits for these types of rides. I'm not out to break any records but I need to know what to aim for. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Kimberly Sun, 8 Apr 2012 19:01:57 EST Ride of my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x47458080 Agh! What have I done. I signed up to ride the Prouty Ride for Cancer mid-July - The Century Ride. Who do I think I am? <BR> I had surgery at the end of last summer after trying to re-master running. I worked with a trainer, took it step-by-step, but alas shredded the cartilage in my femur. My ortho surgeon highly advised biking - or cycling as the gear heads say now and to keep losing weight. <BR> I had always hated stationary bikes. After a few months, I gave a spin class a shot. I hate... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 16:06:50 EST 30 Days of Riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x47371802 Is anyone else signed up for the 30 Days of Riding challenge? It's a challenge to ride every day in April, be it a hundred miles or just around the block. I signed up, and even though I didn't really feel like riding, I got out there today for 11 miles. It's good motivation! <BR> <link>30daysofbiking.com/ </link> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 14:38:06 EST What's awesome about riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x47214601 Some thoughts on my ride the other day: What's awesome about riding is that unlike "dieting", where I can be eating totally healthy all day, then eat cake and ice cream at night and feel like I've blown the whole day, with riding, I can set a challenge (like doing a hill I've been avoiding), and once I do it, there is nothing that can take that away...no amount of slacking the rest of the day or even the next day can undo that success! It's so motivating, makes me want to take on another... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 19:21:27 EST Daily Ride Log Spring/Su mmer/Fall 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x47161933 Hey everyone, I am sure lot of you have been out there on your bike. my bike and I were on the trainer all winter.. just cannot ride out side when it is cold. <BR> I did hit the road about 2 weeks ago even had some 45 degree cold days but it was fun.. <BR> I am planning on doing my first century on June 3rd and I am building up my rides and my miles, today I did a quick 6 mile ride because it is overcast and rain is on its way. Yesterday I was able to get a 12 mile bike ride in but that was ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 15:24:26 EST Great fit bike clothes for those of us not svelte http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x47036559 I just ordered a padded bike skort (bike shorts with a little skirt attachment) from Aero Tech designs. For those of us who are still of a plus size, it can sometimes be humiliating to realize that what a company calls 1X is actually about a size 10! But the size on these is VERY true to regular sizing. I ordered a 1X, thinking that if I kept working out it would fit me by the end of April, and instead it fits perfectly right now! So if anyone is looking to buy bike clothes, I can recommend t... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:44:03 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x46772120 Greetings from another newbie to the group! I love to cycle, and found it is the only reliable way to lose weight and keep it off for me, so am very glad to find this group. DH and I used to cycle a lot many moons ago, until building a house and raising our ds derailed us for a good 11 years. Now I am bound and determined to return to cycling and encourage my family to come along. Great to be here! Sun, 26 Feb 2012 06:23:44 EST Cycling vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x46542558 Would you take your vacation to go on a cycling tour? Sun, 12 Feb 2012 01:34:17 EST Questions about riding to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x46482856 I've been thinking about riding to work. I can get most of the way there by riding on the bike trail. The clinic is about 4.5 miles one way which sounds doable. <BR> <BR> 1. I'm a big girl and know I will be sweaty when I get to work. What do other commuters do about this? There are no showers. <BR> <BR> 2. It will be dark when I go home. Would I be safer riding the streets on the way home rather than the trail? I'm just wondering what others do in the same situation. <BR> <BR> 3. I can fi... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 10:18:24 EST Not quite a biker yet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x46482263 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Kimberly. I live in SE Wisconsin. My son just started riding his bike to work this winter so it has me thinking of getting back on the saddle again. I am going to get the rust and cobwebs off my bike I bought about 5 years ago that has less than a hundred miles on it. It is a nice TREK hybrid that has been sorely neglected. I think I will take it to the bike shop and have it reconditioned. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get to know all of you here (I followed Miss... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 09:48:38 EST Heyas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x46436197 Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm Kathleen, and I'm a cyclist from Boston. I have a Raleigh Sport from the 1970's (which I love dearly) and I enjoy riding around the city and surrounding area. <BR> <BR> I don't have a car, so my bicycle is my main mode of transit. My bike isn't very fast or lightweight, but it's sturdy and beautiful and gets me wherever I need to be. Sun, 5 Feb 2012 19:18:44 EST Training for a century ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x46401461 I am planning for my first century ride in August. I am obviously quite heavy and working on losing weight--I think I can be at least 50 pounds lighter by then, but getting there means lots of training before then. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a good training plan to recommend for preparing for a century ride? Thanks in advance! Fri, 3 Feb 2012 15:47:42 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x46341817 Hi! I'm still pretty new to SparkPeople and I just found this team. I used to bike a lot, but over the past few years I have let it slide and as a result, have put on weight (although I would say that I was never really skinny during my adult life). I spent 3 weeks biking through the Tuscan region of Italy in 1998, but I know that I'm not in good enough shape now to do anything like that. I want to get back into shape so that I can do some major exploring on my bike again. My goal is to ... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:03:41 EST Ready to ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x46310681 Greetings! After a year of not riding AT ALL, I just took my first ride of the 2012 season today. I love to ride, but after getting hit by a car in 2010 am still recovering from the scare. <BR> <BR> I've made it a goal to make the whole 150 mile Pedal to the Point MS Ride this summer. That means getting in some serious biking miles. I live in Ohio, so this is not exactly the riding time of year. Nevertheless, I got my bike tuned up, picked it up today, and took my first ride. Just a mile an... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 20:43:43 EST Howdy Ladies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x46237996 Greetings from Southside Virginia! We are having incredible weather down here, already been out biking once or twice in January - what a treat. Looking forward to reading of others' journeys out there on the roads and trails. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:50:13 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x46214280 Hi Everybody! My name is Karen and I live in Manitoba, Canada. It is full on winter here right now but I am setting out on a cycling endeavor for the first time in my life and I will be needing advice, support and guidance along the way so I thought I would start here! I have registered to take part in a 160 km two day cycling event called the Biking to the Viking for the MS Tour in August 2012. This is going to be a huge challenge because I have ridden a bike as an adult only sporadicall... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 11:59:48 EST Upcoming Rides and Races for 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14439x35854x45900527 Just thought I'd add a new thread for upcoming rides this year. <BR> <BR> The first ride I've registered for is Girls with Gears (to benefit Women's heart disease) in April, it's in Limerick PA. Various mileage routes from 25, 40, 62.5. Rolling terrain with some moderate hills. <BR> <BR> Also registered for MS century ride in Gettysburg PA in mid July. I'm actually going to ride 50 miles down there on a Friday with a friend, spend the night, we'll do the century Saturday, stay another nig... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 12:51:45 EST This day can't go wrong... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x45834635 ...unless I wreck! <BR> <BR> Two options: (A) I pick up an emergency shift at work (more $$) or (B) I ride all day in the beautiful, unseasonably warm weather and hit the thrift stores with a girlfriend. <BR> <BR> WIN! Thu, 5 Jan 2012 07:56:13 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x45793756 I'm new to Spark People, and fairly new to riding. A friend got me started about 3 years ago on a pretty little Masi Soulville 3 mixte cruiser. She's now on the trainer in the living room for the winter. I ride a "classic" (read: old, but in good shape) Centurion on the road and a Jamis Dakar Sport on the rare events I dare mountain biking. In the warmer months, I ride nearly every where: to work, with friends and on errands. Last winter I faithfully attended a spinning class, but 6 am i... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 11:12:38 EST todays ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x45784249 Had an awesome 25 mile ride today <em>332</em> not sure when I'll be able to get another one in as it's getting cold. Esp...for Florida we go into shock and hide out in our homes <em>29</em> I'm sorta of kidding but believe me Floridians just dont understand how you can manage to go on with your activities when it's cold out. Anyway hope everyone else is getting some good miles in. Be safe and have fun Mon, 2 Jan 2012 22:25:56 EST Harrisburg, PA, area http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x45750927 Is there anyone in the Harrisburg, PA, area that's interested in getting together to ride occasionally? I have most always ridden by myself when I was younger. My sister and friends weren't into biking as much as I was. But, I think it would be so much more fun to go riding with a group. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:20:07 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x45566050 Hi! I'm new to the team but not new to SP. I'm an avid biker from New York State and enjoy riding 12 months out of the year. I look forward to gaining helpful hints about riding, especially during cold weather months. Yesterday's ride was very comfortable at 28 degrees. Today's ride was an eye opener for me. At 20 degrees, I thought I was well prepared. I really didn't think the difference of 8 degrees would be a big deal. I never had cold feet (physically, that is) in the past. Today I di... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 21:19:11 EST First trail ride today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x45167554 We went on our first trail ride today!! Had a lot of fun - screamed a lot - I am such a spaz! Wiped out going up a hill - in slow motion, my husband instead of helping get the bike off of me - took pictures instead - he is such a brat! We were laughing so hard. <BR> <BR> Look foward to doing again - hopefully more gracefully and with fewer girly screams! Sun, 20 Nov 2011 11:44:16 EST New to this Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x45077697 Hi - I started riding back in April. When I started I could barley make 2 miles! I only really get the chance on weekend mornings. But since I started I go faithly every Saturday and now I am up to about 5 miles. I keep adding more distance. <BR> Hubby bought me a new bike this weekend since the one I was using was 20 years old - my daughter is now using it. I got a 21 gear hybrid bike for street and offroad - Oh My Gosh - what a difference........ this thing flies!!!! I LUV it. Rode i... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 14:59:59 EST Barbra??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x44822849 ROFL you have got to see this.. it's called a "bar bra" and actually looks like it would work well for winter riding... <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> <link>www.treehugger.com/files/2010/02/my-<BR>name-is-barbra-cycling-winter.php </link> Sat, 29 Oct 2011 16:13:07 EST Riding in cold weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x44820010 I planned to bicycle with a bike group this morning. The temperature at 6:00 am was 46 degrees, and while I contemplated how many layers to put on, the temperature dropped another 2 degrees so I chickened out. <BR> <BR> What do you wear when road cycling in 45 degree weather? Sat, 29 Oct 2011 12:12:55 EST What are your Winter Riding Plans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x44734876 I am not a lucky one to live in a state that dose not dump 48 inches of snow an ice on you in one winter season. so cycling is out of the question.. Last year I spent a lot of time in spinning class, which I thought I would be doing this year then I found out about these devices that you put your bike on and you can ride.. I thought wow this is the great.. <BR> yesterday I was reading in my local paper that there is going to be a new indoor biking park.. 90,0000 sq.feet of indoor cycling now... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 07:09:51 EST Bar Ends? Your thoughts ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x44545205 I have a 2011 Trek 7.3 FX fitness bike with an Iso-Zone handlebar. Very comfy flat bar. But still a flat bar. When I was shopping for this bike, I wanted a road bike w/drops, but the tires were too skinny for combination paved/limestone paths we have here. So, 32mm fitness bike was a better fit for body and purpose. DH won't let me get 2 bikes. <BR> <BR> My compromise is to add bar ends to the existing flat-bar with the intention of mimicking (as close as possible) the cradle of the b... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 21:57:50 EST Brakes....what works best for rain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x44519633 I live on Vancouver Island and our fall/winter weather is typically very wet! (Rain, rain and more rain... rain that goes sideways...etc!) I have a Giant Globe bike that I love! Since July I've worked really hard at cycling more and more challenging routes and distances. What I love about my bike is that my body posture is one that supports my poor neck that has had far too many injuries and doesn't handle the posture most bike require. What I'm not sure about is my bike's brakes. So far I'm ... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 12:06:54 EST Wanting to be more than a fairweather cyclist! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x44519542 The weather is turning fast here ~ one day it's sunny, the next the wind and rain are blowing sideways. I've really enjoyed riding my bike home from work since school returned in September. It's about 10km and a wonderful way for me to decompress after the day. I'm going to be a "fairweather" cyclist tho' until I can afford better cycling clothes that will see me through. <BR> It's funny how our priorities change....I now look at every sunny day as a cycling day to enjoy, and instead of savin... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:59:46 EST Anyone doing the Hilly Hundred in two weeks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x44404730 My cousin and I are going to do the Hilly Hundred in Indiana in two weeks. It's two days 50mi each day. I'm really looking forward to it....minus the HILLY part. Has anyone ridden this before are they really as bad as it sounds? Mon, 3 Oct 2011 13:42:11 EST Newbie here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x44404524 Hi everyone and thanks for the add to the team. Been riding 1 week on my brand new Trek bike. I haven't had a bike since I was 10 years old. I've finally concluded this is where I belong. I love it--but so trying to understand the gear and brake things. Yep, the first bike I've ever owned with gears. I'll get it though! I've ridden every day with yesterday being my longest at 14 miles. I know that may sound whimpy, but I'll get there. The hills in my subdivision are challenging to walk, must... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 13:31:25 EST New on this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x44362145 Hello, glad to find this team, as riding is a true passion of mine. I love road biking as I can daydream (some), go long ways, and enjoy the landscape, and at times go with my hb. <BR> We were on vacation 5 weeks ago and we rode plenty in the northwest, which was fabulous, the terrain was challenging, the length of the rides too (30 to 50 miles). Luckily, the valley I live in is at 6000 ft, giving me a big bonus when I get at sea level. <BR> After our vacation, I got lazy as I get tired of th... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 23:23:50 EST Beginner Newby - and small rant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x44300262 Good afternoon! <BR> <BR> I just began cycling in June, I love using my bike to commute but haven't found time to meet up with others to ride at the moment. My boyfriend got me in to it and neither one of us have gotten the opportunity to go for too many rides on weekends. My longest ride is 30 miles up to Carmel and back to Downtown Indy... which was pretty great. <BR> <BR> I would like to improve my cycling abilities and try to start cycling more seriously next year. <BR> <BR> I ho... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 12:17:28 EST Fall brings out the bugs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x44215066 OK....I've gotten used to only having my mouth open a small bit as I'm riding....now I only inhale the smaller bugs that get in my way..... <BR> BUT....when I rode home on Tuesday and stopped I was covered!!! <BR> I could hear the bugs hitting my helmet....ewwwww. <BR> It's colder here...everything is moving slower (including myself) and for whatever reason I seem to be cycling through slow pokey bugs that make a "thwack" sound when they hit my helmet! <BR> ....but I'm still riding!!!!!!!!!!!... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 09:03:07 EST What to eat or not to eat before a long bike ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x44195260 Hi everyone, you know they say runners have a diet that they follow two or three days before the big race. I am wondering if that is the same for bike riders? Sunday I am doing a 50 mile bike ride. I know it is good to get enought sleep and water before the ride, sleep not sure I think I am going to be too excited to do that, water I can do. but food? what should I bulk up on, carbs? ugg... fiber ok that sounds good protien? love that .. <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Ride on Wed, 21 Sep 2011 07:05:39 EST re-introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x44164648 I am re-introducing myself to the team today. I don't remember the last time I was on SparkPeople in a serious way. I would click in here and there but I have not been really working the program for months. The scale shows it but more importantly my attitude shows it. I don't feel good about what I'm eating. I don't like how I look and feel about myself as a result. I am becoming more and more critical of my appearance and connecting my self-worth to my appearance more and more. I feel less s... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 13:33:20 EST cycle in No. Calif. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x44150572 We have a ride starting Oct 2 and ending Oct 8. We meet in town of Napa (in Napa County) and ride through the vineyards, working our way to the Pacific Coast. We spend a few days riding down the coast and spending time at the beach before heading back to our starting point. If you are interested in joining us, please check it out at www.GrimesGetaways.com <BR> <BR> Nikki Sun, 18 Sep 2011 18:51:30 EST Getting back on the bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x44075868 I joined this team a short while ago with my bike sitting in the garage. My husband pumped up my wheels and I took a ride with my 10 yo dd last night. I missed my bike! I love to ride, but don't find the time to do it. <BR> <BR> I'm Debbie, Mom to 2 girls, wife to 1 husband. <BR> <BR> Hope to get to know you all better here. <em>332</em> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 07:05:36 EST Riding to and from work.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x44015002 I started back teaching this past week and decided that I would continue to ride my bike long distances twice a week! <BR> My youngest child is old enough to drive now without adult supervision and she works after school on Tuesday's and Thursdays....so I thought "perfect!". <BR> This past Tuesday and Thursday I tossed my bike onto the bike rack of our jeep, and my daughter dropped me off at the high school that I teach at, and off she went to the high school that she attends (closer to our h... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 20:24:38 EST Hello from South Jersey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x43938158 Hey there Girls!!! <BR> <BR> Love the concept of this team! My name is Thea and I am an addicted cyclist living in Southeast NJ! I have been spinning for the last 3 years and road cycling for about 2 1/2 years. Love it!!! I average 50-150 miles a week on the road and spin 1-2 times a week and weight train 3 times a week. <BR> <BR> My schedule for the fall is: <BR> September 10th - Tour des Farms - Vincentown, NJ 54 mile 'tour' of local farms. <BR> September 17th - Informal Shore Cycle ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 15:54:05 EST coming up on my first biking event! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x43878289 9 more days til my half century to celebrate round 2 (my 51derful birthday) i am pretty excited about the ride. i am making my own jersey out of a shirt that is way too big for me since i have lost all of my weight. i just couldn't part with the pretty pink paisley, so cycling jersey it is! <BR> <BR> does anyone have any advice for me, on going the distance? 32 miles has been my longest ride so-far! i am hoping and praying that i can get this done with out killing myself! <BR> <BR> this y... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 00:15:33 EST numb hands/thumbs while riding. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x43708154 OK i've had my road bike for a month now.. have over 400 miles on it.. In fact did my century ride on it.. MOstly it's my left thumb that goes numb.. ont he century ride..it extended up to my left elbow and when i was done with the ride it was like i had tennies elbow.. I was fitted for the bike. My chiro believes it a pinch nerve in the neck and since I am a huge sloucher.. that could be and issue... yesterday when i was riding it was both hands ...more so on the drops.. which i actually rea... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:33:36 EST Bike seat height... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x43702339 This weekend I had my niece across from the mainland visiting. <BR> Her entire family are competitive cyclists...downhill, cross country and distance....(I'm always amazed at what they are up to next!) <BR> A long story short, I talked to her about my cycling and that my "sit bones" and my knees were sore after a long ride. <BR> She gave me all of the suggestions that I read on the team thread and then this little gem: <BR> Asking me to sit on my bike she checked my leg position when the peda... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 04:50:20 EST I Love Bikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x43622382 Hi there! <BR> I'm really happy to be a member of a team that has so many people who love to ride! If you check out my profile you will see that I work at a local bike shop (my husband owns it). I'm getting to learn so many things about bikes- it's amazing! The knowledge I receive while getting to ride my bike all the time- who could ask for more? =) <BR> As my intro topic says; I love bikes! It doesn't matter if it's a vintage single speed or a high end carbon frame bike. I love th... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 11:46:53 EST Got a new (used) bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x43613482 Well it is new to me, its an vintage Ross 10speed, it was given to my husband a couple of weeks ago, frame in mint condition but the rest needed help, so I took it to the bike shop, new tires, new breaks new cables, new peddles had a tune up, gears new pink handle bar tape and white casing for cables, and it looks great.. just riding a road bike vs a mt bike is so much diffrent I can fly.. I road 10 miles in 45 mins the other day.. I tought that was good for me.. LOL.. <BR> Hubby and I are d... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:28:40 EST Reaching the top of those "killer hills!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x43580871 Last summer there was a hill that was my challenge point. The first time I tried it, I only made it part way before I had to get off and walk. 2nd time I made it almost to the top before I got off my bike and walked. 3rd and 4th I barely squeaked to the top! And that was it for last year's riding. <BR> Fast Forward to today! <BR> I've been working up to trying this "Killer Hill" for the last month. <BR> Tonight was my first attempt.......AND I DID IT!!!!! <em>244</em> <BR> I reached the top... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:22:25 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x43467010 Hi I am Sheryl from Pennsylvania. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:53:55 EST New to team-Michigan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x43308249 Hey all. <BR> <BR> I always have enjoyed riding and three years ago I started riding again on a regular basis. I had been riding the bike I bought for myself in Jr. High and I was fine with it, but last year DH bought me a new bike (Marin Treviso) -- I'm very pleased to have made the switch. I'm loving it. I switched out the seat to a more comfortable ARS padded seat for women! <BR> <BR> <link>www.marinbikes.com/2010/bike_specs.p<BR>hp?Treviso_WFG&serialnum=1144 </link> <BR> ... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 13:04:14 EST Inhaling bugs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x43291894 Well I must be getting on my bike a fair amount lately....this morning was the first bug inhaled of the season! <em>20</em> <BR> Between gagging, trying to spit the darn thing out...my mind must have kicked into self defense mode as a thought entered my head.... <BR> .... "how many calories are bugs?" <BR> Kept me from dwelling on the darn thing because I shook my head that I had such a bizarre thought run through my mind ~ and made me smile at the silliness of it all! Sun, 31 Jul 2011 16:44:06 EST What's Your Mileage Goal for August? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x43253912 After today I will have rode 275mi in July.....time to set the August goal! Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:03:41 EST Tracking cycling chart without an odometer etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x43223949 Wow! <BR> I'm finding the fitness tracking for cycling really confusing. <BR> I'm entering low speeds as I'm not sure how fast I'm cycling..... <BR> What I am doing is setting a time for myself and trying to increase the distance covered within that time frame each day....but how does one keep track of that?? <BR> Any suggestions? Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:52:50 EST Bike Broke..... Very up set http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x43210032 I know you are all saying that I need a new bike and I so want to buy one but right now with some other finances going on, I cannot... Last night why I was riding a cable snapped the the gear thing on the handle broke and that was the end. so it is going into the bike shop but they tell me they will not be done till next Tuesday so there goes my weekend ride.. <BR> I just needed to get that off my chest... feeling very bummed. <em>46</em> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 20:14:06 EST Another Tennessee Girl (East TN) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x43146844 Hello all, my name is Kim and I am new to this team. Just started cycling in March. Got a new bike in May and have put over 500 miles on it so far. I have had a recent set back, had surgery on my right hand from an Iguana Bite so have been off the bike for about 2 weeks. Ready to get back to pedaling, the rides here are beautiful but some are pretty hilly which I am not too good at yet. Hills are still really hard for me. Turned 50 back in March and am overcomming some life changes and a... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 09:59:43 EST Ride Yourself Lean book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x43097634 Hi all - new to the team but have been cycling a fair bit since the start of the year. My enthusiasm has been re-kindled by getting a new bike last week - yay! (I got a Specialized Ariel, love it so far). I have a book called "Ride Yourself Lean" and wondered if anyone else had tried it? It has some good programs, I started the "Big Weight Loss" program this week, so far so good! I think it will be a good way of building fitness and having a specific focus rather than aimlessly riding. A... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:08:34 EST Which bike is good? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x43062620 Hi first of all I want to thank everyone for helping me out with my last question of road bike vs mt bike, I have decided to get a road bike, I have saved up my money and I am ready for purchase now I know that they can get up there in price I want to make a good choice, I have been reading on line about some bikes but it is all greek to me, I have been on ebay and then another site called bikes direct.com and it seems like I can get a good road bike for under 1000 and that is what I am looki... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:41:48 EST Brand new to SparkPeople and new to Cycling!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x43052142 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am brand new to SparkPeople and also a brand new cyclist!! I am making some big and wonderful changes in my life. Losing 75 lbs, increasing my fitness levels, better nutrition in my life and meeting like-minded people and having fun are on my new life agenda! <BR> <BR> This group looks very supportive and active and I look forward to joining in!! I'm a bit overwhelmed but definitely not deterred from my goals. Please add me as a Sparkfriend if you wish. <BR>... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:50:00 EST A Huge Hello From Tennessee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42990650 Hi GGR! i am Sheila from Giles County, Tennessee. My SparkBuddy MsAnita invited me to the group, Thanks MsAnita! <BR> <BR> I am new to biking, i have about 350 miles in since the end of April. i am training for a century event in September to celebrate my 51st birthday. i am only planning on riding 50 miles for the event, but...we are allowed to change our minds as we go along on the route, so ya never know, i might go all the way! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know you al... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 18:31:38 EST Greetings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42971713 New to the team as of yesterday. <BR> <BR> I love to mountain bike and bought a road bike a couple of years ago, thinking I would travel over to Iowa to do "Ragbrai." It didn't happen, but I got tricked into agreeing to race the 24 mile bike portion of a team triathlon event happening on August 6 and am now panicking. :):) <BR> <BR> I am really struggling with how to train for this for these reasons: I am concurrently also training for a 5K (late August) a 5 mile (September) and a half-mar... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 18:00:11 EST Hi! :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42942565 I'm Becky. I've been pedaling since preschool ... about 40 years! Now I ride a fitness bike for exercise and use my vintage hybrid bike for errands and cruisin'. I have about 50 pounds to lose. <BR> <BR> I'm sorry, but I need to sort of unload. I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, and feel free to offer your insights and experiences. Permission to vent ... ? <BR> <BR> I've been trying to find a group to ride with (12ish mph). Rode with an intro group last night and it did NOT go well. ... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 08:50:01 EST Planning to Bike to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42909577 Hi there. So, my name is Shannon. When I turned forty last year, I shook things up a bit and made some changes while really working on living mindfully. When I turned forty-one this year, I decided to push it even further and dedicate myself to living life out loud. One of the goals I've set is to ride my bike to work at least once next school year (though I plan to do it many times). Anyway, I'm still shopping for a bike (while being a geek and working out on the stationary bike at the ... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 16:18:11 EST Marathon Advice/Help Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x42903807 On October 1st and 2nd, I will be participating in the 24 Hours of Booty bike marathon. I am not a cyclist. I can barely do 6 miles right now. That does not bother me too much, since we all have to start somewhere. But I'd love any advice anyone might have on how to at least try to get in better form for it. If it were a marathon of length, I'd simply try to bike further each day. But I can't realistically try to ride my bike for more time each day. I just simply don't have that much time. <... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 10:03:30 EST How to prevent Um... girly parts from hurting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x42885231 I have a bit of a problem... How to prevent the girly part ouchies after a ride.. My bum isnt too sore after a ride, I have a nice saddle. Do any of you have any practical advice on how to prevent or lessen the soreness? Am I wearing the wrong shorts? Wrong riding technique? <BR> <BR> grrr.... This is frustrating Sat, 9 Jul 2011 07:08:27 EST Hey Everybody!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42867964 My name is Renee and I am new to this wonderful world of cycling.. I have so many questions about riding and equipment and think that it is awesome that Spark has this group! I currently have a Trek 7300 multicross (I think it classifies as a hybrid) <BR> <BR> I am so excited to jump into message board postings and learn all that I can! <BR> <BR> ~Renee Fri, 8 Jul 2011 08:11:54 EST Back to biking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42862954 Hello gals! <BR> <BR> I'm Amy, biking on the east coast. I used to bike, then I switched to running. Wanting to get back into running I decided to get a bike and start biking - only to fall in love with it. I'm a single mom, and always have a 2 year old in tow. More and more I bike, the more and more questions I'll have. Never was a biking long distances until now - I used to only do 10 or less at a time. Thu, 7 Jul 2011 22:18:21 EST Biking Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42827265 I've been biking now for over a year. I have a three year old who I tow around behind my hybrid (baby blue Specialized--I bought it because of the color). I prefer not to bike with him mostly because he's around 50 extra pounds with the trailer I I like to zone when riding (also hard to do with him since he talks constantly) and it's extra work to set up the trailer but I keep hoping that one day he'll turn into a cyclist by watching Mom. Wed, 6 Jul 2011 07:24:53 EST Do you bike with a team? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x42823199 Who of you bike with teams? Do you enjoy it? How did you get started with one? I would love to find a team, but don't know quite how? Any ideas? Tue, 5 Jul 2011 22:44:16 EST Hello New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42801804 Hello everyone! My name is Jackie and I just joined the team and wanted to introduce myself. I have been riding a road bike for about 4 years now and love it when I am not running. I also have a single speed bike to cruise around town. Mon, 4 Jul 2011 20:19:42 EST Yes! A Team of Cycling Sisters! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42773304 I am excited about finding this team. I noticed it's mainly roadies, but I have a mt. bike. Her name is Big Brown and she's a 29er. I LOVE her, but would enjoy the speed of a road bike on some of my rides. Mainly I ride on limestone and some dirt, but twice per week I do hill repeats on concrete. THAT'S when I wish I had a road bike! This AM, DH and I rode 36 miles. Stop by my blog and see just how wimpy I can be. I so hope to make friends on this team, since none of the women I know in the "... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 01:11:54 EST Greetings from South Dakota http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42750964 Salutations from South Dakota! I live & ride in the Northern Black Hills. I mainly do trail & single track riding because that is what is most available, but really enjoy being a roadie when I have the opportunity. Just got back into riding in the past 2 years. <BR> <BR> So great to see women's spark team for cycling!! Fri, 1 Jul 2011 15:55:42 EST Saddle experience and opinions sought! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x42699820 I need to buy a woman's specific saddle. I keep putting in miles and adding time, and while it hasn't stopped me yet, the pain sets in about 20 miles out and plagues me till the end. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I am riding a man's road bike with the standard seat. <BR> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:17:25 EST Totally new, totally intimidated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42685933 Hey guys! <BR> <BR> So background. I am not a cycler. Before today I hadn't ridden a bicycle since like...2001 probably (not counting exercise bikes). My dad though, he was the cycler in the family. Every day from March until October he'd ride like a zillion miles, and every year he'd try to beat his mileage from the year before, peaking at over 8000 one year. He'd also get in a million accidents and break a million bones, but that's another story. <BR> <BR> So he died this month after bein... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:51:48 EST Hello =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42669420 Glad I found this team! Just a quick intro...my name's Becca, and I'm from Texas. I am a cycle-commuter (been doing it on and off for more than 3 years) and currently get in about 20 miles a day. Saving up for a cyclocross bike that I can use for commuting as well as a touring/LD bike over the weekends so I can finally ride a century! =) Mon, 27 Jun 2011 14:17:46 EST Did the Cycle Challenge Ride today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x42634932 This is in Salem, OR and I did the "short" ride of 35 miles. I did a great average speed, for me, of 12.2mph. This is my longest ride so far this year, so my bum is really feeling it. Wondering if I can find real bike shorts to help with this particular issues. Feeling great though! Sat, 25 Jun 2011 15:50:03 EST Self-Image while biking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x42576586 Anyone feel self conscious while riding? I'm definitely not a lean mean riding machine. I know I probably shouldn't worry, though I do. Anyone else have have this problem? What do you do to fight off similar feelings? Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:43:52 EST New roadie from Northern Utah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42576499 Hi all, my name is Casey Anne. I'm really excited about biking. In the past I have borrowed a bike ( I couldn't afford to buy one) and really enjoyed biking. I just bought a old road bike (but it is in really good condition). I have been biking for a few weeks every other day. I would like to change that to every day.....is that okay do you think? I know I probably should switch it up, but I don't have many options for cross training. I use to be a runner. I was training for a half marathon a... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:38:59 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42513921 HI everyone, I'm Heather. I love to ride my bike. I actually just bought a new bike and I have put more miles on that than my car. I have a ride-a-long seat on the back so my son can go with me. He loves it a lot as well. Sun, 19 Jun 2011 11:30:19 EST Road Bike or Hybrid Bike??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x42472621 I am in the market for a new bike, I currently have a mt bike but now I want a road bike or hybrid, not sure. went looking at some tonight the only thing is I like the fact that I can get a good performance out of a road bike I mean I do not plan on doing any racing.. or anything and yes I want to be able to ride so I am just wondering what kind of bike you ride and why did you choose that one. <BR> Thanks Thu, 16 Jun 2011 21:30:27 EST New girl from CT gone riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42387638 Hi team! <BR> I'm Michaele from CT. I'm an serious adult figure skater but has recently fell in love with biking all over again. Last fall I dusted off my bike, got a tune up and started riding bike paths and around my neighborhood but this year recently last month I did my first bike race with my parents for fun and now I have been making time fitting in some biking and trying to go the distance. I'm really into it now. Even went out and bought a new helmet , gloves and a outfit instead putt... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 20:21:57 EST New Rider Blogs about Cadence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x42309432 I follow Terry Bikes on Facebook, and they posted a new blog entry today about finding your cadence and other things that would have been really helpful to me when I was just starting out. What kind of tricks do you have to get your cadence up and consistent? Please share, I'm always working on this! <BR> Here's the link to the blog post, if you're interested. <BR> <link>community.terrybicycles.com/wordpres<BR>s/?p=759 </link> Wed, 8 Jun 2011 10:59:40 EST Speak up for your state... I'm taking a poll http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x42309315 I'm considering using my newly acquired nursing degree to relocate. I am realizing that I would like to have more activities available to me than I have in my area. So, I am asking you my Sparkfriends to tell me about cycling in your state. Is it bike friendly? Are there lots of events and good routes? What about other outdoor activities? I'm particularly interested in the western half of the US. So, please speak up, I'd love to hear what you have to share! Wed, 8 Jun 2011 10:54:32 EST Clipless pedals.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x42295628 So I'm new to road biking. I just bought a nice used bike....though it is older than I am it is in good shape. It came with clipless pedals. I was thinking about getting some clips and shoes but I don't know what to look for and if it will work with my pedals....any ideas? Tue, 7 Jun 2011 18:06:40 EST Hello from the Highlands of Scotland http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42242613 Hi <BR> I am Millie-Milou and I love cycling. <BR> <BR> I have come back to cycling after a 2 year lay off. I used to ride on the towpaths of the midland town we used to live in but the local kids threw stones at us and leaped out of bushes and they were generally horrible. The town was horrible so the locals were too. You didn't see many people using the bike paths as it was just too dangerous. <BR> <BR> In Feb this year we moved to the highlands of Scotland, dusted off our bikes and gave ... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 05:46:28 EST newbie to cycling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x42200079 Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm new to cycling - so new, in fact, that I don't have my first bike. I was set to begin training to run a 1/2 marathon when I injured my hip and was told there's a good chance my running days are over. Dr. recommends only cycling or swimming. <BR> <BR> I'm looking at bikes and hope to have one picked out and purchased on Saturday. I'm really excited to get started. Any suggestions for me? Thu, 2 Jun 2011 19:20:09 EST Hoping to Cycle More http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x41840876 Hi folks! I am a noobie here, but for my first sparkpeople exercise I went out and rode my bike for about 25 minutes. I live in South Louisiana and it gets HOT quickly during the summer. However, today was gorgeous and cool so off I went. I did about 3 miles around my neighborhood, but I don't know if that's good or bad or what? I use to have great legs; I was a dancer through college so they were not tiny, but very toned and muscular. I'd like those back! I also would like to build up my sta... Sun, 15 May 2011 18:33:06 EST Cycle Commuting - what's your kit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x41528112 I finally got the nerve to cycle to work yesterday... it felt fantastic! I have to tweak a few things... like figuring out a better route, and timing my commute better (I got there an hour early!), and optimizing my kit. <BR> <BR> My big decision right now is whether or not to install a bike rack. I carry a fair amount of stuff in my backpack, like a change of clothes, my lunch, and my purse. Add to that the things I should be carrying, like a spare tube, mini tool kit, air pump... and it... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 07:49:38 EST new clip-ins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x41507807 Just got my first pair of real cycling shoes and pedals to go with my new roadie. This is going to take a bit of getting used to! Thankfully I didn't fall flat on my face but there were a few times that I felt like I wasn't going to get my foot out of the binding and on the ground fast enough! Nearly tipped over when stopping. I assume this is going to get easier and feel more natural! <BR> p.s. the weather is finally nicer up here in Canada, got to ride in my shorts today although there is s... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 00:34:15 EST Riding for my childs health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x41476626 Hi I am a mother of two boys one 15 the other 10, we just got back from the doctor's office and found out he is borderline diabetic. I do not calim this. It has been one moth now sine we have been riding everyday. I started by wanting to get back in shape and trying to find something maybe next year to ride in. Wanting to show my children they can do this. My youngest son has learned to ride and always been over weight with the medicines he has been on from birth, but today listening to the D... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 14:02:23 EST Rainy Bike Rides http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x41436049 The weather reports are calling for rain pretty much everyday this week. Which I know will mean lots of flowers in May, and as pretty as they are, still means rainy bike rides all this week. <BR> <BR> Looks like I'll be girling up and digging my rain jacket from the dark recesses of the closet to make the bike rides a bit less chilly. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else ride in the rain? Because you have to? Or because you like it? <BR> <BR> I kind of like riding in the rain. As long as it isn't t... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 17:09:56 EST New to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x41376855 Hi, I'm Katie. I have 3 kids and I'm in Florida. I've grown up riding a bike. My dad would take us on long bike rides when I was a kid and I loved it. 2 years ago I had my 3rd daughter (today's actually her birthday.) A few months after she was born I bought a new bike and I rode about 10+ miles every night. I lost 30 lbs in under 3 months due to biking. Unfortunately it broke and I just recently got a new one. I've been back riding for about 2-3 weeks and I've finally gotten fit enou... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 08:39:00 EST It's freezing but I'm riding anyway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x41352675 Hey there from Winnipeg,Canada. I just got a brand new road bike that I have been so excited to get out and ride. Too bad it's only 5 degrees (Celsius,sorry not sure what that is in Fahrenheit) but I am out there anyway. My hands are still freezing even though I am wearing leather gloves, and I have to cover my ears with my bandanna! <BR> I am thinking about doing our local MS tour in the summer, to give myself a training goal. However I am still a bit nervous about it. Hope to find some insp... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 23:29:03 EST Tracking Fitness Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x41342600 I've been doing close to 50 mile rides lately now that the nicer weather is (almost) here. I always track my cardio so I know approximately how many calories I'm burning and what my fitness minutes are each week. This really helps motivate me. <BR> <BR> I'm just wondering why Sparkpeople only gives you points for a maximum of two hours a day. I may ride 14 hours in a week (avg 2 hrs/day) but in just 3-5 days so I earn only half my fitness points. <BR> <BR> No big deal, I've just been 'le... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:28:00 EST Feeling very accomplished and optimistic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x41113986 Well folks after a 5 year hiatus from fitness and especially ridiing, I'm beginning to feel like I'm back! Yesterday I did my old, familiar training ride for the first time in five years. All the spinning classes paid off. I climbed slow and steady, but I did it without stopping or dieing. That feels really good. All the tracking, planning, strategizing seems like nothing to be able to do something I really like and enjoy! Sat, 9 Apr 2011 12:43:31 EST Velodrome - Houston http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x41014526 So tonight I started an 8 week velodrome training program for women only. They are looking to get more women/girls into bike racing and are offering this track training program. They provide the bikes and the coach. It was very cool to learn about the different types of track racing and then do some drills. Getting used to a track bike - fixed gear with no free wheeling and no brakes - is a challenge, as is going up the 33 degree banking, but it is really quite fun once you get over the i... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 22:57:25 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x40972937 I'm new to the group. I've been riding since last year. I live in central IL and the scenery is beautiful while I'm riding. I'd love to ride in other places eventually too. :) Sun, 3 Apr 2011 08:00:51 EST Bike Trailer/ Stroller http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x40659872 I finally broke down and ordered one. It seats two kids and has a storage area in the back. I am so excited. I cannot wait to get it and take the grandkids for a spin. We are going to have so much fun. Sat, 19 Mar 2011 15:50:53 EST Yesterday's flat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17550x35854x40557434 Thought that the tire being a little flat was no big deal, after all, I hadn't ridden in a few months, probably a slow leak, won't kill me... 20 minutes later, my air has been slowly going so I turn around... by the time I get home I'm EXHAUSTED! It's hard to ride without good pressure! Now the bike is in the shop. Time for a tune up anyway! Mon, 14 Mar 2011 18:27:54 EST New to SP... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x40533741 Please visit my page and blog for details. The short story is that I bought a street bike last year, and want to start riding... need encouragement, but my goals is to ride 10 miles a week minimum by the end of summer... I'd love to do some longer races next Summer! Sun, 13 Mar 2011 17:43:26 EST Getting into riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x35854x40499178 Hello all. <BR> I'm getting into cycling as soon as I can get my hands on a bike, so I thought this team would be a good fit. Luckily I have a lot of friends who ride. I'm just looking forward to a workout I can do first thing in the morning before the kiddo gets up that will minimize the impact on my joints. <BR> <BR> And I'm in the Houston-area; lots of riding opportunities around here. <BR> So hello. <BR> Page Fri, 11 Mar 2011 19:49:16 EST Eating before a ride...need some advice. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x40479297 Hi everyone. I am the queen of excuses and like things to be just right and a certain way. So I keep thinking I'm going to get up first thing in the morning and go for a bike ride. But then I think...but I haven't eaten anything and I shouldn't ride on an empty stomach...this is about a 5 mile ride around 45 minutes to an hour. But see I like to eat in my pj's..then i drink my coffee and read my morning webpages and before you know it is time to get ready for work ...no bike ride. The ot... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 21:06:57 EST Love the new team image! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x40444486 Hey Skinny... thanks for updating the team pic. I love it! Wed, 9 Mar 2011 10:44:17 EST Got my new ride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x40402649 Wheee!!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4073751 </link> <BR> <BR> My (new to me) 2010 Cannondale Quick 3 is finally in my hot little hands, and I love it! (Although, the engine definitely needs some work...) Mon, 7 Mar 2011 16:36:07 EST Riding with traffic - boxes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x40389252 Have any of you seen these "bike boxes" before? They're starting to pop up at some intersections in downtown Toronto, and I'm curious as to how it's working out. The idea is for cyclists to be out in front of the cars at a red light, but I'm not sure how drivers are really going to react to cyclists crossing the intersection first. <BR> <BR> <link>www.toronto.ca/cycling/network/pdf/b<BR>ike_box_postcard.pdf </link> Mon, 7 Mar 2011 06:27:46 EST The Season is COMING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x35854x40378991 Well, it's already upon us for some... and just around the corner for others... I am officially restarting my commuting tomorrow morning (yes, it will be about 30 degrees) but I just can't wait any longer!!! Sun, 6 Mar 2011 17:31:37 EST