Thanks so much! I truly appreciate any feedback. I am in Germany right now for work and I am just in amazement how everyone rides bikes everywhere! I am itching to get home and gret on my bike. I need to teach my 3-yr old daughter how to ride too se we can begin together....lol. She is torn between a Barbie or Princess bike. Atleast she is at my skill level! I will keep you updated. Any I may ask some really elementary questions :)Oh yeah, I will be on a bike on Friday here in Germany. I am going on a 4hr bike tour of Munich. What better way to see the city!!!!
Some quick first tips for you Olivia. Make sure you have the basic emergency gear and know how to change your innertubes. Make sure you know how to properly inflate a road bike tire (my first 3 tube changes were within a couple days because of pinch flats). This is generally done by a pre-inflation of the tube...get it into the tire, inflate partially, deflate, and then reinflate to full pressure.
Start slow! It's a great sport that you don't want to get burned out on. Pick up a copy of a Bike There! map and explore the ins and outs of your area. Find where you can go for a challenge, different ways to get home of varying skill levels so that if you just went a little too far that day, you can still make it home.
Over in the Beaverton area is the Fanno Creek trail that is paved like the Springwater Trail in SE Portland. It stretches about 17 miles all the way to Tualatin. Murray, Scholls Ferry, and Hall Blvd offer some awesome hills in Beaverton too, with well-maintained bike lanes.
Take some rides to evaluate your skill level. If you don't have a cycling computer, time yourself and map your distance on google maps. Many road cyclists are fairly advanced, and don't like to hold back too much. See if you can't find someone on Craigslist or through your local bike shops that lives in your are and matches your skill level. I managed to find someone and all 3 of our rides so far have been very successful, giving each other support and competition (I constantly kick her butt on hills, both going up and down them).
And lastly, you will probably have "woman issues" at some point in time. Bike seats are not too friendly to us, and only women understand. Do NOT talk to a guy about cycling shorts recommendations if you can help it. They just don't know. If you can't get padded shorts immediately (I still don't own a pair myself...haven't lost enough weight to deserve them), try to lengthen rides gradually while focusing on smooth pedaling where the motion is from your hips, not your waist. The idea is to keep your but steady and only move your legs. If things start hurting, stand up for a moment and then reposition yourself.
Sorry for the novel. just want you to have success!
Hello ladies! I love reading about your goals. I recently was handed a road bike but have yet to put it to use. Honestly, I just haven't been on a bike in SO long so I am nervous about what to do. I live in the Hillsboro area but I am willing to stretch out to Portland to get back in the groove if either of you have any suggestions or want to meet up to " show me the ropes". I went to a sportings good store the other day and was drooling over some sweet riding gear but I just don't know where to start! My BF lives off Rocky Butte and my bike is hanging out there at the moment.
It took about 2 hours of ride time (we're both intermediate on speed), but we took a few long breaks to chitchat and discuss what we wanted to do (we've only met up twice so far). I left my house at 9 and got home around 2, but the last hill was murder for me. I live up in Happy Valley by Scouter's Mountain and Mt Scott, so I have some elevation every time I come home.
Keep in mind, Springwater Trail is closed as of yesterday for the section between 174th and Pleasant View Dr. The best way around is to take 174th to Powell, then Powell up to Powell Loop (the second right turn to this road...check a map if confused) and there is a path back to the left with huge piles of gravel all over. Go around the gravel and you'll connect with the trail again. The section will be closed until December, sadly.
I haven't signed up for the bridge pedal...been wanting to do it for years. Maybe I'll convince my boyfriend to do it with me this year. He's kinda slow on his bike though, so I have trouble staying back with him and both of us have a hard time having fun. He'll be getting a road bike soon though, so maybe it'll get better.
The woman I'm riding with is training for Cycle Oregon. We just did a 26 mile loop (it was about 30-31 for me because I live farther from where we met up). Did Springwater from 174th to Highway 26 East, then 257th to Division, Division to Troutdale Rd, Troutdale Rd to Stark, Stark to HCRGH, and back up to through north Troutdale and Gresham to get home. It was a fun ride...some long downhill sections combined with challenging inclines. I must say that I did far better than I thought I would, but the last hill up to my house in Happy Valley was murder. I wonder how many calories I burned?...
So Christina--are you doing the bridge pedal on August 10th? I'm not an avid cyclist, but I absolutely love riding my bike. I signed up to do the 14 mile six bridge ride. I hope I can handle it. I rode 13 miles the other day and did just fine, so we'll see.
Welcome and I am glad you have chosen the Sparks People way to be healthy. I love it here. I am fairly new to this way of life to. I am enjoying every moment here. I hope you find what your looking for here. Good luck and if you need anything let me know.
Baby steps is the way I am going to accomplish my goals.
Hello all! My name is Christina. I'm new to the whole spark thing, but weight loss is not new to me. Approximately 3 years ago (May 2005) I weighed 236 lbs, had a "wow, I should do something" moment, and then got started.
I had the incentive of working with horses as a volunteer and a job to encourage me to get around, and progressively I used my dad and Trimet less to take me there. My dad's old mountain bike was my best friend. By November I was at 210 lbs, and continued dropping to 195 by my birthday in late January. In February I began riding my bike to school, working my way up to 5 days a week, and by the end of my senior year I was down to 175. Throughout the summer I upped my game, pressing for harder and longer rides (22 mile roundtrip commutes mainly). My highest week was 90 miles, and that's when I started looking into getting a road bike.
I bought my first road bike in October of 2006, and even though she has been replaced recently, I have to say it was love. What sucks is that I either really need a partner in crime, or a destination I must reach in order to take cycling seriously. So for the last 2 years I've been pretty slack. I've watched my body go from my peak fitness at 164 in November of 2006, to progressively gaining weight throughout 2007 to be back up at 178. Actually, that isn't too bad. I had just moved out with my boyfriend and took on some pretty hellish overnight shifts from my work that was suddenly 2 miles away, not 7. So, for the most part, I've done well. Since I've kept my weight fairly stable over the last 6 months, I think it's time to jump on the bandwagon again, and in a much healthier way. I've begun drinking lots of water and eating more vegetables. Since I lost much of my cycling muscle, I'm walking on a regular basis with my dog while slowly integrating bike rides. I've had a bike related injury, and they take a long time to heal.
I've also got a new partner for cycling (thank you craigslist!) who matches my skill level and ambitions. We'll probably be cycling 2-4 times a week, and she's a real inspiration.
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