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1/11/18 1:38 P

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Thank you for the encouragement ! I ride mostly flat routes in the 10-12 mph range but I would like to get a little faster. I better start training up now. Oh, do they limit the number of riders allowed?

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1/11/18 8:51 A

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My parents are turning 65 this year. :-) You are not too old! My dad's a former racer and still pretty fast, but my mom rides at a pace that works for her, usually 10-12 mph (though she got a carbon fiber road bike at the end of the season last year, that might help her up her speed!)

One of the things I love about doing the HHH is that there are participants all over the age and ability scales. Last year I rode with a 12-year-old and a 75-year-old. Some folks average 10-15mph, some folks are up over 20mph. The main advantage of going faster is less time for the squishy bits in the saddle ;-)

HHH is almost entirely flat, as it's through corn country in NW Ohio, so the only thing that can wear you down is the wind, if it happens to be really windy. But even then, the route is a big rectangle, so at some point you have a tail wind!

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1/8/18 4:34 P

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Welcome Engineermom! Wow, I am going to be asking you a ton of questions. #1 at 68 am I too old to train for the Hancock Horizontal Hundred and where is Ohio (that a socal joke lol)

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1/8/18 2:20 P

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Hello!

I finally got around to cleaning up my Teams list, and realized I don't have any left after eliminating the ones that no longer apply (nope, not in my 20s any more, nope, my kids aren't preschoolers, nope, I'm not a SAHM any more, etc.), so I went looking for ones that fit who I am now, and found this one!

I've been bike riding since second grade. When I was in late elementary and early middle school, my dad (a former racer) started taking me on 3-day camping bike trips, and to his casual team's time trials. I was hooked, especially after he finally upgraded me from a kid's bike to my mom's old road bike, and I dropped almost 10 minutes off my 10-mile time in one week.

Fast forward through high school in a non-bike-friendly area, college, and I moved to St. Paul, MN, for my first job. One of the first things I did was buy my very own road bike (a used Trek, which I found out years later is original to 1984, blanking on the model number right now!), and get riding again. Met my husband, got married, had a kid - and didn't get back on a bike again for years, though I did keep said bike. We moved to Cincinnati, had another, kid, then ended up in Seattle in 2012, with no car.

At all.

We did plan it that way, but it also meant - more biking! The only way I could get my kids around was to either take the bus or toss them in the trailer and bike. Let me tell you, hauling 80lb of kid behind you in a bike trailer is great training. I did my first (almost) century ride in 2014 - Ride Around the Sound.

Hilly. So. Very. Hilly. Completing that ride ranked right up there with giving birth. 92 miles, and I was thankful to finish in 8.5 hours.

We moved again in 2013, and have been parked in Lake County, IL (Grayslake, specifically) for the last 3 years.

Ever since that first long ride, I've managed to do at least one century every year, plus a triathlon or two thrown in for variety (I also like to swim and run). I'm not a stereotypical cyclist - I'm 5'9", and my weight started at 265lb in 2012, and is now hovering around 215lb. Every pound lost is one less I have to haul up a hill!

My dad, who would be my main riding partner if he didn't live a couple hundred miles away outside of Cleveland, also isn't a stereotypical cyclist - he's 6'6", and usually around 250lb, so he's been a great resource for things like bike spokes that won't break under a cyclist who weighs over 200lb. He asked his main riding partner, who is one of those crazy people who thinks doing 24-hour rides is fun, if she tells people she rides with a geriatric diabetic asthmatic heart patient (he had bypass surgery a few years ago). She said no, she tells them she rides with a former racer. :-) We all three do the Hancock Horizontal Hundred in Ohio every year, and my mom joins us, but does the 30-mile version, as her arthritic knees can't handle the century. But she's there!

In the summer, I ride the 5 mile commute to work, but it's not safe in the winter - Chicago weather plus 45-mph speed limits on county roads with a 3-foot shoulder filled with snow. Add to that they don't plow the bike path that does exist on part of my route. So I spend the winters running outside, swimming inside, going to spin class, and getting a little stir-crazy.

Anyway, that's a little of my riding history, can't wait to get to know you folks!

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12/18/17 12:36 P

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welcome Kittie, I took up riding this summer and I really enjoy it--my bike trail is the Los Angeles River path near Long Beach, Ca

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12/16/17 11:30 P

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Hi Kittie,

Welcome to the team. The Delaware & Lehigh rail trail must be a great place to ride. Your Jamis Explorer 2 is a a perfect choice for the riding you want to do. The Explorer has been Jamis' best selling bike for a long time. Jamis has not changed the Explorer much over the years. The Explorer is a lot of bike for the money.

LED lights are indeed bright. I have two handlebar mounted headlights and a seat post mounted tail light. I have a less bright helmet light.

I am glad you like the group rides that you LBS (Local Bike Shop) sponsors. The people that participate in such rides are nice people.

Congratulations on you great weight loss. Cycling is a low-impact way to improve strength, cardio-vascular health, and burn some extra calories.

Welcome to the Team, Bruce

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12/16/17 6:21 A

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Hi team, I am a relatively new biker but have been sparking since 2012. (don't ask me why it took me so long to search for a cycling group on spark) I got serious in 12/2015 and lost 70 lbs with biking being my main form of exercise. I live near a beautiful section of the D & L rail trail and ride 2-3 times/week(avg 18 miles round trip) weather permitting. I bought a trainer for inclement weather and winter riding but have not used it yet. My bike is a 2015 Jamis explorer 2. I just bought the new LED lights that charge off your computer(wow is it bright) I mounted the tail light on the back of my helmet(higher is better right?) There are 3 really great bike shops near me and I have been on a few group rides with them. I have found most cyclist to be awesome, friendly, and eager to help a fellow cyclist out with repairs or knowledge. I have read through most of the intros and think this is a great like minded group and I am eager to see where we ride from here.
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9/28/17 12:35 P

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Nice to meet you. I've been wondering about the trainers that are mentioned on British cycling sites. Do you use it because of weather or no bike routes near by?

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9/28/17 7:57 A

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Hi

I am Clare and I am in London, England. I am absolutely crazy about cycling. I do most of my rides indoors on a smart trainer on Zwift, but also try to get out in real life and do the odd sportive

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9/18/17 10:57 A

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Hi, I started riding my bicycle a little at first and now it's like 30 miles a week. I love riding my bicycle--wish I hadn't left it alone for so many year. I would like to bike everywhere now and plan on learning how to make simple repairs so that I can go on overniters and camp along the California coast? Hope that's not too ambitious.

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7/12/17 11:50 P

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Hi I'm Jen. I have an old Trek 820 mountain bike that I changed out the tires to hybrid ones this last year. I love to ride my bike, it makes me happy. Last month I was part of the Great Cycle challenge and I rode for children's cancer research. I rode 246 miles. I am an RN, I am married, I have 3 children, 27, 19, 15. I am a prime example of "you can't outrun your fork." Because I am very active and still over weight. I am working on the overweight part and have lost 33 pounds so far. I am joining a few new teams. I am not new to Spark, but started over 76 days ago. Thank you all for letting me be part of your team.

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hi I'm Jen I bought a bike almost 2 months ago and have been riding weekly ever since.
I absolutely LOVE bike riding, its so relaxing and easy and enjoyable.
I ride about 4-5 miles every other day.


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Hi guys,

I'm Anne, 58 in central Texas. Been riding since I was a kid, but not seriously until recently.
The furthest I've ridden in one ride, so far is 40 miles. I'm planning on riding a Century next spring.
Currently working on building speed, and stamina.

Glad to find this group...looks like it's one of the more active on this site emoticon

My ride this morning: http://www.mapmyfitness.com/workout/177880
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9/5/16 2:21 P

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Hey Everybody!

I have loved my bike since I was 8 years old . I became a serious mileage freak in my 20s and 30s then got sidetracked by health issues. Got serious again about 3 years ago and I am still in love with two wheeled motion. Now I ride outside and Spin a few times each week. Glad to have found this group.

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7/30/16 7:34 P

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Hey guys! My name is Naomi and I am looking to increase my exercise with bike riding because its an activity I have always enjoyed. Hopefully I can work my way up to joining your team goal of 20 miles a month!

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Hi, I'm Alaina. I just got into road cycling about 2 weeks ago. My boyfriend has been a cyclist for most of his life. I was a hiker, but I had to have surgery on both feet (one in August and the other in November). On ride #6, we rode about 102 miles from his house to the beach. I have to say that I think I'm addicted!
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1/14/16 2:41 P

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Hi and welcome! If you are new to biking, I would look into getting a hybrid. It puts you in a comfortable riding position that isn't focused on racing. Wider tires than a road bike but not large knobby mountain tires. You can do some light trails and cruise around the park. Just avoid box store bikes. They are temptingly cheap and deceptively visually appealing at first but dealing with them can be very frustrating and I've had parts break that shouldn't break due to inferior metal alloys. Go to a local bike shop so they can help you pick a bike that literally fits you (because the same bike comes in many sizes) and that will be a great start to enjoying cycling rather than being frustrated by it. Don't be afraid of getting the "used car dealer" treatment by the bike shop folks. Just know your budget when you go in and ask all the questions you feel you need to.

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Hi, I'm John. I began the SparkPeople journey last April. I started out walking, then jogging and now I'm full-on running. I have a great park system about 5 minutes from my house and I see bikers all the time. I'd like to purchase a bike in the spring to increase my cardio repertoire but have no idea what direction to head. My fear is if I walk into a bike shop without any advance research I'll be taken for a ride (so to speak). Does anyone have any good articles or advice on bike purchases?

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9/23/15 2:29 P

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Hi April! Like you I was away from cycling for a years and returned last year. Hope your riding season's fun.

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9/1/15 7:03 P

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Welcome! emoticon

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Hello everyone, about 10 months ago a friend gave me an old bike, I hadn't ridden in years and years. From the moment I took off I realized I was home again. I have been having a love affair with bike riding ever since. I am happy to have found this group and look forward to getting to know you.

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Welcome SPIFF37! Will look forward to hearing of your biking adventures in the future. When you see that hill just remind yourself - must be a downhill somewhere ahead!

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Hi, everyone! I'm so glad I found this group! After many years, I had become quite tired of my walking routine and races as I seemed to reach the point where I saw no improvement. Being someone that loves a challenge/competition, even if just with myself, I needed a new low-impact activity I can do by myself outside (because that's my favorite). As others have said, I always loved riding bikes in my younger years and so it seemed natural to add bicycling into my exercise routine.

Decked out with a new hybrid bike, I am amazed at what great exercise biking has been. I bike on roads, gravel, dirt, and always lots of hills (I have no choice!) I'm excited, on the verge of obsessed, with biking now. I find it humorous that what is strenuous activity for me (especially on those stinking hills!) is considered a "leisurely," pace. All the better for someone who was looking for a new challenge!

I've joined to educate myself and meet other people who enjoy biking. So hi!

P.S. I'm also thrilled at how cool I stay while biking - I create my own breeze! Afterwards, the only (visual) evidence left that I sweat is the salt on my face! Love it!

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Biking is fun! Glad you're enjoying it. BTW, 40s are young. They were a great decade for me anyway, old enough to have learned a thing or two and young enough to have the energy for things I love to do. I hope your 40s are great too. Congratulations on the new hobby and the new bike. Here's to many happy miles!


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Hi everyone, I'm Donna - I (re) discovered cycling last year when a friend suggested trying it. I said you've got to be kidding me - I'm old and overweight and haven't ridden in years - but ok - let's rent bikes in Canmore Alberta and ride in the Rockies. So we did and I loved it. We rode 2 hours that first day and it got me hooked.

I hadn't realized I could even ride a bike in my shape. I thought if you had bad knees it would stop you from riding a bike but I was wrong.

We went out and bought me a road bike - a lovely Jamis which I love. It's light and tough and fits the bill for our roads here. After a short ride or two we headed out for a big cycle (for me) around Banff Alberta and I rode 36 km on the Heritage Trail there. Something I thought impossible when we started. I am now absolutely hooked and although sometimes my motivation is lacking I usually can't wait to get out on the road.

I have a goal to ride in the Tour de Victoria in August. I better get training so I can get out there!

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Hey howdy there.

I woke up last Thursday and decided I wanted to join a charity bike event in a year from now-ish. went to the bookstore Friday and found a cycling logbook in the bargain stacks. I think something was telling me something. hmm...

Anyway, I want to find a Saturday riding group eventually but will dedicate myself to getting healthier, building strength, stamina, speed, and fixing my bike so I can enjoy all the good things that come with. haven't ridden in forever and am rusty (and will have to use a stationary bike quite a bit...not preferred but my schedule makes biking difficult.)

Either way, will probably have oodles of questions to ask and will love hearing what comes around from you guys. be good.

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Thanks for the welcome. I am thinking about a new bike but I am not sure. Mine is a Schwinn made when the weren't doing the dept. store market and it's a fairly light very solid bike and the 6 speeds suit me.

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NEWLIBRARIAN welcome to the group. In ND and riding a cruiser - that's pretty neat. Glad that the weather is improving. We have a friend in ND and she was going to run a marathon back in the fall sometime. It wasn't really time for snow, but they had to cancel the event because of the snowfall.

By the way love the song in your signature!

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Good Morning,
I got a whim last night that maybe I should look for a cycling team. I am a pretty fair weather biker and I saw someone talking about their cruiser/ mom bike. I am still riding mine though it might be better than the average cruiser. I realized I have been using it 16 years which seems amazing to me.
I want to try and get more miles in this summer. I am in ND and it's just nice enough to ride some days right now. I made 15 miles last night and was pleased with that.
I can be a gym rat at times but if it's nice I would rather bike. I have troublesome knee so that makes the biking a good fit for me.

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Thanks for the welcome IronBess :)

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Thanks for the welcome, Bruce! I look forward to learning more about trainers, I think it will make a difference for me.

We hope to bike in Colorado in the future, I hear it has some really good place to cycle in.

The more I learn about cycling, the more I understand my husbands interest in having different types of bikes. I will have to look up your Surly Cross-Check.

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Hi Judie,

Welcome to this forum. I used to have a Specialized Allez, which was very fast. I sold the Allez. My "road" bike now a Surly Cross-Check. I live in the mountain of Colorado and the roads I ride are a mix of bad pavement and dirt. The Surly is a tough bike.

Too bad you banged yourself up. It is good to hear your wrist is healed now.

I have a Cascade FluidPro Power indoor trainer that is all computerized with a heart rate monitor and cadence sensor. I use this trainer a lot in the winter.

Just like buying a bike, you can spend whatever you want on an indoor trainer.

Thanks, Bruce

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emoticon Gigi!

I have a heart condition that reduces stamina so walking and hiking that I used to do are very limited. Like you I find cycling not so taxing and enjoy it. I've started using an exercise bike during the cold weather here. Good for you for biking to work!

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Hi Everyone - I'm Judie, my husband has always been an avid cyclist, I liked running. A couple years ago an injury made me stop running and I decided to give my husband's passion a try. I started with a touring bike (my kids called it my mom bike), it was perfect to give me confidence and get me going, but I found myself slowing everyone down on group outings. So last spring I got my first road bike, a Specialized. I love her! I am so much faster now and it's less effort to keep up. I was making great progress in my training last year, when I crashed the end of July. I injured my wrist and wasn't able to ride the rest of the season (I live in CT, too much snow and cold for me to ride in winter). My wrist is healed now, I am trying to keep in shape with spin classes and we are looking into indoor trainers. I look forward to learning from you all and getting to know everyone.

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Hi Gigi,

I am glad you found bike riding as a way to keep fit. Commuting to work is fantastic! What a nice way to get in some great exercise and help keep the air clean.

Welcome!

Bruce

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Lou Holtz

"The strongest have their moments of fatigue."
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"It ain't bragging if you can do it."
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Hi Team, I'm Gigi and brand new to your group.
I live in the Phoenix, AZ area. I bike commute 5 miles each way and try to get in more miles on my weekends.
I had an injury and couldn't do my usual walks and was lucky enough to find cycling.




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It's the same here ... I'm in the USA Pacific Northwest....and it rains a lot here ... especially in the Fall, Winter, Spring months haha.

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Thanks, at the moment all my training is taking place indoors on a turbo trainer. Hate the British weather lol

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Welcome to the team! I took a quick look at your Spark Page too and noticed you're from the UK? Alright! It's great to have people from all over the world here. Just jump in on any of the chatter you see ...

And again, welcome to the Cycling team!

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Hi, I am new to this site. So some back ground info. To date I have lost 40 kg through cycling. At the moment I am doing winter training covering 330km per week. Currently training for an endurance event next year. Hoping for some help and motivation.

Ade.

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You indicate that riding 11 miles is a lot longer than you're used so it seems likely the soreness is due to that, unless you've started exercising with weights or done something that uses arm and shoulder muscles like raking leaves this time of year. A bike that fits you has probably altered your position while riding too and muscles are being used differently. Are handlebar and seat height right for you? Rest a day or two or three then make gradual increases in your riding time. Have fun with your new wheels! I'd love to see a pic of you with the new bike sometime.
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Hello, I am rather new to biking. Have been doing some rails to trails riding at a paved path near our home. My family has been very involved in mountain biking and I have ventured out with them on a 26 inch mountain bike. This last week I have graduated to a wonderful fit for me 29 inch Women's specialized bike and my rolling speed has increased tremendously. I am enjoying the family time and this time of the year the changing leaves on the mountains are beautiful. Today I rode 11 miles, much longer than previously, and my forearms and shoulders are very sore. Is this normal or am I doing something wrong. Looking forward to hearing about all your adventures and staying motivated to work harder and get my weight coming off rather than climbing. Any suggestions for other activities that will strengthen my mountain biking and balance on my bike in tough terrain.

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Welcome to the Team. Great to have you here. Hang tough!!

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Giving a welcome shout too!

And ... gooooooo Pac NW!!!!

Rain On! ... errrr ... I mean, Ride On ...

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Hey Team,
Scotty V here. Getting back into cycling after about a 2 year break. I was commuting to work with a 22 mile round trip 3-4 times a week a couple of years ago. I got busy and started making excuses and quit riding. Somehow all of the weight re-appeared and my knees hurt again!

I ride a really old (20 years) Specialized mountain bike that I have outfitted with Armadillo Kevlar street slicks and enough lights and reflectors to keep me visible in the dark and rainy Pacific NW weather.

I am a Weight Watchers drop out. Thought I would give SP a try. Seems like all of the benefits with none of the cost. I gotta get back on the horse (or bike) and start living healthy again.

Glad to be here,
Scotty V

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Welcome to the Cycle Team Azulpapel.

And recreational riders are most certainly welcomed here.

Tip #1 on your upcoming ride - the MOST important thing you can do is ... have fun! Whether you ride for speed or ride for sightseeing or ride for commuting ... if you can have fun and pleasure, then that is what makes biking ... biking! :)

Tip #2 - Make sure you bike is in good condition prior to the ride ... carry and extra tube and repair kit.

Tip #3 - Hydrate. When you are riding be sure to drink water. Even if you are not thirsty, keep hydrated. (I think this one is true for everything in general ... biking, running, heck ... just being. Hydration = good.)

Tip #4 - Nothing new on race day. Ok ... so its not a race. Nevertheless, don't try a new saddle on your bike. Don't eat anything vastly different ... that kind of things.

Tip #5 - Errr ... I don't really have a tip #5 ... but I hate to end numbered lists with even #s. Heh

Again, welcome to the team.

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'ello all! I bike with a hybrid mountain bike on and off road, but recreationally (no racing or expert trails for me). I've got a 33 mile tour coming up in two weeks, and I've been training relatively well - short rides during the week, progressively longer rides on the weekend (worked up from 15 to 25 over the past four weeks). Looking forward to any tips the group has to offer. :)

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First off - WELCOME to the team. Or as Don would say ... the Cyclepaths haha.

I have a Gary Fisher Mtn Bike and it is awesome. (Though sadly I have gotten into road biking and my mtb bike has cobwebs on it.)

As to a tire gage ... I have not seen a presta one ... though a lot of floor pumps will have a gage on it. If you need, go to a local bike store (LBS) and ask for a presta to Schrader adapter. It should cost about 50 cents or so. You screw it on to the presta valve and can use Schrader valve gages and pumps.

By the way, good going on the lights. Safety first...that is priority #1. And cool new helmets are...well... cool. But I say get out on the road with what you've got if its in good shape ... and get that cool helmet when you get it :) (We want photos of it!)

Again, welcome to the team!

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The wheels on the bike go round & round...

Hi, I'm mao. I've had my Gary Fisher MTB for over 15 years. But I hadn't been on it for about 3 years till recently. I still can't really ride anywhere till I get an air gauge. (Most frugal sources for Presta valve compatible gauges...?)

I bought my bike at Montlake in Seattle. I learned that you find deals if you're willing to buy last year's color. I bought a Terry brand woman's seat, a rear flat rack and slicks. Right now the slicks, city wheels, are on her.

I used to ride a lot. But I never installed a portable pump, water bottle & cage, head & tail lamps, etc. I do have a great Trek helmet, but I lust after one of the newer, more compact boarding-style helmets.

So now I want to take her lots of places. I need inspiration. I've bought new head & tail lamps. I haven't installed those, just need 6 AAA batteries. They're not quick release & less compact than some, but not super quick to remove. Each one has 2 screws to Allen wrench off. Having lost a bike to theft, I think about how hard things are to steal.

I bought & installed a portable pump that looks & works like a mini floor pump. It has a foot piece and is supposed to take about double time to pump a tire. Oh, it's 160 psi. Powerful little bugger. Now I need an air gauge, and Harbor Freight's cheapies are only good for Schraders. I also bought a dry messenger bag, an extra tube & a repair kit. I have 2 inexpensive U-locks, heavy suckers but they were on clearance, lol.


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Hi hi Loriviola
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Welcome to the awesome Cycling Team. We can talk serious bike things .... we can talk goofy bike things ... we even talk NON bike things. Nevertheless, glad to have you on the team!

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Hi,
I'm new. Biked a lot as a kid. Loved it. Have done it a bit as an adult, still love it, just need to "get back in the saddle". I am going to go today! the first time all season.
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Howdy!

We all understand "back burners." I think I rode my bike three times while I was in law school. It was more of a decoration (I did hang it on the wall) than a form of transportation, exercise, and a friend. I missed it, but I was too busy studying, panicking, and drinking to cope with the stress.

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Welcome to the team Susan
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And hahaha on the big girl bike term. When I hear that I think of these little kids you see riding with their moms and dads with their training wheels just off! And they go a bazillion miles an hour. But I suspect you mean something lean, mean, and training wheel-less machine. What are you riding?

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Hi, I'm Susan
I just bought my first "big girl" bike this spring. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! However, once I changed jobs it somehow got put on the back burner. So it's time to get it out of the basement and back on the road again!!! I can't wait to cycle out some miles and cycle off some pounds.

"Just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD." ~~Acheron


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Welcome!

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Welcome to the team Ginny
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