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10/6/14 8:12 A

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

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9/26/14 12:50 P

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Giving a welcome shout too!

And ... gooooooo Pac NW!!!!

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

You may say I'm a dreamer...but I'm not the only one...
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9/25/14 11:08 P

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Welcome!

Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world. It really is that simple.



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9/25/14 5:12 P

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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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9/10/14 10:31 A

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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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9/8/14 10:06 P

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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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9/7/14 12:43 A

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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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9/3/14 11:10 P

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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!

You may say I'm a dreamer...but I'm not the only one...
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9/3/14 12:58 P

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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.
Looking forward to it! emoticon
Have a great day!
~lori

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8/10/14 11:57 P

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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.

Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world. It really is that simple.



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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?

You may say I'm a dreamer...but I'm not the only one...
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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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8/4/14 6:51 P

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Welcome!

Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world. It really is that simple.



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Welcome to the team Ginny
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Hi I'm new : ) Just moved and settling in but now my goal is to get my bike rack back on my vehicle and locate a good bike shop here in South NJ.
If anyone can suggest one it would be appreciated!!
Ginny
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Welcome Alisha and Jenni!

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Hello - I'm Alisha. I love cycling - road biking is my favorite, but I also do some mountain biking, and trail riding with my family. Over the past few years, my miles have dwindled due to some physical ailments, but I am on my way to recovery. I am hoping this team will give me the Spark to get back in the saddle, and start logging some miles emoticon

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Hi- I'm Jenni. I've been with sparkpeople awhile, but just got really into cycling last year. I live in West Texas. I like to do the long distance big rides and just ride around and smell the flowers. I always like new advice on my riding, so any is always welcome. :) Especially if you know something good to eat.

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Welcome! You live in a very pretty area. I lived in Newport News for several years in the early 1990's. H.L. Mencken once described Newport News as "the ugliest little city in America." For some reason, the city council never embraced that designation. emoticon Woo hoo! We're number one!


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Hi Everyone, I'm Rachel and I'm quite new to road cycling. Only have 150 miles on my bike. I live in Central VA, where the terrain is quite hilly. It has been an interesting journey and I have a long way to go. Looking forward to getting to know everyone!

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6/18/14 4:38 P

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riding just for fun when i was a kid are some of my best memories not to mention jumping my BMX off the two slightly larger steps and feeling very acomplished since back then that was not a girls thing to do i could care less it was fun! emoticon

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Welcome back, Jessica! Remember how when we were kids, we'd go ride our bikes just for fun? No heart rate monitors, no GPS, just riding around a parking lot for the pure joy of riding.

Not that my hyper-analytical brain is willing to forgo my HRM and GPS and everything else. emoticon

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Hi my Name is Jessica, i'm pretty new to cycling though i did a lot of it from when i was a kid to adolesant but gave it up due to lack of a bike and public transit but now got a new bike last year and so far am loving using it. emoticon

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Those are awesome bikes. I'm glad you found a bike that fits you. I'm impressed that you're living your life despite the back issues. Good on ya!

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I just got an Electra Townie. I have had it for a month and I love it! I rode 6.13 miles today and plan to ride three days a week.

I live in Alabama and have two grown sons and a husband. I am also a Grandma to three month old triplets

Less than a year ago I had a lumbar fusion and double cervical fusion. Despite all the surgery and hardware I walk five miles a day and decided to add biking to my routine a few times a week. I can't ride leaning over so the townie seemed like a good fit

My goal is to ride 20 miles a week or more. My ultimate goal would be to ride 25 miles or more at one time. My stamina is not the issue, my back and neck will be my challenge

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5/31/14 2:36 P

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If you're riding in a rural area, there's a good chance you're riding on chip-sealed roads. Any surface you ride on causes vibration, which is transmitted through the bike's frame to the handlebars, and to your hands. There's a good chance that's what's causing the numbness. That's one of the reason you usually see cyclists wearing gloves. It's a quick fix.

If you have a history of carpal-tunnel syndrome or getting a cold mouse hand when you're using a computer, you may want to try a pair of gloves with extra padding near the wrist. These usually create a protected area for the nerves your wrists, and reduce that numbness. But ANY cycling glove will help.

I move my hands around on the bars a lot. Leaving them in one place for too long wears out my forearms and hands.

I commute by bike 9-10 months out of the year, and every new season, it takes my body time to adjust. It's not my legs that need to adapt, it's my "contact patch." And if you have issues with your tailbone, you have a greater need to ease in. Trust me, no one around here is going to sneer at your 3.2 miles. We've all been there! If you're not already riding in padded bike shorts, try a pair. (No underwear. You may already know that, but a lot of people don't. I recently saw a man at a duathlon wearing underwear under his bike shorts.) Even really inexpensive ones will help.

I try to get out of the saddle every 10-15 minutes. (If I don't, the front 1/3 of my foot goes numb.) It's helped with general contact patch issues, too, because it gets the blood flowing again.

Enjoy your new passion.


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5/31/14 9:34 A

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Hello everyone. I am really new to cycling. I bought myself a bike as a mother's day gift from my hubby (we have two four-legged boys). I live in a very rural area with no real convenient access to a gym. I don't like walking on the rode for long distances because of the isolation. But I started riding last week and loved it. I have worked up to 3.2 miles, which is probably not much to a lot of you, but it's a start. Unfortunately, I am already sidelined for about a week. I quickly discovered that it takes your bum a while to get used to riding. About ten years ago, I was physically hit by a car and fell hard on my tailbone. I fell on it again last November while taking the dog to the kennel. Riding has inflamed it and it is quite painful to sit. So the doctor suggested laying off of the riding until the inflammation goes down.

In the meantime, can someone give me some advice. When I ride, I find that my hands and fingers get numb. How can I avoid this, or is this also a matter of getting used to riding?

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Welcome! I think it's great you found a bike you can ride - nothing better that being outside and getting around under your own power.

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hello Team
Im Hot4fitness ( Deanna) I am a nurse from Lincoln, Nebraska. I have had knee replacements in both knees and really have not been able to ride a bike due to complications and other health issues. I recently bought a new Terra Trike and am really enjoying getting around in it. Ita a cute lil thing. and it really gets attention because its so different, although now that I bought one I see them aroudn every where LOL. right now I am training for the half marathon but come spring I hope to get out alot more. Hope to get valuable information from the teama and maybe meet others on here who have Terra Trikes

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I have used toe clips and will NEVER use them again, I crashed hard while using them. They are difficult to get out of at best, I do however understand why he is saying he wants you to have something. Truthfully when I was using clipless ones I was more confident than using toe clips or baskets, I definitely could get out of them much faster. Here is the website for the pedals that I currently use: http://www.dmrbikes.com/products/pedals ~ I use the plain Vault because they have the widest platform. I have many big mountains here were I live and even road riding going downhill can be scary, these are great pedals. I hope it helps in your decision, at least you have another option to choose from.

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The guy at the store said I could switch out to normal style pedals but really wanted me to get some sort of toe basket thing put on them too. I didn't quite understand why (I live in France and am still just learning the language) but GETSTRINGRRR explained it in my blog comments yesterday.

The Raid is 5 days, 250 km total. About 10-15 km per day running and the rest biking with a total climb of 8000m. emoticon emoticon

For a confirmed flatlander this will be akin to he!l lol.

Here is the site link if you are interested. If it loads in French there is a language option in the top right, just click on the Union Jack flag.

www.raidecp.net/en/raid

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Hello FANGFACEKITTY,
WOW, quite the endeavor at the beginning of May! I am curious about each days miles (KM) and what are the elevation changes, because, well, its the Swiss Alps and I am a very curious person. One small piece of advice I can give you is about your pedals, I personally ride with flats even though I am a road rider only, the reason for that is I apparently have wider hips than the normal clipless (clip-ins) and I experienced pain. So I changed them, the ones that I have are DMRBIKES spiked pedals. My feet absolutely will not slip off, they are mountain bike pedals. I sport the bright green ones and LOVE them. I got them through my local bike shop. Good luck on your endurance race and welcome to the team!

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Hello! I have just joined the Team and am brand new to biking. I come from the Runners Tribe originally and am looking forward to obtaining dual citizenship in the Bikers Tribe
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I've ridden exactly twice now on the trails, which include hills...I am a flat lander by choice and history, so these hills were quite an adventure! I have an older Trek 800 I purchased from the local bike store a few years ago for my daughter. It had a few modifications, but I don't remember what they were exactly. In any case it is not sufficient for the trails at all so I've ordered a Btwin RockRider 8.1.

Not a beginner bike, but it was recommended by the others in the group I am riding with as a good value mid-level mountain bike. I plan to put "normal" pedals on it because I am not comfortable with the idea of using clips when I still have to learn riding basics.

And the reason I've taken up biking is that I was volunteered to join the company team in The Raid, a 5 day endurance race in the Swiss Alps (this year) at the beginning of May.

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Welcome!

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I found out three years ago that the thinner the saddle the more comfort you will have for longer rides. I personally sport the Terry Falcon it is woman specific and extremely comfortable for me. It is the saddle I used for my second century ride this last year. It is a very personal decision but I do believe that Terry has either a 30 day or 60 day return policy, you can use it for a while and figure out if you like it. Just remember that there is going to be only so much comfort when riding long distances. That was one of the 'aha' moments I had while trying to figure my comfort before my big ride last year. Which included whether I used clip-in pedals or flats, I chose flats,the kind that MTN bikers use because my "stance" on the bike, my feet, are wider than normal pedals whether they are clip-ins or not. I hope this helps a little bit. Take what works, leave the rest!

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Welcome Bobby! Glad to see you joined this team. I hope to get back on my bike very soon! Glad to have met you in the Running Team!!

I have a Giant TCR1 for road biking and an older Gary Fisher hardtail for MTB. I love both of those bikes and can't wait until I'm recovered from my surgery and the snow gets gone!! C'mon Spring!

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hi all,

just joined the team today and look forward to learning and hearing some good stories. i ride roads mostly a specialized tricross and just got a 29er, specialized rockhopper so i hope to do more trails soon. i rode about 1600 miles last year.

right now i am using the spin bike since we have snow but i am getting my runs in too, trying to get 6-10 miles per week running, i have been out of it about 3 yrs due to several injuries.

see ya all on the boards


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Thanks for the welcome.
I will definitely join in the mileage challenge- I use Endomondo, but will update my km on here as well.
I have a challenge to myself to ride 100km (62 miles) a week.. which wont be too hard if I commute to work 3 days per week and go for a mountain bike ride on the weekend.

Any other cycling goals for 2014?

I have motivated myself to do some crazy things, motivation is not my problem.. I need consistency- how boring!


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Hi Rainbowpaisley!

Welcome to the Cycling team! I did purchase a new seat and like yours it is slim and not cushy at all. I purchased it online through my local bike shop and when I picked it up I thought I had made a mistake and bought a race saddle or something because it was so tiny. However, it is GREAT! It's a Terry saddle and it is made for women.

I look forward to seeing you in the team mileage challenge! Look for the link on the first of the month!

Best.

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Hi

I'm new to Spark and want to increase my riding (both road and mtb) so thought this was a good team to join.
I agree with the saddle advice below.. and can add that having a women's saddle made a big difference for me. It's not a big cushy one, quite slim and firm, but the shape is perfect and after a couple of rides I don't get sore at all. Mine is a Fizik, but any decent one will do.

I have motivated myself to do some crazy things, motivation is not my problem.. I need consistency- how boring!


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Hi Amy ... firstly, welcome ... I'm sort of new to this team too ... there are a lot of interesting topics here ... and ... regarding the seat thing...

I see from another post you did that you have a mountain bike - and I'm not sure what kind of seat you have ... but I have found that if you ride for fun or minimal, most seats work.

But ... when you start to get into longer distance riding ... like you are starting to, then your seat does start to come into play regarding comfort.

And what I found was totally counter-intuitive? That the large 'comfy' saddles are generally NOT what you want when doing longer distance riding. A lot is personal preference ... but in also, its how your seat bones are built that may guide you to a saddle.

I would recommend going in to one of your local bike shops and talking to them about it. Some shops will have a low-tech seat gizmo you can sit on that will imprint your seat bone pattern. From that they can do some measurements and make a recommendation on a saddle.

Anyway...again, welcome :)



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Hi,

I bought a bike about 2 months ago and I loooooooove it! I take Flash for a 20-25 mile ride on the weekend and commute to work on Fridays. I love it, except I need a new seat. My tush is not happy with the seat my $400 bike came with. I was told Terry makes great saddles for women.

Looking forward to meeting all of you!

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I'm not new to Sparkpeople, but new to this team. I'm starting to build a little mileage and look forward to joining in on team goals.

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So I've been debating back and forth about introducing myself... may as well.

I'm a cyclist. It really is that much a part of my identity at this point. I get around by bicycle, I hassle people who still use cars, and I feel slightly ashamed for only owning one bike. On the other hand, that one bike has been through every kind of weather imaginable and in three years has accumulated something on the order of 10,000 miles.

I'm here on SparkPeople to shed the weight that I've been working on losing this year. I have not shifted nearly as much on the scale because of muscle gain, so yay for that? I do like being able to map and track my routes here. I only started doing that somewhere around the 15th last month and still clocked in about 400 miles.

I'm rambling. So, yeah... hello.

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Hi all. I'm not new to Spark ... but have been away a while..and now just back. I'm also starting to bike a bit more ... and really just got into road bikes ...

Thought I'd poke around here a bit.

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Hi, everyone,

I'm working to lose weight through cycling and weight training. I'm also working to get stronger on the bike.

Looking forward to being on this team with you!

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Hi, I'm Patty and am new to this team. A friend actually gave me a basic, no gear adult trike and I road it a few weeks ago, it felt awesome to ride again as it's been like 30 years. I am now getting ready to buy my own bike, a Crosstown 2.1 I believe. I really want to get into riding, it feels great, helps towards my fitness goals and opens up a whole new adventure for me. I live in Ohio and plan to explore all the avenues open for bike riding. I hope to start with a Spark Challenge.

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Welcome!

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Hi team! I'm Linda. I just got back in the saddle after a couple years. My daughter is leaving for college in 1-1/2 weeks and I finally have time to have some fun again :) I try to ride 15-25 in a clip, but really want to make this a bigger part of my life and build some mileage into my rides. Would love to do the Allegheny Pass at some point, or the trek from Cleveland to Cincinnati since I'm in Ohio. Looking forward to sharing some stories and supporting each other!

Just keep MOVING!!! Linda in Cleveland, OH
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Hello My name is Deanna ( hot4fitness) I am new to the team but not new to Sparkpeople. Been on this site for about 4 years. I have had both knees replaced at a young age and had complications to the point I was unable to ride a bike. I recently came across a Terra Trike, a recumbent, backwards trike. And just bought one and so far am loving it. I certainly hope to meet some Terra Trike owners and riders on this team. Dont even know what is new to the biking world these days, but I hope to get lots of tips and advice from others here. I live in Lincoln Nebraska and work as a nurse.

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Hello everyone,
new to this forum. I have been riding again since Oct 2011, and love cycling. If any of you folks are in the Connecticut area, and would like to meet up for a ride, let me know.
Just went over 700 miles on my bike today since I started, and it was a great 25 mile ride.

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Welcome new members!

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Hey everyone my name is Anita, I just joined the group I am looking forward to getting to know everyone..
I am very much into cycling I use cycle years ago when I was younger and let it get away from me, but these past 3 years I have really got my mojo back with it, this year I purchased a really nice entry level road bike and I love it.. completed the tour de cure yesterday 63 miles.. it was amazing..

Thank you for letting me be part of the team.

Ride on


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Welcome, new members! :)

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Hello everyone!
A little about me - I'm a scuba diver, hobbyist guitar builder, and since the arthritis in my knees now prevents me from running, I'm riding road bikes. Wish I had started this a long time ago because it's a lot more fun than running. So far my longest ride is 26 miles but I'm planning a group ride for some of my dive buddies who also ride that will be 42 miles long.
Looking forward to getting to know some of you!


Cheer's!

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I am not familiar with these message boards but I am excited about joining this team. I would like to get into shape enough to do a century ride. Maybe this fall??? I have a long way to go.

BJ

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Hello! Excited to join the team and reach the 20 mile challenge so far i've done 3 yesterday, which was my first time in a long time riding my new bike. Today I hope to do some more emoticon

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Hello Team! I have many, many miles under my belt, but it has been a number of years since I have been on the bike. I have moved to a new town and really want to get back on the bike. I am looking forward to reaching the team goal of 20 miles/month!!

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Hello the Team,
Joining from western Montana. My husband and I are both cyclists, and he is my best riding buddy too. My hubby is always in better condition than me so faster riding the uphills, especially with the extra weight I've gained in the last few years.

Happy to say SP has helped a lot in that area--YAY--so I'm keeping up better. emoticon

This spring and after 20 years of mtn. biking, I bought a new carbon-fiber road bike so I can ride out front and let hubby draft off of ME for a change. This was one of my SP goals and...it has worked! As much as I love riding the dirt, the new bike is fab-u-lous and verrrry aerodynamic.

Looking forward to hearing about the adventures of the team.

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Hi everyone. I used my taxes this year and purchased my first "not pieced together" bike. It is a mountain bike but I will be using it mostly on roads since I am afraid of falling because of soft dirt. I have not ridden since childhood but I have really been enjoying it and am working to get in to better health so that I may ride across America. emoticon

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Hallo everybody! I am an enthusiastic 26yo cyclist who only commutes and rarely does a fun ride (I'm ruthlessly utilitarian with my bike rides!) I had a horrible accident 2 years ago but I recovered quickly from the physical trauma and am only now making it past the emotional garbage (yuck). My reflexes are terrible so I'm not a jumpy, daring cyclist like the spandexy guys you see on the road. However, I am dedicated and MacGuyver-y enough to get things done and count myself as a REAL cyclist!

I have a Schwinn World Tour (I think, I plastered it with stickers and forgot) road bike and live in the city of Chicago which is slowly but surely making its way toward bicycle safety and better roads!

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I hope to soon own the bike of my dreams: the Biria Easy Boarding 7-speed with a 40 cc frame.

I used to love to ride. Haven't in years. I am now 66 years old, and have an artificial hip.

Is that going to stop me?? NO! I shall just go slowly and be very careful.

I would like to find out how you folks count calories while biking.

I use a FITBIT to track steps every day, but the device doesn't work for biking.

Would love any insights on how to do the calorie counting on a bike.

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Hello all! I used to bike a lot while in college (mostly to and from class) until my bike was stolen. My dad bought me a cheap bike afterwards, which I only rode a few times because it sucked. Fast forward to yesterday and I bought a used Specialized crossroad hybrid that I'm so looking forward to riding! I was able to ride it a little yesterday but now I'm really looking forward to the weekend when I'll really have some time to get out there and get a good ride in.

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