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7/10/14 11:36 P

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Welcome Alisha and Jenni!

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

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.


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7/10/14 12:16 P

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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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6/23/14 11:48 A

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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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6/23/14 9:57 A

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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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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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6/17/14 11:23 P

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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!

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

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6/9/14 11:48 P

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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.

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

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.


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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.

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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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2/7/14 10:08 P

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Welcome!

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1/7/14 11:36 P

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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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12/30/13 8:10 P

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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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12/30/13 1:58 P

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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.

Amy

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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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10/29/13 1:40 A

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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!

Best,

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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.

Paul

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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.

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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!


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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.

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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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emoticon new members!

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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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emoticon new members! Looking forward to hearing about your rides!

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Hello everyone!

My name is Lis, and I LOVE road cycling:)
However, I live in a town that does not feel the same way. Hah!
My husband I are both bike enthusiasts, and we will be moving to a more biking friendly place very soon!
I'm excited to be a part of this team:)





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Howdy! Im in Pennsylvania, on the Philly side. My pal Ka_Jun sent me an invite to join up this cool crew. I got my first bike in like 23 years yesterday....just a Genisis Onyx from Wally World....but, I love him! a 29 inch cruiser....and, I has me a helmet to keep my bean from cracking any pavements.

I tried it out in tha store...no casualties or destroyed displays, so, I have that much goin on at least.

I know most all here are fer real hard core riders, so, I at least hope to give some comic relief, hahaha

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Hi all from northern Illinois. Just recently invested in my first Trek bike- looking forward to tons of trail riding!

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welcome to the team

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emoticon to the team!

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Hi There!

I live in Southern California, and love to ride casually around my neighborhood, like to take it on errands, put my basket on and shop. I also like to pack my bike in the car and take it to ride along the beach. I just really enjoy being out in the sunshine with the breeze in my hair. Plus, it makes me feel good and helps me be fit!
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welcome saabstory

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Yay Saabstory! Me too. I used to commute daily on my bike, then I found myself outside biking distance to work. Now, finally I am back in a decent distance to try it again, and hope to start when the weather is a bit more cooperative. Hopefully we can keep eachother on top of this!!

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Welcome, SAABSTORY!

You might find this of interest, in regards to your commuting research.

bikepgh.org/101/

If you have specific questions, I'm sure many of the members here would be more than happy to toss in their $.02.

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Hi, I am new to the spark team but I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge about road cycling mainly. And looking to share my experiences good and bad. Thanks for the invite to the team Ka_Jun.

I used to ride much more, but last year had trouble getting it together and stringing rides together like I had. One of my goals this year is to commute 2 days a week to work by bicycle. So I am also looking for tips on commuting and things like that.

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Good luck! Get in that saddle time!

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Hi! Not a new member of the team, but a "renewed" member.
Haven't really been on Spark since 2010. Jumping back in and can't wait.. The last year didn't see much riding on my part ( outside Spin class), so I can't wait to tune up and get peddling this year.

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Welcome! Nice, got the Specialized hook up! :) I use Plus 3 Network and endomondo. I'm not currently training for an epic, but for a "race" that's around 60 miles, but climbs 11-13 of the hardest hills in town.

If you made a thread for training 200 miles/month, I'm sure some of the folks on here would participate. emoticon

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Hi everyone,

I'm new to SP and this group. I was an avid trail runner, but have a hip injury from training for Mount Whitney so I am biking now for aerobic activity. I've been road cycling for about 6 months now. I can't believe I put off buying a bike for so long, had no idea I'd love it so much! I had debated for years whether to get a mountain or road bike. (I have an Electra Cruiser fat tire, but that's more of a fun, get around town thing.) My brother works for Specialized, so I finally decided on a Ruby Competitor.

This autumn I worked myself up to 60 mile long rides. The physical therapist had me stop all athletic activity for a period of time, talk about frustrating and depressing! But I'm back on a training plan now: speedwork/intervals 1x/week, hill repeats 1x/week, easy ride 1-2x/week, long ride 1x/week. I also usually strength train with a pro trainer 2x/week, and functional exercise with physical therapist 1x/week.

My goal is to complete the Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo this September. It's a 106 mile ride with 8,100ft elevation gain. The big challenge in this is the Hors Categorie (HC) climb... it's 12.7 miles, 4,209ft gain, 6.3% average grade. I drove up this mountain in a sports car to check it out... after thirty minutes of driving I had to rest my arms at the top. I saw 2 brave cyclists riding up and shouted cheers to them on the way. I need to lose about 40 pounds in order to complete this HC without risk of failure or worse (giving up).

Is there anyone else in the group that is training for an epic ride?
Would anyone be interested in setting a group challenge of something like 200 miles/month?
Anyone use Strava or Runkeeper to track their rides?

[ I know I'm not going to break any land speed records in this race, but that's not the point for me. I like to set large goals for myself, then work like crazy to achieve them. I don't like setting weight loss goals, they seem to have a negative effect on me. I've done this once before, when I set a goal of running a USMC Hard Corps race. I weighed 243 pounds, and told everyone and myself I was going to do it. I realized I needed to train in a disciplined manner, start eating healthy, and take some serious weight off. I complete that race, which was much more rewarding to me than losing the weight. ]

Glad to find you guys!

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Thanks, DATMAMA4, exactly what I'm looking for!

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Welcome, Graham! I'm new-ish to this team, and I've learned an awful lot from everyone here. I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

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Thanks to you both for the welcome!

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emoticon and good luck!

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GRAHAMDC. welcome to the team

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Hi everyone! My name is Graham, I will be 32 this week and today is my first day on SparkPeople. I have been cycling for about 18 months and was excited to see a cycling forum on here. I ride a Cannondale caad10 and my goal is to lose weight to get healthy, but also to get faster and climb better and ultimately try some racing for fun. I look forward to taking part in team challenges and hopefully supporting each other in reaching goals.

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hi suzyq, i don't have a towne, but it is a "comfort bike" which will allow you to ride in a more upright position and the crank is moved forward. here is a link to a review of the towne bike on utube by a 400lb man who really enjoys riding his towne.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P6SOe333j8

my advise is to test ride one and if it feel good then buy it.

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Hello everyone!!! I am trying to get myself back in to the swing of riding again I truly miss it! I also have a general question does anyone have an Electra Townie? I am going to check one out today at the bike shop and I just wanna get some feed back. Thanks a bunch!

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Welcome to both MM and Mona!

There are bikers of all shapes, sizes, and skills here. I'm sure you'll find it to be a great place for information and encouragement!

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Hi im Mona and I'm new to cycling. All I have right now is my husbands mountin bike, which will serve its purpose for now till I can get mine fixed or a road bike. I am just hoping to be able to ride the ? mile bike trail they put in lol

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Dave, Thanks for the welcome. I am really enjoying this team. A lot of great information that makes me eager for spring which never come early enough in Wisconsin.
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Welcome mm!

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Hi, I was really into road biking about 6 years ago. I enjoyed doing the various fun rides in my area. For the past few years I would take my bike down from the garage wall and take it for a short ride on a state trail a one or two time a year. In August I decided it was time to get in shape and ride again. After a few short rides, I was hooked and longed to be able to ride on a daily basis again.
Right now, I have my bike in a trainer ( I live in Wisconsin 15 inches of snow last weekend). I am riding the bike on the trainer for 30+ minutes 3x a week.
Next summer I plan on doing at least 2 bike vacations and ride my bike to work.
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Welcome, Chris, and welcome to you, also, Valerie!

I'm a new-ish biker, too, and am a little jealous of those of you who have bike parks/trails near you. I can find lots of places to ride, though, but there are always cars somewhere unless I take my trail bike in the woods.

I had an old Diamondback (like 30 years old!) that I rode to death until almost the end of this summer. When I got a new bike, I got a road bike and could NOT believe the difference in speed. Although I'm glad I cut my proverbial teeth on the more difficult bike, I certainly can appreciate riding without struggling so much.

It's getting too cold and soon will be too snowy where I live to bike much longer between now and April, but I'm going to still try and get out there when I can.

Glad to have you here!

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Howdy everyone,
I am a newbie to road biking. I have been cycling occasionally on a mountain bike but have just bought my first Road Bike this weekend. My husband has been biking for a while and has just persuaded me to do the same. I cycle at a local park which has a 20 mile bike loop, I was able to do it on my mountain bike but was getting frustrated with my speed and pace compared to the road bikers. I just completed my first 20 mile ride this morning on the new bike and loved it, definitely a difference in speed. I'm hoping to improve my speed but also to build my endurance to go for some longer rides. I have recently lost almost 50lbs so i'm looking to use cycling to reach my goal weight (i'm almost there) and also simply for general fitness and pleasure.
Happy cycling!!

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Hello team,
My name is Chris and I just got both a Schwinn Voyageur World 21 hybrid and a GT Zum commuter bike. I'm not able to ride to work due to the road situation in Dallas-Fort Worth, but I'm looking forward to riding 20 - 50 miles a week on the trail near my house and with organized rides in town.

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Welcome Kelly! I know you'll enjoy your new wheels!

Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. A. Einstein


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hello kelly, welcome to the team. it's great that you can use your bike to commute. i had a chance to do that at a couple of different places where we lived (spokane wa and enid ok) but that was a few years ago, i'm retired now so biking (or triking) is for fun and exercise.

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10/19/12 12:56 A

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Hi, I am Kelly and I am new here. Just bought a Cannondale Mt Bike for fitness. I have not ridden a bike since I was a kid. I am loving it!

I am going to use it to commute to work as well.

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10/9/12 11:23 A

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i have a sidewinder trike an simply love riding it. we have a lot of steep hills here so i equipped my trike with the factory option electric assist hub motor. i can ride the tike without using the motor (it freewheels) use it as an assist motor, or on the flat/monor hills as a motor trike without peddling. as you can see from my photo, the trike is equipped with a wallkydog leash (strut) to allowm our dog to accompany me on our rides.

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10/8/12 9:50 P

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Congrats on your winter commuting! Layers...

Pain is weakness leaving the body.

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I will not fail.


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10/8/12 4:40 P

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Hi all. Hubby and I have taken up riding to his work three days a week on our mountain bikes. We're hoping to be able to continue through the winter months. I understand it can be done with proper dressing. Our ride is almost 14 miles round trip, so I thought I should enjoy a cycling team in the process.

Yes, you can!


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10/5/12 3:40 P

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Hi from the northernmost part of western PA -- the tip of the chimney, so to speak. I'm new to this team, and fairly new to biking.

My hubby and I rode occasionally during the summer months, and he's been an avid trail raider for years, but I never really got serious about riding until this past summer. I started riding "for real" in April or May and have grown to like it more and more as the months have gone by. I'm not a racer, but am enjoying long rides for recreation and good cardio.

I bought a road bike to replace a 30-year-old bike (you can read about it on my SP blogs if you'd like) and am enjoying the change to a fully-functioning ride. ;) Now that the weather is starting to change, heading for much colder temps and the high quantities of snow we get, I'm trying to fit in as many rides as I can while the roads are still clear. I figure I have about another month or so.

I look forward to gaining knowledge from all of you experienced riders out there!

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9/19/12 5:08 P

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9/11/12 8:58 P

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Hi! I love to ride, but do not do as much as I would like. I have a road bike and a hybrid. A recent diagnosis of osteoporosis has converted much of my cycling and swimming (non-wt-bearing) into walking and running. However, cycling and swimming are my first loves! The adventures of other team members are very appealing and motivating. My schedule is limited. It's just so darn hard to fit everything in!
Thanks for having me on board~

Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. A. Einstein


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9/4/12 1:25 A

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Hi. I just bought a tadpole trike. I was a hardcore mountain biker in my youth but a serious injury killed my riding an my weight (along with the depression from not being able to do what I used to do).I decided it was time to take my life back. Just discovered tadpoles and I am so excited to be able to ride again. Any other bent riders here?

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8/21/12 8:24 A

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Veggie & Allie emoticon to the team. Happy Riding!

"It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides." George Sand
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8/19/12 10:31 P

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Hi Everyone,
I just bought my bike (Trek FX 7.4) about 6 weeks ago and I am hooked. I love my bike and go out for an adventure whenever my schedule allows.

Happy Trails!

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8/19/12 7:48 P

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Hi! My husband and I recently got new bikes - the first ones for either of us in about 15 years. The aim was to take our 8 year old on bike rides on vacation. While hubby is ho hum on biking, I am hooked. I have been riding almost every day this month on vacation and back here at home. Since my 8 year old is a little scary on the roads, I have begun looking into bike trails in our area (NJ) so we can enjoy the sport together safely.



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8/3/12 1:02 P

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Used to ride quite a bit back in middle and high school. I even kept it up while I was in the Army. Now I ride almost daily, luckily I can ride at work, and the techniques are coming back to me. Been on the MTB mostly but have picked up an old road bike so I can add some more mileage and have some fun exploring the roads around home.

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8/1/12 8:14 P

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Hi. I used to ride a lot, but a brain injury threw me off and I started packing on the pounds. I couldn't ride because of balance issues so I finally sold my Trek hybrid. I just bought a recumbent trike and I'm loving it. I'm 60 years old, have fibromyalgia, and I've been overdoing it on my bike. All I want to do is ride. Today I'm practicing abstinence from the bike and I HATE IT.


I can't recommend the recumbent trikes more for those who have trouble with a bike or who have never ridden before. I have a TerraTrike Rover 8 speed. It's almost impossible to tip over, you can literally let it walk itself up hills while you just sit and peddle, and, given my arthritic knees, the seat is about the same height as a folding chair. (Some trikes are only a few inches off the ground.) Another good thing about the higher trikes is that you can easily make eye contact with drivers. On big hills, you can even stop and rest or snap a photo. It's like riding a lawn chair. And no sore butt.

And, wherever I go, people stare and yell out, "Cool bike." As we speak, my partner is at the bike shop right now buying one for herself.

Oh, yeah. I live just outside of PDX, the best bike city in the US.



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7/28/12 4:28 P

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Hi everyone! I'm Emily, 23 years old, and just rediscovered cycling. My husband bought me a bicycle a few weeks ago, and since I'm pretty out of shape, it's tough for me to use. I would really like to get back into cycling regularly. I live in a very hilly area and the hills are the hardest part! I would eventually like to work my way up to 30 miles, which is approximately the distance to Bar le Duc (nearest big town) and back (13 miles each way plus in town riding). It would be awesome to bike there to do my shopping then come back!

I need all the support and motivation that I can get!


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7/24/12 10:49 P

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Hello! I am a 37 yo Bronxite who got into cycling through triathlon. I've been riding for 2 seasons now, and I'm planning some of my first distance rides (a 50-something ride at the North Fork Century on Long Island on Aug 26 and possibly the 75 mile route at the NYC Century on Sept 9) at the end of the summer. I was active with Spark a few years ago, but I've recently started to put some of the weight back on at an alarming rate (lost a job, instantly became more sedentary) and decided it was time to take control. Glad to be here!

Oh, P.S., the post below mine is MY LITTLE SISTER! I had no idea she was on SP, but there she is. Hi Amy! emoticon


8/25/12 Percy Sutton 5k
8/26/12 North Fork Century (50 mile option)
9/9/12 NYC Century (55 or 75 mile options)
9/22/12 5th Avenue Mile


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7/16/12 9:19 A

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Hi all! It is nice to be here!

My name is Amy. I am 26, live in Buffalo and run a fast food restaurant.

I used to ride around a lot on cheap little Wal-Mart bikes in the small town I grew up in, but it never translated into continuing through middle and high schools aside from when I didn't have a car and riding was faster than walking.

My very cycling oriented beau helped reignite my desire to ride, and a couple months ago I got a nice older steel road bike that I absolutely love. I bring the bike out to central NY whenever I visit my beau in Utica where he is starting up a community bike shop.


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