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4/10/08 5:35 P

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Thanks everyone.

Bob,
Thanks for the info. I had already contacted the BBC but I did not know about the Howard County Cyclists. I emailed HoCo but they did not reply. I went on BBC website and found the following program:

The BALTIMORE BICYCLING CLUB’S Instructional Ride Series (8-weeks). This series is offered to anyone over 16 years of age interested in learning the basic skills of cycling, including doing minor road repairs and improving as a rider. We want to help people new to our sport find a comfortable riding level and develop so they can at least ride on the BBC casual rides by the end of the series and to permit experienced riders who are new to club riding to meet and to learn about group riding. The ride series will cover both road and recreational trail riding. This year, we will include two NCR Trail rides. At the orientation, we will demonstrate cycling skills and techniques and discuss bicycles, equipment and clothing and answer any questions about the program. We will watch a short, informative video on cycling safety and bike handling. If you bring your bicycle to the orientation, we can check it out for you and show you how to do a pre-ride bike check. The indoor orientation will be held RAIN OR SHINE. Weather permitting, anyone who wants to do so can join us for a short ride following the orientation. You must have and wear a helmet in order to ride. PROGRAM IS FREE!!

Orientation starts this Sunday. I am sick today but I hope I am well enough to do my first 5k on Saturday and attend orientation this Sunday. I was told that of the riders that sign up, some can ride and some can't. I hope I will get the help I need. I can practice during the week on my own.

Lovey

2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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4/8/08 9:36 P

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4/8/08 1:19 P

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Lovey,

I'm also a Columbia resident. I have some suggestions that might help.

I would get in touch with the Baltimore Bike Club
(http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bbctalk/) and the Howard County Cyclists (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HoCoCyclist
s/).

I know that the BBC has a "new rider" program and there is subgroup of the HoCoCyclists who ride a more leisurely pace.

If you join the HoCo Yahoo group, you can download PDF's of maps of Columbia's path system. Riding those paths was a good way to get confident on the bike before hitting the road. Some of us in the HoCo group still do nighttime path rides during the winter.

As for a bike, I'd look at a hybrid. If you put skinnier tires (~28s) on it, it will be fine for the paths and for the road. Your first bike will mostly serve to help you decide what you want in your next bike; I'd buy used if I could.

Also, you mentioned Race Pace. Next to the one in the Normandy shopping center is Bella Bikes, a women's only bike shop.

Good luck,

Bob


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4/1/08 3:33 P

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Actually, I'm in Baltimore. Spark Mail me if you want, and we'll talk.

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4/1/08 11:58 A

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Thanks. I will take you up on it if we live close enough. It would give me a chance to try out the bike for when i do get one myself.
I am in Columbia, Md. About 20 miniutes south of Baltimore and 45 minutes north of Washington DC.

Lovey

2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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4/1/08 11:17 A

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i have a cross bike that I keep as a loaner/touring bike. I won't give it up, but always more than happy to let others use it to get hooked on the sport.

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3/31/08 8:00 P

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i would post something on a triathalon club site or local bike club site. i would use a cross or road bike for the race (and practice on it prior to the race) the road bike will feel pretty skinny and fast compared to your murray bike.
i think there are lots of people that have spare bikes in thier garage. i have several that for some reason have become emotionally attached to or keep as a spare bike or loaner.
i bought my previous bike used, and would sell it if i had a buyer, but am too busy/lazey to look for a buyer, so i keep it in my garage : ) and i dont think i am the only one that is in the situation.
once you are up and riding, post that you are looking for an entry level road bike for a good price along with you height and see if anyone responds.


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3/31/08 2:59 P

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Good luck on this one. I would recommend going to garage sales with a list of better names of bikes in your pocket. Of course bike to these on your new old bike to see if you can learn to negotiate the streets.

Please keep us informed on your adventure to triathalon.

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3/31/08 2:42 P

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Free is a good price. Makes it a good bike to learn on. But just remember that once you have a decent bike, it'll be so much nicer. I mention that because otherwise, if you hate riding this bike, you might give up without ever giving cycling a fair shot. And remember, you get what you pay for!

I love your philosophy of signing up for the event, and then figuring out what you need to do to succeed! Good luck.

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3/31/08 2:15 P

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Yeah, and one thing I've learned thru the fine folks here and thru my own experience, is you can never go wrong by being fit properly for a bike at your local bike shop (LBS). Sounds like you should find your budget range and tell your LBS guys just that, and hopefully they can help you fit within that (or maybe show you that a slight stretch above your budget would be wise because.....blah blah blah). A good LBS will ask lots of questions to help fit you...don't settle for some guy willing to sell you any ol' bike.

Oh yeah, and never under-estimate the power of good padded shorts!!

Good luck:)

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3/31/08 1:56 P

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Hi Lovey,
I don't know the bike specifically but Murray is a basic store brand similar to Huffy, probably didn't cost much more than $100 initially so I wouldn't put a lot into it. The positives about a bike like this is if you learn (re-learn) to ride on it you'll be amazed at how nice a decent bike is when you decide to get one. See if you can find a friend who does work on bikes to limit some of the fix-up costs and use the bike to get some practice but you'll want something better (i.e. lighter, better fit, smoother ride) when you do the tri.

 
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3/31/08 1:48 P

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Hi Everyone,
This is the year, I don't say i will lose weight but actually DO lose weight. My crazy idea to do this is cross-train for a Triathlon even though I barely swim, can't bike and never ran. I started my journey in mid february. Swimming and Running is what i have been working on with a few spinning classes here and there. Now is the time I need to add the biking.
I needed a bike for my mini-Triathlon in June and my Iron Girl Tri in August. I don't ride. I learned to ride almost fifteen years ago. It took me a week and then I never went on another bicycle again. I truly never road by myself. Embarrassing, isn't it? And I am DOING a TRI!!!
I really couldn't afford one. I have been looking online and Craig List for an affordable one. My husband has two mountain bikes but are too big for me. I went to the bike shop (Race PAce) to check out some hybrids and road bikes. Anyway,on Saturday there was a lady outside, planning on trading or donating her bikes for a new one. The newer of the two, according to her, was purchased about 4 or 5 years ago. She said she road it once, parked it in the garage, and never used it again. I offered to buy it but she GAVE it to me. My rationalization for accepting this inexpensive bike was monetary, that and the fact that I can learn to ride and train on it for a while. I figured it's a good bike for a beginner.

It is a Murray Sabre women's mountain bike. I can't find much info on it. Is anyone familiar with this bike? Should i use it or is it a death trap? I will have to spend about $100 to get it tuned up, inner tubes, etc. etc.

Lovey

2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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