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5/15/11 3:08 P

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Hi,
I love to ride my bike from spring through fall, but not in the cold winter! I have a cruiser bike with a wicker basket that I throw my purse in and cycle downtown on a wonderful trail to get a healthy salad or frozen yogurt with fruit. This is one of my favorite things to do on a sunny day. I also have a Trek bike that I like to cycle to the grocery store. I equipped this bike with a front basket for my purse and side paniers for my grocery bags. I get a great sense of accomplishment when I take my bike to the grocery store or gym instead of the car. I really feel good on days when I bike to the grocery store with my recyclable bags. I would like to ride my bike more often!

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2/15/11 11:36 A

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Jen,

The ice and snow here in Indiana are finally melting. I expect the last of the dirty snow and ice to melt by the end of the week. I can't wait to get back on the road! The gym is BORING!

It is really discouraging to have to constantly deal with bike repairs. We were having that problem with one of my daughters' bikes. It needed a tune up way too often and just seemed to always have problems. Naturally, she did not enjoy rides nearly as much as the rest of us did. Now, unfortunately, she does not like biking. She says she prefers to walk.

This winter I found a Jamis Commuter II on Craigslist and hopefully we will have many fewer problems.Unfortunately, the road tires on the Commuter do not work on the snow and ice we have been having. I am hoping that with the thaw, she will try out the Commuter and find that biking isn't so bad after all.

Another of my girls has a Jamis Cross Country and it works like a champ. I found the Cross Country at a flea market. It is a real work horse and she loves it.

You mentioned the affordability of bikes.

The key to getting a good deal on a bike is to be patient. A good deal will usually come along eventually, particularly if you can find someone who did not buy the bike new. This middle man often does not know bike models and will not know that he is selling the bike at a deep discount. I got the Cross Country for $60 from a guy who probably hadn't been on a bike in 30 years. I got the Commuter from a guy who had won it on a radio show. Neither seller seemed to care that he was discounting the bike by hundreds of dollars.

Another bike purchasing tip is to go to a reputable bike store and ask them to measure you in order to figure out what size bike you need. This will allow you to shop the used bikes with an eye to finding the right fit. You can also try out different handle bar configurations to see which one is more comfortable.Once you find a bike that fits, the turning problem should disappear. Later, when you need bike accessories, you can patronize the store that helped steer you in the right direction.

I love to read also. I take a book along for my meal breaks when I go on long rides. But I keep the breaks short. It helps to prevent cramping.

Good luck with your rides,. Gradmom

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1/28/11 11:44 A

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emoticon I used to bike a lot as a child. I had few resources other than my Mom's standard, steel bicycle that she rode while she was in college.

School gave me plenty of sitting and reading time, though I did read books about being with horses, and some science fiction, and occasionally the encyclopedia or dictionary, and some in the Bible.

I love being out-of-doors. Of course, the weather does influence me. I haven't done much riding; the last two bicycles I got have needed repair after repair. Now I have one that still needs some adjusting, but I think i can do that.

I like long bikes with about 10 gears, but the ones I can afford are short. I tend to dump myself as I make turns, on short bikes. I suppose I will get used to them, but I hate it when the front wheel bumps the toe of my boot!

And I like standing up and "pumping" the bike up a hill.

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LBBYLB49 Posts: 7
1/23/11 2:21 P

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Hi. I'm Tracy. I love to ride my bike! Right now, I am limited to the stationary bikes at the gym, since there is 6 inches of snow on the ground with more coming this week. And subzero temps as well. Spring will be here soon, really.

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GRADMOM Posts: 18
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Indiana Riders? Hello, I'm Mary Frances. I bought my first "grown up" bike about five years ago, a Raleigh Hybrid. Since then I have coveted a Surly Long Haul trucker and planned to ride the eastern third of the Northern Tier route, starting in my home state of Indiana. However, two weeks of snow days (which have lead to two extra weeks of school) and a prior obligation for the entire month of July has led to the cancellation of that trip. And truth to tell, I am not in the shape I need to be for a cross country ride and camping. And I am too short for any of the Surly touring bikes. I am now coveting a Jamis Coda commuter bike.

I am re-joining Spark People and pledging loyalty to both the gym and my Raleigh until I am ready. And next year, Northern Tier, here I come! I am 51 and I need to lose 54 lbs. My husband and I have nine kids (yes,they are all ours-we've been married 30 years) but only four are still at home. We are a big biking family. Fortunately we live in a small town where bikes can easily be used for transportation.

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2/13/10 8:33 P

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Kind of new to Sparkpeople and new to this forum. I was excited to find a forum that has an emphasis on riding. I appreciate the sharing and support I have seen on this website. I am looking forward to this team forum.

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2/13/10 8:23 P

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Congrats on the bike purchase. My wife and I each have comfort bikes....mine is a Giant. My advice....find a bike shop that is friendly and nice to work with. It is not just a one time encounter. It can be a really helpful relationship over the long haul. You will need to get your bike tuned up annually anyway.
If you have a girls bike and want to transport it there is a device called a bike beam that snaps on and allows you to temporarily turn it in to a boys bike for transport.

I have a regular mountain bike and a comfort style bike and really really like my comfort bike. I am 60 have lots of arthritis and can ride a long time on the comfort bike.
Good luck

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4/27/09 11:36 P

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Hi,I'm in my 7th week on Spark People. I'm LOVING Spark People, my Spark buddies, and the positive changes and success I'm having.

So this weekend, found my girlfriend and I shopping for bikes. I did not learn to ride (and I use that term lightly) a bike until a few years ago. Each time I'm on a bike I worry if I can stay upright. So test riding is really scary for me. My girlfriend is a champ, so I made her test ride the bikes. We want comfort bikes that can be riden on dirt. One: we are old ladies and we live on a dirt road, off a dirt road.I figure if we have to transport the bikes to ride we will ride less than if all we have to do is take them out of the garage. I'm not comfortable riding in traffic and the nearest bike paths are 30 miles away.

I have not been on a bike in over 10 years since we moved to Arizona. But I'm pretty excited about the idea of riding again. And the look of pure joy on my girlfriend's face. I'd sell a kidney to give her that.

The bike shop nearest us will have Trek bikes for us to test this coming week. Another shop had Specialized Globe Carmels, but the shop was not friendly.

So I'm looking for advice and a team here on Spark. Also does anyone else transport a bike with a women's step through frame and if so, how?

This is the last time I'm losing this weight.


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2/21/09 10:48 A

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Welcom to all of the new people!!



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Hi everyone,

I'm Lisa. I'm new to Spark, and kinda new to biking. I've been commuting to work (7 miles - one way) on my bike for nearly 8 months now. I love it!!!! I absolutely hate it when I can't ride for some reason...lol.

So, I say commuting TO work, cuz there is a BIG hill on the way home that kicks my booty, so I've been riding the bus home and riding only 2.5 miles from the bus stop to home. My goal is to push myself to ride home, at least once a week, and work up to more. I must say, I love riding my bike, but hills aren't my favorite...lol! emoticon

Anyways, I look forward to getting to know everyone here. Good luck to all with your goals, and keep on biking! emoticon

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7/13/08 9:42 A

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Hi LDCECIL,
I am new to SP too. I am just figuring how to get around and what the site has to offer. I am glad to find people that like to ride their bikes for enjoyment and not to "win every race". I tried a couple of other sites and even join a riding club, but I felt really out of place. I do want to speed up a little just so I can go farther in a shorter amount of time, but I am happy getting to work in 35 minutes (it is 6 miles each way).


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Hi Newandrea,
I know what you mean about getting out of the house being the toughest. My summer seems to have been filled with too much family drama. I have recommitted myself to getting back to my goals and the other stuff will just have to take care of itself. Today is the day to get started. I plan to ride my bike to a friend's house this evening and swim in their pool for a while, then bike back home. It is only 6 miles round trip, but has a killer hill on the way. Wish me luck.

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7/12/08 11:31 P

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Hello, all! I'm a slooow rider! I am trying to work my way up to long distances, but it's been (ummm...excuse the pun) slow going this year. Lots of family drama and health stuff has gotten in the way. But I'm hoping to find some motivation and give some too. I WANT to be riding. It just sometimes seems to take a lot of energy to get out there and do it. Does that make sense? The hardest part is getting the bike out the door!

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7/9/08 9:01 A

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Hello, LDCecil and SimplyNano! Welcome aboard. Great to see you here. I know you're going to love riding your bikes.

Love the idea of riding the perimeter of the US, Nancy! I'll have to find that book.

Thanks, Betty

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7/9/08 8:35 A

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Thanks, I will check that one out. I can't imagine doing something like that but I bet it was a blast. Just think of all the people he met.

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Hi, All! I am new here, too. I am Nancy, live in Colorado, single mom to two (22 and 10). I like to ride my bike but don't go fast or far. I have ridden my bike to work several times this summer and that is 16 miles round trip!

I would like to ride more than drive but that will take some effort.

If you are interested in an inspiring read, check out "One Mile at a Time" by Dwight Smith. He was 64 years old when he rode his bike around the perimeter of the US, over 13,000 miles!

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7/7/08 6:56 P

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Hi I am new to this team and so glad to find it - I found another biking team but I feel so lame, I ride with my daughter in the country and we cruise around at about 8 - 10 mph, and ride about 8 - 10 miles and think we have really done something. Then I get on the team page and they are all riding 30, 40, 80 mile a day. So I am glad to find a team more my speed!

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BB- you are so right! A friend and I bike together on our lunch (30 minutes) and some days we really crank it up and can get 6-8 miles in, and some days we take it easy with only 4 or 5. But time flies, and it's wonderful for us both!!

Biking buddies are worth finding for sure!

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Way to go, Viv! I see your pounds are dropping and that lady bug is flying home, so you must be doing something right!

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I will give it a try. luv,viv

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Sounds wonderful, Kumar! I envy you. Keep biking!

Hi, Viv! I think a biking buddy would help. Can you convince someone to bike with you? You'd be amazed how the miles fall away when you are riding with a friend.

Betty

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Hi I need to get out and pedal. .Any motivation for me?

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7/4/08 8:21 P

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I took out the bike today in the neighbourhood and rode it for about 30 mins.

It was nice, sunny with a cool breeze.

It was really enjoyable.



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Hello, Kumar! Welcome to Slow Riders. Hope you are out riding that new bike today.

Best,

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7/3/08 1:52 P

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Hi,

I am Kumar. I bought a bike 10 days ago. I rode it twice and plan to ride it more often and for longer distances.

Last week, we went to the top of Mt. Diablo, here in California. You see so many people biking to the top. I met one of the guys and he said it took him 1.5 hours.

Maybe, some time next year, I could do that.

Hi to all of oyu.

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Hi, Paul! So happy to see you here!

I'm so glad you are out riding those bikes. And they sound like great bikes. But you are right, you really have to watch the traffic. They don't always seem to see the bikes. I think motorcyclists have the same problem.

Keep on cycling!

Betty

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7/2/08 11:49 A

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Hello! My name is Paul. We recently dug out our old broken/neglected bikes and traded on new ones. Now have matching Raleigh Venture 7-speed comfort bikes. Love to ride them around town instead of burning that gasoline. We live in a small town in Illinois and it is nice to ride around neighborhoods and look at everything. Have to watch out for traffic a lot as they do not always consider bicycles to be part of traffic. I forgot how fun it is to ride around!

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Hi, Viv,

What fun to have a hill challenge! I used to live in West Texas (a long time ago) and we didn't have hills, but we had wind. If you were smart you made the ride out into the wind so the ride back would be easy! But hills, I don't know. You may have to walk it for a while.

We got recumbents because my hands were going numb on long rides, but they definitely take some getting used to. It is great fun, but I don't feel as confident on one yet as I did on my old touring bike. I do have some really low gears on it, though! That should help with hill climbing if I ever get back to it.

Keep on cycling! I want to hear how those grocery runs are coming.

Betty

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I need to go to Mapmyrun.com to find out the elevation change from my house down to the grocery and then back up to our house.. So you have recombents!Cool. No, Way cool. I have never ridden on one. Only read about them in the "Cat Who" books.
be back in a minute. luv,viv It is a 200ft drop from the highest point to the lowest point over a half mile hill. I will be going back up that hill.

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Hi, Viv! I think you and I are members No. 13 & 14. Welcome to the Slow Riders! I think that is a great idea to ride your bike for groceries each day. Of course, it would be nicer if you didn't have the steep ride home! But maybe buy lighter groceries until you build up to it! (Just kidding.) Actually I would probably have to buy one thing at a time and walk the uphill part right now, but that's OK. We'll get there!

Betty

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Hi, my name is Vivian and I have a bike that my neighbor wa going to throw away. I have ridden it very little as I have not ridden a bike since I was thirty and I am 62 now. I hope that being a member of this team will get me riding again in earnest. My grocery store is only 2.5 miles away downhill, but that is 2.5 miles home up hill with groceries. There is another route home that has a more gradual incline, but is much longer.

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Hi! My name is Betty. I've been a member of SP for a week now.

This is just the team I was looking for. I love your philosophy. And I love bicycling. I guess you would say I'm a tourist. I've done bike tours in the Texas Hill Country, England, Scandinavia and New Zealand. But that was a long time ago.

Now we are traveling in an RV fulltime and we stored our new recumbent bikes in Salt Lake City (because it was a major hassle taking them off the rack behind the RV so we didn't very often, and we were beating them to death on the road). But I still have my dream of riding across the US (or at least part of it) on a bicycle someday. We plan to start living in Austin sometime in 2009. By then I will have lost at least 30 lbs. and be back in shape for bicycling!

I would only love to use a bicycle for my local transportation. Someday!

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Hi everyone. I am new to the team. I have been on SP for a few months, but I really just started exercising about 3 weeks ago. I absolutely hated going to the gym and I lost my job in March so the gym membership was no longer an option. My mom bought me a bike for my birthday and I am using it to get around town.

I ride about 10 miles a day with my bike trailer in tow. I take my 4 year old son to Pre-k in the morning in the trailer and then I use the trailer to carry home groceries and such. It is helping me be healthy, it's good for the environment, and it saves on gas money.

I would like to take longer rides with a local riding team, but until my 4 year old is in Kindergarten, it's not going to happen !!

For now I'll just enjoy the ride.

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I know, it does seem rather silly. It's a good training technique, I think, for some. Hey, but I hiked Whitney with a backpack ! ;-)

Slowing it down. Riding it higher.


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Slorider-- What you want me to do is like putting a load of bricks in my backpack as I hike to the top of Mt. Whitney. I don't like that idea. I am still carrying around an extra 10-15 pounds of "dead weight" that I am working off. I will settle for that as my "handicap."



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Welcome Isabuddy ~ Congratulation on your huge success , only one year into the sport of bicycling ! Don't worry, this fort is not about "not going fast" , rather, more about the philosophy of enjoying a ride, like a glass of good mellow wine.

Lean Mean Riding Machines we can be, but Slow Riding is about the tempering of the speed, but keeping the fitness, not to be mistaken as novice. There's another Slow Rider in my town. He rides a rigid atb and keeps a full set of front and rear bags on. He's the Master of Preparedness, and the fellow I learned the nifty style of packing panniers, and carrying extra weight. He likes to carry roughly the same weight just training around town, as he would take on a distance tour. It in fact, trains him for the real thing.

This , in a nutshell, is what I aspire to do ; to put back on the bicycle, in water weight and just stuff, what I lose on my body. This way, I'll be fit enough to tour my hometown, if not the continent. More realistically speaking, I'll be fit enough to do the grocery shopping on my bike 3 times a week, and ride it up the steep mtn home.

Isabuddy, since you're a virtual touring cyclist, you might try such a fitness trick?

Thanks for showing up for the ride.


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Slowing it down. Riding it higher.


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I'm hoping that by joining his team doesn't prevent me from riding fast once in a while.

I do like to smell the roses, especially when there are some things to look at.

I don't have the riding experience that our fearless leader has, because at age 64, I have been cycling for less than one year, but with the good health that I have acquired over that year, I expect to be riding for at least another 20 years!

My first long rides are coming up in the next 6 weeks (a 42 miler in Southern Utah and a 62 miler in Ojai, CA) and hopefully I have the endurance to get through it. My longest ride to date is about 20 miles! But I have to start somewhere!



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Greetings. I have been riding for about 30 years. There was a time when I dug on going fast, beating my friends to the top of the hill, and seeing how long and hard I could punish myself over distance miles. Heh, those were good times too ! My prime !

I have learned some things for myself in life, and mostly that life is a chance to experience the pure & simple wholesomeness of things, and, that Less is More. I have had my few years of the carless life, bicycyle commuting in skirts and jeans, then later getting into the lycra, and riding for distance and speed, still later my 30's obsession of trail riding and getting muddy. I've even had my years working in a grassroots local bike shop, and the bike club, volunteer ride scheduler, the whole bit, and that was all very fine and dandy and sociable and a lot of talking about bicycles and riding. I mean lots of of it !

Now I am almost back to the skirts, metaphorically speaking, and a solo rider. I have gone full cycle, if you'll excuse the pun. I am happy to wave as the riders whiz by now. I carry panniers (those are the cyclist's lingo for saddlebags) with a campstove, extra water, coffee, extra jacket, bike cable, (knitting)... whatever fits. I intend to not only stop and smell the roses along the way, but to spread out a picnic blanket and stay a while. Such are the SweetSpots of Life !

I am hoping to find others in the same attitude about cycling, so we can start a movement! Nice to meet you, and thanks for showing up for the ride!

Edited by: SLORIDER at: 4/12/2008 (19:38)
Slowing it down. Riding it higher.


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