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7/11/08 8:49 P

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I did my first MS150 ride 6 years agon on a "Landrider", the bike that shifts by itself and has mountain bike tires. I rode the first 100 miles. Don't ask how long it took me, but I made it. And, more importantly, I was in the top 150 fund raisers.

I am getting ready for my 7th year, but I have switched to a road bike now.

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7/11/08 3:53 P

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Its the "Hops to Hops" in Lambertville, NJ on Sept. 7.

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7/11/08 2:25 P

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I've done one other MS ride and there are all kinds of people with different bikes and levels. Heck one guy on my ride did whole thing on a unicycle!

I think for 40 miles you should be fine on you mountain bike. If you want to do longer rides I have heard people recommend than putting a smoother tire on mountain bikes helps with the road.

And good luck with your ride! Which one are you doing? September is a very popular time for the MS Rides.

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7/11/08 10:03 A

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As a whole, I think cyclists are a very encouraging group of people. I think you will have a great experience--enjoy the ride!

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7/11/08 9:36 A

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Bottom line is just to have fun while you are doing it

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7/11/08 9:15 A

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So, what you all are telling me is; yes, I will be left in the dust, but I won't be the only one!! LOL.

Thanks for the info everyone. I appreciate it!!

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7/11/08 9:03 A

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Just to concur with everyone else, my fiancee and I recently did a local charity ride of 30 miles. Yes, most of the riders were on road bikes, and yes most of them left us in their dust. That being said there were a handful of mountain bikes and hybrids and the ride was generally at a leisurely pace so I in no way felt out of place or unwelcome. There were riders of all skills levels represented. So enjoy the ride, enjoy working for a cause you believe in.

Have fun and let us know how it goes.

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7/10/08 10:56 P

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Hey

It doesn't matter what bike you have just as long as you can ride it and get through it. I ride on a group ride on Wednesday nights and I have the only tank there. I own a road bike that was purchased in 1990. It is a Raleigh Technium 450. Yes the carbon fibers do kick butt ,,, but in recent weeks I have been holding my own. I'm starting to get recognized and people are striking up converstions with me and complimenting me on my bike and the nice shape it is in.

Bottom line it is not the your ride that makes you good but rather it is the pistons (legs0 pumping the pedals to make the bike go;-)

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7/10/08 9:59 P

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You can do it! It is NOT about the gear, it is about raising money for MS research! I am doing the MS ride this Saturday! WHOO HOO!!

Anyways, if you train and can work up to the distance before the ride you will be just fine...and probably a little bit stronger because it is harder to ride a mountain bike than a road bike...

Good for you!


~Lisa~

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"Never had such a good time in my life before, I'd like to have it one time more...One good ride from start to end"
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7/10/08 8:35 P

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You will see that the cyclist at your ride will have all different skill levels, equipment and they will come in all shapes and sizes, so just have fun and pace yourself. It doesn't matter whether or not you finish, just that you give it your best. Also, MS rides typically have great support for the riders, so if you feel like you can't finish just hop on the SAG wagon. As I always say -- there is no shame on the SAG wagon! In fact, some of the funnest times I've had at organized rides have been on the SAG wagon!

Good luck

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7/10/08 7:25 P

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You should be fine, just do the best you can, with what you have. God is there for you.
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When somthing is of God, NOTHING can stop it. Amen..

I am nothing without God.

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7/10/08 7:10 P

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A charity ride is not a race so if you train you should be ok. I know people who did a full 2 day MS 150 on hybrids. They say it was harder than on a road bike but they still got it done. I think I averaged 10-11 mph on my first MS 150. I did finish that ride.

A good organized ride should have SAG (support and gear) vehicles to pick you up if you do get in to trouble. A 40 mile ride is really pretty easy if you've done enough training. How much and how far are you riding now?


Edits - I just looked at your SparkPage. I can't imagine that you would have trouble with that ride.
Sara

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7/10/08 6:58 P

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I bet there will be mostly road bikes, but there will also be hybrids and I'm sure a few on mtn bikes. You could put less aggressive tires on it to make it a bit easier. Don't worry about what others think, just be proud you are there!

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7/10/08 6:14 P

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I was recently diagnosed with MS, so I am really excited about a MS bike tour coming up in September. Its only 40 miles, so I figured it would be no problem and signed up.

My problem is, I've never done one of these before. I have a mountain bike, and feel like everyone doing it is going to have a road bike. Am I going to be left in everyone's dust? Will I be "that girl" with the mountain bike?? lol

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