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AMCG, I loved your reference to a show horse on the Appalachian Trail! I get that one...

Yes, I have been avoiding the LBS because I don't have the money to spend!

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6/25/09 1:43 P

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My recent Nashbar purchase includes my first pair of bib shorts (for $30), a Cateye Astrale 8, 2 pair of coolmax socks for $2.95 each and a flourescent yellow jersey with Illuminate technology for my night rides.

I chucked out a helmet a couple of weeks ago due to age. My only remaining helmet is a Giro.

AMCG you are becoming quite the bike collector...

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I recently had taken my bike on a trip and when I got there realized I had left my helmet behind. Not wanting to drive 100 miles to go back and get it I bought a new one - a Giro, and I LOVE it. it is so comfortable and fits really better than my old one. (it is pretty too - which doesn't hurt - black with gold flowers so it matcheds my gold bike) I didn't realize my old one wasn't as good of a fit as it could have been. I would suggest to anyone in the market for a helmet to try on several from different brands to be sure the one you get is well fitted and as comfortable as possible.

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6/25/09 12:17 A

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Ok, I cannot be the only one on here who haunts their LBS and is always plunking down money! Well, last night on our women's ride I noticed some brake issues and my front wheel still wasn't true, so I was there when the store opened this morning. I've really been wanting a second bike to get all of the "baby stuff" (rack, kickstand...) off of my road bike. Well, I was talking with one of the mechanics and he said his wife really likes the Specialized Ariel. I looked at it, they built one up in my size, hubby, amazingly, said "yes," and I have my bike to ride with the kids! We leave Thursday for a visit with my parents in PA, where the trails are shale..., not the smooth, paved surfaces we have here. I can't wait to get out with my kids and not feel like I'm taking a show horse on the Appalachian Trail! Oh, I also picked up another pair of shorts so when we are at the shore I can ride my road bike without having to do laundry every day.

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5/12/09 10:31 P

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They had me on a trainer at the store, and I think that helped immensely. I was just thinking back on tonight; Pride goeth before the fall! The other suggestion from my LBS was to practice in a big grassy area.

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To practice clipping in/out, my first choice is the put your bike on a trainer. If you don't have one of those, try propping yourself in a doorway? Really, if you don't have a trainer, find a nice empty parking lot and practice, practice, practice...

But, yes, everyone has wiped out in front of people!

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5/12/09 10:08 P

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Willow,
I'm right there with you now! I was out on our women's ride tonight. We had a mechanical stop and when we were starting up again I was in a bad place in my pedal stroke, headed uphill. I went over just like tipping a cow! Of course, everyone was pretty quick to jump in with their stories of doing the same thing, in front of a group.

Keep pedaling!

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5/10/09 11:13 P

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Willow,
Sorry about the bruises. The first few times I practiced clipping in and out I was on a trainer at the LBS. I also needed my seat height adjusted, so I was hopping on and off and that gave me opportunities to practice. I just thought about putting the front in , pedal, and feel the click. Getting out, at first I was trying to roll my ankle out, but the guy watching me showed me how to pivot out instead. I don't know about others, though, but I always come out at the top of my pedaling. Also, I really prefer to clip out with my right foot and then start pedaling with my left.

Good luck!

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I just bought pedals and bike shoes too. they are also Shimano pedals that flip over to use with out the clips. I am having a devil of a time clipping in and out. My first run I stupidly tried it while riding and I have the bruises to show for it. I have been trying to practice in my garage just standing still but really struggling. Is there some secret I am missing?

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5/9/09 10:27 P

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Well, really the other day I bought, new pedals and shoes!! I got the Shimano M324 pedals and Women's Riata mountain bike shoes. The pedals have a platform on one side and the clips on the other. As I have mentioned elsewhere, in addition to my road miles, I also do a good bit of neighborhood and park riding with my kids, including a 10-month old in a seat. I didn't want to need to wear my shoes to ride my bike with them, but was really feeling the need to be able to clip in on longer rides. I'm hoping these will meet both of my needs and not leave me frustrated that I didn't/couldn't just get road shoes and pedals. So far it has been very easy to get the hang of clipping in and out. I'll let you know if that opinion changes after my 20-30 mile ride tomorrow!

Oh, I also bought another jersey, but I didn't mention that to my husband. ;-)

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In PA it is the law for kids to require helmets.
I NEVER see a kid wearing a helmet. A few years a go I bought some helmets on eBay and gave a few away to kids hoping they'd wear them. Not one. None....
I do see kids wearing them on some trails, when they are with their parents but NEVER when by themselves or with other kids.

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That *is* scary. Check and see if your state has a law about kids and helmets. In Maryland, it is a law that all kids 16 and under must wear helmets on bikes, skateboards, etc. Maybe that will provide you with ammunition for his parents.

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4/26/09 9:26 A

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the best helmet is the one that fits you properly. they all meet the same safety standard whether is is $30 or $100. I always say - I don't have enough extra brain cells to afford to lose any if I knock my head on the ground in a bike accident. you never know when something will happen so best to be safe always.

I ride sometimes w/ my 10 y/o grandson and I insist he also wear a helmet, but neither of his parents think it necessary. I got him to promise he will wear his helmet at all times and have bought him 3 so he has one at his mom's and 1 at his dad's but I don't know if he will do it on his own. talk about scary

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PLINDLEY, I guess it was fate! I'm glad your bike is back at it's rightful home.

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4/24/09 5:02 P

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Thank you all for your words of wisdom on the issue of shoes/cleats. Those will be my next purchase, after we pay school tuition. Ugh!

PLINDLEY: Congratulations!!! That is wonderful that they not only recovered your bike, but with everything else, too! Happy riding!

Anne

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I just found out that my stolen bike was recovered by the police at an apartment complex. a few miles away. Everything is intact! Including Frame pump, saddle bag, mini tool and even the cyclocomputer!
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GIANT-STEPS: Shoes can be tricky. My wife has trouble fitting in cycling shoes. She recently tried a pair of Specialized TAHO women's MTB shoes. She now uses those exclusively for all of her riding (MTB, road and touring). In fact she likes them so well that I am thinking of getting a pair of the men's TAHO for touring. Two bolt cleat compatible.

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My wife was using MTB pedals with SPD cleats on road shoes and was happy with them.

Last time she was buying shoes both me and the bike shop employee managed to talk her into mountain bike shoes since she already had moutain bike pedals and she would be able to walk in MTB shoes.

Long story short she has never been comfortable in the new MTB shoes.

I have never found comfort with any moutnain bike shoe or pedal. I started with Look road pedals in '85 then switched to Time pedals after that. Time cleats were awful for walking but by far the most comfortable on the bike so I rode in them and walked like a duck.

Since my old Time pedals were on their last legs I tried the Time Impact pedals.
I still like them better than Look pedals and any MTB system I tried but I miss the old Time pedals.

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4/20/09 12:42 P

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AMCG:
Like PERRYR, I'd advise you to avoid proper road bike shoes if you're tooling around on paths. A mountain bike shoe (and associated pedal system) would suit you better. You can walk normally in MTB shoes without looking like a duck and slipping on things and the pedal system works just as well as a road system. I race and ride with my MTB shoes on a regular basis - the only reason I switched to a dedicated road shoe was due to some foot issues on longer rides.

You cannot put an MTB cleat on a dedicated road shoe and vice versa, but any MTB shoe will accept any MTB cleat for any pedal system (generally).


PLINDLEY1:
That just sucks about your bike. Definitely photos - my insurance company has photos of both my bikes and a rather detailed list of components and prices, all signed off by the bike shop.

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AMCG--I had the same issue with my LBS. Higher priced, but the customer service was amazing. I bought the Peformance pedals, took them out of the box and tossed them in a bag, brought them down to the LBS, and told them a friend gave them to me. I had them put them on for me, and I paid for the labor. It helped that they didn't carry anything like this pedal.

PLINDLEY, great idea about have photos of your bike for insurance purposes. Hopefully, if you have them, you will never need them! I hope you find another bike that you love as much as your last bike. The hard part is finding an appropriate beater bike.

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or should I say I will buy a new bike...

My beater bike that I use for commuting (no car here in Japan) was STOLEN from the train station yesterday.

Luckily I have it covered on my homeowners insurance and as I described it to the adjuster, I realized how many upgrades I had made over the last couple fo years. WOW now I realize how much I really loved that bike!

Well, I hope the theif gets some fun out of it...or maybe I hope I catch that person riding it...yeah that would feel good!

p.s. Take a few pictures of your bike for insurance reasons. It will save a lot of time and effort.

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Yes, I meant to say road bike shoes. I'm not planning on doing any of my serious riding with her along, but would like to be able to do park paths with her and the boys this summer without having to worry about getting my feet out quickly. Definitely important after having both boys stop short on me this afternoon! Do you have any suggestions for brands, since there seems to be a good bit of disparity? Part of the reason I'm asking is that my favorite LBS (a Specialized dealer) tends to be higher-priced on everything but I get great customer service, as opposed to the Performance store down the street where all the employees have ever done was show me to the section that has what I'm looking for. I'm a little obsessed with researching everything before I purchase. Is there a huge difference in quality?

Thanks DRC... The Campus is on sale right now, so I may just bite the bullet, again, get them. They seem to be exactly what I'm looking for.

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LOL, really, the expenses lessen, but the desires increase...

For my commuting bike, I have Performance Campus pedal, with SPD on one side, and a platform on the other. SPD cleats traditionally work better on a mountain bike shoe. If you keep an eye on the Perfomance catalog, you will, on occasion, find them on sale. That's when I got mine! I would get the pedals first, then find shoes that you can put the cleats on. Of course, I did it the other way around, and found that my shoes didn't work with the pedals I liked...



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FWIW, I found that Power Grips work suprisingly well for knocking around the neighborhood.



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The pedals you buy will come with correct clips.
The two sided pedal that you described will allow you to wear regular street shoes or sneakers on one side and have an SPD clip on the others side.
Not sure I understand what you mean by road shoes. You can't convert your favorite running shoes to clipless bike shoes. You'll have to buy bike shoes that allow SPD clips. You don't need the most expensive shoes, honest. --- It never ends...--- I suggest that you use mountain bike shoes as you can walk in them. Road bike shoes will cause more trouble than you already have with a child in a child bike seat.

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Let me preface this with the warning that no one is ever allowed to tell my husband how much all of this really costs! Today I bought Pearl Izumi bike shorts (remember, my goal is to do a century ride the end of the summer.), gloves, a jersey, sunglasses, tire pump, and a basic computer. And for a small fortune, they installed it for me, too! I had been wanting to wait on replacing my pedals (my bike came with toe clips), but when I was riding around the neighborhood with my kids this evening, my middle one took a spill and I almost went over, with my 9-month old in the child seat, because I couldn't get my feet out fast enough. I'm looking at pedals that you can clip in one side and ride with street shoes on the other. Anyone have suggestions? At my favorite LBS, they carry ones that are $85, but our Performance store, which is down the street, has ones for $45. Can I attach the clips to any pair of road shoes I decide on? After that experience, I guess I could say that I need to make the switch to safely carry my daughter. I keep telling myself, and my husband, that this is just the initial outlay and after that we won't be spending so much money. Does it ever end?

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Go to bicycling dot com for reviews of helmets. I wanted the Giro Atmos but it was too expensive. this helmet got good reviews and was also on sale at performance. (Ghisallo - Bell) However, the final decision was based on fit. If your helmet does not fit it is almost useless. Also, everyone should check the age of their helmet. After a few years the sweat makes the foam brittle.

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I just now started wearing a helment, my local LBS guy would not leave me alone about it. Now I never ride without it.

The Picture on the left is my motivation to get in shape and lose weight!!!!!!!


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I started racing before good helmets were required. I owned a Bell Biker which was the first truly protective bicycle helmet. It was nerdy as all get-out. Back then USCF bike racers were required to wear helmets but there were no standards. Most racers used helmets that consisted of padded strips of leather affectionately called "hairnets" Since I had a Bell Biker I raced in it but I really felt out of place. There was a lot of talk about the USCF requiring hard shell helmets the next year so all the wholesales were dumping their hairnets. My boss asked me if I wanted a hairnet since he could get me one for only $6. I had crashed several times that season but always managed to protect my head so I was feeling pretty cocky. I told him to order me a hairnet.

In one of my first races with a hairnet I was racing a criterium and got a flat a few laps from the finish. The official already said that there would be no free laps but I still wanted to finish out the race so I got a rear wheel. At the apex of the tightest turn my back tire blew off slamming me down and I hit my head on the inside curb. My head was bleeding like there was no tomorrow but I was able to get up and get my bike off the race course. A policewoman who was helping out at the race told me to get into her squad car and she'd drive me to the emergency room. Since I was bleeding I told her that I didn't want to soil her seats. She got some towels out of the trunk and laid them over the passenger seat and told me to get in.

I had a horseshoe shaped tear in my scalp that required 18 stitches to close. My medical bills were over $500 which was a lot of money for someone working their way through college. With a decent helmet I'd be laughing about it afterword instead of collecting scars and medical bills.

After the USCF required racers to wear good helmets they became much lighter, cooler, and better looking than the old Bell Biker.

I still think helmets should be a personal choice though. Sure helmets can save your life but I don't think that bicycling is such a dangerous activity that cyclists should be required by law to wear them.

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I will always wear a helmet. On bikes or horses. I didn't used to, and I don't have any great personal story about how it saved me. But I have seen and heard enough in both sports. One always thinks they are good enough that they won't fall. I try to remember that *I'm* good enough, but I can't predict the drivers, others cyclists, bike malfunctions (or horse spooks)...

The biggest difference I have found between the helmets is that the more expensive helmets tend to have more vents: air flows through better to cool your head. I have a Giro Pneumo also, and I bought it end of season, when the next year's models just got into the store.

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Helmet story...
A few years ago I had the opportunity to cycle though the woods with a much more experienced cycler. He didn't put a helmet on. I was going to skip mine as well but suggested that we wear them. He thanked me stating that he wanted to be cool and figured he'd follow my lead.
Glad we did. Zipping through the woods, I didn't see a large low branch and really hit it hard! Knocked me off the bike and wrenched my neck a bit but was not hurt. My buddy said it sounded like a gun went off.

I have other stories where the helmet saved me from injury.

10 years is a long time for a helmet. Be sure to tell us what you get and how unbelievably light and cool the new one is.

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Great reminder about the helmets. I won't ever get on my bike without a helmet, and that includes a ride down the driveway. I crashed on a mountain bike once and if it wasn't for the helmet I am sure I would have been knocked unconscious and landed in the hospital.

Another reminder: I need to get a new helmet. Mine is almost 10 years old and it's the one I crashed with. I know I should replace my helmet anytime after a crash and certainly after 10 years. I plan to do so in the next couple of weeks.

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Today I bought a long-sleeve bike jersey in my favorite color for half price, because winter is over down here--such a deal, it made my day! I really only went in to get a pair of bike shorts for full price, but couldn't resist saving money by buying more than I planned for.
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thanks everyone... I was leaning towards trying a Giro first only because the company purchased the software the company I work for makes!

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Y'know I found the same thing. Giro helmets seem to be the same shape as my head as well so they fit like a glove.

In the past I always got the cheapest helmet that fit my head well but last time I splurged and got a Pneumo and I have to admit that it is really comfy, definitely the comfiest helmet I've had since hairnets were legal.

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+1 trillion - ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS wear a helmet.

If you don't have one, get one NOW. The cheaper helmets work just as well as the expensive ones. The importance of a helmet cannot be understated. A friend of mine got doored and ended up landing on his head. His lid cracked in two, he was shaken but otherwise unhurt.

And one that fits you too. Unless you know which lid fits you best I'd hesitate to buy online - I always try before I buy. I'm a huge Giro fan - while I know Bell and Giro are one and the same company for some reason the Giro helmets have always fitted me better. I actually have one of each but I'll more often than not reach for the Giro Pneumo, especially on a hot day.



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ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS wear a helmet. Might be a great blog......

All helmets have to meet CPSC crash-test standards but vary in fit and cost by a huge amount.

This is just one site to check out for general reviews. http://www.consumersearch.com/bicycle-helm
et-reviews

Helmets vary a bit in their fit for a given size. Some are more round than oval kinda thing.
You need to find the helmet that fits best.

The price has to do with quality but I believe more to the appearance... I have expensive helmets including Bell Gsallo and Giro Pneumo but can't honestly state that they are worth the extra cost. Search sales for last years models if you want a top-of-the-line helmet, or even if you just want to save money.

I bu from Nashbar.com and Performancebike.com but there are many web stores.

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Congrads!!!

Is there something that made you buy this helmet over others? Is there a guide somewhere in what to look for in a bike helmet?

I would never have thought of one of these but my hard hat saved my life on a horse once, so I always wear them now. While I'm not worried about falling off my bike, whose to say some idiot does knock me off.. better be protected, so I'm in the market for a bike helmet.






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New Bell Ghisallo Helmet
New Performance Ultra Elite Bibs
New Shoes (unfortunately will have to return because they don't fit well.

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