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8/5/09 3:46 P

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Congrats on your first ride - cycling can be sooo much fun, and is great exercise to boot. Before you know it you'll be riding faster and further than ever before.

FYI - At the beginning of the summer we pulled my 5-year-old daughter's bike out of the garden shed and she starting building up her riding strength by riding around the block/through the neighborhood, etc. After a couple of weeks I started taking her bike in the car to a running track and she'd ride while I ran. Soon enough she was riding 3-4 miles on gravel, with ease. Then just yesterday we rode a 10km loop of a local park and she loved it! It's amazing to see how quick the endurance builds up!

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8/3/09 10:39 P

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congradulations on your first ride...i think it is awesome that you are getting out there into a whole new world...I remember my first rides...it really gives you a sense of freedom...I wish I could go back and get that feeling again lol

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8/2/09 8:56 P

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I learned how to adjust the gears and now they work like a dream. If I knew it was so easy, I may have been riding all the time and had to retire my bike from wear and tear by now.

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8/2/09 8:05 P

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It is so true about getting the right bike. But that wouldn't even be an issue if you never rode you first one. I agree to start visiting bike shops and trying different bikes. It is physical and mechanical. But if you have a top bike in your garage and you don't ride it...

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7/27/09 9:41 P

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Congrats on the first "step"! I got on my old bike when I started up 10 years ago, and didn't fall in love with cycling until I found a new bike (not too expensive). But that first step got me intrigued. Even better if you have someone to ride with!

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7/27/09 1:57 P

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Congratulations on taking your first bike ride! Keep it up and eventually the pain, soreness, and aches start going away (3-weeks, for me).
Great to have a bike to ride. Even better to have a GOOD bike to ride. The weight of the older bikes tend to drag you down, make you more tired, and work harder...although, in some way, that's good...just don't let it get you feeling down.
I have retired my old (still in fantastic shape) Dorothy (like in Wizard of Oz) bike, and now ride a Trek Mountain bike on the paths. I'm saving my money to buy a good road bike, but until that time, I cruise on my mountain bike..toot, toot!!!

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7/26/09 9:35 P

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emoticon That's the first step. I am 61, but I started riding mine down the highway. Everyone was asking my hubs why he was "allowing" me to do that!! To make a long story short, he made me a deal...I stop riding the highway and he'll get a bike and ride the trail with me. I said "Great"! So, I had a good bike. He bought a WM one....It makes a huge difference, so if you do see that you are going to like it, I would suggest saving your dimes and investing in a good one. Otherwise, I'm afraid you won't ride very long. Just telling you by experience and being frank. Hope you don't mind. Enjoy!!!!! It's a great hobby to do together! All my best to you....Mary Ann

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7/26/09 9:19 P

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Good for you. The first step is the hardest. I agree you need to have the bike tuned up and invest in some bike shorts.

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congrats!!! I would take your bike in for a tune up and see if it needs some adjustments. Glad you had fun!

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7/26/09 7:56 P

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My husband and I went on our first ride on the trail near our house today. I am sooooo out of shape! I couldn't keep up with him at all, even though by my estimation he's just as out of shape as I am. I don't know if my bike might be part of my problem- its a Wal-Mart model, ten years old, and it has some gear shifting problems.

Nevertheless, I'm proud of us for taking the first step!

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