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LOL--I remember that feeling on the treadmill. Good idea with the cross training. It will keep you from burning out on either activity. And strength training with the machines will help you with anything you want to do!

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It's been getting so cold here that I haven't wanted to go out to ride or even walk. I'm such a wimp when it comes to cold and rain.
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So, I finally broke down and joined the local gym. I was considering a trainer but decided that for the few months that it's cold (and the $99) I can just ride the cycle machines there. Besides, I can alternate the biking with the treadmill to increase my jogging time over the winter (I've been walking/jogging and am hoping to be just jogging by the spring), and I don't have to make any adjustments to the bike like I would with the trainer.
Anyway, did 2.45 miles on the treadmill yesterday and will do some cycling this weekend. I've been on cycle machines before many years ago, but yesterday was the first time I've ever been on a treadmill. Took a little getting used to, I kept thinking I was going to fall off the back or jog too fast and run into the bar.
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Anyway, now I can alternate between the cycle and the treadmill and maybe even throw in some weight machines.
Although, I'm wondering how to stop looking at myself in the mirror that's in front of the machines for 45 to 60 minutes!

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Hi All - Just got back from a great riding trip to the UK. Rode the Yorkshire Moors and the Peak District - amazing. Thank goodness I've been training hard because the hills were insane. Also learned some new skills - like riding in a half a foot of mud. My buddies that ride over there all the time just float over it. By the end I was better at it but not much actual "floating" going on. Also have a new found respect for downhillers - man you've got to be SO strong on really long descents.

Still putting in a lot of time in spin class. It is really warm here but for various reasons inside is more appealing. I have a trip planned for May out to the western part of NC and want to be fit and strong for that - lots of hills and crazy singletrack.

Hope everyone is able to put in lots of miles this week. -Iona

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Great link, Jeff. It sounds like it's a blast to compete in cyclocross. I think I might be too chicken to try it though! I think I'd like to try a course, but not in a race, just so I can see if I like it--without the competition!

My second bike is suitable, but I'd need mountain bike shoes.

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Judy, please use the link I provided to find out. :-)

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what is cyclo-cross?

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Who's your on-call info source? No, not me...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclocross

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I'd love to hear more about what's involved in cyclo-cross. I have a suitable bike, but never hear about it.

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I figure I'm doing cyclo-cross everytime I go mountain biking. I suck at the technical stuff and have to walk or carry my bike across... :)

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Any cyclo-cross riders out there? I've had some locals encouraging me to try that, but it sounded like you have to get off your bike. Weird... why would you want to do that? ;-)

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Kayotic, I always felt like tracking cadence myself helped give me a "feel" for what it would be out on the road. I find counting while I am on the trainer or spin class is easier than counting on the road, but I now have that sense that my cadence is slower--or faster--sometimes (confirmed when I count). Besides, by counting in spin class, you have a way of measuring your improvement.

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I got out for a short ride with the family today. It was beautiful and I loved being back on my bike again. I am lucky that my children are such strong riders. It was a beautiful day and the breeze felt wonderful.

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Have been doing spin class for 3 weeks now and enjoying it. A question about cadence and spin class: since the instructor has you do combos of fast cadence/low tension, slow cadence/high tension, is there a reason for measuring this yourself? Or is it to get used to what the cadence is so it may carry over to "real" cycling? Just curious...

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IonaLouise, I know what you are dealing with. I started road cycling when I was still with soemone who is now an ex, and wasn't quite sure what I would do when it ended. I found a local cycling club (Baltimore Bicycling Club -- bbc) for some rides, but I really found that I like riding alone, too. It's been a couple of years now, and people come to me to ride with them now. During good weather, I ride about 4 times a week, half alone, half with friends. I slow down for some people, and I push myself to ride with others!

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Hey Ionalouise,

I saw someone also started a North Carolina riders thread. I think it said they are in Durham. . . really close to you.

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11/1/06 3:23 P

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Thanks for everyone's advice and support about finding a new riding group. I am definitely staying with our old MTB crowd there is just way too much fun and history there to let a guy spoil it.

As for the road I found a ride for this weekend! It is a no-drop 15/16 mph 45 mile ride so that should be perfect.

Thanks again!

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I was not aware, since I had never installed a bike computer, that you could adjust for wheel size. My recumbent has a 20-inch front wheel. It has a regular road wheel on the back. Thatís why I planned to install the computer on the rear wheel. But I canít put a wireless computer on the rear since they seem the have limited range. I really want the GPS unit but itís a little pricey right now. Especially after spending $1200 for the bike.

The bar Iíll attach my computer too is parallel to the main body so Iíll have to get some type of aerobar adapter to mount the computer on my bike. The bike shop said to bring in the bike and they figure out what will fit.

I was planning the mount my road bike on the trainer then use the recumbent for outside riding.

The next challenge is finding a bike carrier that will fit the recumbent. Iíll probably have to go with a trailer hitch type. Iíve searched the internet and there are some recumbent carriers available.

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Had a great Spinning class last night, followed up with a Body Pump class - guess I worked just about everything. I am really considering getting a wireless computer to take to Spinning with me, would like to be able to track cadence. I wear my heart rate monitor for heart rate, calories etc, but I would like to know cadence.

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Kellie,

Are you planning on using the recumbent on a trainer? If not, there is really no reason you need to mount the sensor on the rear wheel.

I have a wired computer mounted to the rear wheel of the bike I use on the trainer (w/cadence) and a wireless on my other bike.

At any rate it is great that you are training by using cadence. I am a "masher" but am trying to focus more on spinning. It is not the easiest thing in the world for me. I have a hard time maintaining a cadence of 90 or above very long but do fairly well at abou 80-85.

Now that it is starting to get cool I will spend much more time on the trainer and will try to concentrate on spinning. Thanks for the reminder to think about "pedaling circles" I need all the reminders I can get!

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Hi Judy! Glad to hear things are going well for you and your family.

Kellie - I feel the spinning classes coming soon.

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Kimi:
The spinning is going well. I have been able to maintain a faster pace by concentrating on the spinning. I plan to stop by the bike shop for a computer w/cadence for my new recumbent. But I am a little concerned about mounting it on the rear wheel. It a long reach to the front mounting. I hope to signal will reach.

BTW: My DH & I rode this past Saturday. We had a ball! I have to get him out and training so heís ready for the Amgen ride next year.

Welcome back Judy!

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Hey Judy! It's good to see you when you managed to drop in for a message! :-) I hope you manage to get out for a ride this week. I hope I manage to do that too. :-) I hope you drop in to say hi around here even when you're not riding.

Best of luck with your school, work, and fam! I struggle just with work. :-/ Okay... and play and self-inflicted obligations. :-) Take care!

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Hello everyone!

Sorry it has been so long. I have been so busy, too busy. I was able to ride a couple weeks ago but haven't had a chance yet and on the days when I could go our schedule is so crazy. It is supposed to be nice out this weekend so we'll see.

Other then that all is well. I got hired on where I was temping. I love my job! I started back to school last month so needless to say my brain is about to explode. The kids are doing great and so is the hubby. We are looking forward to a less harried schedule this month compared to last month but we'll see.

Hope you all are doing well and I will hopefully be able to check in more now as things settle down.

Happy Riding!

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Hey Kellie, how is the cadence riding going? I finally installed my computer. It is wireless VDO Series C3 with sensor on back wheel, plus cadence - no problems receiving the signal for those who were worried.

I keep a close eye on my cadence and it is working great (better than counting every once in awhile). My hill climbing is improving too. Notice how your legs move different. It is like your feet aren't pressing when you are staying at 90 rpm. That 'pedal circles' feeling is great. I repeat 'pedal circles' to myself to remind me to keep spinning and not mashing.

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Hey IonaLouise,

Sorry to hear about your boyfriend. I being one of those bold personalities, would say screw it an keep getting out with the old crew that you used to share together. If he has a problem, then perhaps you can alternate rides.

Now, being that you said you are necessarily that bold, I would say get online and look for your local wheelmen associations, local bicycling advocate groups or something like the appalachain mountain club. Your bike shop would have some ideas.

Most of these clubs have rated rides that tell how fast, how far, whether it is guided or cue sheets, type of terrain and everything. So you can get out with the beginners and see how you feel before moving up the ladder.

Here's an example of a ride description for AMC boston : http://www.amcboston.org/bicycle/calendar.
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IonaLouise:
I am also sorry to hear about your breakup with your boyfriend. Iím sure it was for the best. As for finding riding partners hereís what I suggest:
Get to your local bike shops to find out what rides and bike clubs they know of in the area. Then show up at the different rides.
Get on the Internet and go a similar search
There are sites like http://www.teamestrogen.com/ and http://www.terrybicycles.com/ that have discussion forums where you might be able to find a riding partner.
Get out on the road and see whoís out there.
Donít forget that Sparkpeople had community forums where you can meet people in your area.

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IONALOUISE---so sorry to hear about your breakup. Gotta be tough when so many of your friends (and the ex) shared your passion for riding. However, leading a healthier life involves more than just our physical bodies....it is our mental also. So, if this was the right move for you to make, more power to you!

I'm just a beginning rider, so can't offer much in the way of suggestions/support for that. Most of my riding has been done with just my husband on our great country roads around where we live. But one thing I have found, no matter what your level, people who bike are very friendly, open, accepting, and willing to share ideas and help. I'm sure you will find lots of support from your SP friends.

I live in NW WI so getting ready for cool weather also means preparing for snow, below zero temps, and down right unride-able weather. My husband and I just bought trainers for our bikes so we can continue to improve our conditioning over the winter and be ready for a great first ride come next spring.

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Hi all - Hope everyone is getting ready for the cool weather. I usually switch from the road to my mountain bike.

I have a problem that maybe you guys can help me with. I left my boyfriend of four years about three weeks ago. He was my main riding partner and we shared a huge group of folks that we rode with.

So now I am dealing with the breakup - not the strongest ego in world at the moment and need to create new riding contacts. I've got all kinds of fears about not being a good enough rider, not fast enough, blah, blah, blah all the crap you tell yourself.

I have kept up my spin classes so my fitness hasn't taken a hit.

Anyway, all support and advice welcome. Thanks.

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sure kellie. I'll get a few pictures this weekend.

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I had that problem the first time it happened to me. I knew I wasn't riding hard, but my heart rate skyrocketed. I sat up and moved my arm (with the watch) to the side to get a better look, and it dropped immediately. (I was on the trainer--not nearly as dangerous as that sounded...) So I started trying to figure things out. Many more HRMs are coded now than even 3 years ago, though.

If you buy a new wireless, make sure it has a strong enough signal to read from the back wheel. When I looked, most wireless got mounted on the front--another excuse I used to get the more expensive one with cadence...

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Thanks for the info DRC 2205. My husbands computer isn't a wireless so we would need to get the adaptor kit for his. I think I'm going to look into the wireless....lot less hassle. We have a bike shop in town that deals with TREK, which is the maker of the trainers we bought. I'm sure they'll have something they'd LOVE to sell me!

Thanks for the tip too on the HRM. Sure wouldn't want to think my heart rate was up to 240!!!!!

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Gwen, you asked about tracking rides on the trainer. I have my sensor wired to the back wheel on my first bike. You can usually get an adaptor kit with a longer wire, so you don't need to change a computer you like. For my second bike (and the one I prefer to ride) I got a wireless sensor, with cadence. And since cadence must be near the pedals, the entire set up is on the rear wheel. It's a cateye double wireless (CD300DW). If you use a HRM with it, it needs to be a digitally coded HRM though. (Learned that the hard way, but wasn't about to give up the cyclometer by then!) If the HRM isn't coded, you get interference and heart rate readings of 240!

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I'll get right on that. :-) In my user picture I am actually doing a bunny hop across the finish line of the LOTOJA ride, so you can work on that for now.
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I use clipless pedals exclusively. It was a little difficult in the beginning remembering to unclip, I fell once on my very first ride on my new bike! Now it is second nature, but it is annoying to be constantly having to unclip at stop signs. Guess I will have to work on the track stand thing.

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Adam & Jeff:
How about adding Track stand demo pictures to your Sparkpeople album???

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GDSMITH54873- The key is to definitely practice. Growing up dreaming of being a rad bmx'er it wasn't much of a jump to doing track stands on a road bike. When I first started clipping in I would twist one leg to get ready for a tip over. It's happened a few times over the years.

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I don't see track stands often either. Adam, I think it's awesome that you do them too. I don't know any other riders that do them. I've only tipped over a few times learning the track stand. A couple of my friends ride some trials, so they can still one-up me easily, but I enjoy the track stands, especially in traffic. Trials for y'all (I would like to learn, but expect I would break something):
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My CompuTrainer tracks wattage for me, and that's all I care about on the trainer beyond ride time. I think it calculates speed for me too... I still have to install some software for it. *blush*

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I live out in the country at least 25 miles from the nearest town, so don't really have heavy traffic to deal with, which is really nice. However, we are in an area of lakes and vacation homes, so weekends in the summer can be busier on the highways and at intersections.

I checked the website for the instructions on the track stand....hmmmm.....how many times did you fall over trying it before you got it??? Fortunately in the riding we do, we don't run into intersections very often that require clipping out....we can go several miles before the need arises. Not like riding in town!

We got both our bikes on the trainers last night and road for a while. Do any of you use trainers? And if so, what gadget do you use to track speed, distance, watts, etc.? My husband has a computer on his bike, but the sensor is set on the front wheel, not the back, so doesn't help! I'd like to be able to monitor distance etc., not just time.


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I am laughing at the comparison of wearing a seatbelt and clipping in...I am so with you all on that one! I can't imagine getting on a bike and not clipping in.

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Thanks for the link on track stands Adam. Iím glad it included instructions for doing one. I might practice them this weekend at the near by college. I donít see them done very often around here.

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One more word on the clip(?) vs. clipless(?) I cannot really speak for mountain biking since I have never really done it but I run SPD clips on my road bike(s). The reason I got them was so that I could use shoes that were easier to walk in. I do alot of "cyclotourism" and like to visit places along the way. I do have a suggestion for those who may be a bit apprehensive. Shimano (alond with others) sell SPD compatible pedals that clip in on one side and are platforms on the other. I use them on my city bike because living in NYC it is not always possible or practical to stay clipped in and sometimes I like to just hop on that bike in my jeans and tennis shoes. They work just fine. I guess they may be a bit heavier than the pedals on my road bike.

I have to agree though I compare not clipping in to not wearing my seatbelt while driving. It just doesn't seem right.

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I always gear down when coming to a stop sign/traffic light/intersection. I've always done it that way so I really don't even think about it. I also try to leave enough room between me and the car in front of me to do the track stand and inch forward so I don't have to clip out. I agree with Jeff, clipping out sucks.

I love doing a successful track stand and then taking off when the light turns green leaving the cars sitting there. I always think the drivers are probably cursing me at the intersections thinking that I'm going to slow them down. It gives me great satisfaction to accelerate out quickly and leave them behind...for a minute anyway.

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I always gear down. Unless I forget. Then I have to destroy my knees, my leg muscles, and my lungs trying to get going and keep up with Erik...



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I try to always think ahead about what is coming, especially with traffic. I always gear down for the take-off. Here's a trick for you... unless it's a bit downhill, I usually attempt a track stand at intersections where I have to stop... I hate clipping out when I don't have to.
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Hi Kellie,

Like you, I'm no spring chicken and one of the reasons I like bike riding is because it is easy on my hips, which are beginning to develop arthirtis. So far, luckily, my knees are okay. But, even with that, I also have a hard time kicking back up to speed after a stop if I'm in too high of a gear, although I never really though of conciously gearing down BEFORE I stop. Seems what I do is gear down when I start to pedal again and realize I'm having to work way too hard. Might be a better plan to do it ahead of time.

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When Iím on my road bike and come to a stop, I donít change gears. So when I take off from the light I mash down as I clip in, in an effort to reach my cadence a quickly a possible. I have found, over the last few months, however, that that strategy creates additional stress on my knees, both of which have arthritis. So when I rode Friday and Sunday, I tried gearing down when I approached a stop. With the lower gear, I could start spinning right away, and then gear back up to the speed I was at before I stopped. No Ė maybe I should say a lot less - stress on my knees with this approach.

What do you do when approaching a stop? Stay in the same gear or gear down. This might not be a concern for you youngish folks since your knees are in better shape than mine are.

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Interesting discussion on clip vs clipless! When my husband and I got new road bikes the bike shop really encouraged us to get shoes and clips. I agree they are great....your feet don't slip, you can pull up as well as push down on the pedals, but they do take getting used to. I'm not sure I am totally comfortable with them yet. I've fallen a couple times when I haven't 'unclipped' fast enough, or only unclipped one foot and needed both. Now I'm trying to plan ahead a bit more (like at intersections or where I think I'll need to stop) and unclip in advance. Always easy to clip back in if I don't need to stop. I'm sure the more I ride, the more comfortable I'll feel with it all. Just a big change after 50 years of bike riding with traditional pedals!

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Not to worry skigeek, I am with you on the clipped in. I have been using clipless pedals for about 10 years now and I fell much safer clipped in than out - more in touch with my bike. When I wear regular shoes for quick errands, I feel totally disfunctional - I even have the habit of kicking my heel out when I have regular shoes on. It becomes second nature.

That said, I just think the whole clipless thing takes time and practice. It is a mental thing, but you know alot of people believed being seat belted into a car was more dangerous than driving with out one.

I used to mountain bike with my right foot clipped and my left free most the time. It helps to get used to sudden stopping, hopping and even falling (or starting to fall and realizing you can get out quickly). Nice grassy fields are a good place to practice some of these skills for mountain.

As for road riding, the biggest advantage to being clipped in is your improvements in efficieny. I definitely recommend it purely for the reason of pedalling circles.


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Lower seat on the downhill - good
Lower tire pressure is good until you pinch flat (snake bite). I recommend 40+psi tire pressure unless you have a tubeless tire setup, in which case you should be good down to 30psi. I run 50psi in my tubed wheels 'cuz there are big sharp rocks on my rides and I HATE to pinch flat. Get that unclipping thing down ASAP... I can't imagine riding without being clipped in... that sounds far worse than riding with toe clips (the basket).

Okay... I'll try to keep my mouth shut for a while now. :-) Happy mountain biking to my knobby tired friends!

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I am not experienced but one suggestion that I am going to try next time is lowering my seat before I go downhill. I have a quick release seat so it's pretty easy to do. I was thinking about how I always feel like I want to be able to get my feet down fast and being on a hillside, I sometimes can't even reach the ground with both feet. Someone suggested I lower the seat and ti sounds like a good idea. Apparently your centre of gravity is lower then and it's easier to balance. Oh, and I also heard that it might be good to have a little less pressure in your tires.... I'll let you know if it helps.

As for the clipless, I am still scared since I fell slow mo going upill when I dropped the chain. I always ride with the right clipped and mostly with the left unclipped unless the road is long straight and flat. :) It's totally a mental thing for me. Gotta find a way to get over it...







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While I encourage people us use the clipless pedals and stay clipped in, I don't recommend it in dicey sections until the fear factor with the pedals is not an issue. If you're more tense due to the pedals, you're likely to lose the control advantage of the pedals to the tension disadvantage of being nervous. Try staying in the pedals after clippng out becomes second nature. All just my opinion. *shrug* :-)

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Thanks, maybe I just need to practice clipping in and out more. It's still something I actively have to think about. I took a spin class, so maybe if I can keep that up (once a week) I'll get better at the clipping in a safe environment. Other than that I think I just need to do it, and see what happens. I think the control issue is valid, I will be better off w/ more control on those dicey sections.

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I am almost always clipped in on the mountain bike. The only time I unclip is for section I seriously don't think I can ride down without falling. If the trail gets dicey, I want to be clipped in to maintain better control of my bike... the pedal connection offers and advantage.

I think the risk associated with being clipped in is greatly reduced when you get clipping out wired into your brain so that there isn't a question if you'll be able to do it. Given this, I'd say get very comfortable with clipping out without thinking about it before trying to stay clipped in on terrain where you're not comfortable with it.

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Got in some mountain biking the past couple of weekends, but I'm wondering, how much of the time when you're mountain biking do you actually clip in? I'm still staying out of the clips most of the time because I keep wanting at least one foot free for when I get in those really rocky parts, especially when the trail is steep on both sides, and going around lots of blind curves. Of course I'm also not clipping in through the woods on flat trails just in case the trail suddenly turns dicey. And going downhill, etc, any advice/thoughts from you experienced bikers?

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the Delta ecoblast horn is refillable and at 115 Db is a good dog deterrent. I wear a Borah Jersey from www.mtborah.com
and have the Serphas 2000 flashing head light and tail light
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passive reflector below headlight and on pedals. The horn is good for dogs and drivers of two ton rolling phone booths

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Hey everyone, I was looking at the Precore site and happened upon some articles about fitness. There is one titled Tips for Cycling Training on a Precore EFX that was interesting as well as the Choosing The Best Exercise Modality. Hereís the link: http://www.precor.com/cons/tools/research/

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A quote from a weight-watcher co-worker:
The pain of passing up food is temporary. The pride of being at a healthy weight lasts forever.

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Anyone using ViewPoint Flare 5 LED Light on their bike? Fall is here and its dark by the time I get home. That and two dogs on side of the road that I didn't see causing me to go into an unexpected sprint emoticon emoticon
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Hey Everyone,

YEAH!!!!! I think the stomach bug is finally behind me. Wow, that was nearly 3 weeks. I dropped some weight, but I am pretty sure it will be back after I get back on the bike, boat, water and weightroom this week. All my gear is collecting dust and three exceptional weekends slipped by me. That's okay, at least I know my stomach is improving and I don't have some crazy disease or condition.

I did get to paddle in SF last weekend. Went around Alcatraz and it was awesome. Maybe I will do the 'Escape from Alcatraz' race someday.

Now, onto the bike. I haven't ridden in 3 weeks, so I think I will try to take an somewhat easy ride tomorrow, maybe to/from work. That's 12 miles so its not pushing it, right? I am sure I will be sore (good sore that is) later this week, but I can't wait to get the endorphins pumping.

I was getting a little worried for a while there - thanks for all the warm thoughts,

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Joe:
Thanks for sharing your knowledge! It is very helpful. You are so right about these supplements. I found that the cheap ones just donít work. I tried a few brands before settling on one. Then, in an effort to save money, went to a cheaper brand. Big mistake. No more switching for me.

I did talk over my decision with my doctor. He was open to letting me try it, which says good things about him. I think that most doctors would frown on taking natural supplements. He did let me know of the results of clinical trials since that is important information in making my decision.

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Hey bluebikr, thanks for the info. My next Dr. appt is in December and I'll jot this down to see what he thinks.
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Hey everyone, I got in my biking and walking today, but when I started I noticed my O.A. is a little more painful than it usually is on the 'bad days'. Anyway, its more noticible in my back this moring then I was pushing for my crunches, I had to add some back rolls to help massage my back to make the pain ease off. But I accomplished todays work! emoticon emoticon

 
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Hi everyone,

Just a word about Glucosamine and Chondroiton, but first a little background. My brother, father and myself own and operate a small independent pharmacy here in NC called (what else?) Family Pharmacy. We have numerous patients who have switched from NSAID's (non-steroidal anti-inflammitory drugs), to natural supplements like the Gluco/Chondro combination, shark cartilage, etc.

First of all, you want to make sure that your doctor is aware of what you are doing. Do not stop taking a medication without his prior knowledge. That being said, we have seen wonderful results with these natural supplements. They work best on mild to moderate osteo and rheumatiod arthritis.

Keep in mind that there is no US DEA or FDA oversite for supplements so the only way to know efficacy is to use European standards. There was a study completed several years ago on 100 different brands of ginkgo biloba. Of the 100 brands tested, over ninety did not contain the strength of the ingredient listed on the label (some, none at all!). We have patients come in almost every day complaining that they have been taking supplements for some time with no measurable results. This is usually because they bought the cheapest product available. You know what they say, you get what you pay for. If you are paying less than $5 for a Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplement, more than likely, you're wasting your time.

We recommend two brands, the Genesis Nutrition "Super Joint Complex" and Phytopharmica's Glucosamine and Chondroitin. Take at least 1000mg Gluco. and 500mg Chondro. twice daily for three months before you evaluate it.

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Hey Everyone:
I added pictures of my daughters and granddaughter to my photo galley. You have to look since I have the cutest G-baby in the world!

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Glad youíre working with your doctor. I wanted to get off the anti-inflammatory medication since it does affect your stomach. My Momís OA lead to total knee replacements. She also got to the point where the anti-inflammatory medication ate through the lining of her stomach after many years of taking them. Now she canít take them at all. I tried to MSM, glucosamine and chondroitin as alternative medications.

As for the spinning class: Itís an instructor lead class on specialized exercise bikes. The bike closely simulates the feel of road bike. The instructor leads you through a series of exercises to music, which includes climbing in and out of the saddle, spinning etc. Itís a great way to exercise especially when youíre short on time or the weather is bad. They can be very challenging classes. If you have a gym membership, check it out. Or you might have a spinning studio that charges by the class. I love them! I donít care for the other classes offered at our gym: step, dance, kick boxing, etc.


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Hey KJEANNE,
I have learned the hard way that without my meds from the doctor, I am in total pain and can't walk too good. Thanks for the info, I do take glucosamine 1500 mg. and I guess it helps with my meds, I don't really have any problems to complain about at the moment. May I ask, what in the world is a spinning class???? Everyone is mentioning it! Anyway, thanks again for the info!

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Hi Folks - well I've been traveling and dealing with an injury but things are going well. I'm currently doing two insane spin classes a week and at least two road rides. Haven't been in the woods much because of the shoulder injury but think I should be back out there this weekend.

Loving our gorgeous North Carolina fall so far - perfect riding weather. Hope everyone is putting in the miles and having fun - it was great to read all the posts today. -Iona

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Hey Plusk:

I have osteoarthritis in both knees. Itís so bad, that without medication, the pain to too great for me to walk. The two best things I did for my OA is ride my bike and get off my doctor prescribed medication. I now take MSM, glucosamine and chrondroitin for my OA. I am not recommending it for you, just sharing what works for me. I am aware of my knees and donít push them in spinning class and always give them time to warm up on a bike ride. I have gotten to the point where I forget I have OA! I know losing weight is the last thing I need to accomplish to help my OA.


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Hey, the map's pretty cool but check out where it puts me! Right on the equator, in the Pacific Ocean. Hope there's a little island there that I can bike around... :)

I guess it doesn't like Canadian Postal Codes...

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To save some people that aren't too quick some time (like me) you can enable your zip code's location to be mapped on your 'My SparkTeams' page. To see the location of those on your team, look for the 'View Team Map' next to the top right of the 'Newest Team Members' area of the main team page (which is on the lower left). Thanks for the head's up, Kimi! :-)

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Have you checked out the 'view team map' feature. I love it! If you aren't shy, add yourself, it is pretty cool to see where everyone hails from!

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Way to go with your weight loss and overcoming your osteoarthritis! Very impressive!
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Hey SkiGeek I think I am enjoying it! You see, I have my mind set on something that maybe abstract, but its set on a goal atleast. Deep in my heart, mind and soul, I have my mind set on getting in shape and leaving my O.A. panting in the dust cause it can't keep up! About 8 months ago, I finally quit feeling sorry for myself thinking I just couldn't do anything because of my O.A. but, honey, let me tell you now, it aint stopping me anymore! lol, O.A. Look out, cause here I come!!!
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Hey PLUSK1008, good job on the workout! I'm glad to hear you're still enjoying it. Keep it up! :-)

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Hey Judy,

Missed ya, glad to see you are back. Sounds like your crash was similar to one I have done. It is funny how those tiny bridges they put up on MTB trails can fool you.

I am still under the weather. I went for a paddle yesterday and all the exercise and exertion left me feeling nauseated again. It was also pretty exhausing. YUCK, I just want this to go away. Then I know I have a long road of working up to my previous levels. Lost like 11lbs in 11 days - not good cause I know it is just muscle mass.

I am off to San Fran for a few days, so I hope that my friend who just did the Vancouver Ironman will inspire me to get back on the horse. She is utterly incredible.



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Hey Judy, it's nice to see you're back. It's always nice to see your posts around here. :-) I do the same as SKORHEIM03, but use a rack with a rack bag when I can.

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good morning everyone!

I fell off the horse but I am ready to get back on again. Getting used to working again has been odd. I love my new job and the hours but I started back to school this week again so that was another wieght to add to my balance. Anyway, I have worked a schedule for when I can ride. My days are getting shorter and I don't like riding in the dark yet so I am set to a big ride every weekend. However, my office is only about 3 or 4 miles from where I live so on Friday's (casual day) I may start riding if I can find a safe place to keep my bike.

For those of you who regularly commute: what do you do about your clothes? I work in an office so 4 out of 5 days a week it's slacks and blouses. If I could figure out that part I would commute daily.

Also, since i am catching everyone up, I had my first crash! We went camping a couple weeks ago and were at the end of our trail ride and going over a couple very skinny old bridges. I thought the handle bar was going to get caught on the rail so I try to correct, over corrected and went down right there on the bridge. I somehow got the inside of the my thigh really good and it left a nasty bruise the size of a grapefruit and it is still fading.

First crash out of the way! Many more to go.

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9/20/06 8:34 P

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Huh... you're probably still one of my closer neighbors, but definitely not as close as I suspected. Very clever way to sneak a guy onto that ride. Let me know if you don't go next year and I can borrow the mask. ;-)

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Thanks for the welcome Jeff. Actually we live in Northern California but my husband was brave enough to drive four ladies to Utah for the Little Red Riding Hood ride. He had to fit in since we rode the tandem so he got the mask. Hope you are doing well with your goals.

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Welcome Cheryl! We're glad you joined us, and me especially since you're one of my closer neighbors on this team (assuming you live in Utah). I look forward to seeing you in the cycling forums here. Best of luck with your goals! :-) Take care!

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9/19/06 2:01 P

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Good morning all! My name is Cheryl and I am new to SparkPeople but love cycling. We have a tandem and although I am not as strong a rider as my husband (he rides a single bike also), we have a great time with the local bike club. I was just reading about the 500 mile Amgen ride. Wow...congratulations! What a great accomplishment.

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SCARLETTMINI:
I didnít even ask them to join me. They hear my stories about the ride and people and see how excited I got and said they want to come too.


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Kellie, CONGRATULATIONS! That's really cool that your husband and daughter might join you next year. Did you have to persuade them at all? I am wondering if I could convince my husband to do some similiar (to a much shorter degree) with me.

Jeff, Kimi, thanks for the feedback on triathlon biking. Now that I have the reassurance, I just have to pick an event. :-)


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Kimi:
Thanks for the donation and for considering the ride. It was fun. I am looking forward to next yearís ride. My husband will join me and my youngest daughter is thinking about it.

I can kinda of relate to the bulking up that you having when lifting weights. When I was at my ĎideaĒ body weight and lifted weights, I had challenges finding clothes that fit. My shoulders were way too wide for most blouses but my waist was too small for the pants that fit my thighs and butt!

And the cute workout clothes are way too tight! What a joke. You work out but canít wear the cute clothes because they are cut for someone who is rail thin.

Okay. Iím off my soap box.


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Glad you enjoyed it Jeff!
No need to retire. You need that sugar momma to take care of you. Lol.
I enjoyed that ride so much; Iíve decided to do it again in 2007! And my husband will join me too!
How about joining us?? I KNOW you would love it, being the outdoors type. Just think: riding all day (in the most beautiful state in these here United states) and camping at night. And all that activity is done with a few hundred folks who enjoy those activities too!
The fund raising is not too hard.

Kellie


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Wheee... just listening to your blog audios, Kellie. Very fun! I need to work on retiring so I have time to do all these rides with y'all! :-) I'm glad you had a great trip. Thanks for sharing the ride with us and great job raising all that money for your charity! :-)

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Hey Kellie,

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

I am so excited for you and I can't wait to listen to your last blog! I would love to join you next year and I even mentioned it to my Hubby. Next year is full right now, but it is on the radar now.

Kimi

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