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SJORDAN1959 Posts: 92
11/5/09 8:59 P

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My brother has 4 bikes for different uses. He has a prejudice against recumbents. I figure whatever keeps a person riding is good!

14 miles today, 69 so far for the week, and my goal for the week is 70. Will get ten or eleven tomorrow. All-in-all a good week!

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11/5/09 8:36 P

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I did not know that. I guess I just posted something I do to find others with things I can relate to.

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11/5/09 11:53 A

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There are all kinds of bike riders. I didn't even own a car until I was 24 so until then walking and cycling were my main forms of transportation.

For some reason there always seems to be antimosity between different kinds of cyclists. I remember racers and tourists not liking each other, then mountain bikers and road cyclists didn't get along, I can't tell you the number of times I've heard triathletes complain that bike racers ruin their rides and vice versa.

The way I see it is that all cycling is good.

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11/4/09 9:33 P

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It was gorgeous. How wonderful that you can ride your bike to work!

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SJORDAN1959 Posts: 92
11/4/09 9:21 P

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11 miles to and from work tonight, and Diane I feel sorry for people who don't live around here and didn't get to see tonight's sunset. Wow. And I really got to experience it because I was riding home!

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11/4/09 8:51 P

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Hey, Hi to you! Beautiful area, yes?

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SJORDAN1959 Posts: 92
11/3/09 8:51 P

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Diane--I am in the Hemet/San Jacinto area! Hi Neighbor.


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DANEDA_A Posts: 10
10/16/09 12:09 P

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Every so often I like to get up really early on a weekend and just take an easy cruise around the city before a lot of people are out. It's so peaceful & it's such a great way to relax and appreciate where I live.

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10/14/09 2:05 P

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I have a bag that attaches to the trunk rack on my commuting bike. I find that my clothes stay better (neater, less wrinkles, no sweat) in a bag on the bike than they do in a back pack.

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10/11/09 7:28 P

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The saddle bags are called pannier bags. (helpful to know that when shopping for them) As others have said, they are available at local bike shops or on line.
I have panniers and use them sometimes but prefer to use a backpack when going to the grocery store, and/or the bag that attaches to the rack.

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10/11/09 4:23 P

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I think mine is a "comfort bike," too. I live in Southwest California, the Temecula Valley area. I ride anywhere from twenty to sixty miles a week. Yes, it depends on the weather, I'm a big softie when it comes to the elements.

I'd like to get a rack for the back and try out those bags. It sounds perfect. Thanks.

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SJORDAN1959 Posts: 92
10/11/09 3:43 P

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Diane, I ride about 70 miles per week on what is classified as a "comfort" bike. I have a rack on the back that carries a bag that slides on a track. The bag itself sits on top of the rack, and it has two panniers that zip out/ down from the sides. It was made by topeak, I bought it at my LBS, but I think REI has them too. My students say my little bag is like a transformer :-)

I ride to work, to the gym, hoe and just for fun, especially now that he weather is cooling off here in the near desert of Southern California.

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DIANEONFIRE's Photo DIANEONFIRE Posts: 877
10/10/09 7:31 P

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Thanks!

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10/10/09 7:01 P

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I think I ordered mine from Performance Bike, or I got them at my local shop, can't remember. You can get them at just about any bike shop. They're normally used for folks who commute and tour. Pretty decent sizes. I like the bags in case it rains. I used to ride to work and now and then I'd get caught in the rain, didn't want all my work stuff to get soaked.

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10/10/09 6:56 P

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My niece just returned home from Belgium, and she says there bicycles are EVERYWHERE. And, they use the saddlebags like you do. Where do you get those?

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10/10/09 6:54 P

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I put a rack on the back of mine to help carry stuff too, and I have the bags that go over it to use when I know I'm headed out shopping. Great stuff!! Sometimes it's just too nice to take the car, I want to spend more time outside and enjoy the weather while I do some running around.

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That's cool! This morning I rode my bicycle to the library, then found a garage sale and bought a spice rack. It actually did fit into my basket, albeit a bit awkward, but it was fun riding my prize home.

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10/10/09 6:41 P

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we usually do at least one easy ride a week to the coffee shop. just hang out then ride home.



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10/10/09 6:37 P

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Absolutely! I just cruise around the neighborhood, the bike trails (paved ones), and I have been known to go to the store as well...or go out to pick up breakfast, etc.

Love to ride to work too, but right now I work nights so it's not very practical. One day!

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10/10/09 6:31 P

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Anybody not a mountain biker or racer? I love to be out on my bicycle, cruising the neighborhood, taking in the day. I also bought a shopping basket for it and will market via bicycle.

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