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10/27/10 3:25 P

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I always say that I'm not addicted to bicycling, but I'm addicted to the feeling I get when I'm done with a ride. There are many times on a difficult ride, while fighting the wind or climbing a mountain, where I question why I'm there. Then, when I finish, I'm on a natural high for accomplishing something so difficult.

Besides that, my social life is on two wheels. That's where I see my friends. This transports me back to being a kid. We're full of pranks and hijinx.

...and then in the middle of everything, you realize you're alive right now, and the time to live is right now!


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10/10/10 7:16 P

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It's a great mental release from life, fresh air, open roads, hills veiws and a good cardio workout while building leg strength. Plus, sometimes I have a need for speed that can only be covered by a fast ride.


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10/10/10 1:18 P

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Many Reasons:
I can do it with my husband
Great calorie burner
Get enjoy the great outdoors


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Many reasons:

I was never very competitive as a runner but I found I was a much better cyclist. I got in the best shape of my life when I was riding a lot. Cycling is a great way to run errands while getting some exercise and reducing my carbon footprint. You can cycle far enough to have a real change of scenery. You meet the nicest people riding bikes.

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10/6/10 10:54 A

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I ride a bike because I love it. Been riding since I was a toddler and I'm still riding at 60. If only I hadn't eaten so much.

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It allows for exploring greater distances down trails that recharge my exuberant enthusiasm for life. I find the meditative time a wonderful way to enjoy the awesome experiences in my memory and make strategies for the future. I find it easy to be in the moment and appreciate all my gifts when riding.
The endorphin highs from climbing those hills then taking a flying glide downhill are a big bonus.
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9/22/10 8:12 A

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Riding a nice trail with linked turns can feel like flying through the forest.

What a wonderful day! No one in the village doing anything. - Shiki


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achilles tendinitis - killed my running. I am trying to convince myself that I like cycling as much, problem is I really don't BUT I will keep believing I do until it is true

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9/21/10 11:54 A

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Because I can! After chemo I was so weak and started with walking but could never quite run. But cycling ... when I dicovered that I was hooked. My endurance improved drastically. In fact, I see see improvements even after riding the whole summer.

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9/21/10 6:39 A

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For fun & fitness -love it all

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I love to go fast, I love the wind on my face, and I love the muscles in my legs.



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I cycle for fitness, I had open heart by pass surgery in May, and got back into riding

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


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Just started biking again after years of no bike. The only thing is I wonder why I waited so long. I get the whole bugs in the teeth thing, but bugs in your eye, under your contact lense while wearing sunglasses really stinks!

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I cycle because it makes me HAPPY!

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Hmm, the closest I've got to that was the bee sting in that small space above my glasses and below my helmet. Not a good experience...

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I usually swallow the bugs without getting them stuck in my teeth. I have had a few ping off my helmet at 25kms/hr and off my arms once and a while.

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION.


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Totally free feeling, the breeze on hot sweaty skin and the bugs in my teeth!

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I love cycling in the countryside- I get to destress and accomplish something for my health- I LOVE to cycle

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BIKETREK-you said it all. Same reasons I cross country ski in the winter, too. Exercise and serenity without stress joints.

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION.


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I'm an outreach minister to the elderly, sick, and dying, to the shut-in and the prisoner. I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, asthma and many, many allergies, to foods, etc. When I ride for miles and miles I have my me time, my peace and quiet, my freedom, my quiet prayer time with God, my calorie killing, fat burning, hill climbing, heart and lung strengthening workout with no stress on my joints. I see the natural beauty, the animals, birds, and I compete against my self. I get my endorphin and serotonin boost and I just plain LOVE to ride.

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8/28/10 11:44 P

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I cycle for many reasons. I like the sense of accomplishment from getting from point A to point B. I like seeing the country side and things that I might not otherwise see because I've slowed down and taken the path less traveled. I like the fact that people's reaction about how far I've travel (it really isn't that hard) and finally I am one of those people that find repetitive exercise meditative and relaxing.

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I started for two reasons. The first being that I ended up injuring the bottom of my heal by running the LA Marathon and have grown very tired of not being able to run because of it. Reason number two is that my wife wanted to find a way to enjoy exercise, so I mentioned cycling to her and now we are both hooked.

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8/27/10 12:44 P

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Cycling is great exercise, but for me its to see new things and 'lose the stress' of every day life. A day riding in windy cold rain to me always beats the stresses of work/life. Expanding my 'range', always keeps the list of things I can go out to see fresh and keeps me motivated in increasing my mileage.

Nice topic.

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Cycling makes me happy in my heart. emoticon

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION.


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Cycling keeps me sane!

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I did join a local group but they were way over my head in talking plus they were doing it while we were on our bikes but they never said why I needed to be in a certain gear. I think I will check for a book from the library. Thanks!

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Sheryl, I don't know where you are, but see if there is a cycling group near you. They frequently have beginner rides. Search "(your town/city/or state) bicycling club" and see what comes up. Or ask at your local bike shop.

Also, I know REI does some clinics, including a "Learn the ride a bike" sone. Most of REI's clinics are low cost, and some are even free.

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Years ago I was an avid jogger but still rode my bike about 2/3 days a week with a friend.

Recently I've had a lot of issues with my knees and feet - probably coming from running -- and my Dr. recommended cycling to replace the running.

It took a little while before my knees started feeling better, but now I'm addicted! Neither my knees nor my feet give me any problems.. I travel faster and love having a new way to explore the city that I live in!

Leigh

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I wish you were closer to me Drc2205 I need help with the gearing & techniques. I enjoy riding but would probably enjoy it more if I knew what I was doing.

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My Dad bought me and my DH bikes and then challenged us to train for a metric century ride. So we started and we really are enjoying riding. It's hard but not in a terrible way. And getting to see the amazing scenery that I don't notice at all when I'm in the car is amazing. Riding through rural areas is so nice and a great way to spend time with my DH.

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An ex-boyfriend convinced me to give it another try about 10 years ago. I had tried my old road bike the year before and hated it, so he set me up on a decent bike (cyclocross). And rode with me, teaching me gears, techniques, how to drink water while riding... So it started out as a thing to do together.

Now I just love being about to *go*. And I pay it forward, taking other newbies out and showing them the ropes. I figure--the more cyclists there are in the world, the more drivers are lookig out for them!

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Because my parents made the mistake of teaching me how to ride a bike when I was in first grade. Now, I have to. A genetic mutation has taken place and if I don't ride, I get crabby. Real, real, crabby. It's best for the world if I don't get crabby.

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I cycle because it's a fun way to commute and get exercise in at the same time.

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I started riding for exercise. With some foot problems, and being overweight, walking was not easy.
My first bike was an ancient Ross mountain bike. It was hard to ride. Felt like going uphill with 2 flat tires, but I got out there anyway.
Then a friend introduced me to road bikes. The first time I went out with him on my new (old) road bike, I thought he was trying to kill me. We went 18 miles, at probably less than 10 miles an hour, and keeping up with him was a struggle. I'm thinking "I'll never do this again." But when we got back to the car and he asked if I wanted to do it again tomorrow I said "Okay."
For that first summer, I thought about quitting almost every time we rode. The road bike is so much easier to ride, but we go much faster so it's much more of a workout.
The following year I did my first metric century at Clarksville Tn. My average speed was 15.4 mph. That was 4 years ago.
I love to ride. I love the feeling I get when I'm moving on the bike. I love being outside in the sun and air, and being in the country. And I enjoy the feeling that I've done something good for me.
It's just fun.


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Great posts from everyone!

I'm like some of the others.
- I get a great workout when I ride. No slow leisurely rides for me though. Always full blast.
- Feel great after a ride. Only regret when I don't ride, never when I do.
- Get to go fast, challenge myself on the hills, average speed, all that.
- Road biking is convenient for me, roll out the driveway and off I go.

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There's a road that leads from my house and I own a bike. They just seem to go together!

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It's a fun thing to do

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I started cycling again after pulling my calf muscle and not being able to run. I remembered how much I love it. I love being able to go as fast and hard or slow and easy as I feel like. I love being able to ride on a hot summer evening and feeling the cool breeze on my face. The fact that I am burning 10 calories a minute on my weekday ride doesn't hurt either.

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

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Barronvc - I agree it is a process and documenting is time consuming and just a plain old pain but it is something that I need to do to figure out what will work.
Body type I think I am a combo, apple shape for sure so that is another thing to figure out. Once I get all of this down pat I will be ready for a treat!!!

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I started to cycle to add variety to my walking workouts and as a way to explore longer distances of the beautiful local trails. I now find it a passion and love every part of riding.

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Eating as you increase exercise is the key and everyone is different.

I avoid any high sugar (added sugar) drinks. Take in water and fuel up as soon as you finish. Tracking your calories burned and calories you intake might help balance this.

For me it is best not to eat too many carbos, I keep it 40 to 55%. Recovery is higher protein 30%, fat 30%, carbos 40%. Pre longer event, protein 22.5 to 25%, fat 22.5 to 25%, carbos 50 to 55%.

What is your body type. Endo, Meso, or Ecto? Maybe a combination. You need to eat for your body type.

Document and learn what works, it's a process.

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I think the reason I don't lose weight is because I think I can eat more because I just put 50 miles on my bike. Sometimes you still need to can back on the calories or it might be how you are eating after the ride. I am still trying to figure it out. emoticon Happy 4th everyone!

Living life one mile and adventure at a time! Life is way to short be be living it on the sidelines. Set a goal and go for it!


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You said you originally started riding to loose weight, I am having trouble in this department, I don't seem to burn that many calories no matter how fast or slow I am going. I am sure it has something to do with something I am doing wrong, any tips?? I have been told I can burn as much in an hour as I can running, true?

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Thanks to all that replied some interesting stories here. We are all so different but yet so alike that is what makes all of us great!! Happy 4th of July to all.

Sheryl

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I cycle because God has allowed me to. I love how it makes me feel when I kick a really good hill's butt and any time I can track the miles. It just makes me feel so alive! Bust most of all for the health benefits! emoticon
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I have always cycled. Got my 1st 2 wheel bike 1958 and never stopped. Road and raced at a high level in the late 60's to early 80's. Cycling has allowed me to keep my body moving when I was not able to walk or be mobile due to injuries.

Hit by a car in 83 commuting home from work on a Friday. Car ran a red light and hit me at about 50 mph. Had a lump on my left hip the size of a soft ball and learned years late the hip was probably cracked (replaced in 08), landed on my upper back lower cervical (multi level fusion 07), lumbar was damaged (surgery 5/10). These injuries have come to bite me 20+ years later. I will need another hip in a few years as I landed on the right one and it's going. I remember pulling the bike up like I was jumping a log as high as possible and getting into a tuck position so I wouldn't end up under the car. My left hip and femur hit on the hood, left side shoulder, back, head, and neck on windshield, went over the car spinning like a football on the was to the uprights, finally landing on the road hitting the right side of head and neck on the pavement and right hip. My feet were still strapped into the toe clips and the bike was not damaged too bad, I took most of it. The car never stopped, I somehow got up and fell down again, a 6 hour trip to the hospital, back to work on Monday limping and working with one arm in a sling.

Cycling has kept me moving and going despite the injuries. I should have been dead so I'm lucky. A lot has changed since 1983. Texting is one problem so be safe and visible. I ride rural road mostly and paved bike trails if possible. Always use a flasher and bright jersey if possible. Cycling is the one thing that keeps me motivated and going. Only 6 weeks since lumbar surgery and I did 4 rides last week. Yes, I had to alter my position until I regain flexibility but I'm on two wheels again. Last Tuesday, my 3rd ride since surgery I did 12 miles at 16+ mph and considering the circumstance I'm happy to be alive and moving.

Due to my interest in continued cycling I'm working super hard in rehab on my core, back stabilization, and just starting flexibility. Cycling is my driving force to regain some health. Nothing feels so good as to be free on a bicycle, moving wind in your face, and releasing tension's, as well as, thinking through problems.

"I love to go fast. It makes me feel alive!" LAURELSPARK This says it all!


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Biking is fun. My DH also bikes so we often do it together.

Biking is great exercise. I feel like my legs look better with a little bit of muscle (not to mention the cardio benefits).

You get to do it outside. I would much rather be outside biking doesn't "get" to me on a hot day.

I love to go fast. It makes me feel alive!

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just rode in to work 10 mins ago 13 mile ride one way and i love the feeling it gives me i feel active cals burning legs look firmer better than sitting on couch watching tv eating food gives me a sense of accomplishment emoticon

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in 2002 I tore my ACL and mieniscus and had 80% of the meniscus removed, I did elipticals for a long time. I got bored with that and started spinning, a few people in the class talked me in to getting a road bike and I have been biking ever since. I just did my first organized ride 3 weeks ago. I did the MS 150 in minnesota. a 150 mile ride from duluth to the twin cites over two days. Already signed up for next year.

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My primary reason was just to do all my short trips around town because, besides my beloved VW bus for the occasional road trip, I truly do hate cars.

Then I realized how many calories I could burn if I took an hour ride about the countryside every morning.

Now, well I am striving to truly be the change I want to see. I am looking for a good utility trailer for my bike. Not a kid puller (I put miles on one of those in the 80s & 90s) or tiny little light-as-air touring trailer... I want something I could haul groceries, or a kayak or another bike or a load of compost with. I use my bike for exercise and for commuting - but now I am looking for ways to put my bike to WORK!

Life has no remote... get up and change it yourself!


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I like having nice legs. LOL


It's a great outlet, it keeps me healthy and fit and sane. I started riding to lose weight, developed a passion for it, and haven't looked back.

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I orginally started taking spin classes 3-4 times a week. Then I started to add in some running and spun only twice a week to break things up. When the weather got warmer I started to run outside and bike. I found that I really liked taking 20-30 mile bike rides and was able to burn a lot of calories. Now I run once a week and bike 4-5 times a week. It's just more fun and getting out into the rural areas is just good for the soul. This has allowed me to lose 85 Lbs since August 2009.

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7/3/10 8:48 A

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Originally, in February of 2009, I started riding to lose weight - down to 210 from 235. But, if asked today, I'd say, "I'm apparently masochistic."

 current weight: 204.8 
 
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7/3/10 7:12 A

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I started riding my bike as a means for cross-training from my running but found out I really like it, how about all of you?

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