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12/13/11 2:28 P

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I recently got the Light and Motion VIS 360 Helmet Head and Tailight Set

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and am very happy with it. Although I'm not a mountain-biking-in-the-dark kinda guy I think you will find that this meets your needs well.

The price is dropping too! I paid $130 back in Oct. and now? $115! A bit pricey but you get what you pay for...

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Need some advice... The wednesday group that I would like to ride my mountain bike with sets out at 5pm, which is about the time it gets dark nowadays. And apparently they head straight to the woods, where, I was told, the darkness is absolute. They want me to have proper headlight and taillight for these rides. Tail light is no big deal, because it serves to be seen. Headlight in this case is not to be seen, but to see the track as much as possible...

I have browsed through the headlights in Amazon.com, and read the reviews... But none of them seems too encouraging for use in the darkness... They all talk about poorly lit streets... What do you suggest? Do you have any experience in the dark with a mountain bike?

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DDOORN: What a route to get to the car! Congrats.

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12/4/11 8:20 P

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Nice rides, MPLANE37!

Nailed 28 miles today taking the "long way" to picking up the car from the shop...lol

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I did 46km (slightly less than 30 miles) on the road yesterday and today 33km (about 16 miles) on the mountain tracks... Today's ride was far more challenging than yesterday's: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/59908
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Spain....You have to visit Alberto Contador and tell us about it.

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SPAIN! How awesome is THAT!

I always love to hear of the SPARK spreading around the globe! :-)

Happy trails...! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures!

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Finally got the Merida Sub 60; Deore XT (not great but OK), hydraulic disc brakes, front shocks only (hard tail) and best of all, the lightest mountain bike I ever owned! I tried it out, and it felt great. The seller was about my age and about my height too, which ment that the bike size was perfect for me. It indeed was. Somehow he lost interes in biking, that is why he wanted to sell it. Didn't ask why on earth he would lose interest in biking.

Now I need to find some biker buddies to start enjoying it.

I live in Barcelona, Spain.... Anyone?

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11/11/11 7:49 A

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In addition to following DDOORN'S advice, I would ride both bikes and see which feels better. Good luck!!

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Welcome to our Team and SparkFamily!

Apologies, but haven't any experience with either bike so I don't know what to advise beyond my standard recommendation to work closely with a local bike shop. Even if you don't buy from them as you're buying used, you can still get some useful feedback which can help you with your decision.

Looking forward to hearing about your decision and tales of getting back on the road again! :-)

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Hello everyone!
Biking has always been a great love of mine. Recently I have been shopping for a second hand bike, because both of my bikes were stolen from the garage (to open the locked door, they did not bother with the lock, they folded the metal door by the middle - luckily insurance paid for the door, but I did not have insurance on my bikes :( Terrible.). Anyway, now I feel naked (people who don't bike think that I am exaggerating). Anyway... Can't decide between a relatively used 2009 Rockrider 9.1 and an almost like new 2009 Merida sub 60... Would have loved to buy one of those high end Canondale or Trek, but I can't pay for those right now.

I don't know if any of you is familiar with these two bikes, which come at about the same price (9.1 at Euro 400 and Merida at Euro 350). Not a particular fan of 9.1, although it is a relatively higher end bike, and also used quite a bit. Don't know anything about the Merida...


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11/7/11 12:10 A

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Thanks everyone for your advice on Bike Racks. If you haven't already and still want to weigh in, feel free to do so.
I still haven't made a decision, but since I probably won't be doing too much riding this winter with all the snow, I probably won't make the purchase until Spring.

GOLIGHTLY.....what kind of car do you have your hitch rack on? Thanks again!! Ü

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I use a hitch rack. I can easily lift my bike into it. I have a lock for the rack to the car and for the bike to the rack. If I am going out of town, I tie the bike down with a rope, just to make sure it's stable. Occasionally, I have to be aware of going slowly so that the rack is sure to clear if the driveway is very steep, but normally it is not a concern.


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I think my preference for roof racks came from my association of them with professional teams and I liked the way a roof rack permanently mounted on my vehicles identified me as a serious cyclist.
I don't have any statistics proving that bikes in rear are more or less vulnerable than bikes on top but on top you do have to worry about forgetting to remove it before entering garages or car ports, have to watch for low hanging branches, etc. In 32 years of driving I've been rear ended 3 times so I don't see that as a big risk.
I originally got my hitch rack because I drove a convertable but once I had one I installed trailer hitches on all my vehicles and use my hitch rack exclusively.

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I've always preferred roof racks. In the past I had vehicles that were way too tall and I adjusted that problem by switching to a small Volvo station wagon. Since I keep my car outside (my wife's pretty SUV, the lawn tractor, and my bikes take up the garage space), there's no fear of having an accident. Putting my bikes on a rear hitch is scary. The thought of backing into something or someone hitting me from the rear, scares me.

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For years I was a big fan of roof racks and thought it was the only way to go. When I got a Miata it a roof rack was obviously out of the question. I had a hitch installed and got a hitch rack and love it. It is easier to load and unload and it doesn't lower my fuel mileage as much as putting bikes on top do and I don't have to be on the lookout for branches and such. To non-cyclists any kind of bike rack looks stupid and to cyclist any kind of bike rack looks good. Who do you care about impressing?

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Any advice on transporting a bike?
I drive a Honda Accord 4-dr. Sedan and would love a way to transport my XS Specialized bike to various local places as well as my parent's home about 160 miles away. I have looked into several bike rack options, but have hesitations.
ROOF RACK.....I am too short. Although I wish it was, that is not even an option.
TRUNK RACK....I am worried about scratches on my car as well as on the longer distance trips the bike becoming loose. Also, on the longer trips if I have to stop somewhere for lunch, etc. I don't want to come back out and have my bike be gone. I did look into the THULE Raceway Platform rack that has tire trays. You supposedly can lock the rack to your car and lock the bike to the rack and with the tire trays I think there would be less movement and scratching potential. However, in almost every review of this rack they talk about how the rack is really heavy and leaves dents in the bumper.
HITCH RACK....I don't know if I want to go this route on my car because of the added expense to have a hitch receiver installed, plus the cost of the hitch rack. This would also lower the clearance in the back. Does a sedan look stupid with a hitch rack??
TRUNK......I have considered taking off the front tire and trying to fit it in my trunk (chain side up, of course), but I haven't tried this to see if it would fit yet. I CAN put down the back seat that goes into the truck area, but the opening from the back seat to the truck is not super wide. I do have 29er tires. With this option (if it works) should I be worried about people seeing the bike in my car, if I have to make a stop and breaking out a window to steal the bike? I then also worry about getting grease in the trunk (would I have to put a towel or tarp down). I can get the front tire off, no problem. I have become a pro at the QR tire, but am I tall enough/strong enough to maneuver it into my trunk without scratching my car? I want to have a "spotter" there with me the first time I try this, which is why I haven't attempted this yet.

Maybe I am overly paranoid about scratches on my car, and after paying what I did for my bike, I certainly don't want it walking off. Sorry for the novel.

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10/18/11 1:35 P

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MS DEBSILYN:
Welcome to the Team. Be careful, some of us are cycling fanatics. The latter could be contagious.

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Woo HOO to your ride! Yep 40 alone is less than ideal, however it's WAY better than NO ride! :-)

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Did my first distance ride last week. Supposed to be 32 miles, but got lost and added about 7 extra. Going to my first cycling club meeting tomorrow night. Hope to find some people to ride with. 40 miles by yourself is a little lonely!

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Not absolutely positive, but given the positioning of the toe-clips on my pedals (which I have YET to use...although I know I should...!), I'm pretty sure the best position is the front of the foot around the ball.

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Thanks for the links.

A general question: Where are the feet supposed to be placed on the pedals? On the balls? Midfoot?

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Welcome to our Team!

Be careful...cycling can be EXTREMELY habit-forming...! :-)

Depending on your resources, you may want to start off with an inexpensive used, beater bike via Craig's list, yard sales, etc. just to get a feel for what kind of cycling you aiming for: road cycling, mountain cycling, shorter / longer distances, etc.

Also get cozy with a local bike shop and if possible cycling club. You can learn a great deal from picking their brains.

Begin to think about what you want to accomplish via cycling. Where would you like your cycling to take you...? Out in the wilderness hopping up & down dirt trails? Relaxing rides out on your local rail-trail? Longer distances between neighboring cities and villages?

Looking forward to hearing more about your decisions and adventures on two wheels!

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Hello everybody! I haven't started cycling....yet! It's something that I am very, very interested in, but I do not have the first clue as to how to get started!! I assume that I need to be fitted properly for a bike, and get the correct protective gear, etc. Any beginner advice would be awesome :) Thanks, and I look forward to joining you all in the world of cycling!!

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Welcome aboard!

Here's a few others:

www.roadbikerider.com/

www.active.com/cycling/

www.cyclingactive.com/category/how-t
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Welcome to the Team. Hope you enjoy riding with us. I find that bicycling.com has a wealth of information relative to cycling. They cover the equipment, clothing, nutrition, training, and more. Try it and see what you think. Additionally, this Team always has a variety of interesting topics that are discussed. If you come up with a question, ask it. Someone will come to your aid. Again, welcome to the Team.

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New to the team and new to cycling.

Where can I find a good, centralized introduction to cycling fitness? I'm particularly interested in proper form, pacing, and gear use.

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I echo Don's good wishes.

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Super to hear everything went well and was so enjoyable!

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The owl ride was a blast! 2,000 riders present their own challenge even with staggered starts. I took your advice and drove the route first. Glad I listened to you all because there were a couple of spots that the roadwork left uneven surfaces. If I do much night riding I will definitely have to invest in a better light. Under the street lights I couldn't even tell I had one on. We will definitely do it again next year but have learned some good lessons from this year. It was something fun and different to shake up the usual ride!

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I'm still holding out for this light set up which looks like one of the best around:

www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_
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If only my wallet could accomodate! :-)

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Regarding night time lighting, you get what you pay for. For a good lighting system, expect to be plunking down some money but you will have light comparable to a car/motorcycle. If you go cheap, you'll have a hard time seeing anything (even with ambient light).

I have a niterider 700 LED pro. Works great. I just hate the weight of the battery and having to charge it. During overnight Rando or ultra distance rides, its kinda pain to haul it out of the trunk bag, hook it up etc. The newer NiteRider lights have the capability of being hooked up to a PC and programming your own light patterns/brightness (you can have up to 5 brightness levels per profile). At each level the profile, it tells you the approx. time the battery will last. IE: for xxx lumens and an 8 cell battery, you will have xx hours of lighting. The amount of light this thing can produce and full brightness is nothing short of extreme; cars will flash you thinking you have a bright on. They also have a 1400 model - for people who do off road night riding/racing.

This spring I bought a SonDelux hub and ES Pro asymmetrical light. The light is powered by the front hub while pedaling. While the light is on, I really don't notice any additional resistance at all. Light comes on around 1-2 MPH, fairly bright around 7-8, full brightness above 10. Its comparable to a low beam on a motorcycle. I love it. Zero complaints. My headlight and tail light are both LED and powered from the hub, so in theory it shouldn't break on me. For Rando rides, it's best to have redundant systems, so I carry a strap on AA battery front and rear lights incase something bad were to happen so I don't get DQ'd. But for normal riding, not needed at all.

Here's what some of the beams look like for comparison: http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/headlights
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Again, neither of these options are on the cheap side, but form experience both work well (esp. the hub powered since you don't need to mess with batteries) and both will light up the street leaving zero doubt where holes, etc are.

I tend to ride at night 2-4 a week. With a hectic work and family life it's hard to get all my miles in before nighttime every day of the week. It's nice to not be limited by the time of day in any way and ensure I can get my rides in.

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Thanks! Good advice. I will try to see the route in daylight first!

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As usual, great advice from DDOORN. I personally shy away from night rides if I have not ridden the route during daylight. Too many things can be missed during the dark, in spite of having illumination.

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Sounds like fun...perhaps someone should scour the route in advance during daylight to be sure that there aren't any nasty pot-holes, debris, etc. which might be overlooked in the less than ideal lighting at night...?

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I just signed up for a group Owl Ride( 11pm ride under full moon and street lights). Other than good lights is there anything else I should need and be aware of?

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That is a really awesome thing! It also really allays my fears about group riding and being a slowpoke.. Thank you!

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It usually means there is a leader of the ride that will stay with the slower riders at the back of the pack. No one will be left behind..."no drops"! Nice to have that option! Enjoy! :-)

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A new question!

I just did some research on group rides in the area, and there is one about every day of the week around here! I am so excited! It seems as if there are three that look do able at my current fitness level. Right now I am comfortable doing 13-14 mile rides non-stop with my average speed around 10.

I see there are many rides listed as a "no drop" ride. What does this mean?

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I'm baack!! my rear end does feel better after slowing my pace a bit. I am usually riding every other day - and I don't think I've done another ride as long as 18 miles. I am still enjoying it.

I did some research and decided to put clipless pedals on last weekend. My bike shop put the bike in their trainer, so I felt pretty comfortable with them before I left. I rode again yesterday - no problems. Today I decided to ride to work since the weather is going to get pretty hot and humid the rest of the week. I arrived at work and clipped out my right side - forgot the left - oops...but I didn't wipe out, but close. I sort of did the same thing when I got home.

I like the clips. - I think its helping with the climbs I have on this route, and taking a few minutes off my commute time.



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I use a microfiber towel to wipe the bike down and brushes for the hard to reach areas... no water.
For protection I give it a coat of spray on quick wax (the kind for cars)... never on the braking surface though.

My sore butt problem went away when I bought a Books saddle. I have found that more frequent shorter rides help get over the saddle soreness faster. If you actually bruise the tissue over the sit bones, you can be really sore for a while.

For snacks... I prefer Cliff bars... tasty and relatively inexpensive. Although, I don't usually eat on rides shorter than 25 miles or so.





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I hose my whole bike down, but not too much water pressure. My personal snack is honey simply because it's sugar and it's inexpensive.
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ahhh.... The bumm issue :)
I'm not a fan of the trainer... so every spring I have to kick it to get used to the saddle again.
It usually takes about a month of regular riding (for me)
I haven't been riding long.
SO enjoyed the posts about cleaning my bike.
I just got a new road bike and want to take care of it.
So, when I wash it is there anything I'm not suppose to put water on?
or can I hose the whole thing down?

Also... random thing to talk about SNACKS...
anybody got any favorites for a long ride?
Mine right now is an orange and the new honey waffle stingers :)
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Something I found very helpful in adjusting to riding longer distances re: saddle comfort has been to "ride light" and use my legs routinely as a buffer between my butt and bumps, rough road as well as to semi-stand at various intervals while riding.

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Only way to build up the "callus" is to log the saddle time, I'm afraid. Assuming it's not something like problems with your saddle and your specific anatomy/sit bones, just gotta put in the time and earn it, you'll get there!

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So I took the REI basic bike maintenance class--it was about 1.5 hours. I'd say it was good for people like me who've never really maintained a bike. A lot of the info was the same stuff I'd seen on instructional videos online, but here's the highlights of what was new information to me:

-The main reason you should not lower your bike seat too much is that you should avoid your knee going above your hip when it is at its highest point. This can cause pain/injury over time.

-Never ever lay your bike drive-train side down. Apparently the arm that holds the derailleur is made out of metal that is meant to give (rather than snap) if bumped (to save your derailleur) but the repercussion is you could ride your bike with a best derailleur arm for awhile without noticing, causing excess wear & tear on you bike. Just laying your bike drive-train down could be enough to bend that arm. Older bikes may not have this feature, so if it breaks, you have to get a new bike rather than a new derailleur arm.

-All tires have a range of recommended air pressure. For a "grippy" tire, inflate to the lower PSI. For speed, inflate to the max PSI.

-Most flat tires are cause by under-inflated tires. A well-inflated tire is more resistant to punctures, and "pinch" flats are always caused by under-inflation. A pinch flat is when you hit a bump and the tire pinches to the rim, causing the tube to get little "cuts" at the pinch point.

-Don't push the wheel quick-release lever against the frame. It make it harder to release the next time, and it won't actually fully seat, so it's not safe.

-If you're taking your chain off intentionally (ie to get the back tire off) put the both the front and to the smallest gears to make it easier to get the chain off. But never ride your bike in both smallest gears or both largest gears (I think because its hard on the chain?)

-Chains stretch over time.

-The quick release lever should "catch" when its lined up with your wheel hub. Before that and the nut on the other side is too tight, after that and the nut is too loose.




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Hey Andrea, I mountain bike, so my experience might be a little different, but I had a sore backside at first, too. It sounds like you've not given the tushy much chance to recover riding nearly every day! One thing you can do is sit on your seat less, especially when you're going over bumps.



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Here's a new question - when will my rear stop hurting?

I think I really overdid it in the excellent weather we had last weekend, I rode about 30 miles between Sat-Sun, another 12 Monday, 8-9 Tuesday - rain yesterday and today I rode 4 miles to work this morning. All of this after much weather frustration and little spring-time riding.

I litterally thought about bringing an ice pack to work today to sit on!

I am riding a Trek 800 MTN bike and put street tires on after the first few rides, and I treated myself to a new seat in anticipation of getting into riding again. My biggest complaint was always the seat. I also bought a pair of Canari shorts that are padded. Not sure if there are different types of short, but I will say these were fairly inexpensive.

I'm not sure what to do about the pain outside of ibuprofen - would ice help? Should I stick to shorter rides until I get my "callus" built up? Any suggestions appreciated.

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Welcome to the Team. I hope you continue to enjoy your biking experiences. If you have any questions, please ask them. This team has a wealth of biking know;edge.

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I just joined this Team and am working on adding cycling to my fitness plan. My husband and I have been riding around our neighborhood, just getting the feel of riding again and getting used to the bikes after not really ridden for many years. We both have Cannondale recumbants we purchased some years ago. I enjoy riding mine since riding a regular bike is a killer on neck and back. I fell like I am in a Lazyboy recliner almost. My husband also purchased a Gary Fischer bike a few years ago as he felt better riding that way. He still like the Cannondale recumbent, but prefers the other one most of the time. I would like to start biking on some of the trails located in Minnesota. We did buy a small trailer with the idea of hauling the bikes on. It needs new floorboards and some wiring replaced, so that might be our summer project if funds allow.

For now, we are just enjoying our short local neighborhood rides as we build up stamina and strength. Looking forward to reading and learning more about biking from this team.

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DELICO:
WELCOME TO THE TEAM. WE CERTAINLY HOPE THAT YOU CONTINUE TO ENJOY YOUR BIKING EXPERIENCE. PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS. THERE'S SOME REALLY EXPERIENCED FOLKS HERE THAT ARE JUST SUPER NICE. GOOD LUCK AND AGAIN, WELCOME.

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Hi guys! I'm new to the group and mountain biking in general. I bought an inexpensive Trek a couple of years ago, used it once, and decided mountain biking wasn't for me. I think it was mostly because I felt it was pretty dangerous, and I was going with my boyfriend who isn't the best teacher (ie, the first time on a trail I followed him; he was going too fast for me to keep up and I didn't really even know how to use my brakes or gears so it was NOT fun). And that was the last time I rode that bike for about 3 years. Now the boyfriend is a fiancé, and we're realizing we need to get off our duffs before we can't! Neither of us particularly like "working out" so we revisited the idea of biking. My man is taking it a lot slower for me now, and I've gotten a lot better about voicing my concerns with him, so at least I have a partner. (I had a huge fight with him on the trail where I said I'd never bike with him again, but that fight help us iron some stuff out, trust issues way beyond biking). He's not terribly experienced/knowledgeable either (just a much bigger risk-taker), so this forum is hugely exciting for me!!

We're fortunate to have a bike park near us that has several mini-loops that can be strung together to create a nice ride, while not committing you to a really long ride either. It really is, in my opinion, an ideal training ground. Over the last month I've been learning to brake properly, climb hills, go down declines, ride over some obstacles (rocks, logs), deal with sand, steer through narrow patches, etc. Most importantly, I've been gaining strength, endurance, and CONFIDENCE.

Everyone's posts on what to bring are great. Last week we tried a more challenging trail and my man took a tumble. Just a few scratches on his arm, but we had to ride through another 1/4 mile of trail to get to an out. We had some wipes and hand sanitizer in the car to get him cleaned up, but it would be better if we had supplies on our bikes.

I'm psyched about taking a free bike maintenance class at REI next week. I'll update the other newbies on how worthwhile it is...




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I usually carry a spare inner tube, but because of my flat tire experience on Friday, I ordered a patch kit for tires (tire boot) as well.

I also found a video illustrating how to fix a flat on Youtube and downloaded it to my Ipod for future reference. There are many, but here is the link to the one I downloaded: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5K-DXt9djA
&feature=related.

REI.com has some great videos too. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be downloadable. Itunes has some bicycle apps too for the Iphone/Ipod Touch/Ipad. I downloaded one yesterday (I think it was $1.99) that is formatted to provide quick answers to common problems you might have on the road. It's fairly limited, but it may be useful.

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Thanks for the tips, especially web sites.

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Thanks for the tips! Not using high pressure was particularly useful, as I have considered that a couple times (luckily, didn't try it yet). I don't bike bunches, unfortunately - it's a struggle finding time once/week - but I bike whenever I can fit it in and want to maintain my bike properly. It's been a rainy spring here and if there is mud on the trail, I find it!

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I agree with Bill. A simple wash and relube is important. DO NOT use high pressure when you wash the bike or any components. Just allow the water to flow. High pressure can get past the bearing seals and ruin the bearings.
Learn how to lube the chain, derailleurs, and cables. I'm pretty bad about cleaning my bike, but I assure you the components and chain are clean and lubed. About once per year I even wax the bike, anything painted.

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I just get out the hose and spray. Afterwards, I touch up with a toothbrush and dry off with a towel. If you're biking bunches, you should be thoroughly cleaning your bike once weekly. My routine is: hose the bike down; apply soap and water throughout; rinse; apply chain degreaser; rinse and apply chain lubricant. I've spent a lot of "duckies" on my bike components and want to make sure they're functioning at their best.

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Wet wipes are great for everything from cleaning scrapes to removing chain grease.



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Great thread, much appreciated! What's the best way to clean dried mud off? By the time I get the bike home, the mud is rock solid. It's mostly cleaning the chain, gears, and brakes I'm concerned with.

Um....why is everyone carrying wet wipes?

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Thanks for the links, Beverly and Tom! Going to spend some time checking them out this weekend.

Also, thanks everyone for the info on what you all bring with you on your rides. It is very helpful!

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My best advice for training for hills, is to ride hills. Don't go whole hog at first, just like riding, start slow and increase the number, incline, and length of your climbs.

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In my bike pack is: a spare tube, tire levers, a small pump, and a multi-hex folding tool and several wet wipes to use in case my chain falls off.
In my jersey pocket is some small snack, like shot blocks and on my body is my Road ID.


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Minna72

I think the best website for maintenance/repair is the Park Tool website www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help
The Sheldon Brown website suggested earlier is also an outstanding source of cycling information.

Or... how about a book:
www.amazon.com/Bicycling-Complete-Bi
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cle-Maintenance-Repair/dp/160529487XR>/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1305586854&sr=8-1


The tools I carry in a seat bag are:
Bike Multitool (including chain tool).
Tube
Patch Kit
Tire Levers
C02 inflator and canister.
Chain Links and pin
Presta valve adapter
Wet Wipe
Band Aids
$5
Copy of ID



Edited by: TOPAHI at: 5/16/2011 (19:34)
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Anyone have any suggestions/links for a training plan for cycling a hilly century in November please. I'm just a beginner that has always cycled for fun... but this is different, so any help would be most appreciated. emoticon

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#1 - Practice, practice, practice changing a tire and fixing a tube. Ain't no local bike shop (LBS) along the road or in the woods.
#2 - Learn basic maintenance - Cleaning and lubing the bike first. It is your bike, not theirs....
#2B - Learn to adjust the cables for the brake and derailleur adjustments. Frustrating to not have your bike shift correctly or brakes not work correctly. - PS - don't adjust something that isn't clean and properly lubed.
#3 - Maybe should be 2... but learn to be able to adjust your saddle, tilt and fore/aft, as well as saddle height. This is so you can tweak the fit to maximize performance and comfort.
#4 - Learn to properly tweak spokes to ensure that your wheels stay true. This is minor adjustment, 1/4 turn at a time. You'll be glad you did.

After that it is up to you what you learn to do. Keep in mind that they are bicycles, not jet planes or Maserati's... Many of us do everything ourselves and have built our bikes from the miscellaneous parts required.


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Here is a wonderful site, full of all kinds of info.

www.sheldonbrown.com/

I carry a patch kit, spare tube, tire levers, and small pump for the bike. Band aids, Wet One single pack, and 2 snack size PayDays for myself. Anything more difficult I use my cell phone and call DH to come fix.

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Good idea!

All right, here's a question. I am about to get a tool kit for my bike.What do I need?

Also, I have never repaired a bike. Ever. I have always considered this to be the job of bike repair shops, so I have never seen a reason to learn. emoticon Now I suddenly find myself in the situation where it is in my interest to learn. But GAH. How? Any links to "How To" sites? Like step-by-step tutorials on how to fix a chain, change a tube etc?

Thanks!

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There are many skilled, experienced people on this team that can help with almost anything.

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Several folks have asked that we post a section for those new to biking that want to ask some biking-related questions. So, here it is. Ask and I'm sure some of our more knowledgeable members will be more than happy to respond.

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