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FB: I have tried the website. I am not finding the product. I typed in the address like you typed it.
(http://www.dog-trainer.com)
Every time I add the last little part the webpage removes it and goes to what I typed above. I guess I should ask if the hyphen is supposed to be in there?

WC: Welcome to the group. I have been running and riding for many years. I just started riding again about 6 years or so ago. I took about 3 years off because I was out to sea for a really long time and let me tell you it is not safe to leave a bike sitting let alone sitting near the ocean. When I finally came back it was basically just rust but I did find a few people that wanted to salvage it and use what they could.
If you have any bike questions just ask. I'm sure there are lots of people on here that can share their experiences with you.

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I'm not sure whether I'm a newbie, or a lapsed oldie, or whatever, but one of my top tips is to learn how to change a flat and carry the relevant bits with you.

I had to stop and lend someone a hand on my long ride yesterday as he was contemplating walking 15k out of the park in road cycling shoes because of it...

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Thank you Felisa,
That looks like a simple and workable gadget...I saved it to my 'Favorites' for future use. I have regular roller skates and may give that a try as a training technique. Great tips!

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Strange, I just tried the link and it worked. The actual product is towards the bottom of the page (I didn't see it down there the first time I went to the site).

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I can't seem to get that website to come up. I have looked for that Springer jogger but didn't find anything. I doubt that my dogs will be able to keep up but it's worth a try I guess.

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I have to laugh because my dogs are herders--even with a spring, they'd pull the bike over!

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Thanks FBERG1! The Springer Exercise Jogger is what I saw that guy using!! Let us know what you think of it.

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I just got a Springer Exercise Jogger (http://www.dog-training.com/springer.htm) which attaches a short lead towards the back of the bike frame. I haven't assembled it yet, but have been taking my dog out on rollerblades to get him used to going faster and staying by my side.

So far the construction seems sturdy and while it guides your dog to stay on one side of the bike, it also has a spring to help reduce jolting your bike if the dog makes sudden movements.

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I have been known to take the attitude of 'easier to get forgiven then to get permission' but a dear friend, with Animal Control in our area, has kept me aware of the rules and laws. I don't know of any leash-free trails within the area I want to ride. I did get a bicycle to supplement the daily 5 mile walk I still take with our 3 dogs. The reason I like the biking with dog idea is that I have seen the speed my dogs run when we go to secluded mountain spaces off leash. It would be me who was trying to keep up with the dog on my bicycle.
I do find my strength and stamina are definitely improving and am using higher gears with ease even up those pesky hills.
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Many years a go I remember seeing a cyclist who had trained his dog to trot next to him when he rode. He has rigged a special extension that attached to his frame and to the dog harness. I know you all are going to ask me for details but I’ll tell you now that I don’t remember too much about the rig except the dog was @4 feet to the right side of the bike.

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Check with the laws of your state to make sure there isn't a restriction about attaching a dog to a wheeled vehicle. I know you can't walk dogs from a car, even if you are moving slowly. Do you ever ride trails, where you can let your dogs off leash and go with voice commands?

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I have 3 Korean Jindos and the male is already prone to tow me up the steepest hills on our walks. (another great reason to wear a dog walking hip belt) Seriously though his mother is smart and obeys commands most attentively so she is the one I would think about taking/training. She would love to keep pace with me.
A friend mentioned he takes his dog on the same trail I ride and he claims once I get really confident about riding all that is needed is one of the retractable (and expanding) type leashes.
The whole plan is a while down the road for me...if ever.

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R: Wow trying to ride with a dog gets to be very complicated! I have thought about doing it with my dogs but I didn't feel like taking the time to train them to run next to my bike. Another thing that prevented me was how fast I like to go and how slow I have to go for them. I guess there might be some products out there or something to make this possible but I haven't seen any yet. Good luck on the hunt.

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As a newbie cyclist too, I just want to say thank you for all the great resources.
I wonder if I will find ideas on bicycling with a dog?
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K: Thanks for the info. On the bike that I ride when I'm out competing I keep only one water bottle on that bike and I wear a camelpak. I use the water bottle for juice or sports drink. My buddy influenced me hearvily by getting me not to take in too much. I don't recommend it for everybody nor for every ride. There are times when I keep a few powerbars in my back pockets just for the ride.

Mrs: I'm glad that you share my desire for competeing with yourself. I hope all the info I gave you helped out. It was hard to figure how far back the other rides were. I think that you should try to do a pattern. These distance that I am about to say are just for you. Short: 3-4 Medium 5-10 Long 10-20 Super 20-35
I would say that you should do something like this:
S - Long M - short Tu - meduim W - Medium Th - Short F - off Sat - off
You could always change this like adding in a short ride on Sat would be good. I honestly don't know much about you but if you have been doing eight mile rides every other day and a long ride of 20 then this should be ok. I think you have done a little over training. Try to take a day or two off and watch how you feel. If you haven't found your resting heart rate then that's something that you should figure out soon.

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And thanks Kjeanne for the links and suggestions. A liquid pick me up sounds much easier to "stomach" after huffing and puffing.



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I hear you! I am my own biggest competitor, this can be good and bad. I'd rather see how much I can improve "honestly". It sure feels good to feel overall improvement after a few weeks (even with a less than inspiring day thrown in here and there). It wouldn't be progress if I had "added" red cells carrying me along. I guess I'll have to add them by my own hard work, the good old fashion way. On my ride last night (the sluggy one) there was a time trial going on in the opposite direction. While their intensity was impressive and a bit intimidating, I realized the whole point of the time trial is to do your own thing the best you can. And that's what it's all about! (Sorry folks, the hokey pokey will have to move back a spot).



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SPARTYJR3000 thanks for the definition of SAG (stop and go) All these years I have been riding an never knew what it meant!!

I have experimented, over the years, with food and drinks and have been very successful with not eating on my rides for the last 2 months. Instead I drink water and Perpeteum , a Hammer endurance product with carbs, proteins, etc. and it tastes good. I always had problems with the second half of my long rides getting back into the grove after a meal but now that is a thing of the past. Here’s the link.

http://www.hammernutrition.com/za/HNT?PA
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I just wanted to say thank you to all those that have wrote on this topic. I love answering questions and passing on my information. I wrote another topic on a different team page called Tour de Depression. I was very upset yesterday about what was going on in the tour. All these questions have given me a really good feeling. I love knowing there are people out there that ride for the love of the ride and not for the love of the prize. I don't ever really ride to win something. I win to beat something that I have done before. I continue to improve where I can. If I can help you to improve I will do what I can. I think if the future I will try to look at all posts instead of just this one or a couple of the other's that I see. I hope to help where I can. So again thank you for showing me your love of the sport.

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Mrs: I'm not sure if I'm getting your schedule right or not but I'm going to give you the best advice that I can with what I have. Your body will tell you when you need a rest. When you get out there and start riding you will normally feel a litlte rough at first. If after your warm-up portion of your ride (most bodies will warm after about 15-20 mins) you are still feeling rough then you should probably turn around and go home. I generally take 5-10 mins for warming my body and then turn it up a little at a time for the next 5-10 mins. You are probably way different from me. If you are riding long rides and feel like you have no energy then you need to eat something as you go. I recommend Guu. It's a gel like pudding. I love the chocolate but everybody likes their own flavor. Another thing that you must be careful of is taking on too much water. If you drink a lot during a ride then the blood will go from your legs to your stomach. That's the same thing with food. If you see me on an organized ride at the SAG (Stop And Go) I will not eat a lot of food nor drink a lot during that time. I take on water and drink plenty during the ride but I don't find that I need a lot of food. Oh also a nice starch like spaghetti is great for a dinner the day before a race.
Ok I think I got a little off subject there. If you are a newbie and I'm guessing you are do not ride every day for the first month of riding. If you are experience take at least one day off and have one easy day in the week. Right now Friday is my off day and Sunday is my long day. I also have a sprint day and I work with weights as well.
WARNING: Before you work with weights talk to your doctor about any conditions that you may have. If you don't know what you are doing then just start light and read the directions on the machines. If you are working out at a fitness club and not a gym then ask one of the employees. If they do not know the correct information then they "should" ask a professional or veteran employee.
OK I hope that all my information has helped you out. Riding can be fun but don't over do it. Keep yourself in a comfortable position and don't ride so hard that you hurt something. If you are a little achy in the morning then that's fine. That is the good pain that creates gain. Keep on working towards your goal.

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thanks for all that- BIG help. I have checked out bicycling.com and I see they have some training stuff, mostly interval workout videos. I'm looking for a basic plan of how to start improving that will tell me what a week of riding should include. I'd been doing about 8 miles or so for the first few weeks every other day or so. this week I went on a 20mile on pretty flat terrain, which felt great. I did a shorter ride the next day on rolling hills, but yesterday I did another longer ride and felt like doo doo the whole way. My legs felt sluggish from the start. I drank alot most of the day and snacked before I went. I think I need to know when recovery days are needed and what they should entail. thanks for any help!




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DRC: Look into my eyes, you do not need a professional to fix your bike all the time. Ok now that my hypnosis has kicked in let me fill you in on somethings that I know. The first thing is about changing breaks. If you haven't rode for a while and your brakes aren't what they used to be or the squeek a lot it's time to buy some sand paper, not new brakes. Over time the brakes will become harden on the surface. All you really need to do is scrub them down a little. As you get down you will fee some hard and some soft places. The hard stuff will start to come off as you ride too.
Since I mentioned brakes I have to give this warning to newbies. Your brakes will not work well in the rain! I must say that because I had been yelled at because I didn't tell someone that when I thought that they would have known that.
Ok another tip is your saddle. I would have to tell men and women to get a saddle that first fits their rear! If you have a big rear then don't try to sit on a tiny racing saddle. The two just don't mix. Specialized is a perfect example of a company that makes saddles to size. On my racing bike I have a Specialized Avatar 130. That is the smallest saddle size for the style. If I were bigger I might move to the 143 or even up to the 155. It is all dependant on your body size. NOTE: I said YOUR BODY size. Riding is all about you. Write that down. :P Also if the saddle needs adjustment don't completely loosen the bolt holding it in place. You will almost never need to make a huge change. Make small adjustments to it. When I make adjustments they tend to be big at first 1-2mm. Then I make smaller movements so small I don't feel like making the conversion from mm. Oh if you are used to English measurements just ask for them. But for now a mm (milimeters) is right around 1/32 - 1/16 of an inch. You should know that your knee is supposed to be almost straight when it is on the down stroke. Keep that in mind when you are adjusting your saddle. Lots of newbies think that their knees shoulr be really bent at the top and bottom. This is not the case. My knees hurt when I see people riding BMX bikes around and I look at their ill fit.
I hope these tips have helped you out. If you work on your bike then you will pick up some things that really work and make a LOT of mistakes. Don't be afraid to learn from your mistakes. Just hope that your local bike shop will help you if you ask them. Most places don't mind helping people learn about how to make adjustments on the fly. Good luck and good riding.

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I found that originzed training rides for charity rides always have good cycling advice. Many of the charity ride attract folks new to cycling so the ride leaders are geared to teaching the new cyclists. You don’t have to be signed up for the ride in order to join the training rides. Most of these ride have two leaders: one at the front of the ride and one at the back of the ride to make sure no one gets lost. I learned the basics of shifting and gearing on a training ride for the AIDSride.

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My best resource when I started was other cyclists. I asked friends everything I could think of--why are you changing gears here? how fast should my cadence be? how can I improve on hills?--and since most of the questions came on rides, I got a demonstration and a chance to try it myself.

By the way, I return that favor every time I take a newbie out on the roads. I share pointers, explain everything I am doing, and ask them if they have any questions. Making it enjoyable for someone new is how we get more people in this sport!

That being said, I would love to hear your tips on tune-ups, SPARTYJR. I rely on my LBS too much. They love me there...I think. Either that, or I drive 'em nuts!

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To all the newbies out there I have been riding for years and I have found many great sources of information. If you are looking for a quick fix and need a workout plan then I would recommend www.bicycling.com They have a training program that I use to keep track of my mileage and to get some strength training goals. It also gives me some new ideas and ways to think about training.
One of the best books that I have found out there is the Triathlete Bible. Now that is written by Joe Friel. He's a great source of information. I really enjoy reading his works. He also wrote a book called the Cyclist Bible or something along those lines. If you have any specific questions please just ask. I also worked in a bike shop for a while in addition to my years of riding. I also know some good tips for tune-ups. Good luck out there to all. I hope you reach your goals!

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When I started biking, I joined a local bike club, and wound up visiting the local bike shop a LOT. The women that I rode with in the club were awesome. I was still very much out of shape and still overweight. But with understanding people, a bit of determination on my part, and a willingness to learn, I progressed. So these days I'm the one that is hosting rides, and my SO opened his own bike shop last summer. Life is good.. but how I learned the most was actually talking with and riding with others.

And there are bikeforums.com, bikejournal.com, mtbr.com.. i use the 2nd site to log in all my rides. And they have a chat room there, too. MTBR.COM has regional sub forums, so you can hook up with others in your area. That's pretty cool.

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Thanks so much! This is great and so helpful! Keep it coming!

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When the bug bit me I went to my local library and checked out pretty much every book they had on cycling (over time). At first it was all Greek to me but after reading more and more it started to make sense. I learned something from every book. You may also want to check out "The Female Cyclist" by Susan Weaver. Welcome to the world of bike addiction!

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There are lots of resources for beginning cyclists out there. Here are a few that I quickly found. I'm sure others will add some even better links.

Books:
Bicycling Magazine's New Cyclist Handbook
The Quotable Cyclist: Great Moments of Bicycling Wisdom, Inspiration and Humor

websites:
http://www.bicyclinginfo.org
http://sheldonbrown.com/beginners/index.
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For you Sara in Atlanta
http://www.atlantabike.org/

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Hey y'all, and hello. I just got my new roadbike, and I love it. I'm amazed at how fast I can go, (though not my intent, I have a long ride coming up and I don't want to slug my hybrid 100 miles) it's truly amazing. How are the newbies riding.. i.e. time or mileage. I'm working up to more than 15 to 20 a day, and of course more on the weekends!

I hope!

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I'm a freshly addicted newbie as well, so I can't help with the technical stuff much. I will eagerly await replies also! Bring it on all you seasoned riders- we are sponges! I've learned a ton just reading the threads here ("cycling coach" is excellent). I can't wait to go for my ride today emoticon



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Hey all! I have only been biking (road bike) for about two months now and I LOVE IT! I typically run but riding has given me a new sense of freedom.
With that said... I would like to get more information on riding in general...I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions with magazines, books, websites etc geared toward beginners. I have bought two issues of bicycling mag but there are some concepts and topics that are way over my head! Any little bit helps!
Thanks

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