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12/30/14 2:22 P

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I can't wait till it warms up so I can hop on my bike again



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12/30/14 10:36 A

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Just got a new 3 wheeled recumbent this month. I ride on the Withlacoochie trail in FL. My dog rides in a plastic basket, bungeed onto my back tire shelf. It is recreational speed, so I boogie along at 6 or 7 mph, and serious bikers pass us all the time. But the bike trail leaves room for everyone. Saw a couple out geocaching last Friday on this trail.

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12/2/14 6:19 A

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Hi Team,
I have a 13yr old Diamondback mountain bike that I bought new and sat in inside storage mostly until early 2014. Now, I ride it to work (5 miles each way - when time allows I try to at least double my commuting miles) most days; I try to ride at least 45 minutes a day. About 90% of my riding is while it's dark. I'm finally getting my average up to 12-13 mph but there are so many street signals and it makes my mph average drop. I would like to work on getting faster but need to find more areas with less traffic, street signals and more bike lanes.

I've recently found a few cycling groups in my area and went on one ride with them so far. They said it'd be my speed but I couldn't keep up with them, they had to be going at least 15 mph. I loved it and thankfully it was a no drop ride so one of the organizers hung back with me.

The cities I ride in could use some improvement in their bike friendliness!! I'd love to learn who I need to address in order for cities to add more bike lanes, etc. One thing I found is mobile app's for 2 of the cities I do most of my riding and I can report various things, like damaged roadways, street lights that are out, and that type of thing.

Also, another oddity is I'm working on losing weight but the scale isn't moving however my clothes are starting to really hang on me. It's great but I just want the scale to move. I know I'm putting on muscle and that's likely the reason. I love thinking about how it's lean muscle my bike is helping me to build and the fat is slowly less and less. I just have to remind myself how joyful it is to ride and continue to do so not just for weight loss but for the sheer joy of it. Being that you all cycle, how have you noticed weight loss or clothes feeling huge on you?



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1/3/14 12:00 P

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Good day and Happy New Year.
I hope and plan that this year I will renew my interest in cycling. I need to buy a bike - I had a good one - well kind of a good one last year but it was stolen in the spring - and then I just bought a cruising style one to enable me to go riding with my wife after work. It really did not work out so well and I miss a proper bike.
Now we are in our wet season - I really don't feel so motivated to get out side to cycle right now either - I am forced out to walk the dog every day and from some reason that is taking a lot of my inner will power to do - but once I am outside - I am fine and don't want to come in so fast.. that is good.



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12/30/12 7:37 P

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We do both road and mountain bike but I prefer road biking :) We have a nice nature trail that is mostly paved near our home that we like to ride on. Two years ago we logged 1400 miles over the summer. Last year the weather was so hot that we didn't get out much. Hoping to get back out on the trail as soon as the snow disappears. I teach cycling classes too at a local gym which has really peaked my interest in outdoor cycling. Planning to cycling outside even if it's cold out, as long as the trail is clear and safe.

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Though they stumble, they will never fall,for the Lord holds them by the hand.


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10/7/12 9:13 P

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I'm a road biker. I'm new to the sport, but I did two century rides this year but I've not ridden in a couple of months. Sadly, my city is not bike friendly and the weather has not been cooperative either. I'm about to put it on the trainer for the winter. I also have a Sun Optim8 folding bike that I LOVE for cruising around and taking on vacations since it fits in a duffle bag!

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10/4/12 11:11 A

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I road bike about 25% of the time. I mountain bike about 75% of the time. I ride bikes that are performance oriented.

Thanks, Bruce

"No one has ever drowned in sweat."
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"The strongest have their moments of fatigue."
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"It ain't bragging if you can do it."
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" Not everyone who looks fast really is, and not everyone who looks slow really is."
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7/16/12 6:20 A

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Road biker here. I commute to the office every day (only 3 miles one way) and then just try add in as much as I can outside of that. I've only been riding since May of this year, and I'm probably averaging around 60 miles per week. I hope to get that average up to more like 80 or 90. I've just started doing group rides. I live in a town where biking is fairly popular and so there are organized group rides every day for every level of rider. I've started doing some 30 mile rides over the past few weeks, with yesterday's 30.23 being my longest to date. When I'm riding solo, I'll average around 16.2 mph or so over 20 to 30 miles. I know that isn't great, but that includes some in town riding and some hills which kinda kill the average. Tonight will be the first time that I get to really test myself with a group on a fairly flat route. I'm hoping to be able to average 18 to 19.

Have a GREAT Day!

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7/8/12 1:24 A

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Hi, we are getting our delivery of Electra Townie (crusier type bikes for recreational exercise and weight loss) tomorrow. We will be riding our bikes 3-5 times a weeks and can't wait to use them to achieve our goals for good health and fitness.

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4/30/12 1:02 P

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What type of riding do you do? Do you road cycle, mountain bike, a combination? Let me know and I can gear my articles towards your likes.

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