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10/6/13 11:03 P

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Keep fighting those couches & recliners! Today's daily ride #67 was during a chilly light rain. Not being entirely prepared for the elements, my ride wasn't very long. Definitely time to get out the cold weather gear so I can comfortably keep going.

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10/6/13 8:07 P

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Went for a short ride today, but it was especially sweet because I had to overcome intense desire to be a couch potato all day. It was a great day to be out. My favorite path is closed until the budget stuff is settled, but the second choice was just fine today. Fewer hills would have been okay, but it was still a good ride.

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MOZERI's Photo MOZERI Posts: 197
9/1/13 11:18 A

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Rode to work again Friday. This time I took to the streets rather than the trail. I knew that there were a couple hills that would probably get the best of me. As I was approaching the top of the second hill I realized I had made it up both with out any problems. Yea! emoticon

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9/1/13 10:17 A

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Nike says "Just Do It!" I say Just Ride It! Every day! From up & down the street, around the block, around the neighborhood, across town, to the next town. It's all good!

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8/21/13 2:13 P

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I'm gonna threaten to get my bike out tonight after reading these posts...
Hope there's still some life here in this team!
BTW: I'm also from the Great State of Ohio.
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5/18/13 11:58 A

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What a beautiful day! Just finished a bike ride along our towpath trail here in NE Ohio.
The geese are crazy protective of their goslings this time of year a lot of hissing at me.


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5/18/13 9:48 A

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Good morning, it so hard to stick to anything. I lost my mojo. I will keep trying.

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5/9/13 8:46 A

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I also have just started riding after 25 years. Its fun and painful right now. I will keep on going with breaks in between. emoticon

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1/27/13 8:36 A

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Finally snow fit for CC skiing. Got out yesterday and had a wonderful time. Went up and down some small inclines without falling once.

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11/24/12 5:04 P

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It was a very brisk and blustery day (about 41 F) and I went just over 10 miles....sticking with my goal of getting on my bike until the weather makes it unsafe or un-fun, whichever comes first. I was quite comfortable the entire ride, so must have done the layering thing right!

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10/1/12 11:30 A

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I just joined your group. I'm not going as far as most of you only 3-5 miles but I love riding my bike. I just started to ride again after not riding much since I was a kid! I'm 50 but I'm still a kid when I ride. I love it! emoticon

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9/11/12 12:14 P

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Well, I got a wild hair one Sunday evening after months of seeing others riding their bikes while I sit in my car and decided to see how hard it was to ride MY bike to work in the morning & back home in the evening (a 17 mile round trip). WOW, what a work out and what a way to earn some respect from co-workers! I now bike to & from work three days a week and LOVE that my workout is just part of my getting to work & coming home.

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8/22/12 11:06 A

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Hello everyone I am new to this group, I just started back riding my bike again. Its been a few years but I have managed to ride a 10 mile,12 mile, 16 mile and a 26.8 mile trail her in Pa. My sister and spark sister have been tackling the Delaware Canal in Pa and the Island beach state park ,Leigh Gorge Looking to find new places to ride. Any suggestion? I just ride a mountain bike that I bought from Walmart put a new gel seat on it and odometer and a bag. Nothing fancy.

Have a sparktacular day everyone

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7/1/12 8:07 A

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AGITATOR1, It is listed under cycling

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6/30/12 9:03 A

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Bike riding is great exercise and the best part is that I use ZERO gallons per mile. So why isn't bike riding listed in Fitness and Exercise?

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6/30/12 8:55 A

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1,003, 1,244, 1,266, 552. Those are the numbers of bike riding miles over the years. I have taken many pictures along the way. I have posted a few on my page. I have 10 pictures on display at the Detroit Public Library

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1/2/12 9:39 P

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I've got the Masi Soulville 3 set up on the trainer in the living room for the winter. The "classic" (read: old, but in great shape) Centurion roadie waits patiently in the garage for a warm winter day, and the Jamis Dakar Sport is begging me to get back on the trails.

I ride every day in warm weather-- to work, with friends, around town-- but I hate the cold! My challenge for the winter: ride the Masi on the trainer every day, and get the Centurion out on sunny days.

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10/22/11 2:40 A

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I love riding my bike, so hello team! I have a green commuter bike, put together from German spare parts, with a 7 gear shimano hubgear. I also have a Cannondale Fifty-Fifty, with 8 gear Shimano hubgear, super wide tires, great to attack the downtown traffic.

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8/22/11 8:12 P

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Good for you I have a Trek 7200 Hybrid bike and I love it have been riding 15-20 miles 3 or 4 days a week

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7/26/11 12:51 P

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Thanks Ladies! I will definately do that :)

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7/26/11 12:41 P

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@ DGREFEE - After several years without a bike, I just started riding at the beginning of summer. I would like to make one suggestion for you to do until you get your trailer for your son. Have someone watch your son until you are comfortable and feel safe to pull the trailer. Also use this time to scout out safe routes. Enjoy and have fun.

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7/14/11 4:00 P

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Good for you! You and your son will have a blast! Nancy

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7/14/11 2:49 P

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I just purchased my first bicycle since I was about 12 lol. I actuallt bought it to ride to work (I moved into "town" in our very small town community) and back. I still need to get a trailer to put my son in when I ride around, but I'll have to wait for more of a cash flow for that.

The major thing is, I started riding my bike and found that far from just getting me places, I really enjoy it! My fiance is now so jealous of my happiness at this that he is now going to be purchasing a bake too lol. AND I just got my 5 year old his first big boy bike (with training wheels of course).

So, yeah. Thanks for letting me join the team! Nice to meet you!

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7/2/11 10:50 A

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Hi Y'all, I just joined this team. I want to stay excited about biking as an alternate to my nordic walking. I started in WI when I was visiting my sister. The buddy system. Now I am back to riding alone - just in the neighborhood for now. A couple of hills that seem like mountains while riding. Just want to work on endurance. I guess I just try to master those hills - got through them 3 times today with total distance 3.5 miles. Nancy

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5/13/11 10:38 P

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Hello, its seems like the posts are a bit behind, but maybe everyone is out riding their bikes? I have started to ride my bike around town, and the country back roads. We live in a rural area, so not many bike trails, but the backroads will do. I like to pull my little ones in a trailer and let them ride with me. It does add 70 lbs to pull though, so those rides are shorter (and I try to avoid the hills) I have gotten my husband to bike with us too, and my 8 year old son bikes with us too. I love the family rides, but I really love my quiet rides alone! I like to listen to my music and sing loud while I ride in the country where hopefully no one can hear me!

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2/27/11 11:55 A

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Fun, isn't it! Welcome to the team!

Join us on the Happy Hippies Team! Lookin' for fun and feelin' groovy!
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2/26/11 9:41 P

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Congratulations Staffordrose! You're in for a great time discovering biking again! I got back on a year ago and have LOVED the freedom that comes from riding! Good choice for better health! You go girl!



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2/26/11 9:15 P

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Hi! So happy to have found this team. My husband (SP-thesoccerguy) bought us new mountain bikes this week and we are thrilled with this new way to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. He was a regular bike rider before -- I hadn't ridden a bike in about 20 years. We've gone out twice this week to 2 different scenic bike trails and we enjoyed it so much. Don't know why it took us so long to do this. The weather is beautiful in our part of Texas and we're looking forward to finding many more trails to check out.

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2/1/11 6:42 A

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It's so true, that getting back on my bike after so many years of not riding was just like being transferred back in time to when I first learned to ride a bike, the freedom is exhilarating! Can't wait to ride again! This morning it's -18 so it will be a walk to the Y, not a bike ride.



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Amazing what two wheels and a basket can do for age-reversal! I had the same reaction as you when I got back on a bike. It was like 40 years just dropped off!

Welcome to the team!

Join us on the Happy Hippies Team! Lookin' for fun and feelin' groovy!
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1/31/11 7:05 A

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HI ALL!
I'm Ritarose from Montana. I used my bike when I was a kid to get to where I was going. In the spring of '10 my husband bought me a new bike along with a basket. (LOVE MY BASKET!) for me to use, especially in riding to and from work when the weather allowed. It's a 6 mile trip one way. We also discovered the bike trails in our city and have loved riding on them. I haven't ridden my bike since November as we've had snow and ice on the roads and it's pretty cold out now. I look forward just like a kid would to the day when I can ride again.
It's given me such a sesne of freedom to ride my bike up the hills I couldn't ride up just a few years ago. LOVE IT!! emoticon



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Welcome from little ol' me in Colorado! emoticon
Well now that you're here you can talk bike transportation to your heart's delight. You're in the right place!

Don't you find that the more you ride your bike the more you wonder why everyone else doesn't ditch their cars for short rides and get a bike? I sure do. Are you learning the shortcuts to the places you want to go? If you've got a really good bike shop where you are, you may be able to get trail maps or at least bike routes to help you on your rides.

I think it's great that you're using your bike! Keep on keeping on!

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Hi everyone. I just joined a couple of days ago. I recently dusted off the 16 year old Giant Boulder I occasionally rode and decided that, hey, I live in town now and with gas prices climbing and my paycheck plummetting, I'm going places on my bike. So, every day but 2, so far this year, I've ridden my bike to work (2.2 miles one way) and back. And I've started riding my bike to the grocery store and to friends houses, and I love it. Even in 36 degree weather with a wind chill of 9-I haven't let the weather stop me. I decided that I would ride if the temp was anywhere above freezing.

So I'm glad for this team interest, because I'm so excited about the places I want to go on my bike, that I'm afraid I'm wearing the subject out with friends and family. I have ordered a fitness hybrid bike with a carbon fork and roady type tires from a local bike shop and when I get it, I hope to take longer and longer rides. Right now my mountain bike is "dry" sounding and is going to need some things soon, although I bet I'm getting a better workout with it than I will with my new "well-oiled" machine soon to be here.

Anyhow, I hope several members in this group still regularly post, but I like that the group isn't thousands strong-seems like too many to get acquainted with.

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Hello everyone! I'm Heather and I like to ride my bike as much as possible. I tend to use a mountain bike for everything, because they are so comfortable.

Yesterday, I went out to the nearest town, through the country. It was windy, so a struggle to get there. Getting home, though, was easy.

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10/18/10 1:20 A

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I took my bike to the park and rode the path and loved it! Being skeptical I wasn't sure how uncomfortable it would be but not only did I not feel any pain, I wanted to ride all afternoon. Something has changed in me, I'd never have done that before spark people. Looking forward to riding again tomorrow.
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Hello! I am brand new to this team. In fact, I just bought a bicycle today!!! I bought a hybrid Trek 7.3 this afternoon. It has been 31 years since I've been on a bicycle, but clearly remember how much I enjoyed it and how much weight I lost when I rode consistently. So happy to find this team which seems like it will suit me to a tee. It is 94 degrees here with 90% humidity today...very oppressive. I took the bike into town and rode a few miles. Just trying to familiarize myself with the bike, gears, shifters, etc. Very excited about incorporating this into my life. Any and all suggestions, recommendations, opinions, etc. will be graciously and eagerly considered. I bought a Bontrager bike computer so I know my average speed, high speed, duration of each ride.

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6/13/10 6:27 P

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I have a hybrid that I ride on the roads. And I have also been known to ride my mountain bike when I am riding the hills in the country around my county! The lower gearing makes for a better ride sometimes!

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I'm happily pedaling the streets on a mountain bike. I think a road bike would be faster, but I'm content enough.

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This is great! I got a road bike (I call her the Purple People Eater) but haven't hardly taken a ride since I got her. I'm happy to find a group of slow riders like me!!

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Hi, just came across this group and became more motivated to get out and ride. emoticon

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Just joined the group and I'm very excited!

Why exercise and punish my body for something my mouth did? :)


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Hi. Thought I'd try this team. Joined SP a year ago. Have lost 60 lbs. Both pre and post spark, since Feb 2007 when hubby diagnosed with diabetes. It's under control now with diet and exercise. We bike all the time. Picked it up first for daily errands when we lived in Tokyo and then rode for fitness. Tours around the Imperial Palace. Now in the US we picked our town to live in because of 75 miles of paved walking/biking trails that connect all the neighborhoods to town center.

LOVE IT.

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If youíre starting to feel like a nail, itís up to you to keep your program moving forward.

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Hi SERGEANTMAJOR,

Thank you for the response, it is appreciated.

I live in Ramsey and have been riding the Northfork and Luce trails so far. For the short term, I ride a spinning trainer at Lifetime Fitness. Finances are tight at the moment, but I hope to see that turn around real soon. When things change I would be interested in a used trainer. I'll let you know how things turn out.

I have read through almost all of your posts and am taking note of all your input.

Thank you again for all of your help.

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I live in Minneapolis just off of the Midtown Greenway. Earlier I posted some training websites here for someone in South Dakota you might want to review. As an aside I have a wind trainer for indoor training i am looking to sell for reasonable price since I have a different one I use.



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Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

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1/24/10 9:33 A

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Hi,

I'm new to SP and to this group.
I've been riding for over 50 years and am just getting back on the bike more and hopefully in the car less. My Grandson and I are currently training for a 45 mile ride in June. It's the "Tour de Cure" fundraiser for diabetes research. My (fairly) short term goal is to ride the MS150 (150 mile ride for Multiple Sclerosis). It won't happen this year, but I am shooting for next year.
I hope to meet some of you on the trails.
Anyone from the Twin Cities MN area?

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Hello everyone,
I'm new to the group. I just got my bike back from the shop yesterday, all tuned up for 2010. I have two bicycle-minded goals this year.

The first is to work cycling into my daily commute as much as possible. I realized it could be a good fit because I can commute with my wife by car to her office, where I can pick up my bike in her garage at work, and then bike the 3 additional miles to my office. Sweet.

The second goal is I want to ride 1,000 miles in 2010. The last time I put up those sorts of numbers was around 1995, when coincidentally I was at my all time low adult weight. I've dropped 70 lbs so far on Spark, mostly by doing the SparkDiet and walking as much as I can. Now I want to add cycling to the mix.

I look forward to participating in the group - thanks!
James

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Can't wait to ride again. Weather here is wet and cold (yes, I'm a wimp). I need a trainer, but for now I make myself run so I can be in shape to bike all spring and summer!!

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I'm new here. I originally thought I would try running a half marathon but then my doctor informed me I can't run. However I can ride my bike to my hearts content so I dragged it out of the garage and aired up the tires. Right now it's sitting on a wind trainer on the deck and I'm riding it every other day. I'm not sure how far I went this morning but I went there for 30 minutes. It felt good. I'm not road riding right now because it's kind of dangerous where I live. So for now I'm riding on my deck but over the labor day weekend I'm going to take my bike down to the four corners area and ride there for a few days.

I also bought this really cool antique Huffy bike that I thought I'd rebuild for one of my grandkids. what better way to learn about the workings of a bike than to work on one.

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I just joined this team. I got my bicycle out at the beginning of Spring. I only can ride Saturday and Sundays because I don't have the time. I am riding an older bike and go about 11 MPH -
May 24th I rode 12.5 miles
June 6th I rode about 20 miles
June 7th I rode about 11 miles
June 13 th I rode about 28 miles
June 21st I rode about 16 miles.
I would like to ride 35 miles tomorrow.

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Thanks, Sargeant Major! I know my cycle computer doesn't have that feature, but I'm going to check into a heart rate monitor so I can see if I'm really WORKing out or just riding around. With a 14 mph wind almost directly in my face for 7 miles this morning, I FEEL worked out!

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Just a suggestion, check the specifications on your cycle computer to see if it will give you a calorie count after you input your height and weight. I have two for our bicycles which will do the calculations. I got them at Wal Mart for under $15. One is a Bell brand and the other is a Schwinn.


It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs


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Yes, I'm wondering if the team is active...it looks like a good fit for me!

I love bicycling and am using it as the core of added exercise for weight loss. I'm no speed demon!! I'm wondering what kind of biking SparkPeople is using for it's calorie calculations in the cardio fitness portion of the site. I'm brand new here...just 2 days...so I'm not really sure how everything works.

I'm riding a "Comfort Hybrid"...I think that's what they called it. It's a GT Timberline and I LOVE IT! After 10 years with a Wal-Mart bike (which I also loved, no complaints other than it was heavy) this one seems like a Cadillac! I ride mostly blacktops and gravel roads in western MO, 'bout midway the state north to south...hills up and down with variable surfaces. I stay in the top range of my gears, but my speeds average between 9-10 mph (the wind often doesn't help either!). I feel like the calorie count on "My Fitness" may be a little low, but I'm really not sure. Any ideas/thoughts?

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Anybody out there?

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
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That was cool and so true. emoticon

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Go to google and type in Mom Song and check it out.It is absolutely great!!



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Raining here today, probably will walk and swim. I also work in my church's homeless program.

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It was finally nice here yesterday so I rode 5.85 miles and I also walked 5.85 miles (same route) It was sunny and no wind it was great. My computor on my bike broke last summer so I have to purchase a new one.

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Hi Buttegal,
I wondered how you were liking your "old-lady" seat by now? I'm definitely planning on rewarding myself with a new, larger, softer saddle in the spring. Just can't see myself continuing with my current one even though it's only a couple of years old. After all, riding should be a pleasure and not torture, right?
Lois

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Hey Debbie, I'll look it up and post it ...

"The world is full of cactus, but we don't have to sit on it."

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Whats the name of the seat and where did you get it? I am looking for one too..

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I will have to look for that one. Thank you for the tip. I rode today and plan to ride one mile more each day this month that I can ride. luv,viv

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That's the truth! One thing that helped me was when I got my newest bike, I got a special wide seat (I call it an old-lady seat) that supports the female middle-age rear way better than the usual type seat! I love it! If you envision a nice plump heart-shape, with the rounded point being in front, of course ... and it has a groove running vertically in the center for airflow.
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Did you know that a couple of weeks not riding makes for a sore bottom when one resumes pedaling?

Just thought I would share that with you. luv,viv

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Hey, everyone -- came across this team and it seemed just right for me! Thanks, Sarge, for taking on team leader! I bought my bike 2 years ago, love it but live in an area of short summers. Ride by bike to work a couple days a week in the summer and ride to small errands around town and for leisure when I need a bit of fresh air and nature. Am just now putting on a cyclometer so I can log my miles! emoticon

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Ok Sarge, So how do I get the bike out of the shed?

just kidding, but not really...... It is so hot out here just now that it is really easy to find excuses for not getting out and pedaling. Just wanted you to know. luv, emoticon viv

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Welcome Sarge! It's good to have you. You've posted some great ideas; I especially like the idea of finding a "kiddie trailer" and using it for grocery shopping. Thanks for taking charge of the group!

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I like your style Sarge! You wouldn't happen to be related to General Patton would you?

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All right people listen up!

This is the Sergeant Major and I am now in charge of this rabble (blame Spark People Command and Control).
We will now move forward with verve and alacrity to create one lean mean biking team. Screw the oil barons. Peddle power wins!


It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs


Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

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I was wondering how one would set up a "virtual" bike ride? Could our team do a ride around the perimeter of the United States? I don't know how one would keep track of how far one has ridden short of posting a map of the country on the wall and marking miles ridden. I guess that would work. Can you all tell that I am electronically challenged? And this from a woman who has to walk up hills while riding my bike. Oh well, luv, as always, emoticon viv

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I will cheat and try to answer multiple posts with this one post. I "alley shop" for abandoned bicycles then try to rebuild them and put them on Craigslist. My agenda there is two fold, I love to recycle things and I am teaching myself bike mechanics.

I live in Minneapolis which has the second largest population of bicycle commuters in the nation, a population which is growing. The bike shops here are going crazy with the current gas prices and our extensive bike way network. I am fortunate to live two blocks off an extensive bike way so can go out and crank for a workout.

I currently own 3 bikes, 2 mountain bikes and 1 road bike with drop bars. My normal bike of choice is an 18 speed Timberline MTB which I have retrofitted with road tires since I do no trail riding. My partner has 2 MTBs and a road bike which she rides on a regular basis. She uses the road bike to keep up with me when we are doing a workout ride. I recommend everyone invest in an inexpensive cyclometer for their bikes which tracks speed, distance,time and average speed.I am not into recumbent bikes since I feel they are not biomechanically friendly, I find the position unnatural and not physically efficient but others love them which I will honour.


I recently took a trashed kiddie trailer and turned it into a cargo trailer for grocery shopping and errands.I have links for several sets of plans for bike cargo trailers if anyone is interested.






It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs


Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

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Hello, Rich. Nice to see you here at Slow Riders. So you repair and rebuild bicycles? Super! Any recumbents? What type of bike do you ride for around town?

Betty

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Thanks for the links Sarge...that third one looks like a good possibility for us. I am interested in that cargo trailer idea, we've discussed that possibility as well. Have a good day!

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I have not had panniers on a bike since I was 18. Come to think about it I have not ridden much since I was 18. Maybe that is why I am in the shape I'm in. Hmmmmmmmm. Sure se will have you Sergeantmajor!

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Sparky-
I have side baskets, and I LOVE them!! Maybe they would work? I use a bungee to keep things on my platform. You can see it here: http://kickpcosout.blogspot.com/2008/06/me
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Hope it helps!!

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Sparky,

As far as you being Navy, we all have our crosses to bear and that sounds like a self inflicted wound to me. The little platform goes by the fancy name of plesher and no I have no idea why it does. The bags are called panniers and they come in a variety of sizes and styles. They also make bags which mount on top of the plesher. Here is one link I found for a pannier which may work for you.

https://shop.sunrisecyclery.com/item/106
61/?Action=Mor
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Here is another site but a bit pricey. It will give you some ideas.

http://www.jandd.com/bikes.asp

on this site the one in the centre and the one on the right seem reasonable and effective

http://www.banjobrothers.com/products/ra
cktopbags.php

For grocery shopping I built a cargo trailer for my bike.

Rich


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It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs


Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

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Go for it Sarge! (sorry, I'm Navy). I'd like to see some discussion on ways to carry stuff on the back (or front I guess) of your bike. My wife rides to work on hers (about a mile each way). She has (and so do I) a little platform on the back, but it is not adequate for carrying her bag and purse. We bought a side bag for it, but in order to fasten it up so nothing falls out, it all of a sudden becomes too small. Any backyard or buyable solutions are welcome. No backpacks as her back won't handle that.
Thanks!

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Well I am something of a resident curmudgeon here on Spark People but I do ride my bikes and repair and rebuild bikes. I will try to take on the responsibility for moderating this team if you will have me. Not sure were we will go with it but I will try to make being a member worthwhile. Please post suggestions for what you would like to see here and topics you would like covered.

Edited by: SERGEANTMAJOR at: 7/8/2008 (12:31)

It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs


Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

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I am going to 'tech help' and ask if anyone would like to lead this team. I need motivation to get out on my bike. It is work just getting it out of shed or garage and I know that riding is good for me. I am hoping to find help here. Will post any replies I get. Or maybe a new leader will post here to introduce him or her self.

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I have no idea what to do- LOL!! :)

I'd be willing to help out for sure! But, I'm new to the whole bike riding thing, and so I'm not sure how helpful I would be.

:)

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I think we just need a volunteer! If anyone is interested, you might check with one of the other Spark Team advisors just to see what you need to do. But I think we would all be glad for a new leader. (I'm not considering it because I travel fulltime in an RV right now and don't even have my bike with me, so I'm sort of doing the bike thing vicariously with the rest of you.)

But how about it? Any takers out there? Frogiella? Captiv8ed?

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Is there any way to get a new leader?!

I was *SO* excited to find this group!!

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Hi, Viv!

Apparently Jen (Slorider) left the team leaderless. She doesn't have a Spark Page. I've tried sending her emails twice and get no response. I guess we can just go on without her. I think the premise of this group is such a good idea! We should all be out riding bikes instead of driving cars!

Betty

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What happened to Slowrider? I tried to visit his Sparkpage and there is none known to sparkppeople. Jen, are you there?

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Hello, Nanasnotsofat! Glad you got that bicycle out. Hope you are making good progress with your new riding plan.

I'm wondering where our Team Leader is. Hello, SloRider! Are you still there?

Betty

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My bike has been in the shed for shed unused and neglected throughout the winter.
When I saw this team it encouraged me to get it out, give it a clean and go for a lovely slow ride in the sunshine.
I am lucky to have plenty of open rural places to cycle to and enjoy the weather,nature,the ride and the exercise.
Thank you for this team and for encouraging me to get back on my bike. emoticon

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Take the hammer out of cycling and put it back in the tool shed ! Slap on some saddlebags, fill them with a picnic, your latest read, camping stove to make some tea or coffee at that lovely SweetSpot you know of. Meet a friend in town, cut your grocery bill into little bits, toss your car keys ! Bicycling isn't merely a sport, it is a way to be in nature and tour your home town ! Whatever your fancy, lets slow down and enjoy the art of bicycling to BE places, not just going places. Bicycles can be a very positive lifestyle, especially in the environmental issues of modern times... and so lets dip our toes in and share our experiences here.

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Slowing it down. Riding it higher.


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