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9/2/11 10:22 A

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There are days that I feel like a heavier version of "Mary Poppins" on a bicycle!!!
(I have a globe cruiser that allows me to sit upright as if I had not a care in the world and just wanted to leisurely pedal around my town) ~Although truth be known...I pedal along my routes and eye every incline as if it's an evil intrusion that wants to stop my progress!

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8/31/11 1:31 P

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Great question by the way! I have really gotten something out of this one. It so nice to know we share these steps (cycles)!

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8/31/11 1:29 P

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Oh yeah. I feel like I look like a mess on that thing. The first ten minutes I adjust my clothes repeatedly (as if that will change anything) then I adjust my thinking and just let the thoughts fly behind me and/or under my wheels. 15 minutes in and I am in the zone and don't give a rats. By the time I get off my bike I look great!

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8/29/11 12:39 P

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I probably look like a ball with appendages on my bike but I really don't care what other people think of my appearance any longer. I did when I first started bike riding but I actually received many more compliments and words of encouragement from strangers than insults. That said, I don't wear a bike kit best suited for the Tour de France. I like looser cut cycling jerseys (the crazier the pattern the better), padded shorts underneath mountain bike shorts (the pairs I wear have the best zippered pockets!!! And the material is loose, sturdy and stretchy), and my bmx style helmet. All of my bike gear I bought on sale on web sites like terrys, aero tech designs, and team estragen -- typically half off or with a web coupon.

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7/22/11 12:02 P

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We have a nun who bikes with her biological sister, in our neighborhood and she's always in her full garb! I'm annoyed that priests don't have to jog in their work attire. Maybe it's her choice...

I never thought I'd see the day! I went biking my bike shorts (with nothing over them) for the second time today! It's just soooooo H O T, that I couldn't stand the thought of wearing more. I'm a modest dresser, who never shows cleavage or much leg, so this was weird for me, but Ooooh sooo comfy!

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7/17/11 2:24 A

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I don't wear Spandex or padded anything... Longish skirt and panties for me! And to top it off (no pun intended), I wear a cloth headcovering under my dorktacular helmet. I'm glad I don't have to look at myself, because I'm sure I look dreadful. But I don't worry much about what other people are thinking. Usually I'm too busy enjoying the view, keeping an eye on safety concerns, or just having too much glorious fun to care! emoticon

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7/15/11 1:56 P

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I never put anything over my biking shorts. If anyone has a problem with it, I really don't care. They would have to catch me first to tell me about it :) Plus, I don't want any extra layers there to bunch up or not lay right and make me sore.

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7/15/11 1:45 P

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i was wearing my yoga pants because they were so comfy, but i really needed the padding on my behiney, so i got some padded shorts. they look REALLY bad under yoga pants, so i have started wearing a pair of really baggy mens cargo shorts over top. i have never been a shorts kind of person. probably because i was raised with the mindset that if you were showing your legs you had to wear pantyhose. shorts and hosiery do NOT go together!

as for helmets, i have an AWESOME one! as helmets go that is. it is a BERN Berkeley. i decided that if i HAD to wear one, it was going to be something classy looking.

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7/12/11 4:31 P

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Today, I badly wanted to wear my spandex alone...this HEAT! I just couldn't do it, so on went my long over-shorts. It would be nice to wear less clothing in the summer, but it's always nice to be modest too. I guess I do have some self-image issues but not enough to stop me from biking! emoticon emoticon

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7/11/11 6:59 A

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I wear a spandex biking "skort" so no one has to see my jelly belly. Hubby wears regular shorts over his bike shorts and I wear gloves because when I was heavier, I noticed that my thumbs were going numb on rides. Other than that, I wear a biking shirt because it keeps me cool and covered. Oh, ok. We bought biking shoes last winter and have found that once you get used to them, they really help out (especially on hills).

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7/10/11 9:49 A

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YES! For starters, I am poor. As a new rider I just couldn't afford to go out and buy everything I needed. So the first purchase was the bike rack (I had to get my bike to the trails somehow). Then the invaluable and very necessary helmet (which is just goofy looking). But so far, no bike shorts or gloves or other special accessories. And here I am in my shorts on the trail huffing and puffing away, sweaty and red faced, being passed by trendy thin 20 and 30-somethings in their custom gear with logos and accessories and all that comes with it.

I just keep reminding myself that it will be me one day with all the comfortable accessories. But for now I am buying things one piece at a time.

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7/8/11 9:39 A

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I live on a military base. We have to wear helmets. So I put my sunglasses on , I feel I can hide behind them too. I live in Japan so Japanese ride all over the place. So I feel like I fit in in that respect. My concerns are wear T-shirts with no V -necks so no one gets flashed & I wear cotton stretchy Capri pants . It is pretty modest & not binding. It's 6 miles around the whole base. I try to do it 3 xs a week. The terrain is up hill, downhill, gravel & sidewalks . It takes me 51 mins to do. I've done it 3 times so far. I found a app for the IPhone that maps a route & tells you the calories, mins, speed called imapmyride it's a pretty need app. I wear a arm band & headphones it calls out at what mile your on, if you want it too.

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7/5/11 10:26 P

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Thanks for your posts! I agree sunglasses and helmet do make you feel incognito. lol

Edited by: SMILEE_EYES at: 7/5/2011 (22:26)
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7/5/11 5:03 P

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I liked what the person down there said about seeing a heavier rider on a bike and feeling proud of them!
Love it.
I love seeing people that inspire me.
I started off riding at 210 pounds and it took a lot to get me in those stretchy things...
but now... I am encouraged to see others out there in all shapes and sizes... along this journey with me.

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7/4/11 11:46 A

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Let's face it; spandex ain't pretty! LOL!

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7/4/11 10:09 A

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Ok, I just had to share this! Yesterday I got whistled at as I was riding past the fire station :) I bet they were wishing they could suck that whistle right back in after I got past and they noticed a 230 lb. spandex covered butt covering that bike seat............hehehe. I couldn't help but laugh as I kept flying down the road :)

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7/3/11 1:27 A

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Other than always wearing something over my cycling shorts, I wasn't self conscious until DH took a picture of me riding. It's hideous and I know I'm an overweight, middle aged woman, but I don't "feel" like that. You know what I mean? I want to look the way I feel!

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7/2/11 10:00 P

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I was just thinking about this today. By the time I pull my hair back, put on the helmet and the sunglasses, I almost feel incognito.......lol. But today, I took a long ride and decided to stop at a Quik Shop while going thru a small town. I still had 6 miles to get home and really needed to use the restroom and get a little extra water. Well, it is a holiday weekend and the place was packed!!! But I went in, dripping sweat and all, and kinda had the feeling of "hey, I'm working at this, what about you?" Wouldn't ya know, one really good lookin' guy that I barely know comes walking in. I saw him come in and kept my back to him. He was right behind me waiting to check out and I got out quick!!!!

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7/1/11 4:00 P

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You know, every once in awhile I fight the feeling that my thighs look like sausages encased in spandex. It's a fleeting moment. Once it's gone I get back to riding.

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7/1/11 12:00 P

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I dont' really worry about it too much. I know when I see someone heavier riding I just feel proud of them and it removes some of my own excuses for getting out and about. On the other hand, as other riders whiz by me, especially on hills, I feel a little down since I am certainly trying my hardest!

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6/29/11 12:15 A

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You are definitely not alone in your feelings. I finally put on my riding shorts instead of my capri length and it felt soooo good. Liberating and cooler! Anyway, in my area there are a variety of shapes and sizes. I love riding so very much that I've pretty much decided to just go and do. Forget the thoughts. Though I think I'd probably drop dead before going into a store with my riding shorts. I'm still 41# overwt and my legs are very cellulitely despite muscle. When I'm riding it's just me, the wind, and freedom!! I wish that for you too!

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6/28/11 12:54 A

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YES!!!
I almost didn't get on my bike because I was soo insecure about my spandex wearing padded shorts :)
But the advice I would give ya is pretty simple.
Just smile and know that You are doing something fun and most people would love to hop on a bike, but dont have the courage to put on the spandex ...
And the feeling after the bike ride is worth it. :)

I sometimes have to go to the grocery store after my rides sometimes and that is still uncomfortable for me.
I live in a small town and you would think I had a halloween outfit on with the looks I get :)
So sport those shorts with pride :)

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6/27/11 10:01 A

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Those stories of helmets saving us are why I cringe to no helmets on these Germans on the bike paths.

Edited by: CYCLINGSANDY at: 6/27/2011 (10:01)

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6/26/11 6:51 P

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My helmet saved my life too... according to the doctors in the ER. I had to "lay down" my bike on it's side when a car turned right in front of me. I stopped short of sliding into or under the car, but the momentum caused me hit the side of my head of the pavement. My helmet split in half, I was unconscious for a couple of minutes, and I ended up with a concussion... much better than the alternative!

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6/26/11 9:17 A

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I agree with the funnny looking helmet feeling. I am not crazy about my helmet either. But I am here today beucase of my helmet when a drubk driver hit my bike while I was riding home last year. My helmet broken in three places, but I had only a small cut on my head rather than a squished brain! - all because of my good helmet.


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6/25/11 7:59 P

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You know I guess feel self conscious and it is not about my clothes I have on is the the helmet LOL I never like the fact that I had to were a helmet cuz I thought I looked goofy, growing up as a kid we were not required to were hemlets heck they did not have them for bike riders, so maybe we were the generation that made this come about because there were alot of injurys. but serious I am out there for the ride and the enjoyment and I am not going to worry about what I got on..
keep riding

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6/23/11 7:22 P

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I am very self-conscious while riding. I have several tighter fitting tops that were just too snug to wear while biking. I have the bike shorts so opted for a larger sleeveless, dri wick shirt. I bought a man's shirt as the women's just weren't loose enough for me to feel comfortable. A bonus to this shirt is that I didn't expect it to feel so cool as it ripples in the wind when I'm going fast. It's much cooler than my others and allows me to just ride and no worry about my appearance.


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6/23/11 1:28 P

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I know what you mean about passing some of those younger cyclists. It is a boost to my fitness esteem too.


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6/22/11 3:38 P

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I do feel self conscious occasionally, since almost everyone I see riding around our city is lean and slim. I have passed quite a few of those lean slim riders though, and that is quite the confidence booster.
Mostly, I try to concentrate on my form and cadence and try not to think about what I might look like to others. After all, I am out there trying to get fit and slim at least!

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6/22/11 2:58 P

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I don't feel self conscious unless I wear my padded shorts that are a little shorter than I like.
My legs at my age are not my best looking asset. They are strong though, and I guess that is much more important. I have seen so many sizes of cyclist at events that I have lost my earlier feelings of self-doubt.

Happy PROUD to be PEDALING!


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6/22/11 12:43 P

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Anyone feel self conscious while riding? I'm definitely not a lean mean riding machine. I know I probably shouldn't worry, though I do. Anyone else have have this problem? What do you do to fight off similar feelings?

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