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4/29/12 10:52 A

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I think it is primarily for Illinois, but there is a great deal of information on mikebentley.com regarding rides and much much more here in the midwest.

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4/26/12 11:12 A

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I just picked up the 2012 Ohio bike events catalog to see what kinds of fun I can have this summer!

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4/25/12 10:42 P

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Thanks Michelle! That sounds like a really nice ride!

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4/25/12 12:38 A

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Hi Kimberly,

I see from your Spark teams that you are probably from Kenosha or Racine. I live in Niles, IL (so we are less than a century ride apart :)). I've heard the rides that are not races called "fun rides" or also centuries (even though you aren't racing and you may not ride the whole 100 miles). They almost always have centuries set up so that you can ride the half or the metric century (62.5 miles) and usually some shorter distances as well. Anyway, my first "fun ride" was this one, which is near enough that it might be a possibility for you too:

http://www.evanstonbikeclub.org/nsc/inde
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Everyone was super friendly, they have a 25, 50, 62, 70, and 100 mile options, it's very flat, and there were several snack and beverage stops included along the way (and they provide the snacks and beverages). There is not really a time limit, but they want everyone off the route by 6 or so if I remember correctly (but you can start really early in the morning. I think you have to start by 9 or 10 and you can certainly start a lot earlier). It isn't a race, so people don't ride really close to each other or anything and everyone goes at their own pace and begins whenever they want to (within the several hour time frame). Interestingly, the century riders go to Kenosha and back. If you were feeling like doing 50 miles, you could take the Metra down to Evanston and ride the century route back to Kenosha. It isn't until late September, so you have lots of time to train for it.

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I had to look up the cyclocross. It seems they are very similar in that they can be used both on and off road but the cyclocross has a lighter weight frame.

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4/17/12 11:07 P

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That's a really good price! Every time I go to the bike shop I get sucked into looking at the cyclocross bikes. I really like the idea of having tires that can handle a trail. What's the difference between a cyclocross bike and a hybrid?

I keep wondering when I'm going to "grow out" of this new hobby of cycling. I don't want to get a new bike just to have it sit in the garage growing cobwebs. I'm starting to think that's a silly thought though. I really love to ride. I get a little nervous on city streets too but I'm lucky to have lakes with nice bike paths.

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4/17/12 10:43 P

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ANGELARUTHIE, I get really scared riding on the city streets. That is one thing that makes it difficult to train for big rides for me. Matching gear? LOL, my only match is my blue helmet to my blue bike and my blue windbreaker!

One thing I have learned though is that a bike that is fitted to your body at a bike shop is worth the extra money. I had your basic K-Mart 26 inch bike. Going for a ride on it would totally exhaust me. Then I invested in a hybrid Trek bike for about $365 about 5 years ago. I found I could go farther and ride longer on it without getting too tired. Unfortunately after the first season it got put in the garage until this year. Now I love it again.

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4/17/12 9:34 P

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Thank you so much for starting this thread! I've had many of the same questions. I don't think I'm ready to go along for a club ride in my city though, mostly because of nerves and the lack of gear. After looking over that list of terms....I'm uh....pretty sure I'd be a Wilma. I'm not ready to shell out the bucks for the fancy, matching gear or even a fancier bike. I'm still finding what gear I need/want by trial and error. Once I know what I truly need for comfort and safety, THEN I might spend money on some matching stuff. But honestly....... I just wanna RIDE!!!

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4/16/12 10:04 P

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I did! I was miserable during parts of the ride, but the pride that followed was worth it.

Today was very light. Tomorrow I'm thinking 10-15 miles of flat. It's going to be windy. Again....

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4/16/12 9:32 P

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Sounds like you had a good time!

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As far as time limits go, for most events there are the serious racers who will outpace everyone from the start, and there are the family riders who are just in it for fun. The best approach is to ride your own ride and focus on improving your own time.

I rode with the MS team yesterday for the first ride of the season, and we were definitely very spread out. There were a bunch of people who were slower and ended up doing only 16 miles of the ride. I ended up out in front with the two of the fastest people, who were very generous about not just leaving me in stranded without knowing the route. They had very different approaches: one rode ahead and then came back around to pick me up, the other just slowed down to my pace.

The disadvantage to riding with them was that when we got to the tops of hills they were all rested and ready to go on--the people in best shape always get the most rest, even though they're the ones who need it least! But the advantage of it was I definitely pushed myself harder than I would have otherwise, and that's how you improve. I was pretty well spent by the time we got back, but I am glad I did it that way.

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4/15/12 11:18 P

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Thanks for the replies!

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Cool list. Seems pretty British, but interesting!

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4/12/12 1:17 A

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Wow! Perfect. I'll read this tomorrow when I can concentrate better.

My grandmother used to look up a word in the dictionary and end up reading the dictionary for hours!! lol

This is just what I need.
Thanks so much!

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4/12/12 12:26 A

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thought some might enjoy the Wiki Glossary of biking lingo.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_bi
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last fall i rode in a half century (50 miles) for my birthday. it was a fund raiser, no time limit and it was NOT a race. i have no local bike clubs, so i found this ride on Active.com. i have done all of my riding alone, with the exception of less than a handful of times when i got to ride with my cousin or husband.

the event i rode in was full of cliques. even when i was riding near a group, they all stayed in their own little huddles. i am a VERY social and outgoing person, so it was so odd for me to NOT make any friends on this ride. it was totally awkward and frustrating and lonely.

my best advice, get in a group and learn to ride with them. even if you only show a few times, you will make a few acquaintances and learn to ride with a group. then hopefully you will also be able to be friends with them on Spark, Facebook or email so that on the day of your event you wont be all alone.

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4/9/12 12:34 P

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When it comes to bicycling groups or clubs, your local bike shops should be able and willing to provide the information you seek. We're fortunate in our area with several cycling clubs. The social bicycle club has many weekly rides suited to the varied levels of cyclists experience, from beginner/family type rides on up to 20+mph rides. We also have a road racing club as well as one for mountain biking. If all else fails, start your own! Group riding is so much fun and my husband & I have made a lot of treasured friends on 2 wheels. Good luck!

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4/9/12 8:33 A

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Excellent questions COLUMBINE2! I hadn't even thought of those things but they are so important!

Thanks for your answer Carolyn. I will check and see if we have a bike club in my city. Maybe my gym personnel have some answers too.

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4/8/12 11:51 P

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Thanks, Carolyn.

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4/8/12 11:33 P

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All those questions were learned by me when I joined our local bike racing club, "sports" division for non-racers, and went on many group rides. Many towns have lots of riding "clubs", allowing a rider to find one that matches their speed and ability level, although at the time, our town had only one.
It was intimidating at first, but I sure learned a lot, practiced pace-line riding, and eventually improved my speed so much that I began racing.
(Back in the day when I turned 40 though... not any more!)

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4/8/12 10:16 P

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Good questions & I'm anxious to hear the answers, too. And I have some more questions: Are there rides that aren't races? How long do people ride before taking a break? How do you learn the "etiquette" expected in a group ride?

How does a person get comfortable riding in close proximity with other bikers? Is there a way to "transition in" to group rides? What if you ride slower than the rest of the group? What else should we know before trying these rides?



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I'm really liking bike riding so much more than I ever imagined. Can anyone tell me the names of the rides? I've heard half-century and century which would be a 50 and 100 mile ride. Is that correct? Are there any websites to learn the biker's lingo? Also, I tried searching but have not found the time limits for these types of rides. I'm not out to break any records but I need to know what to aim for.

Thanks,
Kimberly

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