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We weren't able to attend the funeral due to all the other stuff that's been happening in life. But I rode my bike the other day and thought of Jimmy. It's hard.

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I'm sorry for your loss. There are few things as awful as burying our children.


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Oh, Miss G - I am so sorry for your loss.

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This really is a horror story. My husband's cousin Jim is currently dying from a traumatic head injury caused by a freak bicycle accident. He crashed on his mountain bike and the end of the handlebar shoved through his eye socket and pretty much destroyed his brain. . His parents have taken him off the ventilator and it's just a matter of time. We are very shaken and sad. I didn't know Jim really well, but I adore his parents, and I can barely imagine what they are going through. The thought of burying a child is the most horrifying thing I can fathom.

EDIT: Jimmy has died.

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Yikes! Well, it's still something to be proud of!

Pedal to the Point wasn't exactly a horror story, but I didn't quite finish. I got through the 75 miles of the first day, but pulled my Achilles tendon early on the second day. I kept going, pedaling in a lower gear to avoid straining it, but it got to where pedaling up any rise was pretty painful. At lunch I decided that I could at least make it to the next rest stop, at that rest stop I decided that I had one more in me, since we were in a pretty flat area. When we reached the next-to-last rest stop, I decided that I was done and would be SAGged back to the beginning.

To help Erin finish in good time, I took all the extra gear and stuffed it into my bag--after all, I wasn't going to be riding anymore. But just after she left, I learned that a large accident along the route was preventing the SAG vehicles from getting through. Bikers were getting past it, but they didn't know how long before vehicles would be allowed. So I decided that, rather than wait around forever, I would start riding, gently, and hope that I could pick up a SAG on the other side of the accident.

It was 7 miles to the accident, but then there were no SAG vehicles. In the end, I rode the additional 13 miles to the final rest stop. And there, I immediately requested a ride. The last 10 miles were steadily uphill, and there was no way I was doing that to my Achilles. I didn't let stupid pride push me into injuring myself.

So I rode 140 miles instead of 150. And I think I will be able to participate in the triathlon next weekend thanks to making wise choices. All-in-all, I'm happy.

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Well not really a horror story but... but yesterday I participated in my first timed bike race
I thought ok.. this will give me something to work at, I knew I was not going to be in the top finishes but it was fun to be in something timed. I signed up for the 50 mile bike ride..
all set ready go.. at the starting line we all zoom out.. did I follow directions and listen to the fact that the 50 milers where to turn right and the 30 milers go straight? no I ended up on the 30 miler course finished it in 2 hours which I was proud of my self seeing there where a ton of hills.. LOL


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Wow, that IS a horror story! I'm glad you were left with only memories and crankiness. Yikes!

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Hi Ladies!
I've been struggling lately *interpret gaining back much of the weight I lost* but hopefully I am back in the saddle again. My horror story today is two weekends ago, my 12 y/o and 4 y/o grandson went to tackle the Elroy/Sparta trail (32 miles with towing the 4 y/o on the tot trailer). It was a series of calamities from the get go!

I had bought the "Trail Gator" which is a bar you can connect to a kids bike and turn it into a ride along. It folds up and stores on your bike when the child wants to ride his bike by himself. Cool concept but it didn't work. 30 feet into the trail it bent.

Well, thank God for planning ahead because I had the tot trailer in my trunk so I hooked that up to my bike. Brody wasn't happy about not riding but I put Jerry the big bear in with him (Jerry wears a helmet too by the way!) and he was ok.

The first eight miles were relatively flat but unusually difficult for me. I chocked it up to not being used to pulling a trailer on limestone. When we got to the first amazing tunnel I realized that the brake was rubbing on the rim. It must have got messed up when the Trail Gator bent. I fixed that and we walked through the tunnel and had an awesome time.

The next few miles were all down hill and we flew! It felt great. But then on the flats and slight up hill I could barely ride. The brakes were rubbing again. I fixed them and still had trouble riding. I noticed my tire wobbling even though it was on tight. We made it to the second tunnel and enjoyed that but I was tired, cranky and exhausted by then. The predicted cool 70's temps had soared to the humid mid 90's!

By the time we got to Norwalk (22 miles) we all had been walking several miles because my tire totally locked up! It was 8pm we had been on the trail for 7 hours mostly walking and had ten miles to go.

At one point my bike fell over (due to the kickstand not holding on the soft limestone) and my phone and expensive camera fell out of my handlebar bag. My phone screen got scratched and my camera LCD shattered. Thank God for replacement warranties!

There was no way we were going to make it walking so I stopped at Lisa's on the Trail restaurant and asked if there was a cab or shuttle going to Sparta where we had a hotel and a shuttle back to our car. This wonderful trail angel restaurant owner, after hearing about our troubles gave us water and bananas and said "Let me just put a note on my door and lock up and I'll take you all to Sparta"! Then she insisted that we lock out bikes up in her building to keep them safe. She was a life saver!

The next day the plan was to catch the shuttle back to Elroy, get my car then drive back to Norwalk for the bikes. Then to my horror I realized my car keys were in the trailer! So I called the bike shop that does the shuttle and asked if we could stop at Norwalk for my keys. It turned out that we were the only ones taking the last shuttle so he would take us. Not only that, he collected our bikes and drove us and them back to our car in Elroy.

We were so glad to get back to our car and be on our way home. Brody was so tired and cranky by then and wouldn't fall asleep. I was tired and cranky and just wanted to be home. Haydn was the only one chilling throughout this entire experience. Well, thank God for Moose Tunes by Brent Holmes because after a while we were all singing "I'm a Moose and I Love My Lips" and other silly songs and having a good time.

We all reflected on the entire trip and decided we would laugh about it one day. I asked Brody what his favorite part of the trip was. He said the hotel. I had to agree with him on that until Haydn pointed out that we got to see two of the amazing tunnels, had a blast on the long down hill runs and I got a great workout pulling the trailer with a frozen rear tire.

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It definitely got a little frightening.

I am planning to take a couple-mile ride today, just to "get back on the horse." I am still recovering, but feel MUCH better today than I did yesterday.

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Wow, MissG, SO glad you're feeling better! That sounds like it was pretty scary all around.

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Bananas, peanut butter, potatoes. Feeling considerably better.

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That sounds pretty awful. What are you doing for potassium?


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I put this on my blog, but I thought I'd share it here, too.

I biked 35 miles yesterday, but they were not good miles. I had intended to make a 55-mile loop, but just 5 miles in (while watching the traffic light and the traffic instead of looking at the road) I hit a piece of rebar that caused my front tire to scoot out from under me, throwing me toward traffic that was starting to move. I stopped myself from falling into the street by *putting my hand on a moving car.*

Needless to say, I was sort of jangled with adrenaline by all that.

I biked 5 more miles, trying to get myself calmed down, but I was struggling. So when I got to a charming little village I pulled over, sat down on a bench, ate a banana, drank some water, and got myself calmer. I went on from there, headed south and slightly upstream into a mild headwind. I wasn't expecting to be fast, but I was surprised at how bad I felt. I had to stop and rest again after another 5 miles, and then at 18 miles, when I reached the top of a hill I simply had to throw myself down on the grass, gasping for air.

That's when I cut the ride short. I started back, and it was definitely easier, but every climb was doing me in WAY more than it should have. Stopped after 5 miles to buy a coke, and then after another 3 to buy some Gatorade. I texted hubby to let him know I might need a rescue, but decided to keep going. Stopped one last time about 4 miles from home to take shelter under a gas station for 10 minutes of absolute deluge, then made the final press for home.

About two blocks from home, I started wondering if I was having a heart attack. The road was flat, but I still felt terrible. I felt like I couldn't catch my breath at all. I briefly considered calling for a rescue but realized I could be home before he could get in the car and come get me.

Got home, told hubby my concerns, decided to take a shower to get the sweat off, and then noticed that I was fighting cramps in my thighs, feet, and calves. Sure sign of potassium deficiency. Decided that an immediate trip to ER was not necessary.

I'm still going to call my doctor on Monday and go in to get checked out. I don't feel 100% back to normal yet, but no real chest or back pain,

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I have to know on some wood. so far so good with my riding. the only horror store would be when I was riding last Monday went past some road kill that was not pretty..


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Gravel and skinny tires are not a happy combination! Glad you got through it in one piece!

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Liz, I found this website helpful for finding trails by size and composition (some of them are made up of different legs made of different material). www.traillink.com/

they have listings for pretty much every state, including the rails to trails where they convert an old railroad bed and the trails is pretty nice and straight.

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My boyfriend and I moved to Southeast Kansas about six months ago, and this is a pretty rural area. Yesterday we took a ride to a state park that was supposed to be 32 miles round trip, and we used Google to map our route. Well, we kept coming upon unmarked and/or gravel roads, so following directions was difficult. We went a few miles out of our way trying to find the state park, and then tried to take the mapped route back... except we ended up lost and riding on gravel roads for 8 1/2 miles! We were both on road bikes with skinny tires and no suspension, so it was super slow going and my neck and shoulders were so sore from being tensed up holding on tightly to the handlebars. The ride in total was 40 miles... we both collapsed from exhaustion right when we got home! In the future, I will check with other cycling friends in the area about routing before I go out for any long ride. This is the second time we've done this to ourselves -- ending up on lost and on gravel roads -- and I am OVER IT!!! The only good thing... we are both tougher than we thought we were!

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Yesterday's ride was a bit of a horror story, only because I completely forgot to eat all day, then went out at a brisk pace and dropped into the park. I got about 12 miles and was shaking and feeling ill. And no snacks in my bag. But I did manage to pull myself together and finish the ride. Only 17 miles, but WOW you get out of biking shape over the winter, even if you are still working out!

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I need the check that out.

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This is an important ride, Thanks for mentioning it, Heather.

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Just wanted to share website/ride dedicated some of the more serious sides of this topic

www.rideofsilence.org

To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD

Global ride, 15 May 2013

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There are only 2 kinds of cyclists: Those who have fallen off their bikes and those who will fall off their bikes.

Glad you were not seriously injured.

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Deb, Tour de Farms? Sounds interesting! I'm signed up to do the MS150 Pedal to the Point in June, but where is Tour de Farms?

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Been there done that. lol But i was looking at deer & off the path I went. lol Hang in there. I'm training for the MS Tour de Farms ride in June and can't wait to get back on the trail. Winter training is tuff.
Good luck and keep going!!!
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Becky, good on you not letting a crash stop you! Those slo-mo falls are so ridiculous, it's good to laugh.

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if only we all had the good humor to laugh over a little road rash...
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Glad to hear that you got back on the bike! Way to go on being able to turn without toppling over now!

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So if you have read any of my posts you will know that I am a new rider. Only two weeks new. So to say I am green is an understatement. That said, here is my first bicycle humor, I mean horror story. emoticon

I just got a computer for my bike. My brother-in-law installed if for me. I was test riding my bike with the computer and well.. I don't like to turn. I took a wide turn way too slow and I started to stop. Then I hit the front break hard and not the back one. Over goes Becky with new bike shortly to follow. I had rocks stuck in my elbow and could not stop laughing. My sister said I looked like something out of the Matrix because I fell so slowly. Basically I forgot to put my feet down. Thank God I did not have clips! Sheesh!

Today I was able to ride, go 15mph and turn without toppling over. Life is good!

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Yikes! Definitely want to have those helmets on!

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Sadly, I haven't YET gotten back to 74 miles in a single day, although TOSRV is on my bucket list.
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INSPIRE12 reminded me of another not-so-wise experience. I lived in Ithaca, NY for two years, where riding uphill was agonizing and riding downhill was terrifying. When it came time to go home for winter break, I was a poor student and didn't want to spend the money to hire a cab, and my intercity bus was leaving in the wee hours of the morning when the public transit system wasn't running, so I decided to ride my bike. I didn't have panniers, so I slung my bag over my back, which didn't seem like such a big deal, 'cause I rode with a backpack on all the time (although the bag of stuff I was taking home for Christmas was a poorly anchored gym bag). And I didn't wear my helmet because I wasn't going to have a way to lock it up at the bus station and helmets are pretty expensive so I didn't want to risk losing it. I didn't make it one block. I remember tottering on the bike, and realizing with LOTS of time before I actually went down that I wasn't going to be able to recover my balance. And then I came to in the middle of the street - I have no idea how long I was out. Fortunately it was the middle of the night so there was NO traffic. I walked my bike back into the apartment, called for a cab, and caught the next bus. And, yes, I knew even then, that after losing consciousness I should find a doctor instead of getting on a bus full of people who weren't paying attention to me and then falling asleep, but (1) I didn't have a local doctor so I had no idea who to call, short of going to the emergency room, and (2) I really hated Ithaca and wanted to go home.
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Truly this was the ONE time I didn't wear my helmet and it got me a concussion, so needless to say there won't be a second time.
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After these two stories, I think I'm going to have a hard time convincing you all that I'm not a complete idiot!
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GREBJACK, I definitely wouldn't consider that the ideal training method for building up to rides. Wow!!

INSPIRE12, hills can be daunting because it feels like you will overbalance at any moment. I recommend sitting further back on your seat (let your bum hang over the back) and crouching down to lower your center of gravity. It makes me feel more secure on those hills.

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Last summer I bought a bike. Now grant you I hadn't road a bike in over twenty years. However one of my close friend talked me into this. We were going to do tour Belleville. Well the first day i decided to ride. I was on a bike trail that had hills. I panic and swerved into someone yard. i had vision of me crashing so i hopped off the bike causing my inner thigh from pelvic to knee to be bruised. I don't know why but going down hills frightens me.

I f first you don"t succeed brush your self off and try again.


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I'm torn between horror and laughter. I can only chuckle because I can totally picture myself doing that as a teenager, having no clue as to how difficult it would be, but willing to try for the sake of a boyfriend.

Glad your experience didn't scar you for life on the bike riding front!

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I really only have one horror story. Bought my bike when I was a junior in high school and had my first job, and I was dating a boy who rode centuries on the weekend for fun. My first ride was ~2 miles to my job. Second ride a 5 mile jaunt the next day with Mike, the super-fit boyfriend. Third ride was the weekend after the purchase - 17 miles to downtown and back. Understand that I didn't even OWN a bike a week before that ride and I was so not in shape for 17 miles. But I had the recuperation time of a teenager, so by the following weekend, the 17 mile ride was a pleasant memory, and I let Mike talk me into riding from where we lived in Columbus, Ohio to a park he was fond of in Lancaster and back. He told me it would be easy - the primary uphill on the outbound trip, and it would take long enough that the wind would reverse midday and we'd have a tailwind for the whole ride. He was right, too, both about the elevation and the wind, and I'm sure for him it was a lovely, pleasant ride. For me it was 74 miles on my fourth bike ride of the decade!!! When we got to the park in Lancaster and stopped to have our picnic lunch on a bluff overlooking the playing fields 100 feet below, I very seriously considered throwing myself off the cliff to my death as a way to avoid the ride home. I have entirely blocked out the return trip. And Mike and I never went riding together again even though we dated for almost another year after that.

So here is my advice to other new cyclists: 2 miles, then 5 miles, then 17 miles, and then 74 miles is NOT a wise training plan.

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Tatt, that's always disturbing and scary, but whenever someone honks or yells at me I remind myself that it's at least partially guilt because they are in a car and I'm getting exercise.

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What jerks some people can be. Although I would want to yell back -- something like, "Hey, who's riding in a van and who's exercising?" -- I would probably not think quickly enough to react well. Plus, some people just don't get it and you'd be wasting your breath.

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I'm sorry also Johanna what a jerk. And probably one miserable....ugly person. Don't let that @**** win get on your bike and ride emoticon

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Hi Johanna,
I'm sorry you had that experience. It's bad on all sorts of levels...being yelled at, and having a driver come up close like that....what a bully! I bet that driver is a real piece of work in person....

Anyway, I read a blog that I thought you might enjoy since you are from the Chicago area. It's written by a female cycylist who rides her bike to work in the city. She writes a really enjoyable blog (at least I enjoy it). Since you seem to be much closer to the city than I am, you might even be able to meet her one day. I'm too far away to make it worth my time to go to some of the things she does. I just enjoy reading her blogs from the perspective of a female city cyclist.

Here's the link for anyone who's interested....
letsgorideabike.com/blog/

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Hey folks, I'm trying to get back to my groups so here we go with a short horror story.

Not last summer, but the summer before I was biking home from work. It's not a far trip, but as I am a beginner, it's still more then I'm used to. Anyways, a couple blocks from home, I get to an intersection. I always slow down when getting to an intersection *I'm not going that fast anyways*, and if there's a car there, I stop and wait, usually until the intersection is completely clear. I don't want to hold anyone up on the account it takes a bit to get my butt/bike back into forward motion. So, I stopped, waiting for the van to my right to turn onto my street. He makes he turns, serves to get even closer to me, I could have reached out and hit the van, and yelled "Fatass!" out the window. I wish I had the composure to have gotten the van's plate number, but I was stunned...shocked...terrified.

I'm used to being snarked at for being over weight. Mainly, I just ignore those people, or if I'm not in a kind mood, I give it right back to them. My problem is the driver got that close to me on purpose. And I have to say, it's caused me to ride my bike less then I was planning too. I really wanted to get into it, but, I already have an anxiety disorder, and to have someone almost intentionally hit me one of the first times out...it just compounds it. Normally, with my anxiety, I can say "Ouh! That will never happen!" But this time it did.

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Dottie, there are lovely towpath trails that go for about 50 miles not far from here, but I haven't ridden them this year partially because of the oblivious pedestrian traffic that is continually meandering from one side of the trail to the other without regard for any other traffic. It's either resign oneself to 10mph or continually risk collision with kids and dogs.

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Dottie, I think that is what keeps me from pushing myself to ride farther. I am so afraid I will poop out before I get back and end up having miles left to walk my bike or even worse, have to call someone to pick me up!

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I've had two horror stories recently, I was riding at a local park with quick steep climbs and great downhills. All was going well until the early evening when it started getting crowded. More than once I had to stop dead while climbing a hill because a walker couldn't hear me due to their headphones. I vowed never to ride there again if it was that crowded! My second horror story was during the summer. We found a great trail to ride and set out for a 25 miler. About half way back I ran out of energy. It was brutal! Lesson learned!

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The other thing that drives me crazy is the people who walk with earphones in and music turned too loud to hear me YELLING that I'm overtaking them, then yell at ME because they were startled. Well, geez, maybe you should be paying a little attention to your surroundings!

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I think your right about that. I cant tell you how many time while riding I've had joggers decide to just turn around without looking right in front of me. I had a skater do the same thing I kind of lost my cool and yelled a little emoticon I almost hit her she just looked at me and said "so"

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There must be something about a person riding a bike that makes others think, "I have time to [fill in the blank]," because the number of people who have walked out, turned in front of me, pulled out from a side road, changed lanes, etc., is very high, considering my lack of riding experience.

I always figured I must just look slow (or appear to be struggling in some way to keep going at all, lol).

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Lisa, that's crazy! What was she thinking?!

I know that there are times when I'm biking in town that pedestrians *who are jaywalking by crossing against the light) walk right out in front of me like I'm not even there. Seriously, people?

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The road is something that you really have to get use to. I was terrified the first time I actually rode my bike in traffic. I'm still not entirely comfortable and I will not ride by myself on the road.
My friends and I had a really odd horror story happen to us not long ago. We were finishing up a rather long and stressful ride on a busy street. Rosa had the lead I was next and our friend Terry was behind. We were almost back to our start when we noticed a young lady with her bike standing on the sidewalk. We were traveling at a fast pace and all of a sudden she decided to cross the street right in front of Rosa. There was no way she could have avoided hitting her and she went down. Drivers stopped their cars Thank God Rosa was not hurt too badly. The girl looked at us and said " I thought I had time.. o well" OMG I could not believe it we worry about automobiles not someone on a bike

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Plantago, I agree with MissG...the local bike shop near me has been a wonderful source of information & encouragement.

To be able to ride with even one trusted friend might help you. I wish for success for you!

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If you have a local bike shop, that is a great place to ask about any kind of group rides or events in the area. I don't know where you live, but a local bike shop is a great resource for more than just buying bicycles.

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I don't have any problems riding on trails or on quiet roads, but I never saw any riding groups on the street. I ride everyday to do my grocery shopping and there's usually only one or two bikes on the rack-mine and one that belongs to the guy from the store. Generally, the drivers here are not used to bikers and pedestrians :(

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Plantago, that's a tough phobia. Any chance of finding some local riding groups so that you could ride with other people to feel the safety in numbers until you get a little more used to it?

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I have something like a traffic phobia. I am not even able to drive a car. I decided to fight it with my bike. It all went really well, until one very bad street ride. I rode to my local JoAnn to get some yarn. I signaled lane changing with my left hand, then I changed the line and stood there waiting for the green light. A car stopped on the other line. The guy in the car opened his window and asked in angry voice " HEY, ARE YOU OK?" Somehow I was (barely) able to proceed and at the store I went to the bathroom and cried until I calmed myself. Then I walked my bike almost all the way home. Tried to break this fear several times, but I always end up using the pedestrian crosswalk for my left turns since then emoticon

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I've never been chased by an angry dog, but I had a little pug try to catch me the other day while I rode past his house...his owners were shouting for him to come back, and I ended up stopping so he could come over and lick my hand & allow me to detain him, lol.

I did have someone throw something at me, very early on in my riding experience this summer. I was at the end of my ride, about 1/4 mile from my house, and a car went by with (obviously moronic) teenagers in it, who proceeded to throw a half-full McDonald's cup at me. First I felt the splash, then the cup. Wish I were quick enough to get license plate numbers. I'm really glad that it wasn't something that could hurt me or knock me over, but I was still indignant at their stupidity. What if I had been so startled that I wrecked? Would they have laughed and kept going, not knowing if I had a concussion or was OK?

Joke was on them, though. It was really hot that day and the splash felt pretty refreshing. Sticky afterwards (I think it was Sprite), but cool when I needed it. Plus, I was getting exercise while they were getting fat from eating fast food.

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Wow, Lisa, Florida is REALLY unfriendly when it comes to cyclists! I've heard about people having things thrown at them, but never experienced it myself.

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I've had a few horror stories they all seem to have something to do with dogs. Mostly getting chased by including a very large pit. You really find out just how fast you can pedal emoticon I've also had objects thrown at me from moving cars and my friend Rosa actually had a driver try to run her over.

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Longer rides definitely require snacks. Good job.

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MissG, I learned from that day to get off my bike and walk a bit if I feel my thighs starting to cramp. I also started bringing a banana and pretzels to eat at my turn around point on longer rides.

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Wow, there really are some horror stories out there!

I'm a pretty good drinker and prefer plain water to flavored waters or (yuck) Gatorade. But I may just pick up a pack of electrolyte solution to keep in my little bike bag just in case I end up needing something more in my water on a day like you all are describing.

I'm so glad to hear there has been no permanent damage as a result of any of the incidents related!

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That's a pretty scary incident. Hydration is such a vital issue. I can tell that I'm getting dehydrated when Gatorade starts tasting good.

The tandem is really nice for that control--definitely don't want him captaining when he feels like that.

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I had a similar scary "boinking" experience over the summer with my husband over the summer. He was the one that was boinking. He has a tendency not to drink enough fluids when riding and he takes a beta blocker (heart medication) that prevents his heart from beating too fast. One day we were out for a ride that we intended to be about 50 miles long. Through misreading a trail sign, it turned into a 65 mile with about half of it on an unpaved trail. It was about 100 degrees that day and not a lot of shade.

About 10 miles from the end of our ride, my husband started showing signs of heat exhaustion. The only shade we could find was from an open pit toilet building. You know it's got to be bad if you want to sit for 25 minutes next to a toilet! Anyway, that's what we did. My husband drank water and ate a power bar. Bit by bit he started to feel well enough to make it back to the car. When we got to the car, we sat in there for another 10 minutes or so with the air conditioning going full blast to get him feeling better. He looked VERY pale. After getting the bikes in the car, I did the driving going home.

On top of our other problems that day, my cell phone battery died, so I couldn't call my son (or anyone else for help).

As a result of that day, we always carry some electrolyte packs that we can add to our water if that happens again. I also carry an extra cell phone battery with me too.

My husband is STILL bad about drinking enough....I usually drink about two or three times as much fluid while we are out. He has an appointment with his heart doctor in about a month. We are hoping that the doctor will cut down on the beta blocker med some so his heart can pump a little faster when it needs to. Dehydration and beta blockers don't mix.....

On our last ride, we carried Gatorade in one of our fluid containers. I don't care for it, but my husband seemed to like it. We might end up using separate water bottles in the future since the Gatorade seems to work a lot better for him. (On our unusual tandem, we had been using the same hydration bag. It hangs on the back of my recumbent seat and both of us can easily reach the drinking tube.) At least we have found something he will drink more.

It's easy to overdo it on a long ride in the heat if you don't keep up your fluids and electrolytes...and food!


BTW, this all happened before we got the tandem. We were both on our "single" bikes. We've talked about how if it ever happened to him again while we are on the tandem, we could put him in the recumbent stoker seat in the front and I could captain the tandem to get us to a safe place. There is NO WAY, I would want him to try to be captain if he's feeling like he is going to pass out! It's nice we have that alternative now.

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TRAVLNWOMAN, that's awful. I've had a couple times of it taking a second try to get my leg over my bike, but never had cramping like that. I hope it hasn't happened again.

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MissG, that had to be a scary sight to see her shivering in the heat. I'm glad it turned out ok in the end.

DATMAMA4, I can relate to being "too proud to go at my own pace". I used to ride a lot with my son until he got better than me. I'd try keeping up and end up feeling dizzy, panting and just not having much fun.

My "horror story" would have to be the time I rode with my son and two of my grandsons on the White River trail (Wisconsin). It was a very leisurely ride on the way to the end of the trail with lots of stops to geocache every few miles. On the way back I could barely keep up with my son, but I tried so hard.

The very last hill of the trail wasn't more than 300 yards from the car. Both my thighs cramped up so I stopped, thinking I'd just push the bike up that hill. That was a huge mistake! Once I quit peddaling, my legs became so severely cramped I couldn't lift them up to get off my bike. My son had to practically lift me off it. He took my bike up the hill while I walked up it unable to straighten out my legs looking very silly and in excruciating pain. My thighs are starting to cramp up right now with just the memory of that final hill!

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DatMama, that's pretty darned frightening! Poor Son! I know I would have been struggling with wondering if things were going to be okay or if I should be calling an ambulance. Glad you were okay!

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Oooooooh, MISSG...my timbers are shiverin'. That truly IS a horror story!

Since I've only been riding seriously this summer, my horror stories usually involve something relatively harmless but uncomfortable like bad winds & rain.

But...

I was thinking back to last summer, when I was over 30 pounds heavier, wasn't in shape, and #2 son was riding regularly. I decided to join him for a short (4 mile) ride, which at the time wasn't really short for me. Roughly a rectangle, most of it is uphill, with the final 1/4 being downhill.

I didn't want him to think I couldn't keep up, so I was determined not to stop to walk the bike at all. I just kept chugging along, and by the time I got to the top of the biggest hill, I was having such a hard time catching my breath that I'd imagine my heart rate was probably over 152 (that seems to be when I really notice breathless overexertion). Still, I kept going because I didn't want him to know how much I was struggling, and figured the rest of the ride was mostly flat or downhill, so I'd have time catch up with my breath.

By the time we got home (about a mile later of easy riding), I was still not caught up with breathing and heart rate, and as soon as we rode into our driveway, I got off my bike & lay on the grass. At that point, #2 Son said, "Whoa! You're scaring me! Are you OK?" and I told him I just needed to rest a moment. I actually felt kind of dizzy.

I must have lay there for over 5 minutes, flat on my back, then went into the house and lay on the couch. He brought me a big glass of our own grape juice (which is wonderfully concentrated and thick, from the grapes in our yard). I drank it down & fell asleep for an hour.

When I woke up, he told me he hadn't wanted to leave the room while I was sleeping because I had "looked so bad" after getting back, even after drinking the grape juice. Wow.

I felt pretty awful for scaring him -- all because I was too proud to allow myself to go at my own pace when I hadn't been riding at all yet that summer. That was a pretty stupid move on my part.

Thank goodness, I'm in much better shape now, my endurance can certainly handle a four-mile ride, even with hills, and I know when I'm pushing too hard. Live and learn.

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Hey, it's almost Halloween! Let's tell our worst biking horror stories!

For me, it was July 4 of this year. My biking group was having a morning ride, and my daughter was newly arrived and had only ridden twice in the last 6 years, both of them the week before. Now, usually our group ride starts out with a slow and steady 5-mile climb, then 10 miles of up-and-down, and ends with 5 miles downhill back to the leader's home. But for this ride they decided to bike down to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and back.

When I say "down," I mean DOWN. The ride took us off the ridge that gives Cleveland Heights its name, and then continues to be downhill to the lake. Meaning that the ride back would be all UPhill.

Also, the only people who had shown up for this ride were the crazed, 20 mph, no-body-fat, resting-heartrate-of-28 men.

Also also? It was in the high 90s, with a heat index of 104.

We rode down with them, and had to pedal steadily to keep up on the downhill parts. By the time we were in the flats, we were losing sight of them--all except for the one kind soul who stayed with Erin and encouraged her along. Knowing that she had this fellow to support her, I just focused on staying within sight of the last of the leaders. Yes, I abandoned my daughter to the kindness of strangers.

By the time we got to the Rock Hall, I was flattened. Erin rode up a few seconds later. When I asked her how she was, she replied, "I kind of hate you a little right now."

"That's okay," I said. "I kind of hate me, too. But I have a plan."

Because both of us knew that there was no WAY we were going to make it back up that hill. But the Rock Hall is halfway back to our house, and our house is on the relatively flat West Side, where we wouldn't have to climb That Ridge. And we could shower, cool off, and then ride back across town with DH to the potluck picnic at the leader's house.

The guys tried to encourage us to come back with them, but we were having none of it. So we took off headed west. And things were okay while we were able to ride through a park and on a shady street. That part ran out too soon, though, and we were out in the beating sun, 98 degrees, and humidity that made the heat index 104.

I've ridden that part of the road many times, before and since. Never had it seemed as long as it was that day. The blocks just crawled by. It was like those bad dreams where you put in all your energy and can't escape whatever is chasing you.

Then suddenly Erin said, "I'm cold." I looked over at her and she was covered in goosebumps. I realized that she was in serious trouble--heat exhaustion was setting in, and heatstroke would not be far behind. Fortunately, we were only one block from a McDonald's. We rode up to it, locked up our bikes and went straight into the restroom to run cold water over our wrists and splash it on our faces. Then we got large drinks with lots of ice and sat down in the air conditioning.

We opened up packets of salt and just dumped them onto our tongues. They tasted sweet. That was scary.

I texted DH to let him know that we might need a rescue, but after about 20 minutes and two large drinks each, we were okay to ride the last two miles home. It had clouded up, so the sun wasn't beating down on us. We made it, and were even able to attend the afternoon's festivities.

But that was a scary day.

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