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10/24/12 6:54 P

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Well, there you go. Multiple facets of Ooomph. Sounds good to me! I wasn't thinking of the variety -- I'm sure that will help in many ways.

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10/24/12 6:07 P

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I'm trying to think of it not as losing my oomph, but as developing other oomph. Changing up training programs is healthy and keeps your body from getting too efficient at any one thing.

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10/24/12 3:00 P

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Since I never liked riding the bikes at our local YMCA when I had a membership there, I'm going to hazard a guess that a stationary bike would be a bad investment for me.

I'm just concerned about losing my exercise "oomph" over the winter months. I've made such good progress that I want to keep up the momentum and not struggle so much to get back into it once spring hits. I'm determined to walk as much as possible once it gets too snowy to ride, and if there are ANY clear days during the winter, I'm going to get my bike out and go, go, go as long as the roads are bare.

I've also considered riding my mountain bike (hubby's is the one we had to replace, but I still have a 25yo Diamondback in the garage) on trails in the woods when I can. It should be fine even when it snows, as long as it's not too deep. Not sure about that yet, but I'm thinking about it. Any thoughts on that for those who ride in snowy areas? Am I naive? Is it workable?

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10/24/12 1:47 P

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We have a stationary cycle that we picked up on Craig's List. It's an older professional model, so very sturdy. But I think during the winter I'm going to move my focus to my ski machine because that's a way of cross-training myself during the colder months.

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10/24/12 10:29 A

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I actually started with an exercise bike. I used a hand me down when i first started spark back in 2010 then got a new one with adjustable resistance. The upright variety (not a spinning bike) can be pretty reasonably priced especially if you have a used sporting goods store anywhere nearby. Way way cheaper than a good treadmill or road bike would be in any case.

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10/24/12 7:51 A

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I actually started with an exercise bike. I used a hand me down when i first started spark back in 2010 then got a new one with adjustable resistance. The upright variety (not a spinning bike) can be pretty reasonably priced especially if you have a used sporting goods store anywhere nearby. Way way cheaper than a good treadmill or road bike would be in any case.

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10/24/12 6:52 A

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I love winter -- but living somewhere I could cycle year-round would be lovely.

I've been thinking about trainers/rollers/exercise bikes for the winter. My husband said I should just lay on the floor and do that 'bicycle' exercise for an hour each day. I didn't think that sounded like a reasonable suggestion.

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10/23/12 9:07 P

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Colleen, alas, my hubby won't live anywhere where there isn't winter, so that wouldn't be an option.

But I'd vacation where I could bike!

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10/23/12 8:35 P

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Miss G, if I won the lotto I would move to a place I could bike year round, then buy bikes.

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10/23/12 8:15 P

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I know me, Caro. I WANT one of those carbon fiber bikes. I wouldn't sell the bike I have--it's what I need for the commuting when I have to carry a lot of stuff.

But I would love to have a carbon fiber road bike for the long pedals.

If I won the lottery, I'd buy bicycles. emoticon

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10/23/12 7:32 P

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COROKNITS, I'm glad you mentioned that distance for a test ride. I was wondering how long you could take a bike out to test it. I would think in 5-10 miles a person could get a very good idea if it is the right bike for them.

Ya gotta love those head winds! emoticon

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10/23/12 7:25 P

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MissG -- see, if I take a test ride NOW, this fall, we can figure out what size I need. Then when all the cyclists come in during the spring to trade in their ANCIENT bikes (5-10 years old) with aluminum frames for the nifty new carbon frames, the LBS can let me know if anything with my size and specs comes in.

I can save money by taking a test ride, really I can! And if I do the ride now, rather than in spring, it will be easier since everyone takes test rides in spring. Now, not so much.

I've a friend in NC who has a Raleigh. It's such a pretty blue. I pull it up on my computer to look at it every so often. My LBS is a Raleigh dealer, but has about 1 Raleigh and 20 Specialized Bikes in the women's section.

I'd love to shrink as a cyclist. I'm not sure why I'm not, but I'm not that far off my target weight, so I can pretend it's all muscle.

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10/23/12 6:34 P

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It's neat to hear everyone share their progress. I'm no huge fan of riding in wind, but after a couple really bad ones, I'm no longer afraid of "only" 10 mph winds. A long cry from my initial rides of 3-4 miles in perfect weather, sweating and huffing like crazy.

I have to say, though, I'm SHRINKING as a cyclist! It's helping me to lose weight as well as just getting fit.

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Caro, that's terrific! It's great to see your progress.

I know what you mean about drooling over bikes at the LBS. Every time I go in there I pet the Raleigh road bikes. I haven't even thought of taking a test ride on one because I KNOW I can't afford it now and I would just be sad.

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10/23/12 5:54 P

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It's hard NOT to grow, I suppose... I've just been riding for 2 months or so. But still, I know I'm getting stronger when I see there's a south wind of 10 mph or so and I still head out on a ride that has the last 3.5 mile leg riding due south.

I also spent a half hour at my LBS trying not to drool over a new road bike. I've got a mid-90's hybrid, and an invitation to stop by and give a new bike a 5-10 mile test ride any nice day this fall. Ahhhh. Then I can dream all winter.

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