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6/15/13 11:46 A

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Cycling really is the best. I have to get serious about some training distances, though--summer is flying by!!!

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6/15/13 5:14 A

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I used to bike a bit as a child and then a few years ago I started to bike, every summer.I really got into biking this summer. It has really helped me through a difficult time this year. I just love cycling.

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6/11/13 11:11 A

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Millie, I remember being told to "let the boys win" in the swimming pool so they would like me. Bah! Who needs a guy who is too insecure to be with a woman who can beat him?!

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6/7/13 3:53 A

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I have always ridden a bike. I had one as a child, several actually as I would keep growing and needing a bigger one. I got my first proper road bike at 15, before that they were shopper type bikes (I think my parents thought that I was a 40 year old so got me fogey bikes) I have had a road bike, pretty much ever since.
Once I got that first road bike, my childhood boyfriend dumped me as he couldn't keep up. Actually I got dumped by several BFs over the next 5 years as I rode too quickly and I really didn't see why I should wait for a mere slowcoach bloke.
I had a break from 2000 to 2009 though where I was bikeless, then got given an Apollo Mountain Bike (totally rubbish) by the gym that I was a member of and I rode that thing all over the place until I got my current bike, a Giant Defy 2 which I now ride everywhere. The Apollo is no more and got sold off but I do have a mountain bike, but its a Specialized Hardrock so much much better.
That Defy got me right back into road cycling. Only 11 miles last night but my legs were not feeling the love emoticon but I ride 4 or 5 times a week now.

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5/31/13 10:49 P

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SEASPIRIT1, bikes really were the path to freedom when we were kids, weren't they? I love riding just to ride these days, but I love even more when I can ride to accomplish something--commuting or shopping or other errands. I feel like I'm doing my part to save the planet.

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5/26/13 4:28 P

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I started cycling when I was a child...it was our "mode" of transportation if we wanted to get to and from our friends homes! As I got older, my friends and I would set summer goals of a long distance ride... and here I am as an adult loving those longer rides!

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4/27/13 11:01 P

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ANGELARUTHIE, what a great story!

I'm trying to foster a friend into riding. She had a bad head injury playing hockey and is very wary of getting hurt, so we're going to start on trails.

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4/26/13 10:52 A

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My love of cycling started out as a date! My husband (then, just a guy who was desperate to find a way to get me to go out with him) asked if I'd join him for a bike ride at the lake. I didn't have a bike so he went on his lunch break and bought me one at a Target. We went that night after work and rode 8 miles. He had to quickly teach me some basics of riding since I hadn't been on a bike since I was a kid. I was pretty wide-eyed and wobbly for a few miles until I got the hang of it. Afterward, my legs were so shaky that I was scared I wouldn't be able to make it up the stairs to my house! I've been madly in love with both him and cycling ever since. I still ride the same bike too!

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4/17/13 7:59 P

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I guess it started when I was in my 20s.. on just last year.. LOL.. in the 80s I brought my self a Ross road bike, I brought it with the intension to take it to the lake and ride for exercise.. little did I know it was a great bike for road riding.. well I rode that every day then I found out that I enjoyed being competitive and started riding fast. someone got me to join in on a cycle club so I did.. I did not have a good experience.. they left me we in the dust and this was before cell phones and GPS.. did not know where I was so I swore I would only ride with people I knew or by my self.. ... then for some reason I stopped riding.. but after my first baby.. when I was 30 I brought a mt bike put a baby seat on the back and took her riding every day at the lake .. that was 20 years ago and I can still hear her cry and kick me.. because she did not like it the first time we went out.. but as the weight came on me I stopped riding and then 3 years ago.. I got on my bike again.. for fitness and I have not gotten off .. and I hope that I never do..


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1/24/13 10:19 P

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Oh, I can completely understand...I'm an ugly sweater. I get all blotchy and sweat just pours off me, usually leaving beautiful clothing-fuzz lines on my neck fat, lol.

I've always admired people who can sweat prettily. Oh, wait...no, I've always hated people who can do that. Silly me, how could I have gotten that wrong?

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1/24/13 6:43 P

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You'll all laugh at me for this, but my issue is sweat. I don't like to run because I don't like to be sweaty. I love to bike, 'cause if you put the same amount of effort into riding as in to running, you're going at least 5 times as fast so you've got all that extra wind to keep you cool. I love windstorms, too - nothing like the wind in my hair. I started biking as a kid 'cause I lived in a city of more than 200 square miles, had friends on the other side of town, and didn't have a car. I've spent most of my adult life not owning a car, too, and the bike is just the best way to travel a dozen miles.

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10/25/12 10:13 A

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Datmama, if we get the tandem, or another bike, it's going to be kind of interesting. Because hubby has expressed a desire to do triathlons, even though he hates biking, so I will want to ride with him. But I will also want to ride a lot more than *he* wants to ride, so trying to balance all that out may make next summer's riding something of a challenge.

DD is definitely bringing a bike back with her at Christmas time, so we will have three bikes here for all three of us to ride. We will have to see what all this amounts to....

And Travlnwoman, that is a very cute story.

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10/25/12 10:01 A

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Travlnwoman, what a cool story!
When I was 16, I got a car, and never rode a bike again, until this past summer.

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10/25/12 12:44 A

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Its funny how children in one way or another prompted many of us to get back on our bikes!

I got to thinking about my childhood and bikes. I'd almost forgotten this. It was tradition for our first communion present to choose either a bike or a record player. I chose a record player and had many years of enjoyment with it. My sister 2 years later chose a bike. She didn't need a record player since we listed to mine all the time. Within a couple of hours of her getting it, I decided to take it for a ride and didn't want to get it back. Of course she cried and whined that I wouldn't let her ride her bike. Such a baby LOL!
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Later that day my dad came home and told me to give her back her bike and I couldn't ride it anymore. Then I cried like a baby. He told me to get in the car, that we were going to run some errands and my sister was going to stay home and ride her new bike. I stomped to the car, slammed the door shut and didn't say anything. I was soooh mad! But....
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The next thing I knew, we had pulled up to the bike store. I had no idea why we were there. We went inside and my dad gave the clerk his name. They went to the back and came out with a shiny new used bike for ME! From that day forward my sister and I rode together for years until boys became more important emoticon

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10/24/12 6:53 P

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Ooooohh, a tandem! That sounds like fun. My husband was always the bike rider in the family, and now that I've finally decided I love it, he's not able to ride as often, due to arthritis in his hands and trouble with his ankles & knees. We got him a hybrid when he bought me my road bike, and that helped immensely with the pressure on his hands, since he sits a lot straighter on it. He now laughs that I leave him in the dust when we ride, but I don't mind going slower and shorter distances as long as we can ride with each other. I'm not that fast, anyway, and the goal is to do this together when possible, so the marriage benefits far outweigh the cardio.

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10/24/12 6:24 P

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I want to borrow a tandem bike from some friends to see if he likes biking when he doesn't feel abandoned. DD and I do great together because we both like biking and exercise, so if we can't talk and be social it's no big deal. DH, though, likes to walk and talk. So maybe a tandem would solve the problem. But I don't want to buy one until we borrow one for a while.

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10/24/12 5:32 P

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Miss G - same with my hubby. He would rather walk than bike. I have never been interested in biking by myself, so I am hoping my son will hang in there. So far, he has been my motivating force. There are many days when I don't feel like biking (too hot / cold / wet / lazy), but he always convinces me to go "just a couple of miles" and we then end up going a lot farther.

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10/24/12 1:51 P

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It's interesting to me that I am sort of a "natural" cyclist--in my worst shape, I could have gotten on a bike and ridden 10 miles, and in fact did just that last year when I restarted my biking journey.

But my husband finds the whole bicycling motion and activity to be intolerable almost to the point of repulsive. He would much rather jog--and activity that I engage in only when forced.

It's just strange how people are different.

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10/24/12 6:50 A

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I learned to ride as a child and rode a reasonable amount in college (huge campus, with usually at least one fatality each year involving bicyclist/bicyclist/ or bicycist/pedestrian accidents), then decided I didn't need a bike and got rid of it.

Fast forward to August, when my son started working on his Boy Scout Personal Fitness Merit Badge. He's as much of a couch potato as I am, so I figured that if he had to go out and do cardio training, the least I could do was pop on my dad's old bike and keep him company. And make sure he did more than walk slowly around one city block. (I use the term 'city' loosely. There are 332 people in our town). After a week or two of that, I decided to go for a ride myself. Riding at 3-4 mph wasn't all that thrilling, but it definitely was easy and I wanted to get back to my maintenance weight. And riding by myself was fun! Except my son wished he could ride with me. So I got a new bike. It was awful. After 3 weeks of grinning and bearing it, I returned the bike and got a hybrid -- and have not looked back.


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10/23/12 11:24 P

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I practically lived on my bike as a child and rode alot until I was 15 or 16. Then I quit riding other then rare occasions until recently when I was looking for an exercise I enjoyed. I loved it as a child so I decided to try bike riding . I found out that I still love it! emoticon

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10/23/12 8:25 P

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My story is similar as well. I was babysitting my niece and wanted to get us both out of the house. So I bought a bike with a baby seat at a garage sale. For a while my husband also rode with me but not anymore. I felt I finally found something that I really enjoyed and became pretty good at emoticon Now family or friends tell me " I really want to ride with you but I could never keep up" My reply to that is " no but I'll have no problem keeping up with you" emoticon

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10/23/12 8:00 P

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OGMAMA, my story is similar to yours except it was my grandson I wanted to get out of the house and away from the computer. We started out in March of this year and have done a few group rides and just for fun rides. Since he only comes over about every other weekend I found myself going out by myself.

Truth be told, I love those rides best of all! I love the quiet of being alone and not shouting to be heard. I love riding fast or slow, whatever my legs feel like doing at the moment without having to consider anyone else. I love the time to really think about "stuff" without interruption. I especially love exploring new places that I would never see if I were in a car.

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After school was out in May, I was looking for a way to get my 11-yr. old son out of the house and away from the computer more. I got a bike for my birthday in June, and started out asking him to ride with me as I learned. It became a daily event that we both look forward to. We go about 6 miles most days. Now that he is back in school, we ride after school. It has been great for our relationship as well as our health.

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10/23/12 7:22 P

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Wow, I can't even begin to remember when I fell in love with cycling. I got a bike for Christmas when I was in fifth grade and I have loved biking ever since. I went a lot of years without a bike, but once I got one as an adult I have loved it. There were a few years when I didn't bike, but now I'm pretty obsessed with it.

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10/23/12 6:47 P

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I'd love to hear how all of you found your love of cycling. My hubby has ridden for years, for pleasure, both on the road and on mountain bike trails. I've always enjoyed the casual ride, but only started riding "for real" this past summer for fitness & weight loss.

No one was more surprised than I was to find there was an exercise out there I actually liked!

When, why, & how? I'd love to know.

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