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Scheming & Dreaming For My Reward...

Friday, October 23, 2009

While out for a walk the other night I had a little extra time to kill so I finally got myself into our local friendly bicycle shop (Chenango Point, Binghamton) to browse for a bike to reward myself with once I break through to ONEderland... :-)

I'm getting away from the mountain bike style which I've inherited from my son (Diamondback Wildwood) and aiming for a comfort / hybrid which will ride better over longer distances. Definitely upping from a 26" to a 27" as I seem to get so much more out of each rotation of the pedals! I'd like a bike which positions the pedals more in front of me than directly beneath me as the leverage on the pedaling seems much better.

The two bikes the fellow recommended for me were the Cannondale Quick 5 and the Specialized Globe Carmel. I didn't get a chance to ride either just yet as there wasn't time. But in looking them over I like the Specialized as the pedals seem to be shifted a bit more in front of the seat than the Quick. The proof will be in the ride. Going to be googling a bit to find out more. I was pleased that the prices weren't as stratospheric as I feared they might be...!

Oh...just discovered, the bike I rode out onto the Silver Strand in San Diego was the Electra Townie! Check out the forward position of the pedals here:


I love the leverage one gets when you pedal this thing! No hunched-over-Lance-Armstrong-e
rent-pavement for ME! :-)

Anyone have any suggestions for me to check out?

Been enjoying my food tracking and getting pretty darned cocky about reaching my goal...! :-)

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    I have to admit, I'm bike ignorant but thrilled you are planning to reward yourself for a big goal and with something that will help keep your momentum!! I do ride the upright stationary bikes at the Y and love the virtual programs that I ride to. A little shadow goes along to show me how much better I am doing than I did before. Very motivating!! Keep it up, Don. You are going to love the thin life :)
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    3163 days ago
    Yeah, I've got a comfort bike- I may not take hills like a pro, but the comfort of the positioning etc can leave me happy with a one or two our bike ride... and that's better for this ole fart than bunched up speed racer.
    Woot, woot!

    3163 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    I loved my Specialized.
    3163 days ago
    Thanks for the info on bikes. I know next to nothing about them. Haven't ridden in too many years to count but am looking forward to starting soon. What would be a good one for a beginner? I have a hand me down from one of my kids but not sure what kind or style. They gave me the one that doesn't work so I need to get repairs before I can ride but would like to get one that will be a fit for me. It was great to meet you and your wife tonight!!
    3163 days ago
  • PISTL67
    that sounds good. i have a diamond back mountain bike. i like the softer tires. would like handle bars closer to me though. i think sitting more upright would be easier on the back.
    3164 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/24/2009 3:53:16 PM
  • KELLI9001
    Great job and I can't wait til you reach that ONEderland. I never knew there were so many different styles of bikes. Thanks for filling me in!
    3164 days ago
    A bicycle for onederland... I wish I'd have thought of that! I thought I wanted a townie for a while, got one at a police auction and absolutely terrified myself on it, so I looked for a hybrid for a while, but then my husband found one he liked and I inherited his mountain style instead. I hate the view of the pavement, but it is handy since I've started biking the downhill trails around here.
    3164 days ago
    How important it is to reward ourselves! And the bike sounds like a PERFECT reward.

    g about a reward for myself for getting into the 150's again. I'm thinking new fitness tapes.

    3164 days ago
    I stored my racer for a comfort hybrid about 5 years ago, 27". Love it! I'm glad tracking food works for you, Don. I'm convinced that it's how my hold-out weight is "melting" off (combined with fitness). Isn't SP creative and its technology amazing?
    3165 days ago
  • S318830
    Very cool. I love that you're checking out and researching your reward - and that the reward is fitness based! Nice job! I like the fact that you and I have similar amounts of weight to lose and the same goal date by which to reach it. I'll definitely be cheering you on!
    3165 days ago
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