SparkPeople Cycling - Road, Mountain, Fun, Racing Team Messageboard Discussion forum for those who like all forms of cycling (road, tour, mountain, leisure, race) SparkPeople Cycling - Road, Mountain, Fun, Racing Team Messageboard January 2021 Mileage Goals and Progress Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> The outdoor temperature where I live is 25 degrees F. (-6.7C). I am going to be doing indoor cycling until the weather improves. <BR> <BR> <em>324</em> <BR> <BR> What is everyone's mileage goals for January? Please post your progress in this forum. Fri, 1 Jan 2021 05:19:19 EST December 2020 Mileage Goals and Progress Sorry I am a little late starting this thread. Two weeks ago I had a bike accident and broke three ribs. I was riding on the brake hoods. I hit a nothing little bump, lost my grip on the left hood, and smacked the concrete. <BR> <BR> When I landed the left shift/brake lever jammed into my side and shattered my left rib cage. There were also many scrapes and cuts all over me. <BR> <BR> I dislike Emergency/Trauma centers. COVID-19 makes emergency facilities particularly grim. My son drove me... Sun, 13 Dec 2020 12:13:00 EST November 2020 Mileage Goals and Progress November is cold and snowy in the Northern latitudes. However, in the Southern United States, the weather is mild. <BR> <BR> What are everyone's goals for November? <BR> <BR> Please post your progress in the forum. Tue, 10 Nov 2020 11:55:16 EST October 2020 Mileage Goal and Progreaa October is here already. Here in Colorado, we had already had some snow. Fortunately, the snow was light and broken limbs on fully leafed trees were kept a minimum! <BR> <BR> In many parts of the Northern hemisphere, October brings mild weather that is great for road cycling and mountain biking. <BR> <BR> What are everyone's goals for October? <BR> <BR> Please post your goals and progress in this forum so we can cheer you on! <BR> Mon, 5 Oct 2020 00:03:02 EST September 2020 Mileage Goals and Progress September is a good month for cycling in most parts of the northern hemisphere. Temperatures are lower but still pleasant. <BR> <BR> What are everyone's mileage goals for September? <BR> <BR> Please post your progress in dis forum so we can cheer each other on! <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2020 13:02:01 EST August 2020 Mileage Goals and Progress August is one of the hottest months of the year in the USA. I live in Denver, Colorado. August is just 1 degree cooler than July. In September snow starts to fall! <BR> <BR> What is everyone's mileage goals for August? Please post your progress here so we can cheer you on! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 2 Aug 2020 14:05:15 EST July 2020 Mileage Goals and Progress July in the Northern Hemisphere is hot! Depending where you are in the Southern Hemisphere, the temperature can be pleasant. <BR> <BR> I took a long hilly bicycle ride on June 28th. The maximum temperature was 104°F (40°C), which is hot for Colorado. I took a detour from the bike path to a convenience store to tank-up. I was halfway through a 40 mile ride and had exhausted 48 ounces of liquid I carry in frame bottles. <BR> <BR> What is everyone's mileage goals for July? Post your progr... Sat, 4 Jul 2020 13:23:16 EST June 2020 Mileage Goals and Progress Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I hope you are all well and getting in some good cycling. I signed-up for my normal three organized rides, which are the Triple By-Pass, Cycle for The Cure (Cancer), and the BStrong ride (Cystic Fibrosis). All these organized rides are canceled. <BR> <BR> Since it appears that most of us are riding solo, what is everybody's mileage goals for June? <BR> <BR> Post you progress in the forum so we can cheer you on! Fri, 5 Jun 2020 10:44:47 EST May 2020 Mileage Goals and Progress May is a great month for riding a bike. In most of the World, temperatures are not too hot or too cold. <BR> <BR> Please post your goals and progress in this Forum. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 May 2020 11:50:31 EST Sore backside. Do you recommend padded cycling shorts of someone who after cycling one hour suffers from <BR> a sore backside.would like to do longer period Thanks George. Sun, 3 May 2020 09:20:59 EST April 2020 Mileage Goals and Progress The COVID-19 quarantine has made tremendous impacts across the World. I live in Denver, CO. The Colorado Governor is suggesting that anyone that is going out in public wear a cloth mask. <BR> <BR> I know some areas have been hit much harder. <BR> <BR> Where I live, outdoor activity is authorized with directives to keep a "social distance" of 6 feet between people. There are other parts of the United States and the World that are under a stricter quarantine. <BR> <BR> The weather is impr... Sat, 4 Apr 2020 09:40:55 EST March 2020 Mileage Goals and Progress In some parts of the World March is a nice month. In the Southern States the temperature is rising and is very pleasant. <BR> <BR> Where I live in Colorado March is the snowiest month of the year. In many Northern States may be a few warm days that can support a bike ride or two outside. However, most of us will have to wait for late April or early May before racking-up some outdoor mileage. <BR> <BR> What is everyone's goals? Make sure to record you mileage so we can cheer you on! Sun, 1 Mar 2020 19:37:52 EST February 2020 Mileage Goals and Progress Where I live in Colorado, February and March are snowy and cold! An occasional nice day in the 50 or 60 degrees F will jam bike paths and bike lanes with hardy cyclist not willing to wait for Spring! Colorado is tropical paradise compared to places in the Northeast or Midwest. <BR> <BR> Please post your mileage goals and progress in this forum. <BR> <BR> Goad luck and keep pedaling! Mon, 3 Feb 2020 19:53:43 EST January 2020 Goals Hello Cycling - Road, Mountain, Fun, Racing Community! My January is off to a great start. Right now I have a crazy work commute, but instead of making excuses, I've started fitting in some time on my rollers when I can. I've been riding 20 minutes three days/week. I'm hoping to increase it to 30 minutes 3/week. My goal is to fit in more miles than last January which was 44.5 miles (but I was unemployed at the time). I feel I'm off to a great start. I hope everyone else is getting some t... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:48:42 EST January 2020 Mileage Goals and Progress Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Sorry I have been away for awhile. With the new year we can all resolve to ride more. What is everyone's mileage goal for January. How many miles have you donalready. <BR> <BR> Please post your progress here in the forum. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 13:02:13 EST November 2019 Cycling Goals & Challenges I’m dismayed that today (the 16th) is the first day of this month that I’ve gotten my trike out - we met our Easy Riders for an hour’s pedal, my smart phone measured 9.5 miles. <BR> It’s a start. <BR> <BR> Val Sat, 16 Nov 2019 22:56:52 EST October 2019 Mileage Goals and Progress Cool days are coming. In parts of the United States trees are starting change into Autumn colors. October is a great time to be on a bike. <BR> <BR> What is everyone's goals for October? Please post you progress in this forum so we can cheer you on! <BR> <BR> <em>574</em> <em>332</em> Wed, 2 Oct 2019 03:10:47 EST September 2019 Mileage Goals and Progress In many parts of the northern hemisphere, September brings cooler temperatures, Bike riding is more pleasant as milder temperatures prevail. <BR> <BR> What is everybody's mileage goals for September? Please post your progress so we can cheer each other on! <BR> <BR> Happy Riding! <BR> <BR> Bruce <BR> <BR> <em>108</em> Mon, 2 Sep 2019 14:39:49 EST August 2019 Goals and Progress In the Northern Hemisphere summer is in full swing. Early morning or late evening rides help beat some of the heat. In the deep southern United States, humidity and high temperatures may mean that mileage with be best made on an indoor training bicycle. <BR> <BR> What is everyone's goals for August? Be sure to post your progress so we can all cheer you on. <BR> <BR> I think I will shoot for at least 350 miles. I have 2 charity rides the next two Saturdays. The first is for Boulder Cancer H... Mon, 5 Aug 2019 12:24:57 EST July 2019 Mileage Goals and Progress Happy days are here again! Well, at least in Colorado, which is in the Northern Hemisphere. Today was a blistering 72 degrees! After a hard winter of sub-zero temperatures 72 degrees is total bliss! <BR> <BR> What is everyone goals? <BR> <BR> Please post your goals and progress in this forum! <BR> Sun, 7 Jul 2019 08:31:02 EST June 2019 Mileage Goals and Progress I accidently put this topic in the Team Forum. Please post your mileage progress in this Challenge Yourself Forum. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:21:48 EST June 2019 Mileage Goals and Progress Temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere are rising. The first day of summer is June 21st. <BR> <BR> What is everyone's goals for the month of June. Please post your progress in this forum. I hope to dramatically step up my training. <BR> <BR> June Mileage <BR> <BR> June 6 - 41.5 miles (State Single Speed) <BR> June 8 - 21.09 miles (Roubaix Comp) <BR> June 12 - 31.05 miles (Roubaix Comp) <BR> June 16 - 20.35 miles (State Single Speed) <BR> June 19 - 44.24 miles (Roubaix Comp) <BR> June ... Fri, 7 Jun 2019 05:06:32 EST DC Bike Ride / motivation to start biking again. DC Bike Ride / motivation to start biking again. <BR> Hi. I have been away from the site and biking for a few years. A major crash and surgery will do that. I did do triathlons before my crash but gave those up afterwards. I can no longer run which was my primary motivator. <BR> <BR> I am trying to get motivated to bike again, primarily for fun and exercise. Hubby is joining me this time. Of course, crazy me decided not to start small. CRAZY. We just signed up for the 20 mile DC Bike Ri... Fri, 17 May 2019 10:52:16 EST May 2019 Mileage Goals and Progress May is here and the weather where I live has greatly improve! I hope I can reach 300 miles. <BR> <BR> What is everyone goals for May? <BR> <BR> Congratulations to Handprint and Motivated@Last as the mileage leaders in April! <BR> <BR> Please post your progress toward your May goals. Sun, 5 May 2019 13:28:09 EST April 2019 Goals and Mileage The weather is finally starting to cooperate with road cyclists and mountain bikers. <BR> <BR> What is everyone's goal for April? <BR> <BR> Make sure to post your progress on this forum. <BR> <BR> Since the snow is not yet done here in Colorado, I hope for a modest 300 miles. Tue, 9 Apr 2019 12:34:27 EST Rails to Trails Adventures Hey all, <BR> <BR> Spring is right around the corner f and I am planning on hitting a few rails to trails this summer. One on my bucket list is the Hiawatha Rails to Trails in Idaho. Just wondering if anyone out there has ridden this trail, and if you liked it? And, if anyone has any plans to ride any rails to trails this summer? Tue, 12 Mar 2019 17:42:51 EST March 2019 Mileage Goals and Progress March is a the snowiest month of the year in many cities in high northern latitudes. I live in Colorado and it has been snowing on and off for 2 days. <BR> <BR> I managed a handful of rides in February with a total of 93.16 miles. <BR> <BR> I know that a lot of us have some serious weather challenges in March. However, we can still try to get is some miles. <BR> <BR> What is everyone's goals for March? <BR> <BR> Please post your progress in this forum so we can cheer each other on! <B... Sun, 3 Mar 2019 00:46:11 EST February Mileage Mileage <BR> <BR> Feb 2: 25.81 Miles (Outdoor) <BR> Feb 9: 14.53 Miles (Indoor) <BR> <BR> Total: 40.34 Miles <BR> <BR> <em>444</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2019 15:47:13 EST February 2019 Mileage Goals and Progress In the Northern Hemisphere February is a degree or two warmer than January. El Nino is bringing slightly warmer temperatures to the Western and Central United States and Canada. <BR> <BR> El Nino also brings snow. This photo was taken on January 28th 2019 near my house. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you live in Southern Florida this time of the year may be more pleasant for bike riding. <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Sun, 3 Feb 2019 12:56:53 EST January 2019 Mileage Goals and Progress Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> If you are lucky enough to live in a warm part of the world, you may be able to get some good bicycle mileage in January. <BR> <BR> Where I live in Colorado, January is cold, snowy and windy. High temperatures rarely over 40F. Average Low temperatures are 15F. Throw in wind chill, and you have highs of 20F and lows of -5F. <BR> <BR> Indoor cycling mileage counts! I got 11 miles on New Year's Day on my Specialized Allez clamped into my fluid trainer. <BR> <B... Wed, 2 Jan 2019 11:36:32 EST back at it I'm Lisa from Orlando FL. I'm a seasoned cyclist training for my 5th Century, TourDeCure in March. I'm jumping back into tracking on Sparkpeople. I'll be 59 on Friday Jan.4 and I'm ready to reach my goals. Happy New Year and happy cycling Wed, 2 Jan 2019 10:42:28 EST December 2018 Mileage Goals and Progress December is cold in the Northern Hemisphere. <BR> <BR> I managed about 30 miles on my Specialized Allez clamped into my indoor fluid trainer. Right now the temperature in Denver, Colorado is 34 degrees F with a 10 mph wind. Riding at my normal speed of 16 to 18 mph against the wind - the calculated wind chill is 20 degrees F. <BR> <BR> I have to say that it feels colder than 20 degrees F! <BR> <BR> I managed to ride 3 times on my indoor trainer for a total of 30 miles in November. I got ... Tue, 4 Dec 2018 13:07:32 EST November 2018 Mileage Goals and Progress November is a cold and snowy month where I live in Colorado. Most of my 'mileage" will be on my Specialized Allez clamped into my indoor fluid trainer. On the occasional nice day, I have a few bikes that are ready to go. We had three snow storms in October. Today's temperature is 40 degrees F. Wind is blowing and it is cloudy. <BR> <BR> I may be able to endure 100 miles on my stationary bike. <BR> <BR> What is everyone's goal for November? <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Nov 2018 12:54:35 EST October 2018 Mileage Goals and Progress Here in the Rocky Mountain States we can expect snow in October. Cooler temperatures prevail with an average of 62 degrees F. Southern States typically cool down into the low 80s. <BR> <BR> I hope we can all get out and ride! <BR> <BR> Post your mileage goals and progress for October 2018 in this forum. <BR> <BR> I am going to shoot for 300 miles, which may be ambitious. <BR> <BR> What are the rest of this great team shooting for? Mon, 1 Oct 2018 17:47:57 EST Post in September 2018 Mileage Goals and Progress NOTE - PLEASE POST MILEAGE IN 2018 MILEAGE GOALS AND PROGRESS <BR> <BR> . Fri, 7 Sep 2018 14:08:21 EST September 2018 Mileage Goals and Progress September is a great month for riding a bike. In many parts of the Northern Hemisphere the blast furnace heat of summer is giving way to pleasant fall temperatures. <BR> <BR> I live in Colorado and the huge labyrinth of concrete, gravel and paved bike paths are seeing heavy traffic. Mountain biking is particularly popular in the Fall due to spectacular scenery. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am planning to... Sun, 2 Sep 2018 12:18:40 EST August 2018 Mileage Goals In most parts of the Northern Hemisphere August is a few degrees cooler than July, which means August is still pretty hot! <BR> <BR> Early morning or evening rides can help beat the heat. Hydration is key to replace fluid losses due to heat. <BR> <BR> What is everybody's goals? Please remember to post your mileage so we can cheer you on! <BR> <BR> Bruce Sat, 4 Aug 2018 15:05:24 EST July Mileage Goal I didn't make my goal of 300 miles last month, so I'm going to try again this month. My mileage so far: <BR> <BR> 7-2: 12 mi <BR> 7-3: 21 mi <BR> 7-4: 32 mi <BR> 7-7: 30 mi <BR> <BR> Total: 95 mi Sat, 7 Jul 2018 13:58:08 EST June 2018 Mileage Goals June is here! Warm weather provides ample opportunities to ride! What is everyones goals for June. Also record your mileage here. <BR> <BR> Accountability helps us all get out there and put in the miles! Or for those that my think in metric - put in those kilometers! Sat, 2 Jun 2018 18:11:55 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 19 May 2018 16:05:30 EST May 2018 Riding Goals May should be nice weather in Northern Hemisphere. Time to get out and put in those miles. What are your mileage goals for May? Wed, 2 May 2018 12:40:17 EST March riding goals I was able to meet my riding goals for February, riding my bike at least 5 days per week. <BR> <BR> My goal for March is to bike 40 miles each week. <BR> <BR> It's still great weather for riding. I'm hoping to be in good enough condition to tolerate riding when it gets hot this summer. Wed, 28 Feb 2018 21:41:17 EST February goal January is about over, but my goal for February is to ride at least 5 days per week. <BR> <BR> It's riding weather here in FL and a lot of the riding clubs are organizing rides. I want to be able to joint a few. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:54:16 EST January and February Mileage Goals Let's face it - January and February in most of the higher latitudes tend to be cold, snowy, icy and windy! If you live in Cleveland, the high temperatures are a few degrees above freezing! <BR> <BR> If you live in the South, temperatures are mild and pleasant. <BR> <BR> I live in Colorado. Yesterday, I got in 29 miles. Today, we have 8" of snow and it is still coming down. <BR> <BR> I am going to spend a lot of time with my bike clamped into my fluid trainer in my nicely heated house... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:08:36 EST December Mileage Goals December temperatures can be all over the place. Depending on where you live, December can bring gloomy cold windy days, or sunny days with low humidity and mild temperatures. I live in Colorado so I get a little bit of both types of weather. <BR> <BR> Getting a lot of outdoor cycling miles may be challenging. I personally get out my fluid trainer and move my riding indoors. <BR> <BR> What is everyone's plans for riding this month? Sun, 3 Dec 2017 11:17:15 EST December 2017 goals/re olutions Here we are at the end of November, I can't believe we are so close to a new year. <BR> <BR> My November goals were: <BR> 1) finish shams for hubby's quilt (made but not quilted) <BR> 2) increase fiber, decrease carbs (yes) <BR> 3) start back strength training 3 days a week (averaged 2) <BR> 4) start back hiking 3 days a week (yes) <BR> 5) lose 2 pounds (nope) <BR> <BR> My diet has improved and I do feel better than I did in January. I can hike farther and hills don't scare me as muc... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 22:19:08 EST November Mileage Goals Well, November is half over. How has everyone been doing getting some bike mileage? Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:25:42 EST November Goals <em>521</em> ride and walk 30 miles a week <BR> mindful eating <BR> be a good neighbor <BR> <em>593</em> Sat, 4 Nov 2017 13:03:57 EST October Mileage Goals In a most of the United States the fall colors and cooler days make bike riding very pleasant. I live in Colorado so October can bring some snowy and cold days. But most days are mild and beautiful. <BR> <BR> How has everyone been doing some good cycling this month? Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:27:37 EST October 2017 goals/re olutions My September goals were: <BR> <BR> 1) Stick to my low carb meal plan (mostly) <BR> 2) Stay within my daily calorie goals (missed on 2 days) <BR> 3) Lose 4 pounds (3) <BR> 4) Finish quilting DH's quilt (still needs binding) <BR> <BR> And now it is October. This begins the really difficult time of year for me. Both grands birthdays, quilt retreat, followed quickly by Thanksgiving and then Christmas. But for now I'm gonna just think about October, so for October my goals/resolutions are: ... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 22:52:07 EST Road bike training! Hi all!! I am Katie and new to road biking. I recently bought a beginner's road bike and trying to gain as many miles on it as I can! <link> </link> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:03:31 EST September 2017 Mileage Goals Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Sorry for being a bit lax. This month has been pretty busy for me. I officiate high school and college football and the season is in full swing. <BR> <BR> September is a great month in most parts of the country. Cooler temperatures and fall colors make geting out and riding quite enjoyable. <BR> <BR> Has everyone been getting in some good riding? What are your September goals? Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:19:59 EST New to the team--and back on Sparkpeople Hi. I'm babs. I took early retirement in June and bought myself a bike as a present--an Electra Townie which I christened Molly-- as I'm using it to ride on our local rail-trail. I haven't been on a bike in 35 years but I've worked my way up to riding 8 miles most mornings. It's been a rather up and down summer. My mom has dementia and we just had to place her in a nursing home, my cousin (and best friend) is in the hospital with an as yet undiagnosed heart condition, and I was at the doctor'... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:44:54 EST August 2017 Mileage Goals In most of the Northern Hemisphere August temperatures are a few degrees cooler than July. In my neck of the woods, August is rainer month. <BR> <BR> What is everyones mileage goals for August? Mon, 7 Aug 2017 09:53:59 EST August 2017 Check in Feeling pleased with myself. I did 24 miles today with some hills. Best for this season. <BR> Also nearly 15 yesterday!!! Fri, 4 Aug 2017 15:37:07 EST July Mileage Goals July weather in a many parts of the country is hot. Remember to stay hydrated. What are everyones mileage goals for the blistering hot July? Fri, 7 Jul 2017 06:30:06 EST July 2017 Check-in Hello Team! <BR> <BR> Just checking in with everyone - actually I am happy to post that I am getting ready to go out for a 17 mile road ride with my brother this morning. Ten months ago I moved to my new house. I guess it through my biking through a loop - having to find to place to ride - getting the house pulled together. There is a bike store 15 minutes away and they have a group ride that rides right past my front door! Today I will be joining them!! I am nervous about the hills, bu... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 06:41:54 EST June 2017 Mileage Goals Warm weather and clear skies should allow us all to get on our bikes and have fun. <BR> <BR> What is everyone's goals for June? Thu, 1 Jun 2017 23:16:13 EST June 2017 goals/re olutions May goals/resolutions: <BR> 1) finish planting flowers and garden (done) <BR> 2) prepare one meal from scratch daily (done) <BR> 3) finish 2 UFOs (nope) <BR> 4) make one scrappy top (nope) <BR> <BR> Well, didn't do well this month. I really have to get back on track. It is hard to work on projects when we are traveling every other week, but I should be able to do better with other goals. Gonna do it. <BR> <BR> Here are my June goals <BR> 1) eat 2 fresh fruits daily <BR> 2) 1 meatles... Wed, 31 May 2017 23:11:48 EST 8 Noises You Hear on a Ride (and What They Mean) 8 Noises You Hear on a Ride (and What They Mean) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>les/8-noises-you-hear-on-a-ride-and-wh<BR>at-they-mean </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a few tips to keep us rolling trouble-free this summer...! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 24 May 2017 08:28:39 EST May 2017 Mileage Goals May promises fine weather and great cycling opportunities. What is everyone's goal for the merry month of May? Wed, 3 May 2017 08:59:22 EST May 2017 goals/re olutions Well, I think I did pretty well with my April goals. <BR> <BR> April goals/resolutions <BR> 1) fresh ground cover on all flower beds (done) <BR> 2) eat a fresh fruit and vegetable daily (yes) <BR> 3) finish cutting my basket of scraps into usable strips (done, but more scraps made) <BR> <BR> It is so hard to believe the year is now 1/3 gone. With the weather being so very odd this spring it is affecting what we can get out and do. I would love to hike or bike everyday, but I'm afraid w... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 22:57:43 EST Etiquette question A scary and unexpected incident happened this afternoon when I was on a city street biking and I'm wondering how you would have handled it. There is a bike lane on the street, but I came out for a very short time on the edge of the white line between road and bike lane to avoid craters and loose gravel. I looked behind me before I moved out, and I did hug the white line. Shortly, a car that wasn't there when I looked behind me to shift came up behind me at honked 3 times...all long honks, ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:33:32 EST Why do you have the bike(s) that you have? Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I am just wondering why all of you bought the bike that you have, and how does that fit into the type of riding that you do? <BR> <BR> For example: I have a Specialized Allez E5 Sport. I like this sport road bike because it is very responsive,smooth and was relatively inexpensive. The downside is that the Allez is a poor choice for touring or commuting. This bike also requires the rider to pay attention because it can get away from you. <BR> <BR> These days there are nea... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 16:51:47 EST April 2017 Mileage Goals Springtime should be in full swing during April. Longer days and mild temperatures should give us all a lot more opportunity to get some time in the saddle. <BR> <BR> What are everyone's mileage goals? Sat, 1 Apr 2017 15:26:50 EST 30 Days of Biking challenge - anyone here pledged? <BR> <BR> "30 Days of Biking is a pledge to ride your bike every day in April and share your adventures online with the hashtag #30daysofbiking. There’s no minimum distance — just get out there and pedal at least once a day, then tell us about your adventures. And yep, spin class counts!" <BR> <BR> Is anyone here pledged yet? <BR> I might - have two days to confirm. <BR> <BR> April is not always very warm here, but I have to be honest, the snow is gone from most r... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:43:30 EST March 2017 Mileage Goals Annual goal of 5000 miles. <BR> Monthly goal of 417 miles. <BR> <BR> March 1st - 17.21 miles <BR> <BR> 17.21 miles for March <BR> 988.51 miles for 2017 Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:47:11 EST March 2017 goals/re olutions I have met my Feb. goals <BR> <BR> February goals: <BR> 1) Organize/improve something in my home daily (some were outside, but that's ok) <BR> 2) Eat a fresh vegetable daily (yup) <BR> 3) Learn something new (yup, more than one) <BR> <BR> Lent begins on March 1 this year, so one of my goals is to give up a bag of items every day. Once again I will not focus on weight loss, but on improving my diet and myself. <BR> <BR> March goals/resolutions: <BR> 1) give up one bag of items daily ... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:21:00 EST February 2017 Mileage Goals The average temperatures in most states in the USA takes a slight bump upward February. Unfortunately for those in the Northern states, the temperature can still be cold. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, we can get a few miles on our bikes. What are your goals for February? Thu, 2 Feb 2017 10:49:06 EST Smile for the day What do you get if you cross a bicycle and a flower? <BR> <BR> <BR> Bicycle petals. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 23:10:17 EST January 2017 Mileage Goals Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> The Holidays are over and now is the time to focus on getting some cycling miles. What is everyone's yearly goal? <BR> <BR> It is time to bundle-up and ride! Tue, 3 Jan 2017 08:17:32 EST January 2017 goals and resolutions Here we are at the start of a new year, can you believe it? I may not have reached all my goals for 2016, but I do feel like I made a good effort. For 2017 I intend to concentrate on improving my health and life rather than losing weight. I do wish to lower my lipids and blood pressure, and improve my A1C, so I am going to concentrate on less processed foods and regular exercise. Hopefully that will lead me to weight loss. Remember, it takes 21 days to create a habit, good or bad. So by makin... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 23:12:58 EST Strava Teams Hey riders! I wanted to extend an invitation for our Spark folks that use Strava to connect with each other. My link is in my signature. There are also a few teams for the larger folks so we can compare with others in our bracket: <BR> <BR><BR>-and-athenas-bikeforums-net - General 200lb+ <BR> - 250-300lb (I run this one) <BR> - 300lbs+ <BR> <BR> Of course there are other clubs b... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:23:50 EST Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan I live in Hampton, Virginia. Our City Council just passed our first ever Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan to improve our walking and cycling infrastructure. I got to be on the steering committee for the last year and it feels good to see all of our hard work pay off. Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:52:33 EST December Mileage Goals December is cold and snowy month for most of the United States. Florida, Hawaii, South Texas, Arizona and the deep South experience comparably warmer temperatures than states in higher latitudes. An Arctic Vortex can drop temperatures in every state. Northern states and Canada suffer dangerously cold temperatures during an Arctic Vortex. <BR> <BR> The holidays also put a crimp on cycling activities for a lot of people. Many cyclist move indoors with trainers and spin classes. These "keep i... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 08:29:27 EST Dec 2016 goals/re olutions Can you believe that it is December already and this will be our last goals/resolutions for 2016. Didn't do well with November's <BR> <BR> 1) ride 100 miles and walk 5 miles/week (rode 16.4, walked at least 5miles/week) <BR> 2) eat 4 vegetables daily &amp; keep nutrition goals (most days) <BR> 3) finish 2 UFOs (nope) <BR> <BR> For December I really need to get back on track so I can start 2017 on the right foot. <BR> <BR> Dec 2016 goals/resolutions: <BR> 1) exercise at least 30 minut... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:03:55 EST Hello - again.... Hey All, <BR> <BR> I was on the team a while ago and now I am back. I am looking to get back into biking more regularly. Being as winter weather is starting to set in here, I have picked a good time for this. :). Truly, my goal is to be able to bike in all weathers. I did back in college so the only thing that changed is that I got older :).. <BR> <BR> LV Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:14:52 EST Indoor bike training stand The temperatures have dropped and, although I enjoy riding in the winter here in New York, there are some days with freezing temps that I'd rather exercise indoors. I would appreciate any suggestions about your experience with an indoor bike training stand. Is there a difference with one labeled as "magnetic" than one that is not? I have an old Trek mountain bike as well as a newer Specialized hybrid. <BR> Thanks for your time and thoughts on this. <BR> <em>108</em> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:03:11 EST November Mileage Goals November is the last bit of Fall in most of the country. Cooler temperatures and unpredictable weather can meeting mileage goals a little bit of challenge. <BR> <BR> What is everybody's goals for this month? How is everybody doing toward your cycling fitness and recreation goals? Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:32:11 EST November 2016 goals/res olutions. My October goals were: <BR> <BR> 1) ride 100 miles and walk 5 miles/week (113.5 and yes) <BR> 2) record all food stay within dietary recommendations (not just calories) (most days) <BR> 3) finish 2 UFOs (2) <BR> <BR> Didn't do too bad considering both grands had birthdays this month, and had a week at the retreat. I did manage to stay with in my calorie recommendations, but not always within the nutrient range. Hopefully I will do better in November. <BR> <BR> November, wo... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 23:24:47 EST October 2016 goals and resolutions Hope everyone was successful in September. My September goals were: <BR> 1) ride 100 miles, walk 5 miles per week (rode 112.95 and walked over 5 miles/week) <BR> 2) finish cleaning closets (done) <BR> 3) finish 2 UFOs (2) <BR> <BR> YAY, I did it! Now it is October, cooler weather is setting in and the holidays will soon be upon us. It is time to get my eating under serious control, or I'll never make it to New Years without gaining a ton. So that will be one of my areas of concentration.... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 21:41:40 EST October Mileage Goals In many parts of the country, October is a prime cycling month. The days are cooler and the fall colors can be fantastic. Now that my shoulder is healing I hope to get in 500 miles before the snow flies. <BR> <BR> What is everyone's mileage goals for October? <BR> Sun, 2 Oct 2016 11:59:16 EST September Mileage Goals Now that it is September many parts of the country will be cooler and cycling will be more enjoyable. <BR> <BR> What is everybody's mileage goal for September? Sun, 4 Sep 2016 12:47:54 EST September goals/re olutions My August goals were: <BR> 1) ride 100 miles and walk 5 miles a week (rode 33.4, walked an average of 6.5 ) <BR> 2) strength train (nope) <BR> 3) strength train (and nope) <BR> 4) finish 2 UFOs (2) <BR> <BR> OK, so I really bombed for August. Guess that happens when it is 100 degrees most of the month. I REALLY need to get motivated cause the holidays are coming. So here we go for September. <BR> <BR> My September goals are: <BR> 1) ride 100 miles, walk 5 miles per week <BR> 2) finish c... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:30:11 EST August Mileage Goals I am going to take a more balanced approach and shoot for 500 miles. What is everyone looking to accomplish in this hot month? <BR> <BR> August 1st - 38.55 miles Tue, 2 Aug 2016 17:13:25 EST August 2016 goals/re olutions Didn't do too bad with my goals for July: <BR> 1) walk or ride daily (yes) <BR> 2) strength train 3 days/week (nope) <BR> 3) no-meat meal daily (yes) <BR> 4) finish 2 UFO's (1) <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what my problem with strength training is, but I just can't get into it. For August I am determined to do it. <BR> <BR> My August goals are: <BR> 1) ride 100 miles and walk 5 miles a week <BR> 2) strength train <BR> 3) strength train <BR> 4) finish 2 UFOs <BR> Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:43:38 EST July Mileage Goals Alright, I'm going for 200 this time. Work has slowed, not much chance for rain, and my health no longer in question. Instead of just miles, I'm going to make sure that my wife and I get at least one fun ride a week. After doing that the last 3 weeks, I'm learning to love my bike again and not just riding for the challenge. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 09:46:00 EST July 2016 goals/re olutions Didn't do too bad for June: <BR> 1) Lose 3 pounds (nope) <BR> 2) Finish organizing sewing room (mostly) <BR> 3) Eat 3 fruits or vegetables daily (most days) <BR> 4) Finish 2 UFOs (2, almost 3) <BR> <BR> For non quilting people, a UFO is an Un-Finished Object. While I didn't lose any weight in June, I didn't gain any either, so that is something. July is going to be another very hot month, so may not get much bike riding in. Will have to go help on the farm when the corn comes in, too. <... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:32:51 EST Planning a bike overnight for first-timers Planning a bike overnight for first-timers <BR> <BR> <link><BR>overnight-for-first-timers/ </link> <BR> <BR> "I’m a 50-plus-year-old woman (how did that happen?) who also likes to garden and knit. Funny how all those things fit together. One snowy winter evening, while my friends and I were sitting around sipping cups of hot tea during our weekly craft night, I broached the subject of doing a bike trip together. Suspicious eyes peered over cheater g... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:38:24 EST June Mileage Goals I want to ask that you pick a personal mileage goal that is an achievable, yet still presents a rewarding challenge and post your progress. Mine for this month is low due to work so I'm still shooting for 200: <BR> <BR> To date: 6-14-16 - 84 out of 200. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 11:53:26 EST HOW TO RIDE IN TRAFFIC HOW TO RIDE IN TRAFFIC <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sletter-2016/235-issue-no-717/2163-how<BR>-to-ride-in-traffic </link> <BR> <BR> "Bikes must mix with motorized vehicles. And the reality is that traffic of all kinds is increasing. A few years back a Belgian cycling official expressed concern about whether road racing would survive the next 10 years in his country because of the increase in cars on what used to be lightly traveled farm roads. If this is a con... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 14:37:53 EST All About the Stages of the 2016 Tour de France <link><BR>nce/what-you-should-know-about-the-sta<BR>ges-of-the-2016-tour-de-france </link> <BR> <BR> "Expect some changes (and some returns to races previous) during the 2016 Tour. Here’s a breakdown of each Stage." <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:06:56 EST Five minutes? I am a newbie to bike riding. I bought a bike that I love, I've overcome the rear discomfort from the saddle, but I'm so out of shape that I can only ride for five minutes before I'm completely out of breath. I guess it doesn't help that in my neighborhood, there are areas of subtle minute that you really don't notice it with your isn't until you have to put more power behind your pedal. <BR> <BR> Any helpful tips? I rode seven minutes today, but that was five this ... Wed, 25 May 2016 21:54:38 EST Now that I've committed tips please! So I've signed up to ride in the Bike MS Ride to the River, MS 150. I haven't been on my actual bike since January of 2010. <em>40</em> However I'm riding in the gym now at least 3 days a week so I'm building back up to where I need to be. That being said...I've had a mountain bike pretty much exclusively since 2000. I had a road bike for about 2 years (riding on it about that much time but I owned it for about 10) but haven't owned one in ages. I don't really have the funds to go get a r... Mon, 23 May 2016 16:38:37 EST May Is National Bike Month: Fri May 20th Bike2Work "May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try." <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2015_web/1?e=1335002/11627923 </link> <BR> <BR> One of the ways many communities celebrate Bike Month is to... Mon, 16 May 2016 16:36:49 EST Tips on Buying a Used Bike Tips on Buying a Used Bike <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rs/tips-on-buying-a-used-bike </link> <BR> <BR> "Traversing eBay and Craigslist ads for a great used bike deal can be daunting. Here’s what professional rider Neil Bezdek suggests" <BR> <BR> Any other tips out there? Chime in! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 3 May 2016 08:46:49 EST Pain free: ride more, hurt less Pain free: ride more, hurt less <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ore-hurt-less/ </link> <BR> <BR> "As rewarding as it is, cycling can come with its fair share of aches and pains—especially for new riders who aren’t used to time in the saddle. Some soreness may be inevitable—this is a sport, after all—but a lot of discomfort can be remedied with a tweak of your bike setup or your riding style. Bike-fitting specialist Happy Freedman and exercise physiologist Polly d... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:42:51 EST Yoga Meets The Bicycle! How Changing Your Breathing Can Improve Your Performance <BR> Harness your lungpower for a stronger, faster cycling experience <BR> <BR> <link><BR>w-changing-your-breathing-can-improve-<BR>your-performance </link> <BR> <BR> It never occurred to me to pay attention to my breathing but this makes total sense! <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:22:57 EST Getting In Shape for Bicycling Season! Here's a couple of good reads filled with tips to get in shape: <BR> <BR> Surprising Tricks of Cycling's Best Climbers <BR> <link><BR>surprising-tricks-of-cyclings-best-cli<BR>mbers </link> <BR> <BR> 10 Commandments of Training <BR> <link><BR>10-commandments-of-training </link> <BR> <BR> Let's keep 'er rollin' everyone! :-) <BR> <BR> Don <BR> <BR> ps...tag on any ideas, suggestions, what works for you...shari... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 10:00:21 EST HOW TO COME BACK AFTER A LONG TIME OFF THE BIKE Some helpful tips here! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-rbr-newsletter-2016/220-issue-no-708/<BR>1957-how-to-come-back-after-a-long-tim<BR>e-off-the-bike </link> <BR> <BR> Check out the link for more detail, but here are the highlights: <BR> <BR> "1. One-leg pedaling. <BR> <BR> 2. Builds: start at a comfortable cadence and each minute increase by about 10 rpms to the highest cadence you can ride at without bouncing in the saddle. <BR> <BR> 3. Accelerations: s... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:22:00 EST Gearing Up For A Long Ride? Here Are Some Tips! <link><BR>ys-to-avoid-fading-on-a-long-ride </link> <BR> <BR> "Save your strength for the second half. <BR> <BR> Practice pacing on your long rides <BR> <BR> Start nibbling after the first hour. <BR> <BR> Loaf a little—or a lot. <BR> <BR> Hit the pits like a NASCAR pro. <BR> <BR> Drain a bottle an hour. <BR> <BR> Change positions." <BR> <BR> Check out the article for more details and add your own tips &amp; suggestions to this thread! <BR> <... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:26:36 EST Maiden voyage Well, I took the plunge yesterday and jumped over to a Specialized road bike. For the past 18+ years, I road a Trek mountain bike. Since I do more road biking than mountain nowadays, I wanted a lighter bike. The Trek is still a great bike and will keep it for riding mountain trails or broken roads. This afternoon's maiden voyage was 6 miles, nice and easy to break in and get familiar with it. Tomorrow will be a different scene. Will pack water and snack. It's going to be a long one! Not too ... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:30:14 EST what did we learn today We learned about taking off on a ride without testing out new equipment that's what <BR> <BR> It all started at REI last weekend. I found some mountain bike shoes crazy on sale so I bought them and some spd cleats to go with them. Then when I got home I couldn't figure out how to get the cleats on the shoes. The hubs couldn't either so I didn't feel totally stupid - until I took them to the LBS for help. <BR> <BR> I didn't get the shoes there but I did get the bike there and a lot of other ... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 10:14:46 EST I must be insane! 6 years + since I last got on my bike and I signed up to ride in the Bike MS: Ride to the River! No I don't intend to do the entire 150 miles but I will do at least 25. Someone shoot me or send me a younger, fitter body. ;) I know I can do it but I'm freaking out! Sun, 6 Mar 2016 15:11:46 EST here we go with the dirt divas spring has sprung and I've signed up for a skills clinic on March 20. This is a Susan Haywood clinic, that's supposed to mean something but I'm afraid it doesn't. I'm doing the beginner one, there is an advanced one in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> I'm nervous and excited. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 11:08:41 EST March 2016 goals/re olutions So, I did so so on my Feb goals: <BR> 1) Lose 3 pounds (2) <BR> 2) No chocolate (almost) <BR> 3) Ride 150 miles (84) <BR> 4) Strength train 3 days a week (not even close) <BR> 5) Finish 1 UFO (2) <BR> <BR> I just don't know why I can't manage to get my strength training in. Gonna have to really work on that one. Weather didn't cooperate with my bike riding and I didn't count any miles on the indoor bike. Gonna do better in March. Hope everyone did a bit better than I did. <BR> <BR> S... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 00:21:13 EST Medical question Did my birthday ride on Saturday. 53 miles with friends. It wasn't an exceptionally hard ride, but after going to be that night, I developed pain in my left knee similar to hyper extension. The knee was sore and it felt really loose for most of the day on Sunday, but now it is feeling ok. Weird. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? <BR> <BR> Tregg Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:44:04 EST One year in and I bought the wrong bike... So, I started riding again about a year ago and didn't have a clue how much I'd actually ride so I tried to get something that would be fairly flexible. I assumed most of my riding would be around the neighborhood and on concrete, so I wanted to go with a street tire, but had (and still have) no intention of really getting into long distance races. After doing a bunch of reading ended up getting a hybrid, which where I'm sitting now is probably the worst thing I could have gotten. I really... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:35:38 EST Superbowl training session Instead of just eating snacks and waiting for the commercials this Superbowl Sunday, I think I'll try this trainer workout: <link><BR>er-workout/ </link> , at least for an hour or so. It's a couple years old but still pretty valid, and it introduces an element of randomness to what is otherwise a really boring training ride. Then I'll eat snacks and wait for the commercials. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:56:05 EST Feb 2016 goals/re olutions I think I missed posting this for Jan, but here it is for Feb. I don't make New Years Resolutions, but I do smaller monthly ones. Here are mine for Feb. <BR> <BR> 1) Lose 3 pounds <BR> 2) No chocolate <BR> 3) Ride 150 miles <BR> 4) Strength train 3 days a week <BR> 5) Finish 1 UFO (un-finished object for non-quilters) Mon, 1 Feb 2016 21:48:02 EST Back on the bike! Deer season is over so today we took the mountain bike tandem to the woods. The forest service is working on the roads and replacing some culverts. There was large (think almost fist size) gravel spread 4 inches deep in some places, so we walked those. It was just a short ride, but sure felt good to be back on the roads. Looking forward to another ride in the morning before the storms come in. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 21:44:12 EST Marathon Distances for Cycling? I posted this on the main message board, but maybe some of you can help: <BR> <BR> <BR> Coming from the girl who got picked last in gym class always, are there marathons for bikes? If so, what are the distances? For example, I know in running you can do 5k, 10k, 13.1 miles, 26.2 miles, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm totally not looking to compete. I have a stationary recumbent bike that I love to use, but I'm getting bored with my routines, so I'm looking to set some goals to work towards. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 15:13:27 EST any bike stuff under the tree? I got some cold weather bike gear which is awesome because it's going to be in the mid 70's here today. I may wear it anyway. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 25 Dec 2015 08:23:57 EST When its dark, it's your responsibility to be seen As shared by one of our bike club members: <BR> <BR> "Just a thought ... <BR> <BR> On my drive to work this morning at 6:30am I encountered two runners who were wearing dark clothing and didn't have flash lights. Although they looked very fashionable they were putting themselves and me at risk. <BR> <BR> As Winter's grey days and early darkness is now descending upon us this is a great time to evaluate our "visibility factor" and take a more active role in becoming more seen on the roa... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:48:45 EST Hello Hey all I'm a 33 year old mom of 2 (13 and 1) I love biking, I ride the rode mostly, but enjoy a good mountain biking trip when I can. My 13 yr old prefers mountain biking over rode so... <BR> I'm not hardcore at either (still a newbie when it comes to mountain biking actually) but my bike is my love and if the weather is good enough I'm out there. <BR> 2 years ago my husband surprised me for Christmas with a new Specialized due to weather I got to ride it twice (in the mountains) then foun... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 09:31:35 EST sore upper body I rode my first metric century yesterday, and today my upper body, especially my triceps and lats, are totally destroyed. They are more sore than anything in my lower body. Is this normal? Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:59:46 EST Riding In Wind - Most Bang for Your Buck? My HIM is coming up in a few weeks. Although the bike course is flat, it's in a wide open area, so it is usually windy. Last weekend I rode a south/north route with a decent west/northwest wind, so I basically had a side wind in both directions. Gusts blew me off to the side and made my wheels sing. Needless to to say it was a difficult 3.5 hours. Usually, though, I ride east/west routes and will have a head wind in one direction and a tail wind in the other. <BR> <BR> This got me wondering... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 07:56:40 EST Training for My 2016 Century - HILLS!! registration for my cancelled 2015 century was applied to the 2016 century. That means I have an entire year to train!! My biggest training challenge that I encountered were the hills. I have a racing bike with two chain rings. My 20-30 mile rides had between 2,000 - 3,000 feet of climbing per ride. I spent a lot of my rides on my lowest gear. Since I have all winter to train, I would like to build my strength before buying smaller chain rings. What training suggestions do y... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 06:14:13 EST Winter Biking (TRUE MN WINTER) Hey all! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the forum.... I've been commuting to work (approx 6 mile ride, 12 miles total, mostly local-share the road and a bit of bike trail) every day. I've got a SURLY Troll bike which I LOVE, and just got a crappy specialized bike to "winterize" for the winter commute-- I love my surly too much to salt the sh*t out of it over the winter. <BR> <BR> I'm just looking for feedback on suggestions of proper winter gear, and things to winterize on this specialized bike. <BR... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:21:50 EST Days Are Getting Shorter: Thoughts on Bike Lights? Interesting thoughts shared at RoadBikeRider about bicycle lights: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I love my vis 360 sitting atop my helmet and swear by the enhanced visibility it brings as the skies darken. However I find it to be of limited value in the daylight as it just isn't bright enough for me to bother, unless it's a cloudy, overcast day. I've heard lots of terrific feedback from other riders, police and folks who've spotted me on the road while driv... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 11:21:58 EST Longer Mileage, More Discomfort-Need Suggestions I have had my road bike for several years. I go through spurts of riding a lot to not riding for months. I'm currently training for a half ironman in November so I have been riding 2-3 times a week for the past 3 months, but now the mileage is getting longer, and I'm riding more miles at one time than I ever have in the past. <BR> <BR> To get ready for the race, I had aerobars put on the bike, I had a tune up and a fitting. I did this about 2 months ago. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had my longes... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:00:10 EST Caring For Carbon-Fiber Bicycles and Components We've all been hearing nasty stories about carbon-fiber failures and accidents. Here are some tips posted at Road Bike Rider about caring for carbon fiber bicycles and bicycle components: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> "Simple Carbon Care Tips <BR> After I shared seven horror stories about carbon bicycles and components failing in last week’s Tech Talk, fellow Bicycling Magazine alumnus and longtime Adventure Cyclist technical editor John Schubert... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:43:42 EST Luckiest Cyclists Alive <link> </link> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 03:49:09 EST Keep Your Hands Pain-Free on Your Ride Keep Your Hands Pain-Free on Your Ride <BR> From wrist pain to numb fingers, experts look at how to fix common hand problems <BR> <BR> <link><BR>evention/keep-your-hands-pain-free-you<BR>r-ride </link> <BR> <BR> Some good pointers here. My favorite strategy: moving my hands around on the handlebars. Which is one more reason I love my drops...there are so many different locations for my hands to move around on. I could never deal with straight handleba... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:02:55 EST Bikes and Headphones: Do They Mix? In case ANYONE 'round these parts was wonderin'... <BR> <BR> Bikes and Headphones: Do They Mix? <BR> Are You Out of Your Mind to Wear Headphones While Cycling? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>les/Bikes-and-Headphones-do-they-mix.htm </link> <BR> <BR> "There are no two ways about it; cycling is dangerous. Dodging a maze of cars, open doors, potholes, pedestrians and other obstacles while pedaling maniacally on two wheels is what every cyclist encounters on his or ... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:22:09 EST there is a SALE at the LBS - its like Christmas Here is the dilemma. I want a mountain bike, real one with a suspension and all the bells and whistles. My plan was to wait until the sales hit this fall, buy one, spend the fall and winter getting used to it and then in the spring hook up with the Dirt Divas. Their mission is to encourage women to take up mountain biking. What a coincidence. <BR> <BR> After much obsessing over bike porn I settled on a Specialized Model Year 2015 Jynx Comp 650B , retail $800. <BR> <BR> The full suspension... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 13:48:14 EST Anyone doing an organized ride this month? Once a month I try to do a paid organized ride. Next week I'll be doing a new one - Hershey Chocolate Tour. Starts of course in Hershey, PA and at each rest stop rumor has it they have chocolate at each rest stop. Money benefits Penn State hospital at Hershey for cancer research. <BR> <BR> How about the rest of you? Anything scheduled? Sat, 1 Aug 2015 14:07:12 EST Biking Hello, My name is Pam.. I love to bike.. I live in Tewksbury, MA and am always looking for someone to bike with. <BR> <BR> I did 40miles in New York and need to train for the Hub On Wheels coming in Boston. I bike and can't lose weight... This is it.......... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:34:01 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:48:48 EST Turbo Training video for beginners I have just ordered a Turbo Training Stand for my bike. I am enjoying riding again and it's helping my fitness and weight loss. I want to be able to exercise even if it's bad weather. <BR> However, I'm not sure I can cycle for 1 hr (my usual workout) on a trainer in the garage. I'm sure I would get bored. <BR> I looked at various training videos on Youtube, and they are just what I need. - Interesting routes, and cadance and resistance instructions. <BR> BUT! These are designed for athletes,... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:27:00 EST New cyclist Hi <BR> <BR> I used to bike when I was a young adult. I used to travel anywhere from 5 to 10 miles at a time, just to look around and see what I could see. Then I learned how to drive, and bike riding became less important. And then I moved out of my parents house and bike riding was left behind. <BR> <BR> 30-40 years later and I am 55 and obese, but I remember how much I loved the freedom of riding. I also live in an area with many nice, paved bike paths. So I bought a nice Trek a couple o... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:06:02 EST What Time of Day (Week Day) Do You Cycle? Bill says I need to get my butt in the saddle and get more miles in for the team - he is right, but I am having difficulties getting started. In the morning I worry about the commuter traffic and then at noon I worry that it will be too hot. So.....what time of the day (week days) do you get your cycling in? Tue, 7 Jul 2015 06:51:44 EST almost got wiped out today Ok here is the setup - I was on a bike path that winds through the city. Its nice as far as car interaction goes but you have to watch for people with dogs on extended leashes or just walking like drunken sailors. You also cross some rather busy streets so its a bit annoying in that it's hard to maintain a decent speed. <BR> <BR> Nevertheless I like riding down it because...I just do. <BR> <BR> Anyway I was just about to cross over a busy street WITH the light I might add and a car came zo... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 14:28:32 EST Tracking miles with your smartphone What are you using to track your cycling stats? <BR> <BR> I previously had a Garmin watch, but honestly it had problems on almost every ride. Plus it never seemed to stay charged enough to be ready each day. So I've moved to using my iPhone in my jersey pocket (or stowed in a pouch) and the free version of Map My Ride, which works well enough. Not perfectly, but, its free. <BR> <BR> But I'm wondering what else is out there that folks like. I'm not against upgrading for something that work... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 13:22:01 EST How to get started with mountain biking? I have a very old and crappy MTB that I learned how to bike on. This morning, I saw a video for an off-road duathlon and it looked like SO MUCH FUN. I've seen videos of super technical trails, how do you get started with mountain biking? We don't really have "easy" trails here, unless you count the paved, flat, multiuse path that runs through town. Then you get into super technical and hilly. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:17:24 EST Katy Trail, Clinton to Sedalia Monday installment of the Katy Trail Blog is up and ready. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953098 </link> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:38:46 EST Getting ready for the Katy Trail Ride. Here is the first installment on our Katy Trail Ride. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952382 </link> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:48:36 EST Helmets How often do you replace your helmet? <BR> <BR> I've had mine for 5-6 years, although for 5 of those years it's been sitting in a closet in my room. I have fallen off my bike many times, but always landed on my hands or knees, never bonked my head as far as I know. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:17:52 EST How to Plan Your First Overnight Bike Trip How to Plan Your First Overnight Bike Trip <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/may/22/how-to-plan-your-first-overnig<BR>ht-bike-trip/ </link> <BR> <BR> Take the plunge and savor the open roads! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:32:45 EST Bicycle Touring: Free E-Books Just sharing some links to free E-Books on Bicycle Touring for anyone interested: <BR> <BR> Bicycle Touring Photography <BR> <link>www.bicycletraveler.bicyclingaroundt<BR><BR>-a-quick-guide-to-taking-better-pictures </link> <BR> <BR> Bicycling Around The World <BR> <link>www.bicycletraveler.bicyclingaroundt<BR><BR>ebook </link> <BR> <BR> Bike Touring Basics <BR> <link><... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:48:18 EST Do Mountain Bike Mikes Equal Road Bike Miles I am training for my first half ironman which is in November. There are times when I ride my mountain bike in place of the road bike, like when the road bike is in the shop. My question is whether riding the mountain bike on the road is comparable to the road bike. Obviously it's harder to pedal the heavier mountain bike but am I losing anything by doing this? Wed, 10 Jun 2015 13:04:11 EST Hill Climbing Tips The Biggest Mistake You're Making on Climbs <BR> Get to the top faster—and fresher—with these smart strategies <BR> <BR> <link><BR>biggest-mistake-youre-making-climbs </link> <BR> <BR> Some good suggestions here...anyone care to add tips of your own? <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 9 Jun 2015 14:34:06 EST Charge Your Smartphone While You Ride Your Bike The options are growing and prices are coming down...pretty cool stuff! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>one-ride-bike/ </link> <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 5 Jun 2015 10:49:34 EST What to Do If You're Injured on a Bike Ride What to Do If You're Injured on a Bike Ride <BR> Our test director was alone on singletrack when he crashed and broke his leg. Here's what you can learn from his experience. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/what-do-if-youre-injured-bike-ride </link> <BR> <BR> Good reminders here...! <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 29 May 2015 14:45:26 EST Wrap With Me: Wrapping Handlebars Tutorial I found this tutorial helpful and am saving it for "one of those days" when this all-thumbs-kinda-guy gets around to re-wrapping my beat up handlebars: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> "As I write this, an exciting Tour of California has concluded, and the Giro d’Italia is into its second week. As much as I enjoy the race action (bravo Peter Sagan for hanging on to win the TOC!), I feel for the overworked mechanics. <BR> <BR> One of their most impo... Thu, 21 May 2015 10:34:44 EST Today: Ride of Silence A Global Remembrance of the preciousness of human lives: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> When: May 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM <BR> <BR> (Southern Hemisphere and preferred rain date/ time: Sat. May 23rd 10:00 AM) <BR> <BR> WHERE: Hundreds of locations world wide <BR> <BR> Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. <BR> <BR> WHY DOES THIS ORGANIZATION EXI... Wed, 20 May 2015 09:55:24 EST Bike help I claim to know absolutely nothing about bikes. My bike has (sadly) spent the past 10 months in the garage because I let all sorts of excuses get in the way. Today I had my moment of self-truth with the scale and decided to get reacquainted with my bike. I got all dressed with my new helmet, hopped on the bike...and promptly fell off again....and again...and again. I couldn't even make it 0.25 miles all downhill before becoming exhausted, giving up and walking back home (uphill half carrying ... Sat, 16 May 2015 14:46:05 EST Strava vs. MapMyRide Has anyone used Strava or MapMyRide? I am interested in an app that will show me routes in my area and then provided me a guide while I am on the bike. Does anyone know if either Strava or MapMyRide provides this option? I have been reading through their info and not really sure they provide this option. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any guidance you can provide. <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 May 2015 14:06:01 EST How to use Google Maps offline mode Here's a tip for those times when we're out riding our bike in the hinterlands of cell-dead-zone-territory: <BR> <BR> How to use Google Maps offline mode <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-maps-offline-on-ios-android/ </link> <BR> <BR> Nab the maps of your cycling territory in advance and then you have them for reference should you need them while you're enjoying your new adventure! <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 15 May 2015 09:26:36 EST Help me pick a new bike! So I finally went out and tested out a couple of new hybrid bikes. Oh my I think I am in love, if not I am seriously infatuated. The one I am looking at right now is a Specialized Arial, 2015, it's the woman's design but not a walk through and has disc brakes and big (29" perhaps tires) <BR> I have been riding a 6 speed Schwinn cruiser from the years when Schwinn was still an American company and not in big box dept. stores. It's a decent bike and I had upgraded the tires a year and half ago... Mon, 4 May 2015 21:17:28 EST Trek Bicycle has recalled nearly 1 million bikes <link><BR>s/2015/04/21/trek-bicycle-recall/26149<BR>227/ </link> <BR> <BR> Trek Bicycle has recalled nearly 1 million bikes in the United States and Canada after a rider was paralyzed and two others were injured. <BR> <BR> The recall, issued Tuesday, affects 900,000 bicycles in the U.S. and 98,000 in Canada from model years 2000 through 2015. <BR> <BR> The bikes' front wheels can "come to a sudden stop" or separate from the bicycle if the open quick r... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:55:59 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:23:19 EST Bike Commuting in Denmark & Sweden!! I just returned from my trip to Denmark and Sweden and I am now all excited about bike commuting now that I am home. It was great to see SOOO many people riding there bikes to work, on errands, around town, just to get from point A to point B. There was no fancy bike clothes - just grab helmet and go! Now, it was about 40 degrees (a temperature that I would say is too cold to ride, but they were out riding). <BR> <BR> The bike infrastructure was AMAZING! My family lived about 30 minute... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 07:47:22 EST Bike Chain Recommen dations? I have a tendency to be pretty hard on bike chains. Hence they stretch and have cost me much grief and $$$ as this results in wear & tear on my rear cassette which then needs to be replaced along with the chain. I've heard that some brands are better than others to resist stretching. Most recently I've been steered toward KMC, which I hope will do better. <BR> <BR> With all the hills and aggressive climbing I do I need as much help as I can get from my bike chain. <BR> <BR> Any tips, sugge... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 15:34:18 EST Bicycle Touring Gear: What's On YOUR Bike? Darren has one HECKUVA list of recommendations. Dunno if I could be bothered to haul ALL this stuff on my bike: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ouring-gear-2015-packing-list/ </link> <BR> <BR> My gear tops at around 30-35 pounds. What do folks think? As exhaustive a list as Darren's is, might he have left something out that you consider important? Darren certainly has a penchant for the top-of-the-line, as his Ortlieb panniers indicates. But sometimes there are s... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:46:15 EST bags What do some of you riders have for bags? Handlebar ,seat or a pannier?? Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:38:15 EST What do you ride? It would be interesting to see what everyone else is riding...This is my first good bike I have had in probably 25 to 30 years maybe longer then that I'm 44 years old know... Just brought a trek 820 for me and girlfriend about a month ago...We both really like them when I ride mine I put about 20 to 30 miles each time I ride it....We both are doing 1 day of ragbrai with them Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:34:16 EST ragbrai 2015 Anyone on here doing ragbrai? Me and girlfriend are talking about doing 1 day from our home in Fort dodge to eldora...Anone have any tips to share what to take for the ride? This is our first time doing it.. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 23:24:31 EST Bike Florida DH and I got to ride 2 days of Bike Florida. Good roads, courteous drivers, and it was so nice to be in warm weather for a change. Now back home and off to work. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:08:26 EST New to the Group Hi, I'm a lifetime rider, but I'm new to this group. <BR> <BR> I've been out of the saddle all winter, but it's warming up and I'm looking forward to getting back on the road! Sun, 22 Mar 2015 08:59:03 EST bike helmets Just did get 2 new trek 820 bikes...Looking to see what some of you use for helmets? Anyone brought a helmet from walmart? Are they any good? Sun, 22 Mar 2015 08:16:32 EST new member New member aboard from Iowa.. Me and my girlfriend just got 2 rand we trek 820 bikes we ride all the time we both really like them...I get any where from 20 to 30 miles in each ride I go on she gets less due to her working and I'm off for time being...I haven't been on a bike for 25 to 30 years I bet I'm 44 know...We have talked about doing ragbrai this year only 1 day though .. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 08:12:23 EST Why You're Not Bike Commuting—and How to Fix That Why You're Not Bike Commuting—and How to Fix That <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g/why-youre-not-bike-commuting-and-how<BR>-fix </link> <BR> <BR> "A new survey looks at the psychological barriers to bike commuting" <BR> <BR> The weather is turning...hoping to resume work commutes before too long...! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:30:29 EST Bicycle Safety Here are a couple of interesting online discussions about bike safety worth checking out and passing along, in anticipation of maintaining maximum safety for ourselves as we prepare to hit the roads again soon: <BR> <BR> Bikes vs. Cars: The Deadly War Nobody's Winning <BR> <link><BR>ure/biking/city-biking/The-Lawyer-Nego<BR>tiating-the-Bike-Car-War.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Liability lawyer and former professional bike racer Megan Hottman spends her wor... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:04:44 EST Off to a Great Start! Hello team -- after many years of looking at my bike and wishing I were out riding, I finally have taken the first steps to getting back into cycling. The band on my old rollers broke and I could not find a replacement (the rollers are at least 25 years old) so I bought a new set from Nashbar. Last week I finally put my bike on the rollers and gave it a go! My legs are not where they were when I was at my hey-day, but I guess I have to start somewhere. Last week I did two 30 minute sessio... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:43:41 EST Chatting about Life I have been enjoying the birds that come to my feeder faithfully every day. It would be nice to see more variety, but that is not probably going to happen. Thirty days give or take.. That is all that remains of my Condo living. April first we go on vacation to Mexico for a week. Then even a few days earlier than we first thought - we move to the summer cabin and begin working for the next six months. <BR> Well at least this means I hope to get some riding in during my afternoon breaks Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:20:07 EST A Cautionary Tale: How Cycling Saved My Life Very interesting account with super recommendations: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I like his added caution about refined carbs / starches and second that! <BR> <BR> And in case you sometimes wonder why is it so difficult to avoid sugar in our foods: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d-democracy/sugar-industry-undermines-<BR>public-health-policy.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sadly, $$$ talks! And results in lives lost...! <BR> <BR> Do... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:22:15 EST Free Weather Underground Premium If you're like me when it comes to riding my bike or other outdoor activity, you're pretty tuned into the weather and want all the info you can get about the weather. <BR> <BR> I thought I would try this freebie: One Year Free Premium Weather Underground account. Couldn't hurt, no software install involved as it's web-based, just an online registration. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>round-premium-sale </link> <BR> <BR> This offer is only good for a couple of d... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 22:22:15 EST Easy Things Your Bike Mechanic Wishes You Would Do 3 Super-Easy Things Your Bike Mechanic Wishes You Would Do: <BR> <BR> Tips that will save you time and money—and prolong the life of your bike <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-maintenance/3-super-easy-things-your-<BR>bike-mechanic-wishes-you-would-do </link> <BR> <BR> I'm so mechanically CLUELESS that I hadn't even HEARD of #2 and despite the picture, am still a bit uncertain where the heck the bottom bracket's cable guide might be. <BR> <BR> Although I've hear... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:40:40 EST Summer ride We have finally decided upon our summer ride! Shorter than usual (about 250 miles) but will enjoy the scenery. (Biking buddy and I will be doing shorter 3 day rides through the summer as well.) Starting Rochester, NY we'll be going on the Erie Canal to the Peace Bridge. Cross into Canada and up to Niagara Falls for a couple of day. Then cross over the Rainbow Bridge and will follow route 18 and the Niagara Parkway along Lake Ontario back to Rochester. Spring please come quickly!!!! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 18:44:41 EST Best Ever Indoor Trainer Information Website Here is a link to a great resource for someone considering buying an indoor stationary bike trainer. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This website has all the information about indoor trainers that a person needs to know to make an informed buying decision. <BR> <BR> I bought a Cascade Fluid Pro Power indoor trainer because Cascade trainers are whisper quite. The heart rate monitor, speed senor and cadence sensor are top notch. The Cascade trainer is rock ste... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 16:01:14 EST Fountain of Youth | Cycling Subways | Google Earth Cycling = Fountain of Youth! | Cycling Subways | Google Earth Pro Now FREE! <BR> <BR> Of course we already KNEW this, but it's always nice to have it spelled out. If nothing else, it could be handy to forward to friends / family who don't "get it"...this "thing" we have for bicycling... :-) <BR> <BR> Cycling Keeps You Younger Than Your Years <BR> <link><BR>/training-fitness/cycling-keeps-you-yo<BR>unger-your-years </link> <BR> <BR> I'm a sucker for co... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 22:22:24 EST Cycling Tracking Android and Team Goals This is really a multi-part question and I'm probably dreaming. <BR> <BR> I'll start with the easy one... Right now I am entering my time in the Fitness Tracker and just found the Team Goal for 20 miles/month. Does anyone know if there is a way to enter these details once, or in a single page? <BR> <BR> Ideally and probably a more difficult question, does any one know of an Android GPS Tracker that integrates with SparkPeople. I see the iPhone version of the SparkPeople App has built in ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 23:49:11 EST Bicycle Traveler, Latest Issue is OUT! <link>www.bicycletraveler.bicyclingaroundt<BR> </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Dream! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:46:45 EST Safety There are so many wonderful facets to our bike club that I overlook of them is our Safety Committee who have drawn up an exhaustive compendium of safety resources which are shared on our website. <BR> <BR> Here is our latest safety reminder from the head of our Safety committee and a link to the safety section of our club's website: <BR> <BR> "Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a great year and very Happy Holidays. I am sure with the recent cold snap not many ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:42:32 EST so I'm thinking about getting a mountain bike There is a meetup group that does beginning mountain bike rides. Turns out there are several mountain bike parks not too far outside of the city. My old trusty mountain bike was made back when your knees were your suspension system. I'm torn on what to do though. I don't want to spend big money on it and then not really care for it, but then again if I get something cheap and do like it then I'd end up wanting a better bike. <BR> <BR> I walked into REI and then had brain lock down and walke... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:17:06 EST Erie Canal Bike Ride I'm thinking of doing the Erie Canal bike ride offered by the NY parks dept. in July. Has anyone ever done this ride? Feedback appreciated. From all I have read it seems very well organized but was thinking it would be very doable with a friend or two. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:10:13 EST indoor trainer With bitter cold temps blasting my neck of the woods, I would like to consider an indoor bike trainer but don't know much about them. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have an old but faithful Trek mountain bike. I still enjoy riding during the winter months but temps have to be above freezing. That's not happening this week and winter is just beginning! <BR> Thanks! <BR> <em>108</em> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 21:09:50 EST Willie Weir Bike Blogs I'm a huge fan of Willie Weir and his blogs and books (Travels with Willie, Spokesongs) and recently got a few of his blogs mentioned in an e-mail from him that I thought I would share: <BR> <BR> Winter Reflections <BR> <link><BR>log/winter-reflections/ </link> <BR> <BR> Paradise is a Relative Term <BR> <link><BR>log/paradise-is-a-relative-term/ </link> <BR> <BR> Why Not Share? <BR> <link>www.adventurecycling... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:22:48 EST 5 Reasons to Ride Outside This Winter 5 Reasons to Ride Outside This Winter <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/training-fitness/5-reasons-ride-outsi<BR>de-winter </link> <BR> <BR> Well now that I'm armed with my LG Oslo Airzone Tights, this cold-wet-weather wuss is a teensy bit less wussy. Hoping to have more opportunities for getting out. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we're heading for a balmy 50, however it looks like it'll rain most of the day...sigh. And THEN later in the week the bottom drops out and we're... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 00:03:54 EST Great Way To Start The New Year! Yesterday, January 1st, I packed the bikes into the car and took the family to our local rails-to-trails. It was a cool 38F, but I was able to get my partner and 10yo daughter to ride 3.8 miles in and then turn around to head back to the car. It took us an hour to complete this trip <em>246</em> It was not the epic adventure I was seeking, but it was great to be out on the 1st day of the year - and great to have my family there with me!!! Here's to a great 2015!! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:13:54 EST MOVIN'...! "Amazing footage of John Degenkolb's sprint in TOC stage 1" <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Some of our spinning classes play big screen video with a projector...oughta have THIS running for our SPRINTS! :-) <BR> <BR> I've read how the sports networks are looking to re-vitalize interest in watching cycling events by incorporating more and more point of view video such as this development! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:53:36 EST Tough Hills? No Problem...! :-) <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Don Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:05:35 EST I May Get A NEW Mt. Bike for Christmas!!! Okay, okay....I am very excited about this, but I have not been Mt. biking in probably 20 years (that is why my old bike just needs to be recycled). <BR> <BR> So.....what would you recommend for a new mt. bike? What would you chose and why? <BR> <BR> Thanks a bunch!! Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:00:14 EST Here's a Switch: 5 Reasons Why Bicycling is SAFE! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Great points to pass along...! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 3 Dec 2014 14:54:54 EST Is this spin class benefitting me? I just had to share this story. <BR> <BR> I haven't been as regular about going to spin class lately, due to a variety of scheduling issues (water heaters breaking, windows being installed, dog needing surgery, holidays...etc). I had been to a few classes, but the last time I noticed that one of the regulars, I'll call him Rob, wasn't there. Neither were a several other happens, so I didn't give it a thought. <BR> <BR> This last class I went to was unusual -- it was just fo... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:46:10 EST Best cycling gifts? Now that we're in the height of the gift-giving season, what are the cycling-related items that you think would make a great gift? Is there something that you found that you really like? Something that makes your ride easier? For the purposes of this thread, I'd like to keep them tangible and practical. OF COURSE I'd love a top-of-the-line carbon fiber road bike with top end shifters and drive train, or the Garmin 920 GPS watch. But that's not something I'm capable of giving nor will anyone b... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 16:49:29 EST Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen Rode the Dirty Dozen for the first time yesterday. Cleaned the first 8 hills, Canton stopped me and my will and body gave out. Boustead crushed my spirit, and couldn't do Welsh. Headed home after a difficult 5 hours. Well worth a shot if you enjoy self flagellation. ;) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ty-dozen-competition-tougher-ever </link> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:35:46 EST is this spin class really helping my cycling? What it is doing is letting me know how totally uncool I am. I have no idea what any of the music playing is. I swear not a single song has come up in a spin class that I have ever heard ever. <BR> <BR> follow up question - my husband's office has a gym that I sneak into from time to time. There is a bike there but it's a we'll go with recumbent although I don't know if that's what it is but your feet are sort of out in front and not under you. Is that doing anything for my cycling? <BR> <... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 16:32:14 EST Don't Let A Little Water Get in the Way... Hit the waves with this Water Bike! :-) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:42:31 EST Great Lake Seaway Trail We are starting to think about rides for next summer. So far we have discussed doing PA trails J or G. Another option is riding from Lancaster, PA to Ocean City, Maryland. A fourth option presented itself yesterday. A friend that lives in Erie, PA invited us up to enjoy Presque Isle. Looking at the map it isn't that far from Niagara Falls - around 120 miles. Has anyone ever ridden on any portion of the 500 miles Great Lake Seaway trail? It's suppose to be great for cars driving but it ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:56:27 EST WA Residents: Giive WSDOT a Piece of Your Mind I'm on WSDOT's "Voices of Washington" panel. It occasionally sends out surveys related to transportation issues. If you're a Washington State resident, I hope you'll consider signing up. We are a very bike-friendly state, but we'll only stay that way if cyclists' voices are heard over the din. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:23:47 EST What is a Courteous Cyclist? What is a Courteous Cyclist? <BR> <BR><BR>s-cyclist/ <BR> <BR> A great article that helps to parse various ways for cyclists to share the road with greater thought, courtesy and above all, SAFETY! <BR> <BR> As shared by fellow bike club member and former president of the Southern Tier Bicycle Club, a fellow member of SP: TEAMAGIS. <BR> <BR> Don Sun, 9 Nov 2014 21:50:58 EST The crackling knee So it's off-season for me, and I'm putting more time into circuit training these days. When I was riding before, I noticed that my were getting a bit, erm, loud. There was no pain, thankfully, but they would make what I can only describe as a crackling sound. Now that I'm circuit training more rather than biking (a bit tougher on the joints), you can seriously hear this sound from across the room! Does anyone else have this issue? Sat, 8 Nov 2014 09:25:45 EST Don’t Let Jake Gyllenhaal Steal Your Bike! or...learn some lessons on the best way to lock your bike: <BR> <BR> Don’t Let Jake Gyllenhaal Steal Your Bike: <BR> "New movie Nightcrawler serves up thrills—and a lesson about proper bike" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-let-jake-gyllenhaal-steal-your-bike </link> <BR> <BR> "Nightcrawler, which opened in theaters today, is not a movie about bikes. But the thrilling film includes a scene that will no doubt strike fear (and anger) into the hearts of cyclists—w... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 08:44:31 EST Touring Bhutan: Cool Article with Lots of Pics! "Bhutan: A Higher State of Being - <BR> In the vertiginous mountains of the South Asian nation, where happiness is akin to holiness, bicycling has become much more than a national pastime. It’s a spiritual journey." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>30/bhutan-bicycle-gross-national-happi<BR>ness/ </link> <BR> <BR> "In Bhutan, there is a king who rides a bicycle up and down the mountains." <BR> <BR> How COOL is THAT?!?! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:09:50 EST El Tour de Tucson Sports fans El Tour de Tucson is scheduled for the 22nd of November. Some super folks that I met at RAGBRAI are doing it with me. We're going to someone's home on Friday and enjoying a nice past-filled dinner. Saturday we do the 112-mile ride. The wife and I have a time-share in Tucson where we will stay from Friday thru Tuesday. We plan on driving to Alpine, Tx, and enjoying Thanksgiving with my wive's sisters. Should be loads of fun. So, who is doing this Ride?? I did it once and was very h... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:35:10 EST Bicycle Touring: It Ain't Easy! Okay, so I'm paraphrasing Darren's article: <BR> <BR> "Don’t Ever Tell Someone That Bike Touring Is Easy" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-someone-bike-touring-is-easy/ </link> <BR> <BR> I've learned a great deal by gradually increasing the length of my rides and picking the many wise brains of fellow bike club members. PLUS for my first tour I had the generous offer from another bike club member of borrowing all of her gear. I learned TONS from this and duly mi... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:55:17 EST Total Team Mileage Did a bit of numbers crunching and came up with a not too good Team summary. Would you believe that, so far this month, the top 10 mileage producers account for over 90% of the total team's mileage production. While I realize that out of the 2,500+ members, few are actively on their bikes, that's still a really low number. I also realize that winter is here, but also know that there's plenty of us in the hot-weather states. So, what gives? Surely, we're not getting soft, are we? I certainly h... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:56:21 EST Calorie Calculator Specifically for Cyclists I've got a calorie calculator, specifically for cyclists, up and running. This is the calc I've used for years and found to be very accurate. It requires Java, so I've put together documentation (linked on the page) that will guide you through the simple process of installing Java and configuring the latest version (currently v8 Update 25) to run the calculator app. <BR> <BR> I'd be interested in constructive feedback from anyone who tries it out. The link is <link> ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:15:04 EST Cold Weather Cycling Tips PERHAPS I might be tempted to tackle some colder weather riding...but I tend to be pretty wussy on this. Maybe some of these tips might help...? <BR> <BR> Passing along from Bicycle Touring Pro: <BR> <BR> "Winter is quickly approaching here in the Northern Hemisphere... but that doesn't mean you have to stop riding your bicycle just yet. <BR> <BR> It's not only safe to ride your bike in cold, snowy, wet and windy weather, it can also be a whole lot of fun - especially if you follow the tip... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:43:09 EST Bike Like A Pro Athlete, Eat Like A Pig Bike Like A Pro Athlete, Eat Like A Pig <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/354926634/bike-like-a-pro-athlete-eat<BR>-like-a-pig </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a fun chuckle over the best laid plans for eating when cycling like crazy. <BR> <BR> Aside from the smiles & cute pics, my favorite serious line in the article was this: "I love long-distance cycling because it's a leisurely, gentle, human-powered way to appreciate the landscape. It makes a person feel completely... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:44:13 EST Bicycle Touring Pro: Love This Guy's Adventures! 10 Things I Enjoy Most About Bicycle Touring After 14 Years, 50+ Countries & Thousands of Miles <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-i-enjoy-most/ </link> <BR> <BR> "When I first started bicycle touring at the age of 17, I had no plans of making bike travel an ongoing part of my life. I figured I’d complete my month-long bicycle tour down the Pacific Coast of the United States and then I’d go off and get a job, get married, have kids and do all the things I saw every... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:58:29 EST bike service should I have her serviced before I put her away for the winter, or in the spring? Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:41:59 EST Bike shorts commando or not? Mon, 13 Oct 2014 06:57:12 EST Looking for Suggestions: Men's Compression Tights After having spent a chilly time riding in Delaware County this weekend I'm thinking its about time I invest in pants for riding in colder weather. <BR> <BR> I've been happy with my LG shorts and have been looking at tights with & without chamois: <BR> <BR> Louis Garneau Oslo Airzone Tights, <BR> Louis Garneau Solano Chamois Tights, <BR> Louis Garneau Stockholm Tights <BR> <BR> I'm assuming those without chamois can be pulled over shorts with chamois, but am uncertain whether this might ca... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:38:59 EST Preparing For Off-Season Fitness Now I know there are some brave folks who deserve much respect for cycling through the colder winter months. But I ain't one of 'em! :-) <BR> <BR> Some folks worry about maintaining their off season cycling fitness. I love spinning class for that, but there is much to be said for mixing it up. I'll again tackle cross country skiing if Mother Nature serves up enough snow in our area. <BR> <BR> Here are some thoughts about off season cycling fitness: <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:30:14 EST Dealing with the Dark A recent article from Road Bike Rider brings up the issue of the shortening of days and visibility factors: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Some resources are mentioned which might interest folks. Although there has been a recent thread about this, feel free to add more suggestions! <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:18:33 EST October Riding Challenge Let's get a bit of accountability going. <BR> Report your mileage using the following format: <BR> First number tells how much you rode on any given day. <BR> Second number tells how much you have ridden so far, in the current month. <BR> Third number tells how many miles you have left from your goal. <BR> Example: I rode 25 miles today and my month's goal is 500 miles: <BR> 25 / 25 / 475 <BR> <BR> Let's sign up and "Do It". <BR> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 06:57:33 EST Free Adventure Cycling Memberships! ...for the first 150 folks to sign up: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nture-cycling-memberships/ </link> <BR> <BR> Nabbed mine & thought I'd pass it along! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:43:50 EST 101 Ways to Completely Transform Your Cycling 101 Ways to Completely Transform Your Entire Cycling Life <BR> <BR> "Ride better, get stronger, be happier, go faster, look nicer, stay safer, get fitter, smile wider, and lots more" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lls/101-ways-completely-transform-your<BR>-entire-cycling-life </link> <BR> <BR> LOTS of terrific tips & pointers here...perhaps we can even add a few...? :-) <BR> <BR> Don Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:03:22 EST Free Offline Map App: Today Only City Maps 2Go Pro - Offline Map and Travel Guide by Ulmon GmbH <BR> <BR> <link><BR>o-pro-offline/id327783342?mt=8 </link> <BR> <BR> I have found it handy on occasion to have maps downloaded in advance to my phone when I'm out in rural spots where there is no data connectivity. <BR> <BR> Don't let the name fool you (i.e. City) as it maps EVERYTHING. <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:53:57 EST Mirrors and lights..... Hello everyone! It's been a very long while since I last posted. I was pretty much off my bike for the past two years due to a long term injury. I'm back to riding again finally though and have been slowing building up to where I was before I had to stop. Anyhow I have a few questions. I mostly ride a paved trail on a road bike but it's getting boring. Yesterday I rode on an actual road and it was fun except for having to find a spot to get off the road for a huge combine lol. I really... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:27:10 EST bike trainers Does anyone have a bike trainer? I am looking into getting one, but I can't quite figure out what I'm looking at. I saw one that said something about gears, but I'd rather use the ones on my bike. Do they tell you have far you've "ridden"? I use a GPS bike computer so that won't exactly work with a trainer. <BR> <BR> just wondering what other people have Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:26:08 EST Cool weather dressing It's currently 6C out and I'm going for a ride. What would you wear in these temps? I am wearing a thin half zip with a tank top underneath and capris. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:15:47 EST Ride the Rogue anyone? Any of you Clyclo-Sparksters doing the Ride the Rogue in Southern Oregon next week? It's a great ride, for a great cause, and is great fun! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:04:30 EST Bike Club Weather Chuckle As posted by one of the lucky dog retiree club members who routinely get out for our Wheels-to-Meals rides on Tues & Thurs.: <BR> <BR> "On several rides this year, when the forecast has been less then stellar, there seems to have been an imbalance of riders by gender. Today was a classic example –the forecast was for a chance of rain and 6 riders showed up, all of which were male. Similarly a recent ride to Walton was cancelled but again just 4 males showed up to ride in the rain. I see ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:56:11 EST two open doors yesterday TWO of them I always scan cars parked along the road I'm riding down just to make sure no one opens a door for me to crash into. Once about a week ago someone opened a door but saw me and shut it very quickly. I gave them a friendly - "thanks for not killing me" wave. <BR> <BR> Well yesterday I didn't really have time for a ride but I went anyway. Twice on this ride I had guys in landscaping trucks open the door right as I got there. Since I am paranoid and was scanning I saw it coming and it wasn't a ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:06:10 EST Mileage I've noticed that the Team is way down in average monthly mileage. Last year we had several months of over 10K miles. This year we're way below that. What gives?? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:06:24 EST Oh no Bike Wreck Ouch, had a bike wreck today, first in years, over corrected going around a hole and hit the edge of a grate, not going fast, just kind of rolled with bike, so no major injuries, scrapped knee and bruise on leg from bike. <BR> <BR> Last wreck I had was 20 years ago while mountain biking, come around a hill and hit a big rock that bent my front wheel, had to walk my bike out on that one. <BR> <BR> Oh well, keep on riding.....:0) <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:33:22 EST the hubs had his first clipless spill Typical really, he was at a stop sign and there was a car at the intersection. Neither of them trusted what the other one was going to do so the car was doing this stop - start - stop - start thing. He unclipped his left foot and then went down on his right side. <BR> <BR> THEN he made me take a picture of his bloody knee with his cell phone so he could text it to his friends. <BR> <BR> boys <BR> <BR> <em>101</em> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:26:39 EST chain grease stains I get chain grease stains on my clothes every time I ride because I have to haul my bike up a very narrow flight of stairs from the basement. Previously, I've scrubbed the stains with a "natural" stain remover, baby Oxyclean, dish soap and Goo Gone and then thrown it in the wash and the stains were gone. Most of the grease came off using the dish soap. <BR> <BR> Now I've got new stains and I started with the dish soap and it didn't work. I even doused my poor clothes with chain cleaner and... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:12:25 EST September Riding Challenge Let's get it on!! Report your mileage using the following format: <BR> First number tells how much you rode on any given day. <BR> Second number tells how much you have ridden so far, in the current month. <BR> Third number tells how many miles you have left from your goal. <BR> So, today I rode 32.33 miles, so far this month I have ridden 254.91. My goal for the month is 900 and I have 645.09 miles left to reach my goal. Here's what it looks like: <BR> <BR> 32.33 / 254.91 / 645.09 <BR> <BR... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 21:55:19 EST New to group Just wanted to take a moment and introduce myself. I'm new to this group but not exactly new to biking. My problem is, my 2 bikes ( a good comfort bike and a store-boxed mountain bike) is just sitting in my living room, both with deflated tires. The comfort bike hasn't been moved since my granddaughter and I did a trail ride, almost 2 years ago and discovered I really needed a mountain bike to go where she wanted to ride. The mountain bike (which my online bike group told me to get rid of), h... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 08:53:59 EST Use BILL60's Posting for September Riding Sept 1- 26.55 K26.55/273.45 <em>332</em> <BR> September Goal 300 Kilometres Wed, 3 Sep 2014 21:33:20 EST math I can do in my head I don't mean to complain really but every morning I head out with the dog for a "run". I feel like I'm running, mostly I'm running, I do stop so the boy can check his pee mail and make little art projects that I have to clean up but really we're running. <BR> <BR> then I log it here and it calls it a "walk" <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I know I'm not fast so ok, whatever. <BR> <BR> WELL I just got back from a bike ride. This ride was cut short by the raging storm that was about t... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 18:35:27 EST Favorite Book About Bikes? I saw this article @ and thought: "I bet we can generate one HECKUVA list of cool books to check out. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nd-gear-features/books-about-bikes </link> <BR> <BR> Here's one of my favs: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> What are yours? <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:37:33 EST gear changing seminar To set this up, after the group ride on Sunday the group ride when I got not so much lost as separated from the pack - there is a blog if you really want to dredge through it, I went to a gear changing seminar at the LBS. <BR> <BR> They put our bikes on trainers - I had mixed feelings about that given that I was already a bit worn out - and had us practice changing gears. <BR> <BR> It sounds rather simple, but I picked up a few things. <BR> <BR> cross chaining - I'm going to mess this up,... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:11:57 EST The Best Cycling Advice I Ever Got The Best Cycling Advice I Ever Got <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/training-fitness/best-cycling-advice-<BR>i-ever-got </link> <BR> <BR> Curious...some of the tips offered. I'm a 180 on some, such as always wear gloves. I NEVER wear gloves...I overheat easily enough, don't need sweaty gloves to add to my! <BR> <BR> I thought perhaps folks might want to add their 2 cents and post YOUR version of the best cycling advice I ever got. <BR> <BR> Min... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:54:38 EST hills, signalling, standing up 3 skills that I need advice on. <BR> <BR> 1. I am using all my gears but I am SO SLOW going uphill. Any tips? which leads me to... <BR> <BR> 2. I think I could get a little better going uphill if I could stand up in the saddle. Obviously in my spinning instructor days I could do this no problem on the spin bike but on the road I lift my butt 2 inches and I'm terrified or something to get higher. I would like drills on how to practice this. <BR> <BR> 3. I'm also terrified/unable to remove... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:53:47 EST Blessing of the Bikes My church held a blessing of the bikes liturgy today. The common pray is awesome, so I want to share: <BR> <BR> Gracious God, we live in a world too often poisoned by the excesses of consumption; so we give thanks for the inherent goodness of human-powered transportation and the simple beauty of the bicycle. <BR> <BR> We live in a community filled with children; so we pray for those learning to ride. Keep them smart, safe and visible on their neighborhood roads. <BR> <BR> We live in a worl... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:51:27 EST If Scott bikes are junk someone tell me No money has changed hands yet, but the hubs has picked out a Scott CR1 30. We went with a composite frame but the components are meh. He probably won't know the difference. The choices were a bit limited because they're selling off their 2014 models so to get the 30% discount we had to go with what they had in stock. <BR> <BR> It's a good looking bike - the important thing right? It's black & white with some yellow accents. <BR> <BR> I've talked him into going for the cleats, he's a litt... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:21:09 EST Pinellas Trail in Florida We just returned from 2,280 miles of driving to see our children in NC and FL. One of the nice things about driving is you can take your bike! While in Tampa we went over to the Clearwater area and I did a 40 mile ride on the Pinellas Trail. It is actually almost 40 miles long, but I started in the middle so only did half round trip. <BR> What a great trail! Negative was a number of crossing over roads (but had read reviews before going so was aware and was prepared to enjoy the ride), ... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:59:21 EST My aching aches and pains! I have managed to get out and ride some every day for the past several days. <BR> I have been feeling my muscles, not in a bad way really...until the night before last! I haven't been sleeping well because of my asthma so any sleep I get lately is valuable. <BR> <BR> I woke up out of a dead sleep with the weirdest cramp, it was like a charlie horse but running down the outside part of my ankle! I actually had to have my beau rub it for me because it wasn't going away with stretching and it... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:44:46 EST Cycling Past 50, 60 & Beyond Here's an interesting post about cycling and aging, which offers a paid-for e-article that might be worth a download: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Plus here is an EXCELLENT book which I greatly enjoyed Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100 When You're 100: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0-ebook/dp/B004HHORHY/ </link> <BR> <BR> I thought perhaps some folks might want to share their thoughts, insights, reflections on the topic. <BR... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:50:01 EST on convincing the hubs he NEEDS a roadbike The hubs, we'll call him Brian since he answers to that is a runner. By "runner" I mean one of those sinewy distance marathon running types. <BR> <BR> My current goal is to turn him into a cyclist. Not that I don't want him running its just that he's getting a tad bit older, well technically every day and running the kinds of distances he likes is giving him some knee, hip, and foot issues. On a more selfish note its more fun for me to do things together. I have gotten him ON his bike. That... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:08:50 EST August 2014 Goals and Resolutions Here it is August, school is starting, and summer is ending. We have spent a lot of time camping and traveling with the grands this summer and my exercise routine has suffered for it. While I have managed to get my walking in, my eating habits and cycling have not fared as well. I did finish one quilt for a friend in July and the forest service quilt should be finished this week. So for August my resolutions are: <BR> <BR> 1) Get my nutrition back under control and record daily <BR> 2) F... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 00:08:13 EST August Riding Challenge 10,000 miles has been the team's monthly goal. <BR> <BR> Track your contribution to the team total with posts as follows <BR> <BR> Miles Ridden / Total Miles Month to Date / Miles to go to Reach your Monthly Target <BR> <BR> My goal this month is 150 miles Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:44:49 EST What App Do You Recommend for Cycling? I have an IPhone and have been using Map My Run for my running. I was going to use Map My Ride for cycling, but then someone mentioned Strava? So.....what app do you use? Why do you prefer one app over others? you pay a monthly fee to get the features you use? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any advice you can provide! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:44:59 EST How To Carry Cell Phone on Bike? Hello Team!! <BR> <BR> Today was my first day out on my bike (well, second time this year) for a quick training ride. My daughter was home still sleeping so I wanted to have my phone on me in case she needed to reach me. Now, about ten years ago I took my cell phone with me on a hot summer ride- I placed my cell phone in my jersey pocket - when I got home from the ride, my phone was dead. The perspiration from my back killed the phone. do you carry your cell phone so that this... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:38:04 EST Emergency kit What are the must-have items to carry in a bike repair emergency kit? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:13:00 EST really stupid ? about gear shifting So, I got a road bike! but that means I have to start fresh with learning how to shift gears. My old bike had sliders on each side, you push away for going uphill. <BR> <BR> I am really dense for some reason when it comes to shifting terminology. Downshift = uphill? My new bike has 2 clicky levers on each side and I am confused as to which lever does what. I haven't picked up my bike yet, I go to do the fitting next week, but I am scared to ask the bike shop people and be laughed at what... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:29:23 EST "Must Have" Items for Cycle Commuting? The company I work for has done very well this year, and we've been advised that we'll be getting a "year end" bonus by July 25th. I thought I might purchase a road bike with the bonus, as I think I'd like something a little more "spry" for my commute (~10 miles each way). The bonus will be large enough that I could get something decent, and it may even large enough to go with a carbon frame. <BR> <BR> Anyhoo . . . I got to thinking that maybe there are better ways to spend the funds, since ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:58:30 EST Cycling across the country barefoot Cycling across the country barefoot in search of a simpler life <BR> <BR> "Rob Greenfield's Goodfluence bike tour promotes the 'being' in 'human being' while also encouraging gardens in urban spaces." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ving/stories/cycling-across-the-countr<BR>y-barefoot-in-search-of-a-simpler-life </link> <BR> <BR> What an inspiration and reminder of the important things in life! <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:19:24 EST Something "outstanding" about your daily ride Today my 6 a.m. ride was just a great ride, the birds were singing their beautiful songs, the sun was shining, Traffic was not bad, I ride country roads when I can. There was a strong odor evidence of skunks being out in abundance, but grateful I never seen them. <BR> <em>108</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:14:38 EST New to biking. I have seen the bikers out and about and would like to emulate their fitness and stamina eventually. <BR> Just bought a second hand mountain bike. <BR> 58 and overweight. <BR> Love the outdoors and that feeling of having exercise. <BR> It all equates to overall happiness and health. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:07:12 EST Half-goal! My goal is to be able to bike to work, (about 8.5 miles), work my shift and bike home at least once before autumn....yesterday, I biked all the way home! The route I took was 8.5 miles and it took me an hour and 15 minutes. <BR> I was so proud on myself when I made it! Sun, 6 Jul 2014 23:11:48 EST July 2014 goals and resolutions OK, not being alowed to ride my bike for the past 6 weeks has taken it's toll. And I did not do well enough on watching my calories. And taking trips every other week hasn't helped either. So I have shamefully gained 5 pounds. Now that I am allowed to ride again, it is too blamed hot for me (I don't ride if it is in the 90's). So, now I am using my trainer and my kayak and my goals for the summer are: <BR> <BR> 1) to lose my 5 pounds <BR> 2) finish the forest service quilt and wall hangin... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:12:56 EST very new cyclist! I only learned how to ride a bike (yes, really!) about a month ago. This past weekend I biked 20+ kms for the first time on my first group ride with a bunch of hardcore triathletes. I've been running since 2007 and done 9 marathons but is my secret goal to try a duathlon in 2015, when I can get a less embarrassing bike. Right now my bike is a hybrid that I got for free from a friend, it's missing reflectors and has bent parts, etc but it works well enough. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:33:22 EST July Riding Challenge 10,000 miles has been the team's monthly goal. <BR> <BR> Track your contribution to the team total with posts as follows <BR> <BR> Miles Ridden / Total Miles Month to Date / Miles to go to Reach your Monthly Target <BR> <BR> My goal this month is 150 miles. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 08:17:22 EST Greetings from Alaska! Late blooming biker here at 54 years old. Discovered biking about six years ago when I did a sprint triathlon for the first time. The running and swimming were..meh, but I was totally hooked by the biking. Went on to bike the Denali Highway in the Alaskan interior the next year. And bike about 1 to 2,000 miles a year since. I use a trainer during the Alaskan winters but am looking into a fat bike so I can ride year round. <BR> <BR> I love both distance cycling with my road bike and mountai... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 22:26:16 EST Texas Rider Anyone here ride in Texas? I'm always looking for people to ride with or different rides happening around Texas. I tend to bring my bike where ever I travel so I ride in different cities and it always helps knowing someone to ride with. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:36:09 EST Having an issue that is most likely TMI Apologies in advance..... <BR> <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago, I adjusted my seat up to get a full extension on my legs, it made a world of difference for my knees, but now I am having another issue. <BR> <BR> After adjusting my seat, I did 4 miles or so ....I know this isn't much for you pros, but its a long way for me! I noticed that my ...hooha..was pretty sore, so I went out the next day and did 6 miles, because I'm smart that way, lol! <BR> I was having to stand up on the pedals and... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:54:39 EST What's your riding pet peeve? Beautiful day for a ride today. So out in the country I went. Beautiful day = people mowing grass. So why do they feel the need to blow grass out in the road? Today was really bad - must not have mowed in awhile as an entire lane of the road was covered for a good distance. Would usually go into the other lane but cars were coming in each direction. As cars passed, grass blew into my face. Although most mowers are aware of what's going on around them, and stop when they see me coming, s... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:05:49 EST Cycling & Weight Loss / Riding In The Heat A couple of interesting links in today's Road Bike Rider: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:37:24 EST Windburn? From my reading, windburn seems to be a somewhat contentious subject amongst cyclists: some claim that it doesn't exist. <BR> <BR> I'm on the fence, but I'd sure like to know what has happened to my face and prevent it in the future if possible! This has now happened to me twice in the last month. I had assumed it was a touch of sun, but hubby insists that it is windburn. <BR> <BR> My face isn't red, but it does feel tight and tingly (as if I have a mild sunburn). When I started my 20k ride... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 09:40:17 EST Whelp! I think I finally have my seat adjusted must be, because my knees don't hurt but my shenanigans are numb! <BR> <em>40</em> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 20:45:01 EST Bicycle Traveler Magazine: Current Issue Available "Welcome to the Bicycle Traveler Magazine newsletter <BR> <BR> The 7th issue is now online and can be downloaded at:" <BR> <BR> <link>www.bicycletraveler.bicyclingaroundt<BR> </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 4 Jun 2014 09:47:09 EST June 2014 goals and resolutions Well, I did not do well in May. I have had some breathing problems and the doctor took me off my bike and limited my exercise till they finish tests. That won't be till the middle of June, so not much riding in June either. Perhaps that will help me do more sewing, but it will require some strict diet control. For June I will: <BR> <BR> 1) Keep my nutrition below 1100 calories a day <BR> 2) Walk at least 1 mile daily <BR> 3) Get another quilt in the frame and hopefully quilted <BR> 4) Fi... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:51:16 EST June Riding Challenge 10,000 miles has been the team's monthly goal. <BR> <BR> Track your contribution to the team total with posts as follows <BR> <BR> Miles Ridden / Total Miles Month to Date / Miles to go to Reach your Monthly Target <BR> <BR> My goal this month is 150 miles. <BR> <BR> 0 / 0 / 150 Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:48:54 EST Bike Seats Just curious to know if there is a real reason for bike seats to be so hard or if it is truly just because the designers and manufacturers are sadistic SOBs <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I am certain that my bike seat must be softer than a brick but after my ride today I have some doubts lol. Sat, 31 May 2014 14:52:06 EST Had my backside handed to me! Hello, everyone. I had my backside handed to me in a really big way on Sunday. Wow. What a reality check. <BR> <BR> My cycling goal for this summer is to ride to work and back two-three days a week. I have a a few route options, which vary from 15.2km (9.5mi) to 17.8km (11mi) in length, one way. Elevation changes along the route amount to around 50m (164ft). The speed limit on Calgary's MUPs (multiuse pathways) is 20kph (12.4mph). Around 95% of my commute is along the MUPs. A brutal headwind... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:57:22 EST Sign Petition To Curb Bike Theft I thought folks might want to sign this petition started by People For Bikes and Project 529: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> "Every 30 seconds, a cyclist has their bike stolen in the United States. Nearly half of college students with bicycles will lose them during their education. Bicycle theft is rampant in the United States, and it's due in part to the ease of fencing stolen bikes through online sites. <BR> <BR> There's a simple solution that would... Sat, 24 May 2014 12:18:29 EST Rain & Wet Feet Hey all, <BR> <BR> Went on a ride this morning and got caught in a down pour. By the time I got home my feet were absolutely SOAKED!! Just wondering if anyone has tried putting bags on their feet or had any other suggestions on keeping the toes dry. <BR> <BR> Thanks~ Molly Wed, 21 May 2014 13:36:59 EST Apps to help you take a scenic bike ride Apps to help you take a scenic bike ride <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lp-you-take-a-scenic-bike-ride/all </link> <BR> <BR> Good to see a nod to cycling from Kim Komando! :-) <BR> <BR> "With the weather getting nicer each and every day, you might consider going on a nice long bike ride to take in some beautiful outdoor scenery. All you need to do is take one look at this thrilling video to get motivated. <BR> Once you get in gear, these apps will help you to m... Sun, 18 May 2014 21:44:16 EST Google Maps adds elevation data for cyclists Google Maps adds elevation data for cyclists braving the hills <BR> <BR> <link><BR>le-maps-adds-elevation-data-for-cyclis<BR>ts-braving-the-hills.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Google has quietly added elevation data to bike routes in its Maps service, providing better intel for intrepid cyclists. <BR> <BR> The feature, which launched Friday, seems to work for much of the U.S. and Canada. Google says Maps already factored in elevation when determining route... Sat, 17 May 2014 20:38:38 EST Go Bike Montreal Festival Has anyone done this? It looks like one SPECIAL event! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d1d48e2fd96117a3b7&id=01b3f4b700&e=161<BR>03a6454 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure that the link to this Pedal America newsletter will work, but here's the article and a link to the Montreal event: <BR> <BR> "Oh, Canada <BR> Psyching-up for My Trip To A Bike-Crazed City <BR> <BR> When it comes to bicycling, I often hear the question: "If you build it, will they come?" <BR> <B... Wed, 14 May 2014 10:51:02 EST World-Wide Ride of Silence: Any Participants? Our local bike club is holding the Ride of Silence tomorrow: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> However I see the world-wide site above lists it as being held NEXT Weds. 5/21...not sure why we're jumping the gun. But I plan to be there at least to send off our riders. <BR> <BR> Anyone else out there observing the Ride of Silence? I think this is an important event to highlight our ever-present concern for cycling safety...! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 13 May 2014 10:14:13 EST National Bike To Work Day This Friday May 16th We are coming up on NATIONAL Bike To Work Day this Friday: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Being off the bike as I have so far this year I've been a bit oblivious to such important days...! <BR> <BR> Spread the word everyone! Get on your bikes and GO! :-) <BR> <BR> Don <BR> <BR>'s a handy poster you can print and post at work: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>vent20148x11v1.pdf </link> Sat, 10 May 2014 21:58:58 EST If you were forced to choose... between all the possible disciplines and permutations of cycling and could do no other forever. Which would it be? For me, XC mountain biking, even though most of my current riding is utility/commuting. There is just something very special about it for me. How about you? Sat, 10 May 2014 16:24:02 EST The Most (and Least) Bike-Friendly States The Most (and Least) Bike-Friendly States <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/05/05/the-most-and-least-bike-friend<BR>ly-states/ </link> <BR> <BR> Top 10 States <BR> 1. Washington <BR> 2. Minnesota <BR> 3. Wisconsin <BR> 4. Delaware <BR> 5. Oregon <BR> 6. Colorado <BR> 7. Maryland <BR> 8. Utah <BR> 9. California <BR> 10. Massachusetts <BR> <BR> I see New York has fallen in the rankings...sigh... <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 8 May 2014 09:55:56 EST How to plan a safe enjoyable bicycle touring route How to plan a safe and enjoyable bicycle touring route: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nning </link> <BR> <BR> "If you're planning a self-supported bicycle tour (a tour where you travel on your own and carry all necessary gear, clothing and equipment on your bicycle), then it's very likely that you are also going to be planning your own cycling route. <BR> <BR> I've created a massive how-to article for you. In this article I will share with you how to plan a sa... Mon, 5 May 2014 16:09:13 EST Hands going numb? I am new to the group and have a few questions :) I am working on getting my distance up and at the moment am up to 16mile rides. I however am having trouble with my hands going numb. Is there anything that can be done other than just remembering to take them off the handle bars and stretch them? <BR> <BR> TIA :) Mon, 5 May 2014 12:13:04 EST Anybody Knowledgeable @ Brooks Saddles? I've read so much praise for the Brooks Saddles for long-distance cycling that I'm very close to purchasing one. <BR> <BR> Problem is I can't decide between the B17: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> or the Flyer (which I see does have some springs which might increase the comfort of the ride I suppose): <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone out there with some Brooks experience / knowledge to help point me one way ... Thu, 1 May 2014 08:25:27 EST May Riding Challenge 10,000 miles has been the team's monthly goal. <BR> <BR> Track your contribution to the team total with posts as follows <BR> <BR> Miles Ridden / Total Miles Month to Date / Miles to go to Reach your Monthly Target <BR> <BR> My goal this month is 150miles. <BR> <BR> 0 / 0 / 150 Thu, 1 May 2014 07:48:26 EST National Bike Challenge Hoping we have a large contingent of Sparkers signing up! :-) <BR> <BR> -------------------------- <BR> <BR> The National Bike Challenge, now in its third year, is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists and encouraging countless new riders to get on their bikes. <BR> <BR> The goals for the friendly, online competition remain the same: to get more Americans bicycling, whether it's for fun, for work or for health. <BR> <BR> It is a free and easy way to challenge your... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:37:19 EST Free E-Book: Dynamic Conditioning Workout Plan Although this is part 5 of a 5-Part Series, it offers a sample of some of the e-books which are available through Road Bike Rider: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the link to the actual PDF e-book file: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>files/DynamicConditioningMonthlyMonth5<BR>-Maintenance.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:12:56 EST Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour! June 6-8 I would be remiss if I didn't remind folks out there that our local bicycle club, the Southern Tier Bicycle Club, will be hosting our 34th annual Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour in several weeks and NOW is your chance to register before the WAY reasonable rates ($90 per person for the whole weekend, including breakfast & dinner; $100 if you want a bed in one of the cabins) go up. <BR> <BR> I'd love to catch up with some fellow Sparkers who come to join in the fun that this weekend offers! ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:59:45 EST How Do You Keep Your Bike Safe From Thieves? I thought this was an interesting piece and figured we might add our 2 cents: <BR> <BR> "WHAT KIND OF BIKE LOCK DO YOU RECOMMEND?" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-of-bike-lock-do-you-recommend/ </link> <BR> <BR> "There is no single bike lock that will prevent your bike from being stolen in all situations. Even with two or more locks on your bicycle, there is a good chance the bike will get stolen if you leave it in the wrong area for too long. <BR> <BR> Lockin... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:30:47 EST New Washington Law that impacts Cyclists A new law will go into effect in June that allows motorcyclists to proceed through a red light if the light will not change because the sensor does not pick up their presence. Where I live, few sensors detect bicycles. Clearly, this will permit the same behavior by cyclists. (Although it's always been permissible to proceed through a red light if it's safe to do so and the light appears to be malfunctioning. And when a light never changes, I consider that defective.) <BR> <BR> Here's the te... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:41:33 EST Box Bikes in the Netherlands Leave it to the Dutch...they keep innovating & integrating cycling so nicely into their culture! <BR> <BR> A bakfiets compilation <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/a-bakfiets-compilation/ </link> <BR> <BR> "The English term cargo bike has a strong and obvious connection to freight, with that word cargo. The Dutch word bakfiets is more neutral and literally means ‘box bike’. That makes it perfectly normal for the Dutch to transport not only cargo in these box bike... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:37:25 EST New to Cycling, Would Like Opinions My husband & I have decided to get bikes to lose some weight and get healthier. He's ordered his, a Torker 3-spd trike (he has balance issues and can't ride a two-wheeler). <BR> <BR> I'm looking at hybrids, specifically the Giant Escape W2 and W3. Problem is, I'm having trouble "test-driving" them, because the shops around here that carry the brand don't seem to stock anything smaller than a Medium. At barely 5'2", I'm going to need either a Small or XS. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a Giant... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 22:58:42 EST Bike Hacks Many of these are "eye-rollers" and good for a laugh, but occasionally one spots some ingenuity worthy of trying: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Don Sat, 5 Apr 2014 17:23:12 EST Improving side visibility - Fiks:Reflective I have Fiks:Reflective on 2 of my bikes that I ride at night to improve side visibility. They make some good stuff, check them out if you ride at night and are looking for some options to improve your side visibility. Night riding is a pleasure, no lie. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 18:01:32 EST April 2014 Riding Challenge 10,000 miles has been the team's monthly goal. -- We have NOT been meeting this. <BR> <BR> Should it be changed to 5000 miles? <BR> <BR> Track your contribution to the team total with posts as follows <BR> <BR> Miles Ridden / Total Miles Month to Date / Miles to go to Reach your Monthly Target <BR> <BR> I am increasing my goal in anticipation of a nice riding month. So my goal this month is 300 miles. <BR> <BR> 0 / 0 / 150 <BR> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:04:12 EST April 2014 goals and resolutions Well, I did pretty well in March, except for the bike riding. Hopefully it is finally gonna warm up and I can get more miles in. Here are resolutions for April: <BR> <BR> Apr 2014 goals: <BR> 1) lose 4 pounds <BR> 2) ride 200 miles <BR> 3) clean and plant flowerbeds <BR> 4) complete 2 quilt UFOs <BR> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:56:25 EST Pround Mama Moment Monday morning my daughter was so excited to ride her bike the one mile to school (she is 10 y.o.). She had her lock ready, the tires were all pumped with air. She got her new bike for her birthday in January and the weather is finally warming up. It was 25F when she left the house - too cold for me, but the bike was calling her name. I remember that sense of freedom - getting on that bike and riding into the distance :) Another cyclist is born!! Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:25:43 EST Vacation Fun... Hello everybody! <BR> My husband and I recently came back from an amazing vacation. We started in Florida and ended in North Carolina, both warm (ie: no snow), sunny and best of all...FLAT! I rode everywhere! It was incredible to ride during one of New England's snowy, blustery, and cold months. It gave me a sense of hope that spring WILL come, hopefully sooner than later. I loved it and I am getting ready to go on another biking adventure with my usual partner in crime, my friend Jan, w... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:44:42 EST What is the BEST book on Bicyling You Have Read? Share your favorite book on bicycling. It can be fiction or non-fiction. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:14:15 EST It's Back: Free City Maps 2Go App (Offline Maps) I love having my City Maps 2 Go App on my smartphone for access to detailed maps which require no data use. This way when I'm off in the hinterlands where 3G / 4G is non-existent I can still pull up a map if I need to. It's a great security blanket: <BR> <BR> "Free City Maps 2Go Pro – Offline Map and Travel Guide <BR> Read more at<BR>2go-pro-offline-map-and-travel-guide-1<BR>00-discount#eUcvg0kWdVXB3mOR.99" <BR> <BR> <link> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 08:31:55 EST "Drive with Care" media campaign! <link><BR>h-care-by-bikepgh </link> <BR> <BR> "Why "Drive With Care"? <BR> <BR> Bike Pittsburgh has been advocating for better streets for biking and walking since 2002. Just step outside and you'll see our growing community everywhere. In 2012, however, violence against bike riders was at the forefront of Pittsburgh news – particularly alarming was a rash of gruesome hit-and-runs, as well as the negative reactions to news articles posted on social med... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:25:18 EST How much is a cyclists life worth anyway? How much is a cyclists life worth anyway? <BR> Rewriting Rules of the Road for the Bike Age <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-is-a-cyclists-life-worth-anyway </link> <BR> <BR> "The number of Americans who commute via bicycle jumped by 64 percent between 1990 and 2009, yet the laws that protect them have lagged behind. Nationwide, the bike safety landscape looks like a patchwork of state regulations and variations in enforcement. In most states the only law explici... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 12:25:27 EST Bicycle Benefits A member of our bike club suggested that we "nudge" our local businesses to join in with this network to see if our collective word of mouth can open some entrepreneurial eyes to the "benefits" of catering to cyclists! You might want to try this in YOUR community: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> "Bicycle Benefits is a progressive bicycling program designed to reward individuals and businesses for their commitment to cleaner air, personal health, and the use of... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 14:02:14 EST Are you looking for a challenge ? We (my company) is looking to recruit a woman to complete our team for The Raid Centrale, link below. The short list of requirements is : <BR> <BR> *5 day race from end of April / beginning of May <BR> *in the Swiss Alps <BR> *running & biking each day, about 50k total per day <BR> <BR> I know it is a long shot but thought I would post here on the off chance someone is willing & able (also posted in the Marathon & Half-Marathon teams) <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <link> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:43:36 EST March 2014 Riding Challenge January and February were both miserable and COLD where I live. <BR> <BR> 4 Outdoor rides total for me over these two months. I am looking forward to Spring! <BR> <BR> 10,000 miles has been the team's monthly goal. <BR> <BR> Track your contribution to the team total with posts as follows <BR> <BR> Miles Ridden / Total Miles Month to Date / Miles to go to Reach your Monthly Target <BR> <BR> March is starting off cold where I live. But I am increasing my goal in anticipation of Spring. ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 13:37:53 EST March 2014 goals/re olutions And yet another month has come and gone. I didn't quite reach all my goals, but am getting closer to them. Hopefully March will warm up a bit and we can all get outside and work on our aerobic exercises and get some much needed vitamin D. For March I am going to continue to increase my cycling miles, but add a household goal as well. <BR> <BR> Mar 2014 goals: <BR> 1) lose 4 pounds <BR> 2) ride 200 miles <BR> 3) clean/organize one room and closet weekly <BR> 4) complete 1 UFO <BR> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:25:41 EST New Here I'm new to sparkpeople, trying to find my way around. I hope to be inspired by other people who are getting fit and healthy. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:42:21 EST Tale of 3 Hamlets: An Adventure in Delaware Co. NY I came across this lovely blog the other day with many pics of a rural part of New York that's practically in my back yard. It got me itching BIGTIME for be forewarned! :-) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>le-of-three-hamlets-an-adventure-in-de<BR>laware-county-new-york/ </link> <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:06:44 EST Support Your Local Bike / Pedestrian Projects! I've shared this with our local SparkTeam, but if others want to lend a hand it would be much appreciated: <BR> <BR> There has been an effort over the past several years by some super folks to put together funding for WONDERFUL project proposed to connect our downtown Riverwalk trail and Washington Street Bridge to Binghamton University via a Bicycle / Pedestrian Greenway which would run along the Vestal Parkway Route 434. <BR> <BR> I think this would be a BOON to our area and greatly enha... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:54:37 EST new BK rider hello everyone <BR> my name is Manny and i have been a long time rider but after getting a desk job (12yrs ago) and sitting behind a desk and working on computers all day long, the weight creeped up on me (currently 280lbs). i tried getting back on the saddle before, about 5yrs ago and was doing about a 10 mile run daily but working over time started taking up most of my time throughout the day (12-15hr shifts) that it was getting more and more difficult to continue to ride. i live in a area ... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:02:23 EST