SparkPeople Girls Gone Riding Team Messageboard We are a group of women who have found health, community and passion in road cycling. Our hope is to help other women get into cycling and also support one another in training for rides SparkPeople Girls Gone Riding Team Messageboard New Bike Anyone? If you have shopped for a bike this year, especially a new bike, <em>332</em> you know how the pandemic-inspired demand for bikes has made pretty slim pickings at the bike shops. <BR> <BR> I had decided that since I have markedly improved my riding this year, that next riding season (I live in a northern part of the country where winter riding isn't an option for me) I would get a new upgraded road bike. So I started looking around for the various features and components that I wanted, ... Sun, 11 Oct 2020 13:43:08 EST Are you riding more or less since the pandemic? Just wondered how the pandemic has affected anyone's riding? I definitely got more indoor, on the trainer riding done in the spring when it was not great weather and not a lot else to do in the evening. Since the weather has improved, some of my bike groups have resumed their group rides. My official bike club is being overly cautious and hasn't had a ride yet, but luckily I know a lot of other biking friends who are riding, including these groups. <BR> <BR> So overall, my riding so far ... Thu, 18 Jun 2020 22:30:50 EST Zwift anyone? Does anyone else here do Zwift? I have had my bike on the indoor trainer during the winter for the last 2 years, but it wasn't until this winter when I decided to try Zwift because a lot of my cycling friends were doing it. <BR> <BR> It was not without some trial and error that I got it going. First I found out that my computer is too old and slow to handle it, and my tablet didn't have enough memory. So I had to use my Android smartphone for it. I did the free trial and then decided to ... Wed, 4 Mar 2020 12:41:19 EST Summing up the Old Year-Planning for the New Year So how did your riding season go in 2019? Did you ride as much as you wanted to? Not as much? I know Strava tells me that I have a little over 2400 miles, but of course that is a combination of indoor (on the trainer) and outdoor riding and I need to go through and look at it to see which was which. <BR> <BR> Besides the bike club and other group rides that I did, I have a go-to biking buddy now. She and I ride similar speeds and similar distances and enjoy each other's company. Now and... Mon, 30 Dec 2019 00:50:59 EST How was your riding season? For some of us in the northern area of the country, our outdoor riding days this year are coming to a close due to lack of daylight and colder temps. So it's time to assess what went right and what could have been better. <BR> <BR> For me it was a mixed bag. I didn't do as many long, organized rides as I thought I might at the beginning of the year. But on the other hand, I had many enjoyable rides either with groups, with a friend, or solo. I even led some group rides for the first time.... Sun, 6 Oct 2019 22:00:08 EST Tour de France I usually give myself some kind of biking challenge during the Tour de France, but this year I'm going to be out of town and away from my bike for half of it. Anybody else come up with a fun way to honor the tour this year? Sun, 7 Jul 2019 09:39:29 EST What are you doing to get ready for riding season? It has been a long, cold winter in Michigan and really not any breaks in it to do any riding, especially on a road bike. So I have been riding on my trainer and occasionally at a local cycling studio. But it's officially spring and soon I hope to be out on the road again! <BR> <BR> I bought a new rear tire for my bike and will be putting that on soon. I also want to take my bike in to the shop and get some pre-riding maintenance done (check cables, brakes, chain, derailleurs, etc.) I've ... Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:34:53 EST 2019 Introduce Yourself Thread Hi Ladies! <BR> I'm Becky, mostly experienced in road cycling, although I'm getting my feet wet in mountain biking and bicycle touring. <BR> Anybody out there in 2019? Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:20:43 EST New gear can be an inspiration Sometimes it's hard to get through the cold winter months since in this part of the country outdoor riding is only for the very hardy (not me obviously) and not for road bikes for the most part. So sometimes it is good to have something to inspire you to keep going with the trainer rides or spin rides. <BR> <BR> My inspiration came in the form of something I saw on Facebook and asked for (and got!) from my boyfriend for Christmas. I had seen what I call a "gear bag" that holds all of your b... Sat, 12 Jan 2019 11:20:53 EST Tour de France - 2018 Anyone watching the Tour de France? I have my DVR set to record all of the stages. I just got done watching Stage 1. Pretty interesting so far. Love the behind the scenes commentary from U.S. rider Taylor Phinney--he is a funny guy! Also love watching some of the sprinters like Peter Sagan and Kittel. <BR> <BR> What do you like about following the Tour? Who is your favorite rider? (I figure the leaders probably ride twice as fast as I do, LOL). <BR> <BR> Deb Sun, 8 Jul 2018 23:41:00 EST July 2018--Riding Challenge Last month motivated me to complete my goal, so I am going to do another riding challenge this month. Feel free to join me! I am doing a mileage goal, but it can be number of rides or minutes ridden, whatever works for you. <BR> <BR> I am going to go with 350 miles again. <BR> <BR> 7/3--15.5 miles <BR> <BR> Deb Wed, 4 Jul 2018 21:27:34 EST What "big" rides do you have planned this season? What "big" rides do you have planned this season? And by big, I mean whatever is big to you. It might be a century or it might be 20 miles. It might be a charity ride or a longer group ride. It would be interesting to know what others have planned. <BR> <BR> My big (and scary) goal is a planned multi-day ride with a group of friends in September. We are doing a five day ride to the Vermont area. It should be beautiful, but also I'm sure will involve a bit of climbing on at least a coup... Sat, 2 Jun 2018 11:41:51 EST June 2018--Riding Challenge The forecast is for some good riding weather in the next week or two at least in my part of the country, so hopefully it is for your area too! Should be a good month for a challenge! I am going to do a mileage challenge again and encourage others to do so too. Whatever is a stretch, but achievable for you. <BR> <BR> If you want to do something else like number of rides per week/month or number of minutes ridden that is fine too. Just let us know what it is and check in here so we can che... Sat, 2 Jun 2018 11:34:55 EST March Challenge-2018 Another month, another challenge for me. Going to up my goal and see if I can match what I did for February. Goal is 900 minutes. Still going to stick with minutes for this month, although I can probably track miles now that my sensors/apps are working correctly. <BR> <BR> Anyone care to join me? It helps keep me focused! <BR> <BR> Deb Thu, 1 Mar 2018 23:29:36 EST 2018 Introduce Yourself (or Re-Introduce) Hi, <BR> I'm Deb and I am still riding my Masi road bike. Purchased a hybrid late last summer, but haven't ridden it much. The roadie is still my primary focus. <BR> <BR> I got a bike trainer as a Christmas present to myself and am trying to be diligent about it as Michigan winters do not make for outdoor riding (at least not for me!) I am looking forward to riding with my bike club as well as my informal riding group starting in the spring <BR> <BR> I'm contemplating doing a multi-day... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:52:06 EST February 2018 Challenge It kept me on track in January so going to do another riding minutes challenge for February, even though it's all indoor riding for the foreseeable future! <BR> <BR> Set a challenge goal of how many minutes you want to do for the month. (I'm going retro-active to Feb 1.) Then give us updates as you progress. <BR> <BR> My goal: 800 minutes (up from 750 in Jan) <BR> <BR> Thu 2/2--35 min <BR> Fri 2/3--83 min, 118 total <BR> Sat 2/4--38 min, 156 <BR> <BR> Let's get to it! <BR> <BR> Deb Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:43:33 EST January 2018 Challenge Anyone up for a January Challenge? <BR> <BR> Set a goal for how many minutes you want to ride for the month. (You can go back to Jan 1 if you log your workouts and know what you rode.) These can be any combination of indoor or outdoor rides, depending on where you live and whether riding outside is an option at this point in the year. (It's not where I'm at!) <BR> <BR> You aren't competing with anyone but yourself. Whatever is a reasonable amount and keeps you motivated. Set your goal... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 22:47:01 EST If you use a trainer, what kind do you use? I am considering getting a trainer to supplement my weekly riding at the cycling studio (which is expensive!). I just wondered what kind of trainer any of you use? <BR> <BR> As I have started to research it, I see there are several types--magnetic, fluid, smart, etc. The choices run the gamut from something basic that you can get for $50 or so up to smart trainers that are $1200 or so (like the Wahoo Kickr that we use at the studio). <BR> <BR> I also see that there are several different b... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 12:43:06 EST Riding Season is Getting Shorter-What do you do? For those of us in climates with changing seasons, we are beginning to run into less and less opportunity to ride outdoors, what with shorter days and colder temperatures. <BR> <BR> Let's find out what the members of our group do. Do you keep riding outdoors despite the weather (or the weather doesn't get bad where you live)? Do you ride indoors at a studio or spin class? Do you ride at home on a trainer or spin bike? Do you do some other form of cardio? <BR> <BR> For me, it is definite... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 23:11:39 EST Tour de France 2017 Anyone watching the Tour de France? I have been recording it on my DVR and am still about a day behind on everything. <BR> <BR> Any opinions on the disqualification of Peter Sagan? I personally thought he got a bad deal. It was a very ugly crash and yes, Cavendish was injured, but I don't think it was all due to Sagan's riding. It was a very crowded sprint and I think there were other factors contributing to it. I don't think the punishment fit the so-called crime. <BR> <BR> Right now I... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 13:15:25 EST Riding Season is Here-What do you want to do? For those of us in the more northerly parts of the country, we are pretty much at the full-blown riding season now. I have been riding off and on this spring as weather permits. Although strangely enough parts of Feb were better than parts of March. And of course April was quite rainy and cool, but hopefully we are past that now. Even if you have pretty much year round rideable weather, there's something about spring that makes you want to plan to ride some more. <BR> <BR> I have done a f... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:13:46 EST I got on my bike today!! As some of you might know, I was the leader of this group a couple years ago. I then had a couple really bad years--finding out I have degenerative disc disease bad enough that the doctor took me off the bike for a full season, followed by a heart scare (I'm fine-though still paying off the after insurance, out-of-pocket $8000 for *testing*--no treatment, just tests.) And then being intimidated by the whole thing. <BR> <BR> Well, we finally got a warm day today, and I dragged my bike out fro... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:45:03 EST Riding Challenge? Spring is almost here. I'm wondering if anyone is up for a little riding challenge. Maybe a virtual ride, say maybe from Philly, PA to Cape May, NJ (anyone can pick the beg and end points) then track our miles. The first one to arrive at the destination gets to pick the next trip. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in something like that? Mon, 6 Mar 2017 17:31:45 EST 2017 Introduce Yourself Thread New year so time for a new Introduce Yourself Thread. Here is the place for new members to introduce themselves and for those of us who have been here awhile to update what's going on with us. <BR> <BR> For me, I now have 3 years of road bike riding under my belt, the last 2 years with clipless pedals. Definitely the way to go if you want to do much distance riding. I am definitely planning some more rides for this year. My total mileage was down a bit, but still over 2,000 miles for 201... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 23:33:05 EST Off Season Conditioning I just read an article in Bicycling magazine about different ways that people use to try to stay in condition over the winter. Maybe you are one of the lucky ones who lives in a warmer climate and can ride pretty much year around? That is awesome if you are there, but unfortunately not an option for those of us in colder climates. The article suggested that some people choose to brave the cold and ride outside anyway--appropriately dressed and probably not on a road bike. Others opt for s... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 22:17:10 EST End of Season goals For many of us, we see fall coming and know that our outdoor cycling days this year are starting to dwindle. So what is it that you'd still like to accomplish yet this year? It could be a ride that you want to do. It could be a certain number of miles you want to get in, or minutes, or number of rides. <BR> <BR> For me, I am still pointing toward one long ride yet. I did the local hospice ride last fall and it was my first (and only so far) century ride. While I don't think I will do th... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:37:44 EST What is your most unique cycling experience? There are a lot of different kinds of bike rides that you can do and they all have their good (and sometimes bad) points. Bur what is the most unique ride that you ever did? <BR> <BR> For me that came today, when early this morning I (and about 200 other cyclists) got to ride our bikes across the Mackinac Bridge at sunrise this morning. It was truly a unique experience and well worth getting up extra early to do it! There was a group of 17 of us from our informal cycling group that went t... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 21:20:48 EST Le Tour de France 2016 Are you watching this year? I guess it's earlier because of the Olympics. I don't get that tv channel but I watch all the clips I can online. Amazing leg muscles and endurance! I try to channel that on my commute to work but there are so many stop signs and I'm just not that strong! <BR> <em>332</em> Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:30:15 EST What is your pet peeve about cycling? I have a number of pet peeves about cycling, especially some of the rather unsafe things that I see other people do. <BR> <BR> To name a couple: * Riding against traffic instead of with traffic. Around here I have even seen people riding in bike lanes that way even though the arrow is pointing the other way. <BR> <BR> * Riding without a helmet. Sure they may not look cool but a helmet can save you from death or serious injury. <BR> <BR> I can probably come u... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 23:05:28 EST June 2016 Challenge It's starting to feel like summer for many of us finally! So hopefully that means more riding, whether miles, minutes or number of rides. <BR> <BR> I'm upping the ante for myself, since I exceeded my May goal. I am going for 350 miles, which is about 87.5 per week. I am also planning to do a metric century this month (62 miles). <BR> <BR> Anyone can join the challenge, no matter what your level is. Just having a goal keeps you accountable and helps improve your riding and hopefully your... Tue, 31 May 2016 22:44:40 EST 2016 May Challenge Let's do a challenge for May! Decide in the next few days what goal you want to meet and report in here once a week (or oftener if it keeps you on track). Then at the end of the month, let's see how close each of us is to our goal. It's not a competition between any of us, but a challenge to each. Everyone is at a different place in their riding. <BR> <BR> You can track total miles for the month--if you do then break out how many you want to average per week to get there. You can track ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 21:26:21 EST 2016 Introduce Yourself thread New year, new introduction thread. Feel free to update anything you have posted previously, or if you are new to the group, tell us about yourself! <BR> <BR> I am Deb and I am the co-leader of this group. I am turning 54 in March and am starting my third year of road biking. Because I live in Michigan, my riding for the last couple months or so has been limited to inside. Counting down the days to spring though! <BR> <BR> I am fortunate that my boyfriend rides as well (I actually met ... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:20:52 EST Staying in biking shape over the winter How do you plan to stay in biking shape over the winter? Or maybe you are lucky enough to live in an area where you can bike pretty much all year around? <BR> <BR> This (almost) past biking season I really accomplished a lot. I learned how to use clipless pedals and how to shift gears properly over the winter and early spring. I also accomplished goals of riding a metric century and a century. My mileage for the season has gone over 2,500 miles, something I never dreamed possible. But s... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 16:21:42 EST What is the longest ride you've ever done? I can finally say, as of yesterday, that my longest ride is a century (100 mile) ride! (Well it was actually more like 104, but at that point who's counting?) It took us about 7 1/2 hours of actual riding time at an average pace of 14 mph, along with 5 sag stops. There was one section of about 20 miles that was extremely hilly and of course there had to be a head wind much of the way. This ride had awesome sag stops, with an amazing variety of food and an after-party with DJ, food, and dr... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 13:18:20 EST Hydration/sup plements-what do you use? Recently, due to a "bonking" episode, I have become much more concerned about proper hydration and nutrition, especially in hotter weather and on longer rides. <BR> <BR> I have started drinking more of the lower calorie versions of Gatorade and Powerade, as well as just plain old water. I have two cages on my bike so can carry two bottles at a time. I also just bought some electrolytes (powdered) to mix with my water. I have used it previously a couple of times at the cycling studio, so I... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 20:16:08 EST Tour de France Anyone watching Le Tour? I've been just watching little bits online. It's so exciting! There was a spectacular crash yesterday, very dramatic and scary, and sad for some who had to drop out because of injuries. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>h-stops-tour-de-france-2015-7 </link> Tue, 7 Jul 2015 09:59:35 EST What is your favorite ride/route ever and why? What is your favorite ride/route that you have done and why? It could be your longest ride (to date!) , or most scenic, or memorable for some other reason. <BR> <BR> I actually have a hard time pinning down just one and because I am constantly looking for new routes it could change. Highlights include the first time I rode the Kal-Haven Trail with the bike club. It was a 42 mile round trip and I wasn't sure I was going to make it, but I did. Then last year DBF and I rode another rail tra... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 10:42:24 EST CHIT CHAT .... Daily Chit Chat... lets talk just a section to talk about your day or anything :-) Sun, 10 May 2015 18:11:21 EST cycling and sun protection Is there already a thread for this? <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a really light weight white blouse to wear over my work clothes when cycling to work in short sleeves. <BR> <BR> Also looking for a helmet with a really wide brim. <BR> <BR> Of course I wear sunscreen, but it isn't really enough. I break out in the sun and recently had Mohs surgery to remove a bit of skin cancer, so I have to be even more careful than I've been the past years. But without being too weird. <BR> <BR> Any tips we... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:04:22 EST Do you use a bike computer? If so what kind? I thought it might be interesting to find out here how common it is among our members to use a bike computer? If you do use one, what kind is it and what do you track with it? <BR> <BR> I am a numbers geek so have been fascinated by bike computers ever since I got my road bike last year. At first I had one from PlanetBike. It was wireless and seemed to be fairly accurate but I had an ongoing problem with the sensor getting out of whack and not reading it. So DBF got me one just like what ... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 21:12:03 EST What kind of cross-training do you do? As cyclists, we know that the more we ride, the stronger our legs get and the better our cardio fitness is (hopefully). But what about the rest of your body, do you do other kinds of training, and if so what is it and how often do you do it? <BR> <BR> Personally, part of what I am doing for cross-training is a continuation of classes I have done at the Y already for a while. Twice a week I take a half hour abs class where we do a variety of abs/core strengthening exercises. I can definitel... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:42:59 EST Hello from Washington Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a 41yr old mom of 2. I began battling my weight in my early 30's. I thought joining this group may help me connect with others that enjoy cycling and help me to stay focused. <BR> <BR> I began cycling 3 years ago after my husband was diagnosed with a connective tissue disease called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. He purchased a road bike and rode it 25 miles that first day and never looked back. A few years later I purchased my first road bike. Since then I have p... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 23:23:17 EST rail trails and bicycle touring vacations I'm curious to hear people's favorite memories of linear parks and cycling vacations. Where have you gone, would you recommend it, and what do you wish you'd known? Inquiring minds want to know. <link><BR>systemid=1 </link> Sat, 7 Feb 2015 00:40:20 EST What are your biking plans/goals for 2015? The other day I got a flyer in the mail about the 2015 version of a bike ride that I did last year. At first I thought, what are they doing sending this to me at the beginning of February? But then I decided maybe that was a good idea to get me thinking about what I'd like to do biking-wise this year. For one thing, I am going to ride a longer distance on that ride than I did last year. <BR> <BR> I am currently working on one of my goals which is to learn to ride with clipless pedals. (A... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 16:39:27 EST Introduce Yourself--2015 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am Deb and I am 52 years old and live in southwest Michigan. I have been biking fairly steadily for almost two years now since I joined a local cycling club. Although it was somewhat intimidating because I knew no one at first, it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I was riding my old mountain bike at the time so I was at a decided disadvantage compared to most of the members who had some form of road bike. But everyone was very helpful and I stuck with i... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 16:29:25 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 doable with a friend or two. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:11:09 EST general bike chat Hi! <BR> <BR> I put my bike in storage for the winter. Kind of regret it now, but realistically I don't feel like riding when it's dark and cold. When I was younger I rode all winter but I'm more cautious now. <BR> <BR> Maybe I'll start going to spin class at the gym so I'll have my biking muscles in good shape for the spring. <BR> <BR> Anyone ride year-round? Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:15:03 EST Hello! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Shelley, and I am working on ignoring the scale and instead living a healthy and active lifestyle. In late June I gave up driving on a daily basis and began cycling to work. Two and a half months later I am asking myself why I waited so long! I have been participating in a lot of community rides in the Windsor-Ontario/Detroit-Michigan region, and am really looking forward to the Tour de Troit in a couple weeks. <BR> <BR> And I should mention that passing packs of... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 14:52:38 EST September challenge Greetings, ladies! <BR> <BR> I have been MIA--rather unmotivated to talk biking when I haven't been able to GO biking! But it's time to put that behind me. And time to think about a September challenge! September is usually a wonderful biking month--it's not as hot and muggy in most places. <BR> <BR> So the challenge for September is this: do something exotic! Ride in a place that you've never ridden before; ride in a group ride like Critical Mass; ride in a costume ride; ride in the woods... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:20:41 EST costume run costumes Okay, I have a 6.66 mile race at Halloween for which they give prizes to the best devil costume. I'm thinking Cruella DeVil, but I don't want to wear a long fur coat for obvious reasons. Here's my best thinking so far, but I'd love to hear advice to make this better and I'd love to hear about others' fun costumes. <BR> <BR> I can do one side of my hair white and one side black, but does it still work as Cruella if I have it parted down the middle in two ponytails? I have waist-length hair... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:46:55 EST Bicycling Terms for Newbies As a mother who picked up a tiny bit of bicycling just to get around town and get some exercise, I am completely new to any bicycling terms. Recently moved to California, which is more bike friendly than TN, where we lived a short while and may want to join a group ride here and there. But I am finding some of the lingo a tad confusing. Yes, I am noting the pace and terrain markings which they translate at the beginning of the list. I know I want to avoid some of these other things for n... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 10:05:57 EST Bike Your Butt Off Program I just picked up this book written by a USA cycling coach and personal trainer ... it is a 12 week plan to become a better cyclist and of course drop weight by cycling so far the book is very good. and I am starting the program today.. (just waiting for the to warm up.. it is 60 right now) but any ways.. I thought I would pass this info along to see if any of you have done the program and if so what did you think? <BR> <BR> Thanks. <BR> <link><BR>off/bke... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 08:49:09 EST Women on a Roll I saw this story (thanks to Team Estrogen's email/FB feed) and thought of our Girls Gone Riding. I love that a group of women made a point of riding to their local shops and engaged them in dialogue about how they could serve women customers more effectively. <BR> <BR> Go, Rollers! <link><BR>-women-mean-business </link> <BR> <BR> (Edited to amend my really lousy linking skills!) Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:15:04 EST MS Bike to the Bay I noticed some orange painted road markers (and an awesome inspirational on the far side of my overpass hill) and it turns out my house is on the Day 1 75 mile, and Day 1 100 mile route for the MS Bike the to bay next weekend. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>420888224/ </link> My house is on mile 56 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>419687180/ </link> My regular bike route includes miles 79-81 <BR> <BR> All the bike to the bay maps are... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 02:36:51 EST June challenge Help! Someone give me an idea. I am in a crisis. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 14:23:08 EST Do you let other people ride your bike...??? You know as a kid my parents always taught us kids to share and to be neighborly..which I think we where, on the same token our parents would never let us let the other neighborhood kids ride our bikes because lets face it they paid good money for them and they did not want them destroyed.... and it was never a problem we all had our own bikes.. but there was an occasional friend that did not so I would let them ride my bike and did not think anything of it.. <BR> <BR> Not sure if I am lik... Wed, 14 May 2014 16:29:16 EST What keeps you from riding? How do you defy it? I've been a "fair weather commuter" for a long time...until last year, when I decided I would try to ride when it was a little colder than I liked, or a little wetter than I wanted. I tried to set goals for myself at the beginning of the week (looking ahead at the forecast and at my meeting calendar) to plan ahead - this day would be easy to ride (good weather, no meetings early or late), that day would be bad (icky weather, or meetings that required fancy clothes and - ugh! makeup!) That wa... Fri, 9 May 2014 22:04:16 EST May challenge Already the 5th of May?! How is that possible!? <BR> <BR> I'm still not allowed to ride, so I'm not feeling very inspired. Everyone declare a mileage goal! Mon, 5 May 2014 17:37:34 EST National Bike Challenge Tomorrow (May 1) is the start of the National Bike Challenge. Hope to see you there: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <em>332</em> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:47:28 EST New Washington Law that Affects 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 12:42:27 EST April challenge At last we are reaching spring--at least I hope! Time to get back to challenges! <BR> <BR> April challenge is to choose one or both of the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Get your bike into your LBS for a thorough tuneup; <BR> 2. Sign up for 30 Days of Biking and bike every day. <BR> <BR> Here is the website: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This is supposed to be a cool, rainy April, so taking on this challenge is a big deal, but I'm going to try it! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 01:19:14 EST Tightness in knee after stationary bike I was just wondering if anyone else has dealt with this? I have been using the stationary bike at the gym to get in some seat time while it is still yucky outside. After doing a half hour (using the rolling hills program in the bike) at a fairly high cadence/high speed (about 16.5-17.5 mph) I always have a really noticeable tightness in my right knee. It isn't painful per se and it loosens up again after moving around for a few minutes. <BR> <BR> I have never experienced this with my regula... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:30:40 EST hoping I will be able to ride A lot of you may know I tore my meniscus this past December and I was down for a while.. but slowly worked out with what I could do with my knee, I did get on my spinning bike a lot after things settled down.. today I have my good days and my bad.. but the fear that I do something to my knee is always lurking.. as well as I am doubting my self that I am able to even ride.. There are a couple of major rides coming up this Summer and a 100 miler one that I was scheduled for in May but today I ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:56:30 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 11:41:33 EST I'm Excited I Found You! Hello guys, I’m a new member tto this team and new to road cycling; I purchased my bike in May 2013 and was able to do a few rides when time allowed. I got a trainer for Christmas (CycleOps Fluid 2) and now my goal is to train to do a century in September 2014. I’m hopeful to become more active, lose a lot of weight and meet many wonderful people along the way. I’m here to give and receive support and motivation. Thank you in advance for all the knowledge I know you will share with me! Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:41:30 EST Have a goal, now how to get to it... Okay, so for the first time ever, I have actually started getting in shape during the dead of the Minnesota winter. I have been going to the gym 4-5 times a week and have been working on both cardio and strength training (first time that I have seriously worked on ST wince high school). Right now I am attempting to show the rowing machine who is boss. That thing kicks my butt and I am determined to master it. Anyway, once I get past my obsession with beating the rowing machine into submission... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:21:40 EST Through a Sparker on another team, I learned about It will take data from a variety of platforms - Endomondo, MapMyWhatever, Garmin Connect, Fitbit, etc. - and give you points for activity. You can redeem those points for a variety of things. I've selected The Major Taylor Project because of my love of cycling. (Major Taylor was America's first cycling superstar. He's largely been forgotten because few Americans realize how popular cycling was here a century ago, and because he... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 12:15:17 EST 2014 Riding Challenge I really like the format for challenges we've done in the past, so I'm going to start up a new one. Instead of just picking how many miles you intend to ride, pick a destination or a dream trip, like a ride. As you progress along your trip, feel free to tell us where you're at and what the scenery is like (if you know). Once you've done that, pick another if you want to continue "playing." <BR> <BR> Some day, I'd like to ride the route Lewis & Clark took through Washington, my home state. Bu... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:29:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:22:56 EST Trainer workouts from bicycling magazine Since I find intervals ease the boredom of the trainer, I was interested in these workouts. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/training-fitness/how-ride-inside-indo<BR>or-trainer-workouts-cyclists?page=0,0&<BR>cm_mmc=BicyclingNL-_-1568992-_-0117201<BR>4-_-indoor_workouts </link> <BR> <BR> I will probably try one of these when I get bored with my current workout. Right now I am doing a basic interval workout using my pandora radio. I start with a long song for t... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:02:23 EST Bike is ready! I retrieved my bike from the shop today & she looks great! Full service, new tires, tubes were fine & new handlebar tape. She's all cleaned up, greased & lubed! I'll be trying on my cycling gear tonight to see what fits & what will fit in a few weeks. <em>332</em> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:19:59 EST Happy New Year I've just come back to SP & have my Lemond Reno in the shop for a Full service & new tires. I have set goals for myself which include cycling. It's very rainy here in south coastal BC but I think I have all the gear I need to allow me to be out on my bike even in the rain. <BR> I did a Century in 2009 & an Olympic Distance Tri in 2010 with my Lemond. I'm looking forward to getting back on it for at least 10miles a week (probably my first ride) during January & then working my way up to at l... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 18:32:51 EST Hi everyone! I am a 37 year old mom to an 8 year old boy and three stepsons between 16 and 22 years old. My youngest is on the autism spectrum (Asperger's) and I just got done with a year of school to complete my LPN to RN program. Now that I have a little time to focus on me I am looking forward to getting back in shape and, once the weather cooperates, back on my bike. Thanks in advance for any and all advice, support or input. It is all appreciated. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:43:57 EST Preparing for riding in the spring I am just getting back to taking care of myself again after having spent the last year going to nursing school to complete my LPN to RN program. In the warmer months biking is my preferred exercise but, alas, it is 2 below zero here right now and I won't even think of going out in it so no need to suggest that. <em>20</em> I finally splurged for a gym membership at a small local gym and I want to be ready to hit the bike trails as soon as warmer weather arrives. <BR> My question is: What ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:11:06 EST Bike across USA I thought I would start a ride across the US starting New Years Day. This is a virtual that I am not actually cycling from coast to coast. Its roughly 3,400 miles at its widest point. I am from Cape Cod Ma so weather here puts my winter miles on a spin bike, exercise bike or trainer. I plan on checking in with a weekly total that I will deduct from the 3,400 miles. Join me if you would like. <BR> <BR> Heather Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:03:08 EST Ride across the U.S. I thought I would start a ride across the US starting New Years Day. This is a virtual that I am not actually cycling from coast to coast. Its roughly 3,400 miles at its widest point. I am from Cape Cod Ma so weather here puts my winter miles on a spin bike, exercise bike or trainer. I plan on checking in with a weekly total that I will deduct from the 3,400 miles. Join me if you would like. <BR> <BR> Heather <BR> <BR> I will add this to the challenge post! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:00:32 EST What's up y'all? Hi Girls. My name is Ticia and I'm from The Bahamas. <BR> <BR> Got my first bike ever, today. It's a Cruiser with a wide seat. <BR> <BR> I rode for 5 miles then came home and cooked. Boy am I sore and tired. I thought I would look for a group to get pointers. I look forward to getting to know u guys. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:41:14 EST Any advice on saddles? I'm finally ready to give up on the saddle that came with my road bike. I will admit: I'm cheap, and for the past many years I didn't feel much like spending money on a new one. But now that the bike is on the trainer and I'm trying to ride longer "this really is Winter exercise and not my commute" rides, I am finding the standard saddle pretty uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> I've been visiting bike forums and sites (like and I see lots of info about padding the seat or not, abou... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 09:25:49 EST What's on your Wish List? Now, I'm not Christian, but I do love me some Christmas! For me, it's a winter festival of lights and feasting and gatherings of family and friends. <BR> <BR> And presents! So what's on your wish list this year? Particularly, what's on your wish list that's cycling related? Wed, 4 Dec 2013 09:33:34 EST Best trunk bike carrier. Hi Ladies, <BR> I was just wondering if anybody has suggestions for the best trunk mounted bike carrier? <BR> I have a Toyota Corolla and I can take my front wheel off and put it in the trunk but that is a pain and it causes issues with my bike. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for any suggestions. <BR> <BR> Becky <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 09:30:12 EST November December challenge It's getting cold, and no one seems too excited about the bike challenge. How about a challenge that doesn't actually involve bikes? <BR> <BR> We are just 4 weeks away from the second installment of The Hobbit! Who else is excited?! <BR> <BR> In celebration of that momentous event, a small challenge. Bilbo Baggins had to face new challenges and stretch himself in order to face down the dragon, so this month's challenge it to try something new: a new exercise, a new recipe, a new hobby. It's... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:10:22 EST Anybody live in Phoenix,AZ HI Becky here new to cycling and looking for folks to ride with. <BR> <em>332</em> Tue, 5 Nov 2013 07:43:30 EST Victories! A new topic for celebrating our accomplishments and cheering each other on! <BR> <BR> Today I tackled a hill that I've never been able to get up in a single go. It's long and fairly steep, and I am in pretty poor condition right now because I've barely been getting any exercise of late. I avoid this hill like the plague, but it was the best way out of the park today, so I resigned myself to getting up it as far as I could on the bike and then walking the rest of the way. <BR> <BR> Knowing t... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 15:19:53 EST November challenge--bike every day! This is the time of year when most of us slow down on biking and store the bikes away. But with a little preparation we can extend our biking season. So the November challenge is to bike every day of this month. Even if it's just to the end of your block and back, get your seat on your seat and turn those pedals! And report in to get encouragement and to encourage each other! <BR> <BR> I biked 17 miles today. I read that the local nature center was having a quilt show today and tomorrow, so ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 15:11:50 EST Heart Rate Monitor I wear a Polar F11 heart rate monitor when I ride. <em>332</em> It indicates my highest and average Heart Rate and calories burned. I don't pay too much attention to the average because quite often I will stop to rest for a period of time and I don't feel it truly reflects the average while riding. There also is other data that I don't use. <BR> <BR> I think the calories burned and HR are fairly accurate. The reason I say this is I keep track of my rides and if I ride the same ride, the... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 15:09:05 EST Ugh! SO just got the snowblower ready! I guess the riding season may be nearing its end for me! <em>234</em> <em>39</em> <em>46</em> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:26:13 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:52:58 EST October challenge! Well, I'm really late in the month getting to a challenge, so let's keep this one a simple mileage challenge: how far are you going to ride this month? Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:43:28 EST cycling clothes for bigger ladies Since I generally ride purely for fitness and joy not for transport I have been wearing regular workout clothes for my rides. I am just getting to the point where I do enough mileage (and working back up to that again on the newer bike) that padded shorts were a good addition. I have always worn regular workout shirts, or tanks for my ride, because I thought cycling jerseys look a little silly. Now that I am riding more I understand the function of those jerseys and the variety (some don't... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 23:04:54 EST Indoor bicycle trainers? I'm new to cycling this year and am so sad to see the weather turning and my cycling days growing shorter and shorter. I live in an extremely northern climate, where we'll see only a few hours of sunlight per day in the depths of winter. As a result, I'm considering investing in an indoor bicycle trainer so I can at least work my cycling muscles over the winter. Does anyone have experience with these? Do you find it to be an acceptable substitute for outdoor riding? Any suggestions for ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 19:30:45 EST Chilly weather riding - what gear works for you? Oy! It has started to get chilly on my morning rides (do I hear any cheering for the 42nd parallel?) I need to dig my polypro helmet liner out of the Winter gear box. Somewhere, I have (more expensive than I should have paid) "windstopper" cycling gloves. I'm starting to plan layers for the morning commute, knowing that I'll shed some of those for the ride home. I am fighting the mental battle of "do I really want to ride my bike when it's only 60 or 50 or 45 degrees out?" <BR> <BR> I *know*... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:47:29 EST How did you get faster? I'm looking for your feedback on how you improved your bike speed? I want to get on a training program so next summer I can average a faster speed. I'm currently averaging about 15mph and would like to be at about 18mph. I've looked online and see lots of ideas, but I'm looking for what actually worked for you. <BR> <BR> Any input would be appreciated! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 8 Sep 2013 08:22:51 EST Tracking Calories after a ride I use a Polar Heart Rate Monitor to track calories when I ride. There is also a calories burned indicator on my Garmin Edge 500. I believe the Heart Rate Monitor because I wear a chest band for it. The Spin instructor said she believed the HRM is accurate within 50 calories. <BR> <BR> Do you use anything? If you do, what? Do you believe it's accurate? Sat, 7 Sep 2013 12:22:13 EST Pedaling Past 60! This message forum is for those of us over 60. Post your, problems, successes, failures, tips, tricks, etc. here. Sat, 7 Sep 2013 12:09:23 EST Girls Gone Riding The team's name is really neat . . . but I wonder . . . it "sounds" so past. I know you cannot change the name, but I think Girls WILL Ride sounds more like something more challenging. Sat, 7 Sep 2013 12:04:39 EST How Many Miles Did You Ride Today? Please let everyone know how many miles you rode today. Comment on your ride if you want to! Sat, 7 Sep 2013 12:00:54 EST Bike tour I did it! I booked the Niagara falls bike tour with for June of 2014. I need to call them when I wake up in the afternoon and put my deposit on the trip. The have several longer harder tours of places on my "must see" list so this will be a good shakedown run for me to try bike touring. This is only a 4 day trip and Niagara is a 6 hour drive from where I live, I can easily do that with the bike on its rack. Thu, 5 Sep 2013 05:00:40 EST September challenge! Ladies, I kind of missed July and August for challenges, but let's get one in for September. School starts back up, and the days begin to get cooler and shorter. So this challenge will be just for fun: <BR> <BR> Tour someplace on your bike that is beautiful. Take pictures and post them here. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:03:39 EST It's been awfully quiet around here... ...we must be on our bikes, instead of on our computers! <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> Have fun, girls! Sat, 24 Aug 2013 17:06:41 EST Breaking the bike out of the garage I'm nervous and feel very out of place posting here, but I am seriously considering breaking my bike out of the garage and riding to work. I'd like some advice from any of you with experience. <BR> <BR> I live in a 'city' of 60,000 people, but luckily I live only 2 miles from work. My routine consists of dropping my son off at school, then driving to work. Home and back for lunch then home at night. My normal route rarely strays farther than the grocery store two blocks from my house. <BR>... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:29:36 EST Cadence So I am still a novice bike rider. I have picked up a few things, learned how shifting gears helps me cycle better (when I was a teen on a ten speed I pretty much lived in one gear, but we were in a flat land area). There are a lot of things I still don't know though and recently I found an article about cadence, and their suggested cycler cadence was WAY higher than what I am doing. So I started doing research, most of the articles I read suggested a pro or someone training to race should... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 08:26:27 EST How do I handle a group ride? Strange question I know and your right if I rode before then I should be use to riding in a group but really I am not.. when I ride on my own I am really pushing my self for speed and yes I am secretly wanting to do some time trials, but serious I am afraid that I would embarrass my self .. but that is a whole another issue.. I guess what I am saying is I like to race.. and I have thought about tri's but I am no runner and the swimming well I love to swim and I can swim but the thought of swi... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 08:53:49 EST New Bike! I finally broke down and got a new bike! It is a Trek Verve 4. It rides really nice, has a lower step through than my old Trek Navigator 100 and much smoother click style shifters. I was able to increase my cruising speed from 8 mph to 10-11 mph even while pulling a tot trailer with my granddaughter in it. I hate the color (silver) but it only came in one color. <BR> <BR> I want to put red polka dots on it. Does anyone know where I can get vinyl red dots that will stick to the bike without d... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:16:23 EST We did our first self-supported tour last week! My husband and I did a 150 mile, three day fully self supported tour last week in Wisconsin from Whitewater to Stevens Point. We carried all our gear, camped at night and cooked several of our meals. All in all, the trip was very sucessful. We learned a lot and had a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the weather was extremely hot. The heat index was 112 F one day and in the 100's the other two days. We had planned to bike the 150 miles back after spending the night in Stevens Point... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:30:16 EST Best Conference Hotel Idea Ever Hi, team - <BR> <BR> I'm getting ready to go away for a long haul at a conference, which always requires a lot of planning for me if I want to keep on track - I can feel the tug of temptation to dump out of my weightloss/fitness/healthy eating plan when I'm traveling for work or away on vacation. (Insert whiny voice here: it's too HAAAAAAAAAARD to stay on track! I don't WAAAAAAANT to! The bacon/egg/butter/cheese omelette with a side of bacon slathered in bacon cream sauce is to GOOOOOOOD to... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 13:24:53 EST Bike Path Yarn Bombing! On an utterly frivolous note (and those of you who are knitters may enjoy this), when I finally got to my daily commute today, I found that the mileposts that mark the city path on which I ride had been bedecked with "post cozies" by a band of yarn bombers. <BR> <BR> I love this! <BR> <BR> See: for pictures and the story behind the knittery and crochetery. <BR> <BR> (My favorite? Planet Earth - You are here!) Mon, 15 Jul 2013 23:22:41 EST Insert inspirational cycling lesson here... ;) ...and I think It's that I am a complete dork, but I persist, anyway, and that's okay. <BR> <BR> Scenario: T-style intersection. I am on my bike, on my morning commute, and have approached the T from the West (abiding by all laws of traffic and sense) as I have done hundreds of times. I stop at my sign, and the kindly fellow who just reaches the stop sign facing me (from the East) stops, smiles, and signals to me that I can make my turn (onto the road coming from the North). This is the mor... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 23:13:46 EST It's time to de-lurk and say hello - hi, everyone! ...and beyond that, what to say? Hmmm. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty new to spark (signed up last month, just before going on vacation), and I'm really encouraged by the range and variety of information, tools, and support. I was really pleased to see a women's riding team! <BR> <BR> My bike story: I got on a bike for the first time in 20 years, 10 years ago - my town had just completed this awesome new commuter trail that practically connects my neighborhood to my office building, so I figured I sh... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 16:08:55 EST Not feeling it.. I knew you cannot always be 100% and I am not writing this to whine about it but if I don't get this off my chest it will eat me and of course I might eat.. because I am an emotional eater when I do not deal with what's bothering me I will run to food so here it is .. <BR> <BR> Tonight I went on a bike ride with the womans riding group and along why I was riding I was struggling.. struggling to peddle, struggling to push struggling to keep up, I mean I thought I was putting out good pace.. ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 22:07:51 EST How do you know when your ready for a Tri Bike? Now I use to say I did not want to do a tri.. I mean I love to swim and I love to cycle but I cannot run.. I can jog but running is not for me.. I am more passionate about cycling and I would love to get in to some time trials.. that is my dream.. and I know I have to get better <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had to take my bike in the shop for an adjustment and I saw this tri bike.. OMG I fell in love.. that bike was sleek.. so my question is how is that bike different from what I am riding I know ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 08:38:51 EST Sackets Harbor Ride Just wondering if any one who is on this team is going to be doing the Sackets Harbor Spoker ride for cancer on 7/27... if so spark mail me .. hope to meet some of ya.. <BR> <BR> Ride on Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:19:50 EST Hi I just took up biking about 3 months ago after a foot injury put an end to running. I ride a hybrid and up to 25+ mile rides - would like to work my way up to longer rides. My husband also bikes. My goal is to do a multi stop 100 mile ride!! Sat, 22 Jun 2013 10:36:46 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 16 Jun 2013 23:13:28 EST I found you--new here Hello Ladies <em>41</em> My name is Sandy and I am a college student in New Mexico I haven't rode my bike in a couple of years but recently dusted it off, cleaned it up and ready to go. I had to get new shoes--my feet grew?? Before college I was riding 20 miles a day and 60-80 on the weekends. Now, I am lucky if I have a chance to ride 30 miles one day a week. <BR> <BR> For me this is the fastest way to condition, burn fat, and calories. I am so glad I found a team just for us gir... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 13:57:33 EST Clipping in I never thought I'd do it, but I am now riding clipped in on my road bike. The bike shop showed me a new clip-in system called Click-r, and I am absolutely loving it. Getting out of the clips takes 60% less effort than regular clips. So easy, in fact, that I immediately know if I'm starting let my toes turn in (something that happens when I get tired) because I will pop out of the clips! <BR> <BR> I have always said that I would never lock into my pedals, but these have changed my mind. Also... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:16:29 EST June challenge Okay, ladies, I have been slow and uninspired in putting up a challenge for June. So let's go for mileage goals. <BR> <BR> I'm pushing for 300 miles this month. Wed, 5 Jun 2013 22:45:01 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 28 May 2013 16:27:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 27 May 2013 14:46:54 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 26 May 2013 13:00:39 EST Just got a "new" (to me) bike!!! :) Picked up a GT Slipstream at the Minneapolis Police bike auction last night. Its a hybrid that was built between 1999 and I think 2001. Apparently not a lot of them were sold but from what I've seen most discussion has been pretty positive. Anyway, this one is in immaculate condition. It still has the factory grease on the gears. But, most importantly, it fits like a glove! I LOVE it! Unfortunately we have tons of rain coming for the next few days but if I can find 10 minutes of clear weather... Fri, 24 May 2013 20:27:22 EST Woman's bike or men's??? I'm thinking about getting a man's bike because they come in a larger frame and have more room to hang things on in the middle. Plus they seem easier to transport on a bike rack (although I do have an extra bar to attach to my woman's bike). <BR> <BR> Do any women here ride a man's style bike? If yes, why? If no, had you considered it and why not? My biggest fear is that I will have to learn to swing my leg over instead of just picking it up and putting it through to get on it. Mon, 20 May 2013 08:33:58 EST A reintroduction of sorts Hi all! I'm not really new to the group as I joined last year but I haven't been very active until now so figured an introduction is due. I live in Minnesota and our never ending winter seems to finally have ended. I love riding my bike and that is my main cardio exercise in the warmer months but I'm really bad about not keeping up in the not-so-warm months (of which we have many here in MN). I finally broke the bike out of the garage earlier this week and am really enjoying being back in the... Sat, 18 May 2013 23:21:47 EST Hi all Let me start out by saying I just bought my first bike in 18 years today. Woo-hoo! They've changed a bit since then, lol. My old one was a road bike, but the new one is a hybrid since I didn't figure on going 100 miles at a stretch (just in case, I'm keeping the old). I want to get back into cycling as a way to get my legs stronger without doing too much more running than I am already (I love running, but my joints sometimes tells me differently). So glad to have this group--hope everyone is ... Sat, 18 May 2013 14:07:19 EST An odd tip for hill climbing There's not a reason in the world why this works except the power of positive thinking, but I've taken a new approach to hill climbing, and it's actually helping a lot. <BR> <BR> As I'm approaching a hill, I start chanting to myself, "I love hills. I love hills." All the time I'm climbing, I chant that to the rhythm of my pedaling. <BR> <BR> And by gosh, it helps! I dread climbing less, I tackle hills with less misery, and I actually find myself planning routes that will pick up a couple e... Fri, 17 May 2013 11:00:39 EST Perhaps a Strange Question? To start with - I have had hypoglycemia most of my life. Knowing what is normal is not easy, sometimes. <BR> <BR> I got my bike - so far I have ridden it twice and I love it. I remember when I was in college and I had a bike. One day I took it for a spin and at some point I pushed myself and started to feel rubbery in the legs. <BR> <BR> I have kinda forgotten that feeling - when I use my spin bike - I don't get it (I guess I don't work out hard enough) - I don't get it on the treadmil... Tue, 14 May 2013 13:33:45 EST Squeee! Another 'what bike' question I never thought I'd use 'squee' in a post, but it looks a lot better in print than EEEEEEE or AAAAAA, so I went with it. <BR> <BR> My mom told me today that next week, I get to pick out a new bike. <BR> <BR> My current bike is a Specialized Hybrid from the 1980s (with a new seat. The old seat HURT.) I trialed a road bike last year and loved it, so I'm pretty sure I want a road bike. If we get it from the LYS, it will almost certainly be a Specialized. They have one or two Raleighs in... Tue, 7 May 2013 17:49:49 EST Ride of Silence Is anyone going to be participating in the World Even "Ride of Silence " on May 15th? <link> </link> Mon, 6 May 2013 15:49:49 EST Hello from Vancouver Island! Hi there! <BR> I've rejoined spark people recently to help me keep track of my goals! I've lost 90lbs and have 20lbs more to go! <BR> Love cycling on my cruiser ~ in fact today was the first long ride of spring...I went 9.87km (or 6.13miles) Woo Hoo!!! And 2 killer hills in there to boot!! Sun, 5 May 2013 18:13:20 EST Performance Statistics Recently I purchased a very good high end entry level road bike.. which I love I was riding a vintage steel 10 speed. <BR> When I ride I have always used my app on my phone "Map My Ride" which will give you statistics of mileage and pace, <BR> I have been trying to improve my speed, I feel I can ride faster on my new bike and it performs much better.. Today I rode 7 miles in 33 minutes and it told me my pace was 13mph.. <BR> I looked back at past rides that I did on my old bike and it was t... Sun, 5 May 2013 15:09:58 EST looking for help Ok I am getting ready to get back a bike for the first time in like 20 years. I am a runner and due to some injuries and age, have been told by my ortho that I need to consider something else. So... Can someone tell me where to begin. I have a very old 10 speed bike to start, live out in the country so will probably be doing some road work. <BR> <BR> Here is my e-mail address if anybody has some advice for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Vicki <BR> Thu, 2 May 2013 11:15:25 EST May challenge May Day tomorrow! For May, use a map program to figure out somewhere you want to visit and then bike the miles that would get you there. <BR> <BR> I am choosing Niagara Falls. That's 233 miles from me. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 22:41:03 EST Riding Conditions I'm curious -- what sorts of conditions do you ladies ride in? And by that, I mean *choose* to ride in -- obviously, sometimes you're out on a long ride, and the weather changes, and you have to get back home somehow. Precipitation, temperature, and wind speed come to mind as all things to consider. <BR> <BR> I'm asking because up here on the prairie, we have WIND. Saturday, I forgot to check the wind on my computer before heading out on a ride and thought I had a west wind to deal with -... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:12:00 EST What Bike? I may be acting prematurely by joining the group - because I don't really have a bike yet. Well, I do - but not one I like. <BR> <BR> Years ago I bought a bike that I absolutely loved - It was second-hand and it was old-timey - a Schwinn 3-speed, I believe. It was one of those that you could easily imagine a basket on the front. It broke down - and over time it got donated. I miss that bike. <BR> <BR> Then, one day dh comes home with a bike - it is a 10 speed. I try to feel grateful, b... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 21:05:24 EST Name a Ride Event! I tend to find out about ride events when it is too late. So Let's use this thread to name events for 2013 that you know of whether or not you are riding in them. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> 21st Annual River Valley Bike Ride - June 23, 2013 <BR> Newburg, Wisconsin <BR> <BR> This one I will be going to! <BR> <BR> AND... <BR> Ride on the Wild Side <BR> Sunday, September 15, 2013 <BR> Milwaukee Zoo (Wisconsin) <BR> <BR> I did this last year and it was a g... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:10:07 EST Hello I'm new to the team.. Hello everyone, I am excited to have found this team. My name is Dawn , I'm 46 and loved my bike as a kid.Story goes Married had kids gained weight now taking time for me. I am back on a bike again thanks to my DH . I have a lot of weight to lose , but that is not stopping me from being on my bike.I have a Specialized vita basic model for now, but I love that thing. Riding is so Freeing to me. I am learning to Navigate busy streets as we live where it is moderately busy on all streets around ... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:30:05 EST Finally rode in an event Hurray! I finally did it. Yesterday I rode 27 miles in the Talbot Special Riders inaugural event. This was a great ride in St Michael, MD along the Chesapeake Bay. The ride benefited TSR which is a therapeutic horse riding organization. Great ride, great cause. Thank god for my husband who paced the ride at about 11 mph. I was able to complete the complaining, no stopping until the rest stop! Big accomplishment for me as I haven't rode my bicycle for that many miles in over 4... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 09:05:03 EST Poll: What bike do you ride? Well I advanced to a good top of the line entry road bike, I was riding a old bike for the past two years and I put money down and a Specialized Dolce. elite. I am so excited I cannot wait to ride ... <BR> What type or brand do you ride? <BR> <em>108</em> Fri, 5 Apr 2013 14:02:24 EST Hello Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm a cyclist (road and mountain bike) in Florida. I am getting healthy and fit by using principles from Eat to Live by Dr. Fuhrman. I used to be a competitive cyclist and now I'm a roadie mostly. <BR> <BR> It's great to have this community! <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Apr 2013 05:05:01 EST April Challenge Sorry to be late getting this up, ladies! Where did March go?!?!?!? <BR> <BR> April is 30 Days of Biking month! Try to get on your bike for at least a little while every day of this month. You can join the community and take the pledge at <BR> <BR> Let's see how many of us can accomplish this goal! I know I have one day that's going to be a serious challenge because I will be out of town, but there is a bike at the home of the people I'm visiting, so I plan on run... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:03:19 EST Safe riding tips Reading through messages, it seems that one of the biggest issues is riding safely. Particularly for new riders, there is a lot of concern and even fear about riding, So let's use this thread to talk about how to optimize our safety on the road. <BR> <BR> My first tip would be, TAKE THE LANE. As cyclists, we are very much aware that we are slower than cars, and in an effort to be polite we often try to stick close to the curb and make room for vehicles. But that only encourages cars to try a... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:47:53 EST March challenge - get back out there! Simple challenge: get your bike out and get your ride on! Lots of my friends don't get started until April or even May, but getting out there early means that when the really great riding weather comes, you're already in shape! Sun, 10 Mar 2013 17:22:11 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 8 Mar 2013 09:40:26 EST Flags for road safety I'm a member of a great website for bicycle tourists called CrazyGuyOnABike. It's an awesome place to learn about self-supported bicycle touring. One of the biggest concerns of bicycle tourists is road safety. While many cyclotourist display safety flags for increased visability while biking, several seasoned cyclotourist there have posted that they tend to get more respect from many drivers on the road in the United States when they have an American Flag displayed prominently of the back ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 13:29:34 EST Cycle Zydeco www.cyclezyd Zydeco Anyone besides me going to ride this? <BR> <BR> Zydeco Sun, 3 Mar 2013 08:05:50 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 1 Mar 2013 22:56:08 EST New to this team Hi, My name is Debbie and I live in Louisville KY. I started riding about 3 years ago. My husband and son are avid cyclists and I started out on the premise that "if you can't beat 'em, you might as well join 'em." <BR> <BR> But seriously, I'm in my mid-50's, overweight, and have an artificial hip due to a hip defect at birth. Walking has never been a great form of exercise for me so cycling seemed to be a better option. I had read an article in Bicycling magazine about 2 women who had... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:54:13 EST Getting my Bike legs! (I'm freaking out here) Kinda like sea legs but with more fear. So as I said in my last post I am new to cycling and I do like it I am just afraid. Afraid of falling, getting hit by a car, turning, the hills in the tunnels on the canal, going too fast. <BR> <BR> My brain just doesn't want to let me ride in peace. It's all new to me. I feel like I need one of those bumper stickers on my back that say "Student Driver". <BR> <BR> I went riding last night and I was fine on the canal minus the tunnels part. I ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:31:42 EST ImaReader from Mississippi Hello! I've just joined this team, and look forward to some great advice from all of you experienced bike-riders! <BR> <BR> I bought a bike about a year ago (one of those simple 'cruisers' with foot brakes and no gears). I thought that since I hadn't ridden in about 8 years (had a 10-speed that I had let get weather-damaged and didn't want to fix, so I gave it away) I would start with a simple bike. After I rode it several times I decided that I didn't like it. It never felt just 'righ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 17:13:37 EST Bike recommendations HI I am new to this team and new to Cycling. In fact, I did my first ride in 30 years on New Year's day! I loved it. I borrowed a bike from my nephew. It was too small and had a awful squeak but I still had fun. I am an avid hiker, kayaker and camper <BR> <BR> I live in Phoenix, AZ in the Dreamy Draw neighborhood. It is a cycling mecca. Dreamy Draw road and the Arizona Canal trail are outside my door. I see cyclist daily. People drive to my neighborhood to ride. <BR> <BR> Okay t... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 09:18:44 EST Hi from a sluggish starter I have an excellent bike and a good place to ride, but the bike has been on the porch for some time unused. So, I am joining your group to motivate myself to start using it and get out there and ride! <BR> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:26:47 EST Sorry to be MIA! My husband had a heart attack on Saturday. Tomorrow they are performing a double bypass. I am hanging on, but barely. Hope to be back soon. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:52:29 EST January challenge --getting to the core Okay, ladies, many of us are off our bikes for the next month or two due to weather. But that doesn't mean we can't be training our bodies for the coming bike season. <BR> <BR> One of the most important, but most neglected, aspects of fitness is core training. And it's easy to see why: it's not a lot of fun,and the results are mostly invisible. <BR> <BR> But core training is one of the most essential tools for good riding over distances. If you have a strong core, it will decrease the amou... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 12:15:39 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:25:45 EST Mississippi River Trail- in Minnesota Hey Ladies! <BR> <BR> Hope your holiday season has been good to you! I am trying to coordinate a biking trip with my sister for sometime in 2013. I was wondering if anyone has ridden any of route sections of the Mississippi River Trail in Minnesota? I was looking for any kind of feedback. I'm looking at the Headwaters section down to the Metro section. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 16:10:51 EST Just for fun--favorite holiday movie! Let's divide this into two categories: <BR> <BR> 1. Favorite version of A Christmas Carol <BR> <BR> 2. Other favorite holiday movie <BR> <BR> For me: <BR> <BR> 1. The Muppet Christmas Carol--I love the music, and, hey, Muppets! <BR> <BR> 2. Love Actually Sun, 16 Dec 2012 10:44:19 EST Just for fun--what holiday song do you HATE? I am mostly a fan of Christmas music. I'm the crazy lady who's grapevining down the grocery store aisle to Jingle Bell Rock. I don't even mind all Twelve Days of Christmas. But there is one song that absolutely puts my teeth on edge: <BR> <BR> The Little Drummer Boy <BR> <BR> I shudder even thinking about it! <BR> <BR> So, this has nothing to do with biking, but I am curious what you ladies think. Does holiday music drive you batty in general? Do you love it all? Or are you like me, with o... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 13:11:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:04:51 EST December challenge - love your bike! December is a hard month to ride for a lot of people, but it is the perfect month to get your bike to your local bike shop and get it thoroughly tuned up! It's the perfect time of year because, unlike spring, your bike shop won't be all backed up with the hundreds of tuneups that people are anxious to get done now that the weather is nice. It's the time of year when you don't feel too badly about leaving your bike at the shop for a few weeks, since you aren't likely to be riding anyway. And a... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 09:34:29 EST What's on your gift list? It's that holiday time of year, and everyone wants to know what people want for Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanzaa/Yule. This is a perfect time to ask for those little luxuries you might not buy for yourself. So what's on your list for this year? <BR> <BR> My number one item is a gym membership. I'm not much of a winter rider, so I want to have a nice, indoor space to get lots of exercise. Also, there's a hot tub. I was thinking about asking for a Fitbit, but I read that they are useless for biking,... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 17:41:15 EST Wishful riding It's getting quiet here, now that the weather is pushing many of us off of our bikes. So instead of talking about the rides that we're doing, let's talk about the rides we'd do if we could. <BR> <BR> Me, I would love to do a riding tour of Ireland. There are some companies that assist with such rides, setting up hotel accommodations at the distance you plan to ride each day. But I think I'd rather go with less agenda, in case I wanted to hang around in a community for more than one day. <BR... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 09:23:24 EST Hi! Looking for advice Hi! I've been a member of this group but haven't been here for a while. Mind you, I wasn't able to get onto SP for a while. <BR> <BR> I'm sure people here can give me some advice. I've mot ridden for over a year, & right now we're in our rainy season. Also, working nights, it's not eady to get in rides. I want to train & to prepare myself for spring when I can start riding regularly again. It's not easy to start riding when it's rainy & dark. :) <BR> <BR> Aside from using a stationery bike,... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 23:11:25 EST Playing through, or laying back? Today I am quite miserable with a sore throat, sinus problems, and a bit of an earache. I'm leaning toward taking the day off from working out, just because I feel so miserable. I've already cancelled my appointments and my evening activity. I'm of the "rest it a day or two for recovery" camp, when it comes to illness. <BR> <BR> How about the rest of you? Do you take the day off when you are feeling under the weather? How far under the weather do you need to feel? Wed, 7 Nov 2012 12:32:07 EST Do you do your own repairs? I'm attempting to repair my brakes tonight.. curious if anyone has some ideas for good reference books or videos on "how tos" <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Annie Sat, 3 Nov 2012 18:47:12 EST Back again.. Hi Girls! <BR> <BR> Well, I'm baaaaack after quite a hiatus.. so glad to see the team is still here.. and see some familiar faces.. I'm fixen' to break out my repair book to see if I can fix the brakes on my cruiser for my commute to work next week.. hope I can figure it out. <BR> <BR> Annie Sat, 3 Nov 2012 18:43:38 EST November Challenge--Prep for the winter Yikes, how did November get here so fast?!! <BR> <BR> Bike challenges get tougher for those of us in Northern climes, come this time of year. Someone like Lisa can just keep biking, but those of us who are subject to snow and rain (and hurricanes!) probably aren't going to keep up the biking with our usual regularity. <BR> <BR> So this month's challenge is to figure out your winter training program. If it's gearing up for cold weather riding, then report on your success in getting comforta... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 11:08:46 EST How did you get started cycling? I'd love to hear how all of you found your love of cycling. My hubby has ridden for years, for pleasure, both on the road and on mountain bike trails. I've always enjoyed the casual ride, but only started riding "for real" this past summer for fitness & weight loss. <BR> <BR> No one was more surprised than I was to find there was an exercise out there I actually liked! <BR> <BR> When, why, & how? I'd love to know. <BR> <BR> Lynda Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:47:31 EST I'm growing as a cyclist! It's hard NOT to grow, I suppose... I've just been riding for 2 months or so. But still, I know I'm getting stronger when I see there's a south wind of 10 mph or so and I still head out on a ride that has the last 3.5 mile leg riding due south. <BR> <BR> I also spent a half hour at my LBS trying not to drool over a new road bike. I've got a mid-90's hybrid, and an invitation to stop by and give a new bike a 5-10 mile test ride any nice day this fall. Ahhhh. Then I can dream all winter. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:54:02 EST Amazon for some great prices on bike stuff! I just bought a wireless cyclo-computer for my bike from Amazon for $2.95! The original price was about $40. They have bike lights, bottle holders, gloves and more if you are willing to search. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:15:40 EST A B C checklist before a ride The League of American Bicyclists has a great program for all levels of riders. One thing they teach is to check your bike every time you prepare for a ride. See info at the following link: <BR> <BR><BR>tion/pdfs/confident_cycling_recreation<BR>al_riding_abc_quick_and_bike_fit_script.pdf <BR> <BR> If you do not understand what it says, talk to the mechanic at your Local Bike Shop (aka LBS). These are all easy things to learn and you should feel much... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:28:06 EST Horror stories! Hey, it's almost Halloween! Let's tell our worst biking horror stories! <BR> <BR> For me, it was July 4 of this year. My biking group was having a morning ride, and my daughter was newly arrived and had only ridden twice in the last 6 years, both of them the week before. Now, usually our group ride starts out with a slow and steady 5-mile climb, then 10 miles of up-and-down, and ends with 5 miles downhill back to the leader's home. But for this ride they decided to bike down to the Rock and ... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:23:04 EST HI Wanted to join a biking team. I really enjoy riding my bike again. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:35:52 EST Shout out to MISSG180 I wanted to give a shout out to MISSG180 and a big thank you for leading this team. There wasn't much going on before you became team leader now we're an active and awesome team... <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>304</em> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:20:51 EST What purpose does compression anything have? Compression shorts, pants, tops, jackets...why? It sure isn't a fashion statement to us plus sized beauties. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 19:33:43 EST Correct fit of helmets Obviously helmets need to be strapped on snug so in case of a crash the helmet stays put and does its job. I've been wondering though, how are they really supposed to fit? I mean some people have their helmets that sit high on the head and looks like it would not provide much help in a forward crash. I've seen other helmets that the head goes in deeper that looks like it would protect the head at any angle of crash. I've seen many people wearing helmets with the brim tipped back. I have a rea... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 19:12:56 EST The days are getting shorter... Hey All, <BR> <BR> The days are getting shorter here in the Black Hills of SD & the temps are dropping. I have a small riding group that gets together 3x a week in the morning. This morning it was 27 degrees out. And, riding downhill about froze my little paws off. <BR> <BR> I'm just wondering what folks do to keep hands/feet warm during the colder months of winter. And, if anyone has any recommendations on a headlamp for my bike I'd gladly appreciate it. <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Oct 2012 11:35:09 EST WEAR YOUR HELMET!!! Friday night I attended the monthly Critical Mass ride. We were only riding 8-10 mph, a speed at which some people claim helmets are silly. But one rider had someone stop suddenly in front of him, couldn't stop in time, and went down, hitting his head. He lost consciousness and went into seizures. He had to be transported by ambulance and didn't regain consciousness until the next day. He's going to recover, but who knows how well from the head injury. <BR> <BR> And suddenly he's a believer... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 23:27:36 EST Watch Out For Sand! On my ride yesterday I ended up finding the Kenosha Dunes. I'd heard about them but never found them. My son had been out there and told me about the off road path to get there. <BR> <BR> So I'm riding this trail that wasn't much of a trail when I hit a patch of sand. My bike stopped instantly and I kept going. Somehow I managed to hang onto the bike and land on my feet. The ground firmed up after a bit so I got back up on my bike and started riding again. This time when I hit a patch of s... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:50:11 EST October Challenge: You and me against the world! October is the start of more challenging weather, so this month's challenge is to ride into the face of challenges: rain, wind, darkness, ice. Whatever challenges you face, tell us about them and how you rode despite those challenges. The one with the best story of the month (as decided by general consensus) will win a very nice Spark Goodie! Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:53:35 EST Riding in the snow? Does anyone have experience with studded tires/snow tires? Sat, 29 Sep 2012 19:41:53 EST The frog says hello! Hello from Western Pennsylvania! <BR> I ride my bike everyday except winter, of course. I don't drive a car, so my bike is my freedom.I ride to the store and to the doctor and to the park. Too bad the library, church and dentist's office are not in biking distance :) Sat, 29 Sep 2012 17:52:48 EST New fish in the pond Heips peeps! <BR> <BR> I'm old to Sparkpeople, and have been into cycling for a while, but just got back into SP after about a year of some depression madness. <BR> <BR> I live in Helsinki, I love to tour in the UK (I'd very much like to do a Scottish tour next summer), come from Canada, and love my bikes. They all have names. <BR> <BR> I try to be an advocate for less aggressive city cycling and better confidence for riding in traffic. I like spinning classes and touring, but I've never ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:52:11 EST Close encounter with a skunk on the bike trail Hubby and I were riding on the bike trail right at dusk this evening. He was in front. We were riding through a portion of the trail that is somewhat residential and there are a lot of back yards abutting the trail. We both saw a really cute little white cat at the side of the trail that looked like it was going to cross in front of us so we slowed down. My husband was looking at the cat and didn't realize there was a skunk right behind the cat that appeared to be motivating the cat to w... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 21:29:58 EST Hi! I'm new too. I am new to this group and pretty new to cycling. I've been riding about a month now, and have been learning lots. Today's 'lots' included a new seat that suits my sit bones -- and what a difference that makes! I ride 10-16 miles 3x/week or so - but that will probably change when winter hits. <BR> <BR> My bike is an old Specialized Crossroads -- a nice hybrid that is SO much better than the chain store bike I wrestled with for a week. I usually ride with my teenaged son, who has inheri... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:10:23 EST How do you bundle up for cold rides? <em>332</em> <em>465</em> I'm just curious what do you all wear to combat the cold while riding. It was in the 50's this morning when I went out to ride. I had my jeans and a fleece jacket on. I still was cold plus the wind made my nose run. I'm really going to have to toughen up if I'm going to ride all fall! <em>465</em> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 15:42:26 EST Hello, I'm new! My name is Jeaninne. I should have joined a bike enthusiast group a long time ago because I love riding my bike! I ride my bike for transportation whenever possible; commuting to work (it's only 2.4 miles one way), grocery shopping, errands, visiting people, etc. The only things that will stop me from riding my bike instead of driving to my destination are time constraints, great distances, weather, and carpooling. I won't ride my bike to work if it's raining in the morning, but I don't mind ... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:38:20 EST I totally did it!! 169 km Bike Tour - Done! Hi Everybody, <BR> <BR> I just had to come and announce that I actually COMPLETED the MS Bike Tour Biking to the Viking event a couple of weeks ago. It was a two day event with 84km each day. I had been training all summer for it and I had been aiming to try and complete one day. I thought that was reasonable considering I am still trying to nurse a knee back to health after surgery a year ago and I only managed to finally take my first outdoor bike ride in many years in May of this year... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:12:53 EST You'd think crossing a busy street... You'd think crossing a busy street with the walk light would be safe but it's not. There is a really busy intersection on one of my favorite routes. Usually I get off my bike and walk it across the street even though it is all part of the trail. Today I waited for the walk light and decided to ride across instead. I had just started when this car came cruising through making a left turn almost right into me! He never even slowed down or even acknowledge that he cut me off. <BR> <BR> Since I... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:26:19 EST New to the group Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've been working to improve my fitness over the past 16 months or so, and I recently added cycling to my regimen. I love it so much that I bought a new bike and I ride 15-20 miles a day, 4-6 days a week. <BR> <BR> I'm still somewhat of a cycling noob, so I'm looking to chat with other enthusiasts about it. Thu, 6 Sep 2012 00:02:36 EST Night Riding I was just thinking about the days getting shorter. It won't be long before it will be dark when i get out of work. I'm trying to decide if I will still ride during the week or just save it for the weekends. <BR> <BR> Do any of you ride at night? Do you find it enjoyable if you do? Do you wear special reflective clothing or extra lighted gear? Is it safe to ride the bike paths for the most part or would you stick to the city streets if you rode at night? <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to re... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 18:22:26 EST As the sun sets, keep your mouth shut! Ach! My rides are getting later and later while the sun sets earlier and earlier. I've noticed the bugs are fierce as the sun sets. I opened my mouth just to say a friendly hello to another biker passing by and got a mouth full of bugs! So from then on I only smiled and nodded as they passed me by. <BR> <BR> The bugs are so bad that before I even got on the bike trail my shirt was covered with little things with wings! I hope as it cools down the bug population dies off. <BR> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 18:16:21 EST Google now has bike directions on Android Google has now added it's bicycle routing feature to Navigation on Android smartphones. They have had it on the internet on Google maps for over a year, but just recently added it to their Android apps. While I wouldn't rely on it 100% to get around by bike, it does offer the possibility of getting turn-by-turn instructions specifically for cycling while riding. I figured this would come eventually. I'm just glad it's finally here. <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 02:14:52 EST September challenge 30 days of biking! September's challenge is to get on your bike every day. Even if it is only around the block, pledge to get in the saddle daily. <BR> <BR> There is a groups called 30 Days of Biking at <link> </link> . The challenge is usually just in April, but this year the group is challenging uus all to a bonus challenge in September. <BR> <BR> It's going to be a REAL challenge for me, because I am traveling the first two weekends of September. But I will find an e... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 22:45:51 EST Got a new bike yesterday....a tandem! Hubby and I took the plunge yesterday and got a new tandem for our self-supported tour next summer. It's not just any tandem either....It's a Hase Pino. A very unusual bike. It's a lot of fun to ride either as the stoker or the captain. <BR> <BR> This youtube video is in german, but it has great views of the bike and you can really get a good idea what it's about. <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 17:18:40 EST Pain in the seat I have a good saddle, and a pair of padded shorts, but my sit bones still hurt - a lot! I was hoping after the first 100 miles on the seat (20mi/weekly) I would get used to it, but I'm still in pain for days after! Any advice? Sat, 25 Aug 2012 23:10:55 EST Anyone else use Endomondo app to trac rides? Just an FYI...if anyone else is using Endomondo to track their sports activities, there is a "spark team" on the Endomondo site that is fun to participate in. It's a small team (about 10 active members). It ranks all of us based on our mileage for the past 7 days. The rankings can change alot depending on who is doing's fun and motivating....if anyone is interested. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 16:23:42 EST Intro to Girls Gone Riding Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just a little line to note that I'm just so really happy to have found Girls Gone Riding. I love my bike. Looking forward to getting to know you a little better over time and hope to be actively involved as much as I can. Getting healthy involves a real time commitment, and much of my effort will be concentrated on what goes on in the kitchen, at the dinner table, plus gaining a real sense of balance between rest and relaxing outdoor activity such as cycling. Glad that we ... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 15:02:26 EST Lube to prevent chafing I just bought my third tube of Chamois Butt'r yesterday. If you have any problems with chafing or soreness in the saddle area, I HIGHLY recommend a waterbased skin lubricant. This stuff is like magic. I swear it's made of ground unicorn horn and powdered fairy wings. When it was really hot this summer, I would use it on my thighs when I was wearing a dress! Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:55:40 EST Long Rides I'm so jealous when I see some of you almost daily going on long rides (greater than 15 or 20 miles). I also get jealous that my son can ride farther and faster than me. I get it in my head that if I had a better bike I could go farther and faster. Then I think that I actually do have a good bike, I mean it is a Trek hybrid so I can't really blame it on that, can I? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure why I am posting this. I guess I'm just frustrated and having a down day. How do you all g... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 22:59:52 EST Walking to get rid of lactic acid after a ride I just wanted to post about how walking (leisurely) after a ride seems to have been helping me a lot to get rid of the lactic acid in my legs and reduce stiffness and soreness the next day. Has anyone else noticed this? <BR> <BR> Sometimes after a long ride, my husband get in the car and have to drive a couple hours to get home...other times we stop along the way and do some grocery shopping or some other form of leisurely walking. I'm noticing how much better I feel after rides where I do... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:03:08 EST Great biking/touring blogs... As part of getting ready to bike across the US next year, I've become very involved in reading blogs written by other people that are touring or just into biking in general. I've discovered there's a whole world out there of touring/biking blogs. <BR> <BR> There are a couple blogs that I like so much, that I just thought I'd share them. One is <link> </link> . It's written by a woman that bikes solo all around the world. Right now, she is biking around the p... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 08:54:10 EST Knot your shoe ties or wear velcro! <em>230</em> <BR> I learned a valuable lesson today on my ride, one that I never even thought of. I was just about 5 miles into my ride and had just topped a steep hill when suddenly my pedal locked up. Fortunately I was able to stop without falling. I looked down to find my shoe lace had come undone and was wrapped several times around where my pedal arm meets the gear! I couldn't even take my foot off the pedal since it had wrapped around it so tight. To make matters worse I couldn't loos... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:52:35 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 14 Aug 2012 07:09:54 EST Out on my own! Went out this morning and rode 20 minutes approximately 5 miles! This probably doesn't seem like much but it is huge for me. There are numerous hills in my area (in my five miles I had six fairly steep hills). I really stink at hills and become winded and just want to get off my bike. Today I did all six, no stops and really coached myself through. Average speed was 10 mph. Not bad! Very proud today <em>332</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 11:15:32 EST Put a lid on it -- the right lid! Helmets: I know some people think they are unnecessary, but I won't ride around the block without one. But the place to discuss helmet use is elsewhere. This is about when to replace your helmet. <BR> <BR> Any helmet that has been involved in ANY kind of impact should be replaced at once. If your trustee helmet protected your braincase from smacking into a low-hanging branch, thank it and then replace it. I replaced a helmet this year that had not been in an accident, but had been dropped an... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:49:33 EST Inflation is a good thing! I didn't really think that this would be a tip, but after three recent encounters, I guess it might be a good thing to say: <BR> <BR> INFLATE YOUR TIRES! AND CHECK TIRE PRESSURE REGULARLY! <BR> <BR> I went to a friend's house to to go riding, and when she hopped on her bike I thought she had a flat! No, her tires were just very low on air. I insisted she get off and let me pump them up, and when she got back on the bike she could hardly believe how much easier it was to ride! <BR> <BR> Pr... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:41:12 EST Hello! Hi ladies! I am new to the team. I started on SP in 2007 and lost a lot of weight - 230 to the 190 range - and then I kind of fell off but took up running, training for the NYC Marathon in 2009, which I ran at about 183 (and a slooow 5:22, ha ha!) In the next couple of years I kept getting little and not-so-little running injuries, which led me to add cross training and eventually to dabble in triathlon. This past spring I left my job and immediately started to put on weight (I crossed the dr... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 08:59:50 EST New to Cycling Hi All, <BR> Your group looks fantastic for me, and I think I will learn a lot from you all, as I am new to cycling. I currently have a Townie with three gears, but will be upgrading to a trike that will be easier on my back and knees and will go faster. I am trying to keep up with my husband who is an avid cyclist and loves to go on touring rides for the weekend. I am hoping to get in better shape on my trike and be able to go on some longer touring rides next season. Tue, 7 Aug 2012 00:32:33 EST Hi! I'm new to this team. My name is Mary and live in Virginia. Several years ago I got into bicycling and could ride 20+ miles no problem pretty much flat roads. I moved to a very hilly area and have been afraid to ride because I can't even get up the hill out of my development. My husband is an avid cyclist and has been bugging me to get back into it. So here I am...trying to loose weight and hoping to use my bicycle to help me get there! <em>332</em> Sun, 5 Aug 2012 14:25:25 EST Bicycle across america!!! My husband and I are seriously considering a self-supported ride across the US next summer! It's been on my "secret bucket list"for a while. Hubby is retiring next spring. About three months ago, we started seriously talking about what we wanted to do after he retires. I told him about my dream and he thought I was absolutely crazy!!! Now he's really on board with the idea. Whoo Hooo!!!! <BR> <BR> We have only been married 6 years. Before I met him, I used to do supported week-long ri... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 10:45:24 EST One Less Car One Less Car is a movement to encourage people to use their bikes instead of driving, whether it be for commuting or for running errands. The idea is not to ask people to give up driving entirely, but to encourage them to think about their driving choices and how they can help to have one less car on the road. <BR> <BR> So how many of us use our bikes for commuting or errands? I know I try to, and this week have had two trips that I made by bike instead of by car. It makes me feel doubly goo... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 10:23:08 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:33:23 EST Bike hotties The title of this topic comes from my daughter: every time we need to go to the bike shop, she says, "Time to visit the bike hotties!" Because the guys who work at our local bike shop are, frankly, a cute bunch. So she likes that we always go back to the same bike shop. <BR> <BR> But the reason why I go back to the same bike shop is that I think it's important to develop a good relationship with the people who can help you to get the most out of your biking experience. Because these guys kno... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:07:22 EST Do you ride further with or without a predestined Do you ride further with or without a predestined route? Sun, 29 Jul 2012 22:05:27 EST Safe or Not Safe? My son and his wife disagrees on this point. What do you think? <BR> <BR> Is it safe or not safe to have a child attached to your bike on a ride-along AND a tot trailer attached to the ride-along? It ends up looking like a train LOL! He thinks it is fine to do this (rides mainly on bike paths) but my DIL thinks it isn't safe. I think it is just exhausting but my son is strong and does just fine. He figures this way he can take 3 of the 4 kids riding with him. The tots are ages 2 and 3. <BR>... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 21:49:11 EST Hi, I'm new here :) I'm a new team member and I am having so much fun riding my bike. My father-in-law got it at a garage sale for me and I have been fixing it up (it only really needed cleaning) and getting a few accessories. I have been riding it everyday (except one rainy day). When I was in middle school and high school I lived far from my friends so we would always bike to each other's houses and some of my friends lived 15 miles away. I loved riding my bike. This is the first time I have rode a bike a... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 22:37:42 EST August mileage challenge Challenges for a bike forum are a bit...challenging. We all have different goals, and different levels of riding. So for August's challenge, please state your own mileage goal for the month. Let's see how many of us can meet and even beat our goal! <BR> <BR> My August goal is going to be 350 miles of riding. Pedal to the Point will be 150 of that in one weekend, leaving me with 200 miles to pick up for the rest of the month. <BR> <BR> What about the rest of you? Sat, 28 Jul 2012 15:52:32 EST New forum for your tips and tricks! I've added this forum for people to offer hints and ask for advice. Please feel free to start new topics and contribute to all our knowledge! Sat, 28 Jul 2012 15:35:39 EST Olympic riding Watching the men's road race. 155 miles in under 6 hours. Wow, I feel like a turtle! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Daughter and I are amused at how much more interested in the bike racing we are, now that we are riding so much ourselves. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:38:01 EST New leader; what would you like from your team? Hey, all-- <BR> <BR> The team was leaderless, so I volunteered to lead. I don't have any particular qualifications for this, and I would be happy to have a co-leader, if anyone is interested in volunteering! <BR> <BR> I'd also like to know what you would like to see as far as content goes on this board. Are people interested in challenges? What kind of advice are you seeking? <BR> <BR> I know there are other devoted bikers out there, so let's make this something special! Sat, 28 Jul 2012 12:19:39 EST Bike Shorts I am new to cycling, so this may be common sense to most but not me :) Why do cyclists wear bike shorts? It is for aerodynamics or chafing or what? I have my first long ride -17miles coming up and I don't own a pair of bike shorts and don't know how important it is that I wear them on the long ride. At this point, speed isn't important, just finishing without butt, leg, shoulder pain; etc. LOL <BR> <BR> I have been wearing regular fitness shorts but haven't ridde over 8 miles. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 14:20:02 EST Alternative to sports drinks? I really do not want to start drinking sports drinks on my rides. It just seems so artificial to me. I do realize though that I need something more than water because I get dizzy riding in the hot weather even though I drink tons of water. I was thinking I will bring some bananas on my next ride. What do all of you bring to replace electrolytes on your rides? Sat, 14 Jul 2012 18:38:30 EST Bike Adjustments Ok, so I've been working on making adjustments on my bike to make it more comfortable for riding. I've raised the seat quite a bit so that it is easier to use my toes rather than the middle of my arch for pedaling. That has helped a lot. <BR> <BR> I have two problems still. My hands go numb even with repositioning them frequently and keeping the wrists straight rather than bent. It almost feels like I need to raise my handlebars up so I'm not bent over so much and putting my weight on them. ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 18:31:09 EST Smaller bike shorts! Riding this week, it felt like the padding of my bike shorts was just not fitting right--it was very uncomfortable and the seams were rubbing in the wrong places. Then I noticed that they were rather loose. <BR> <BR> Spandex isn't supposed to be loose. <BR> <BR> So anyway, I went to the local bike store today and was actually able to buy bike shorts off the rack! Sports clothes sizing is crazy, so these are a XXL, but much smaller than my plus-sized 1XL bike skorts. I am quite pleased!!! Thu, 5 Jul 2012 13:46:42 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 4 Jul 2012 11:52:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:29:44 EST bike shopping I just spent the last two hours browsing the internet for bike reviews and WOW....I'm so overwhelmed. I've been riding a cheap hybrid mountain bike consistently for a year now. It looks like I'm actually sticking with this hobby and I'm ready to take the next step. I want to start packing on the miles but I think my bike is holding me back a little. I'd like to find a road bike but I have no idea what to look for. My brain is swimming from all of the info I've found online. <BR> <BR> S... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 17:18:25 EST Lessons Learned or "Where's My Idiot Sign?" Every now and then I do something so incredibly stupid that I really have to laugh at myself. Not too long ago I got a tot trailer for my bike. I love to pull my 3 y/o grandson and his giant stuffed bear named Jerry in it. Since I got it I have always been surprised at just how hard it is to tow a tot in a trailer. I'm always exhausted after just a few miles. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Today, in this 94 degree heat I went for a bike ride towing Brody and Jerry in the trailer. My son had 6 y/o L... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 22:48:53 EST saddle size Right now I have a regular bike seat/saddle. I have been thinking of getting one of those really big ones with super padding that is closer to my butt size. I've also thought about getting one that doesn't have that narrow part in the middle and looks more like a rectangular shape. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried any of the alternatives to a regular bike seat and what do you think about it? Fri, 15 Jun 2012 19:21:31 EST New to this team and new to road cycling! Hi everybody! My name is Lisa and I was looking for a way to take advantage of the beautiful weather and outdoors but cannot run very far due to a back injury. I remembered how much fun I used to have on my banana-seat Schwinn as a kid and decided to throw myself into road cycling!!! <BR> <BR> I went today and picked out my very first road bike, I go back tomorrow to be measured and fitted and can pick it up later on this week! I am so excited! <BR> <BR> Any tips or suggestions are welco... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 10:39:10 EST Sorry been missing in Action Hi team.. sorry to say I have been missing in action and I sure have missed the team. <BR> the Spring started out not too good for me, losing my job in Feb. and having to put my dream of buying a new road bike on hold. I was less into it then I thought. I have been doing some riding on my old bike and my mt bike. <BR> Tomorrow is my first group ride with a woman bike group.. cannot wait and I hope I can do it.. Monday took a bad fall off my mt bike when I was going over a walkway bridge on t... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 13:59:22 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 9 Jun 2012 17:34:29 EST I signed up for my first group ride ever! I took the plunge and signed up for the River Valley Ride on June 24th! I'm really nervous because I have no idea what it will be like. I also signed my son and 2 of my grandsons to go along with. Liam (age 6) isn't a good rider yet so he will be riding on the ride-a-long attached to his dad's bike. I ordered a new Trek bike for my 11 y/o grandson Haydn so he will be taking the next few weeks learning to operate the gears. There are 7 distances to choose from between 8 and 100 miles. We plan... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 20:25:50 EST HI! I loved riding when I was a kid, but I haven't done it seriously in 20ish years. I started doing stationary bike for fitness when I first got into spark because it was easier on my knees than treadmill or walking. I have worked up to running, and am currently working on couch 2 5k. I don't see myself ever being a longer distance runner, so to keep things fresh I want to get back into biking and see if I can train up for longer rides and site seeing trips. I would love to bike Kelley's Isl... Mon, 28 May 2012 04:40:54 EST New to the team, just bought a bike yesterday Hi there! <BR> <BR> I am 51 and haven't ridden since my early 20s. I just bought a bike yesterday. It's a cross bike. It has racing style handles and slightly thicker tires than a road bike. <BR> <BR> I am hoping I will be able to ride an hour a day, 3 days a week. And then move on to a 2 hour ride, with my husband who is way ahead of me. Yesterday for my first ride, I went for about half an hour. <BR> <BR> I have crappy knees and I hope I haven't wasted my money! I hope I can do this w... Sat, 26 May 2012 08:59:37 EST Ohio Bike Trails I live in East Tennessee in the summer months. It's very hilly and most of the roads are narrow. Last weekend, hubby and I drove to Cedarville Ohio and spent three awesome days riding the bike trails there. It was well worth the drive. If you are anywhere close to Ohio, check out the LONG FLAT PAVED bike trails there! We will be back. <BR> <BR> I am so envious of people that live close to those trails. Wed, 23 May 2012 21:14:29 EST New to this team! Hello, My name is Dana and I love to cycle! I currently ride a few times a week and spin as well. I have been cycling for about 15 years but seriously road cycling just a couple. I live in Texas and enjoy the great outdoors. <em>332</em> Tue, 22 May 2012 15:16:19 EST training suggestions? It really helped me, before I ran my first 5K, to find the couch to 5K training plan (even though I didn't follow it). It gave me a clear sense of how quickly I should be able to progress, how much I needed to rest, etc. <BR> <BR> Now I want to find a training guide to get to my first century. I can ride 30 or 40 miles comfortably (with a padded chamois, that is), but I'd like to work my way up to a century. The obvious thing would be just to have longer and longer training rides every ... Sat, 19 May 2012 14:05:23 EST Riding a needed! Hi I am new to this team and would love some advise. I have been road cycling for two years now...however will admit that its really been bike path riding. We have several converted railroad tracks that have been converted to paved bike paths. They are over 22 mile long.. I am signed up for my first long ride and I am looking to simply finish...not win, place or show lol. I think I have chewed off more than I can handle. Although I am capable of doing the 65 miles this one is in an area... Mon, 7 May 2012 13:56:53 EST May - National Bike Month I just learned that May is National Bike Month. <BR> <BR> <link> asp?ic=25&lnk=http%3A%2F%2Ffeedproxy.g ifMzCQ%2FMay-National-Bike-Month-22958944 </link> <BR> <BR> Happy trails! <BR> <em>108</em> Sat, 5 May 2012 21:29:22 EST cycling vacations Just want to let y'all know I have a cycle touring business. If you'd like to check it out, <BR> <BR> Even if you can't make it this year, I'd appreciate it if you could share the link with your friends. <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:45:45 EST First mountain bike ride! Hi everyone! I'm Raine, and I just joined the team a few days ago. I've owned a road bike for about 2 years now, but I dont consistently ride it really - I am pretty afraid of riding on the street and getting killed - I know more riding will bring more confidence, though. However, this past weekend I finally bought a mountain bike - living in Colorado my boyfriend says that it is a must! I've never been mountain bike riding before, so yesterday after work we went on our first ride togethe... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 08:31:00 EST Rear View Mirrors and Street Riding I hate riding on streets for the most part. They are unavoidable though as most city bike trails have you doing some time on them. I used to have a rear view mirror that strapped on to my handlebar but it never stayed put. I've looked at others but they just don't seem like they are long enough to see around me. I saw a cute little one that sticks to your helmet and is only about an inch diameter. I just don't see how that would work. <BR> <BR> Does anyone here use a rear view mirror? Any br... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 21:39:04 EST Just for fun - Best "Trail Prize" You've found... We cover a lot of different terrain with road, recreational, and mountain biking. Safety requires scanning ahead for debris, hazards, etc. Some cool things we have found en route - Topeak White Lite headlight, big Allen wrench, gorgeous fluffy black kitten to name a few. "Marco" (yes, Pantani as named by daughter) is hands-down the best. He rode 15-ish miles back home with us in an old pannier. <BR> What are some of the cool or useful items you've found in your adventures? Miles and fitness ... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:50:46 EST Time limits and names of rides? I'm really liking bike riding so much more than I ever imagined. Can anyone tell me the names of the rides? I've heard half-century and century which would be a 50 and 100 mile ride. Is that correct? Are there any websites to learn the biker's lingo? Also, I tried searching but have not found the time limits for these types of rides. I'm not out to break any records but I need to know what to aim for. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Kimberly Sun, 8 Apr 2012 19:01:57 EST Ride of my life Agh! What have I done. I signed up to ride the Prouty Ride for Cancer mid-July - The Century Ride. Who do I think I am? <BR> I had surgery at the end of last summer after trying to re-master running. I worked with a trainer, took it step-by-step, but alas shredded the cartilage in my femur. My ortho surgeon highly advised biking - or cycling as the gear heads say now and to keep losing weight. <BR> I had always hated stationary bikes. After a few months, I gave a spin class a shot. I hate... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 16:06:50 EST 30 Days of Riding Is anyone else signed up for the 30 Days of Riding challenge? It's a challenge to ride every day in April, be it a hundred miles or just around the block. I signed up, and even though I didn't really feel like riding, I got out there today for 11 miles. It's good motivation! <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 14:38:06 EST What's awesome about riding Some thoughts on my ride the other day: What's awesome about riding is that unlike "dieting", where I can be eating totally healthy all day, then eat cake and ice cream at night and feel like I've blown the whole day, with riding, I can set a challenge (like doing a hill I've been avoiding), and once I do it, there is nothing that can take that amount of slacking the rest of the day or even the next day can undo that success! It's so motivating, makes me want to take on another... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 19:21:27 EST Daily Ride Log Spring/Su mmer/Fall 2012 Hey everyone, I am sure lot of you have been out there on your bike. my bike and I were on the trainer all winter.. just cannot ride out side when it is cold. <BR> I did hit the road about 2 weeks ago even had some 45 degree cold days but it was fun.. <BR> I am planning on doing my first century on June 3rd and I am building up my rides and my miles, today I did a quick 6 mile ride because it is overcast and rain is on its way. Yesterday I was able to get a 12 mile bike ride in but that was ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 15:24:26 EST Great fit bike clothes for those of us not svelte I just ordered a padded bike skort (bike shorts with a little skirt attachment) from Aero Tech designs. For those of us who are still of a plus size, it can sometimes be humiliating to realize that what a company calls 1X is actually about a size 10! But the size on these is VERY true to regular sizing. I ordered a 1X, thinking that if I kept working out it would fit me by the end of April, and instead it fits perfectly right now! So if anyone is looking to buy bike clothes, I can recommend t... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:44:03 EST Hi everyone Greetings from another newbie to the group! I love to cycle, and found it is the only reliable way to lose weight and keep it off for me, so am very glad to find this group. DH and I used to cycle a lot many moons ago, until building a house and raising our ds derailed us for a good 11 years. Now I am bound and determined to return to cycling and encourage my family to come along. Great to be here! Sun, 26 Feb 2012 06:23:44 EST Cycling vacation Would you take your vacation to go on a cycling tour? Sun, 12 Feb 2012 01:34:17 EST Questions about riding to work I've been thinking about riding to work. I can get most of the way there by riding on the bike trail. The clinic is about 4.5 miles one way which sounds doable. <BR> <BR> 1. I'm a big girl and know I will be sweaty when I get to work. What do other commuters do about this? There are no showers. <BR> <BR> 2. It will be dark when I go home. Would I be safer riding the streets on the way home rather than the trail? I'm just wondering what others do in the same situation. <BR> <BR> 3. I can fi... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 10:18:24 EST Not quite a biker yet... Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Kimberly. I live in SE Wisconsin. My son just started riding his bike to work this winter so it has me thinking of getting back on the saddle again. I am going to get the rust and cobwebs off my bike I bought about 5 years ago that has less than a hundred miles on it. It is a nice TREK hybrid that has been sorely neglected. I think I will take it to the bike shop and have it reconditioned. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get to know all of you here (I followed Miss... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 09:48:38 EST Heyas! Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm Kathleen, and I'm a cyclist from Boston. I have a Raleigh Sport from the 1970's (which I love dearly) and I enjoy riding around the city and surrounding area. <BR> <BR> I don't have a car, so my bicycle is my main mode of transit. My bike isn't very fast or lightweight, but it's sturdy and beautiful and gets me wherever I need to be. Sun, 5 Feb 2012 19:18:44 EST Training for a century ride I am planning for my first century ride in August. I am obviously quite heavy and working on losing weight--I think I can be at least 50 pounds lighter by then, but getting there means lots of training before then. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a good training plan to recommend for preparing for a century ride? Thanks in advance! Fri, 3 Feb 2012 15:47:42 EST Hi! Hi! I'm still pretty new to SparkPeople and I just found this team. I used to bike a lot, but over the past few years I have let it slide and as a result, have put on weight (although I would say that I was never really skinny during my adult life). I spent 3 weeks biking through the Tuscan region of Italy in 1998, but I know that I'm not in good enough shape now to do anything like that. I want to get back into shape so that I can do some major exploring on my bike again. My goal is to ... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:03:41 EST Ready to ride Greetings! After a year of not riding AT ALL, I just took my first ride of the 2012 season today. I love to ride, but after getting hit by a car in 2010 am still recovering from the scare. <BR> <BR> I've made it a goal to make the whole 150 mile Pedal to the Point MS Ride this summer. That means getting in some serious biking miles. I live in Ohio, so this is not exactly the riding time of year. Nevertheless, I got my bike tuned up, picked it up today, and took my first ride. Just a mile an... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 20:43:43 EST Howdy Ladies! Greetings from Southside Virginia! We are having incredible weather down here, already been out biking once or twice in January - what a treat. Looking forward to reading of others' journeys out there on the roads and trails. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:50:13 EST New to the team Hi Everybody! My name is Karen and I live in Manitoba, Canada. It is full on winter here right now but I am setting out on a cycling endeavor for the first time in my life and I will be needing advice, support and guidance along the way so I thought I would start here! I have registered to take part in a 160 km two day cycling event called the Biking to the Viking for the MS Tour in August 2012. This is going to be a huge challenge because I have ridden a bike as an adult only sporadicall... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 11:59:48 EST Upcoming Rides and Races for 2012 Just thought I'd add a new thread for upcoming rides this year. <BR> <BR> The first ride I've registered for is Girls with Gears (to benefit Women's heart disease) in April, it's in Limerick PA. Various mileage routes from 25, 40, 62.5. Rolling terrain with some moderate hills. <BR> <BR> Also registered for MS century ride in Gettysburg PA in mid July. I'm actually going to ride 50 miles down there on a Friday with a friend, spend the night, we'll do the century Saturday, stay another nig... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 12:51:45 EST This day can't go wrong... ...unless I wreck! <BR> <BR> Two options: (A) I pick up an emergency shift at work (more $$) or (B) I ride all day in the beautiful, unseasonably warm weather and hit the thrift stores with a girlfriend. <BR> <BR> WIN! Thu, 5 Jan 2012 07:56:13 EST Hello! I'm new to Spark People, and fairly new to riding. A friend got me started about 3 years ago on a pretty little Masi Soulville 3 mixte cruiser. She's now on the trainer in the living room for the winter. I ride a "classic" (read: old, but in good shape) Centurion on the road and a Jamis Dakar Sport on the rare events I dare mountain biking. In the warmer months, I ride nearly every where: to work, with friends and on errands. Last winter I faithfully attended a spinning class, but 6 am i... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 11:12:38 EST todays ride Had an awesome 25 mile ride today <em>332</em> not sure when I'll be able to get another one in as it's getting cold. Esp...for Florida we go into shock and hide out in our homes <em>29</em> I'm sorta of kidding but believe me Floridians just dont understand how you can manage to go on with your activities when it's cold out. Anyway hope everyone else is getting some good miles in. Be safe and have fun Mon, 2 Jan 2012 22:25:56 EST Harrisburg, PA, area Is there anyone in the Harrisburg, PA, area that's interested in getting together to ride occasionally? I have most always ridden by myself when I was younger. My sister and friends weren't into biking as much as I was. But, I think it would be so much more fun to go riding with a group. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:20:07 EST New to the team Hi! I'm new to the team but not new to SP. I'm an avid biker from New York State and enjoy riding 12 months out of the year. I look forward to gaining helpful hints about riding, especially during cold weather months. Yesterday's ride was very comfortable at 28 degrees. Today's ride was an eye opener for me. At 20 degrees, I thought I was well prepared. I really didn't think the difference of 8 degrees would be a big deal. I never had cold feet (physically, that is) in the past. Today I di... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 21:19:11 EST First trail ride today We went on our first trail ride today!! Had a lot of fun - screamed a lot - I am such a spaz! Wiped out going up a hill - in slow motion, my husband instead of helping get the bike off of me - took pictures instead - he is such a brat! We were laughing so hard. <BR> <BR> Look foward to doing again - hopefully more gracefully and with fewer girly screams! Sun, 20 Nov 2011 11:44:16 EST New to this Team Hi - I started riding back in April. When I started I could barley make 2 miles! I only really get the chance on weekend mornings. But since I started I go faithly every Saturday and now I am up to about 5 miles. I keep adding more distance. <BR> Hubby bought me a new bike this weekend since the one I was using was 20 years old - my daughter is now using it. I got a 21 gear hybrid bike for street and offroad - Oh My Gosh - what a difference........ this thing flies!!!! I LUV it. Rode i... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 14:59:59 EST Barbra??? ROFL you have got to see this.. it's called a "bar bra" and actually looks like it would work well for winter riding... <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>name-is-barbra-cycling-winter.php </link> Sat, 29 Oct 2011 16:13:07 EST Riding in cold weather I planned to bicycle with a bike group this morning. The temperature at 6:00 am was 46 degrees, and while I contemplated how many layers to put on, the temperature dropped another 2 degrees so I chickened out. <BR> <BR> What do you wear when road cycling in 45 degree weather? Sat, 29 Oct 2011 12:12:55 EST What are your Winter Riding Plans? I am not a lucky one to live in a state that dose not dump 48 inches of snow an ice on you in one winter season. so cycling is out of the question.. Last year I spent a lot of time in spinning class, which I thought I would be doing this year then I found out about these devices that you put your bike on and you can ride.. I thought wow this is the great.. <BR> yesterday I was reading in my local paper that there is going to be a new indoor biking park.. 90,0000 sq.feet of indoor cycling now... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 07:09:51 EST Bar Ends? Your thoughts ... I have a 2011 Trek 7.3 FX fitness bike with an Iso-Zone handlebar. Very comfy flat bar. But still a flat bar. When I was shopping for this bike, I wanted a road bike w/drops, but the tires were too skinny for combination paved/limestone paths we have here. So, 32mm fitness bike was a better fit for body and purpose. DH won't let me get 2 bikes. <BR> <BR> My compromise is to add bar ends to the existing flat-bar with the intention of mimicking (as close as possible) the cradle of the b... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 21:57:50 EST Brakes....what works best for rain? I live on Vancouver Island and our fall/winter weather is typically very wet! (Rain, rain and more rain... rain that goes sideways...etc!) I have a Giant Globe bike that I love! Since July I've worked really hard at cycling more and more challenging routes and distances. What I love about my bike is that my body posture is one that supports my poor neck that has had far too many injuries and doesn't handle the posture most bike require. What I'm not sure about is my bike's brakes. So far I'm ... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 12:06:54 EST Wanting to be more than a fairweather cyclist! The weather is turning fast here ~ one day it's sunny, the next the wind and rain are blowing sideways. I've really enjoyed riding my bike home from work since school returned in September. It's about 10km and a wonderful way for me to decompress after the day. I'm going to be a "fairweather" cyclist tho' until I can afford better cycling clothes that will see me through. <BR> It's funny how our priorities change....I now look at every sunny day as a cycling day to enjoy, and instead of savin... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:59:46 EST Anyone doing the Hilly Hundred in two weeks? My cousin and I are going to do the Hilly Hundred in Indiana in two weeks. It's two days 50mi each day. I'm really looking forward to it....minus the HILLY part. Has anyone ridden this before are they really as bad as it sounds? Mon, 3 Oct 2011 13:42:11 EST Newbie here! Hi everyone and thanks for the add to the team. Been riding 1 week on my brand new Trek bike. I haven't had a bike since I was 10 years old. I've finally concluded this is where I belong. I love it--but so trying to understand the gear and brake things. Yep, the first bike I've ever owned with gears. I'll get it though! I've ridden every day with yesterday being my longest at 14 miles. I know that may sound whimpy, but I'll get there. The hills in my subdivision are challenging to walk, must... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 13:31:25 EST New on this team Hello, glad to find this team, as riding is a true passion of mine. I love road biking as I can daydream (some), go long ways, and enjoy the landscape, and at times go with my hb. <BR> We were on vacation 5 weeks ago and we rode plenty in the northwest, which was fabulous, the terrain was challenging, the length of the rides too (30 to 50 miles). Luckily, the valley I live in is at 6000 ft, giving me a big bonus when I get at sea level. <BR> After our vacation, I got lazy as I get tired of th... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 23:23:50 EST Beginner Newby - and small rant Good afternoon! <BR> <BR> I just began cycling in June, I love using my bike to commute but haven't found time to meet up with others to ride at the moment. My boyfriend got me in to it and neither one of us have gotten the opportunity to go for too many rides on weekends. My longest ride is 30 miles up to Carmel and back to Downtown Indy... which was pretty great. <BR> <BR> I would like to improve my cycling abilities and try to start cycling more seriously next year. <BR> <BR> I ho... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 12:17:28 EST Fall brings out the bugs! OK....I've gotten used to only having my mouth open a small bit as I'm I only inhale the smaller bugs that get in my way..... <BR> BUT....when I rode home on Tuesday and stopped I was covered!!! <BR> I could hear the bugs hitting my helmet....ewwwww. <BR> It's colder here...everything is moving slower (including myself) and for whatever reason I seem to be cycling through slow pokey bugs that make a "thwack" sound when they hit my helmet! <BR> ....but I'm still riding!!!!!!!!!!!... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 09:03:07 EST What to eat or not to eat before a long bike ride Hi everyone, you know they say runners have a diet that they follow two or three days before the big race. I am wondering if that is the same for bike riders? Sunday I am doing a 50 mile bike ride. I know it is good to get enought sleep and water before the ride, sleep not sure I think I am going to be too excited to do that, water I can do. but food? what should I bulk up on, carbs? ugg... fiber ok that sounds good protien? love that .. <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Ride on Wed, 21 Sep 2011 07:05:39 EST re-introduction I am re-introducing myself to the team today. I don't remember the last time I was on SparkPeople in a serious way. I would click in here and there but I have not been really working the program for months. The scale shows it but more importantly my attitude shows it. I don't feel good about what I'm eating. I don't like how I look and feel about myself as a result. I am becoming more and more critical of my appearance and connecting my self-worth to my appearance more and more. I feel less s... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 13:33:20 EST cycle in No. Calif. We have a ride starting Oct 2 and ending Oct 8. We meet in town of Napa (in Napa County) and ride through the vineyards, working our way to the Pacific Coast. We spend a few days riding down the coast and spending time at the beach before heading back to our starting point. If you are interested in joining us, please check it out at <BR> <BR> Nikki Sun, 18 Sep 2011 18:51:30 EST Getting back on the bike I joined this team a short while ago with my bike sitting in the garage. My husband pumped up my wheels and I took a ride with my 10 yo dd last night. I missed my bike! I love to ride, but don't find the time to do it. <BR> <BR> I'm Debbie, Mom to 2 girls, wife to 1 husband. <BR> <BR> Hope to get to know you all better here. <em>332</em> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 07:05:36 EST Riding to and from work.... I started back teaching this past week and decided that I would continue to ride my bike long distances twice a week! <BR> My youngest child is old enough to drive now without adult supervision and she works after school on Tuesday's and I thought "perfect!". <BR> This past Tuesday and Thursday I tossed my bike onto the bike rack of our jeep, and my daughter dropped me off at the high school that I teach at, and off she went to the high school that she attends (closer to our h... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 20:24:38 EST Hello from South Jersey Hey there Girls!!! <BR> <BR> Love the concept of this team! My name is Thea and I am an addicted cyclist living in Southeast NJ! I have been spinning for the last 3 years and road cycling for about 2 1/2 years. Love it!!! I average 50-150 miles a week on the road and spin 1-2 times a week and weight train 3 times a week. <BR> <BR> My schedule for the fall is: <BR> September 10th - Tour des Farms - Vincentown, NJ 54 mile 'tour' of local farms. <BR> September 17th - Informal Shore Cycle ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 15:54:05 EST coming up on my first biking event! 9 more days til my half century to celebrate round 2 (my 51derful birthday) i am pretty excited about the ride. i am making my own jersey out of a shirt that is way too big for me since i have lost all of my weight. i just couldn't part with the pretty pink paisley, so cycling jersey it is! <BR> <BR> does anyone have any advice for me, on going the distance? 32 miles has been my longest ride so-far! i am hoping and praying that i can get this done with out killing myself! <BR> <BR> this y... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 00:15:33 EST numb hands/thumbs while riding. OK i've had my road bike for a month now.. have over 400 miles on it.. In fact did my century ride on it.. MOstly it's my left thumb that goes numb.. ont he century extended up to my left elbow and when i was done with the ride it was like i had tennies elbow.. I was fitted for the bike. My chiro believes it a pinch nerve in the neck and since I am a huge sloucher.. that could be and issue... yesterday when i was riding it was both hands ...more so on the drops.. which i actually rea... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:33:36 EST Bike seat height... This weekend I had my niece across from the mainland visiting. <BR> Her entire family are competitive cyclists...downhill, cross country and distance....(I'm always amazed at what they are up to next!) <BR> A long story short, I talked to her about my cycling and that my "sit bones" and my knees were sore after a long ride. <BR> She gave me all of the suggestions that I read on the team thread and then this little gem: <BR> Asking me to sit on my bike she checked my leg position when the peda... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 04:50:20 EST I Love Bikes! Hi there! <BR> I'm really happy to be a member of a team that has so many people who love to ride! If you check out my profile you will see that I work at a local bike shop (my husband owns it). I'm getting to learn so many things about bikes- it's amazing! The knowledge I receive while getting to ride my bike all the time- who could ask for more? =) <BR> As my intro topic says; I love bikes! It doesn't matter if it's a vintage single speed or a high end carbon frame bike. I love th... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 11:46:53 EST Got a new (used) bike Well it is new to me, its an vintage Ross 10speed, it was given to my husband a couple of weeks ago, frame in mint condition but the rest needed help, so I took it to the bike shop, new tires, new breaks new cables, new peddles had a tune up, gears new pink handle bar tape and white casing for cables, and it looks great.. just riding a road bike vs a mt bike is so much diffrent I can fly.. I road 10 miles in 45 mins the other day.. I tought that was good for me.. LOL.. <BR> Hubby and I are d... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:28:40 EST Reaching the top of those "killer hills!" Last summer there was a hill that was my challenge point. The first time I tried it, I only made it part way before I had to get off and walk. 2nd time I made it almost to the top before I got off my bike and walked. 3rd and 4th I barely squeaked to the top! And that was it for last year's riding. <BR> Fast Forward to today! <BR> I've been working up to trying this "Killer Hill" for the last month. <BR> Tonight was my first attempt.......AND I DID IT!!!!! <em>244</em> <BR> I reached the top... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:22:25 EST New to the team Hi I am Sheryl from Pennsylvania. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:53:55 EST New to team-Michigan Hey all. <BR> <BR> I always have enjoyed riding and three years ago I started riding again on a regular basis. I had been riding the bike I bought for myself in Jr. High and I was fine with it, but last year DH bought me a new bike (Marin Treviso) -- I'm very pleased to have made the switch. I'm loving it. I switched out the seat to a more comfortable ARS padded seat for women! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hp?Treviso_WFG&serialnum=1144 </link> <BR> ... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 13:04:14 EST