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LOL!! When I saw the title of this thread, I thought you were talking about motorcycles! Hahaha!!!

Seriously, I love bike riding (okay, motorcycle riding too!) Biking is probably my favorite form of exercise. I didn't spend a lot on my bike either. It's probably 20 years old, a ten-speed (do they even make those anymore?) and I just keep having it tuned up year after year. I think I only paid about $80 for it, but I did invest in a nice gel seat. The guy at the bike shop keeps telling me it's in great shape, and doesn't try to sell me some new fancy, schmancy bike with a lot of bells and whistles I don't need. This guy even put it back together for me after I got hit by a car several years ago. Gave me everything I needed for the insurance company and didn't even try to sell me a new bike then! (I like this guy!) But I digress.

Why do I like bike riding? Well, I'm the type of person who likes workouts that take me someplace. Walking, biking, swimming. I'll walk on a treadmill when the weather's bad, but it's boring. And I won't touch stationary bikes. I'd rather be outside, seeing changing scenery. I like the wind on my face, I like the feeling of speed, I like the strength I feel when I make that bike move under my own power. It's quite exhilarating, really.

Now just find me some time away from the books to actually go out and do it instead of just talking about it, and I'll be all set!

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Woohoo LOGICALLIE!!! Way to go!

I need to hit the bike trails at least..I am seriously slacking.

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Took the bike out last night for a test ride, and it was exhilarating! I'm going to start biking to work this week.

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Thanks for the tips! I'm waiting on the helmet before I take the bike out.

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I know I've said it before, but my Schwinn was purchased at a big box store for about $100 - it's served me well!! I'm cheap to begin with, but I see no reason to drop 100's and 100's or even 1000's of bucks on a bike! ;) Maybe that'd change if I had a lot more cash lying around! emoticon $199 is a terrific deal though.

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Yes, our pets are our babies.

I saw those gel bike seat covers today at Target and was tempted. The shorts DO look like I'm walking around with a "load".

I looked at the Schwinn's. Very cool! I liked the "clear creek" comfort model ($199). I think that's a great deal.



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Hah, no kidding spoiled!! I put everything else on the back burner to make sure she gets what she needs. I guess this is similar to kids, yes? emoticon

Brian brought me home a padded gel bike seat, which does the same job as the bike shorts, but without the cool fashion statement ;) It does help a lot! But in Spinning class I get by okay without a seat cover or shorts. Either way, it does just take some getting used to. Once you figure out the best position on the saddle that helps a lot too!

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Spoiled-rotten DOG!
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I bought bike shorts on sale earlier this year. Padded butt feels good.


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Here I am! :)

For your first ride out, don't overdo it, to being with! It takes a bit for your bum and netherlands to get used to that saddle - I can tell a difference if I havne' tdone a spin class in too long! :)

I would wear something breathable but fitted, so that you don't stand a chance of getting anything tangled up or snagged. I don't have bike shorts, so I like to wear tightish shorts, or something of a non-stretchy material. That just helps prevent the bike seat from crawling up your arse.

Take water! If you don't have a water bottle holder on your bike, GET ONE! They're cheap and very necessary. Some people carry two.

Don't forget your helmet!!!

One other thing I recommend is pedal cages. I don't like the clip-ins (they scare me and I've seen too many poeple go down b/c they couldn't unclip in time), but I LOVE the cages. THey really help with getting a full range of motion in your pedal stroke, which helps you get up big hills and whatnot. Instead of only being able to push down, you can pull up, pull back, push forward, etc.

Good luck getting back out there! Ease into it.

Confession: my bike still hasn't come out of the basement for the summer emoticon It's the dog's fault ;)

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Where's SCHWINNER? She can help you better than I can with those questions. You can always google, too.

That's exciting! Your idea to practice on the bike/walk path near you sounds good to me. I've been going on one busy road for a short distance, to get to my bike bath. Mostly I ride in the neighborhood. The busy road still makes me nervous.

I was serious about google. You'd be surprised what you can find there. Also SP has some nice articles on biking,too.

I was looking at bikes today, not to buy one, just to look. They're amazing now. Lots of improvements in tires.
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I finally got my bike, and I'm really excited! Now, I'm just worried I won't know how to bike anymore. I think I'm going to go the bike/walk path right beside my apartment building to practice. That way, I won't have to worry about cars and the like.

Any suggestions for getting back on the saddle? What to wear on my first ride? What to avoid?

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Yipes! That had to hurt. I hope you find something comfortable, now that you're recovered.
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Oh, it was a real pain in the you-know-what! Literally...

I fell in the shower, and at the time I weighed in at just under 300 pounds. Mass * Velocity = Crunch!

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LA, ouch, that sounds painful!! Have you checked out gel seat covers at all? That might be a cheaper stopgap until you get a new seat. Or maybe it's the small seat altogether, in which case, just ignore me :)

I still need to get my bike up to the shop...all I have to do is ride/walk it up there...so not difficult...SIGH...

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We have been doing little checkups on our bikes for the past couple of weeks, waiting for the spring semester to end so that we could take some time to ride. I still need to get a replacement headlight for mine.

I think I'm also going to check out those Electra Townie seats. I broke my tailbone a few years back. It's healed now, but biking for longer than a few minutes is still quite uncomfortable. It was a couple of years before I could even sit on the sofa comfortably...

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It's right up the street, so it's too easy.
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Yeah, when I've browsed for bikes before, I have seen some really good deals. Like Barbara said, some people upgrade, others never use them at all! I still need to get mine to the bike shop (just up the street, for Pete's sake) for a tune up for the summer!

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i bought my Townie off craigslist. i don't know what year it was made, but the new ones are listed for around $500 online. i think the 21 speed Townies were over $600 when i was looking at bike shops for a bike. ANYWAYS! i bought mine for $150, and the first owner had swapped the stock wheels for heavy duty ones. it's in really good shape other than somebody took the faceplate off of it. :)

i've never ridden a road bike. i'd kind of like to, but i think ima have to lose a little more weight before i give one a try. the super thin wheels and frames make me a little nervous, plus i'm not sure that i could really get into a good position to ride a road bike.

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Good idea. I suspect some nice bikes could show up on Craigslist. When people upgrade to the latest models, they don't always keep their original bikes, too. And some people buy bikes, thinking they will use them, and then they don't. It's kind of like buying gym memberships and not using them. The intentions are good, but...

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For me I just need to be able to comfortably put my feet down while straddling the bike. So yeah, it's all about personal preference, but getting fitted getting some advice at the bike shop is always a good idea!

I keep thinking I need to look on Craigslist for a cheap road bike - I have a hybrid, but it's more mountain than road, and while I do schlep it all over the hills of Cincinnati, it might be nice to have something a lot lighter!

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So, the sizing thing is mostly about comfort. I'm 5'1" and I think my bike is a 26". I'm not sure about my husband's Trek, but it feels OK. The next time I'm near the bike shop, I'll ask them for a recommendation, out of curiosity. I'm happy with my old bike, as long as I get to ride the Trek some, too.

Youtube is a wonderful thing. I'll go there and explore the bike stuff. Thanks!

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if you go to a bike shop, they can help you figure out what size is best for you. but a lot of bikes are still basically one size fits all. most bikes with 26" wheels (or 700cc - that's just a tiny bit larger than a 26") will work for someone who is over 5' tall. it's all about what's comfortable for you, tho. my commuter bike is a "L" frame - recommended for men who are like 5'9" to 6', and i'm quite a bit shorter than that (5'5") but i just wasn't as comfortable on the M frame bike. comfort and cruisers are really adjustable - my mom is just under 5' tall and she can ride my Townie just fine, and my husband who is 6'3" can also ride it without feeling cramped.

then some are sized by the frame size - it's the length of the tube the seat post goes into in inches. i dunno what the actual name for it is. but i have a mountain bike that was a 17" frame and it was WAY too small for me. my husband's bike is a 23" frame.

and as far as your radio....you should go to youtube and search for bike radios. there are videos on there of bikes that people put full on "systems" on - like a car stereo, all the normal speakers you'd find in a car, subwoofers, sometimes lights. they're crazy!

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Wow, GIRRRLYCHILD! I wish I were as comfortable riding bikes everywhere as you are. Thanks for all of the info.

In high school I rode my bike all over the place. (That was 50 years ago, and much has changed about biking.) When I was 16, transistor radios were a new thing, and I got one for my birthday. I strapped it onto my handlebars and rode around with tunes, for recreation. Who knew I was so old? Certainly not ME!
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I had forgotten how much fun biking can be. I have my helmet now, and I've been riding a little almost every day, now that the snow's gone. I'm also taking a few rides on my husband's Trek while he's at work, to get comfortable with gears and hand brakes.

What's the deal about sizing? Bikes used to be "one size fits all".

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o yeah, and on seats:

i'm a huge fan of Electra Townie seats. i ordered one for my cruiser. they come in a standard size (which is still a bit larger than your average cruiser seat) and an XL size which is another inch or so wider. they cost around $40, depending on where you find them - sometimes they come up on eBay. also, an Electra cruiser seat is basically the same thing, only with a more decorative cover. they're concave - so they "hold" your rear instead of trying to be a cushion. seats that are too padded put pressure on my "butt bones" and hurt. smaller, un-padded seats (like something you might find stock on a mountain bike) usually make things go numb. these seats do neither. :) i'm a big fan.

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i'm coming into this discussion a little late....but i'm a bike freak!

i learned to ride a bike when i was 4, yelling at my "pa" (not my dad - sort of a second dad) to let go of the seat and let me ride. *hehe*

i grew up living on top of a good sized hill, so my mom bought me a good (adult - from a bike shop, not wal-mart) mountain bike when i was 12 and i regularly rode the full 4 miles around my "country block" which included two big up-hill stretches about 1/2 mile long each.

when i went to college, i rode garage sale mountain bikes to and from class everyday. i was afraid my good bike would either get stolen or damaged from being kept outside.

then i quit riding for a few years, til a couple summers ago when i thought about how much money i could save by biking around town instead of driving.

NOW, i have a men's commuter bike that i ride most of the time. it has 700cc wheels and 21 speeds. the tires are quite smooth and slightly narrower than mountain bike tires, so i can get good speed on pavement but they're still wide enough that i don't crash as soon as i hit some sand or gravel. i got a men's bike because, supposedly, they're usually stronger than a women's.

i also have a 26" women's Electra Townie 21 speed which is a great, comfortable bike to ride if you don't have to deal with hills. because of the different angle you pedal from on it, it's difficult to get good leverage to ride uphill, though.

and i have a pink Schwinn cruiser with a springer fork that i ride around downtown when i feel like showing off. :)

i bought a kiddie trailer off of craigslist which is great for hauling just about anything - i can even use it to haul another bike.

i've considered moving just to get somewhere more bike-friendly. other than the whole moving away from family and friends, i'd really like to.

bikes are great!

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I know. Amazon has a whole slew of stuff he's done, since Talking Heads. I just remembered them and am unfamiliar with his other projects. I'm checking out some of the Amazon music now. I haven't gotten to youtube. I'm sure he's on there, too. Got some catching up to do.

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Talking Heads are long defunct - he has done MANY other projects, including music. He's a freaking GENIUS.

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Well, ROOB, you have certainly aroused my curiosity. I must find out more about this person.
First step: I will google him.
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EDIT; Oh, yeah! I found his bio on Amazon.com. I know who he is now. He's with the Talking Heads. Brilliant guy. I didn't know about his Bicycle Diaries. Thanks!



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Bicycle Diaries - David Byrne.

Interesting on many levels, but - he doesn't own a car. He takes his bicycle to whatever city he's visiting.

Oh, and he's my Personal Jesus.

He talks about cycling around various world cities, amongst other topics.

Plus I love him - or did I mention that already?

:)

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That's GREAT news! Keep us posted.

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I got enough to invest in a decent bike, helmet, and lock. Yay!

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I hope you get a bunch of money back, LOGICALLIE.

I'm glad I've begun to look for opportunities to ride. It's an easy way to burn calories because it's a fun activity.

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Thanks for all your suggestions. I'm waiting to do my taxes to see how much I get back and can spend on this. (I know, I'm cutting it a little close.)

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When I lived in a sleepy little neighborhood in St. Petersburg, FL, I used to love riding my bike. I'd even ride it downtown. Now that I'm living in south Florida, with all the crazy drivers, I'd be terrified. Actually, I brought my bike with me when I moved, and it sat in the garage and rusted from the salt air, and I haven't replaced it. Biking is wonderful, but depending on where you live it can be very dangerous.

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Here's my 2-cents on the seat. I'm not sure there are any that are super comfy. Last fall I bought a new softer better-shaped seat for $30 to go on my old bike. Padded bike shorts were on sale. So, I sprung for a pair of them, too. It's much better than the original seat.
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I don't ride a bike because I'd need one that would get me back home. :-) Kinda like a good broom with an engine. I just KNOW I'd end up being too tired to get back to where I started from. It's why I take the bus. I walk so far, and then take the bus back. I'd like to try riding a bike though. Any suggestions on a more comfortable seat? Anyone know anything about electric assistance bikes?

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If I rode as much as you do, NATHELESS, I'd probably have gone for the more expensive helmet, too. My husband has one of the $100+ helmets and a Trek 750 bike that he's enjoyed for several years.

Very cool that you ride to work!

ROOB, I feel so bad for your friend from the UK. There ARE circumstances where people have a bad experience, despite their pre-planning. I'm glad you were able to rescue him. It's also good that it all led to your wonderful honeymoon.
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Thanks for the survey link!

I love my bikes and ride them often, all year round (though in the winter I'm mostly indoors.) I most often ride a hybrid, as it is the most versatile and practical, but have a road bike for when I want to be zippy and a mountain bike for when I want to bump through the woods.

Great exercise, great fun, and gets me to work, too.

re: the $40 helmet vs. the $100 helmet... I paid a lot for my helmet, because I wanted one with a lot of ventilation - I knew that if my head got hot and uncomfortable, I wouldn't wear the helmet. So, for that reason, I thought it was worth spending the extra cash.


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We had a friend from the UK visit us summer before last. He intended to ride his bike down the Continental Divide. We picked him up at the airport in Seattle - originally we were going to take him to Bremerton to start this trek, but opted to bring him home with us to Portland.

He spent a few days shopping and preparing, and then my husband drove him back into southern Washington State to start. That was on a Friday.

He called Sunday afternoon. "Roobs - does your offer to rescue me still stand?"

We drove back to Washington and picked him up and brought him back to Portland, where he stayed with us for a couple more weeks. He had tried to do this trip ALONE - silly man! Two days out he was wet and cold and lonely, and then some kids in a pickup threw a can of soda at him, and that was the last straw. Poor sweetie!

It WAS kind of funny when we picked him up at the airport and he said, "You know - those mountains are MUCH larger than they appeared on Google Maps!" lolz!

We visited him in September in England and he drove our honeymooning a$$es all OVER the place - we had an absolute blast.

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Your butt situation is temporary, ROOB!
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Maybe you'll get to do something dramatic like your uncle one of these days, CHAR. It certainly sounds like you COULD do it, if time were available. Is he retired, or is he taking vacation time for the ride? I don't remember if you mentioned that earlier.

I just learned today that a friend who used to be in a tap dance class with me rode with her husband on a tandem bike, from Pewaukee, Wisconsin to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where their son lives.

They allowed 10 days, roughly 50 miles per day, and stayed in motels at night (hot showers and soft beds). They made the return trip by train.

She said it was the trip of a lifetime (I think she meant that in a good way). My husband and I on a tandem bike would have trouble getting out of our subdivision without a squabble. He says I'd be complaining that I wanted my own bike.
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We're both "only" children, so he may have a point.

Nonetheless, these things all sound like great adventures to me.

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I used to bike a lot, but my right knee got an owie. Now my pudding butt is too big for a bike. Maybe a tricycle with a bench seat? I love you guys! :)

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Ugh, I'm so jealous of him, Barbara!! I want to hear all about it :)

I'd say you can skimp/go cheap on just about everything, but never your safety equipment. If you have any money to spend, spend it on your helmet!!

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The helmet I bought last week was $40, too. Nice helmet. Affords the same protection as the $100 ones.

What an achievement, to be able to ride from Oregon to Indiana. I have a feeling your uncle's stories will be the hit of the family reunion, CHAR.

Your idea for a biking/camping weekend trek sounds like an exhilarating way to de-stress from the work week. I hope you get to do it this summer.

Good advice to just bite the bullet and get out there. We all have to start someplace. Like anything else that we want to do, getting started is the hard part. Fear is a powerful emotion, and it can rob us of a lot of joy. Starting small by finding a place to ride where we feel safe could certainly help. Then, who knows?

I'm pretty comfy riding around the neighborhood and on the nearby bike trail. I'm working on easing my courage up for something with a little more traffic, so that I can ride to the beach and some stores.

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I just found out my uncle is doing a bike ride across the US this summer!! Amazing! He's starting in Oregon and will bike with a group to Indiana (I think?). The rest of the group will continue the rest of the way, but my aunt is picking him up so he can come to the family reunion the following weekend. Can't wait to hear his stories!!

Getting out there on the road just takes some practice. Ride in parks or more deserted roads if you have to, just to get comfortable, but you really have to just bite the bullet and get out there! Cincinnati isn't a real bike friendly town, but we're working hard to change that. Getting out on your bike helps show people that the road isn't just for cars!! :)

LOGICALLIE, don't be intimidated by the cost of equipment. I spent about $40 on my helmet (a good Bell helmet) and got my bike at Meijer or Target for like $100 a few years ago. It's a perfectly good quality Schwinn and I love it! You can also check out craigslist for even better deals. Use the google-fu to search for local bike co-ops too (we have a couple in Cincinnati).

I would also recommend replacing your pedals with cages. I don't liek the clip in pedals, they scare me, but I love having cages that I can put my feet into. It makes doing hills and other tough terrains SO much easier because you can pull up and push forwards, pull back, etc. instead of just mashing down.

I would really like to take a bike trek this summer; just something for a weekend where we bike and camp. Hopefully we'll get our butts in gear and do it this year!

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LOGICALLE, try googling your location and bike laws. At SCHWINNER'S suggestion, I did and found lots of really helpful information. Lots of us are in the same boat. Wanting to ride, but needing more training and information to deal with our inexperience with today's biking.

LISAHP, my son-in-law did a ride across Indiana last year and loved it. It does sound like a great adventure. He trained for months to get in shape for it. Read up on what you would need to do to get ready to ride across Iowa. No reason why you couldn't start getting ready to do it. What do you think?

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I like riding my bike, I'd really like to do one of those mega rides some time, like the ride across Iowa. I may have to give up trail riding though, I did a head plant after my wheel spun out in the mud. It was a small hill as well... kind of sad... I've been too nervous to go back to our local 'mountain' (more like slightly hilly) bike trail. Oh, and I ALWAYS wear a helmet!!!!

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This is definitely something I want to take up, but just haven't yet. First, there's the cost--of the bike and all of the equipment (helmets, bike rack, locks, etc.). Second, I'm not quite sure what I'm doing in the actual process of riding (rules, laws, etc.). Third, there is a little fear in starting--getting hit, not being able to do it, etc.

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I'm not as comfortable or skilled as most bike-riding adults either.

If I ever buy a new bike, it will probably be like yours, DEBORAH. I am still intimidated by gears. Your comment about staying in the same gear most of the time is reassuring.

Traffic scares me, too. I can ride through the neighborhood and get to the bike path easily, which has been a lucky break. A couple of years ago I bought a "basket" which is actually a soft thermal container that attaches to the bike and is easy to remove. I also share your liking for picnic lunches. Adventure and excitement!
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I am thrilled to report that I bought a bike helmet this morning. It's a white (looks silver and black to me) Sierra model by Specialized Helmets. The dude at the bike store said it was fine for me since I'm not a racer.
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It was warm and sunny enough for a short ride today. Fingers-crossed for the weekend.

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I love my bike. I never had a bike as a child so I'm not comfortable or skilled like most bike riding adults. I got a "comfort bike". It is a real bike term meaning that it is a bike that you can sit up in and it doesn't put pressure on your hands or wrists. I got a Trek Navigator. It has gears which I found intimidating, but have really gotten used to. Really unless you are doing hills, you stay in the same gear most of the time. I still limit myself to the bike paths because traffic scares the bejeesus out of me. I got a basket for bike because I wanted to be able to take a picnic lunch with me. It actually comes off easily for carrying into the stores. Bikes are so high tech now.

I find weather and time to be the obstacles to riding. We live rurally and the nearest bike path is 30 miles away. I've ridden on the dirt roads around here but it is just not comfortable.

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The Internet is awesome... I love how we can learn so much.
I'm also way pleased that Google now has 'bike rides' for the option on the mapping. I was choosing 'walk', but it's not quite the same thing.

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Thanks, SCHWINNER. I hit pay dirt on Google. All kinds of interesting stuff, local laws, training tours, bike trail maps, advice of fitting helmets and more.

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Google is a wonderful thing. Thanks! I'll try it. I've been looking at helmets and am narrowing down my choices. If it's warm this weekend, I could actually do some riding. So, I need to decide on one tomorrow.

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Mare, I have a Specialized mountain bike, too. Dual suspension... I love it! I occasionally will take a trip to a local bike trail and take it for a 60-90 minute spin.

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Barbara, I just tried googling "bike laws" and got a bunch of localized hits. Try "bike laws [your city/state]" and you should be able to find some resources. Most cities either have the laws on their home pages, or there are independent groups that have websites with information. Good luck!

Mare, that makes me giggle about the logs and falling over! I have a heavy bike that I schlep around town too - it's certainly no road/city bike, but like you, I take comfort that it just takes that much more power to ride it :)

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My Spcialized bike has shock absorbers, fat mountain bike knobby tires, 18 speeds (usually!), the slimist little fender on the stem going toward the back so I don't get back splashes. It's a bit of a tank, which I'm sorry for when I have to carry it up and down stairs... but I love it. I go off road, and on road, it is a hybrid male/female bike with a fairly vertical seat arrangement. I go 20-40 miles a week on her. I have to sit pretty upright to keep pressure off my wrists... and I go pretty darn slow. So what.... Since it's a tank, it's more of a work out than a lighter bike, but I want to ride for a work out- even when riding to work.
Drivers are nuts. But drivers are nuts when I'm in a car, too. I'm just a major defensive rider.
My funniest moment came recently- coming around a sharp corner on a dirt track next to the beach- there were suddenly logs from a very high tide... I kind of went- doh! stopped- and fell over. Tee hee. Didn't get hurt, other than my image.
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Biking turns out to be one more activity that requires that I be a grown-up. I have always worn appropriate shoes for it. (I'm not a fan of flip-flops. I don't like how they feel between my toes.)

I think the helmets nowadays are cool-looking. So, I will be purchasing one. Back in the olden days, we didn't have helmets. DH has been wearing a helmet for years. Seeing people (me) not wearing one upsets him.
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EDIT: I forgot to mention the rules thing. I am not up-to-date on biking rules (from the bike rider's point-of-reference), since I've only been riding my Peewee Herman bike in the neighborhood and not on the highway. Where would I find out more?

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One thing I found is that the fear of riding on the road/with cars just had to be faced. In Cincinnati, it's illegal for adults to ride on the sidewalk. I started on easier streets, but now I have no problem and am not intimidated to ride on the main streets next to cars. Sometimes I still worry; lots of the drivers around here aren't familiar with the laws or the fact that I HAVE to be on the road. But, I remind myself that me riding helps remind THEM.

It kills me when I see people on the road with no helmet, riding in flip flops (ick, do you WANT to lose a toenail?!), and picking and choosing when they want to follow the traffic laws.

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My bike usually loses some air from the tires over the winter. So, I'll need to take it to the bike shop for a quickie check-up, too.

Some of the roads around here would scare me, too, SUSAN. But, luckily, they aren't ALL dangerous. You live in an area where your nearest neighbor is quite a distance away, I believe So, it makes sense to be careful. I think the results of the survey will show "safety" as one of the major concerns people have.

Riding to work seems to be getting more popular. Getting out of bed earlier is a challenge. Errands aren't as tied to time deadlines. So, I think they sound like fun, especially when the weather is nice.
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I did the survey:)

I have a mountain bike which I don't ride enough. The cars around my area scare me and there have been lots of people getting injured or killed. Reading the paper scared me...

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Thanks for sharing the survey!! It's about time to break out my bike and ride to work. I have never ridden as much as I know I should or as much as I want to - I only have a couple miles to go to work, so it's ridiculous to drive most of the time. The main hassle for me is just getting up earlier! :)

I really should try to ride my bike for more errands though...that's one thing I need to work on! First I need a tune up for spring though :)

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The park sounds like a great place to ride. There's a bike trail about 1/2 mile away from me. Fun to ride without cars everywhere.

Good luck on your project of getting rid of the training wheels for your little girl. You'll enjoy riding together.
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I love biking and did quite a bit BC (before child). I was especially fond of taking it to one of the local parks and riding for a dozen miles or so up and down the hills. That was a great work out.
Then when my daughter was an infant, we got a baby seat and I began to enjoy it again. But I still only rode around the neighborhood.
Now that my daughter is five, I'm hoping to teach her to ride w/out training wheels this spring. Then maybe she can join me in long bike rides.

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My old bike is fun to ride, too, for short distances. It has coaster brakes and no gears. We put slick tires on it, since I ride it on pavement. And we took the fenders off, so there's nothing to rattle. I have a new gel seat and some padded bike shorts. The dudes at the bike shop actually agree with me that the bike is cute.

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I gave up cycling many years ago when I developed repetitive strain issues in my hands. Every time I tried to ride my hands went numb and tingly. Then I found a bike that's only three speeds and much like old fashioned bikes where you can actually sit up. It's a great deal of fun to ride!!! I haven't ridden in the last couple of years, but now that I've settled down again, I'm hoping to get back into it.

I took the survey. ;)



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Me too. any chance the bike will fit any of the stands made for converting it to a stationary bike? then you could cycle outside now while it's a human temperature and inside when it's 100.

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We splurged on new bikes a couple of years ago and I loved riding, but then it got HOT (as Florida tends to do) and since I couldn't breathe, I didn't ride anymore. Then I quit doing anything outdoors, got out of shape, and haven't rode since.

Now I want to ride again, but since yesterday was the first day of spring, it should be creeping up into the 100s again any day now. Bleh...

So, my reason for not riding seems to be heat related. It doesn't stop most people in Florida, but I hate the hot weather.

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Too rich for my blood too and not really useful since it would be a 30 mile round trip ride. However, $2K compared to the cost of a car if you lived in town is a deal.

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That sounds really great. I love that it allows a person to ride to the grocery store and have room to carry groceries home. Too rich for my blood, too. All bikes are kind of expensive these days because there's more to them.

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Thank you for sharing those links! That looks pretty cool. My Sparkfriend IDEBORAH got herself a bike and appears to love it.

I've looked online more than once at some bikes that are available now. They have these really super expensive, but very cool electric tricycles. You pedal it, that charges the battery and kicks in when you need it for going up hill. Crazy huh? Because it's a tricycle it has a pretty good size basket to hold groceries, packages, etc. Sadly - these run about $2k which is only a little bit out of my budget. But one day, when I grow up ...

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I have a mountain bike, necessary because of all the gravel roads, no mountains here. I like it although it's just a basic 10 speed not a million dollar one. I usually ride but lately it has been hard since we had the littlest guy. Last year when he would have fit in my baby seat, I didnt' ride at all because of my foot surgeries. I do use an indoor bike alot tho.

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A friend made me aware of this and I thought others on the team might find it helpful.

I took the survey and enjoyed it. My bike is an old coaster brake model that I like to ride around the neighborhood when the weather is good. (I'm 67, so my bike riding days were pre-fancy gear-shifting bikes.)

The idea of riding a bike for errands sounds interesting to me. So, I'm feeling adventurous.

I think I might like to take a risk and find out more about gears and hand brakes (sounds hard and I'm scared). The payoff---I could borrow my husband's fancy bike to ride to the beach, 5 miles away. I could ride to the beer store (convenience store). I could ride to a favorite park about 7 miles away for a nature walk (taking my lunch with me). I could ride to my piano lesson and to my pilates class, both about 6 miles away.

SOLD! I like exercise that promises to be fun. I could burn calories without dull drudgery and save gas, too.
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Here's the information from my friend. See what YOU think.

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals announces:

Free webinar and cycling survey

Writing Women Back into Bicycling: Changing Transportation Culture to Encourage More Women to Cycle More Places More Often

While it is an exciting time in the U.S. as many new bicycling projects are being installed, women continue to participate in bicycling at lower rates than men. We are conducting a survey of women and girls to hear from them about the many possible factors influencing their cycling decisions. We are opening a dialog on why women and girls are cycling less and what would encourage them to cycle more.

The public is invited to attend the free webinar on women and cycling on March 31, 2010 (3:00 p.m. Eastern time) or view it as an archived presentation later. Learn about the barriers, successes, international examples and ideas about what you can do. Register today for free webinar:
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Space is limited.


TAKE THE SURVEY (open until May 15, 2010 – WOMEN AND GIRLS ONLY please)

www.surveymonkey.com/s/womencycling

We would like to hear from non-cyclists as well as current and past cyclists. Survey results will be shared during the webinar. Final results available after May 15th (National Bike Month)

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