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The cycling thread
10-25-2010, 09:03 AM
Post: #21
RE: The cycling thread
So I have been training with a group to do the 2011 AIDS/Lifecycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in June. You can read about it here if you are interested: http://www.aidslifecycle.org/ And if you are so inclined, you can support my ride here: http://www.tofighthiv.org/site/TR/AIDSLI...fr_id=1330

We did 30 miles yesterday, mostly along the coast. It was a beautiful day and lovely scenery. We are going to build up to 80-90 miles a day over the next few months since we will be riding about 80 per day for each of the 7 days on the actual ride. Right now I am working a little harder than everyone else because I am on a mountain bike, but I am hoping to get a road bike soon. After the ride, I test-rode the Cannondale Synapse 3. Wow, oh wow. I could pick that bike up with one finger it's so light. I might just have to get that, but it's pricey!

I am enjoying this so much. It's really great to ride with a group, and it's even better that it's for a good cause. Every time we ride I feel like that little piggie in the GEICO commercial: "Weeeeeeeeeeeeee!" I really do!

Holly
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10-25-2010, 11:21 AM
Post: #22
RE: The cycling thread
Oh dear....I have this visual of you flying down the road like that pig....its just soo wrong but in a good way. As for me, while I am not cycling, I AM moving to the next step of my weight loss program. I start my new workout schedule today. I hope I can lose enough of the fatty weight and get some muscle mass back by April. I am trying to plan a little vacation trip on the Harley to Yellowstone and then back through to Mount Rushmore and the Rapids city area. No I dont do Sturgis - too many stir crazies, but I am looking forward to fitting in my old clothes again.

Maybe I might turn into that pig!

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10-25-2010, 11:59 AM
Post: #23
RE: The cycling thread
When you are on your motorcycle, don't you feel the "weeeeeee!"?? Smile I just love feeling like a kid again.

As for the health benefits of cycling, well, my ass looks great! That's all that matters, LOL. Big Grin My calves are shaping up too.

Holly

(10-25-2010 11:21 AM)boomer Wrote:  Oh dear....I have this visual of you flying down the road like that pig....its just soo wrong but in a good way. As for me, while I am not cycling, I AM moving to the next step of my weight loss program. I start my new workout schedule today. I hope I can lose enough of the fatty weight and get some muscle mass back by April. I am trying to plan a little vacation trip on the Harley to Yellowstone and then back through to Mount Rushmore and the Rapids city area. No I dont do Sturgis - too many stir crazies, but I am looking forward to fitting in my old clothes again.

Maybe I might turn into that pig!
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10-25-2010, 12:43 PM
Post: #24
RE: The cycling thread
Oh......my wife said one time she could hear my "wheeeeee" from two blocks away on the Harley. In fact every time that durn commercial comes on she keeps telling me thats what I look like on the Hog.

I can't judge your backside from here though.

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10-26-2010, 09:52 AM
Post: #25
RE: The cycling thread
I think cycling is such a great form of exercise because its just so fun and interesting. I quickly get bored if trying to exercise in a room, or riding a stationary bicycle. Watching a concert on tv helps if cooped up inside, but even then its too easy to say "I'm done" and get off the bike. When on a long bike ride outside, you can't just be done, because you still have to get back to your starting point. This summer I just kept pushing myself farther and farther each ride, to the point where I overdid it one day. I was so tired to the point where there was no energy left, but still 15 miles back to the car. I found myself walking up the hills in agony, and then got rained on in the final mile, and attacked by mosquitoes. So I have learned what my limits are, and not to push too hard and make it not fun anymore, I'm no century rider!

-Rey

(10-25-2010 11:59 AM)Holly Wrote:  As for the health benefits of cycling, well, my ass looks great! That's all that matters, LOL. Big Grin My calves are shaping up too.
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10-26-2010, 10:43 AM
Post: #26
RE: The cycling thread
I agree. I can't work out in a gym or be on a stationary bike for too long without getting bored.

Riding outside is a whole experience and it really clears my head. It's a couple hours I can't be checking my Blackberry, which is a good thing!

Holly

(10-26-2010 09:52 AM)Rey Wrote:  I think cycling is such a great form of exercise because its just so fun and interesting. I quickly get bored if trying to exercise in a room, or riding a stationary bicycle. Watching a concert on tv helps if cooped up inside, but even then its too easy to say "I'm done" and get off the bike. When on a long bike ride outside, you can't just be done, because you still have to get back to your starting point. This summer I just kept pushing myself farther and farther each ride, to the point where I overdid it one day. I was so tired to the point where there was no energy left, but still 15 miles back to the car. I found myself walking up the hills in agony, and then got rained on in the final mile, and attacked by mosquitoes. So I have learned what my limits are, and not to push too hard and make it not fun anymore, I'm no century rider!

-Rey

(10-25-2010 11:59 AM)Holly Wrote:  As for the health benefits of cycling, well, my ass looks great! That's all that matters, LOL. Big Grin My calves are shaping up too.
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10-31-2010, 08:33 PM
Post: #27
RE: I just rode on the Pacific Coast Highway - am I an idiot???
Holy moly.

So I bought a new bike yesterday. I had been riding my mountain bike with my riding group, but I figured it was time to get a road bike so I can keep up with everyone. Despite my efforts, I didn't do a very good job of keeping up with everyone today. Again, I was last, along with two of the very generous and patient group leaders - Tony, who escorted me to the halfway mark from Santa Monica to Malibu, and then Chris, who escorted me back to our starting place at Helen's Cycles on Broadway and 26th. Thankfully the group has a policy of no riders left behind or I would have been stuck on PCH all by myself just freaking the feck out. I feel sorry for the team leaders! I owe them all a lot.

The bike I bought myself is an early birthday/Christmas present: a Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 Ultegra road bike! It's all I wanted this year, and I figure for all the years I have been given that single birthday/Christmas present (my birthday is 12/22), instead of two separate presents, I have earned a pricey gift, for once! Big Grin

I also bought the Zero Speedplay clip-in pedals, and bike shoes, which of course I did not use today on the highway, or I surely would have fallen right over into traffic. For today's ride, I just used regular pedals. (Yesterday, I fell over twice attached to the bike while I practiced clipping in and clipping out. They say you fall down three times and then you "get it". Yay! I am only one fall away from figuring it out! At least that's encouraging.)

I really did not enjoy riding on the PCH. I thought it was especially dangerous. I kept looking around for Mel Gibson and other drunks, even though it was between 8:30 a.m. and noon. You never know ... drunks are out there at all hours, and so are other careless drivers. Although I was told that the trip back was more dangerous, I actually felt safer coming back south toward Santa Monica, even though we had to watch for car doors on that side. For some reason it was a little easier to navigate than going north and being pressed against the side of a cliff with semi trucks barreling by while we tried to avoid rocks and slippery mud on the road.

Thankfully, this particular ride only appears about once a month on my group's calendar. I think I may skip this one in the future, though I suppose, in reality it's dangerous to ride ANYWHERE. So far no place I have ridden has felt as dangerous as this one.

If you want to see some of my "triumphant" pictures from today, they are on my Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/hollyroark#!/pho...1271452863

If anyone is in the Los Angeles area and wants to join a riding group, let me know. The group I ride with is called "Shifting Gears", and they are really great. They do the AIDS/LifeCycle ride every year (7 days from San Francisco to Los Angeles), which is what I am training for.

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11-01-2010, 08:00 AM
Post: #28
RE: The cycling thread
Hey Holly sounds like quite a ride. Don't feel too bad about being last. I am probably the slowest rider of all, I usually ride at 10 to 12 mph, which I know is slow because everyone else is always zooming by me.

I know what you mean by the roads being dangerous. I have gotten to the point where I don't like to ride on a road with cars at all, but I am lucky to live in an area that has a lot of designated riding trails that go off on their own away from the roads. No motorized vehicles allowed! I have not fallen off my bike since I was a little kid. I guess that means I have three falls to go (shudder). Whenever I hear about someone falling, I always ask what it was that made them fall. I want to know the reason so I can try to prevent it from happening to me. Being on the trail without any cars, I suppose the biggest hazard would be other riders and especially weaving little kids. But being a slower rider probably helps keep me upright too. I have also found myself not paying attention and getting caught in the rut at the edge of the paved trail, but that is just pure clumsiness.

That looks like a nice bike you bought, I looked the model up on google to see a picture of it. Other posts on this thread are about fancy bikes too. I suppose I am a little embarrassed to admit that I just ride a cheap $100 K-Mart bike. But its really not too bad at all, built more for comfort than speed. All aluminum with a wider, less painful seat. Upright handlebars so you don't ride hunched over, I suppose you would call it the beach cruiser style. I am a big guy, 6' 5" tall, and I just found this bike to be the most comfortable for me. The model has since been discontinued, maybe it was built too good for that price point.

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11-01-2010, 08:30 AM (This post was last modified: 11-01-2010 08:42 AM by Holly.)
Post: #29
RE: The cycling thread
Hi Rey! The falling over has to do with being clipped into the bike pedals. If you are coming to a stop and can't clip out in time, BOOM, you fall over. It takes a while to learn how to clip in and out of those things, I guess.

Fancy schmancy, it's all about whatever works! I treated myself to this fancy bike because of the long ride I am going to do next year, and having a very lightweight bike (17 lbs!!) will help since there are a lot of hills. I also plan to do many more long rides in the future so I figure it's a good investment over time. I would have just stuck with my mountain bike if not for the AIDS/LifeCycle ride, but 545 miles is just too much to do on that heavy bike. I also got a 10% discount on it for joining the AIDS/LifeCycle ride. That helped.

Holly

(11-01-2010 08:00 AM)Rey Wrote:  Hey Holly sounds like quite a ride. Don't feel too bad about being last. I am probably the slowest rider of all, I usually ride at 10 to 12 mph, which I know is slow because everyone else is always zooming by me.

I know what you mean by the roads being dangerous. I have gotten to the point where I don't like to ride on a road with cars at all, but I am lucky to live in an area that has a lot of designated riding trails that go off on their own away from the roads. No motorized vehicles allowed! I have not fallen off my bike since I was a little kid. I guess that means I have three falls to go (shudder). Whenever I hear about someone falling, I always ask what it was that made them fall. I want to know the reason so I can try to prevent it from happening to me. Being on the trail without any cars, I suppose the biggest hazard would be other riders and especially weaving little kids. But being a slower rider probably helps keep me upright too. I have also found myself not paying attention and getting caught in the rut at the edge of the paved trail, but that is just pure clumsiness.

That looks like a nice bike you bought, I looked the model up on google to see a picture of it. Other posts on this thread are about fancy bikes too. I suppose I am a little embarrassed to admit that I just ride a cheap $100 K-Mart bike. But its really not too bad at all, built more for comfort than speed. All aluminum with a wider, less painful seat. Upright handlebars so you don't ride hunched over, I suppose you would call it the beach cruiser style. I am a big guy, 6' 5" tall, and I just found this bike to be the most comfortable for me. The model has since been discontinued, maybe it was built too good for that price point.

-Rey

D00D! I just watched a video for this quadracycle thing - what a blast! It's riding on the road and over rocky terrain! I can't believe this thing, LOL. We should all ride these. Forget the cars. Lose our dependence on gasoline! This is great.

Holly

(06-09-2010 11:32 AM)Nung Wrote:  Of course! The brightest people ride bicycles! But, that doesn't stop me from riding too (lol)!
I have an 16 year old Cannondale full-suspension and a 15-year old Cannondale road bike. The Mtn bike feels dated but the road bike still feels so fine! There is nothing like the feeling of those thin tires humming along while being immersed in the environment. Or, there is nothing like a Mtn bike boucing along a singletrack as one's attention is focused intently on the next 15 feet ahead.
I feel that riding a bicycle is perhaps the most wonderful activity one can ever do. And what an environmentally kind thing to do!

I have a friend who has designed a two-person, human powered vehicle called the Animas Quadracycle. It is fully suspended, has INDEPENDENT GEARING, excellent brakes, and can conquer almost any terrain. It is a HOOT! Just do a quick search and you'll find the site. We need more vehicles like that and less internal combustion, fossil fuel vehicles.

Enjoy the ride!

Here is a crazy video of the bike Nung is talking about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7SmipOh5FU

Holly

(06-09-2010 11:32 AM)Nung Wrote:  Of course! The brightest people ride bicycles! But, that doesn't stop me from riding too (lol)!
I have an 16 year old Cannondale full-suspension and a 15-year old Cannondale road bike. The Mtn bike feels dated but the road bike still feels so fine! There is nothing like the feeling of those thin tires humming along while being immersed in the environment. Or, there is nothing like a Mtn bike boucing along a singletrack as one's attention is focused intently on the next 15 feet ahead.
I feel that riding a bicycle is perhaps the most wonderful activity one can ever do. And what an environmentally kind thing to do!

I have a friend who has designed a two-person, human powered vehicle called the Animas Quadracycle. It is fully suspended, has INDEPENDENT GEARING, excellent brakes, and can conquer almost any terrain. It is a HOOT! Just do a quick search and you'll find the site. We need more vehicles like that and less internal combustion, fossil fuel vehicles.

Enjoy the ride!
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11-27-2010, 03:58 AM
Post: #30
RE: I finally mastered being clipped to the bike!
Well, several falls and bruises later ... I have finally mastered being clipped into the pedals! I must say the ride is exponentially better than when I was just riding with tennis shoes. I am using Speedplay Zero cleats and now that I've got the hang of it - clipping in and out - I will never go back! I am so much faster and more efficient. And it's much more fun! I have more control of the bike too and I actually feel like the bike is a part of me when I am clipped in. It is really awesome!

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