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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 01:51 AM
Of course I grew up on the seat of a bike. Cruising around the neighborhood is one of the joys of being a kid. But after a while I grew up and got my 1st car of course. And for years I forgot about bicycling and just depended on my car.

Then I few years ago I had a friend who was into bicycling and he got me back into it. I was working about 2 miles from work and I biked to work and back for about several years. I also biked recreationally and found that I really enjoyed it!

But then I moved to a town much further away from work and I was back in the car all the time again. I just forgot about the bike and sold it.

Anyway, now the gas crunch has come up and, and although I still have to drive to work and back, I've decided to get back into to biking in order to try and use my car as little as possible...if at all...when not going to work.

So I go and get one of these fancy-dancy bikes they have these days. (Back in the day it was a 5 or 10 speed) I live in a beautiful small town and I can get literally to anything I need on my bike...and thats what I'm doing! Saving on gas in a big way.

But in adition, I'm experiencing the same "joy" from it that I got when I got back into it before. It really is enjoyable. You know you are saving gas, but also, your getting great...not just "good"...but GREAT excercise! Fantastic excercise.

And as you go about your business, you actually come across people, and you interact with them. Talk with them. Rather that just flying by, isolated, in a traveling cubical.

You're out in the fresh air, getting excercise, stopping to pet a dog, enjoying the scenery all around you, etc etc etc.

And something that I appreciate more and more as I get older. As I'm riding around on my bike, I actually.....feel like a kid again! And thats never a bad thing as far as I'm concerned.

Think of it...

Free transportation
Not buying gasoline
Cuts down on the cars "wear and tear"
Great excercise
Enjoying the outdoors
Interacting with people
Having fun
Feel like a kid again.

Not bad, huh?

Anyway, any other bicycle riders out there getting into "not" buying so much gas?

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[Edited on 6/10/2008 by D28guy]

 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 02:52 AM
love bikes! do a bit of mountainbike racing in the over 50's category.
Here's a link to a photo of me racing this weekend

http://www.mikeconwayphotography.co.uk/Black_Park_MTB_race_Gallery.html#215

hope that works, I'm rider number 201
I wish there was an Allman Brothers Band race shirt, (Primal Wear do a lynyrd skynyrd one )

 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 03:30 AM
Is that Black Park near Slough, mate?




 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 03:56 AM
Biking is great exercise and of course economical. I've been mountain biking regularly for years although I've dropped off recently. I need to get back into it, as my weight is way up these days.

Here's some advice, however: If you're going to bike around town, STAY OFF OF THE STREET. It's just not safe, man. We had a horrible incident already this year in the Bay area, at Stevens Creek Park. Three bikers were using the road as they often do in this park with steep, windy roads. A sheriff...........yes, a SHERIFF.........apparentlly fell asleep at the wheel of his patrol car, crossed the center divider, and killed two of the cyclists, seriously injuring the third. Let's face it, bicycle vs. car (or motorcycle vs. car), you just don't stand much of a chance.

Unless you can find a trail to where you're going, to me anyway, the danger far outweighs the benefits.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 04:12 AM
Oh, man. Terrible news about those guys. Sorry to hear about that.

The town where I live happens to be VERY heavily "sidewalked". I can get most everywhere on sidewalks, although I do sometimes ride on the streets. Your right, though...you do have to watch out and be carefull.

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 04:21 AM
Manitou,

Your picture came out fine.

But I see you have one of those "skinny as a slice of pie seats". Man alive...that thing lasted about 1 hour after I bought my bike.

I went out and got the biggest, fattest, most "cushiony" seat I could find!

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 05:53 AM
I ride about 4-5 days/nights a week locally along the ocean. Of course the real competive riders pass me in packs ( but I usually catch them on the inclines )but I'm doing it for the exercise and I just love riding a bike.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 05:54 AM
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Is that Black Park near Slough, mate?





Yes it is Black Park near Slough

 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 07:14 AM
Love mountain biking! I had a road bike for a few months and got sick of dealing with the cars, it wasn't nearly as fun for me. I like hittin' the trails like manitou rides! Ride on friends...

 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 07:19 AM
If gas gets much higher a bike looks like a good investment.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 08:26 AM
although i don't bike much anymore -- probably less than 500 miles in the past eyar -- in 1996 i biked from charlotte to charleston, alone, in terrible weather, on back roads using county maps, to see the allman brothers band! yeee-HAW! the next day, i biked north to sunset beach, nc, to meet up with my family. 3 days, 330 miles, one great show, great memories. long time ago, when i was still a young guy of 39. rode a 1995 Trek 5000. (still have the bike, in fact, this spring i had it taken apart and rebuilt. still rides all comfy and forgiving, and accelerates like a rocket. cycling is one sport where better equipment can overcome superior athleticism.)

fun part of the story: when i got to the venue, it was between the opening act & the Brothers. my seat was 7th row center. when i got there, there was no one seated in the row, and the seats were flipped up. i sat down, relaxed, enjoying the moment. all of a sudden some folks came rushing up, wearing VIP badges. "are you RON? you MADE it!" first time i met Lana, and Paul Kaytes, who i'm friends with to this very day. they were on the penultimate leg of the "Peaches and Dreams" bus tour.

they left, and the people behind me asked, "who ARE you?" hahahahaha. as always, i said, "oh, no one."

i think the tapers burned their copies of that show - i've never run across it. i enjoyed it IMMENSELY. wonderful, uhhhhh, psychedelic version of True Gravity, best version of Tombstone Eyes i ever heard.


as for biking, bike defensively. get a good rear view mirror, acknowledge drivers & do what you can to make it easy for them to get by you. if you live in a city, use google maps to find neighborhood streets that parallel major thoroughfares. sidewalks can be your friend. and so on. and WEAR A HELMET. don't believe me? take a 10 pound bowling ball and drop it on pavement. that's your head.

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 10:06 AM

 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 10:19 AM
yes, I am ! As soon as I inflate both my tires.. I will be good to go...

I love Bike riding... going through neighborhoods , going to the deli, or food market.... gets you in shape .

It is rather Hot today... but I am off on Thursday ... so I will get the bike ready...

 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 10:54 AM
Big time rider, on & off the trails -- lot of good single track around here -- been riding a hybrid but you need the knobby tires for the real single track

 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 11:15 AM
I didn't own a car until I was 26 - always used the bike or my feet or public transportation. Now that I think about it, that's about the time I started getting chubby.

As soon as we make the move back to Chicago (quite close to the lake front), bikes for the family will be one of our priorities. There's a well-reputed 2nd-hand bike shop very close to my job . . . we'll probably go that route.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 11:21 AM
I rode my bike last night for about an hour. I have an old Jamis Beach Cruiser. I've had the bike since the early 90's. The bike is very sturdy, and evidence of this is I've had the bike now for at least 15 years. I took this bike to Florida State University in 1994-1995 , or actually to Tallahassee. I rode all over Tallahassee. Back then I was in my very early 30's. I'm now 45 and biking is MUCH HARDER than it used to be. My feet are all f'ed up now, arthritic. I go to the podiatrist today. Anyway, my bike has sort of been rebuilt. I guess I am now on my second seat. The seat looks cushy and wide and comfortable but last night my butt was simply in agony. I may have to buy another NEW seat. This new seat that I bought last biking season is not breaking in. Also, I have new knobby tires front and back. The rim in the back is new and prior to the new wheel I had the rear sprocket replaced. I think I had the bearings in the middle of the bike replaced last year when I got the new seat. I went to the bike shop with something like two or three busted spokes and the guts in the back tire were loose. The loose guts caused the bike tire to warp busting some spokes as I rode. I also bought a new bike light last year. I like having a light sometimes but mostly this is to keep from getting a ticket. I ride mostly at night because we have lots of car traffice in Jacksonville, FL and I just like things quiet and sleepy.


I also only paid $22 for my bike at a garage sale when I purchased it. I am also on my second set of pedals. I bent one of the other replacement pedals and this time I went with sturdier pedals.


I am riding my bike for pleasure and also with a goal of getting some much needed exercise. I need to trim down. I've turned in to a bit of a chubby guy. I'm fatter than I have ever been. The good news is I was a bit fatter a few weeks ago, so I am bringing my weight back down again. I've got to see the podiatrist though because my feet are all messed up. Also, I don't wear a helmet but then too I don't try to ride in traffic.


Last year on the VERY LAST NIGHT of the SUMMER I crashed my bike and wiped out EATING the sidewalk. I don't have a rearview mirror and glanced over my left shoulder to watch a car. YES I was out in the road at night. I let the bike drift over to the curb. I looked up to see I was going to hit the curb. I had time for a little breaking and time to prepare to meet the sidewalk. I slammed my left hand and wrist into the sidewalk and I came to a stop with my face flat to the sidewalk. Somehow I didn't break any bones but I sure messed up my already messed up left wrist. I drove the schoolbus for a week with my RIGHT HAND. I didn't tell my employer because I didn't want to be taken off of the bus. I had to get kids to lower or to raise windows for me. I had to let my wrist heal up as much as it would.


Last night I rescued a gopher turtle. He had crawled out of the woods and had fallen off the curb into the road. I put the turtle on the handlebars of the bike and rode down the road until I found the entrance into the doctor's office center. I road to the back of the complex and then left the turtle beside the woods and grass. I let a turtle go on another stretch of that same road just last year. And of course I put the soft shell turtles back into the retention ponds and the gopher turtles/hard shelled turtles are returned to the woods.


I love biking but getting OLD and arthritic sucks big time. I'm not the man I was 15 and 20 years ago. I could bike like a demon back in the day. Now I'm just an old guy on a bike trying to get back into shape. The good news is though that I can still ride.


I saw a bobcat last year while I was out on my bike. I've seen a few foxes also. It's great to get out on a bike.





[Edited on 6/10/2008 by JaminRebel]

 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 05:12 PM
I used to ride quite a bit but my daughter has since scoffed my bike - a touring bike - not a mountain bike. She has been on a few youth-oriented group tours around New England and rides with her dad around where we live in NY.

Her dad, my ex, is a mad-crazy cyclist. The year I met him, at 17, he had just come back from a cross-country tour - from NYC to Seattle (fully loaded - carrying clothes, sleeping bag, etc. on the bike). I remember that he was so used to sleeping on the ground during the trip that he slept on his bedroom floor for weeks when he first got home. He's also toured most of the US at various times since then. He describes these trips as truly spiritual experiences - literally being out on the road and meeting all kinds of people and seeing the most amazing things.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 05:14 PM
I love bicycling. Just wish I wouldn't have run over mine with a Jeep.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 07:14 PM
lola,

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"I love bicycling. Just wish I wouldn't have run over mine with a Jeep."


That'll definitely put a "crimp" in things.

Mike

[Edited on 6/11/2008 by D28guy]

 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 10:59 PM
A few weeks ago I pumped up the tires and dusted off my Schwinn Hurricane. I've been riding around town and through the parks for a little exercise and recreation. It is amazing how much more you notice when you ride down a street that you drive every day.
 

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I used to ride a ten speed a lot and was wanting to purchase a new bike, but am undecided. Those old seats and getting older(lol) just don't seem to be a good combo. Are these new trail bikes comfortable to ride on streets?

 

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 11:21 PM
Skypup,

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My goodness, yes.

I've got a mountain bike but I ride almost exclusively on sidewalks and streets. It seems to glide as easily as the old 10 speeds do. And in some ways its more comfortable than the old 10 speeds because it has shock absorbers for the front wheel, and one under the seat that takes care of the seat and the back wheel. The extra gears come in handy as well at times, adding to the comfort level.

And sometimes I'll take a short cut through a grassy or gravely area, and having a mountain bike comes in handy at those times.

I know what you mean about the seat. The one mine came with lasted one day. I went out and gor a Bell brand large VERY "cushiony" seat. Makes a BIG difference.

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  posted on 6/10/2008 at 11:47 PM
Thanks D. What is a good bike and what price range am I looking at? I saw a bicycle that was accidentally sent to my company by Fed Ex. I opened the box and the dang thing was sweet! Light as a feather and costs about 3 grand. A little too much for me to spend on a bike, but I'd go for anything in the 500-1000 range.

 

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  posted on 6/11/2008 at 12:14 AM
I just started riding my mine to work 2X a week. It's almost 22 miles each way but only one major climb (2 miles up and down). So far so good. Right now I figure I'll save $70 a month. As long as it's light out in the morning, I'll do it.

 

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  posted on 6/11/2008 at 12:30 AM
Skypup,

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"Thanks D. What is a good bike and what price range am I looking at? I saw a bicycle that was accidentally sent to my company by Fed Ex. I opened the box and the dang thing was sweet! Light as a feather and costs about 3 grand. A little too much for me to spend on a bike, but I'd go for anything in the 500-1000 range."



Well, I dont think you can go wrong with the tried and true brand...Schwinn.

Click on the link below. All the varieties of bikes are listed. Under each one is a link that says "view products". Click on that and it will show you all the models in that category, plus the "list" price. (you can probably find one for less than "list")

And you'll find plenty in your price range for sure. You can find tons of great bikes for much much less than the 3 grand you saw in the Fed X box.

I would think there would probably be a Schwinn dealer in every medium to large town in the US.

(by the way, I have no affiliation with Schwinn at all. It just seems like a good place to start, due to their long history and reputation)

Good luck!

http://www.schwinnbike.com/products/

"D"

[Edited on 6/11/2008 by D28guy]

 

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