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Tue, Mar 28, 2006 11:03
Welcome to the Board!
Thought I'd start this one off. Any bicycling enthusiasts around that would like to share their stories?

Mon, Apr 3, 2006 17:04
Bicycling enthusiasts
Well, I'll respond. I'm a recreational cyclist, bicycle commuter and League Cycling Instructor (LCI #1069) but just got into serious training for fitness this year, in part because of the inspiration from reading the Younger Next year Books.

I have always just ridden for fun in the past, but am taking my cycling up several notches this year and training for the Tour of Colorado in late June. I've done multi-day tours before, but much easier terrain and distances. Hopefully, this tour will be fun, not an ordeal I can't wait to get over.

I'm one year shy of 50 and can't do impact sports because of arthritis. Other than riding my bike, I didn't work-out regularly at all until this year and was 50 pounds overweight. I've lost over 30 pounds since January. My husband is a couple years older, runs marathons and in much better shape. I figure he'll finish each day of the tour early while I'll be one of the last to come in each day.

I already had hired a personal trainer, paid for a separate cycling training plan and gotten on a "quit eating crap" diet in which I'm also tracking calories, before I found out about this on-line program. I'm trying to evaluate whether or not to join when I'm doing well with the conforming diet and exercise programs I'm on now.

Tue, Apr 18, 2006 08:04
Bicycling the Shore
We have a house on the beach outside Atlantic City NJ. Every morning from 7-am to 10-am I bike to the boardwalk and back 16 mile round trip. A group meets at Starbucks, sit in front of one of the casinos and socialize and watch all the people go by. I leave early in the morning when no one is on the boardwalk except the all night gamblers and the clean up crew. Having the boardwalk to myself I am able to get my heart rate up and then come back down waiting for my group for coffee. The sun is shinning and everything is looking up. The first part of the ride gets me into the zone The second part is my community life. You just can not ask for a start of a better day
In winter I bundle up and do the same thing unless the wind tells me at 60 stay home

Wed, Apr 26, 2006 16:04
In lousy shape, but back on my bike
I love bicycling--couldn't get enough of it a decade or so ago. I even have a custom bike--a Waterford 1900--what a sweetheart! But between a back injury, a knee injury, and just plain working too blasted much, I went several years without any serious cycling.

But now, despite the lousy shape I've gotten into and being 53, with the sore back and knees and pretty much everything else, I'm back on my bike and signed up for a 4-day cycling tour in May. A little scary, but I can't wait, can't wait, can't wait. I sort of wish it was sooner, but it's a good thing it's not--I need more time to train. And the training IS going well. When I'm flying on my bike, I know that that's where my body wants to be.

Thu, Apr 27, 2006 11:04
good bike
First, it's a pleasure to read these biking messages. A real pleasure. H (ere's my modest addition.

I was in Sante Fe for a couple of days, lecturing. Managed to rent a surprisingly good road bike). (an outfit called Mello Vello...nice people if you're ever down there. Two thoughts: One, it's possible to rent a decent bike in some surprising places and to have a radically better business or whatever trip. Two: the difference between a good rental bike and a great bike that is fitted to you is very substantial. Moral: if it makes sense - and it mostly does not - take your own bike on tours. If it doesn't make sense, rent the best thing you can find and go for it. Chris Crowley

Thu, Apr 27, 2006 11:04
What's a Legal Cycling Instructor
What is a legal cycling do you find em? How do you become one? Chris C

Thu, Apr 27, 2006 14:04
Bicycling is my passion . . .
I've been cycling since 1999 . . . well, cycling AGAIN, anyway. I had a bike as a kid, of course, a "girls" bike, 24".

Then, back in the mid-70s, my Dad bought me a bike -- a Panasonic, stepthrough frame, 10-speed. He modified it to an 18-speed. I still own it, though it's ridiculously wrong for me, size-wise. (The body tolerates more at 22, than it does at 53 . . .) I rode it a few years, then it ended up in a storage room.

In 1999, I was nearly 220 lbs, and extremely sedentary. My wonderful husband bought a bike for himself, after watching bicyclists on a local rail-trail. He thought, "Gee, they are having so much more fun than I am, walking along here!" And so he bought himself a Trek hybrid.

A few months later, he offered to buy me a bike. Well, I figured at first I was "past" all that, with my achy back, bad knees, and excess weight.

But I did take him up on it. He bought me a Raleigh SC 30, a "comfort" bike. I took it out for a spin on my birthday, August 28, 1999. I cycled 4 slow miles and thought I was going to throw up. I worried that I was having a heart attack! I wasn't, of course; I was just incredibly out of shape. I persisted.

Over the next few years, I worked my way up to being able to bike oh, 40 miles or so at a time. I joined Weight Watchers in early 2002, ended up losing 80 lbs. Hubby bought me another bike: a Terry. I rode that for a couple of years, but it made me tired on longer rides.

So he bought me the ultimate (at least in Chris' opinion, and mine, too): A SEROTTA. Yes, I have a wonderful custom Serotta, titanium, carbon fork. 650c wheels (I'm really short). It climbs like a cat. I've put about 3500 miles or so on it, in not quite 2 years.

Funny story about that bike, though. I ordered it in early March 2004. On March 17, 2004, I blew out my L3/L4 lumbar disc. I had significant weakness in my left quadriceps, along with pain. I could not ride. Mounting and dismounting was terribly painful.

So I had a microdiscectomy in May 2004. Got my new Serotta 2 weeks later. Rode it for a shaky mile up and down my street. The next weekend, I biked 12 miles of the Bloomin' Metric, in CT, and the day after that 17 miles on a NY state railtrail.

Obviously, I'm fully recovered. I've since done a number on L2/L3, but not as bad, and I've recovered from that nicely, without anything more than a run of prednisone.

And biking doesn't hurt AT ALL. Never did, hopefully never will.

Isn't it wonderful how time disappears when you're in the saddle?

Fri, Apr 28, 2006 16:04
Good to hear!
BaltimoreDeb, it's so good to hear that you're still able to bike, even after back injuries and at the same age as me. I was so afraid to start cycling again because I thought it would hurt my constantly-aching back even more. But it doesn't--in fact, it's almost like a little massage--my back sort of goes to sleep while I'm on the bike.

I've recently tweaked my saddle position to be kinder to my knees and of course that's got my back complaining some, but the guy at my LBS says we can work that out with some stem/handlebar changes.

Anyhow, TFS your story!

Mon, May 8, 2006 18:05
"League", not "legal"! ;-)
League of American Bicyclists (
"Becoming a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) certified to teach BikeEd is a great way to help cyclists in your community. Certified instructors can teach BikeEd classes to children as well as adults. Help bring the joy of safe cycling to others. If you are an experienced cyclist and would like to teach others please consider taking the next step towards certification."

Tue, Jun 6, 2006 16:06
League Cycling Instructor

A League Cycling Instructor (LCI) is an experienced cyclist that has been through a 20 + hour program to learn how to teach bicycle traffic safety. The curricula used by the LCIs (about 760 nationwide) are all part of the Bike Ed program of the League of American Bicyclists.

The pre-requisites include successfully completing a Road I course given by an LCI. If you are interested please reply to me off-line for more information.

Preston Tyree
Chair, Education Committee
League of American Bicyclists
LCI #518

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