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Ok peeps.......let's talk bikes. What you ride, why you ride, how riding makes you feel. If you're new to riding - ask your questions here!!! Let's talk biking!!!
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I currently am getting back into my cycling "groove". Been out of it for about 13 years and man it feels good to be back. In my younger years, I raced BMX (circa 1982).... I have done road bike tours and mountain biking. I am currently training to be able to race mountain bike next season and MAYBE a couple of the late season races this year.

I'm a roadie but I'll talk about bicycles anytime.

Original Post by Peej1:

Ok peeps.......let's talk bikes. What you ride, why you ride, how riding makes you feel. If you're new to riding - ask your questions here!!! Let's talk biking!!!

I ride on a bike trail when the weather is good.  I have a hybrid bicycle, and I don't dress like Lance Armstrong, so my aerodynamics aren't phenomenal, but I figure it's just a better workout anyways.  This reminds me, I need my wheels trued.  I always forget.

Ok today is my second day of biking to work and back. It is not very far but it has been so long and the hills are killer but on the bright side today hurt less then last friday when i did this for the first time.

 

I realized that I drove 4 to 6 miles to running sessions.  So now I ride a mountain bike to them.  Last week I rode the mountain bike 75 miles.  Saturday I rode the road bike 50 miles of hills in high winds.  Sunday I rode it 55 miles in 30 mph winds.  It was tough, but fun.

My road bike is a Look carbon bike.  The mountain bike is an aluminum Marin bike.  Both are fast and the group of marathoners I ride with ride hard.  We draft and try to ride at 19 to 22.  You pull for 1/2 mile then rotate to the back and work your way forward.

Original Post by cpa_pfs:

I realized that I drove 4 to 6 miles to running sessions.  So now I ride a mountain bike to them.  Last week I rode the mountain bike 75 miles.  Saturday I rode the road bike 50 miles of hills in high winds.  Sunday I rode it 55 miles in 30 mph winds.  It was tough, but fun.

My road bike is a Look carbon bike.  The mountain bike is an aluminum Marin bike.  Both are fast and the group of marathoners I ride with ride hard.  We draft and try to ride at 19 to 22.  You pull for 1/2 mile then rotate to the back and work your way forward.

Awesome.

A roadie???

 

You'll be amazed how much better the bike rides with the wheels trued. I just picked up a Cannondale Bad Boy and have to get the wheels dialed in after the spokes "seating" and stuff during the initial mileage.

Hey that's great that you're biking to work! The best thing about hills is that for every uphill, there is a downhill (Unless it is uphill both ways)! lol.....

Sweet - sounds like you got some nice rides and a great group to ride with that all share similar goals. Thats awesome! I've done the 35mh headwind thing and the mega-hill thing too, years ago. You are right, it's tough, but it is fun, and rewarding!

So anyone have any great cycling activities lined up for the upcoming weekend?

Just road 40 miles for the first time.  Had lots of breaks, though.  Felt awesome.  I ride an $80 cruiser that I bought from Wal-mart.  Single speed bike with no hand brakes.  No idea what it means for the wheels to be trued, but I bet mine aren't.

I bought a black 2011 model Marin San Rafael late March.

I had not ridden a bike since I was a kid, so after a couple weeks of learning how to ride again, I started commuting to work.  It is 8 miles each way. 

May is Bike-Month and the American Diabetes Association is sponsoring an event on May 5 (Tour de Cure).  I've signed up and plan to do the 50k course with my employer's cycling team.

 

I ride a Specialized Roubaix.  I mostly ride because its part of triathlons and group rides are a great social workout.   Feel?  I really depends on the ride.  The "hour of power" (flat and fast) ride turns my legs to jelly, the "madlibs" (very hilly) ride makes me scream at my legs, and the TTS group ride (long and social) is just a good time.  Its all for a purpose, Ironman.  

I have a hard time riding with the kids.

My favorite subject! My bikes :) I ride a Marin hybrid for my errands (no car) because its lighter than my Scwhin and was easier to put a big ass basket on. For exercise & fun, I ride a Walmart $150.00 Schwinn Sidewinder. It's a little on the heavy side, especially with the added weight of a baby seat & 50 pound dog/co-pilot. But its 21 speeds, slightly bigger than my Marin and just a little more comfy for me as I am a big girl (5'8" and 210 or so). I ride to lose weight and because Dr, Schwinn is the best therapist I have ever had. Nothing like miles of empty rd,, blue sky & cows. Great place to think. That said...strapping up my bad knee, throwing the dog in his seat and going for a ride.

Turning at speed.

So on average I rode to work at 14.3 mph but the range of speeds is about 5-25mph.

When I am going faster( down hill or flat ) and I neeed to turn I find myself having to brake down to about 10 mph to turn. Now I know that the tour de france and others manage to turn with speed and so there must be a trick to do it without falling over. So dear internet cyclers help me learn how to turn faster .

 

Original Post by baltimoreamt:

Turning at speed.

So on average I rode to work at 14.3 mph but the range of speeds is about 5-25mph.

When I am going faster( down hill or flat ) and I neeed to turn I find myself having to brake down to about 10 mph to turn. Now I know that the tour de france and others manage to turn with speed and so there must be a trick to do it without falling over. So dear internet cyclers help me learn how to turn faster .

 

Turning at speed is one part technique and one part confidence.

The confidence part is in knowing you have the skill to make the turn and tires that are properly inflated and will hold the line.  Developing the skill take practice.

As far as technique goes, there are two basic styles of corning and there are lots of articles you can find online to help with this but the key to all of them is to keep your weight on your outside foot.  This means taking your weight off the saddle.  Lean the bike through the corner and take the widest line you can take without crossing into oncoming traffic.  If you need to brake do so before you enter the turn.

Always be aware of loose gravel that tends to accumulate in corners.

You can turn a bike by shifting your weight (leaning to one side) or by turning the handle bars  ...  or both.  When going fast, it is safer to make much of the turn by leaning into it.

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