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    As some of you know, I've been trying to love a healthier life so I can be around longer for my family. Even tho I'm only 28, I'd really like to be able to say "78 just snuck up on me!" Lol.

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    When I was younger, 5-18, I went on bike rides all the time with my dad. It was average to ride 25-30 miles most weekends. He's an avid rider. Been on the Goba ride several years in a row which is I think a 10 day ride and you cover 100 miles per day.

    Anyways, so a few weeks ago I got back into it. I bought a really nice bike a couple years ago with the intention, but just didn't go thru with it. But in the last 3 weeks I've put over 150 miles on it, only riding a couple times a week. I've even gotten my wife into it! Well, yesterday I decided to take a ride into the country to a beautiful prairie reserve/lake. It was a 22 mile round trip with 6 of those miles being narrow mild mountain bike trails around the lake. Mountain biking is something I've always wanted to get into. A much healthier version of offroading lol.

    Here's a few pics from the ride












    That's right. I typoed bicycle. Lol. I just noticed it. Lol

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    Re: Getting back into bycicling!

    Good on ya dude! Looks like a fun route!

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    Re: Getting back into bycicling!

    When I was a kid growing up in California I always envied kids that grew up where it was flat, because they didn't have to push their bikes up hill. Then I moved to New Jersey where it was mostly flat, a mountain in New Jersey is a slight hill in California! Well, I learned I had traded the thrill of coming down the hill I had just trudged up for the monotony of a level place to ride. Tried to never make that mistake again!
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    Re: Getting back into bycicling!

    This is what I will do...

    I should send my bike into the shop for a tuneup with my next paycheck. I haven't touched it since I graduated. Hmm....
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    Re: Getting back into bycicling!

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    When I was a kid growing up in California I always envied kids that grew up where it was flat, because they didn't have to push their bikes up hill. The I moved to New Jersey where it was mostly flat, a mountain in New Jersey is a slight hill in California! Well, I learned I had traded the thrill of coming down the hill I had just trudged up for the monotony of a level place to ride. Tried to never make that mistake again!

    Great metaphor for life.....

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    Really is, Dave! The harder you work, the more fun you can eventually have!

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    Re: Getting back into bycicling!

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    Really is, Dave! The harder you work, the more fun you can eventually have!
    That explains why our washing machine is always smiling.
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    Re: Getting back into bycicling!

    Good for you. Riding is good exercise and not so severe on the joints as running. Consider a helmet cam someday. For you it will be nice to capture the countryside. For me, I plan to present it in court if I ever get into it with a 4-wheeler. So far a hardy 'bite me' or a wave of my middle finger has been the extent of it. Drivers just don't understand bicycles have the same privileges as cars as long as we all play by the rules.

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    Re: Getting back into bycicling!

    When it comes to bicyclist in confrontations with other vehicles do rules and laws carry much weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orconn
    When it comes to bicyclist in confrontations with other vehicles do rules and laws carry much weight?
    Not really. I've seen bikes run red lights in front of cops, along with many other things, but never do they get pulled over.

    Thankfully I learned proper bike etiquette from my dad when I was younger. Even my step dad was the president of a large bicycle club in his home town. So I've had plenty to go by.

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    Re: Getting back into bycicling!

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    When it comes to bicyclist in confrontations with other vehicles do rules and laws carry much weight?
    You still have to remember the old adage "you could be right, dead right". Keeping aware of your surroundings, movement of traffic, and obeying the rules is your best defense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EcSTSatic

    You still have to remember the old adage "you could be right, dead right". Keeping aware of your surroundings, movement of traffic, and obeying the rules is your best defense.
    That's right. I usually have my wife go in front of me when on the roads bc she isn't as experienced as I am and if a car is going to hit one of us, I'd just rather it be me lol. I did have a car pass to close to me the other day and ran me into the ditch. Some how I kept going lol. I just shifted into a much lower gear and kept on pedaling. It was a deep country ditch too. Probably 3-3.5 feet deep.

    To many 4-wheelers just don't pay enough attention. I've had to many pull out in front of me when I've been going faster than they expected. I can get up close to 25 MPH on my current bike on flat roads. But when I was in High school, I was on a long ride with my dad, and went down a very long, probably 0.3 mile long steep hill. I reached 48 mph and a pick up pulled out in front of me. I actually had to lock up my brakes. Barely avoided doing a face plant into his tail gate.

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    Truckin man. Good for you! Biking is excellent. Im out on a country road with some reasonably steep hills. I just bear down, ger down and exhale pushing air out the diaphram and sucking air through nostrils. It is a must. Good luck, i mix it up, but running @200 lbs burns 150 calories a mile. It doesnt matter if you walk or run or how fast you go. I can burn 500 calories in 10 miles of riding at my weight. Also a round of golf is about 700 calories walking.

    Walking the dogs at sunrise everyday is a good start. 3 miles 35 mins. 450 cals.


    2500 calories a week maintains my weight

    3000 calories a week my pants get loose

    3500 calories makes me lose weight.

    A lot of work because net calories are the calories you burn vs your resting rate of burn.

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    Re: Getting back into bycicling!

    Before my left hip was replaced, I was the bike patrol officer for Atlanta Medical Center's security department. I had two large parking decks and several small exterior lots to cover. My issued patrol bike was a white Cannondale patrol model with a thick but light frame and fat, wide hybrid tires. I used to run that thing wide open all day.

    OP, get back into cycling. You'll never be happier.
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