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Old 07-24-2016, 07:17 AM   #21
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DW and I ride 3-5 times a week, usually for about 15 miles. The most common rides are out to a breakfast or lunch stop depending on weather and then a return home. The routes are a mixture of DC city streets, including the National Mall, open roads, and MUPs. Our bikes are one of our extravagances - custom steel sport touring bikes built to fit us with SRAM Force shifters, 50/34 cranks, and huge 11/36 rear cassettes that can scale a wall. We like our ease and comfort. We also take at least one international bike trip every year. Another luxury.
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Old 07-24-2016, 08:46 AM   #22
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Do you bike? Yes
How often? 2-3 x per week.
Road, path or trail... cross country? Gave up road for same reason gave up motorcycle...distracted drivers. Now trails; shady in summer
Length of ride?10-15 miles
Part of a group? Nope.
What kind of a bike (bikes)? Road, trail, recumbent etc. Trek Fuel Ex mtn bk
Been biking since kid.. Expect to bike until balance deteriorates.
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Old 07-24-2016, 09:39 AM   #23
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Independent fair weather short distance mountain biker. $25 bike from a garage sale. Distance riding allows my mind to wander, and I like how a moment's lack of attention on the trail results in excitement. I've been making trails on the park land adjacent to my yard, so don't need to drag down the greenway path to start on a trail.
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Old 07-24-2016, 10:14 AM   #24
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During my bike ride yesterday passed by woman all wire and hands free and chatting on her cell phone. Nothing wrong with that as not a traffic threat. But, as I was coasting along my thought was what a waste of a nice bike ride.
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Old 07-24-2016, 10:17 AM   #25
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How often? 4-5 days a week
Road, path or trail... cross country? Road
Length of ride? 2-3 hours
Part of a group? Rarely
What kind of a bike (bikes)? Road, trail, recumbent etc. Road
Been biking since Expect to bike until Took it back up about 10 years ago. Raced in college then life happened. Raced until 2 years ago when lymphoma and anuerysm appeared. Now just for exercise.

We have done a few bike tours in Europe which we have loved. Hope to do more once the kids are all off to college in a year.


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Old 07-24-2016, 11:57 AM   #26
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Do you bike? Y
How often? 5 days/week
Road, path or trail... cross country? Road
Length of ride? 30-45 minutes intense, longer occasionally
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What kind of a bike (bikes)? Road, trail, recumbent etc. Trek 7.3FX (traded in my Madone SL 5.5 last summer)
Been biking since Since I was a kid, but seriously race/distance in the 80's, just for exercise past 20 years.
Expect to bike until Until I can't anymore!
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:15 PM   #27
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During my bike ride yesterday passed by woman all wire and hands free and chatting on her cell phone. Nothing wrong with that as not a traffic threat. But, as I was coasting along my thought was what a waste of a nice bike ride.
When I go on longer (or any) ride, I never have distractions, electronic or other. I even quit mounting my bike computer...I found myself thinking too much about distances, speed, etc, and not being in nature.
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Do you bike? Yup!
How often? 3 or 4 days/week
Road, path or trail... cross country? Road and trail. I live near a 35 mile stretch of the old Erie Canal.
Length of ride? 10 to 35 miles
Part of a group? Once a week for a flat 25 miles.
What kind of a bike (bikes)? Road, trail, recumbent etc. Trek 7.1FX and a Specialized Roubaix)
Been biking since As an adult, since 1999.
Expect to bike until Can they take my carcass away in a bicycle hearse?
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:53 PM   #29
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Do you bike? Not any more - too dangerous around here
How often? - N/A
Road, path or trail... cross country?
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What kind of a bike (bikes)? Road, trail, recumbent etc.
Been biking since Expect to bike until

Too many folks around north Houston have been hit by people in cars and trucks. Cell phone use has been the main cause of driver inattention. It's not worth it to ride here.
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Just got back from a bike/barge trip along The Moselle. 8 days. Great experience with VBT!

Because of problems with my tendons, I have not been biking like normal every day but I intend to resume now.
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Old 07-24-2016, 02:53 PM   #31
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We're not riders buy our daughter has worked in bicycle shops since she was a kid. Her bicycles start as a custom aluminum frame, and she's constantly collecting components. All axles and spokes are titanium and the wheels are custom made.

She had a Specialized triathalon bicycle at our house putting it together for a local racer. It was all carbon fiber--$5,000 new. Needless to say, it's much more bike than all but a few need. I think the guy paid $2K for it.
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:02 PM   #32
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I've been biking since I was a kid. I'm now 63 and have no plans to quit. I still feel like a 12-year old on a bike.


I ride on the road and do 35-mile charity rides a few times every summer; one coming up next Sunday. I've been a real wimp about riding in tis heat, though- I've been hanging out in the gym to stay in condition. It's an early- morning ride with plenty of rest stops so I'm not concerned- have done them before.
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:19 PM   #33
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I spend a week a month on the AL coast and I ride my bike most days there. I have an Electra Townie 7 speed which is a cruiser style. The trail I ride is roughly 15 miles long and is very scenic. Here's a peek of the trail.....

Are you still living in Meridian primarily?. We moved to WNC a couple of years ago for cooler weather. Just started bicycling a few months ago. A lot of pretty rides around here.
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:36 PM   #34
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Are you still living in Meridian primarily?. We moved to WNC a couple of years ago for cooler weather. Just started bicycling a few months ago. A lot of pretty rides around here.
Yes. Meridian is not exactly a retirement haven, but it's home and my friends are here. I do want to start spending 3-4 weeks in a cooler climate like Colorado next summer. Had a lot of expenses when I moved to a new house a few months ago so letting my wallet cool off the rest of this year.

My little brain is not working......WNC = western NC?
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Old 07-24-2016, 06:35 PM   #35
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Do you bike? yeah, but not so much anymore

How often? when the spirit moves

Road, path or trail... cross country? used to "all" but now just quiet roads and paths... no hills

Length of ride? once in a while 15 miles... usually just a four mile trail ride circle at my campground... gettin too old for traffiked roads. scary.

Part of a group? not for three years, and only trail rides in FL. Favorite..
http://www.traillink.com/trail/withl...ate-trail.aspx

What kind of a bike (bikes)? Road, trail, recumbent etc. All classics and all free or $5. '74 Schwinn 'bent tube', 75 motobecane super mirage, Vintage Proflex Girvan... (before Trek).... and many others... yick! Current is my soft riding Mongoose Maxim... Most I ever spent $45.


Been biking since... 1940... Expect to bike until I can't find my way back home... (maybe pretty soon)
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Yes, bicycling is one of my hobbies. I've been cycling since I was a kid.
After retirement, I started riding around the country roads behind my home. I upgraded bikes three times and now own a nice road bike.
I joined a group of retirees that ride 3 times a week for 20-40 miles at a time.
I ride once or twice a week. I'm too busy with other hobbies and chores to find more time for the bike.
I ride for exercise and enjoyment of being outdoors as well as the social aspect of the group ride.
Last week on a break we were discussing military service and I discovered that one of the riders and I served aboard the same Ship at the same time over 40 years ago. Imagine that!
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Do you bike? Yes
How often? 2-3 x wk
Road, path or trail... cross country? Road
Length of ride? 60 min (about 13 miles)
Part of a group? No
What kind of a bike (bikes)? Road, trail, recumbent etc. A 1998 Trice - recumbent trike (now called Ice)
Been biking since Expect to bike until Since about 1951. As long as my bum knees hold out.

And anything else having to do with bicycles... as opposed to "bikes" (cycles).
Since I don't sleep well and often wake up around 3am my wife suggested that I go ride instead of watching tv and feeling miserable. Great idea. I have a bright head light that can burn a hole in a stop sign and there are no cars on the road. Since I live in a small residential beach town it's a very peaceful and safe ride. After the ride I'm ready for a nap.

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Old 07-25-2016, 06:05 AM   #38
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Took up biking about 10 years ago when I retired. Don't bike too often, maybe 2-5 times a month, (30-50kms). Spend more time on spinning bikes unfortunately. Have multiple bikes, hybrids/mountain/road at our various places.

Really enjoy organized biking trips, mostly to Europe. Do one or two of these a year. Next one in Sept is to Bavaria and Austria.
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Do you bike? Not any more - too dangerous around here
How often? - N/A
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Too many folks around north Houston have been hit by people in cars and trucks. Cell phone use has been the main cause of driver inattention. It's not worth it to ride here.
Sounds like me. Road a lot back in the late 70s and early 80s when living in Stamford, CT. Used to love the very hilly and curvy backroads up through Pound Ridge, NY. Had a high end Trek, columbus tubing, campy components and in those days no helmet. When it rained would train indoors on Kreitler rollers, which were great for improving balance. As my career progressed didn't have time for it anymore and then after arriving in Texas, came to the same conclusion about the danger on the roadways. Back in my younger days, drivers were not nearly as courteous to bikers as they are today, but even now thats still a problem despite all the share the roadway messages.
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DW and I treated ourselves to two new Electra Townies (7 spd) last summer. They are supposed to be easier on the back due to the slightly forward pedal placement. We rode some last year (well, at least weekly 20 - 30 mile trips), but we've discovered that since we live on a hill in a fairly congested suburb, the need to haul the bikes to where we want to bike safely has cut back on the frequency of our biking. That, and the heat.
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