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    Yesterday I had a terrific ride. It was sunny and cool so there I didn't have to contend with the extreme pools of sweat I usually enjoy. I rode a total of 15.43km and burned 743 calories (I dig my HRM) in 1 hour and 44 minutes.

    In my neck of the woods, we have a nice little park trail called the Beltline. It's a converted trainbed that the city of Toronto traded for some prime downtown real estate with the rail company. Now, it's an approximately 5km long trail stretching from Mount Pleasant Cemetary at it's east end to a high wall at it's west end. Behind the high wall is a noisey expressway. It's history involves a failed 19th century passenger rail line, and an attempt in the 1960s and 1970s by the city and province to destroy entire neighbourhoods down the middle to the city to make way for an expressway. Luckily, that failed.

    So, there I was yesterday, gorgeous day - sunny and cool - the trees on the edges of the trail made those pretty dappled light and dark shadows, and lots of happy walking, scooting, and cycling people. Before I had my bike, I never noticed that the westward walk travelled slowly uphill. For approximately 2 km I busted my butt pedalling myself along! I was, of course, rewarded with a lengthy coast back east, but I decided to pedal in a harder gear just to get some cadence work.

    Then I rode in and around the cemetary's lovely paved roads (don't worry, cycling and walking is welcome in Mount Pleasant Cemetary). If I thought my climbing was overwith, I was sadly disappointed because I made a wrong turn and was faced with a steep steep climb up a hill. And I made it! On the other hand, if I didn't make it up the hill my only choice would be to fall over in a heap and then continue walking up the hill!

    If that wasn't enough, I then realised I haven't touched the easiest gear on my bicycle since I bought it nearly two years ago. I don't know why. It's there. It's maked number 1 on my right hand gripshift. I've just never touched it. On my remaining 1.5km home (uphill, wouldn't you know) I went for broke and tried out number 1. It worked! Regardless of the 14 km I rode in an hour and a half without a break, I rode up one long hill, and two steep short hills!

    Look out ridiculously long hill on Poplar Plains Road! Your butt is mine!


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclokitty
    Yesterday I had a terrific ride. It was sunny and cool so there I didn't have to contend with the extreme pools of sweat I usually enjoy. I rode a total of 15.43km and burned 743 calories (I dig my HRM) in 1 hour and 44 minutes.

    In my neck of the woods, we have a nice little park trail called the Beltline. It's a converted trainbed that the city of Toronto traded for some prime downtown real estate with the rail company. Now, it's an approximately 5km long trail stretching from Mount Pleasant Cemetary at it's east end to a high wall at it's west end. Behind the high wall is a noisey expressway. It's history involves a failed 19th century passenger rail line, and an attempt in the 1960s and 1970s by the city and province to destroy entire neighbourhoods down the middle to the city to make way for an expressway. Luckily, that failed.

    So, there I was yesterday, gorgeous day - sunny and cool - the trees on the edges of the trail made those pretty dappled light and dark shadows, and lots of happy walking, scooting, and cycling people. Before I had my bike, I never noticed that the westward walk travelled slowly uphill. For approximately 2 km I busted my butt pedalling myself along! I was, of course, rewarded with a lengthy coast back east, but I decided to pedal in a harder gear just to get some cadence work.

    Then I rode in and around the cemetary's lovely paved roads (don't worry, cycling and walking is welcome in Mount Pleasant Cemetary). If I thought my climbing was overwith, I was sadly disappointed because I made a wrong turn and was faced with a steep steep climb up a hill. And I made it! On the other hand, if I didn't make it up the hill my only choice would be to fall over in a heap and then continue walking up the hill!

    If that wasn't enough, I then realised I haven't touched the easiest gear on my bicycle since I bought it nearly two years ago. I don't know why. It's there. It's maked number 1 on my right hand gripshift. I've just never touched it. On my remaining 1.5km home (uphill, wouldn't you know) I went for broke and tried out number 1. It worked! Regardless of the 14 km I rode in an hour and a half without a break, I rode up one long hill, and two steep short hills!

    Look out ridiculously long hill on Poplar Plains Road! Your butt is mine!
    When your in Mount Pleasent, keep your eyes peeled for a Canadian Flag, stop for a moment and visit former Prime Minister William Lyon MacKenzie King, who was Prime Minister 3 times between 1921 and 1948 (there were some gaps in there). Now really the flag is the wrong one, it should really be the Union Jack, because the Maple Leaf wasn't adopted until 1965, after King had died, if you want a picture of WLM King, just look at a $50 Bill.....

    The more I ride, the less I mind hills, but that wind yesterday was insane..... I rode from Dufferin and Sheppard to Bayview and Cummer (to Bayview Cycle), and faced that wind the whole way there, the ride there was a lot longer then the one back, when I set a personal speed record on the flats for the year of 38.5km/h.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wogsterca
    When your in Mount Pleasent, keep your eyes peeled for a Canadian Flag, stop for a moment and visit former Prime Minister William Lyon MacKenzie King, who was Prime Minister 3 times between 1921 and 1948 (there were some gaps in there). Now really the flag is the wrong one, it should really be the Union Jack, because the Maple Leaf wasn't adopted until 1965, after King had died, if you want a picture of WLM King, just look at a $50 Bill.....

    The more I ride, the less I mind hills, but that wind yesterday was insane..... I rode from Dufferin and Sheppard to Bayview and Cummer (to Bayview Cycle), and faced that wind the whole way there, the ride there was a lot longer then the one back, when I set a personal speed record on the flats for the year of 38.5km/h.....
    Yes! I know it well! I visited his grave site back in grade school. It's also on the path to the tunnel beneath Mount Pleasant Rd to the other half of the cemetary. But how about the Eaton family masoleum (family once owned a large department store chain in Canada), or the Massey family masoleum (think tractors, oh and an actor)? They are bigger than some houses in Toronto. But the monument at the Mount Pleasant Rd entrance takes the cake. It's enormous and covered in lions, mythical beasts - does it belong to the Stavros family (grocery store chain and Maple Leaf gardens)? I haven't seen a name plaque.

    The wind was harsh yesterday. But I didn't have to ride in it as long as you.

    Tomorrow my goal is another 15 km. And I'll tackle every hill that comes my way. I hope by next week I can ride 20 kms. By the end of summer I want to make the Poplar Plains Road hill part of a typical ride - especially since it's on my commute home route, and to be able to ride 50 km as if it is no big deal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclokitty
    Yes! I know it well! I visited his grave site back in grade school. It's also on the path to the tunnel beneath Mount Pleasant Rd to the other half of the cemetary. But how about the Eaton family masoleum (family once owned a large department store chain in Canada), or the Massey family masoleum (think tractors, oh and an actor)? They are bigger than some houses in Toronto. But the monument at the Mount Pleasant Rd entrance takes the cake. It's enormous and covered in lions, mythical beasts - does it belong to the Stavros family (grocery store chain and Maple Leaf gardens)? I haven't seen a name plaque.

    The wind was harsh yesterday. But I didn't have to ride in it as long as you.

    Tomorrow my goal is another 15 km. And I'll tackle every hill that comes my way. I hope by next week I can ride 20 kms. By the end of summer I want to make the Poplar Plains Road hill part of a typical ride - especially since it's on my commute home route, and to be able to ride 50 km as if it is no big deal.
    Yeah the Eaton and Massey places are huge. Soimething to remember if you cross the Bridge over the subway, there is a little park north of there, on Bike Route 35, there are supposed to be washrooms there,
    something to keep in mind, in um an emergency . I wish the city would install a water tap there, in addition to the fountain, would be handy to refill water bottles if you run out on a ride...... I wish they would extend BR35 further North, it just kinda dies at Yonge Blvd. I would like to see it go all the way to Steeles, but I think that's beyond hope....

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    Coming out of lurkdom, and happy to find the BF women! I'm just coming down from a long ride in Central Texas this weekend, which was a LOT of work for me, but I didn't sag out! 85 miles of hills, rough road and a nonstop headwind.

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    Age: 44
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    Height/weight: 5'9", about 220
    What bike do you currently ride: Road bike is a Specialized Allez. Also have a hybrid with full suspension and a basket for going to the library and other errands.
    How long have you been riding?: I've gotten serious about riding several times in the past. But mostly since I got the Allez in 2001 to do a bike tour in VT. And then again at New Years, when DH decided he was going to do his first century on April 1.
    Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?: Well, sort of. I have a lot of difficulty with the portion thing, the sweet thing, etc. And I'm stuck. I know I get good exercise, so I'm going to have to admit that the food is critical.
    What is your ultimate goal?: Weight-wise, 160-170 would be good. I want to get my first century under my belt in June 2007.
    How often do you ride and for how long?: Almost daily, from 30 minutes to several hours.
    What is your favorite thing about riding?: Being able to feel the breeze, see the countryside around me, smell the smells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wogsterca
    Yeah the Eaton and Massey places are huge. Soimething to remember if you cross the Bridge over the subway, there is a little park north of there, on Bike Route 35, there are supposed to be washrooms there,
    something to keep in mind, in um an emergency . I wish the city would install a water tap there, in addition to the fountain, would be handy to refill water bottles if you run out on a ride...... I wish they would extend BR35 further North, it just kinda dies at Yonge Blvd. I would like to see it go all the way to Steeles, but I think that's beyond hope....
    Yep, the bathrooms are handy, but only open after Victoria Day and closes around Labour Day, sometimes Thanksgiving. At least for now the gates to the park have been left open.

    I read - http://bikingtoronto.blogspot.com/ - that the city has approved a bike lane on Eastern Avenue. When that will happen will probably depend more on who will get the most kick backs.

    I live near BR35 and have only ridden it as far as Lawrence Avenue. I'm looking forward to riding the Martin Goodman trail later this summer with friends. As well as riding down the trail parallel with the Don Valley Parkway. We're lucky we do have a number of green trails right downtown.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclokitty
    Yep, the bathrooms are handy, but only open after Victoria Day and closes around Labour Day, sometimes Thanksgiving. At least for now the gates to the park have been left open.

    I read - http://bikingtoronto.blogspot.com/ - that the city has approved a bike lane on Eastern Avenue. When that will happen will probably depend more on who will get the most kick backs.

    I live near BR35 and have only ridden it as far as Lawrence Avenue. I'm looking forward to riding the Martin Goodman trail later this summer with friends. As well as riding down the trail parallel with the Don Valley Parkway. We're lucky we do have a number of green trails right downtown.
    If you have the 2005 Paper version, they changed the route slightly in 2006, it now crosses Lawrence at Duplex, and goes North along Jedburgh. The city has some nice trails, and the bike route system is quite good, however the problem is you have the stupid 401 in the way, so if you live North of the 401 like I do, there are a limited number of crossing points, and they are heavy traffic arterials, often with on and off ramps. The nearest crossing point to the top of BR35 is Avenue Road, a heavy arterial with on/off ramps, and to add insult to potential injury, you are required to WALK your bike across the bridge Personally I think they should shift the access West to Bathurst, which goes under the highway, and has no on/off ramps.

    As for BR35, shift the end one Block South to Old Orchard Grove, go West along that to Greer, North on Greer to Brooke, West on Brooke to Elm, North on Elm to Dunblaine, West on Dunblaine to Bathurst, with new Bike lanes on Bathurst North to Invermay, then run the route West on Invermay to Faywood/Wilmington. The problem there is that Wilmington ends at G Ross Lord Reservoir, the fix is probably to head into the Reservoir, run a new MUP West around the end of the Cemetary, across the stream and into the Park where the existing MUPs can take you to Steeles.

    I live North of BR35, and use that route all the time, if you see a guy on a Blue/Silver Norco with skinny tires, fenders and a rear rack, it's probably me

    Thinking of riding from my house down to MEC on either Friday or Saturday, I figure that's about 20km one way, the fun part is that the return trip tends to be UPHILL

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    Quote Originally Posted by doggerham
    Coming out of lurkdom, and happy to find the BF women! I'm just coming down from a long ride in Central Texas this weekend, which was a LOT of work for me, but I didn't sag out! 85 miles of hills, rough road and a nonstop headwind.

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    Age: 44
    Marital Status: married
    Height/weight: 5'9", about 220
    What bike do you currently ride: Road bike is a Specialized Allez. Also have a hybrid with full suspension and a basket for going to the library and other errands.
    How long have you been riding?: I've gotten serious about riding several times in the past. But mostly since I got the Allez in 2001 to do a bike tour in VT. And then again at New Years, when DH decided he was going to do his first century on April 1.
    Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?: Well, sort of. I have a lot of difficulty with the portion thing, the sweet thing, etc. And I'm stuck. I know I get good exercise, so I'm going to have to admit that the food is critical.
    What is your ultimate goal?: Weight-wise, 160-170 would be good. I want to get my first century under my belt in June 2007.
    How often do you ride and for how long?: Almost daily, from 30 minutes to several hours.
    What is your favorite thing about riding?: Being able to feel the breeze, see the countryside around me, smell the smells.
    Welcome aboard!. How do you like the Allez? I am looking at one myself. How is the comfort. I want a fast bike but dont want to rattle my teeth riding it. The couple minute ride you get at the lbs is not enough for me to test a bikes comfort.

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    I like the Allez a lot, but I'm not yet convinced its the perfect bike for me. I have a feeling a woman specific design might be better, since I am longer in the legs and shorter in the torso. However, it is fast, really bright yellow, flexible enough to absorb some shock while still stiff enough to move fast.

    On the long rides, I'm having a fair amount of stiff neck and lower back pain -- all of which calms down when I get off the bike, so I feel it might be more an issue of condition (lack of) than the bike.

    OTOH, I took a quick spin on a Trek Madone WSD bike and felt that the slightly more upright position might help my back. Like you said, tho, its really hard to tell on a test ride at the lbs. And since I don't have the $$ for a new bike, I'm sticking with my Allez.

    So, thanks for the welcome, but sorry I can't give you more help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doggerham
    I like the Allez a lot, but I'm not yet convinced its the perfect bike for me. I have a feeling a woman specific design might be better, since I am longer in the legs and shorter in the torso. However, it is fast, really bright yellow, flexible enough to absorb some shock while still stiff enough to move fast.

    On the long rides, I'm having a fair amount of stiff neck and lower back pain -- all of which calms down when I get off the bike, so I feel it might be more an issue of condition (lack of) than the bike.

    OTOH, I took a quick spin on a Trek Madone WSD bike and felt that the slightly more upright position might help my back. Like you said, tho, its really hard to tell on a test ride at the lbs. And since I don't have the $$ for a new bike, I'm sticking with my Allez.

    So, thanks for the welcome, but sorry I can't give you more help.
    Sounds like you may be having to stretch out a bit too much. Try a shorter stem. Might help with that pain. Maybe a little more rise as well on the handlebars.
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    Thanks for your adjustment ideas. I'm thinking I might call the shop where I bought the bike and ask them if they can "re-fit" me to it, and tell them the issues with my back. Hopefully I can find a slow weekday afternoon when they would have the time.

    Amy

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    Newbie here, just found this site and forum, lovin' it!

    Name: lil brown bat
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    Height/weight: 5'6", 210 lbs (I think)
    What bike do you currently ride: I've got a Tomasso road bike, which is what I use for longer rides, but these days most miles happen on my Bikes Not Bombs special -- a hybrid based on a Diamondback Crestview frame -- as I commute to work.
    How long have you been riding?: Like everyone else, started as a kid...got back into it a few years back.
    Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?: Yup. The old adage: eat less and exercise more.
    What is your ultimate goal?: I could say, "to do the Mount Washington hillclimb", but I'd be lying. A century, I guess.
    How often do you ride and for how long?: It varies a lot -- I have a strange home/work situation. Now that the warm weather is here, I commute three days a week, just five miles each way[edit: originally I said five miles a day] (I telecommute the other two days). Other than that I may snatch time for 5-15 miles two or three times a week, maybe a 25+ mile ride if I've got time.
    What is your favorite thing about riding?: That depends on whether I'm riding recreationally or commuting. Riding recreationally: I love seeing the world at another pace, and I love exploring, going down new roads and seeing new things. I love being quiet, so that I can hear things and go along without startling people and wildlife. Commuting: three words, human powered transportation. Whether paddling a boat, hiking or biking, I've always loved the feeling that I'm the one who's getting me where I need to go. I love the silent cameraderie of bike commuters in rush hour. I love being able to stop anywhere and go into a store or sit down in a park to read a book and relax, without having to find a parking space. And I love being able to get to work in less time than I can taking public transportation!
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    Name: Evelyn
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    What bike do you currently ride: I just purchased a used Murray
    How long have you been riding?: As a kid, then not, then as a young adult, then not for 25 years or so, then 2 years ago I got back on and then a relatively brief hiatus of 1 year (due to a move and bike breaking down), then back on this week
    Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?: I know I need to lose weight, I can't honestly say I've been "trying". What I've been doing is guilting myself about it and not doing anything effective about my diet.
    What is your ultimate goal?: Biking: doing the I&M trail over 2 days Health: getting my diabetes under excellent control to the point of "remission". Weight: whatever it takes to get the diabetes under *new management*
    How often do you ride and for how long?: Two years ago I lived 2 miles (one way) from the University and rode daily (all year). Got my bike Monday and took a ride (approximately 3 miles) Tuesday am. Plan to ride 3-4x week.
    What is your favorite thing about riding?: Freedom, fun, adventure, the sense of being alive

    This is a great thread ... I noticed it almost right away and have taken the time to read all 7 pages. It is inspiring to know there are many other Athena's out there enjoying the world.

    I have to say, though, after reading through all the posts .. my 3 miles seems pretty darn piddly.

    Anyway, glad to be here

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    Well, my biking has been going pretty well lately. I've been averaging about 2-3 days a week. I think that I'm ready to go up a notch and do 3-4 days a week. My commute is about 20 miles round trip, so I definitely feel it. I'm also excited cause we finally got my boyfriend's bike fixed so now we can go riding together on the weekends. I haven't really seen any weightloss, but some of my clothes fit a little better, so I must be getting some new muscles.

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    Hey, thanks to whoever suggested http://www.teamestrogen.com for gear. I found a great selection of gear and sizes at reasonable prices, and now have a nice new jersey and pair of shorts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirysien
    Name: Evelyn
    Age: 52 (friday)
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    Height/weight: 5'3", 204 lbs
    What bike do you currently ride: I just purchased a used Murray
    How long have you been riding?: As a kid, then not, then as a young adult, then not for 25 years or so, then 2 years ago I got back on and then a relatively brief hiatus of 1 year (due to a move and bike breaking down), then back on this week
    Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?: I know I need to lose weight, I can't honestly say I've been "trying". What I've been doing is guilting myself about it and not doing anything effective about my diet.
    What is your ultimate goal?: Biking: doing the I&M trail over 2 days Health: getting my diabetes under excellent control to the point of "remission". Weight: whatever it takes to get the diabetes under *new management*
    How often do you ride and for how long?: Two years ago I lived 2 miles (one way) from the University and rode daily (all year). Got my bike Monday and took a ride (approximately 3 miles) Tuesday am. Plan to ride 3-4x week.
    What is your favorite thing about riding?: Freedom, fun, adventure, the sense of being alive

    This is a great thread ... I noticed it almost right away and have taken the time to read all 7 pages. It is inspiring to know there are many other Athena's out there enjoying the world.

    I have to say, though, after reading through all the posts .. my 3 miles seems pretty darn piddly.

    Anyway, glad to be here
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    I know and you are right, of course...

    In fact, I've already doubled my miles to 6 per ride ... *lol* ... hey double is double, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirysien
    I know and you are right, of course...

    In fact, I've already doubled my miles to 6 per ride ... *lol* ... hey double is double, right?
    Cool beans! SOmething that'll help, and there are a lot of BF'er up there in the Windy.....find a ride friend! That way, you challenge each other to improve.
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    I thought of finding a ride friend or group of friends but figure I am waaaaaay tooooo slow for anyone to put up with at this point. Too embarassing to me to endure that. I know, I know ... but that's how it feels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirysien
    I thought of finding a ride friend or group of friends but figure I am waaaaaay tooooo slow for anyone to put up with at this point. Too embarassing to me to endure that. I know, I know ... but that's how it feels.
    Well, if we lived in the Chicago area, the wife and I would invite ya!
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    generous thoughts .. thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirysien
    generous thoughts .. thanks
    See here: Clyde's/Athena's Seeking Ride Buddies
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirysien
    I know and you are right, of course...

    In fact, I've already doubled my miles to 6 per ride ... *lol* ... hey double is double, right?

    My first bike ride didn't even measure in miles or km. It was more like feet... I was too afraid of falling in traffic so I rode my bike up and down a lane at a nearby park!

    It's amazing how soon you double up the distance. Just the other day I rode my longest ride with only a 6 minute banana break - 20km! Last year I needed a break every 1/2 hour of so of riding. With each ride you get stronger legs and better balance. I pretty thrilled that I can pedal constantly and consistently for longer and longer periods of time. It's been worth all of the bruises, sore muscles, and the one fall I've had (knock on wood, really really hard)!

    Can't wait until tomorrow! I'm gunning for 25 to 30 km!

    By the way, I recently received my Terry's and Team Estrogen mail order -- I purchased a pair of super stretchy trail shorts (with inner padded shorts), two skorts (soooo comfy), and an adorable jersy with electic blue flowers. They all fit nicely and are incredibly comfortable to wear. And I look rather fetching (so says my husband)!


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclokitty
    By the way, I recently received my Terry's and Team Estrogen mail order -- I purchased a pair of super stretchy trail shorts (with inner padded shorts), two skorts (soooo comfy), and an adorable jersy with electic blue flowers. They all fit nicely and are incredibly comfortable to wear. And I look rather fetching (so says my husband)!
    cyclokitty... Let me know how you like the skorts after riding a while in them. I'm thinking of picking up a couple pairs but want to make sure they're as comfortable as they are cute. I'm afraid of the skirt part inching up as I pedal and ending up looking like a tutu around my waist when I jump off the bike.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GypsyAngel
    cyclokitty... Let me know how you like the skorts after riding a while in them. I'm thinking of picking up a couple pairs but want to make sure they're as comfortable as they are cute. I'm afraid of the skirt part inching up as I pedal and ending up looking like a tutu around my waist when I jump off the bike.

    Thanks!
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