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    Need help getting started...

    First, a little about me:

    43 year old male. 6', 300 lbs., Type II Diabetes (long time out of control). I've been riding motorcycles for years; about 15k miles annually. I realize that's not helping my health.

    I already have a bicycle. It's a 8-9 year old Trek 700. It seems comfortable enough. I have riden it as far as 10 miles with no problems. But, here's the deal: When I ride one of my motorcycles, I pay lots of attention to the cars around me. Sometimes, it's a little uncomfortable, but when I'm on the bicycle, I feel like a sitting duck. I'm starting to think there's no where to ride. I live in the north DFW, TX area. Riding around the neighborhood is not very appealling. I'm not yet ready to go on a group ride. I'm just looking for a safe place to ride even if I have to travel a ways to get there.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Eric

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    Hi Eric
    Have a look here
    http://www.bikely.com click on the find button and enter the details where you live

    Your sure to find some rides,

    You could also talk to your LBS for some ideas and they might have a map of your area of good rides


    Cheers

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    Not sure exactly which part of DFW you live in, but you can get some ideas at:

    http://www.fwbaclub.org/ride/maps.cfm

    In particular if you live north of FTW you should look at:

    http://www.fwbaclub.org/ride/maps/cactusflower.pdf

    I ride in this area a lot and there are a lot of areas with little traffic. You can park at the corner of 35 and Westport Parkway, and ride as much as you want.

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    Hi Eric,
    congratulations on getting started and on the cool username !
    Way to go GForce

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    Quote Originally Posted by GForce View Post
    First, a little about me:

    43 year old male. 6', 300 lbs., Type II Diabetes (long time out of control). I've been riding motorcycles for years; about 15k miles annually. I realize that's not helping my health.

    I already have a bicycle. It's a 8-9 year old Trek 700. It seems comfortable enough. I have riden it as far as 10 miles with no problems. But, here's the deal: When I ride one of my motorcycles, I pay lots of attention to the cars around me. Sometimes, it's a little uncomfortable, but when I'm on the bicycle, I feel like a sitting duck. I'm starting to think there's no where to ride. I live in the north DFW, TX area. Riding around the neighborhood is not very appealling. I'm not yet ready to go on a group ride. I'm just looking for a safe place to ride even if I have to travel a ways to get there.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Eric
    Hi Eric,

    Congratulations on riding. I suggest you keep in mind that no one on the road wants to hit you, or harm you or your bike in any way. As long as you exercise good judgment, follow the rules of the road, and remain predictable, you will find motorists won't bother you. After all, they don't want the trouble associated with hitting a cyclist.

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    Hello,

    Welcome to the forums, you'll be sure to find a wealth of information on just about anything here. That's cool that you like to ride motorcycles, there's nothing quite like the feeling, almost feels like flying if you ask me. That said, if your out and about on your motorcycle surly you have a favorite little street that takes you by something you find interesting, be it scenic, relaxing, etc. This would be a good place to start with your biking, part of biking is slowing down. You'll notice more things and that stretch of road might become just that much more enjoyable. Stay hydrated and be careful out there.

    Bau

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    Find lower traffic roads with nice shoulders. Those are some of the best places to ride. Cruise around on your motorcycle looking out for places for your bicycle.

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    First, welcome to the forum. In Ft. Worth, there is a bike path that runs from near downtown in Trinity Park, all the way to near 820 and Bryan Irvin. Also, riding around the cultural district is a fun and generally safe thing to do, unless the Stock Show is going on. Just get out and ride, you will be surprised how many people will watch out for you as long as you keep your wits about you and ride safely.
    Good luck and happy riding.

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    Depending on where you are, you might like to try the Grapevine trails.

    http://www.ci.grapevine.tx.us/Portal...20Jan%2007.pdf

    The ones along the southwest edge of the lake are very nice (especially now that they've caught the flasher!). The roads around there are fairly quiet so you can jump from trail to trail, or get a nice lake view. We also like the Big Bear Creek trail, because we can ride our bikes to the trail instead of hauling them over there.

    Another option is the Campion Trail in north Irving. It runs from near Williams Square in Las Colinas north along the Trinity, ending just north of 635.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...s/campion.html

    Happy riding!

    Barb

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    Thanks, guys, for all of the replies and suggestions. I am definitely going to look into all of them. I've been reading lots of posts on this forum, and there is a wealth of information.

    Since I don't have to return to work until Jan. 2, I'm trying to come up with a game plan that will help me get into a routine with cycling. Hopefully, my wife will join me, too.

    Thanks again,
    Eric

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    Eric, there's a wealth of information on Vehicular Cycling floating around, but it pretty much boils down to finding a balance between being assertive with drivers while realizing that they're bigger than you. The dangers on the roads are very real. I found that faking confidence rapidly turned into a mix of paranoia (if car X could possibly hit me, treat it as if they will and plan accordingly) and confidence (show no fear, look like you expect to be treated like just another driver). Don't be a doormat, try to be pleasant. (I have to fight this every time a driver does something stupid and dangerous and I want to chase them down and yell at them - which I have done.)

    Anyone with survival instincts will develop leet skillz by just riding in traffic, but some cycle clubs offer traffic skill courses if you'd like to pursue that.
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