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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclokitty View Post
    My family and friends are very supportive of my bike riding. My husband helped me pick out the bike and encouraged me to ride, my mom bought my bike and is impressed by the distances I've ridden (nothing huge, but 46.4 km is much better than sitting on the couch eating potato chips), and my best friend (who is no slouch athletically speaking) is also impressed by the improvement in my riding and physical fitness.

    If there is a complaint it's a concern for my safety when I'm on a ride. They worry mostly about others could do to me when I'm on a bike ride -- oh let's see... cars hitting me, crazed muggers lurking in bushes, wild hyenas, martians capturing for experiments etc etc. My mom makes me laugh when she asks why my dh doesn't walk with me when I ride my bike. I laugh and explain I'm not 3 years old on my tricycle. I like the mental picture of my husband having to drag my bike home while I dawdle along picking wildflowers and talking to my imaginary friend.

    The rewards for riding my bike? Over the last 4 seasons I've lost 60 lbs, have feeling in my feet again, normal looking ankles, energy, and no more asthma attacks. I think riding could be considered a win-win situation: I'm happier and healthier than I ever was, and my family and friends get a more active and healthier Cyclokitty!!
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    Three years and two months ago I was at 305lbs, two packs a day beer swilling couch potato. I'm curently at 235 was down to 215 during th esummer when I had lots of time to ride. I'm working know on getting back to 215 and even more to like 190-195. My whole family thinks it's great. My wife loves the new me and thinks the bike gear and legs are sexy. My sons think it's great I can ride up to 180k at once. My parents are very supportive and my two brother inlaws are chomping at the bit to join in th efun. I hope your wife will support you. At first my wife was a little hesitant but I just said hey I'm doing this so we can be together and around th ekids for many years to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    I think you take things far, far too seriously. As usual.
    Oh, are we now into making snippy little digs at each other's character? Or would that just be your "as usual"? Look in the mirror.
    You have the right to your own opinion. You don't have the right to your own facts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
    Oh, are we now into making snippy little digs at each other's character? Or would that just be your "as usual"? Look in the mirror.
    "I would my horse had the speed of your tongue, and so good a continuer. But keep your way, i' God's name; I have done."

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    The wife does worry about my safety (we live in a busy city with crazy roads and even worse drivers) but she is pretty calm about it, especially when I mentioned having to get better brake pads to deal with the extreme descents!

    She wasn't happy when I got a second bike to be a ride-to-work beater (we live in a 450 sq.ft apartment - don't ask, I know your bathroom is bigger) and proceeded to rebuild it in a corner of the room, but she came around when I pointed out to her that 'only last week' she was complaining that I didn't have a hobby outside of work.

    I've always been handy (once built a timber boat) and she seems to be OK with my next project - building my new wheels for my road bike. At least a wheel truing stand and a bunch of spokes can hide in a small cupboard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyHK View Post
    She wasn't happy when I got a second bike to be a ride-to-work beater (we live in a 450 sq.ft apartment - don't ask, I know your bathroom is bigger) and proceeded to rebuild it in a corner of the room, but she came around when I pointed out to her that 'only last week' she was complaining that I didn't have a hobby outside of work.
    750 sq ft, me, my wife, and 5 and 2.5 year old boys. We're crammed. The bike lives in the attic storage when it's at home (4 flights up!). Fortunately the housing meltdown means we'll be in a house in the early spring
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    "I would my horse had the speed of your tongue, and so good a continuer. But keep your way, i' God's name; I have done."
    I think I'm supposed to be feeling all uncultured and put in my place right about now. I'm not there yet, but I promise I'll get to work on it right away.
    You have the right to your own opinion. You don't have the right to your own facts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cod.peace View Post
    750 sq ft, me, my wife, and 5 and 2.5 year old boys. We're crammed. The bike lives in the attic storage when it's at home (4 flights up!). Fortunately the housing meltdown means we'll be in a house in the early spring
    Getting a 'bent up and down stairs. Shudder!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    Getting a 'bent up and down stairs. Shudder!
    Tell me about it. I think it would be easier if I had a 'bent bike with 26" wheels, but no. I have a trike that is much lower to the ground. I have to take a lot of care not to bang around my cranks when I get it in and out of the building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    Getting a 'bent up and down stairs. Shudder!
    With the tight turns, I can't say my Trek 520 was any easier
    old steel Specialized Hardrock

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    Quote Originally Posted by cod.peace View Post
    750 sq ft, me, my wife, and 5 and 2.5 year old boys. We're crammed. The bike lives in the attic storage when it's at home (4 flights up!). Fortunately the housing meltdown means we'll be in a house in the early spring
    Luxury! At least there is probably a decent park down the street with real grass in it - not here.

    The economic downturn might also see us upgrade too! In this town you can pay just as much in rent as you would paying a mortgage, so as prices come down we're looking to buy.

    A lazy 3-5 million will put you in a 750 sq ft apartment (don't panic, we're talking Hong Kong dollars!).

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    I'm in a good situation, but compromise is still the order of the day. I've been working mostly out of my house so a 15 mile round trip at lunch to get a cup of coffee is the order of the day (with my Wife). Wife and I have enjoyed cycling together and are bicycling to San Jose this Friday (55 miles) to spend the night in the "big city" and catch a movie. Come the weekends, however, there is a bit of negotiation since my Wife doesn't like hills so I've got to find the time to take a 25-40 mile ride in the hills surrounding our valley. Combine this with home projects, fixing stuff on our 5 acres and taking the horses out someplace for 3-4 hours and the weekend is pretty busy. Not too much in the way of kid duty as my kids are 33 years old. BTW, this all works well except when I travel which has been almost 1/2 the time.
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    My partner has been very supportive of my riding. I know she cringes each morning that I get on my bike, but she doesn't say much other than to make sure that I make it to work in one piece. I think she sees how happy cycling makes me and how much I just enjoy doing it each day. Yes, there are risks involved with cycling, but there are also risks involved with just about everything in life, from walking to the bus stop to stepping out of the bath tub. Personally, I feel that cycling each day has made me safer in many other aspects of my life. For example, it has made me a FAR safer driver and pedestrian because I am more acutely aware of what is going on around me and where the dangers are. In addition, the fact that I'm getting significant amounts of exercise each day means that my risks for all sorts of conditions go down. Oh, and I don't seem to get any complaints about my incredibly sexy cycling legs ;-)

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