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Old 05-12-09, 08:20 PM   #1
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Rode 13 miles today!

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I have only had my bike a little over a month now, and usually ride only 2 miles once or twice a week to commute home from work on the weekends. I did ride 6 miles one day, and felt pretty good. Today was my day off, and my best friend/roommate wanted to take her trike (A Tristar) to the LBS and get a tune up. Well, that meant a 16 mile round trip. She can't put it on the city bus rack because of it being a 3 wheeler, so I told her I would go with her on my bike.

I can only pedal with my left leg due to an auto accident in 1998 which is why I don't ride too far usually, but I figured, I could take my time, and if it got to be too much, I could just put my bike on the bus rack and finish up that way. My friend has been riding since last year, and works out at the gym, so she is in much better shape than I am, not too mention she is 27, 5 foot tall, and weighs in at 120 pounds dripping wet. I on the other hand, am 6 foot tall, 51 years old, and weigh in at 274 lbs. (up from 269)

Anyway, we left our apartment at 10:49 this morning, and about a 3rd of the way there, I noticed my front tire getting spongy. Sure enough, I had a flat. I was totally unprepared for that. My spare tube was back home and I have no bike pump. I had planned on buying accessories a little at a time as the funds permitted, and was going to get a small bag to hang below my seat and put in a tube, and tire irons, and tire gauge. That has not happened yet, so I was kicking myself for not being prepared.

Lucky for me, it was a slow leak, so I just aired it up at a gas station, and continued on. The rest of the trip down was un-eventful, only having to stop one more time to air up the tire at another gas station, which as it turned out was only about a block or two from the LBS (Herb Bauer).

She had her trike tuned up, and I have them install a puncture resistant tube in mine. It takes all of about 10 minutes (no other customers were in the store at the time) so we were on the road again. I had taken a water bottle with me, as did my friend (she took several) so we stayed hydrated for the trip, but we were both getting tired, and she had not eaten anything before the trip, so we stopped at a local Mc Donalds and had lunch. Fish for me, and chicken for her.

On the way back we were fighting a small headwind, and we were tired from our journey so it was slower going. I got to within 3 miles of home, and had to stop. My knees were sore (especially the left one) and I was getting hungry again. I guess one fish sandwich is not enough to cover all the riding I had done.

She needed to stop by the bank, and then go to a store, so I let her do that and I just waited for the bus to show up. I ended up getting home about 4:20 pm and she came in about a half hour later. One thing we both had forgotten about was Sunblock! We both look like a couple of lobsters now, she worse than I as she wore a top that exposed her shoulders, and I wore a bright orange T-shirt. Since I did not wear a hat under my helmet I now have some pink lines on my head where the vents let in the sunlight It does not hurt, but sure looks funny.

We are both a little sore, but for me it is not that bad except for my knees. However, I am feeling pretty good after my first long ride, and even though it doesn't sound like much compared to all the centuries, and double centuries you old pros do, I still feel that I have accomplished something, and even learned a thing or two for my next bike adventure.
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Old 05-12-09, 08:42 PM   #2
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Dude, your best friend is a 27 yo woman? Excellent!

Good job on the 13 miles. During the 5BBT, I had to remind a woman that was complaining about the slow pace and all the unsteady riders that it was a tour, not a race. One of her legs was amputated above the knee and she was pedaling with one leg. Damn roadies, always wanting to race.
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Old 05-12-09, 08:46 PM   #3
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Why is such petite young hottie riding a trike? That's just wrong, wrong, wrong. Excellent job on your big ride though, keep up the good work!
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Old 05-12-09, 09:49 PM   #4
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good job man... I can't imagine how it'd be to pedal with one leg doing all the work... i'm sure that would give most people an excuse to stay off the bike for life....

keep it up... also if you have another flat like that you may want to check out slime tubes... I was having a ton of flats at one point and got fed up with it... slime did the trick...
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Good job keep it up, it only gets easier, well sorta
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Old 05-12-09, 10:14 PM   #6
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However, I am feeling pretty good after my first long ride, and even though it doesn't sound like much compared to all the centuries, and double centuries you old pros do, I still feel that I have accomplished something, and even learned a thing or two for my next bike adventure.
It was a great report until you started to downgrade it by dragging in comparisons to others. Please don't do that again. Please.

Double check the saddle height on the bike - riding with the saddle too low could hurt your knees. Then again, it could be from riding 6X your normal mileage.
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Keep it up man. When I first started riding the time it took to go 5 miles or more felt long and never ending, now only 6 months later I will gladly go do these 5+ miles rides multiple times a day and they only get easier(especially because it becomes more fun). Maybe my age 18-19 had something to do with a rapid gain in fitness but it all comes in time.
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Originally Posted by Nighteyez However, I am feeling pretty good after my first long ride, and even though it doesn't sound like much compared to all the centuries, and double centuries you old pros do, I still feel that I have accomplished something, and even learned a thing or two for my next bike adventure.

Very impressive, I couldn't imagine trying to ride with one leg doing all the work.
I ride about 12 miles a day (commuting) and I am not sure I would want to do a century.
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Yes, my best friend is a 27 year old woman. I have known her since she was 20. We are best of friends. She rides a trike, because she was in a horrific bike accident when she was 7 years old, and has a balance problem because of it. She had to re-learn how to walk, talk, etc. When she first bought the trike in April of 2008 it took her a month just to get the courage up to ride it around the apartment complex. Then she started riding around the neighborhood. Now, she rides anywhere and everywhere.

She would get a lot of flats on her bike until we bought puncture resistant tubes from the Schwinn LBS. I bought two slime filled puncture resistant tubes from them right before I bought the KHS. I installed them on the Mongoose (from Wal-Mart) And when I knew I was going to buy the KHS, I tried taking them out of the Mongoose, but could not get them to deflate! I could not pull the center core out of the tubes, so I just left them in there (whoever buys that bike from Wal-Mart will have some good tubes), I don't have the funds to go get another pair just yet (I only work part time, and can barely make ends meet as it is) So I just paid for a puncture resistant tube at Herb Bauer. It should suffice until I can get back over to Schwinn. We live on the outskirts of Fresno, so all the LBS' here are two buses away.

I have thought about raising the saddle but I don't think I can go much higher without causing a problem getting off or on the bike. I might be able to go another half inch, and may try that before tomorrow's ride (only 4 miles this time, to the store and back, which is right across the street from where I work)

As for comparing my ride to a century, I was kidding, just like the response. I know people are in all kinds of shape, or condition, and experience, and if they can do a century that is cool. I have no plans to do a century, but I do like to keep tabs of my own progress, and plan on getting better and better the more I ride. I loved bike riding when I was younger, and after the accident never thought I could still do it. I am not only happy to find out I can, but also happy to find out I still enjoy it. And taking a ride like this has only increased my satisfaction in my ability to ride.

I did notice one thing though. I saw quite a few people riding bikes during our trip but only two of them wore a helmet. One was on a road bike (don't know what kind, as he flew by pretty quick on the opposite side of the street) and the other was a young girl (maybe 8) who was riding with her father (who didn't have a helmet). Go figure.
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Congrats on the new milestone! It's amazing to me that you did it all on one leg. Are you using clipless? It might make it a little more efficient for you being able to pull up on the back stroke with your good leg. Or it just might make you more tired...I dunno. lol
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No, I am not using clipless. I had thought about trying a toe clip for that side only, but decided against it. I had also thought about taking the right pedal off, but that won't work either, because I mount the bike from the left, and need it to start the initial pedaling. also when I am cruising, I put both feet on the pedals for balance. I just take the right one off to pedal a full 360. I still may try a toe clip, but have images of falling over when trying to get it out.
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Nice post.
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I still may try a toe clip, but have images of falling over when trying to get it out.
That is part of the fun of connecting yourself to the bike.

I have not done too many miles with my clipless pedals, but I have had 3 clipless falls... and of course, they have all been with witnesses. They were also all three ironically on organized rides. The same "rules" apply to toe clips I am sure.
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Really, good job! Keep it up
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Yes, my best friend is a 27 year old woman. I have known her since she was 20. We are best of friends. She rides a trike, because she was in a horrific bike accident when she was 7 years old, and has a balance problem because of it. She had to re-learn how to walk, talk, etc. When she first bought the trike in April of 2008 it took her a month just to get the courage up to ride it around the apartment complex. Then she started riding around the neighborhood. Now, she rides anywhere and everywhere.
She sounds like a truly remarkable woman. I'm in awe.
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Old 05-14-09, 12:41 AM   #16
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Thanks for all the praise, and words of encouragement. This is truly a remarkable forum. Yes, I would say Aspen (my best friend) is remarkable. She has gone through a lot in her young life, and seems to be doing just fine in spite of it. She hates riding the bus, but will if she has to. So whenever she can, she rides the bike. I would like to get to that point too. Ride the bike as much as possible, and take the bus only when needed.
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WOW very impressive ride with only one foot going, I would consider that more like a 26 miler if you were using both feet NICE going, keep it up!!!!
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Keep up the good work and soon you'll think 13 miles is easy.
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wow...couldnt decide what was more remarkable, living with a 27 year old or pedaling with your left leg only...(before i read she was your bff)

Anyway, CONGRATS!!! also, 13 is Colgate University's lucky number so dont be scared by it!
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