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Old 04-01-02, 08:10 PM   #1
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Compared to Last Year...

Last Spring was my first start of the warm season on a bicycle in about 5 or 6 years. I have been riding almost everyday since December 2000. It is funny how I've changed as a cyclist by just realizing what I care about when cycling. Last year I was almost obsessed with miles. It felt really good to be able to ride 100 miles a week, and I thought of little else until I was close to that number. This year I don't care about miles. In fact I don't even use my odometer anymore. This year I care about places. There are towns that I didn't ride in last year that I can't wait to visit by bicycle this year.

Last year I rode my bicycle for almost a week before I figured out that the noise in my wheel was a broken spoke. This year I'm almost constantly maintaining my bike. I'm still not able to true my wheel with accuracy, but if I get a truing stand this summer I'll almost never have to go to my LBS.

I wonder what I'll care about next April.
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Old 04-02-02, 06:17 AM   #2
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Hi AF,

Great post! I was really hooked on the idea of maintaining a constant heart rate when out cycling last year, and now, it's getting fit to join the Police!

Fingers crossed eh!

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Old 04-02-02, 11:32 AM   #3
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One thing I cared about, then gave up on for a while, now I'm starting to seriously care about it again, is developing the stamina
to use my bike to get to work everyday without any other transportational support whatsoever. I have a long way to go.

I will need to be able to maintain 140 mile weeks, every week, without overdoing it. Also, I will need to conquer cold rain, which I have not done yet. In the end, when I succeed, I will be able to say, "I can use my bike all the time. So can you!"
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Old 04-03-02, 01:08 AM   #4
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One thing I cared about, then gave up on for a while, now I'm starting to seriously care about it again, is developing the stamina
to use my bike to get to work everyday without any other transportational support whatsoever. I have a long way to go.

I will need to be able to maintain 140 mile weeks, every week, without overdoing it. Also, I will need to conquer cold rain, which I have not done yet. In the end, when I succeed, I will be able to say, "I can use my bike all the time. So can you!"
Best of luck Pete!

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I'd like to bike to work... but i have to be there at 7am and its 27 miles away... so 54 miles a day x 5... i have a second job thats only 18 miles away though, i'd like to cycle there but i dont get off till 11pm...
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