Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Introductions Welcome to the BikeForums community! Please introduce yourself to other forum members here.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-19-07, 02:47 PM   #1
mirage1
Bossy Bunny
Thread Starter
 
mirage1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: The Valley of the Sun
Bikes: A comfy little Diamond Wildwood
Posts: 359
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I used to ride a bike all the time...

...when I was about 12.

So now I'm 40 and I have a nine-year-old daughter. We live within a mile or so of a couple of grocery stores, restaurants, and shopping. I'd like to get us both on bikes for a couple of reasons: I'm not getting any skinnier driving my Accord around, and gas isn't getting any cheaper! And you know, for taking care of the environment--I recycle and keep the thermostat up, I try to do my part, but none of that is FUN. But riding a bike? Much more interesting!

We're in Phoenix, so for the next several months I'm sure the riding will be pretty limited due to the heat, but there's no time like the present. Ideally, this fall I'd like to be able to start commuting to work, about five miles one-way, a few days a week.

It looks like there's a lot of great information here! Glad to have stumbled onto your site.
__________________
Margie

"Assume a virtue, if you have it not." ~ William Shakespeare

This advice is the reason I'm masquerading as an athletic person.
mirage1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-07, 03:11 PM   #2
East Hill
Lanky Lass
 
East Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
Posts: 21,514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hello Margie, I know I would be dying of the heat in Phoenix in the summer, but there are tougher souls than I who cope year round (of course, not necessarily with a nine year old). You might want to check in with the Southwest regional forum and see how the locals manage.

Welcome to BF!

East Hill
__________________
___________________________________________________
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...

Last edited by East Hill; 05-21-07 at 06:26 AM.
East Hill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-07, 07:33 PM   #3
stevesurf
another cat...FAB!
 
stevesurf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: 1st star to the right...
Bikes: Merlin Ti Build, Trek Y-50, Bianchi Titanium Build, Custom Cuevas Road bike
Posts: 1,381
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hey Margie; welcome to BF. My sister lives in Tucson and there's a great deal of good cycling there, especially near the river and the foothills of the Catalinas. The heat can actually be tolerable as long as you do your cycling in short intervals with constant hydration. Grab a couple of Polar Bottles, fill with ice and water (my preference) or use an ice-filled Camelback.
__________________
9
stevesurf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-07, 09:25 PM   #4
wheel
Senior Member
 
wheel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Crystal MN
Bikes:
Posts: 2,147
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Welcome we always could use a few more riders. Don't be shy and let us know how it is going.

Here is some of my tips.
0 hydrate well before you ride and rehydrate during.
1 Get a bicycle rack or use the bus rack to motor you around.
2 Phoenix Pool summer memebership is around 20 bucks.
3 Parks use any street map to locate parks. Most parks will have shade and will have water if you scope it out since some drinking fountains don't work.
4 Plan for a slower ride.
5 I myself will use shopping (AC) to cool me down on my routes even if I don't buy anything.
6. Ride in the dark time (only a 100 degrees then) .

Get a bicycle map you can get a free one mailed to you.
http://www.mag.maricopa.gov/detail.cms?item=4643
Here is a map of water stations and places to camp in the day with water.
http://www.mag.maricopa.gov/pdf/cms....ublic12103.pdf

Last edited by wheel; 05-22-07 at 12:09 PM.
wheel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-07, 12:32 AM   #5
SingingSabre 
BF's Level 12 Wizard
 
SingingSabre's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Diamondback Sorrento turned Xtracycle commuter
Posts: 1,425
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
+1 for wheel's advice.

I also recommend some cycling shorts. They give much more air to your legs and you won't get an embarassing saddle-sweat stain on your butt.

Start riding in the mornings and evenings so you can acclimate slowly. Expect to be absolutely drained that night. It'll pass soon enough and you'll be able to handle hotter and hotter weather. Last summer, I was regularly pushing it to work (only about 8mi) in 110-115 weather. It just takes some time to get adjusted to it.

Drink water, too. You know this, though, as you're from AZ.

EDIT: a sarong or similar wrap is perfect for covering bike shorts in public! Ask your local female cyclist for more info.
__________________
Shameless plug (my sites):
Work
Photography
Vanity
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bklyn
Obviously, the guy's like a 12th level white wizard or something. His mere presence is a danger to mortals.
SingingSabre is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-07, 06:29 AM   #6
East Hill
Lanky Lass
 
East Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
Posts: 21,514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SingingSabre
...a sarong or similar wrap is perfect for covering bike shorts in public! Ask your local female cyclist for more info.
I always wear an elasticised waist pull-on skirt over my bike shorts when it's warm out. It's not necessary when actually riding, but it's not nearly as conspicuous when off the bike .

East Hill
__________________
___________________________________________________
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...
East Hill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-07, 04:06 PM   #7
mirage1
Bossy Bunny
Thread Starter
 
mirage1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: The Valley of the Sun
Bikes: A comfy little Diamond Wildwood
Posts: 359
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks...

Thank you for the warm welcome and the great tips!

I will get that map. I guess they don't include anything on the legend for "has big shady trees," huh?

I've only been in Phoenix for a year and a half, and last year I stayed inside most of the summer, so I do have a lot to learn about dealing with the heat.

Bike shorts + sarong/skirt... priceless! This is exactly the kind of thing I need to know. I appreciate you!
__________________
Margie

"Assume a virtue, if you have it not." ~ William Shakespeare

This advice is the reason I'm masquerading as an athletic person.
mirage1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-07, 07:16 PM   #8
AndrewP
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Montreal
Bikes: Peugeot Hybrid, Minelli Hybrid
Posts: 6,521
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The satellite view on this route planning page will show here the shady trees are and the shortcuts through school yards etc. http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/ What does your daughter think about using bikes for transportation? My daughter did a 20 mile bike-a-thon with me when she was 4 yrs old and rode the 70 km Tour de l"ile of montreal from the age of 15 to 19. Now I am trying to get her daughter interested in cycling but she prefers to do it in the trailer behind her mother.
AndrewP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-07, 08:11 PM   #9
donnamb 
tired
 
donnamb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: Breezer Uptown 8, U frame
Posts: 5,652
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hi Margie,

Here is a fine place for skirts/wraps meant for bike riding. Not that you have to buy bike-specific clothes, but I bet they wouldn't wrinkle/show dripping sweat as much.
__________________
"Real wars of words are harder to win. They require thought, insight, precision, articulation, knowledge, and experience. They require the humility to admit when you are wrong. They recognize that the dialectic is not about making us look at you, but about us all looking together for the truth."
donnamb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-07, 12:20 PM   #10
wheel
Senior Member
 
wheel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Crystal MN
Bikes:
Posts: 2,147
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
+1 on cycling shorts.
wheel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-07, 12:40 PM   #11
zonatandem
Senior Member
 
zonatandem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Custom Zona c/f tandem + Scott Plasma single
Posts: 10,785
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Have lived/cycled in Tucson for 29 years. Summer is a state of mind!
Ride early (at daybreak), wear light colored t-shirts/jerseys, cycling cap/shorts/gloves and sunglasses.
Also a bandana can come in handy. If it gets a bit too 'warm' (never say 'hot', that's self-defeating! ) you can put cycling cap/bandana under a spigot and wear them wet. Sure, they'll be dry in half hour or less, but sure feels c-o-o-o-o-l (just like a swampbox) for awhile.
While shade can be hard to find out of town (no Circle-Ks to duck into) stand in the shade of a telephone pole or even a saguaro for a couple minutes if needed!
Warmest I've commuted in by bicycle: 117 degrees. Fun? Not really, but do-able.
Have you considered buying a used tandem so you and daughter can pedal TWOgether?
While we are neither 12 or even 40 (we're 74/72)we get in 100+ miles a week.
Rudy and Kay/zonatandem
Attached Images
File Type: jpg R&Kspring 07#2.jpg (46.4 KB, 6 views)
zonatandem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-07, 12:54 PM   #12
mirage1
Bossy Bunny
Thread Starter
 
mirage1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: The Valley of the Sun
Bikes: A comfy little Diamond Wildwood
Posts: 359
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by zonatandem
...Summer is a state of mind! ... While we are neither 12 or even 40 (we're 74/72)we get in 100+ miles a week.
Rudy and Kay/zonatandem
Great advice here, thank you!

And whoo, am I feeling inspired! My mom was a wonderful woman but her body really let her down after she was about 50....her #1 hobby was cooking, you know? She died when she was 83, but by then she'd been hurting and uncomfortable for thirty years, partly from the extra weight she was carrying around.

I hadn't really thought about a tandem... If she doesn't seem to be picking up the bike more, or isn't having fun, after I get my skills up a little more maybe I'll look into it.
__________________
Margie

"Assume a virtue, if you have it not." ~ William Shakespeare

This advice is the reason I'm masquerading as an athletic person.
mirage1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-07, 12:59 PM   #13
East Hill
Lanky Lass
 
East Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
Posts: 21,514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It's folks like Rudy and Kay [zonatandem] who keep me going sometimes! I want to be fit when I get older so that I can enjoy life, not spend the later half of my life being miserable. Life is too short to be miserable, no sense in letting life slip by unnecessarily, you know?

East Hill
__________________
___________________________________________________
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...
East Hill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-07, 07:24 PM   #14
bikerdaddy
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hi Margie,

I'm quite a bit further north than you along the Washington/Idaho border. My kids and I bike to school every day; they're 5 and 8. We started out with tag alongs, and now they've both graduated to their own bikes--and no training wheels. Our earliest lessons have been learning the rules of the road. We communicate constantly when we're peddaling. We also plan our routes in advance and talk about the reasons for the routes we choose (more sidewalks, more controlled intersections, less traffic, etc.). The kids love it! I love it too. And the more we leave the minivan in the garage, rain or shine, the happier we all are! Happy biking!
Tom
bikerdaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:40 AM.