I worked at a Sonic in Stephenville, TX, at the age of 13 to earn enough money to buy my first ten-speed. I had my first bicycle wreck when I was 16. I still have scares and carry the gravel with me. I did my first 70 plus miles, one way, when I was 17. I wanted to see a boy and I didn't own a car. ;-) After that, I only rode a single-speed bike short distances of five to 10 miles with a baby seat on the back with kids in it. I did my first RAGBRAI in 1986. It was a nightmare. I bought my bike a couple of weeks before the ride, young and foolish. I've continued to ride RAGBRAI; I've also rode across MO., WI., IL., and a week long ride in IN. I also do self-contained rides. I have a mountain bike, three road bikes, and a recumbent. My mileage goal for this year is 4,000 miles. My bicycle is my best friend.
Hi Brenda, a lot of BF members do RAGBRAI as well--check out the regional forums to see who else you can run into :) .
What kind of road bikes have you got, and how much mileage so far?
Welcome to BF!
Welcome Brenda! Some nice stats on bike miles --and I see you have the bike affliction as well - it just starts with one you know :)
To East Hill,
The road bikes I have are: 1985 Schwinn, 1995 Trek, and I just got a 2008 Le Mond ;-) . I don't have very many miles logged this year, only about 150, the weather is not cooperating.
When I worked at Stone Container the men would tease me about all the trips I took with my bike, about how much time I spent on the bike seat, and sleeping with my bike in my tent. Finally, I told them, "Once you've had a bike seat, nothing can compare." ;-) That stopped the teasing. My husband tried to make me choose, once, he backed down. The bike was there before him. ;-) Affliction?
I love it when after a commute in the rain/snow/bad weather - or even a cruise on the mtb in same weather - to pull into my favorite watering hole - pull the bike inside dripping and dirty - I shake the water off my helmet and proceed to take off all the bad weather clothing and turn to get a drink ---- and the customers (who know me well) kinda shake their heads and ask how the crazy girl is doing tonight - and get the "You DID not just ride your bike here!!". hehe. Yes, yes I did.
And I've slept with my bike in the tent and hotel rooms lots of times :D Hell, it's my ride and it's the reason I'm here enjoying this area - hehe, no way I'm parting with it.
Hmm, perhaps there's some separation anxiety working here <looks over left shoulder to see the roadbike on the trainer about 2 foot away> :D
What kind of Schwinn have you got? That's a C & V bike to us :) .
Originally Posted by BrendaIA
You must show us photos of the LeMond....