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Old 02-29-08, 08:54 AM   #1
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Greetings from NH

I'm never sure what to write in these things or if anyone actually reads them, so I'll just stick with the questions posed in the stickied topic explaining what to do.

Where are you from?
I am from the Lake Sunapee area in New Hampshire (though I'm originally from Connecticut and went to school in Maine so, I suppose I'm from New England if you want to get technical).

What do you ride?
I currently don't ride much of anything though the bike I have sitting in the basement is a Fuji Thrill mtb. I got the bike to replace a cheap but, well loved and used Murphy mtb I rode the snot out of prior to getting my driver's license and then off and on through my sophomore year in college. The bike saw a lot of use in Lake Tahoe when I was there for ten weeks. There are trails all over the place out there and it was wonderful, though I couldn't compete with the professionals there.

I'm currently in the market for a road bike, though I suspect I'll end up just swapping the saddle off my husband's (supton) bike and lowering the seat a cm or so and steal whatever new bike he gets since all but our hip and shoulder widths are the same and I don't want to spend a lot of money on a bike until I'm sure it's something I'm going to get into enough to spend the gobs of money on a new bike for myself.

How long have you been riding?
On and off since I learned to ride a bike (don't ask me when that was). I was actually a pretty hardcore road rider the couple years before I got my driver's license only I did it all on a mtb and didn't have any of the proper equipment for the 20+ mile rides I took almost every day.

I haven't been back on a bike much at all for the past 5 years. I tried using my husband's bike but, the saddle is a real problem. Even my mtb doesn't seem to get the job done anymore and I suspect the saddle as the culprit there as well since I have real women's hips and I never traded off the men's saddle that came with the bike.

Anything else we should know about you?
Well, I think you've already got the full biking story (more than you bargained for, I'll bet) but, in addition to my sudden desire to take up biking again (fueled no doubt by my husband's fervor) I am site manager for a Harry Potter community website, SnitchSeeker.com, I taught myself to crochet off internet tutorials last summer and really love it, and I am going to attempt to complete my masters in biochemistry in the next few years while staying at home with my kids and trying to get back into road biking.
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Old 02-29-08, 09:10 AM   #2
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Hi biochemkris, I also have a Fuji Thrill mountain bike, although mine is an old school rigid from the 1980s!

Are we going to have a husband and wife team in Foo? That should be entertaining. Tell supton to get you a proper saddle!

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LOL He was the who suggested it so, I've been researching the various saddles out there (surprisingly enough, looking at the saddle width specs on most of the women's saddles they still aren't wide enough to accomodate my sit bones and some are even narrower than the men's saddles we have now) but, of course the only real test is to go out and try them which is tough with the two kids and living out in the middle of nowhere. We need to find a good shop somewhere with knowledge about women's biking issues.

Thanks for the welcome and the husband and I will try hard not to start any trouble now that I'm here
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LOL He was the who suggested it so, I've been researching the various saddles out there (surprisingly enough, looking at the saddle width specs on most of the women's saddles they still aren't wide enough to accomodate my sit bones and some are even narrower than the men's saddles we have now) but, of course the only real test is to go out and try them which is tough with the two kids and living out in the middle of nowhere. We need to find a good shop somewhere with knowledge about women's biking issues.

Thanks for the welcome and the husband and I will try hard not to start any trouble now that I'm here

I'll throw in my two cent's worth, and say that I have always enjoyed the Specialized BG saddle that came with my Dolce Elite.

With luck, though, I will get to test one of the new Brooks Imperial saddles, which is to have a cutout. Should be interesting!

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Geez, it hasn't even been a day yet that you've been here, and I'm in trouble already?
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Geez, it hasn't even been a day yet that you've been here, and I'm in trouble already?
Only because you have not gotten your spouse a decent saddle .

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Ha!

We'll see about that. I think tonight, before the next storm blows in, we'll head to town and see what is out there for saddles. There are a couple of shops around, and I did see some womens specific bikes at a couple of them. Then it's still the big "what bike do I get" dilema.

Time to bore the kids while mom and dad shop!
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Bore the kids? Xander will have a field day with all the wheels and Elizabeth will have you chasing her around the store. We'll be lucky to get any shopping done at all!

I just checked out the Dolce online (thanks, East Hill) and I think I'd like to at least test out some women's bikes to see what the feel is like. While I haven't ridden for a while I do like to stretch out and aside from soft tissue and bum related saddle issues I've never felt uncomfortable on a men's bike since I'm tallish at 5'8" and I have a long torso (my husband and I actually have the same measurements except for hip and shoulder width with me being wider on the bottom and him wider on the top, unsurprisingly) but, I've been reading a bit about the geometry not being completely dependent on measurements but, also on muscle distribution.
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Bore the kids? Xander will have a field day with all the wheels and Elizabeth will have you chasing her around the store. We'll be lucky to get any shopping done at all!

I just checked out the Dolce online (thanks, East Hill) and I think I'd like to at least test out some women's bikes to see what the feel is like. While I haven't ridden for a while I do like to stretch out and aside from soft tissue and bum related saddle issues I've never felt uncomfortable on a men's bike since I'm tallish at 5'8" and I have a long torso (my husband and I actually have the same measurements except for hip and shoulder width with me being wider on the bottom and him wider on the top, unsurprisingly) but, I've been reading a bit about the geometry not being completely dependent on measurements but, also on muscle distribution.
The Dolce is a nice bike, but the saddle was perfect from the minute I started riding .

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