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Old 05-22-08, 04:44 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm new

Hello, I'm new to these forums. I love bikes and ride a Trek Antelope 820 which I bought new 17 years ago. 17 years ago we were in process to adopt our first child and I had to meet a weight requirement to adopt so I chose bicycling as my exercise since at the time I had heel spurs and plantar warts and walking wasn't so comfortable. (My feet are fine now and I walk a lot more than I bike). I lost the weight and we have adopted two children, both teenagers now (the oldest is 17).

I had quit riding for a few years because we live on a farm on a dirt/gravel road 8 miles from the nearest pavement and I couldn't ride my skinny tired 10 speed. What a wonderful invention the mountain bikes were for people who don't have pavement to ride on. Though I wish mine was more comfortable. When the roads get really rough from the big grain trucks or when the tractors work right over the field roads my teeth shake when I ride my bike and my hands go to sleep.

When we went to Korea to get our children I was amazed to see the freight bikes in use in Seoul. I had never seen such a thing. Some of them must have had hundreds of pounds of bulky stuff carried on them. Bikes are truly amazing.

As I said on the general forum, with gas prices so high, I wish I could ride my bike to town but we are 35 miles from town, 8 miles of gravel plus 27 miles of secondary paved highway with no shoulder. Not exactly a fun or safe commute.
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WHOOT!! <does a little dance> I beat our official BF Master (or Mistress) of Introduction, East Hill here!!!

OK, back to business ...

Welcome to the forums! And yeah your "commute" has bad words in it. Gravel - ick. No Shoulder - ick. I mean I ride 'em when I'm on tour and that's the route we have to follow - but not on a daily basis (course here's me - I commute year round in busy city traffic on some awful potholed roads - btw my commuter is a mtb). There's a lot here to offer - including an all woman's forum. And lots of fun people too. Have fun here and have fun out riding your mtb - and I've done trail/downhill riding where yeah I know what you mean where you're just shaken apart - that in itself is almost a good workout! A better padded (gel) glove may help too. Have fun!
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Hi 4hmom, your Antelope is a good all around rigid bike! You might want to check into a hardtail--that's a mountain bike with a suspension fork, and a fixed rear end. It might make your ride a bit smoother .

Anyway, where are you located in Montana? My husband's grandfather lived in Highwood long ago.


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Old 05-22-08, 07:55 PM   #4
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Not too far from Highwood actually

I live in rural Chouteau county, same county as Highwood only I am west of there, near Carter.
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An Antelope story about my Antelope

I always thought this was funny. We have a lot of antelope around here. Soon after I got my bike (my Trek "Antelope") when I would go out riding along the field roads, the real antelope would hide in the tall grass and jump out at me making a huffing sound. Scared me half to death at first, then I took it as a compliment from the antelope. My husband says they were laughing at me. They do seem to have a sense of humor.
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Oh, I made a good guess, didn't I?

It's definitely rural!

Edit: Especially if you have pronghorns out there!

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