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Old 09-03-08, 01:50 PM   #1
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A Bicycle Revival

Hello from the Monterey Bay area of CA, a biking paradise that I intend to take full advantage of, once I get back into shape.
I'm the mom of two grown children; my daughter, a dependent adult, and a son, who is in the Army and has just completed basic training.
I have to deal with Chronic Fatigue, so I found it very difficult to go out and bike often enough, but getting a bike trainer was very helpful, and now I can train as long as I want, and quit when I start getting too tired. If I overdo the training, I will lose ground, so I have to balance my training days just right to make any progress. And I am, thanks to the trainer.
A friend's husband gave me his old touring bike, (he switched to a recumbent) which is in very nice condition, though it needs some tweaking. The bike has seen many miles touring through Europe before it came into my possession.
The frame is a Supergo Access Pro (whatever that is) 21 speed Shimano gears and brakes, and custom Scott handlebars. I took off the worn out knobby tires, put on new city tires, and a Transit rear rack, and so forth. It needs new bike tape... It had two mirrors on it, so I could see which one worked the best, and now I'm down to one mirror. You can sort of see it in my avatar.

In high school, (I lived on bases overseas, namely Spain) I biked everywhere on a 10 speed, it was flat, and made it easy to go long distances. I used to take the back roads to the next town, just to sightsee. I loved it!
Back in the early 80s when I lived in NYC, I used a friend's ten speed Peugeot, which was really nice, and biked all around the city. Sometimes I wold get tired and bring the bike onto the subway, when it was late, and there weren't many people. I felt empowered on a bike, even riding down 5th Avenue at rush hour when I was making way better time than the people in cars! Ha!

Later in the 80s my mother owned a sporting goods store, and we sold bikes, my brother was a bike mechanic. I had a nice road bike that had a small gas powered engine that attached to the back wheel, so I could get up steep hills. It sounded like a lawn mower, but it was fun.

Didn't get back into serious biking until a few months ago when my son left home, and now I'm enjoying it. Even the pain is the good kind, better than the pain from not even working out at all, so I'd rather have the kind of pain that gies me a sense of accomplishment, and the riding always puts me in a better mood, as long as the drivers don't try to run me off the road.

Okay, that's it before this becomes a novel.
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Old 09-03-08, 10:11 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. Sounds like you have done more riding than a lot of the experts here!
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Hello WPeabody, the Monterey Peninsula is a lovely place to ride--have you ever ridden on 17 Mile Drive?

Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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Hello, thank you for the welcome!
Oh, I wouldn't consider myself an expert by any means, when I rode on a regular basis way back when, I did a lot of dumb and ignorant things. I'm realizing just how little I know about biking, though learning the traffic rules and basic bike maintenance has been a good start.
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Hello East Hill! Thanks for the welcome!

Actually, I haven't done a whole lot of riding on the peninsula itself just yet, just a bit around Carmel, Ft. Ord and the parts of the Monterey rec trail. (What a fine ride that rec trail is on the northern end, especially for someone getting back on the bike after a long hiatus! Not that many people on it, as there are on Monterey itself. That's a traffic nightmare because the tourists renting bikes, roller-blades, the locals on their bikes, and those pedal powered vehicles) I'm still getting my legs back, so I'm doing only 5-10 miles right now... but I certainly intend to go there.
Sometimes the way people drive on some roads puts me off, but once I reawaken that NYC city riding mindset, it's not so bad. It's a kind of developed instinct, reading drivers coming up behind you, isn't it...
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I rode the whole trail around April, and the traffic wasn't bad, but I didn't run into a lot of tourists on that excursion. Fort Ord should be nice for riding, I would think--although the wind might be a bit fierce on occasion!

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Hi again,
Fort Ord has a lot of bike trails, and with the growth of the Cal State university there, more bike paths are being added to a lot of the main roads. The wind can be pretty strong, though if I try to ride in the morning, there isn't much wind. It tends to blow in the afternoons and then dies in the evening.
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