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    Women?

    I just got my SUN 3x three wheel recumbent bike. I am 59 years old female in Ohio. I have
    rails to trails to ride on and am lucky enough to live 1/2 mile from the trail.

    Each day I have been out adding more miles to the ride. I am a walker so it has been
    easy on the muscles. And the weather has been so perfect here all summer.

    Just wonder if any females (empty nesters) are on this forum?

    I am trying to talk my husband into buying a bike but not sure if I will ever
    get him to buy one. I never could get him to walk with me on the trails .

    I enjoy just riding by myself with my ipod at my own speed. Just wondered if any
    others are out there to share their experience.

    Thanks.
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    I'm 40 and female with a Trice QNT trike with 20" wheels all around.

    My husband has a bike, but he only checked to see if it was still in the apartment complex building for the first time this year, yesterday.

    He's absolutely supportive of my insane hobby, even when it means waking up at 5 am to take me and the husky out in the countryside to drop us off to find our way home. Unless of course, he's trying to get rid of us.

    I'm not a speed demon, obviously, or I wouldn't take my husky with me on rides. I just go to explore my adopted country (Sweden), and explore scenery. He loves it and gets hysterical if 'his' trike goes out the door without him. In range of where I live I have fields, forests, Viking grave mounds, castles, 17th century manor houses, countless runestones, and so on. Oh! Polite drivers, I have to mention those.

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    I ride a Catrike Road that I purchased last summer. Love it. Wish I could get my husband interested but he is what you might politely call " thrifty" and firmly believes that any bike not sold at Walmart costs way too much. Recently he has gotten more interested in riding, though, and that is a real plus. We are planning to do the Waco Wild West Century ride next week and he actually agreed to do the 50 mile ride. Almost our whole family will participate: our two younger kids are riding but our eldest is away in college. My son and I will both be on trikes.

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    husbands

    My husband is a cheapo when it comes to bikes too. I probably will have to go out and
    buy it then he might ride it. I don't know.

    It just amazes me some women travel across the country on bikes alone. And camp out alone.
    Unless I have a *** and know how to use it I couldn't do it. I carry mace now. I worry
    about dogs. Never felt uncomfortable on our bike trail so far with strangers passing me.

    I do have to go 1/2 mile to the trail from our house. And it is a country road that gets
    busy before school and after school is let out. I ride with the traffic but I am worried
    cars won't slow down. Do any of you ride against the traffic or is that just too unsafe?
    Or illegal?

    Thanks for coming forward and letting me know females are out there.
    Jerri

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    My wife also rides a Catrike Road; we always ride together.
    And, as far as I know, riding against traffic is indeed illegal. I know it is in TN and MD, places I've had a trike or bike.

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    Two wheels = bike
    Three wheels = trike
    It's all cycling
    Have fun!
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    Against traffic is unsafe, very much so, and illegal in all states. Consider a flag on a pole and
    several of the bright blinky lights, such as
    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._400014_400014
    For best results these have to be angled so as to hit the drivers eyes 6-10 car lengths back so give
    some thought to how they are mounted. A blinky light pointed at the pavement 50' behind the bike
    won't be visible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sch View Post
    Against traffic is unsafe, very much so, and illegal in all states. Consider a flag on a pole and
    several of the bright blinky lights, such as
    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._400014_400014
    For best results these have to be angled so as to hit the drivers eyes 6-10 car lengths back so give
    some thought to how they are mounted. A blinky light pointed at the pavement 50' behind the bike
    won't be visible.
    I went to the web site and can't find the item number. Are you talking about item
    40=3956? If not which one do you recommend. Thankyou

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    JerriAnne, I ride fairly busy streets on almost a daily basis. I have a taillight that I can set for steady or blinking which I use for day and night riding. I also have a safety flag which helps with visibility and an AirZound horn which both alerts cars to my presence and dissuades dogs from chasing me. Dallas is considered a very bike unfriendly place but I've had very few problems. Most drivers give me a greater clearance margin on the trike than they ever did on my bike.

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    Thankyou for all your advice. I am going to get the tailgate lights. Like I said I am only
    worried about 1/4 mile. Then I am on our rail/trail path. Then it is really safe and
    a great place to ride. Toledo area has had a couple bike riders killed this year alone.
    A couple of them were beaten and died. One was riding at 4:00 a.m. The driver never
    stopped. Not sure all the details if the biker had lights or light clothing .

    Thanks again
    Jerri

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerriAnn View Post
    I do have to go 1/2 mile to the trail from our house. And it is a country road that gets
    busy before school and after school is let out. I ride with the traffic but I am worried
    cars won't slow down. Do any of you ride against the traffic or is that just too unsafe?
    Or illegal?

    Thanks for coming forward and letting me know females are out there.
    Jerri
    Hi Jerri,
    I'm 35 and female and ride a Bacchetta Giro 26 high racer. I've taken it on two week-long loaded camping tours so far (with my boyfriend, on a DF bike).

    I recommend getting a Take-a-look mirror. You can attach it to sunglasses (or a mirror). That way you can see that traffic is slowing or moving over to pass. It will make you more comfortable.

    Tanya

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    against traffic

    I am now riding with the traffic. I did go out and buy two blinking lights that are for cars or trucks.
    All I need them is for the 1/2 mile to get to our trail (rails/trails). I still have to get the flag. OH, I
    also bought the mirror for the end of the handle bars and love it.
    The weather here has changed to the 40s and 50s. It is cold . I hate the heat but this is getting
    too cold. I did go out Sat. still in the upper 50s and sunny. But today it isn't warm enough for me.
    Makes me mad our fall should be in the 60s. Darn.

    Thanks for the advice you all wrote me. And I hope more will come on here and write what you do.
    I like to hear from the women because this sport seems to be mostly men. I see women on the trail
    but the % are men. And it isn't my husband. Darn.

    Jerri

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    50 miles?

    Did you ride the 50 miles? Just wonder if how it went.
    Jerri




    Quote Originally Posted by altozwei View Post
    I ride a Catrike Road that I purchased last summer. Love it. Wish I could get my husband interested but he is what you might politely call " thrifty" and firmly believes that any bike not sold at Walmart costs way too much. Recently he has gotten more interested in riding, though, and that is a real plus. We are planning to do the Waco Wild West Century ride next week and he actually agreed to do the 50 mile ride. Almost our whole family will participate: our two younger kids are riding but our eldest is away in college. My son and I will both be on trikes.

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    Hi JerriAnn, I just wanted to let you know that there is a women's forum that you are eligible to gain access to after posting for a month. Send a PM to Siu Blue Wind (administrator) to get access.
    Quote Originally Posted by toddles View Post
    So Tom only hires people that are nutty? Is part of the requirement to be a moderator on this site is that you have to be nuts??
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    If you are that scared of cars, it might help your confidence to take a Road I course, offered occasionally by the League of American Bicyclists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerriAnn View Post
    Did you ride the 50 miles? Just wonder if how it went.
    Jerri
    Yes, we did do the 50. It was a beautiful day for riding. Sunny with mild temperatures (upper 70's to low 80's). The ride went very well for the first 30 miles or so, then my son started to have some problems with hills. His little trike is not geared for the rolling terrain in the last 15 miles of the course. We stopped at about mile 35 and he was convinced that he couldn't finish. I suggested we trade trikes. He finished the ride with a huge smile while I slogged along feeling like I was gonna die. I couldn't extend his boom out far enough for my legs and my knees were VERY sore by the time I finished. It was worth it, though, to see him finish what he started.
    My husband and daughter both rode their df's. Our daughter left us at the start and we didn't see her again the rest of the day. My husband waited for us at the second rest stop and, seeing that my son was going to need the extra encouragement, rode along with us the rest of the day. He did remark, after 30 miles, that hemorrhoids might be an improvement over the way he was feeling.
    It was a great day and the only downside is that now, my son doesn't want to give my trike back. Looks like I'll be buying him a better ride as soon as I can save the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    Hi JerriAnn, I just wanted to let you know that there is a women's forum that you are eligible to gain access to after posting for a month. Send a PM to Siu Blue Wind (administrator) to get access.
    There's a WOMEN"S forum? Wow, I had no idea.

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    I don't ride a trike, but I ride a mountain bike. I got the mountain bike while still living in the D.C. area because I didn't feel comfortable riding the roads and my road bike didn't perform very well on the trails I rode (I've since retired to the northern US Rockies--a 2.2 million acre national forest west of Glacier National Park, actually). My mountain bike is a woman's bike. I think trikes look interesting but I don't know if I'd get one since I'm not certain how well cars see them. If I get a second bike, it's more likely to be a cargo bike.

    I've been riding my bike everyday since adding an electric assist kit this summer. I found the hills where I presently lived played havoc with my knees. Now I don't worry about getting out in the forest (although during winter I probably won't ride the unimproved forest roads since they're isolated). Here's a picture of my bike on one of those forest roads.

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    What a beautiful part of the country you live in. Sure different from the all the traffic you had to fight in D.C. every day. We have been to both places. I am not sure I would want to live in either place. One is too busy and the other is too quiet. When you have to drive miles to see a person I don't know.

    But I am enjoying my Sun 3x trike. I really want to keep exercising in one way or another. And I am a walker as well. Could lose a couple pounds and I have never smoked . I don't know if I could do the
    50 mile ride but Ohio has one coming up in the spring. I am thinking about it. Will see what the winter
    months will do with my muscles. LOL I do go to the local Y and exercise.

    Jerri





    Quote Originally Posted by nwmtnbkr View Post
    I don't ride a trike, but I ride a mountain bike. I got the mountain bike while still living in the D.C. area because I didn't feel comfortable riding the roads and my road bike didn't perform very well on the trails I rode (I've since retired to the northern US Rockies--a 2.2 million acre national forest west of Glacier National Park, actually). My mountain bike is a woman's bike. I think trikes look interesting but I don't know if I'd get one since I'm not certain how well cars see them. If I get a second bike, it's more likely to be a cargo bike.

    I've been riding my bike everyday since adding an electric assist kit this summer. I found the hills where I presently lived played havoc with my knees. Now I don't worry about getting out in the forest (although during winter I probably won't ride the unimproved forest roads since they're isolated). Here's a picture of my bike on one of those forest roads.

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    I'm almost 40 and ride my bike mostly for getting to and from work and for errands. My husband rides a DF and occasionally we "commute" together (we're lucky enough to only work about a mile apart). I keep trying to convince him a tandem recumbent would be awesome.

    We aren't into long rides, usually capping out on 8-10 miles out to breakfast or shopping. and he's a summer biker while I'm a winter winter (we're in California, I'm using the term "winter" loosely here).

    But I love my bike and the ride to work is short (4 miles) and enough time to get my head on straight while heading home.

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    Jerri, I understand your fears and concerns. On the other hand, I also know that it's possible to ride for miles and miles without a problem. You should read my friend Sylvia's tale: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/myrtle . She just keeps going, and going, and going...
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    Thanks for sending the reports your friend wrote up. I haven't gotten through it all but
    will.

    It is amazing any woman would go alone any where now a days with all the creeps out there. I would be taking a class in self defense and be carrying a ***. Dogs alone
    scare me. And camping isn't even something I like to do. Hotel rooms with showers
    would be my choice of over night stays. LOL

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    [QUOTE=JerriAnn;9967275]Thanks for sending the reports your friend wrote up. I haven't gotten through it all but
    will.

    It is amazing any woman would go alone any where now a days with all the creeps out there. I would be taking a class in self defense and be carrying a ***. Dogs alone
    scare me. And camping isn't even something I like to do. Hotel rooms with showers
    would be my choice of over night stays. I am not too sure I could travel that long without some
    one being with me also.

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    JerriAnn: I noticed your concern about personal safety. I'm a 31-year-old woman who rides in one of the toughest sections of Massachusetts. (North of Boston in Lynn, Salem, Revere, enough said.) Most of the time I ride alone because I prefer going at my own pace or I'm commuting.

    I have shot *******s in competiton since I was a teenager. I have a class A license to carry in my state and I do carry a 9mm ******* most of the time while riding. I don't carry going into work because my hospital (I'm a nurse) has a no-*** policy. For those times I tape a large K-Bar marine knife to the underside of my drop bars. It gets lost under there amongst the cables and GPS. If somebody wants a piece of me, I'm going to get a piece of them.

    I honestly think a woman who is armed gives off a dangerous vibe that thugs can feel. I've never had any trouble in 10 years of riding with a weapon. There will be many people on this forum, and in life in general, who will react negatively to your choice (if you make it) of going armed. Ignore these people. It's your life. Get some training if you don't already have familiarity with guns and carry on your rides. It will make you feel more comfortable if being alone bothers you. And being scared is not anything to be ashamed of. We are the weaker sex, or we were the weaker sex until Sam Colt came along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerriAnn View Post
    Thanks for sending the reports your friend wrote up. I haven't gotten through it all but
    will.

    It is amazing any woman would go alone any where now a days with all the creeps out there. I would be taking a class in self defense and be carrying a ***. Dogs alone
    scare me. And camping isn't even something I like to do. Hotel rooms with showers
    would be my choice of over night stays. I am not too sure I could travel that long without some
    one being with me also.
    You could also look into carrying pepper spray. If there are any bears in Ohio, I'd carry some bear grade pepper spray. The dog spray is the lowest concentrated pepper spray. The stuff for use on humans is stronger, and the stuff for bears is the strongest. If you are taking classes for carrying a firearm you should be able to bring up the pepper spray and get good answers from the instructor. Some states require a permit to carry it. Find out. Bear spray can cause serious damage to humans, and should be very effective. You just have to watch wind direction.
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