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Old 08-02-15, 07:45 AM
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Hello from a newbie

Hi everyone. I'm new to the forums and pretty much to biking again. I rode when I was much younger, before I got married. Three years ago I bought a Trek 7300 hybrid and that got me riding back in 2012. The next two years I didn't ride much. We had an especially harsh winter in 2013 and an almost nonexistent summer here in Wisconsin. Needless to say, I wasn't very motivated.

I've been riding a more this year and absolutely love it. I'm on a mission to lose some of my extra baggage and have lost about 25 pounds. I have another 30-40 to go. This week I got my new Bianchi and took it out yesterday. Probably not the smartest thing to do, but I went on a 25 mile ride. I was so excited and just couldn't bring myself to turn around. You see I live in a pretty hilly area and I drove down to a rails-to-trail path for this ride because it's mostly flat and smooth. I was a bit wiped out after the ride but not too bad. My muscles aren't sore, so I'm fortunate. I'm just a little sore from the seat. This is the longest ride I've gone on so I'm feeling pretty good about that.

Anyway, I turned 50 at the beginning of the year and am feeling my age in some ways. Now I'm thankful to have the time to ride and sure wish I'd have stuck with it over the years.

I don't know if there are many women on this forum as I've mostly seen the guys responding. I'm glad to have a place to go to talk about cycling as I'm sure my coworkers don't want to hear about it too much longer.
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Old 08-02-15, 07:51 AM
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Howdy MickeyDee,

Welcome to Bike Forums.

BF has a secret only women's forums.

You need to be a member for over 30 days to be asked to join it.

Someone should contact you then.
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Old 08-02-15, 08:02 AM
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Congratulations on your getting back into cycling. I don't know what you do in the winter and "bad" weather months but if you want to improve your cycling and stay or get more fit for cycling I really encourage you to look into buying a good trainer. I'm partial to this brand and the "Road Machine" for a basic high quality trainer. I think you can find them less than $300 new and a lot less used. There are a few other good basic trainers as well. Then there are the super high priced ones. Have fun.
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Old 08-02-15, 08:14 PM
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Welcome to the 50+ gang, good to have another lady around to class up the place. My wife has the same model Trek as you, I hope that you enjoy yours as much as she does, good bikes. But a Bianchi is top drawer stuff, great choice. The pictures you posted in that thread looks good, it is one sweet looking ride you have there.

Good job on the weight loss, and your riding so far, too.

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Old 08-02-15, 08:51 PM
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Thank you for your advice on a trainer bowzette. I figure I'll look into that in a couple of months. I also want to figure out what warm clothes I can wear so I can get in as much outdoors riding as possible.
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Old 08-02-15, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
Welcome to the 50+ gang, good to have another lady around to class up the place. My wife has the same model Trek as you, I hope that you enjoy yours as much as she does, good bikes. But a Bianchi is top drawer stuff, great choice. The pictures you posted in that thread looks good, it is one sweet looking ride you have there.

Good job on the weight loss, and your riding so far, too.

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Thank you Bill! I'm definitely excited. I really like my Trek. It's comfortable and easy to ride. I would never have been able to even consider a road bike without my Trek. My husband has a Trek hybrid as well. He just can't ride as much due to rotator cuff issues.

The hard part right now is giving myself time to recover between rides. I get to go out again tomorrow. I'll be riding some routes around where I live on the hills and crappy roads. I'm excited to see how it compares.
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Welcome. I wish I could send a little bit of our summer to you and maybe get the temperature down to the 80's or low 90's.
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Welcome! You have many adventures before you.

With any luck, I'll be pedaling across Wisconsin next summer.
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Welcome to 50 Plus!...check yer colon at the door! No, seriously. Go get a colonoscopy! I grew up in Chicago, so I know Southeast Wisconsin is beautiful in the fall! My tip for winter riding...don't overdress. Cover all bare skin, but If you can stand being chilly for the first 10-12 minutes, you will be toasty for the rest of the ride.
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Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
Welcome! You have many adventures before you.

With any luck, I'll be pedaling across Wisconsin next summer.
Awesome. Are you pedaling the whole way from SoCal or coming this direction for a ride?
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
Welcome to 50 Plus!...check yer colon at the door! No, seriously. Go get a colonoscopy! I grew up in Chicago, so I know Southeast Wisconsin is beautiful in the fall! My tip for winter riding...don't overdress. Cover all bare skin, but If you can stand being chilly for the first 10-12 minutes, you will be toasty for the rest of the ride.
That sounds like some good advice. Hey, I used to live in Colorado Springs. I got out of the Army from Ft. Carson. We moved to Castle Rock for a couple of years before moving out here.
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Originally Posted by MickeyDee View Post
Awesome. Are you pedaling the whole way from SoCal or coming this direction for a ride?
I'm doing this ...

Cycle America / Pedal the Peaks - Bicycle Tours and Events

So far I've made it to Northfield, MN ... now it's time for the Heartland Patchwork.
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Welcome to the forums.

And stay away from your namesake if you want to lose that additional weight.

We need pictures of your bike, too.

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Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
Welcome! You have many adventures before you.

With any luck, I'll be pedaling across Wisconsin next summer.

Do you expect to take a wrong turn in the San Gabriels and somehow end up there?

Edit: I should have read to the bottom first.


@MickeyDee, welcome to the 50+. Please note that the intended humor may sometimes be hard to see/read in some of our posts. We're generally a pretty good bunch if I say so myself.
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Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
I'm doing this ...

Cycle America / Pedal the Peaks - Bicycle Tours and Events

So far I've made it to Northfield, MN ... now it's time for the Heartland Patchwork.
Nice! I'm a little south of that ride between Beaver Dam and Plymouth. Those tours look pretty interesting. I want to see how I do the rest of the summer and fall first though.
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Originally Posted by h2oxtc View Post
@MickeyDee, welcome to the 50+. Please note that the intended humor may sometimes be hard to see/read in some of our posts. We're generally a pretty good bunch if I say so myself.
No problem on the humor front. I was in the Army for 11 1/2 years, back in my previous life. Thank you for the welcome.
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Originally Posted by ColaJacket View Post
Welcome to the forums.

And stay away from your namesake if you want to lose that additional weight.

We need pictures of your bike, too.

GH
You're right, I need to post a pic. Eventually I'll get one of me with it, but this will have to do for now. This is my new bike.
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Originally Posted by MickeyDee View Post
You're right, I need to post a pic. Eventually I'll get one of me with it, but this will have to do for now. This is my new bike.
I like the celeste color water cage for the Bianchi.

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