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Old 01-02-17, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by snow_venture52 View Post
Hey Fib! I think it's great you're biking to school and back! Everyone here has great advice so don't let one or two negative comments set you back.

I didn't start really commuting by bike til I was 22 and I wish I'd started back in school before that. It's important to set healthy (and by extension, fun!)mental and physical standards for ourselves and exercising, particularly going anywhere under our own steam, is very empowering.

Do you ride anywhere with other people? I personally enjoy the solo rides as it gives you a guaranteed hour or more a day to unplug, work out, and the the world as it is. Having said that, biking with other people is it's own reward and I've had some great times going out with friends on our bikes. It's a tad safer too. Have you found any cool things or places while you were biking to school you never noticed before? Independently exploring your city and countryside alike is a great side effect of travelling by bike. I hope you see all kinds of funny and beautiful things!

I'd recommend getting a rear rack with panniers for your bike in case you ever wanted to haul more things. Front racks are certainly a thing too but im not fond of how they seem to interfere with steering, especially with a heavy load attached. I used to use a backpack(and still do if I know I'm not, say, getting groceries or things) but started having back issues bc if it. Not saying you will but something to think about as you continue your cycling. Let the bike bear the weight not your back!

I cannot recommend the Bell memory foam comfort seat highly enough. I've had one for nearly 8 years and it's still intact and sits as comfortably as the day I bought it. They even have some with lights attached for rear lighting!

In the summer I usually bring a small toiletry bag with face wash, deodorant, toothpaste (Id have to work early so just did the washing up at work ), etc you want. Same with a sports bra and change of clothes. Id hang out my bike clothes somewhere private to dry out. It can get pretty sweaty here where I live so I packed each morning like I was staying at a friend's. But the friend is your bike.

But yeah, everyone on here is pretty on point with the advice.Stay driven, pace yourself, have fun, and don't worry if your times vary, that could be due to traffic, headwinds, shoot, even being tired. Everything's allowed on a bike. It's a great therapy tool.

Good luck and ride safe!
Thank you, I don't really have any friends who have or ride a bike. I've got a few friends at school, but not many because most of them aren't the good kinda people you wanna be around. And the one person I do know who does ride his bike (he uses his bike to get to and from pretty much every where he goes including school. He was at one point actually going to give me a bike) for some reason doesn't like me anymore. Not sure why, but oh well. I would like to ride with some people, and I might ask that guy I mentioned in a while, after I can ride better.
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There seem to be some pretty eager fellows here. I don't think you would have to ride by yourself if you post your location. In fact, I think a couple of guys would probably make a special trip. Just PM the ones you like best.
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its not doomed as long as your representing it. I'm proud to have met you fib.
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Old 01-02-17, 08:17 PM
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So what I'm wondering is about how long do you think it would take me to be able to go about 6 or 7 miles in at least 30 minutes if I keep riding my bike everyday for either the same distance, one mile, or as long as I can handle? Or does it depend on the person and how their body works or like how quickly they like develop muscle?
Another poster once gave the forum some great advice for being as aero as possible, and therefore as fast as possible.

He essentially said to raise your seat as high as possible with your handlebars low so that you could be super aerodynamic and ride fast. If you do that with a heart rate of approximately 200, and you push approximately 250 watts, you'll probably be able ride around 19.9-20.1 mph for 5-6 miles, which will be quite nice.

And at some point you might be able to ride for one hour, in which case you may ride 14 miles... and you can guess how fast that is! Well, he couldn't, but a lot of other posters helped him, just like a lot of posters on here are helping you!

So good luck, tuck low, pedal fast, and keep on chugging along!
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Originally Posted by Fib View Post
Thank you, I don't really have any friends who have or ride a bike. I've got a few friends at school, but not many because most of them aren't the good kinda people you wanna be around. And the one person I do know who does ride his bike (he uses his bike to get to and from pretty much every where he goes including school. He was at one point actually going to give me a bike) for some reason doesn't like me anymore. Not sure why, but oh well. I would like to ride with some people, and I might ask that guy I mentioned in a while, after I can ride better.
Hey I understand the struggle with getting friends to ride. I've practically begged everyone I know to get a bicycle (my sweetheart custom builds them from the ground up it's amazing) and come riding with me. New year, new hobby, right? Not much luck. Only he and my roommate occasionally will go riding with me. So for now it's a mainly solo act.

Do you have a bicycle co-op near you? It's a really great way to casually meet fellow cyclists, swap tips/stories, and learn about bicycle repair. All for relatively cheap/free. A lot of them have a membership fee (mine's was $25, I believe) that includes discounted costs for tool and labor. I myself don't know much about repairs but I did things like organise and re-paint the interior over the summer-it's really refreshing to contribute to the community that way! So, if you've got a situation like that near you, definitely check it out.

Sorry guy randomly doesn't like you. His loss! You'll get stronger and better every time you ride so don't worry about it. The right kind of cycling buddies will be the ones who take the time to help and enjoy the ride with you.
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Old 01-02-17, 08:35 PM
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OP, since you're so keen on commuting to school, I caution you to be prudent in your cycling desires, lest something like this occur! Learn the error of his ways before it's too late.

My teacher wants to expel me because of cycling
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Old 01-02-17, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
There seem to be some pretty eager fellows here. I don't think you would have to ride by yourself if you post your location. In fact, I think a couple of guys would probably make a special trip. Just PM the ones you like best.
Thanks but I really don't trust anybody on here that much. I'm not putting my location on the internet for everybody to see, or even one person in PM.
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Old 01-02-17, 09:00 PM
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Thanks but I really don't trust anybody on here that much. I'm not putting my location on the internet for everybody to see, or even one person in PM.
But didn't you already do that? I thought you'd just gone back to England from the States and all, right?
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Old 01-02-17, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by rubiksoval View Post
OP, since you're so keen on commuting to school, I caution you to be prudent in your cycling desires, lest something like this occur! Learn the error of his ways before it's too late.

My teacher wants to expel me because of cycling
Thank you for the warning, but I wouldn't do that. I am smarter than that. I'm not trying to get kicked out of my school. I'm trying to get to my school so I can do my work and avoid getting kicked out.
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Thank you for the warning, but I wouldn't do that. I am smarter than that. I'm not trying to get kicked out of my school. I'm trying to get to my school so I can do my work and avoid getting kicked out.
Wooh, smart thinking! I like that attitude.

Hopefully you're full on with the Maths and all, too, because cycling has a lot of that and it comes in super handy.
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Old 01-02-17, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by rubiksoval View Post
But didn't you already do that? I thought you'd just gone back to England from the States and all, right?
Dude, what the heck? Are you another troll or something?
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Old 01-02-17, 09:06 PM
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But didn't you already do that? I thought you'd just gone back to England from the States and all, right?
Oh wait, I didn't realize you're the same person who been posting the last few posts. Sorry if I was a bit rude, lots of trolls and stuff on the internet. But I'm still not sure why you think I'm in England.
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Oh wait, I didn't realize you're the same person who been posting the last few posts. Sorry if I was a bit rude, lots of trolls and stuff on the internet. But I'm still not sure why you think I'm in England.

Oh, of course. No problem!

International forum and all, sometimes I get mixed up with where people are posting from. It's just your accent and all, the vernacular and grammar seems so...can't put my finger on it.
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What? No way, dude. Didn't I see you post that? Ah, maybe I'm getting you confused. Sorry!

But seriously, if you're looking for riding partners, check out the Cycles UK shop down the road. They can probably sort you out with some new pals.
It's alright. I'm not in the UK though. I live in the US, but yeah, I'm not gonna put my location on the internet because 1. You never know who might find it and what they'll do. And 2. My mom would be really mad if I did that.
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It's alright. I'm not in the UK though. I live in the US, but yeah, I'm not gonna put my location on the internet because 1. You never know who might find it and what they'll do. And 2. My mom would be really mad if I did that.

Very smart, very smart indeed.

But anyway, back to your original question: How are your handlebars in relation to your seat? Is there a drop? Can you increase that drop?
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Very smart, very smart indeed.

But anyway, back to your original question: How are your handlebars in relation to your seat? Is there a drop? Can you increase that drop?
What? When you say "original question" are you referring to my question for this thread? Because I was asking about how long people think it'll take me to be able to do 6-7 miles in 30 minutes. And what do you mean is there a drop?
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What? When you say "original question" are you referring to my question for this thread? Because I was asking about how long people think it'll take me to be able to do 6-7 miles in 30 minutes. And what do you mean is there a drop?
Yes, your original question about getting to 6-7 miles in 30 minutes. I mean, that's speedy. And if you want speed, you have to get aero. And to get aero, you have to get low.

So I'm suggesting, as I have read on this forum, that you get low and aero by making sure you're really bent over the bike as much as possible. Putting your seat up high and your bars down low really helps you get bent over which means you're really not in the wind very much which means you're quite aero which means you're going to be able to ride really fast.

Because let's face it, sometimes there's a schedule to keep, and sometimes "you ain't on their schedule", so you gotta ride fast.
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Originally Posted by snow_venture52 View Post
Hey I understand the struggle with getting friends to ride. I've practically begged everyone I know to get a bicycle (my sweetheart custom builds them from the ground up it's amazing) and come riding with me. New year, new hobby, right? Not much luck. Only he and my roommate occasionally will go riding with me. So for now it's a mainly solo act.

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Sorry guy randomly doesn't like you. His loss! You'll get stronger and better every time you ride so don't worry about it. The right kind of cycling buddies will be the ones who take the time to help and enjoy the ride with you.
Thanks, I think I'm good with just riding solo for now. I enjoy riding alone... I can relax and just kind of think, you know? I like just getting to enjoy the ride while listening to music (with only one earbud in that way I can still be more alert about my surroundings), and thinking.. Especially if I'm really frustrated or upset. I have a lot going on in my life with family right now, and sometimes it just feels like too much and I get really sad or sometimes it turns into anger, and I can use that energy in a positive way by riding my bike to kinda cool down and just think.
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Yes, your original question about getting to 6-7 miles in 30 minutes. I mean, that's speedy. And if you want speed, you have to get aero. And to get aero, you have to get low.

So I'm suggesting, as I have read on this forum, that you get low and aero by making sure you're really bent over the bike as much as possible. Putting your seat up high and your bars down low really helps you get bent over which means you're really not in the wind very much which means you're quite aero which means you're going to be able to ride really fast.

Because let's face it, sometimes there's a schedule to keep, and sometimes "you ain't on their schedule", so you gotta ride fast.
Oh ok lol I actually didn't think about the position you had to be in on the bike to reach higher speeds. I honestly really don't wanna ride like that because it looks very uncomfortable. I may just have to find out how long it'll take me to get there in the position I prefer. But I'm kind of confused now, because the guy I know who rides his bike to school, sits in a like upright position and seems to probably go about as fast as I do (9-10mph), and he only lives about 5minutes from me (if you're driving a car) and he says it only takes about 20 minutes to get to the school on his bike from his house. I don't think his bike has gears either, but I was never really looking so I could be wrong. So I don't really get how he can be getting to a high enough speed if he sits upright, and still get there in like 20 minutes.
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So I don't really get how he can be getting to a high enough speed if he sits upright, and still get there in like 20 minutes.
He probably pushes like 250 watts. Don't worry, you'll get there soon enough.
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He probably pushes like 250 watts. Don't worry, you'll get there soon enough.
What does that mean? That he pushes 250 watts?
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Being so new here, you may not be aware that there is a Women only section. You can ask a mod to give you access. The other women might be better able to help you with those issues you are having with your stepfather.
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Its not that active, but the ladies will respond to your post eventually (womens forum). Plus you wont have to deal with certain people thinking and treating you as someone you aren't...jeeze people
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What does that mean? That he pushes 250 watts?
A watt is a unit of power. It's a super important metric for bike racers, but pretty irrelevant for bike commuters.
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Being so new here, you may not be aware that there is a Women only section. You can ask a mod to give you access. The other women might be better able to help you with those issues you are having with your stepfather.
I'm sorry, I'm confused. What are you talking about? What issues with my step father? I don't have any issues with him, and I don't remember mentioning any issues I am having with him.
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