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Old 01-09-09, 08:04 AM
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Ohio biking

I have ridden off and on for 30 years in both Illinois and Ohio. Running always took precidence and biking was used on recovery days. During training for the 96 Columbus Marathon I developed Plantar Fasciitis and I had to rethink my exercize routine. I laid off both running and biking and became depressed and chubby. I would bike occasionally, but hated riding in the cold. 2 years ago I decided I was going to start riding to and from work. The drivers in Columbus ignore or just don't see bikers. I tried very hard to obey the rules of the road and stay out of the way of the time limited SUVs. I still became road pizza when a Mercedes driving Claira Peller lookalike turned in front of me and I broadsided her passenger door and flew into one of the busiest intersections in Columbus. Although I face-plant her side window and cartwheel through the air, I recieved very few injuries, the same could not be said for my 25 year old schwinn. I decided from that point on I would become a trail rider. I load my bike up in my truck, drive 1 mile to the Olentangy Trail and ride to work, which is only 2 blocks from the trail.
I am riding 2 or 3 days a week if the weather permits. The ice can be unforgiving here and I have not found a way to ride on it without crashing. My coworkers find me amusing and or crazy for riding in the winter. I see a few other bikers out on the trail and our downtown is full of bike messengers. Through trial and error I have found the right apparel and I just received rain boots for Christmas. I enjoy the challenges of riding in all 4 seasons. Although it will never replace running, biking has given me a new outlook on life.

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Old 01-09-09, 11:16 PM
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Hello, and welcome to the forums.

I've never needed them here, but some of the cold-weather riders swear by the studded tires- check the Winter Riding forum. Kudos to you for getting out even when it's not pleasant.
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Old 01-10-09, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by litlbobalu View Post
the challenges of riding in all 4 seasons. Although it will never replace running, biking has given me a new outlook on life.
I'm sorry for your accident! But good on you for getting back out there. It's difficult to stay on the road through all four seasons of crazy Ohio weather. Good job!
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Kudos to you for being out there no matter what! I have my co-workers questioning my sanity when I tell them that I ENJOY riding in the rain . To each his/her own, you know!

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Old 02-03-09, 07:12 AM
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Well I checked out studded tires (can't convince wife they're good investment) and I rode a few times between ice storms. I am presently riding a stationary bike and waiting for the ice to melt. I hate this time of year, I see other riders around town, but in my hood the roads are too narrow with snow drifts. Another Columbus cyclist was killed riding a 3 wheeled bike in the road. Drivers here do not like to share the road, so I'll try to be patient and wait until it is relatively safe with cars and snow.
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Old 02-04-09, 02:33 PM
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I will invite you to come out to Marysville for a ride. We have a group ride on Wednesday nights. We have a fast group and a not as fast group(maybe 5-10 each). We ride from the Union county courthouse and it usually starts @ 6pm and then 6:30pm during the long days of summer. We go about 2 hours when the weather is nice. Pretty flat countryside and not a bunch of cars to deal with. We also ride to eat on Saturday mornings if that interest you. Welcome to BF and enjoy the Ride!
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That sounds great, do I just show up at the courthouse? Saturday sounds more like me could you give me a start date and time?
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PM me and I will have Alan add you to the email list. Probably start next month on a regular basis, now it's just hit and miss on warm days.
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