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Do you really enjoy riding a bike?

Old 04-29-17, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by kickstart View Post
Having a 8 mile commute with long hills in the 15% to 18% range, short hills up to 20%, bad knees, and a physically demanding job was starting to become a real issue for me.

Getting an e-cargo bike helped immeasurably. If an e-bike is a viable option, it can be a real blessing.
I don't think it's a good option for me, although I could be wrong. There are no hills here, and my work commute is so short (<1/4 mile) that getting on a bike isn't even worth the bother.
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Old 04-29-17, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
I don't think it's a good option for me, although I could be wrong. There are no hills here, and my work commute is so short (<1/4 mile) that getting on a bike isn't even worth the bother.
Sorry to hear that, but I wouldn't bother with a bike for 1/4 mile either.

The company I got my e-cargo bike from also sells a folding fat tire e-bike that caught my eye, and seems to be prefect for an urban environment.
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Old 04-30-17, 07:32 AM
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I only use the bicycle as an exercise machine during the weekends. I know people use it for transportation but those days for me are long gone.
Why?
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Old 05-01-17, 06:02 PM
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My commute is 12 minutes (really not far), while if I take the bus, it's 10 minutes to go but 40 to come back at the end of the day (!!!). So yeah, I really enjoy it, since taking the bus is the most boring thing ever. It makes me do a little bit of exercise everyday, and I usually make it into a good workout by going fast. I'm way faster than I was when I started! It's fun to see the progression.
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Old 05-01-17, 07:49 PM
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I would rather ride a bicycle than drive. Driving makes me a nervous wreck, the only time I even really give it any kind of serious thought is when the weather is exceptionally craptastic.
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Old 05-01-17, 08:08 PM
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Last Monday, on the heels of a weekend 600k, I rode my usual 4 mile morning commute. The legs were stiff, but I loved the ride just I do every morning.
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Old 05-01-17, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by mr geeker View Post
I would rather ride a bicycle than drive. Driving makes me a nervous wreck, the only time I even really give it any kind of serious thought is when the weather is exceptionally craptastic.
I have to confess to the same 'nervous wreck' moments. I guess it's been so long since I drove regularly... I rented a car to drive to Minnesota a while back and I have to confess to being a few hours before I felt anyway comfortable behind the wheel.
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Old 05-01-17, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Why?
I find taking the bus to be an relaxing experience that I'll use for sleeping. I would also have to get up earlier because riding the express bus is faster overall. Carrying extra clothes and wiping myself down before going to work just adds more time.

Also, riding in rush hour traffic is a risk I don't want to take anymore.
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Old 05-06-17, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by gerv View Post
I stopped almost every other mode of personal transportation when I started riding a bike 12 years ago. After all that time, my ride to work in the morning still really wakes me up... yet the ride home relaxes me totally.

I look forward to riding. I love long weekend rides and even short rides to the grocery store... even in the winter.

I just cannot get as excited riding a car or catching the bus...

What about you?
Well, I just started riding a bike again after a decade, but this time for commuting. In the beginning it was really fun until my body didn't agree with me. With some time and getting used to it, it became more fun and felt really great arriving to work under my own power. The hills that I encounter no longer felt like huge mountains and I didn't feel like I was going to die pedaling hard...once I got used to traffic and finding little ways to maneuver the bike on my path, biking got more enjoyable.
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Old 05-10-17, 03:59 PM
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What I learn is that riding a bike around the neighborhood is really fun...maybe it's a trigger of childhood memory of carefree happiness or something.

But riding long distance or gruelling charity rides or intense exercise ride are all boring.
You get so tired...it takes the fun out of it. It feels like work.
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Old 05-21-17, 01:42 PM
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Try building one now and then.
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Old 05-21-17, 05:15 PM
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now I remember why

cuz it's fun & you can go places a car can't & you can go places you can hike but since you're on a bike you can cover more ground in less time. past a cpl guys walking thru the woods yesterday & overheard one say to the other "would like to do this on a bike" & the other guy answered "yup"
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Old 05-29-17, 08:26 AM
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I couldn't live without riding my bike. Even though my commute is pretty long i still prefer the bike. It makes me happy and gives me energy. It also prevents lower back pain because the muscles keep everthing in place.
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Old 05-29-17, 05:38 PM
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I love driving, but I hate traffic, and there's no "natural high" that comes after driving. At least, not the kind of driving I do.

When I don't ride bike or go for a long walk in the morning, I get sad and restless, and have trouble focusing on anything. My bike ride is my morning coffee.
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Old 05-30-17, 03:13 PM
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I go through spells where it can be not-so-fun, usually over winter when its really cold day after day. I ride to work in the dark, which can be relaxing and terrifying, both at the same time. This time of year isn't bad, road to work this morning in a light drizzle, but still no big deal.

The weeks that are nice and sunny really make up for it, though!
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Old 07-27-17, 07:00 AM
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I love bicycles and everything connected with them. I bought sports goods and a bicycle on the international notice board, there are a lot of things. https://alphapost.eu/en Look and order yourself.
Hi, Helen, welcome to the forum, and I hope you find it interesting.
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Old 07-27-17, 07:15 AM
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Hi, Helen, welcome to the forum, and I hope you find it interesting.
Methinks he/she/it is spamming.
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Old 07-27-17, 10:53 AM
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Oops - gone so soon.
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Old 07-27-17, 04:36 PM
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I truly enjoy riding my bikes. Always have, and hopefully always will. In fact, when I am not riding a bike, there is a good chance that I am thinking about riding.

I will say though, that there are times when I don't enjoy it ... It's usually after a day of eating poorly, when my energy levels are not up to par. There is definitely a direct correlation between eating healthy and my enjoyment of cycling.
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Old 07-27-17, 05:29 PM
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I like to ride before a ride, and after a ride...

But there are always those moments about 3/4 of the way into a long ride that one begins to wonder what the heck one is doing.
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Old 07-27-17, 06:25 PM
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Oops - gone so soon.
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Old 07-28-17, 09:50 AM
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I really enjoy riding MY bike:
with its nice, cushy seat and comfortable backrest. In fact, I've enjoyed this bike for 16 years now.
What I don't enjoy is the DF that I've had to ride for the past week while my EZ Sport is at my LBS.
My wrists are hurting as well as my butt. I can't wait to get my bent back in a few days.
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Old 08-08-17, 07:31 PM
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I do enjoy being on a bike! I want to learn more trails in my city and time myself on those trails.
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Old 08-08-17, 10:30 PM
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I do enjoy being on a bike! I want to learn more trails in my city and time myself on those trails.
Do you use any apps or tracking devices, or will you just be glancing at the time on a watch or phone?
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Old 08-09-17, 03:34 PM
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I do enjoy being on a bike! I want to learn more trails in my city and time myself on those trails.
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