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07-04-17, 07:53 AM
Replies: 46
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Posted By americanrecluse

Hot damn! Congratulations!

Hot damn! Congratulations!
07-01-17, 05:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,368
Posted By americanrecluse

pdlamb - oh shoot! I live upstairs! Ha! I guess...

pdlamb - oh shoot! I live upstairs! Ha! I guess I'll have to figure it out sooner rather than later.
07-01-17, 02:03 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,210
Posted By americanrecluse

I'm late to the party but has your new bike...

I'm late to the party but has your new bike arrived yet? Very exciting!

I was going to recommend you look into the UC Boulder Obesity Bike. I'm sure that's not what they will call it in the future...
07-01-17, 01:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,045
Posted By americanrecluse

That's the (newer version of) the bike I almost...

That's the (newer version of) the bike I almost got! I liked the colors of the 7.3 (now FX3) that year, and I had the extra pennies, but the 7.2 was a sweet ride too.
07-01-17, 12:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,368
Posted By americanrecluse

Oh sweet thank you so much! I feel a little bit...

Oh sweet thank you so much! I feel a little bit better about it.
07-01-17, 12:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 796
Posted By americanrecluse

That's a great bike!

That's a great bike!
07-01-17, 12:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,524
Posted By americanrecluse

Your post on 6-19 sounded like you were seriously...

Your post on 6-19 sounded like you were seriously overheated. I get nauseated when I don't keep up with water and electrolytes (and I had an electrolyte issue that I believe I've posted about in this...
07-01-17, 12:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 333
Posted By americanrecluse

Welcome welcome!

Welcome welcome!
07-01-17, 11:58 AM
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Views: 496
Posted By americanrecluse

It is super cute! Congratulations!

It is super cute! Congratulations!
07-01-17, 11:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,686
Posted By americanrecluse

Thanks so much for all the good suggestions! I'm...

Thanks so much for all the good suggestions! I'm recovered from my surgery enough to start riding my bike. I signed up for another 50-mile ride (Bike the Coast), so all your tips will be put into use!
07-01-17, 11:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,368
Posted By americanrecluse

Riding a bike with Progressive lenses?

Hey all!

I'm an old lady apparently so all of my doctor's appointments come with bad news! Yesterday I was told it's time for progressive lenses/bifocals. The other option is to get two pairs of...
05-15-17, 02:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,686
Posted By americanrecluse

Yes! I still love my bike. Took a good long break...

Yes! I still love my bike. Took a good long break from riding right after I bought it - had knee replacement surgery and man, if anyone offers you a new knee, take it!

Thanks all for the...
05-09-17, 12:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,686
Posted By americanrecluse

jsigone (I always want to type your name like "J...

jsigone (I always want to type your name like "J is gone") - thank you! I will follow your Saturday suggestions for sure. My roommate is going to teach me how to change a tube this weekend when we...
05-09-17, 10:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,686
Posted By americanrecluse

What have I done...? Help me get ready for a 50 mile ride!

I decided to sign up for the LA River ride in June because I'm about to leave Los Angeles. I let my roommate choose - 36 miles or 50? He chose 50. I have never ridden 50 miles. In fact, I have never...
08-03-16, 07:16 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,228
Posted By americanrecluse

I have never had a 100 mile month, so I'm going...

I have never had a 100 mile month, so I'm going to shoot for that in August.
07-30-16, 04:00 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,044
Posted By americanrecluse

Eeeeee!!! I wasn't able to buy but I'm excited...

Eeeeee!!! I wasn't able to buy but I'm excited for those who did!
07-24-16, 10:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,519
Posted By americanrecluse

Yes, absolutely. I'm pretty much entirely out of...

Yes, absolutely. I'm pretty much entirely out of shape, and when my seat was a bit too low, it felt like pedaling was inefficient, like my muscles weren't being used properly (like the way it's...
07-24-16, 09:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 847
Posted By americanrecluse

That's exactly what I have planned for tomorrow!...

That's exactly what I have planned for tomorrow! I'm going to get up early before most of the commuters and take the Expo line to see if I can't find the Ballona Creek trail. I'm spitting distance...
07-23-16, 09:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 847
Posted By americanrecluse

Santa Clarita fire and air quality - where to ride?

Hi all!

I'm pretty sensitive to the air quality I guess - I woke up this morning knowing I wouldn't get a ride in just by the feel of my nose and throat, before I realized our cars are covered...
07-20-16, 10:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,004
Posted By americanrecluse

@NYSteve...

@NYSteve (http://www.bikeforums.net/member.php?u=419139) - the Sweethome/Wirecutter did extensive testing and decided that the Trek FX 7.2 is the best hybrid bike for most people. Here's the link -...
07-17-16, 07:51 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,664
Posted By americanrecluse

At this point you probably don't need anyone else...

At this point you probably don't need anyone else to chime in and say "your wife is right!" but here I am anyway. Mostly to say to pay attention to what Liz33 wrote, especially if you skimmed it the...
07-16-16, 06:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,596
Posted By americanrecluse

Hmm. No, I guess not. I've just always assumed.

Hmm. No, I guess not. I've just always assumed.
07-16-16, 10:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,596
Posted By americanrecluse

Updates! Just got back from my morning ride....

Updates!

Just got back from my morning ride.

I started with the water as soon as I woke, so by the time I set out I'd had at least 3 cups plus a cup of coffee. My stomach isn't very good in the...
07-15-16, 10:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,596
Posted By americanrecluse

I feel ya! And I've had that thought as well. (I...

I feel ya! And I've had that thought as well. (I almost mentioned in previous posts that I've been tested for diabetes a handful of times in my life because of this, but I didn't want to confuse if...
07-15-16, 09:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,596
Posted By americanrecluse

Oh dear! I do believe I may be a classic wanker!...

Oh dear! I do believe I may be a classic wanker! :)

I like/want to go faster than I am, strictly speaking, capable of going. Intellectually I know, slow and steady and all that, but I like to...
07-15-16, 07:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 535
Posted By americanrecluse

Welcome and congrats on your new bike! Say howdy...

Welcome and congrats on your new bike! Say howdy if you see me on the Chandler bike path! :)
07-15-16, 07:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,596
Posted By americanrecluse

@GravelMN...

@GravelMN (http://www.bikeforums.net/member.php?u=371991) - I think I get dehydrated easily/often, although I make an effort to hydrate properly. I force myself to refill my bottle at work at least 3...
07-13-16, 07:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,596
Posted By americanrecluse

gobicycling - oh, that 1/2 water 1/2 sports drink...

gobicycling - oh, that 1/2 water 1/2 sports drink idea is a good one! I find sports drinks too sweet and often horrid tasting, but cutting it with water will surely help.
07-12-16, 02:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,596
Posted By americanrecluse

Oh, good call DarthMonkey! What I neglected to...

Oh, good call DarthMonkey! What I neglected to mention is that the park is close to the subway stop I ride to several days each week. So in theory, on the days I ride and don't have to go to the...
07-12-16, 12:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 985
Posted By americanrecluse

Hooray! Congratulations! Get out! I AM KIDDING!

Hooray! Congratulations! Get out! I AM KIDDING!
07-12-16, 12:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,596
Posted By americanrecluse

Hi all! Thanks so much for the great replies! ...

Hi all! Thanks so much for the great replies!

To answer some questions:
I ride a Trek FX 7.3. I normally ride out at about 7:00am to get full sunlight but less heat. On the day in question I...
07-10-16, 09:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,596
Posted By americanrecluse

Miscellaneous Questions From An Ultra-Newb

Hi all,

I keep having random questions pop up, and since this is my safe space, I hope it's okay to start this thread here even if all questions are not, strictly speaking, C/A issues.

First...
07-10-16, 08:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,004
Posted By americanrecluse

I'm a newbie and I've done 32.5 mile on my Trek...

I'm a newbie and I've done 32.5 mile on my Trek FX 7.3 - 6.5 miles in errands then a hop on a bus, ride the bus to the end of the line (the line has a dedicated bike path all along the entire route),...
07-04-16, 10:23 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,527
Posted By americanrecluse

I haven't tried these as the largest size is a...

I haven't tried these as the largest size is a tiny bit too tight: https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/sun-protection/womens
06-22-16, 07:26 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,862
Posted By americanrecluse

I don't have an opinion about those bikes and...

I don't have an opinion about those bikes and your weight, as I was 250 when I started, but I do have an opinion about the bikes!

I got the Trek FX 7.3 mostly because I didn't like the colors of...
06-19-16, 08:54 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,044
Posted By americanrecluse

Any of the ladies (or experienced gents?) have...

Any of the ladies (or experienced gents?) have recommendations on how to size a female body in the men's jersey? By the size chart and my measurements, I'm L for chest and waist, and 3XL for hip. Oh...
06-19-16, 07:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,270
Posted By americanrecluse

Hi Narb, Two rides I've done recently - the...

Hi Narb,

Two rides I've done recently - the Rio Hondo trail (drive out to Arcadia, park and ride a nice long trail - I only did 17 miles of it), and the Orange Line bike path (take the Orange Line...
06-17-16, 11:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,565
Posted By americanrecluse

Hi jtuds! I am no pro, so I only want to...

Hi jtuds!

I am no pro, so I only want to speak to the one little bit that I quoted above - my hybrid (Trek FX 7.3) is happy to go on longer rides. I'm a newbie, so my longest ride thus far is...
06-17-16, 08:16 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,831
Posted By americanrecluse

I haven't ridden the 7.4, and my last bike was a...

I haven't ridden the 7.4, and my last bike was a Sears brand 10-speed when I was 10. About 35-ish years ago!

I would rate my 7.3 a solid 9, but my point of comparison is not so great! But my...
06-16-16, 03:06 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,831
Posted By americanrecluse

Your sense of humor will serve you well! Enjoy...

Your sense of humor will serve you well! Enjoy your BSO. Once the wheels fall off, consider a Trek FX 7.3. Disclaimer: I'm biased.
06-15-16, 09:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 920
Posted By americanrecluse

Appreciate the update and the price! Still a...

Appreciate the update and the price! Still a solid maybe. The only thing preventing a "yes" is timing - whether I'll have $84 spare at the moment it's needed.
06-15-16, 08:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 920
Posted By americanrecluse

Still a very strong "maybe" but I did not...

Still a very strong "maybe" but I did not vote.
06-14-16, 07:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,896
Posted By americanrecluse

I got these because they are insanely cute (and...

I got these because they are insanely cute (and the same as the accent color on my bike) and it turns out they are also super duper grippy!

Wellgo C247 Bicycle Bike New Platform Alloy Pedals...
06-07-16, 06:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,163
Posted By americanrecluse

I bought similar pedals for my Trek FX 7.3:...

I bought similar pedals for my Trek FX 7.3: Wellgo C247 Bicycle Bike New Platform Alloy Pedals Anodized Purple MTB 9 16 | eBay...
06-05-16, 08:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,508
Posted By americanrecluse

The recovery is super hard at first. It felt...

The recovery is super hard at first. It felt brutally unfair to me that I couldn't recover from brutal surgery first and then do the work to make the knee function again. But bodies don't work that...
06-04-16, 07:20 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,508
Posted By americanrecluse

Also, I rode 32.5 miles last week, which I never...

Also, I rode 32.5 miles last week, which I never ever would've thought was possible. So I am very much stronger post-surgery than I was even pre-injury.
06-04-16, 07:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 578
Posted By americanrecluse

Welcome back! I love that your kid brought you...

Welcome back! I love that your kid brought you back to the joy of cycling. It's a great story. :)
06-04-16, 07:04 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,283
Posted By americanrecluse

Ooh that brand new unmolested paint job on the...

Ooh that brand new unmolested paint job on the frame is so pretty! Great job. You got a handsome bike!
06-04-16, 07:01 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,508
Posted By americanrecluse

I was a beginning cyclist when I started, and now...

I was a beginning cyclist when I started, and now I'm vastly improved one year out. But I'm sure that's not the sort of progress you were hoping to hear about. A man at work, who started at that job...
05-31-16, 07:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,150
Posted By americanrecluse

Hahahaha! That was awesome! I mean, I'm glad...

Hahahaha! That was awesome! I mean, I'm glad you're okay, for sure! But I'm originally from north Florida, and your story reminded me of St. Marks, FL and the road to the lighthouse. I've surprised...
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