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Date: 3/6/13 4:29 PM

So, after a good 12 plus years, I am getting back on a bicycle. Just bought a bike today, plus a bunch of accessories. They gave me the sale price that's coming up in 2-3 weeks plus 15%off everything I bought so that was good. Thanks to a friend of a friend...

The woman who worked with me had one suggestion of a book on cycling but I wondered if anyone could recommend any. Megan did also recommend that I look for a woman specific cycling book.

I expect to ride on harder surfaces, using the local bikeways which are many where I live. There is a women's biking group that rides one day a week and I will eventually join that. Just need to figure this out a bit and get used to my bike.

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Date: 3/6/13 5:55 PM

Be careful even on local bikeways & remember to give rollerbladers ALOT of space to pass as their strides are deceptively wide. Good luck.

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Date: 3/6/13 6:56 PM

Did you swap the standard seat out for a gel-filled one? If you haven't already, you will probably want to as soon as you've ridden any time or distance at all.

"Terry" is the name of the company that made mine.

The standard seats that came with my last two bikes were torture.

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Date: 3/6/13 8:31 PM

Now & then, check the air pressure in your tires visually & with a tester. It's a whole lot easier to ride with "full" tires!

I also like to take along a water bottle.

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Date: 3/6/13 10:33 PM

Make friends with your bike dealer so they can give your bike a service and also teach you a few things ie, pump up tyres correctly, riding posture, changing a tube, tyre pressure on hard or off-road surfaces.
And find a local cycling group so they can teach you how to ride safely and defensively. Cycling groups also know cycling routes that lead to good coffee and cake options. Any cycling group is good to know and join from a cycling and social perspective.

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Date: 3/7/13 7:31 AM

There are lots of great tips on the thread I started a couple of weeks ago...if you haven't been back, take a look I've learned so much! I'm just having a GAS on this bike (term was used last time i rode!). I have had 2 spills and YES one was at an intersection. humiliating. i walked my bike home. then another spill in the driveway!! both times turning a corner while going too slow. weak legs plus a heavy bike means you don't always have enough momentum. well i have a lighter bike now and my legs are stronger too but i need stronger still. What sort of bike did you get? I've shopped new bikes but i'm kind of loving my vintage one. It has only 2 chain rings--not 3 but the cruiser just had ONE. this one is a better fit for sure. The mirror is very helpful for me and it doesn't fit well on the new old bike. Am told after a few weeks of riding a new bike, it needs to go back to the shop for a series of tweaks.

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Date: 3/7/13 9:41 AM

It's a Trek FX WSD. It's a lot more bike than I am ready for but after testing it out, I decided to go with more since it's likely I'll grow into it fairly quickly. Too icy for me just yet but at least I am ready as the weather and road conditions break. Already have a couple places to ride to get accustomed to it. Yes, I need to bring it back after riding a few weeks. This bike comes with life long routine maintenance/adjustment at the shop so that's good. Of course not everything falls under routine maintenance.

It's doubtful I'll be using clips for awhile if ever...but when and if it seems right, I can do so. The manual and more complete CD are overwhelming and I need to get a book on cycling for women. It's a whole new ball game! Anyway, my plan is riding across town to visit friends and hit the local townie ice cream shop, but also to ride the local and county bike trails, many of which our design practice had a hand in...beyond that is the thought of riding some of the trails throughout the state that we designed, planned and oversaw construction. There are plenty of opportunities close at hand and the options distance-wise are also pretty varied.

Anyway, I'm thinking I have a week or so to do some reading, learning, familiarizing before I head out to the parks where riding and get comfy with my bike can proceed. Once I'm feeling a bit more acclimated, I will join at least once weekly group ride and probably a women only for starters.

As I told the gal who helped me, we need to take this one step at a time because I'm just about 64, not 46 ... I may be fairly fit, but I want to stay that way, not incur issues, aches, pains etc.

Thanks to all who have offered advice. This is all helpful.

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Date: 3/7/13 11:38 AM

Eleanor, I've read great things about the bike you have. Congrats and I know you will enjoy it! I don't know of a book for women but I'm sure one exists. To be honest, I'd like to venture further out than I have but I worry a little about riding alone. Even some of the nicer trails here can be kind of sketchy for someone like me and a women's group would be so great if one exists! Be sure and take it easy your first time or two out bc its easy to over-do it right at first.

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