Where The Bike Takes Me

Continuing this journey of cycling in efforts to get into shape, lose weight, enjoy the outdoors, and save my knees from their arthritic state at 28 years of age.

Birthday Present for My Sister May 13, 2009

Filed under: bike — f8th637 @ 11:48 am

My sister, who has the added luxury of living in a very flat part of the state of Virginia, has asked for a beach cruiser for her birthday at the end of the month.  She had originally wanted this one from Chubby Cruisers in California: http://www.chubbyscruisers.com/shop/firmstrong-bella-fashionista-p-290.html in Vanilla.  Vanilla isn’t available so any light-colored pink or white would do.  I noticed that K-Mart had a Schwinn for around the same price.  I searched around for it and finally found the pink one at the K-Mart near my office.  I must say that I like this bike mostly because of the retro-ness of it.  I use to have a bike this same color with a banana seat on it growing up.  I love that the Schwinn Windwood has fenders, a chainguard, and a rack in the back.  It also has these big white-wall tires if you are into such a thing.  I took it for a spin in my cul-de-sack yesterday.  I must say that the coaster brakes unnerved me just because I’m so use to reaching for the brakes on the handlebar.  I considered picking myself up a cruiser because of its more upright position for my ever-growing belly but thought that my husband would freak if I brought yet ANOTHER bike home.  Plus, I hadn’t tried the mixte yet and it looks like she’ll work out just fine.    Also, a cruiser is not really practical in the landscape that surrounds me.  I hope my sister doesn’t come looking at this blog otherwise she’ll ruin her surprise.  😉


Where I’ve Been

Filed under: cycling — f8th637 @ 11:14 am

I know there’s been quite a hiatus in my postings. Coincidentally, however, I noticed that my last post was in December while I was in Pittsburgh spending the holidays with my in-laws. It was during this visit, my friends, that my husband and I learned that we were expecting! I’m due September 5th and it looks like we’re having a girl. I have ridden since finding out. There was a nice 17-mile ride my husband and I did in February to explore our new neighborhood. Oh yes, we bought our first house over the winter as well. I have good reasons for not posting. I more recently rode 8 miles on the W&OD here after work one day but realized that I was not going to be able to do that much longer on that bike as it made my tummy uncomfortable. I could probably do about 5 miles and be fine. But here the mixte comes to the rescue! I took it out of the shed yesterday to see if I’d be more comfortable riding on it and it looks like the Sutra will be retired for the rest of the year. I will say that after that 8-miler a few weeks ago I felt great the next day. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure that Baby Girl is as avid a cyclist as her parents are.


The Pittsburghers Put Me to Shame December 30, 2008

Filed under: cycling — f8th637 @ 7:58 pm

I’m in Pittsburgh visiting my in-laws in hilly and chilly country. I have seen way more cyclists on the road than I totally expected. It didn’t get out of the 30s today. I think the high may have been 34. It didn’t stop the guys I saw today decked-out in full weather gear panniers and all. Kudos to you! I haven’t ridden outside since October maybe. . . tsk tsk.


The Holiday Cruiser for Adults November 17, 2008

Filed under: Gear,Great Ideas — f8th637 @ 12:24 pm

A friend of mine pointed me out to this little piece of retro heaven that Gap is apparently toting around this year.  Sweeeeeetttt . . .

A truly original Gap gift, designed exclusively for us by Electra Bicycle Company. In our signature argyle pattern.

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First Indoor Training Class with Melissa Dalio November 9, 2008

Filed under: bike,cycling,Cycling in the DC Metro Area,Great Ideas — f8th637 @ 4:34 pm

So, I’m behind in some blog posting.  I meant to blog about how The BIke Lane in Reston was holding classes for Yoga and indoor training classes twice a week starting this month.  The indoor training class is either Wednesday morning or Sunday morning and costs $30 for a month.  Last year, I was thinking about how great it would be if there was a place I could take a spinning-type class in the winter months where I wouldn’t have to commit myself for a year.  With these classes in Reston, I sign up monthly.

I missed last week’s first class since I was in Orlando on vacation but I did go today.  We worked on leg speed.  I was clearly the most inexperienced out of everyone (that always seems to be the case.)  There were four of us.  We worked for 1.5 hours on cadence and pedaling techniques using intervals.  The 1-legged intervals were PAINFUL.  You wouldn’t think that it would be difficult to do these but they are.  I challenge you to maintain a cadence of 90 RPM with a clean pedal stroke for 2 minutes.

I came home after the a stop at the Starbucks for one of their Banana-chocolate drinks (yum!) and a quick stop at the craft store.  I promptly passed out.  I am TIRED and I know I’ll be sore tomorrow.  My quads are kinda fatigued but nothing like that Pilates class I attempted a few weeks ago.  This’ll be good for me even if it may hurt a bit.  This is what I need to motivate me at the moment.

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My Bike is Mad at Me October 19, 2008

Filed under: bike,cycling,Gear — f8th637 @ 9:40 pm

I haven’t ridden the Sutra outside since the Wednesday after the Trek (which I know I still have to write about) where I rode in to work.  That was mid-September. Then the reunion-planning got into high gear and well, the riding, fell to the way-side.  The good news is that now the reunion is behind me and it was a great success.  Since not riding, I’m pretty sure I’ve gained some weight.  This past week I put the bike on the trainer and rode it for 30 minutes.  The Sutra was mad that I hadn’t lubed her chain and that I hadn’t ridden her outside in about a month.  In this month, I have attempted a truce with gifts.  I bought her two Knog Frog LED lights: one in Olive with a white LED and one in a yellow-orange with a red LED.  I have mounted them yet they have yet to see the light of day.  I also lubed the chain and made her saddle look like new by picking up a tin of Brooks Proofide and giving the saddle some love after the 3-days of rain from the Trek in Cape Cod.  I have promised the Sutra that I will ride her in to work one day this week so that she can see the Fall foliage that is starting to come up.  I am hoping then she won’t be mad at me anymore and may even forgive me.

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The Awesome People at Twin Six October 17, 2008

Filed under: cycling,Gear — f8th637 @ 2:12 pm

I know it’s been a while since we got our Fat Cyclist jerseys from Twin Six. I have worn mine several times but my husband only got to wear his once or twice before the thread at the bottom holding the elastic started to unravel.  Sadly, the jersey sat in the bottom of drawers for a few months.  I kept meaning to ping Twin Six and tell them the sad plight of my jersey.  I didn’t really expect much but you know how small certain worlds can be.  I actually finally had the chance to e-mail their customer service while they were at Interbike actually and heard back from Molly.  She suggested that I send in the jersey and she could at least have it repaired at a tailor and sent back.  A few days later, I got an e-mail from Molly saying that she was shipping a brand new ’08 men’s orange jersey instead of the frayed one I had sent her.  Said jersey came in the mail yesterday, and it is indeed a brand spankin’ new.  I don’t have a lot of faith in customer service these days and I’m sure I’m not alone in this but I think Twin Six has it right and stands behind their products obviously.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out Twin Six, I’d definitely recommend it.  I really like the cut of their female jerseys.  Thank you, Twin Six!

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