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    Hi and welcome. I'm another returning after a...

    Hi and welcome. I'm another returning after a hiatus (more like 40+ years of hiatus, during which I rode horses a lot) and had never ridden anything but a single-speed, balloon-tired, coaster brake...
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    Low Mileage Progress

    It's been a week or so since I posted--right after getting the bike computer and rear-view mirror--and it's amazing how motivating that bike computer can be. Apparently I'm a sucker for numbers...
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    This weekend was a big change for me (not for you...

    This weekend was a big change for me (not for you experienced types) because I had the new bike computer and actually broke into plural miles after four months of creeping toward breaking one mile. ...
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    Now have a Cateye entry-level bike computer and a...

    Now have a Cateye entry-level bike computer and a rear-view mirror--got them Thursday and am very, very happy with both. I'm jotting down the distances on various routes on our land, as well as...
  5. Thread: Gap year(s)

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    My mother wanted me to consider waiting a year to...

    My mother wanted me to consider waiting a year to enter college, but I was determined--sure I wouldn't get in the following year, and I had my acceptance. We were both right, in a way. I was very...
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    NewBike Gets Accessories, Chooses Name

    Today I took NewBike into the city, to the bike shop, to buy and have installed a bike computer and a rear-view mirror. Over lunch with a friend, when that had been done, I mentioned that NewBike...
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    Thank you all. I'm really enjoying the support...

    Thank you all. I'm really enjoying the support and encouragement women here are giving each other. And I'm learning a lot.
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    Riding every day, slowly getting fitter and...

    Riding every day, slowly getting fitter and enjoying the heck out of the riding. (Cooler weather now than in August in Texas helps!) If I had not pushed myself to ride Grace-the-Assassin-bike in...
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    Small Triumphs Still Feel Good

    Compared to all you who ride miles & miles per day, my rides will seem very puny indeed...but every increase in length makes me stronger and I feel good about it.

    Today for the first time I made...
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    Thanks. I'll see what the LBS has in stock,...

    Thanks. I'll see what the LBS has in stock, then, next time I take NewBike in.
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    Yes, it's in Texas, about 50 miles from Austin. ...

    Yes, it's in Texas, about 50 miles from Austin. It IS fun--and will be more fun as I gain strength and skills. I'm thinking maybe knee and elbow pads would be a good idea before I try the creek...
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    Measuring distance--bike odometers?

    Since I ride on our land--with curves, winding routes through brush, up and down sections, etc.--it's very difficult to know just how far I've gone (other than "as far as the first cedar from the...
  13. All I can say is that a good bike shop is a great...

    All I can say is that a good bike shop is a great help to someone new to bikes or returning to biking after decades away. I had originally considered a different bike I found online, but the...
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    It's a long drive or ride from your location, but...

    It's a long drive or ride from your location, but otherwise...sure.
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    Back in September, a short time after getting my...

    Back in September, a short time after getting my new bike--the first since I was about 8 1/2 (my college bike was a multi-owner), my husband took pictures of me riding out on the land. I posted...
  16. Thread: Sock repair...

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    Catrin, when socks wear out that fast usually...

    Catrin, when socks wear out that fast usually two things are involved. 1) the socks are too small, and thus stretched too snugly. This exposes individual strands of yarn to abrasion. What...
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    Thanks, Oakleaf. The visual thing gave me a lot...

    Thanks, Oakleaf. The visual thing gave me a lot of trouble with the mountain bike because I'd never been in that position--with my head so low and having to crank my neck back to see ahead at all...
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    Thanks! I hope to stick around...and definitely...

    Thanks! I hope to stick around...and definitely plan to keep riding. The falls off the mountain bike (which I named "Grace-the-Assassin" after a character in one of my books, since it seemed to be...
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    Thanks. No, there's nothing really close--the...

    Thanks. No, there's nothing really close--the bike shop's 50 miles away, and I've seen only a few other adults riding bikes in this town (all male). It's hard to transport the bike (it only fits...
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    Returning to the Bike

    I'm a 67 year old woman who started riding again in early August of this year, on the wrong bike. I hadn't had a bike since I was in college, but believed that "you never forget how to ride." ...
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