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  1. #1
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    Hello from Maine

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    Hello everyone. I'm a newbie to the roadie scene. I have a hybrid that I've been riding for several years mostly on bike paths and areas with no cars because I was scared to death to ride anywhere near a moving vehicle. When the 3-5 mile rides got to be t0o easy I started thinking "you'd have a lot more opportunities if you would ride on the road" so I started on roads with less traffic and have been riding 10-14 miles. Last year I had an urge to become a "real cyclist" so while on vacation in Vermont I rented a road bike for the day. Let's just say, when I passed my husband ON A HILL! I was HOOKED! I bought my first road bike this past October, a Jamis Ventura Comp and I love it. I'm thrilled to find this forum with all women cyclists. I had joined another forum and it was mostly men. It's OK but I wouldn't ask them about "sensitive" issues! lol I'm taking (and loving) spin classes at my local gym to get me ready for the road and I can't wait. I have to ask though, is it normal to think about cycling constantly and spend all your time online looking at bikes and gear? Guess I have to do something to pass the time during this miserable winter. THINK SPRING!

  2. #2
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    yeah, there are a few of us that can relate to that (the obsessing about bike stuff, not the snow)
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  3. #3
    Join Date
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    Welcome and happy riding into Spring (when it comes to you!) ~ a fellow bike obsessor!
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  4. #4
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    May 2008
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    It seems normal to me.

    I also like to spend my free time plotting new routes to ride on ridewithgps.com.

    Welcome aboard.

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  5. #5
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    Join Date
    May 2007
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    Southern Maine
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    What part of Maine are you in? I hear you on having spring fever...looking forward to being able to ride. As much as I have enjoyed all the snowshoeing and XC skiing this year, I am hoping we don't get any more snow at this point in the season!!
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
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    Another person from Maine here, and I can definitely understand your thoughts. WE certainly have a tremendous and beautiful state to ride in. Like many others, I spend lots of free time plotting out other routes. A great way to get through the snowy moths is either to ride a FATBIKE, xc ski or snowshoe. Not only is it great training for those first spring days but also a great way to see other parts of our beautiful state. What part of the state do you live in?

  7. #7
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    I'm a Mainer wannabe . Live up there part time, and this winter was a blast riding fat bikes, and doing some skate skiing. We're heading back up again next week and I can't wait. The road riding in Maine is really good, and obsessing about bikes, gear and routes is perfectly normal - of course, we are all enablers here!

    Welcome to TE!

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  8. #8
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    Mar 2014
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    Maine
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    Glad to know my obsession isn't "abnormal" lol I'm in Lewiston but I'm wishing I was someplace like NC or VA where I might be able to go out and ride once in awhile. Oh well. It will get here eventually - I hope!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
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    I'm about an hour north of you, between Bethel and Rumford. I certainly understand where you are coming from, as I just got off the trainer HA! I keep telling myself to put lots of time on the trainer as it will pay off once we are able to get outside

 

 

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