I finally can ride a REAL bike!!!!

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    Mar 30, 2009 1:13 AM GMT
    So, while I actually was given a bike early on (about 6 or 7), I was never pushed to ride it and have never been on one. For the last year I've been riding a stationary bike used in gyms with high levels of resistance. While it's not the same and I have never had ANY legitimate balance, I finally was able to actually move on my own today on a REAL bicycle!

    On one level, I still feel pathetic as it took some assistance to do it. After brunch today, with many Mimosas, my friends somehow convinced me to get on a bike and trust them with assisting me. It was hilarious and difficult. To add to the humiliation, it was at my friends Condo on a Golf Course/Horseback Riding club. Other residents started to film the spectacle and I sort of became the afternoon joke. Someone said, "We'll send you the video!" I replied, "If you send it to America's Funniest Home Videos, I'm getting 80% of the $100,000!" It was sad, BUT I got it and I'm so happy.

    One goal for the year, down icon_biggrin.gif...and list continues...
  • Timbales

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    Mar 30, 2009 1:16 AM GMT
    Good for you. icon_smile.gif

    A lot of people wouldn't have bothered trying. You should be proud of yourself.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Mar 30, 2009 3:20 AM GMT
    Congrats. I still don't know how. It's something I'm planning on learning this summer. The fact that it snowed today is a good excuse why I haven't been trying lately.
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    Mar 30, 2009 4:32 AM GMT
    Oh jeez. Is this just an excuse to buy a pair of bike shorts? If so, please post pics.

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    Mar 30, 2009 4:37 AM GMT
    I already own two pair that I use on my Stationary and in Yoga. You are on my hotlist, so I'll see what I can do about those pics for you! icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 30, 2009 7:56 AM GMT
    Kudos!
    It's always easier for kids - those little idiots don't know what a broken collar bone is.
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    Next: Roller blading?
  • junknemesis

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    Mar 30, 2009 8:06 AM GMT
    Shorts just for biking? Are they different? Pics please so I know what to buy? Hmmm... maybe I'll ask a the bike store.
  • junknemesis

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    Mar 30, 2009 10:56 AM GMT
    Hey does this mean there is one more person to potetially become a friend and go biking with? icon_wink.gif
  • cbrett

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    Mar 30, 2009 10:57 AM GMT
    good on you mate i did the same about 4 weeks ago, i have different problem i grew up on a property so i no how to ride a push bike and moter bike in big open spaces i have no id how to ride on the road but due to the fact i have meet a great guy who rides every day i though i better learn, well im up too about 30 min riding I have not hurt myself but i have had 2 flat tyre's but im still having fun. keep up the good work mate you are never too old to learn new things
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    Mar 30, 2009 3:21 PM GMT
    looknrnd saidSo, while I actually was given a bike early on (about 6 or 7), I was never pushed to ride it and have never been on one. For the last year I've been riding a stationary bike used in gyms with high levels of resistance. While it's not the same and I have never had ANY legitimate balance, I finally was able to actually move on my own today on a REAL bicycle!

    On one level, I still feel pathetic as it took some assistance to do it. After brunch today, with many Mimosas, my friends somehow convinced me to get on a bike and trust them with assisting me. It was hilarious and difficult. To add to the humiliation, it was at my friends Condo on a Golf Course/Horseback Riding club. Other residents started to film the spectacle and I sort of became the afternoon joke. Someone said, "We'll send you the video!" I replied, "If you send it to America's Funniest Home Videos, I'm getting 80% of the $100,000!" It was sad, BUT I got it and I'm so happy.

    One goal for the year, down icon_biggrin.gif...and list continues...


    Kick Ass man !!!!
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    Mar 30, 2009 5:01 PM GMT
    junknemesis saidShorts just for biking? Are they different? Pics please so I know what to buy? Hmmm... maybe I'll ask a the bike store.

    SmartRide2008_1674.jpg

    Bikes shorts for road use have lycra in them for compression, and a "chamois" pad in the crotch for saddle comfort. Most guys use them without underwear, as their design holds your junk up. This pic following a Nov '08 ride down to Key West, Florida.
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    Mar 31, 2009 6:30 AM GMT
    I cant imagine biking with just the bike shorts. I don't do yoga or my own stationary without gym shorts on top. It's just all out there and my package, while reasonable in size, is emphasized by scar tissue from a surgery when I was young. So, I look HUGE! It's odd and I don't want people just staring at my joystick. I'm more than a piece of meat, thank you! icon_wink.gif We'll see...
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    Mar 31, 2009 8:02 AM GMT
    Black bike shorts are less revealing:
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    (well...somewhat less)

    I'm with the OP - I wear gym shorts over top or I feel like I'm out in my boxerbriefs.
  • Mccrae

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    Apr 20, 2009 9:33 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    junknemesis saidShorts just for biking? Are they different? Pics please so I know what to buy? Hmmm... maybe I'll ask a the bike store.

    SmartRide2008_1674.jpg

    Bikes shorts for road use have lycra in them for compression, and a "chamois" pad in the crotch for saddle comfort. Most guys use them without underwear, as their design holds your junk up. This pic following a Nov '08 ride down to Key West, Florida.


    Am I not supposed to wear underwear with knickers?

    Anyway applause to you mate! Keep it up and in no time you will be like red_vespa.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 25, 2009 4:06 PM GMT
    I did not start seriously riding a bike until I was in my mid 30s. So you are never too old to learn how to ride a bike. As for bike shorts, it all depends on comfort and what are your color preferences.
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    Apr 26, 2009 9:40 AM GMT
    I am reminded of an episode of FRIENDS the one where Phoebe learned to ride a bike. icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 27, 2009 3:08 AM GMT
    lol friends! good time.

    congratulations man ^_^ now you can ride to wherever you want to go!