A 2- Hour Saturday Morning Bike Ride (and why I'm really getting into biking again)

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    Jun 19, 2010 2:36 PM GMT
    We had a thread here the other day about using a stationary gym treadmill versus running outdoors. To which I added my thoughts about stationary bicycle use compared to a real bike on the roads. Here's some more reasons why I prefer a real bike outside:

    Went out a little after 7, a bright, sunny morning today, although already 80 degrees. Got down to the Fort Lauderdale beach in under 20 minutes, and then started the best part of the ride: up and down the smooth, flat bike lanes on the boulevard alongside the beach. Among the nicer moments:

    - watching the hunky lifeguards setting up their tower stations
    - passing & being passed by all these gorgeous men on bikes, their tight-wrapped asses working away, saying good morning to each other
    - seeing all the gay couples streaming across the road to the beach from the gay resorts & guest houses, towels & beach gear in their arms, the degrees of skin lightness in the White guys telling me they weren't local, and hoping they found the trip worth it
    - reversing direction to ride the northbound bike lane, and encountering a big bicycle event gathering, the riders on the sand being briefed with bullhorns, their bikes on the sidewalk
    - moments later being passed by streams of these riders, going by me in single file groups like I was standing still, reminding me of speeding freight trains going by, all the boxcars close together, all different colors.
    - looking out across the ocean, and seeing a dark cloud mass offshore with the signs of rain beneath it, wondering if our paths will cross a few miles to the north
    - and our paths do cross 15 minutes later, me and other bikers taking shelter from the downpour beneath storefront overhangs, a few being open cafes at which some riders yield to an alfresco breakfast while waiting for the deluge to stop
    - chatting with a bike-riding couple stranded with me, I think gay, but really not important
    - getting impatient and starting out while it's still raining, but optimistically heading toward clearing sky, so that just 1/4 mile later, at the peak of a drawbridge, the rain stops and a classic rainbow appears in front of me

    I rode home satisfied, once again reminded of why I can do this every morning on a real bike, but can never face the mind-numbing boredom of a stationary bike. And BTW, though it's not good for my training to stop too often & long, I'm gonna try to take pics next time to post here, knowing the site mantra: "If you don't have pics it didn't happen." icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 19, 2010 2:43 PM GMT
    "this thread IS useless without pics" icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 19, 2010 3:03 PM GMT
    rnch said"this thread IS useless without pics" icon_wink.gif

    You are very evil & wicked. But my revenge shall be that I will provide pics from subsequent rides along this same route, with men so hot, and sights so lovely, that you will rue the day you asked for them. For your jealousy will be overwhelming & painful, and your desire to come down here uncontrollable. Be careful what you ask for... icon_wink.gif

    (Damn, now I'm going to have to shoot some good pics. Will scanning tourist postcards suffice?)
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    Jun 19, 2010 3:04 PM GMT
    Wilton said
    rnch said"this thread IS useless without pics" icon_wink.gif

    You are very evil & wicked. But my revenge shall be that I will provide pics from subsequent rides along this same route, with men so hot, and sights so lovely, that you will rue the day you asked for them. For your jealousy will be overwhelming & painful, and your desire to come down here uncontrollable. Be careful what you ask for... icon_wink.gif

    (Damn, now I'm going to have to shoot some good pics. Will scanning tourist postcards suffice?)


    promises, Promises, PROMISES!! icon_wink.gificon_twisted.gificon_biggrin.gif
  • Celticmusl

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    Jun 19, 2010 3:25 PM GMT
    A 25 mile bike ride with friends is beyond fun. Using the stationary bike for 25 miles is almost inconceivable it's so boring.
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    Jun 19, 2010 4:23 PM GMT
    Mmm... I've been there... Ft Lauderdale beach would be a nice place to ride icon_smile.gif
  • calibro

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    Jun 19, 2010 5:07 PM GMT
    that sounds like the start of a porno icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 19, 2010 10:00 PM GMT
    ABSOLUTELY AGREE!!!

    A "proper" bicycle IS better than the stationary one in the gym.
    In my younger days, cycling was a passion. Not only was competing in triathlons, combining riding with a dip and a trot, but I also enjoyed long distance cycling, including fast, 50-mile stints from my home to the coast. I also cycled the length of the UK, stopping for the night at backpackers hostels, along with riding in Europe, Israel and the USA. In Israel in particular, I found in exhilarating to cycle entirely around the Sea of Galilee, starting and finishing at Tiberias, where I hired the bike from a hotel. It involved passing through territory which was once Syria before Israel took the Golan Heights during the 1967 six-day War.
    In Europe I had to carry my passport on me, as the route I took passed through the borders of Holland, Belgium and Germany. In the USA, riding was confined to California, taking in San Diego to La Jolla, Venice Beach to Malibu and the city of San Francisco.
    Nowadays I cycle mainly to get from A to B. Not a lot, but at least on Sundays riding to church involves an eight mile round trip.
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    Jun 19, 2010 10:39 PM GMT
    pudco saidMmm... I've been there... Ft Lauderdale beach would be a nice place to ride icon_smile.gif

    It sure can, but you also have to choose the time well. Certain days and hours are not such fun, because of the beach crowds. Best to ride in the early morning, which is also when it rains the least, and the ocean winds are the most calm.

    For me, the worst are the tourists who unexpectedly cross the road at any point they like in order to reach the beach, without even looking, ignoring the crosswalks and overhead pedestrian bridges. I can't stop my bike that fast when someone steps right in front of me. Walking and jogging in the bike lanes along the street shoulders is not allowed, but of course many do it anyway, despite broad sidewalks, forcing the biker out into traffic.

    Still, the scenery, both natural and manly, are the big pluses that make it worthwhile.
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    Jun 20, 2010 4:34 AM GMT
    I welcome the flat rides as a break to all my damn hill training. But I wouldn't be able to do it for long. It's too damn boring and there's no challenge and my back would start getting sore from being in the tri position too long. That and my junk would get squished too much :-(

    But this sounds like it was fun! As advanced a rider as I am, I still get passed by the pros when I'm on my centuries and on races. The consolation is seeing those bulges work ;-)

    Er...legs.