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bikers of vegweb thread (or interested folks)

this thread is to talk about and ask about biking! yay!

i love biking! i wish i could ride my bike everyday. specifically, i like road biking, but mostly because i haven't done much else.

now that this is out of context i will say that i am responding to a question asked by AC of where I bike.
in terms of longer rides, i do usually use main roads. i have gotten really used to traffic to the point that i can ride on interstates without it bothering me, but i do prefer as little traffic as possible. san luis obispo is an amazing biking place (really, a good portion of california has great biking) and a lot of the main roads have good bike lanes. i often bike the PCH since it is bike friendly and gets me lots of places and is along the beach. i also occasionally bike to a lake near where i live. what i really like to do is bike to places in the county that i like going. the beach is about ten miles from me, north and south, my favorite vegan cafe is about 12 or 13 miles from me. i enjoy having a destination. it is als good to bike with people since biking take up a good chunk of your day! but it is also fun to bike alone when you just need that alone time. anyway, i guess to answer your question, i would talk to a local bike shop and see 1.) if they have a local bike map (usually showing bike paths only, roads with big bike lanes, non-accessible by bike roads, etc. all color coded) or 2.) if they have favorite roads/destinations or even group rides that you could learn about or participate in. getting into bike culture will make you learn one thing: bikers are NERDS. they love bikes and get super excited about them and love to talk about them. bike shops are great sources of wealth (of the nerds).  ;D

So I'm into my second week of bike commuting to work. I only got to bike 2 days last week becasue of the storms. All in all I love my new bike and am waiting on bar ends to make it complete. I find the drivers to be OK on the route I take but I do wear very bright yellow jacket when I bike so I should be very visable.

So I set my goal to be biking to work 50% of work days between daylight savings time starting and ending, right now I am about 25% but that should bump up at the end of next week as the weather looks like I will be able to get a full 5 days biking next week.

It feels good.

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Hey fellow cyclists.. I'm looking for some other veggies that like to jump on a bike with a tent and some food and ride around for a week, maybe two. I'm in Northwest Arkansas so I was hoping to ride around here (possibly ride down to Dallas pretty soon). But I'd be up for other rides as well..  I love long-distance, self-sustained cycling - but just not into doing it by myself.

It's so much fun! You ride all day until you're tired and setup the tent wherever you happen to be. You do this every day until you're there. It's awesome! (You'll need padded shorts and some Chamois Butt'r, for sure. Trust me on this one.)

Any takers? Any questions? Let's talk! Email me if you want: eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%76%65%67%61%6e%73%63%68%6d%65%67%61%6e%40%67%6d%61%69%6c%2e%63%6f%6d%22%3e%76%65%67%61%6e%73%63%68%6d%65%67%61%6e%40%67%6d%61%69%6c%2e%63%6f%6d%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b'))

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I don't think it's the gel seat's fault. I just can't tilt my seat at all, so I can't adjust it. The gel seat has been great. HOWEVER, I did have this weird thing happen...where the front of the seat is like ripped, and the gel is now showing. I have no idea how it got ripped. P says I have blades in my vagina...

This is hilarious.  ;D

I should really ride my bike more...my sweet and amazing boyfriend bought me one for my birthday after I had been saying how riding a bike would be so fun...but, alas, I am lazybones and have yet to use it without him. For awhile I maintainted that work and school kept me too busy, but now my session of classes has ended for a bit so I have to just get on it and go. I forgot how hard bike riding was!

So I like this thread for inspiration!

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oh my goodness! i am jealous of all the bike nerds.  i only bike between work and home (less than 2 miles in the very early morning) but would love to get more into it. the problem is...i'm terrified of where i live! i am right next to a major airport and am so not confident enough to ride on the road - no bike lanes, and people just dont care in this area. any tips to becoming a big girl in the biking world?

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i kind of relate! i mean, i've ridden all over and even on interstates, but MAN, i just moved from my super bike friendly town down to SD and i dread riding my bike now. lol... and the freakin' exhaust here! good god.

anyway, the only way you can really get comfortable is to practice! i see you live in washington, i assume there are many bike friendly places there? how are the drivers? personally, i'd say just be very aware at all times, because cars don't give a shit about you (oh, wait, they don't *see* you ::)), stay away from parked cars! you don't want to get slammed into by an opening door.. use the lane, it's legal and it's your right!

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i kind of relate! i mean, i've ridden all over and even on interstates, but MAN, i just moved from my super bike friendly town down to SD and i dread riding my bike now. lol... and the freakin' exhaust here! good god.

anyway, the only way you can really get comfortable is to practice! i see you live in washington, i assume there are many bike friendly places there? how are the drivers? personally, i'd say just be very aware at all times, because cars don't give a shit about you (oh, wait, they don't *see* you ::)), stay away from parked cars! you don't want to get slammed into by an opening door.. use the lane, it's legal and it's your right!

I relate! I've only ridden a few times since we moved back, because I really don't want to be killed. People just don't know what to do about bikers here. Thankfully, I'm comfortable with my (short) route to campus/home, but I've only biked like one other place. It just seems so disastrous. P would love to bike to work, but it's about 4 miles, all busy interstate. : (

eta: hesp, ppl don't bike in SD?

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Not so much. Not nearly as much as SLO. I met a few people when I was working at my old place out biking, but it was rare. Dustin said it's been super nice for him for the most part (he was only here less than  a week before he went to FL, though), but he has consistently been biking the opposite direction that I have to go, so there are more bikers and bike lanes that way. I think the thing about SD is a lot of people bike recreationally, but not so many bike commuters, so you can find nice places to go for rides, but if you have to go somewhere specific, it sucks! My old job was 8 miles away down a busy and scary road. If I get this new job (doubtful) it's 10 miles away and downtown. I think downtown there are a decent amount of people who ride, too... but mostly fixters.

there isn't any way to NOT be on the interstate for P?

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there isn't any way to NOT be on the interstate for P?

Well, there's the busy road with lights right by the interstate..but it's basically the same. It just looks scary. He might be able to find a route that's through residential areas and what not, but that would take forever. I dunno.

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Hello from an avid long distance-vegetarian cyclist!  I run all of our household errands by bike, as well as long distance rides on the weekends.  In fact, my profile picture is me, last year, at the 56 mile point of the Crater Lake Century (100 miles).  Nice to 'meet' other non-meat eating riders.

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cool! i do everything by bike, too! i don't own a car. It was never a problem until i started eating primarily fruit, it's been a challenge with the groceries ;) my longest day yet is 125 miles...

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i kind of relate! i mean, i've ridden all over and even on interstates, but MAN, i just moved from my super bike friendly town down to SD and i dread riding my bike now. lol... and the freakin' exhaust here! good god.

anyway, the only way you can really get comfortable is to practice! i see you live in washington, i assume there are many bike friendly places there? how are the drivers? personally, i'd say just be very aware at all times, because cars don't give a shit about you (oh, wait, they don't *see* you ::)), stay away from parked cars! you don't want to get slammed into by an opening door.. use the lane, it's legal and it's your right!

the drivers in this neighborhood are scary! actually everyone is scary - pedestrians too. good thing im faster than them :)  maybe ill go talk to the guy who owns the bike shop and ask him about some good routes to get off the main road..i hate using my car when i know i have a bike that can take me there if i just worked a little harder. how do you carry your groceries on your bike? i have a nifty rack thingy on the back of mine but im not exactly sure how to fashion/attach something that would hold all my yummies - they sure wont fit in just a backpack!!

thanks for the advice btw!

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there isn't any way to NOT be on the interstate for P?

He might be able to find a route that's through residential areas and what not, but that would take forever. I dunno.

I take a really strange way to work on my bike to avoid the busy streets, well worth th effort though. Maybe he can try biking a route on a weekend and see if it is practical.

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there isn't any way to NOT be on the interstate for P?

He might be able to find a route that's through residential areas and what not, but that would take forever. I dunno.

I take a really strange way to work on my bike to avoid the busy streets, well worth th effort though. Maybe he can try biking a route on a weekend and see if it is practical.

Yeah, I told him that. I think it's currently out of the question for him anyway, because it's like a billion degrees with a billion percent humidity. Hopefully one day!

I start my job on Wednesday, so biking to work again!

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I love biking! I live in Northern California and there are lots of awesome trails! I have a 1977 Western Flyer cruiser, but would like to get a modern road bike.

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I was redirected here for the biking chitchat :) Thanks!

I absolutely love biking around. I'm considering not buying another car because of it. However, I do live in Laramie, WY.. And warmer weather doesn't last here very long at all. All well, a girl can dream right?

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