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I'mma brag for a minute

Cardamom77

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So today I rode my bike to work, rode to the downtown entertainment district/city hall after work to grab some dinner before a housing commission meeting, then rode to the trailhead that my husband meets me at after the meeting (actually I left early - it went REALLY long and I left at 9:30. My community is very passionate about public housing....). Anyway, all of these times I could have gotten a ride. All of these times I chose to ride instead. When I got to the trailhead, my husband wasn't there yet and instead of getting off my bike and waiting, I rode in circles in the parking lot until he got there (for about 10 minutes! He didn't get my text when I left city hall). 

ALSO, I didn't walk any hills. None. Rode up every one of them. And I live in a very hilly town. I'm going to have incredible calves! Now I just need to remember to turn on Map My Ride so that I can get that elevation counted. LOL 

And now I am thinking about riding to my morning meeting, even though it's mainly street riding (as opposed to trail riding). I rode on the street a little tonight and it went fine. But if I rode in the morning, I would have to ride on a very busy street and turn in kind of a dangerous area, so I'm still deciding. I may ride a portion and walk a portion. 

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I always feel like Pee Wee when I’m riding a bike! La la la.

Congrats on your new way of being. You are officially an Active Person. Enjoy!!! :D 

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I did ride this morning...... and got a flat. Womp womp. The real bummer is that I don't have any tubes in the right size and no money to buy any until next week, either. Ugh. I may try to scrape together some change and see if I can't get a cheap one at Walmart. 

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@Cardamom77  Braaaag away! 

Two ideas for you re: punctures - When you are a little more flush with some cash - you may know about these, but indulge me posting them for others who are considering cycling but have less experience -

There are plastic puncture protectors that you can put into your tire between the inside of the tire and the tube. They reduce the number of successful punctures a lot. You may be able to score some as the summer wanes for not too much, just doing a fast search I found some for about $10. All they have to do is prevent one or two punctures each and they have paid their way. I just bought some for my son's girlfriend's bike. 

Schwalbe is a Dutch company that makes very puncture resistant tires - both with super duper extra resistant layering when the tire is made, and with a big thick layer of rubber in the center of the tire. There are some very funny videos of people riding over nails, broken glass, and other assorted nasties with no puncture using these tires. They do weigh a bit more than standard tires BUT given how much weight I have lost, I don't mind the extra weight. :D  I ride on ones called Marathon Pluses and with 2 years of riding, they barely look used, I have not had even one flat! A lot of the commuter types in my town ride their bikes to the subway station, good weather or bad, on these tires - in my experience they are very reliable. They also seem to last forever (well, ok a long time) without much wear. They are not cheap but if you wait for sales once the cycling season is winding down you should see them for 50% off (which makes them about the same cost as a standard tire). I'm sure there are other brands to consider but if you are bedeviled by punctures they are really worth considering.  

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@BurgundyBoy Well thanks to my hubs turning a closet upside down, we found a tube! Thank goodness, too, because I was going to have to take the CAR to work tomorrow if we didn't. Can you IMAGINE?!?! Haha! It was a pinch flat, apparently, and I think it was from riding through a construction zone and whacking a pothole I didn't know was there. Oops. 

I had Schwalbe Marathon Mondials on my Vaya! Those were great tires. I had a couple of flats, but it was because I got a little crazy riding through the woods. It happens. :) 

The stock tires on this bike are Clement Stradas, which are really nice tires. They're touted as being pretty puncture resistant, but that doesn't do anything about me pinching the tube on a pothole. Ha! 

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17 minutes ago, Cardamom77 said:

@BurgundyBoy Well thanks to my hubs turning a closet upside down, we found a tube! Thank goodness, too, because I was going to have to take the CAR to work tomorrow if we didn't. Can you IMAGINE?!?! Haha! It was a pinch flat, apparently, and I think it was from riding through a construction zone and whacking a pothole I didn't know was there. Oops. 
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Yea! Hubs may be a keeper.

Evil potholes. My pinch flats are usually when I am rushed putting a new tube on, and am not careful to avoid pinching it when seating the tire on the rim.  

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