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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1350 on: March 25, 2020, 12:36:56 PM »
I can understand wanting the protection commuting to work on a Pinarello!

Kinda kills the light weight fun of the bike though.  :P

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1351 on: March 25, 2020, 12:41:02 PM »
It'll be made of carbon for sure :-)

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1352 on: March 31, 2020, 03:12:51 PM »
We ordered a bike just before everything started to shut down - today we got notice that it's in, and will be built to pick up on Friday.... no just please snow snow go away I'd love to be able to ride it home :)

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1353 on: March 31, 2020, 05:17:11 PM »
Sports Basement is offering 30% everything on their online store: https://shop.sportsbasement.com/

... because sometimes a Mustachian needs a Wahoo KICKR.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1354 on: April 01, 2020, 03:53:27 AM »
Sports Basement is offering 30% everything on their online store: https://shop.sportsbasement.com/

... because sometimes a Mustachian needs a Wahoo KICKR.

If I was riding more regularly as opposed to running, I'd be seriously considering a Kickr or another smart trainer.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1355 on: April 01, 2020, 07:43:34 AM »
Sports Basement is offering 30% everything on their online store: https://shop.sportsbasement.com/

... because sometimes a Mustachian needs a Wahoo KICKR.

If I was riding more regularly as opposed to running, I'd be seriously considering a Kickr or another smart trainer.

You would also have to change your username to bikerunbike.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1356 on: April 01, 2020, 11:43:49 AM »
Sports Basement is offering 30% everything on their online store: https://shop.sportsbasement.com/

... because sometimes a Mustachian needs a Wahoo KICKR.

If I was riding more regularly as opposed to running, I'd be seriously considering a Kickr or another smart trainer.
I tested it last night, it's a big improvement over a standard turbo trainer. The variation in resistance makes it easier to ride longer and it's closer to being out on the road. I actually have to downshift(in whatever mode I'm using) to go uphill.

There's also a mode where you can recall outdoor rides that you've already done from a Wahoo Elemnt bike computer, so you wouldn't need to have a monthly Zwift subscription to utilize the smart functions.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1357 on: April 08, 2020, 03:10:44 PM »
UGH I'm so annoyed! I am cleared to start trying for normal range of motion with 90 degrees expected in about 2 weeks. So, I was like perfect excuse to buy a bike trainer since I can't go to the PT clinic and gyms are all closed. But the Wahoo Snap is sold out everywhere and backordered for two months. Should have sprung for the deal that was posted here last week. I thought it would be longer before I was cleared to try to ride. :( :( :( :( Called every LBS and found one with the Saris M2 on order set to arrive next Friday, so I guess I'll settle for that one.

Hope everyone is staying safe & finding a way to get their biking fix!

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1358 on: April 11, 2020, 07:46:57 AM »
UGH I'm so annoyed! I am cleared to start trying for normal range of motion with 90 degrees expected in about 2 weeks. So, I was like perfect excuse to buy a bike trainer since I can't go to the PT clinic and gyms are all closed. But the Wahoo Snap is sold out everywhere and backordered for two months. Should have sprung for the deal that was posted here last week. I thought it would be longer before I was cleared to try to ride. :( :( :( :( Called every LBS and found one with the Saris M2 on order set to arrive next Friday, so I guess I'll settle for that one.

Hope everyone is staying safe & finding a way to get their biking fix!
Just bike outside. It's typically quite easy to maintain social distancing on a bicycle. Of course, I've only gone out a couple of times just to bike on days that I haven't been actually commuted so far.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1359 on: April 11, 2020, 08:48:06 PM »
UGH I'm so annoyed! I am cleared to start trying for normal range of motion with 90 degrees expected in about 2 weeks. So, I was like perfect excuse to buy a bike trainer since I can't go to the PT clinic and gyms are all closed. But the Wahoo Snap is sold out everywhere and backordered for two months. Should have sprung for the deal that was posted here last week. I thought it would be longer before I was cleared to try to ride. :( :( :( :( Called every LBS and found one with the Saris M2 on order set to arrive next Friday, so I guess I'll settle for that one.

Hope everyone is staying safe & finding a way to get their biking fix!
Just bike outside. It's typically quite easy to maintain social distancing on a bicycle. Of course, I've only gone out a couple of times just to bike on days that I haven't been actually commuted so far.

Oh I would if I could. I'm rehabbing a broken kneecap, need a couple months before outside is an option & going to the PT clinic isn't a great plan right now either. So cobbling together my home recovery gym instead.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1360 on: April 29, 2020, 09:40:31 PM »
Anybody here have experience with a bakfiets/cargo bike? Any recs, cautions, things you would do differently?

Some context: family is growing in August and I'm looking for a good way to carry baby (I'll probably wait for at least 6 months for safe helmet wearing) and any cargo simultaneously. I've thought about getting a trailer but they don't feel as safe to me. It just seems way too easy for a distracted driver to not see the trailer, whereas in a bakfiets hitting your kid means hitting your center of mass.

On the other hand the roll cage on a trailer offers protection. *shrug* Any thoughts?

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1361 on: April 30, 2020, 07:30:25 AM »
I used a trailer with our son when he was very young, and actually felt it was safer than other options.  With a child trailer I found that cars give you a wider berth.  It's lower to the ground, so no concerns of the kid dropping any distance and hitting his head.  The trailer is only a foot behind your bike.  A car that hits a trailer you're towing is going to hit your rear wheel and wipe you out on your bakfiet too, so not sure if there's any real safety benefit there.  The trailer that we had, I could actually roll it upside down and our son would stay in the middle safely strapped into the seat (just upside down), so there was actually a fair amount of protection.

One thing I found though, was that when my son was very young putting a helmet on his head was causing a lot of problems.  The helmet was too heavy, and then when we went over bumps his head bounced up and down too much and he didn't like that.  By the time he was two this stopped being so much of a problem, but before that I had to strap a car kid's seat inside of the trailer and forgo the helmet.  YMMV though.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1362 on: April 30, 2020, 12:01:14 PM »
We got a used bakfiet when I was pregnant with my third. We rode him sitting in the box in a carseat when he was a newborn - 9 months. At 9 months he transitioned to a rear bike seat with helmet combo.
I could fit the older two and the car seat and an older kids bike in the box of the bakfiet - and could carry diaper bag, and picnic on the rear rack. They are lovely for the kids, the love being in front and are easily protected from the weather :)

I struggled biking up hills - our bakfiet was imported from the Netherlands and definitely geared for flat roads and it's heavy. The hinged steering does take some practice to get used to (looking farther down the road helps). They have a long wheel base, so maneuvering in your neighbourhood around pedestrian gates might be difficult... they are hard to lift fully loaded over square curbs... you need curb cuts!

We have also carried a baby in a trailer, using one of these:  https://hollandbikeshop.com/en-gb/bicycle-trailers/melia-baby-safety-seat/melia-baby-safety-seat-0-9-months/

My favourite cargo bikes are longtails (ie extracycle), they won't fit a baby until they are about 9 months though as they have to go in a bike seat. They are geared well for load and hills, and maneuver closer to a real bike. Having the kids behind you is a struggle, but you can still talk to them better than if they are in a trailer - and they don't get as bored. They are not however protected from the weather like in a bakfiet or trailer. I found the longtail to be the best in winter - pulling trailers through snow is difficult, and we have not ever tried our bakfiet with studs in the winter. Although I have a friend that rides her (e-assist) box bike all winter long.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1363 on: April 30, 2020, 12:17:56 PM »
Thanks for the input guys. My experiences are all colored by getting hit pretty catastrophically last summer. My therapist tells me that visualizing how bad it would have been if I'd had a small fragile human with me is unhealthy so I'm trying to research this without letting my brain obsess over the worst case scenario, heh.

It seems like in case of impact, the trailer is safer because they've got that roll cage. Bike mounted seats are more fun for kids but have an increased fall risk + no impact protection. Bakfiets/buckets offer a little protection and are fun.

I think I'm leaning towards trailer + carseat, then bucket when they're a little older.

@Kmp2 I looked up the longtails...so cute!

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1364 on: April 30, 2020, 12:42:23 PM »
Good luck Dee, tackling anxiety is difficult especially with your kids. I'm at the stage where I wish I could keep my kids on my bike (whichever the option)  forever... because watching them learn to ride on the road with traffic is definitely a heart outside your body moment. I wish I couldn't obsess over that worst case scenario!

It has definitely made me a better driver though.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1365 on: May 01, 2020, 01:33:37 PM »
I commute on a longtail and there's another commuter in the work bike cage with a box bike. We've chatted and both of us have noticed that we get a lot more room from cars on our cargo bikes than we ever did with a trailer. My cargo bike is taller and just BIG compared to my regular bike so it's a lot more visible than I realized when I bought it.

I'm lucky to have a shop that specialize in transport and family biking in my city, so I could try out a ton of different options.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1366 on: May 01, 2020, 05:20:54 PM »
I don't have personal experience with cargo bikes, but I found MMM from the blogroll of Hum of the City. Great blog (now mostly inactive now that the kids are old enough not to be transported by parents) about family biking in San Francisco. Great reviews of various cargo bikes from a family biking in a very hilly place perspective (again a bit dated - last review was January 2017). If I had kids, I'd definitely get a cargo bike!

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1367 on: May 14, 2020, 06:23:01 AM »
Hi yíall!  Essentially a biking newb here- havenít rode a bike since wandering around my neighborhood as a kid.  ...

Well, it took 19 months, several practices, multiple failed attempts (always something that I would need to be home/elsewhere quickly for), taking up an exercise routine so I can pair that routine back by way of biking to work, nice weather, and a pandemic to clear out the traffic and office... but here I am.

Thanks to all the other people who posted after their first time to get me over that final mental barrier this morning when I was telling myself literally anything would be smarter than biking in. 

I forgot my glasses :)  (I'll be okay)




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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1368 on: May 14, 2020, 06:40:39 PM »
Hi yíall!  Essentially a biking newb here- havenít rode a bike since wandering around my neighborhood as a kid.  ...

Well, it took 19 months, several practices, multiple failed attempts (always something that I would need to be home/elsewhere quickly for), taking up an exercise routine so I can pair that routine back by way of biking to work, nice weather, and a pandemic to clear out the traffic and office... but here I am.

Thanks to all the other people who posted after their first time to get me over that final mental barrier this morning when I was telling myself literally anything would be smarter than biking in. 

I forgot my glasses :)  (I'll be okay)

Congratulations!
Be sure to check back in 2 weeks when you're fully addicted to those endorphins ;)

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1369 on: May 14, 2020, 09:53:34 PM »
I have moved closer to work (6 miles away) and bought a bike. Next week I will bike to work at least one day. Iíve been building up my stamina and also my backside (ouch! A bike seat is no comfy couch) and Iíve gone up to 8 miles so far in one ride. The route is mostly on a bike path, with a few busy street intersections. I think it will take me about 50 minutes to bike to work each way on day one. Iíll check back in next week after my ride.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1370 on: May 14, 2020, 11:58:12 PM »
Nice work to both newbies! You'll get over the butt soreness the more frequently you ride.

For me it took several months to overwrite my mental instinct that biking was "hard" and driving would be easier. I often promised myself I could bike as slow as I wanted, as long as I got out there. But my perspective did eventually shift, and my life is way better for it. Especially these days as I'm spending more time at home, biking is the best way I know to dissipate cabin fever.

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Re: Start Biking To Work - cycling newbies chat
« Reply #1371 on: May 19, 2020, 11:18:51 AM »
My area has an annual May Is Bike Month celebration of cycling. COVID-19 restrictions have cancelled all physical gatherings, but there's still online interaction and solo rides. I usually up my cycling a bit for May, but with COVID-19 restrictions limiting other activities, more time is available for cycling!. My goal is to ride 500+ miles this May - most days I'm riding 1.5-2 hours.