Cycling Resolutions?

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ejwme
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Anybody make any cycling resolutions?

I’m reluctant to make too many, since my track record with resolutions is 50/50, but I figure a few goals for 2011 are ok.

Mine is a tiered approach to get me back in to commuting, year round, with work gear. bike to work twice a week in Jan, thrice/wk in Feb, 4x/wk in March, 5x/wk in April, and then keep it up. In May, on Bike To Work Day, I want to bike all the way from my door to the Cranberry office.

Anybody else want to share any 2011 goals?


bikefind
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Anybody else want to share any 2011 goals?

Sort of.

I get sick alot, so I don’t like to think in terms of goals, because if I get taken under and lose alot of ground, esp if the things I’d hoped to do become out of reach, the idea of it being a failed goal adds dejection to the trouble.

That said, I have been thinking of things I’d like to do, and have started working towards, looking forward to at least the attmept. Not based on the new year so much, but here they are:

Ride through the cold. That’s been going really well – it’s just deciding, getting out of the house, and that first bit before I get warmed up (there’s a downhill leaving here before my first climb). After that, I’m totally thrilled to be out there. (Fingers and toes still a challenge, but I’m working on it)

Riding to my mother’s this spring. It’ll be 30 miles out, 30 back, with a few hours of visiting in between. I’ve done 40 miles without a break, so I’m feeling positive about this. My plan is to do exploratory rides to see the route, turning back partway a little further each time. By the time I see roads I know, I’ll just go all the way to her place, figuring the break will make up for the extra miles.

A longer ride. If the stuff to my mother’s works out, I have somewhere I’d like to go, a little over 100 miles away. I’ve never done a century- I’m not generally in my element on group rides. But to do it to *get* somewhere, that I could get into. Same plan: exloratory rides partway out and back until I feel ready. Then a ride out, sleep, day of rest, sleep, ride back. I’ve got a to do list to get through before that one, and I’ll probably start a thread to pick your brains with quesitons, not least of which will be another route advice request.

See how much I can do without my car. So far, what I’m finding is “a whole heck of alot”. I’m actually needing to use it less than it needs to be run. Maybe I won’t replace it when it goes (this will be fairly soon I think). Maybe 2011 will be the year I try zipcar.


gimpPAC
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@bikefind, I’ve had the idea of taking a Saturday and riding out to my family’s farm in Murrysville and back for a long time but have yet to implement…I feel like this might be the year.

I’m also planning to ride the century option for the MS 150. The above will be a possible training route for this goal.

Another goal I have is to try the Dirty Dozen, but I have very little hope in actually doing this… We’ll see!


myddrin
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My Goals are more meager than last year’s.

I would like to do the TourDeCure again this year… but the wedding is almost exactly 1 month before the TDC, and I’m not sure I’ll get training time in between wedding/honeymoon/etc.

So my resolutions are to:

1)More cold weather biking.

2) More of my own repairs/maintenance. [Not going well, see #1)

3) Go UP Sycamore at least once.

4) Find my finance a bike. (She wants a cruiser, specifically an orange one that is inexpensive by her definition.)


Tabby
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I was just thinking this morning that I need to find somewhere to keep my bike that is not the living room. So that’s my goal. I don’t want to put it in the basement because of dealing with steps all the time, but it may be the best solution…hmm.

On the bike goals are just to ride more and to yell less.


ejwme
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bikefind – I hear you about the goals. That’s why I try to ease in to mine and make them straightforward with lots of feel-good milestones in between :D

gimPAC – I have relatives out in Murrysville that I need to get to on a regular basis – let me know if you want company or if you find a particularly pleasant route – I always take 380 ’cause it’s easy and I won’t get lost.

You guys reminded me – I too need to find better bike parking (our garage runneth over) and find the hubby a bike (patiently waiting for free-ride to open, so patient… so patient…). I may even add “Take Hubby on a Flock Ride” to the list, but I don’t want to push my luck.


88MS88
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2010 – Dirty Dozen – check

2011 – Crush the Commonwealth

@Tabby – ‘ride more and to yell less’ – You are such a riot! Did you jump in the river again (crazy girl!)?


dbacklover
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I try not to make resolution but im gonna give it a go, and hey maybe putting it in writing like this will help to spur me on.

I only managed to ride just short of 300 miles last year (no excuse) so this year I want to ride more than that.


shel
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I’m going to put a Compact Gruppo on my Litespeed.


Pseudacris
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-Keep riding in the cold weather (so far, I’m doing better than I expected, thanks in large part to advice and encouragement from yinz)

-Keep getting most of my groceries on bike

-Build-A-Bike @ Free Ride in the spring

-Maybe a ride to DC


StuInMcCandless
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I have five bikes in supposedly ridable condition, but typically all need some part repaired, replaced or adjusted. If I can have all five of them in ready-to-roll condition at any one time, that would be just dandy. If I can get all five fully equipped with the proper lights, reflectors, bells, etc., that would be even better.

Meanwhile, just be out there in suburban traffic every chance I can. So far, I’m 4 for 4 riding in 2011.

Oh, one more thing: I *will* be on a World Naked Bike Ride. Don’t know which city or date, but it would be really nice not to have to travel very far. ;-)


dwillen
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It has been suggested to me that my resolution should be to not wear my commuter pant leg velcro things when I’m not on my bike.

I routinely forget to take them off, and it seems to embarrass those around me. To those people, I apologize, and I hope that 2011 will be a better year in this regard.


greenbike
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-Finally let go of my beloved sea foam green bike and trade it in towards something that will be easier to ride around on

-Start making time in my schedule to ride said bike should my finances allow for the purchase

-Get back into shape, and not let my back and hip get me down


Erica
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my goals are just to ride on my days off, maybe get to know oakland better, eat better (read: not food from work), and ultimately drop some pounds. This past weekend was a start, I estimate about 30 miles between saturday and sunday.


Nick D
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That’s a good resolution, Dan.

Here are mine:

-Crush the Commonwealth

-Pittsburgh to DC in 2 days with StefB.

-Dirty Dozen


stefb
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Dirty dozen


Nick D
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+DC in 2 days…right?


Tabby
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@MS88- I didn’t jump. It was too warm out ;) Hope next year is better


salty
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Pittsburgh to DC… but not likely in 2 days.

In general – ride more!

[edit: ride up Negley at least once a week!]


racedoug
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Ride more, ie: group rides, solo rides, ride to the store, ride ride ride.

Become more active in the cycling community.

Build/restore more bikes(ratrods, customs, vintage, etc…)

Rides: 5boros bike ride, MS150, Pedal Pittsburgh, Flock rides, Dirty Dozen, etc….

I also want to get a welder and learn how to weld so I can build bikes.

Also I want to add more bike related pieces to my woodworking.

Whew…..thats a long list. I shouldn’t be wasting time on here…hahhahaha


stefb
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Oh yeah dc in 2 days and i have to remember to do the 5 boroughs ride. I forget every year. When is it? May?


racedoug
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5 boroughs ride is May 1st.


edmonds59
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Montreal Bikefest in June.

GAPCANDO to DC with the boy in June.

Get my neighbor lady (Super nice heavy 45 y.o. who just separated from a boat anchor of a husband, only son just went away to college) hooked on biking. Challenge.


gimpPAC
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oh yeah, I wanna do the 5 Boro ride too, but just figuring out the details.

@ejwme, that would be cool to have some company! I have a route in mind and it does include 380. I just never road on country roads or highway-ish roads before the MS 150 last year, so I was nervous about it. Now I think I’m good.


ejwme
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@gimPAC – just let me know when. Sundays are easy, everything else just takes planning :D

is there a link for this 5 Boro ride? I am intrigued…


Swalfoort
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@edmonds……feel free to enlist my participation as you try to get your neighbor on a bike. A few outings on the Montour Trail perhaps? If she’s not too tall, I have a Trek she could borrow for a few months until she knows whether she really wants to do this or not…


racedoug
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@ejwme Here is a link for the 5boro ride.

http://www.bikenewyork.org/rides/fbbt/index.html


ejwme
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Oh – THOSE five boroughs. I thought maybe it was five near here. Looks fun :D


Pseudacris
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The 5 boroughs ride looks fun: I might have to do that. Bummer that megabus does not take bikes.


racedoug
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This will be my first time doing the 5boroughs ride(if I get in) It does look very fun, I’ve watched all the videos etc…

You MUST sign up early! They only let 32,000 riders in and it sells out. Sign up starts Feb. 1st.


Pseudacris
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@racedoug: so does it sell out within minutes, or just very soon after the sign up date? I put the sign up date on my calendar.

If anyone is looking for (relative to Manhattan), clean, safe, reasonably priced accommodations in NYC, I recommend The Pod hotel or the Upper West Side YMCA. If you have 2 people in a room with a shared bath down the hall, they’re hard to beat price wise. YMCA is run down but clean and safe.


racedoug
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I’m not sure. I would guess it would sell out in hours not mins. but then again who knows.


StuInMcCandless
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Ywanna do a five-boros ride? How about Trafford-Pitcairn-Turlcrik-EPgh-Braddock?


reddan
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@Stu: I’m in. Sounds like fun.


ejwme
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Stu – I’m in too :D


HiddenVariable
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it might be nice to squeeze mount oliver borough into there. that way we can go boroughing without leaving the city’s (outer) borders!


Pseudacris
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me, too!


HiddenVariable
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you know, if we keep it about 40-50 miles, we would be more likely at a 15-25 borough ride.


gimpPAC
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only thing being… it won’t be car free like the NYC ride…


Marko82
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“only thing being… it won’t be car free like the NYC ride…”

No problem, just do it on a car-free-Friday…

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