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What are your bike-related resolutions for '02?(38 posts)

What are your bike-related resolutions for '02?Rick S
Dec 31, 2001 8:38 AM
What do you hope to accomplish /achieve on a bike in the comming year? What bad biking habits do you want to end? What good ones do you want to start?

For me:

Ride more - especially more focused training rides.
Worry less about the number of bikes I own (currently 4...soon to be 5) and think more about why I like to ride each of them.
Complete my first Triathlon (...well it's 1/3 bike-related).
Ride the STP in one day.
Start early; don't slack off in June. And a century a month.cory
Dec 31, 2001 8:49 AM
Last year I didn't start riding seriously until mid-April, then when the weather got nice in June I wasted a lot of time working in the yard, doing stuff with my kids etc. This year I'm going to forget all about the children...
No, but I AM going to start earlier and stick with it, even if it means getting up at 5 to get the ride in before work. And instead of just sort of thinking about riding more centuries and showing up for about a third of the ones I plan, I'm going to make a schedule (when I get back from my New Year's ride) and actually, I don't know, TRAIN for a few.
Now if the rain and snow will just slack off a little in the Sierra...
Conquer that 10% hill once and for all.Brian C.
Dec 31, 2001 9:04 AM
Last summer, I almost made it but was distracted within spitting distance of the crest and ended up walking the final 20 yards, like all the other times.
The distraction? A young woman on a Pinarello going down that hill at great speed. I heard her before I saw her - the sound of rubber buzzing on the road and the gush of wind in her spokes was almost magical on that peaceful Sunday morning. I lost my pacing, ground to a halt and by the time I stumbled off the bike, she was out of sight down at the bottom. Then, her boyfriend roared over the hill like a Lear jet.
Man, I can hardly wait for spring.
Have a safe and enjoyable 2002, all!
Ride less.MB1
Dec 31, 2001 9:11 AM
Of course that was my resolution this year too. Just can't keep those resolutions can we?

I think the real goal would be/are to be a better husband, be kinder to and more helpful to others and to make this world a better place for all (even SUV owners).

Happy New Year!
Ride less.morey
Dec 31, 2001 9:33 AM
Give me a break, I own a 95 Ford Explorer. I love it, I use it. I traded a Merc S600 for it!
Tongue in cheek morey.MB1
Dec 31, 2001 9:53 AM
We own a Minivan. Close enough to an SUV since we live in the city. Might even drive it sometime soon.

Got about 3 times the distance on our bikes than we do on the van since we bought it to carry the bikes. They looked at us pretty oddly at the dealership when we insisted on seeing if the tandem and 2 singles would fit before we closed the deal.

Have a nice warm Florida New Year,
Mark,
Chillin in DC
Tongue in cheek morey.morey
Dec 31, 2001 10:02 AM
I figured that you would know I was kidding about the Mercedes. A friend of mine has one, 11 mpg, nouveaux riche.
Figures this impresses!!!
Have a good new year!
upgradelonefrontranger
Dec 31, 2001 9:35 AM
Actually this is more of a necessity than a resolution - I got picked up by a Cat II/III team.

The resolution part:

Make it all the way from Lyons to Nederland on South St. Vrain / Peak to Peak - without stopping a dozen times and/or feeling like I'm going to leave my lungs behind on the pavement.

Improve on last year's training plan and really get those VO2 max intervals going in May / June.

Do at least 2 MTB races in Colorado, despite how much that scares me (lots of climbing involved).

Finish top 3 in the State Crit.

Do more late-season riding for enjoyment, instead of "because I have to".

Happy New Year to all!
Ride lessmr_spin
Dec 31, 2001 9:49 AM
I did 7500 miles this year, rode at least 25 rides longer than 100 miles, and tried to do a century a month. The only month I didn't get a century? This month. I guess there is still time! Toughing out that century in Novemeber was a real chore.

This year I only have two goals. The Death Valley double and the Climb to Kaiser. I'll likely do the Death Ride, but that isn't such a big deal anymore. (It's still hard, but I know exactly how to train and what to expect.)
Never again . . ,12x23
Dec 31, 2001 9:56 AM
drink 8 Michelob's the night (late night) before Birmingham's double metric century, or drink 3 cans of Ensure just before the start of the same double metric century. Never means, never-ever again . . never.

For 2002:
ride 8,000 miles plus.
ride the Natchez Trace in June.
ride 3st/3mtn and Cheaha Challenge the same weekend.
resist the urge to buy another bike.
buy a CT-1 or C-40.
me too. nmJs Haiku Shop
Jan 2, 2002 7:45 AM
re: What are your bike-related resolutions for '02?mickey-mac
Dec 31, 2001 10:13 AM
Spend more time on the mountain bike.

Don't make any cycling purchases over $200 unless absolutely necessary.

Keep trying to convince my wife we need a custom tandem (in 2003).

Everything else is going pretty well. Why change?
same heregtx
Dec 31, 2001 10:41 AM
except for the tandem, that is. My Ibis Mojo is pissed at me. Maybe I'll ride it tomorrow...

Agree about the spending. It's bad. 'Cept now I kind of want one of these--cheap ss cross frame
re: What are your bike-related resolutions for '02?Velocipedio
Dec 31, 2001 10:35 AM
Start early. Climb more. Crush my buddies on that sprint at the end of the ride. Simple stuff.
re: What are your bike-related resolutions for '02?STEELYeyed
Dec 31, 2001 11:02 AM
Ride more,complain less,and continue my ongoing quest for the Holy Grail of cycling....... the perfect saddle.
re: What are your bike-related resolutions for '02?Dog
Dec 31, 2001 11:25 AM
*Forget about equipment and tinkering and just ride

*Figure out how to balance family and riding

*Get down to 145 pounds and stay there

Dog
Got that Burley Trailer ordered yet? ;-) nmMB1
Dec 31, 2001 11:28 AM
working on itDog
Dec 31, 2001 11:39 AM
Wife not convinced it's safe. "But everyone does it" isn't cutting it, either.

After six months of baby crying she'll likely be begging me to take the baby and go ride. I'll start slowly riding around the block in the gated neighborhood. Now how could that be dangerous?

Dog
They are very well made...Greg Taylor
Dec 31, 2001 12:09 PM
...and safe. I can attest to this from experience. I managed to flip one with my son (3 years old at the time) strapped into it. The harness (5 point, just like a race car) and roll cage worked as designed.

The only down-side is that they definately aren't designed for newborns. They have to be able to sit up, etc., before you can use the Burley. Then again, none of the kid-carriers are.
I wouldn't put my kid in one until probably eighteen months.bill
Dec 31, 2001 12:35 PM
They're okay (I'm convinced that they're very safe), but you have to recognize that the kid is not going to hang out in there for very long, maybe 45 minutes to an hour. After that, you're just torturing them.
cars?Dog
Dec 31, 2001 3:01 PM
My wife is worried not so much that I'll turn it over, but that a car will run over both of us. Of course, that could happen in a stroller walking, too, but the logic isn't working.

Dog
That's my biggest fear as well...Spinchick
Jan 1, 2002 10:52 AM
Mostly I stick to the MUTs and park roads when I ride with my daughter. I actually commuted to her preschool (with her in the kidseat - not trailer) twice. Both times I was anxiety-ridden the entire 25 minute ride. All her little friends thought it was pretty cool when I picked her up on the bike, though.
You're a pretty big target -- they also come with a big ol'bill
Jan 1, 2002 12:54 PM
flag. I can't say I never worried about it, but it's probably no worse than walking with a stroller. Probably no worse than strapping him/her into a car seat, for that matter. I consider the risk under the "You've got to take the kid out sometime" rule. When you think about the risks you expose them to without thinking about it (baths come to mind), my guess is that it's not a big deal.
I worry most about the head jostling the really little ones get that close to the ground, no suspension, with relatively small wheels.
re: What are your bike-related resolutions for '02?Duane Gran
Dec 31, 2001 11:35 AM
* Ride less miles (seriously, I don't need to ride 10,000 miles a year to compete well in 50 mile road races)

* Build enough strength to justify the 12th tooth of my rear chainring.

* Upgrade from cat4 to cat3 by mid year

* Win a race in a solo breakaway

* Win a race in a bunch sprint

* Detect and avoid burnout and overtraining before it happens

* Have fun
Accumulate as much bike crap as I can and...Crankist
Dec 31, 2001 11:57 AM
rely on that stuff to make me better.
Keep riding records.
Oh, and far fewer flats.Crankist
Dec 31, 2001 12:00 PM
re: What are your bike-related resolutions for '02?tarwheel
Dec 31, 2001 12:40 PM
Lose some weight and get better at climbing.
"Convert" at least two other guys into bikers (working on a couple of them right now).
Ride at least one extended bike tour.
Lead some rides for my local bike club.
Do more "fun" rides where you go places, stop for meals, etc.
Learn how to do more mechanical stuff on my bikes.
Try commuting to work by bike a couple days a week or more.
Win the Tour de France & the Giro d' Talia :o) nmAllen az
Dec 31, 2001 12:41 PM
"Ride lots" -Eddy MerckxTig
Dec 31, 2001 1:40 PM
I MUST find or make more time to ride. That covers it.
re: What are your bike-related resolutions for '02?James
Dec 31, 2001 2:14 PM
I want to upgrade to Dura Ace, Spin faster, and ride at least as much as i did in 2001(almost 9000 miles).
re: What are your bike-related resolutions for '02?Starliner
Dec 31, 2001 3:19 PM
i I'm going to race next year for the first time, so...

-be competitive
-try as many events as I can
-have fun
-if and when I can, kick some a-- at the finish

i to help toward these ends....

-get down to a steady 190 lb.
-be consistent with my training
-have fun

i and then for some adventure cycling ....

-ride to my brother's place in Chico CA (300 mi. round trip)
-hop a train to Portland OR and then ride back home solo along coast (approx. riding 650 mi.)
-have fun
re: What are your bike-related resolutions for '02?p1rana
Dec 31, 2001 4:25 PM
Get my bike, and start riding, if ya didnt know im obviously a newbie, the only roadie i got is a '64 schwinn of my dads, that thang is about the heaviest bike youll see.
I beat last year's goal by about 1000 miles ...Humma Hah
Dec 31, 2001 7:28 PM
I'd planned to log 3000 miles, actually logged 3973, not counting at least 30 miles with a malfunctioning odometer.

Which just says I set my goals too low. Probably should do 6000, but 85% is on a SS cruiser, so that counts for something. I set a new PR for one day, taking the cruiser for a 152-mile ride.

This year, same riding goals, but I want to do a 200k brevet and a 160-mile ride on the cruiser.

And I want to finally get that classy old fixie to round out my riding, finally allow me to keep up with the proper roadies.
re: What are your bike-related resolutions for '02?guido
Dec 31, 2001 7:35 PM
Not get dropped.
Guido, I'm With You!Jon
Jan 1, 2002 11:48 AM
re: What are your bike-related resolutions for '02?Blue 'Goose
Jan 2, 2002 5:33 AM
Simple:
-continue weight loss efforts.
-train more (working on it).
-get a real road bike before the new season is over!
(also working on it).
-do double the mileage I did last year. Won't be hard.
Train using a formal plan.Len J
Jan 2, 2002 6:23 AM
My goal for 2002 is to trin consistantly using a Plan constructed using Freil's book. I have done the testing and will redo at the end of Sept. & quantify how much I actually improve. I am looking forward to seeing how well this program works.

Specific Goals:

Do a 25 Mile TT averaging above 23MPH.
Do the Seagull Century in under 5 Hours
Do the Civil War Century using no lower than a 39X23 gear. (I am focusing on improving my climbing specifically this year, should be a real challange for a flatlander like me).

Len
grow.Js Haiku Shop
Jan 2, 2002 8:05 AM
* saturday centuries during DST
* 5000 miles total (more realistically 7500)
* ride 3st/3mtn and Cheaha Challenge the same weekend
* ride mississippi valley 24 hour challenge in august
* ride birmingham (AL) double century in september

"...
See my shadow changing,
Stretching up and over me.
Soften this old armor.
Hoping I can clear the way
By stepping through my shadow,
Coming out the other side.
Step into the shadow.
..."