Re-Beginning: Buy A Decent Bike The First Time

Last year, I bought a perfectly adequate bike ahead of my first ride for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. Almost immediately, I realized I might have made a mistake, because the bike I picked was a bit of a duffer – fine for errands or city riding, but a bit heavy for getting up moderate grades.

This year, I bought a bike that was better suited to how I’m riding now, and how I hope to be riding for the next couple of years – smooth street riding, quick multi-use path riding, and a much more efficient fit for going up hills.

I wish I’d done more homework last year, and seen articles like this one, before I bought the first bike. I had this idea that I wanted a step-through frame, but it took me a few rides to realize that it handled kind of oddly at low speeds.

My new bike is a much better fit, bought at the same local bike shop but by a much more experienced fitter. I’ll be getting a “pro fit” in a week or two. It took me a season’s worth of riding last year and over the winter on the trainer to figure out what it was I wanted from my old bike that it couldn’t give me. I may sell it; I may give in to its essential city-errand bike nature and put fenders, a basket, and a cargo rack on the back. You can never have too many bikes, if you have more than one reason for needing one.

If you’re thinking of getting back into cycling – do yourself a favor and do some research. Take a look at some of the tips in this article, and consider that some good deals are out there if you ask about previous year’s models at your local bike shop.

The most important thing is to visit at least a couple of honest-to-God cycle shops, and take several test rides after consulting with the shop’s resident fit guru. Be sure to check your expectations – what you think you want may not necessarily be what is right for you.

Get the best bike you can afford – and if you buy used, see if the seller can meet you at your local bike shop to have it checked out.

Bike shopping should be an exciting experience; you’re making a purchase that could potentially be life-changing. However, it’s not something to be taken lightly as buying your first bike in a speedy process and selecting the wrong one for you can limit your enjoyment of cycling, making you less inclined to ride.

Ultimately, a great local bike store is an invaluable resource for all of your cycling needs. They are experts in the field of matching bike to rider. That is, assuming you find one that makes it easy, and provides you with a good shopping experience.

In short, one of the first tips here is from the moment you set foot in a bike store, if you aren’t acknowledged within the first thirty seconds, even if it’s just to say that someone will help you as soon as they can, go elsewhere.

Acknowledgement and approach are two of the most basic tenets of good customer service. If these don’t happen in a timely fashion, it’s unlikely that the rest of your shopping experience will be any better.

via Buying your First Bike for Beginngers | Total Women’s Cycling.

Yummy: Roasted Asparagus

One of our favorite things!

Roasted Asparagus Recipe |
Quick and easy roasted asparagus recipe, with thick asparagus spears, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and a little lemon juice.

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Governor Rauner Cuts Autism Funding On World Autism Day

Thanks, all you people who failed to vote in the midterm election.

IL Republican Gov Cuts Autism Funding — On World Autism Day
Gov. Bruce Rauner confirmed the decision to cut funding for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year Thursday – on World Autism Day.

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Dick Cheney is Projection Vomiting On America

Yes, a president sure can leave a burden for the next administration: two wars, an economic meltdown, a trashed Constitution, and a reactionary Supreme Court.


Cheney: Obama Leaving A ‘Terrible Burden’ For Next President
Former Vice President Dick Cheney took another swipe at President Barack Obama on Tuesday, criticizing him over the Iran deal framework put in place last week.

Cheney, who accused Iran of having “one of the most radical regimes in history&quo…

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My Atom-Smashing Bike Ride In June

I'm riding 40 miles on June 14 to raise money for diabetes research in the Chicagoland Tour de Cure. Part of the 40-mile route cuts across the Fermilab campus, right near the Tevatron ring shown in the arial photo below.

I may not be smashing atoms with every pedal stroke, but I'm fighting diabetes and staying healthy, too.

If you'd like to support my ride, you can donate ANY amount at:

Years after shutting down, U.S. atom smasher reveals properties of ‘God particle’
Tevatron collider sheds new light on Higgs boson

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The Most Arrogant Man In The World: Jamie Dimon

The Most Arrogant Man In The World: Jamie Dimon

Guess What Happened When JPMorgan’s CEO Visited Elizabeth Warren’s Office
WASHINGTON — A meeting between Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jamie Dimon deteriorated almost immediately after the JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO visited the recently elected senator and consumer advocate at her Capitol Hill office in 2013.

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Is Clarkson Kidding, Drunk, Or Trolling?

I can't believe he's had a thumping great crash on the road to Damascus. More likely he's had a PR intervention and more than a few pints.

Jeremy Clarkson joins Guardian drive for fossil fuel divestment
Former Top Gear presenter says being sacked by the BBC was a ‘wake-up call’ as he joins host of celebrities backing climate change campaign

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Training With Veda

specialized hybrid bicycle on training stand


We’ve both been on vacation this week and instead of making firm plans to go anywhere, we stayed around home and got some things done. Unfortunately, the weather has not been cooperating, and the previous week’s mild temperatures were replaced by cold, high winds, and even a 5″ snowfall. We only went riding once, and the old bike was off the training stand because I was riding it before we purchased Veda, my new bike (a Specialized Vita Elite).

Veda’s up on the training stand because vacation’s over, the weather isn’t good for riding the rest of the weekend, and it’s been too long since I got any appreciable exercise, and my blood glucose numbers tell the story.

The week of St Patrick’s day, I didn’t have a single reading over 100, and most of them are in the 85-95 range, with one morning as low as 81, the day after an eight-mile ride in Elk Grove Village. There were other rides in the same week – I rode daily after buying Veda until midweek and the BG numbers follow right along.

This week, with almost no riding except for a cold and frustrating ride around the Paul Douglas forest preserve  bike path loop,  and not much walking counted by my Vivofit fitness tracker gadget, the numbers have been troubling. They went right back over 100 with only one day under that number all week, although I’ve been carefully counting carbs and calories (and losing weight) through the week “off.”

Not exercising means not controlling my numbers well. That’s all there is to it.

I’m looking forward to going to the Chicagoland Diabetes Expo in April and hoping that my brother-in-law Dan and his girlfriend Tami can go along with us, it’s going to be fun.

You can follow my progress at – I’m GinnyRED57 there, or at (I’m GinnyRED57 there too).

Check out for my Tour de Cure fundraising – please donate any amount!

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Not Watching CSI: Cyber BUT I Read Snark Reviews

Not Watching CSI: Cyber BUT I Read Snark Reviews

CSI:Cyber and the Sexy, Spooky Killer Hacker Printer Fire
One good thing about CSI:Cyber is that you never have to wonder what an episode will be about because someone will very plainly state exactly what the episode is about within the first 10 minutes.

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And On That Bombshell

…we wait to see if Hamster and Captain Slow renew their contracts, or not

BBC: Clarkson mounted unprovoked attack on Top Gear producer
Follow live updates as the BBC decides not to renew the contract of the controversial Top Gear front man

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