Getting reaquainted with my bike By Julie Garren, a succesful Learn-2-Ride graduate
I’ve always loved bicycles, but they haven’t always loved me back. As a child, an attempt to “jump a curb” resulted in a permanently lopsided smile. As a teen, I broke an arm flipping over the handlebars during a poorly-executed braking attempt. It’s no wonder all my bikes mysteriously disappeared – my parents were just trying to save on medical expenses! Now, as an adult pursuing weight loss through diet change and exercise, cycling was one of the activities I desired to pursue. I craved that feeling of the wind in my face, taking in the local urban trails faster than on foot. In January, as a reward for losing almost 50 lbs, I purchased my Specialized Dolce Elite Compact from the friendly folks at Woodinville Bicycle. With my history, I knew I was going to need some professional guidance before setting out to ride. It’s been at least 15 years since I’d been on a bike and I wasn’t eager to get off on the wrong foot. That’s where the Cascade Bicycle Club came in! Their Back to Basics course seemed perfect for my needs. I was a little too eager to wait for a group class offering, so I opted for private education that could get me rolling sooner. At Magnuson Park HQ, instructor William Gerdes had no problem identifying me – I was the confused woman spending far too long attempting to re-install her bicycle’s “quick release” rear wheel. Fortunately, William was happy to assist, and I got some much-needed practice in. After the wheel replacement, introductions, and a quick once-over of my bike and helmet, he asked me to mount up and ride along one of
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the Park streets so he could watch me in action. The verdict? The seat looked a little high for me, and boy, was I fast! He kindly shared that he was accustomed to new students getting on a bike slowly, starting slow, and staying…well, slow. It felt good knowing that I had a little power under the hood to work with! The lesson covered many basics, such as how to properly mount and dismount my bike, braking techniques, gearing, and cadence.
” What I gained most from this
lesson was confidence. Being able to emulate someone while riding was a big boost to feeling comfortable. “
We even tackled a small hill where I “tucked into the drops” for the first time. Speedy downhills frighten me, but with the benefit of a little training, it was thrilling! Since the lesson I’ve spent my time on the Sammamish River Trail, getting seat time in and increasing my ride distance. I hope to be able to make the roundtrip between Bothell and Ballard on the BGT by fall. I’m also happy to report that cycling, along with my other efforts, has helped me drop nearly 80 lbs since last August.
Heard at the Front Desk: STP Rider emails By Dave Eggleston, Front Desk Operative
STP is only a month away! We’ve been sending helpful emails to registered participants for the past few weeks that answer many common questions about the ride. The Front Desk is hearing from people with friends who received the emails but they didn’t. We believe that spam filters at email providers are causing the emails to be routed into the spam or junk folders for some email accounts. If this is happening to you, don’t despair! We have posted every rider email online for your reference. Just go to the STP main page: www. cascade.org/stp and look for the link to rider emails. And if you have a question that isn’t covered on the website or in those emails give us a call! 4
Anne-Marije Rook, Editor Diane English and Chris Partridge, Editorial Assistants Contributors: Diana Bryant, McKayla Dunfey, Dave Eggleston, Larry Gales, Julie Garren, Elizabeth Kiker, Chris Partridge, Daniel Poppe, Anne-Marije Rook, Phil Swartzendruber, Tarrell Wright Layout by: Tom Eibling
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