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The Importance of the Right Fitness Equipment: Carolina Conversations with Greg Combs of May Street Bicycles, Dana Myers of River Jack Outdoor Trading Co. and Bridget Cook of RIOT (Run in Our Tribe). by Corbie Hill | Photography by Mollie Tobias

This month we felt like doing something a little different. Instead of speaking with one person for our Carolina Conversations feature, we spoke to several professionals about the importance of proper fitness equipment. Our theme this month, after all, is “Living Healthy,” and a major part of that is keeping active. Greg Combs, owner of May Street Bicycles 1110 N. May Street, Southern Pines 910-528-4365 maystreetbicycles.com OutreachNC: How does someone who wants to start biking ease into it so they don’t hurt themselves?

Greg Combs: Number one, they have to be healthy. They 34 canOutreachNC.com stand up, sit down|–AUGUST the basic2018 human functions, up and down stairs. If they’re comfortable riding on a stationary

bike at the fitness center and they can do that 15, 20 minutes at any pace, then I would say consider getting the dust off your bike and riding. The next piece to that is safety – wearing a helmet, putting a light on the bike so people can see you from behind. People driving, they can’t read your mind, so you have to be on the road in a manner that is predictable. If your goal is “I want to do ten miles today,” you may be better off doing 20 half-mile laps because maybe after lap five or six you may feel like you need to [take a break]. So going out and turning back – set goals. How far can I go? With my head injury, there’s days I feel fantastic, but there’s other days I don’t. So I do a 28 mile loop, and there’s five or six cutoffs where I can shorten it. A half-a-mile loop is not uncommon around here. You can do that. If you live

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