Thursday, March 01, 2007

Cycling Web Ring

I joined a new Web Ring today - Cycling Knitter- I know but....
I bought a Touring bike 2 years ago with the intention of getting on the road so to speak. I used to ride frequently - but with kids and knitting etc - it just fell by the way side. So I took my tax return and bought a Trek Touring bike. That spring and summer I took a few rides in the neighborhood and surrounding area - just to get my bearings and to see how it felt. Well I loved it, but found it lonely - I needed a partner. I really needed more practice to feel safe too. Summer wound down and it got too cold to ride. I told myself that once spring came I would start riding to work everyday. I actually hated the thought of that because I'd have to ride in auto traffic and cross the highway at one point - I had big dreams. If you recall - I changed jobs last spring. There is no way I'm going to ride 45 miles to work everyday - and back!
So I've joined this ring to get myself motivated. I really want to ride. I want to get comfortable enough to ride with the local group during the summer. I want to be healthy. I want to do a real bike tour. I need a lot of practice before I get there. Am hoping this will help. The weather is not cooperating now (it's a whiteout outside) - but will soon I hope.
Wish me well!

4 comments:

Julia said...

Cool! I didn't even know there was such a web ring. You sure have some great plans! I just ride my bike around town to do errands, since I live in a small town and everything is pretty close. So I don't know if I really qualify as a cyclist. More of a cycling errand-runner :-)

knittin'_kitten said...

Hi, It's nice to find your blog! I'm a cycling knitter too. I just got back into cycling last summer after a long break from it. I found it very motivational to join my local cycling club. You'll discover all sorts of new trails that way and have people to ride with. Your knitting looks fantastic! =)Sarah

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Great idea! I've never felt confident on a bike, I'm a walker tho. It really would be a good idea to join a local cycling club like knittn' kitten says. I know what you mean about being lonely when you're cycling alone. I feel the same way about walking.

knitseashore said...

Hi there! I found your blog from the cycling knitters webring. I'm brand new too (to cycling; I just got a road bike after 11 years on a hybrid) and looking forward to getting to know you.

Do you have any rail trails nearby? Those are the safest places to practice. I'm leery of busy roads too. :)