Do you own a bicycle?

United States
June 5, 2008 8:24am CST
My b/f bought himself a bicycle yesterday and is picking it up today. I've been wanting one so he's going to buy me on Saturday. Since his heart surgery he's decided that it will be a good form of exercise and it won't hurt me either . We live fairly close to a beach and plan to ride there quite often. The problem is that it's been a lot of years since I've been on one and I'm wondering if it's like they say and it will come right back to me! I'm no spring chicken at almost 61 years old and can just picture myself making a fool of myself and falling. Do you own and ride a bike? What have your experiences been? Do you agree that it's a good form of exercise? Will it come back to me when I get on it?
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@jade1986 (567)
• India
5 Jun 08
i think you will get it back after a few hours of riding. i would suggest you to first walk with the cycle upto the beach and then ride on it so that if at all you fall, injuries will be less. i never owned a bike, my sister had one. i used to ride it when i was a kid. now at 22, i dont own one but sometimes borrow from friends if i need to go to a distant place. that way, it get tired pretty quickly especially the legs, as i'm not in regular touch with cycling. and of course it is an exercise and exercise in any form is good for health... all the best to you... keep up the spirit....
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• United States
5 Jun 08
I'm planning on starting out across the street from my apartment in the commons that has a bike path before I venture on to the beach. I want to be totally confident before I go too far.
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@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
5 Jun 08
My hubby and I do have bikes. We got them about 2 years ago. We have a bike trail locally. He can get on and ride forever. I had some difficulty, my bottom was quite uncomfortable and quickly. I tried a gel seat and that helped a bit, but not enough. I'm going to buy a wide seat that has springs. That should keep certain areas from getting sore and numb. I didn't have any trouble otherwise. I haven't fallen or anything. It will come back to you definately. Getting used to the gears took a few minutes but other than that, no problem. We like that there is an old train trestle with a little stream going under it. We usually stop there and enjoy the view and relax a few minutes. Hope you have a wonderful time.
• United States
5 Jun 08
I'm sure it won't be long before I'm looking for comfortable seats too. As for gears I'm hoping for the least they have and will practice in the commons across the street from my apartment before I really get started. Your view sounds awesome but the only view I'll have is of the beach and that's fine with me.
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@maddysmommy (16232)
• United States
5 Jun 08
It's a great form of exercise and biking with someone else would be even better. I don't own one but have been wanting one since I started walking again along the bike trails and seeing everyone else riding one. Don't think I can afford one yet but we shall see. Have fun and don't worry, it will come back to you easily.
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• United States
5 Jun 08
I live across the street from a large public common that has a bike path. People are riding all the time. I'm planning on joining them on the days that I'm not riding with my b/f. I hope it comes back the way everyone says it will...lol
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@fifileigh (3620)
• United States
7 Jun 08
i had a bicycle when i was young..and i also rode it up to my 20s. but after than i dont have a bike anymore...and i havent gotten to buy a new one...because i am either driving a car, walking, or using the stationary bike at the gym. no one forgets how to ride a bike. u can practice on a stationary bike at a local gym to get the hang out it. or buy training wheels and when u r ready to have them off, then take them off when u r comfortable again. i do 60 minutes on the stationary bike in the gym as well as walk 99 minutes on the treadmill. when i had my bicycle, i used to ride it to the beach...around 10 miles one way, then ride it back. i used to sweat a lot on the bicycle.
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• United States
18 Jun 08
One of these days I'm going to get myself a stationary bike to use in the winter when the weather is bad.
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
6 Jun 08
I have, just about all my life, owned a bike or had access to a bike, till now. I have recently moved for Winnipeg to Calgary and all I brought with me is two suitcases of clothes. So I don't have a bike anymore but I am sure I will be buying one soon. I am just waiting for the garage sales to start so I can look for one. I love to go bike riding and when I used to live in Calgary before, I always went for bike rides around the Bow River pathways. I am sure I will want to do it again so as soon as the rain stops, hopefully soon, and the garage sales start up again, I will buy one.
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@as2006 (5041)
• Israel
6 Jun 08
TODAY NO,a few years ago I had,I loved very much to ride.Today we have a stand bicycle in our bad room and I ride of them everyday for about 10-15 minutes.
@bellaofchaos (11549)
• United States
6 Jun 08
very good question. I would suppose it would come straight back to you .. You might be a little shakey at first but in no time you should be zipping away on the bike. As for me I haven't rode one since highschool .. LOL!!! And there ain't no way is this accident prone chick getting on one now. How ever I would mind going back to rollerblading I kinda miss that very much .. I use to love that as a teen.
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@athinapie (1150)
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
Hi there. I do agree that riding a bicycle is a good form of exercise. It is actually a suggested hobby for those who have just experienced organ or bone surgery. I think that it will be nice for you and your guy as well. Hope you will enjoy.
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@swatig (1187)
• India
6 Jun 08
Its great idea to have a bicycle if seen from health point-of-view.i do the cycling excerise only in health-club otherwise its not possible for me to do as mine earlier bicycle is too small now and i not thinking of getting new as i fullfil the purpose from health club itself. Other than bicycle i perfer to walk,long walk, as doctor suggests to take walking excerise as well. I read your situation of buying bicycle and its good for your health that you live fairly close to beach that having good environment for walking or going for bicycle ride. cheers & smile :) (smile is also consider tobe very good excersise from health view so keeep smiling and makes others also smile.) swatig
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
Good day. they said if you learned to ride a bike you'll never forget it. I think you'll do just fine just relax and try to lower your seat to your comfort so you can ride it safely. Try to ride in a plain road. Good luck.
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@naaadh (217)
• United States
6 Jun 08
I have my own bicycle, bandit-motorbike, mercedez and a sea cruiser. Just kidding :P. i do had a bicycle a few years back, but someone stole it which pissed me so much. Anyway now i have a motorbike, which i got for my last birthday and i hang out on it always. If i my bike had not been stolen i would not have got the motorbike. So in one way thank you mr.thief where ever you are. You gave me a motorbike. lol.
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@angemac23 (2004)
• Canada
6 Jun 08
I own a bicycle, but have not drove it yet because It has to go in the shop to be repaired! I do agree that riding a bike is excellent exercise and very good for the heart!
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• Philippines
6 Jun 08
I own a bike and it has been my bike since I was 12.Yes,I agree that it is a better form of exercise than walking because you won't feel that tired and you won't even notice that you have gone gone so far!
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@bieke81 (1067)
• Belgium
6 Jun 08
I don't own one anymore, but we're planning on buying us two bikes this summer. Now I don't work outside the home anymore it will save us on gas for those short rides we take the car for right now. And 'cause DH works close to home, when it's a sunny day he can take his bike without any problem. He loves it already, just thinking about it. He's really an energetic guy and loves sports, he just doesn't find the time to do it, so riding a bike will give him some relief on that matter.
@hanirose (307)
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
yep since i was five.. and we kept on buying one as i got older. it kept up that way till i was 12. I was pretty good at it too.. lol cause that time the bmx was boomin.
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@kykidd (6818)
• United States
6 Jun 08
I have 2 bikes. One is a mountain bike, and one is a street bike. I ride the mountain bike more often as it is in good working order and newer. Although the street bike is my favorite. I just need to get new tires. The old ones are dry rotted because it is so old. I will get on my bike and ride about 20 to 25 times a year. I know that is not often, and like you said it is good exercise. So I should ride it more. I used to fit it in 3 times a week, I wished I could get back into that routine. I am sure it will come right back to you. Some things you might want to make sure of...you have reflectors on the bike, a comfortable seat, and wear bright colored clothes. Safety is very important, especially if you will be riding in any traffic at all. Good luck to you in your new ventures. Maybe you have inspired me here. Now that the weather is finally nice, I should try to pick that bike back up. Thank you so much for sharing!!!
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@Sir_bobby88 (8241)
• Singapore
6 Jun 08
I do own a bicycle but i did not learn how to ride it !!! it is really embarssing to say this out yea .
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@dianagnes (1088)
• Singapore
6 Jun 08
I have one.I enjoyed cycling.My bicycle is those where you will feel tired after a long ride,as i love to cycle a long distant.I have been ignoring my bicycle about a year because of its slow working condition.Its suitable for a ride in the park only.So,i will always use my brother's bicycle to enjoy my long rides.His bike is more powerful than mine.Of course its have the power as the price is so highh..haha!
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@deebomb (15314)
• United States
6 Jun 08
I don't think that you ever forget how to ride a bike. I haven't ridden one since I was a kid and when I was about 40 I decided to ride my kids bike. I didn't have any trouble with the balance but after riding about 1/4 of a mile my legs felt like Jello. I wasn't sure I was going to make it back home. I did a lot of walking back then. I had good legs for it and could walk a very long way. But bicycle was another thing. I hope you enjoy yours and have fun at the beach. Me I would rather walk.
• India
6 Jun 08
Riding in the bicycle is great and interesting experience ,since i too own a bicycle i very much love to ride in the bicycle and the interesting factor is that i fell down from the cycle after i learnt and this accident takes place while crossing the road. I cant remember this incident.
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