<music> welcome to the encouragement ride podcast brought to you live and direct with limited or no commercial interruptions from our hollman beautiful gluck stat mississippi to wear you find podcasts with your hosts. The quarter ton of writing on those cycling good citizens the boy scouts who never heard a discouraging word jimbo rarely and kelvin jones. Remember friends these to a quarter of a ton so you don't have to take they get away boys. Okay welcome back everybody to the encouragement ride podcast. We are now on the eighth. Episode numbered zero zero seven even today. We're gonna talk about different types of bikes and some excerpts from a video that we posted on our facebook page kelvin. How're you doing brother. Did you say today is episode zero zero seven yes. I'm such a bond freak. I love line from goldfinger and i'll make it bike related. Do you expect pick me to walk. No mr bond. I expect you to ride. Would you like your change's. Sake it or stern change. They can or third horrible horrible. Oh gosh let me some bind. Thank you for the editing software and we got a mistake from our last episode. We had a special so shout out to mr chris williams. Mr chris williams didn't write anything it was charlie williams charge already sorry charlie <hes> but no charlie thank. Thank you again so much for the for the review. We appreciate it. Sorry we screwed up but <hes> chris williams. Y'all was one. You're still doing rubino when abu abby absolutely all right sports fans well. We're gonna talk about different types of bikes today and i'm not talking about the big ones little ones. We're going to talk about different types of bikes that you you have access to in. Some of you may have several these kind as a matter of fact. I'm get two of them and i'll let you all kind of decide which tea you think i've got but we're gonna talk about different types to bike different kinds of writing styles now like in the previous episode like the personalities but different types of things that you might feel comfortable with one size doesn't fit all i'm. I'm sorry to interrupt yeah 'cause jimbo. We ride road bikes and that's kind of like what we talked about. Eighty percent but many of you who may be listening may not be a road by i didn't road bikes may not be for you. You may have a hybrid. You may have a mountain bike whenever we're just gonna briefly talk about that just a minute yeah so we're gonna talk about different types of bikes and you know this kind of like cars. You got big sedans little sedans as she as she you know trucks trucks. That kind of stuff in in bikes can accommodate ciller categories but they usually have two wheels. Some of them have rate some have one but we ride that but but what about just different bikes have on these them out like when i first very very first got back into cycling some eighteen years ago because that's how my daughter is as i bought them out like in a rudder around my neighborhood i used it like a robot but it was just a big heavy track that i still love off to this day but i've gone into some trouble writing and a little bit of gravel righty. We'll talk about specific bikes for that but you know for folks who are in areas is that maybe the traffic's a little heavy in you want to get off the beaten path a little bit and get awesome dirt roads. A mountain bike is wonderful option. I cannot encourage enough then my goal. This year was to three thousand miles over off and eight hundred of those miles. I wanna do off of asphalt why eight hundred just as a number two to have a if you don't have a goal you always in it ain't nothing you'll hit it every time every time and his louis resorts at aim low boys deriving shetland pony missouri so mountain biking road biking. You're my to my to go to and calvin. We'll talk about maybe some hybrids yeah back in about two thousand and nine two thousand and ten when i gave up running believe it or not this big old boy of mine <hes> that you're listening to us to actually do marathons and half marathons and my feet just kind of gave out so i said i've got to get on a bike and take some pressure off my feet. Well i pulled out the old trek. Eric hybrid in a hybrid is kinda like a bike with like a straight handlebars across the honest. Not it can go on the road. If you hit some gravel it can kinda golden gravel or less when they call it a hybrid. It's a mix between the two and <hes> it's a comfort by it's a hybrid comfort bike and i had one of those the first time i went out. I think i took it. Maybe eighty four miles. That was my first ride in like thirty years. Perhaps <hes> but <hes> like i said in earlier thing i felt like i was gonna donate along uh-huh but <hes> i was able to get through that and i fell in love with biking because the four miles that i did. I was under this lush canopy of trees. It was shady so nobody body around going by little horse pasture just a beautiful thing and i just fell in love with nature again and being out on the road by myself and enjoying the sights and the smells <hes> while allows penalty so yeah. I've got a special always have a special place in my heart for the hybrid or the comfort bike and many of you out. There may have one of those that's fine. If that's all you want to do that. That's that's great because i'm all about comfort absolutely and in what's kind of cool is that the <hes> hybrid bike is really good for like family trips. They're they're heavy bikes which means you're going to be fairly stable but they're not so heavy that you can't control says they're going to be easy to go with the wheels or narrow you can go about as fast as you want to go and if you're a you're just going to go back to zero episode zero zero six if you have questions about the gearing and the in the brakes and everything on lease comfort bikes trini bikes that we talked about going back and listen two zero zero six the bite that kelvin i spend most of our time on is that road bike road bike has that classic drop handlebar a bar curl own ver- very thin <hes> some cases very light but it's the wispy frame with the big wheels and funky guys wearing earn tight shorts and or as we call mammals where middle aged men in lycra there you go <hes> yeah so i mean some of these robots can be steel-framed. They can be aluminum menam frame. They can be carbon fiber framed or even. I guess maybe titanium titanium was out there at my favorite bike. I've got an old candidate. That's an old aluminum frame and and got to get got to get back up to road worthiness but absolutely my favorite bike when you start getting into the different road bikes you'd like kevin said you've got different options option steel aluminum fiber titanium certain degree and they all come with different price points <hes> but i will tell you this the heavier the bike the more comfortable the ride when i ride my aluminum bike i feel less but when i'm on that when i'm on my carbon black i can feel every single crackle and it's tough sometimes for or as big boy sometimes awesome bumpy roads <hes> you're. You're getting beat up from the feta. I've had to check make sure my feelings are still in my mouth and then we get into to what we call the rolling couches and these were for our friends that ride the <hes> the recumbent bikes and the pricing some leaves are like little actually they're not little. They're actually very big there long but they're bike statue. Don't traditionally sit in sit on you. Sit in those sites. I called him. No writers me. They are low riders and i kind of laughed. I got a couple of guys go by me in their head comes up to about my hip <hes> to make sure i don't you know squirting water bottle in the wrong direction. You might take somebody yup but these come in two in three will around these trikes and some of the folks that ride with us that ride those had either a back problem or an issue he was sitting in the saddle for long periods of time and this is a great great alternative. They're great on the flats and a great downhill but sometimes had a little trouble going up. I had a friend of mine in who is in the medical field. He wrote a road bike for many many years and then all of a sudden he had some issues with his neck and the his doctor told him that you know one fall off road road biking could be possibly injured for light simply because of the way his neck shape was so that forced him to get off the road bike in all he does now's recumbents and he loves them. A low dosage kind of one of those deals is folks who like you know certain craft beers. You may not like beer but they like to craft beer folks. Who do the recumbent arm. Recumbent guys is and that's fine. They're hard draft sometimes but very great way. If you want to get into cycling not worry about falling far yeah. That's a good one and actually i can't recall the article that i'm talking about now but i did read something somewhere. I promise idea if there's only internet it had to be truth that car can actually actually see a recumbent rider better than they can see an upright writer because your back is more towards the cards that have leaned forward in a in a stance colder yeah so that's more area yeah a little bit more area so now i love that you know they. They shouldn't have a problem senior i because they wonder where <music> omar the tent maker has been well. The next one is kind of the new new bike on the up and coming. It's the hot nothing coming. There's races out there. It's the cyclocross bike and some people use that as a gravel by where people just want to get out and do they'll they'll ride trails on this in a given idea what they look like they look like regular road bike but sometimes little more substantially built and he's got knobby tires yep they got wider thicker tyres with a wider therefore to hold the tires but for the most part ninety percent of the bike resembles a road bike almost to the point you can get your mountain bike out there and do that <hes> with the big mountain on bike tires. You are going to be a little bit slower. We'll take that for every mile that you do on a road bike if you're out there on a mountain bike gravel roads at two miles so if i do ten ten miles on a road bike i felt like i did twenty on the gravel bike but you know that's why they make specific gravel bikes to make that easier but we'll tell you if your gun shy about about being out in traffic gravel bikes are cyclocross. Bikes are the way to go because you don't have a lot of cars not at all not not at all and it is fun to go out there and get lost now. The problem with that is sometimes. He's grabbing rose. Go out in the middle of nowhere so if you have probably better he better make sure somebody who knows where you're at and if you hear banjo music peddle faster fountain brown and the last one we're going to kind of talk about today is going to be the the tandem bikes and the tandem bikes the bicycle built for two and those are becoming more popular we in our area in madison county mississippi. There's actually tandel bike festival of just a few weeks ago and it was a you know all of the united people think they had thirty two state each represented a few countries and is also a wine tasting involved with that long road absolutely <hes> but yeah the tandem bikes are are becoming just as as high falutin as the more modern road bikes and harbert. They gear shifts there. They're made of fibre. They're they're just good good. Good fun stuff in the final. We want to talk about are the cruisers. Oh yeah you may explain these outweigh. If you live near a coast and you go to to the beach fix in fix skis yeah well we the city. The city bikes has what they call fixes. I don't know really what that means but eight years they have fixed years like you don't have you don't have them where they show cruisers. You've probably seen an basket in front of you. See you see jimmy buffet type guy with the with the deep dark tan flipflops <hes> just kind of going about three miles an hour down the sidewalk in front of the beach enjoying life. Sometimes i envy those guys because i have to go back to work but those are cruiser bikes to those good. Those are pretty much work anywhere as well. A lot of us probably started on some sort of a cruiser bike or a b._m._x. Looking looking by back in the old days and they've even got one now called the fat tire bike and i'm not sure what that is. Maybe you guys have north are more familiar with that. I think you've been using that. That's a new up and coming thing for people who ride in the winter in the snow to use those big huge fat tire yeah. We've got some guys around here that haven't they look almost like motorcycle tires but they're extremely light really oh yeah. I'm bouncing the bouncy about about about so all right. Hey look we're gonna come back in just a minute. We're going to do the mail bag inevitably do segment to a now. It's time for from this saturday or the boys. Answer your question do okay before we get in our next segment. We got a question from cincinnati ohio and this is a fairly new rider rider who starting to spend some time on the road and he was talking about safety mirrors. What type of safety mirrors do we use. Which ones do we recommend well. We don't really have they true recommendation level. We'll tell you what we use calvin. What kind do you use. That's a great question from our saddlebag so appreciate that what i use. I use one line that attaches to my sunglasses. You can take off if you go from one pair of sunglasses in the next you can take it off and put it back on the other pair. It's kind of like a clip flip on and it's a small square that goes out in front of your eye. You can actually look just look at that square in see everything. That's going on behind you again. We're not it <hes> manufacturers reps. We don't get compensated for what we endorse it. Yes thank you. I couldn't think of anything there but what i like to use it you can go amazon and its call take a look. Take a look and you understand. What i'm talking about in jimbo could put a link to it in the show notes but it's a very very wonderful little thing because you can look behind. You can see everything that's going on in. Its stay still doesn't shake when you hit a bomb or anything like that. It's very well made. It's about doc fifteen twenty bucks but it's been fifteen or twenty dollar investment that i've ever made now. Some people don't like those things a hanging on the side of their helmet the side of their sunglasses because it just gets it just bothers with their function in their their eyesight. Get balanced. Yeah get out of balance in another people like himbal jim bob. I've got to handle ballmer. It is a leaf shaped it it goes into my drop handle at the curly part of the handle down at the bottom it and it fits on the left side and it just goes into where you're stopper is to keep your candle. Wrap your handball rapid and you can adjust it a little a bit now kind of the problem. I have with that as bombs. Sometimes it tends to move a little bit but it just takes a little bit and when i'm writing and i'm gonna be in the low position. I can this kind of you. Look straight down and see what's going on behind but the bottom line is no matter which one you prefer having a mirror is is a good a safety decision. I don't care what some people say. Some people can be gear snob. You're fashions knobs on a bike and they make fun of the grabbing amir but let me tell you something i would always rather know what's coming up behind me then not and especially if you see a biker about to pass you and he does say anything and it scares you or a car. That may not be changing lanes or something like that. You know what's coming up behind. You and you'll always be aware and it's good to be aware of your surroundings. You know they talk about safety. When you're walking in a strange city about being aware of your surrounding sent me on a bike absolutely so and i was riding this past weekend a little solo thirty miler and i was on some quite roads and cars would come up behind me and i could seem in that mirror and a few of them. I don't know if they didn't see me or not but how's able to slow down and the shami last minute but they they didn't come up on a visa fries and that's a great question question that shows that you're leaking measure safety and getting the most out migrants and thank you for the question which i make sure they're going to be about kevin thank he put up on our facebook page youtube video about some tips for beginning cycles link that to the thing we won't go over all of the the tips but some of the ones that we wanted to talk about with something before you go out and ride one of our previous episodes. We talked about <hes> what you needed to have on you. Buy like a air pump and a spare tired stuff well. One of the biggest tips for war. Beginning cyclists is to make sure that you pump up your tires pretty much about every one to two days. Believe it or not if you go and check the air pressure in your tires after it's been three or four days since you wrote last. You'd be surprised that you're going to lose five or ten pounds of p._s._i. Do it every time yeah so every ride that we jimbo and i go to we've pretty much pump our tires of and it doesn't matter if you're on a cruising bike or mountain bike or whatever on the side of the tires on the car. They're going to have the recommended pressure of your p._s._i. Now for those of you like who are like us are quarter tone of writing fun. One mine is usually between on a road bike is supposed to be between nine thousand nine hundred pounds. When i gain weight i bumped up to about one hundred and five. I write about that one ten to one twenty yeah yeah so there you go so make sure you pump up all your you know both of your tires every time you for ride even if it's you know you may skip a day but no more than one day okay and then the next thing. We want to make sure that you do learn how to fix a flat on the road. It takes too much time and you don't get the idea of us telling you how to do it on this podcast but all you have to do is go to youtube or google and type him how to fix a flat and you can watch all kinds of wonderful wonderful b._d._o.'s on how to actually change a flat tire what you're going to need is. You're going to need some tire levers. You're going to need some spare inner tubes and you're going to need a little hand pomp or zero to pump. We've already talked about and you know always keep a little saddlebag on your on your bike so you can keep these tubes or levers pops. Put him in your cycling pockets on new jersey so so learn how to fix a flat on the road. Make sure that those tires are pumped up and the third thing that i thought really important that they said on that video make sure you get fit for your bike. I don't know so. How many times have you and i are probably seen. Somebody biking where they're sitting there. Seat is way too low in their knees are going up to their chest are way too high and they can't even touch their their. There is yeah so you know taking it to a bike shop to get properly fitted on a bike means the world it really does help and and number one reducing pain and making it easier to pedal you. Don't you try you. She's on you. If you're a size twelve. They feel like if you are size nine yeah yeah i hear you i hear you i'm tracking with that high so another one is <hes> is to you know learn proper riding posture and he talks about relaxed shoulders and and if you've ever gone out i know this has happened to us before we go out on long ride. Sometimes we'll have to take our hands off the handlebars because our hands may be known will some of that is due to because we're not paying mean attention to where our shoulders are. We wanna make sure that our shoulders kind of relax and everything else but when you're trying to ride a little advance pays or going to hewitt he kind of tighten up everything thing and <hes> you realize it's almost like you're doing a shoulder shrug. <hes> sometimes you just have that death grip on the handlebars and the thing that you got to think about is so you've gotta just treat the handlebars like they're a small infants. You just got a handle them gently. It's counterintuitive but you have to relax when you're going up hills or trying to gofundme right right yeah just take take the squeeze off them and speaking of going appeals on this will be the last one that will cover <hes> talking about the cadence of the r._p._m.'s now rbm is basically one revolution when your pedal stroke so if you start with your foot down your rifle now and then you go up in back down. That's one and you know. There's lots of people who says you know to get better and to have an easier ride. Keep your pedal cadence at eighty to one hundred r._p._m. So that's eighty two hundred revolutions of minute well. That's kinda fast. I'm not gonna live <hes> we can do it but it is easier to do especially when you're going up hills or into the wind or anything like that because if you're doing forty or fifty r._p._m.'s that means you're really mashing down on the pedals and you may have it in a lower gear than what you need to be in that just increase your knee pain absolutely and and <hes> in all kinds of fatigue that you don't even have so keep your cadence good gear where you can spin about eighty to one hundred r._p._m. Minute on a flat surface purpose and then worked at eighty two hundred r._p._m. For minute going up hills when you get the chance and a good way to kind of if you wanna know how how many europeans are doing if you've got a computer here on your bike and you can look at the seconds count how many times you go now for six seconds in the multiply that top stent okay very simple. Oh give you your europeans and look hey. You're not gonna get graded. These are just some helpful tips that will help you. Enjoy your biking a whole lot more. That's right i mean we find some of these things swab by google lean and by watching youtube ourselves and when we think to tell people we want to put that on here and then knowledge you to check them out and so we thought this youtube video was there is a little f-bomb in there so we apologize in advance for that but <hes> you know this is a good video for everybody to learn into listen to all right so i think we're robert done right on yeah. What's the encouraging work well. Today's encouraging word comes from an old school some of you younger people may not know who ann landers was but was an landers known for advice and it was called the dear abby the newspaper. We would always read the rabbit good job. Okay get april. Yes oh dear rome so ann landers came up with was really apropos for writing and that's a seventy five cent word you can get change later <hes> that then he said nobody ever drown from their own sweat and i thought that was really really in cool thing because you know <hes> summer's coming. You're going to be sweating a lot. Especially those of us sweat buckets like we said down here but anytime you go for a ride you're not going to just just come back all fresh as a daisy and nobody ever drowned in our own sweat so get out there and see how you can get your clothes this year and go for a ride absolutely hey look fearsome here so starting to get warmer outside and different parts of the country hydrate hydrate hydrate hydrate sunscreen sunscreens again. We don't need little only little things growing honest. Hey thank y'all again so much for listening to us. We appreciate it love to hear from me. Comments reviews what have you but we really would love you to share subscribe you can find us on twitter at the encouraged writing and on facebook at the encouragement right podcast so until next week done a uh james bond seven. Thank you so much. 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