1. Rick February 20, 2008 9:08 pm 

    You have already seen my daughters in the grocery gitter threads. The oldest is ready for one of these types of bikes.

    Here are my requirements: Quality and gears. That’s it. Would this be better than the Adams Trail-a-bike I was planning on buying when the weather finally breaks?

  2. Will February 21, 2008 12:07 pm 

    this post is completely unrelated to the topic at hand, but i figured no one would mind too much. i was a smoker for years and quit for a solid year, maybe a little more. recently ive been going through some rough times and, as they say, “a smoker is always a smoker when the chips are down.” i was wondering if anyone in this community is a former smoker with advice on quitting. i am worried that it will affect my riding. whats the best way to approach quitting?

  3. Lance February 21, 2008 12:30 pm 

    Will, I’m not sure what amount you smoke, but I was a one pack a week guy for a solid year. After I started riding, I’d get to where my chest was killing me and I had no stamina. Graduallly I’d just have to leave the sticks alone and starting weening myself off them. Mostly because I didn’t want to be in pain on every ride.

    If you are a one pack a day kind of guy, I’m not sure this method would work though. I never progressed that far so I’ll let someone else chime in for that situation. I used to thoroughly enjoy them but now I can’t imagine going back. Good luck!

  4. Ghost Rider February 21, 2008 12:55 pm 

    Rest assured, smoking WILL affect your riding, and everything else you do, too.

    I smoked a pack or more a day for over 20 years. Willpower is ultimately the only thing that works — I tried the patches, the gum, hypnosis, etc. and always found a way back to cigarettes.

    I did have some success with Zyban, though. It killed a lot of the cravings, but you still have to work on finding distractions in order to be truly successful.

    Exercise is a greatmotivator, too. A friend of mine was doing 20 pushups every time he had a craving, and after doing 4 or 5 hundred a day at first his body started to rebel and he was able to quit over time.

  5. Rick February 22, 2008 7:07 am 

    I was a pack a day smoker for about 15 years. I quit the day after my daughter was acting like a sucker stick was a cigarette.

    Chantix helped, but read up on it before deciding if it is for you. It can really mess with you. I actually miss the crazy dreams.

    Doing stuff can help. I bought three different bikes from VOA and created one decent bike.

    But, what really helped was wanting to quit. I tried so many times to quit before, but never really wanted to do so. This time, I wanted to.

  6. Will February 22, 2008 11:39 am 

    thanks everyone, your advice is amazing. im glad im not the only cyclist out there who happens to be a former smoker too.

  7. Mike December 17, 2011 7:52 am 

    Have a cigarette! I’ve smoked 1+ packs/day for 40+ years and commuted 16+ miles/day(currently on my new Specialized Allez) for 12+ years with no health issues or “shortness of breath”. I love riding and enjoy cigarettes – they aren’t incompatible.

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