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    Ramblings of a round rookie.....

    Pat here,
    I'm 5' 1", 245 pounds, 57 years old.... signed up yesterday, new bicycle, first ride.

    Though I've had my Novara Randonee for a couple weeks, today I took it to a pro and had an informal "fitting" done. This is what he advised a new guy taking up road biking:
    "Just RIDE!.... don't over-think it all.
    One hour a day, three days a week. In a year when you've lost some weight and gained some flexibility, we can have some custom shoes made for you (I have small/fat Hobbit feet) and set the bike up for properly with clip-in shoes, lower handlebars, etc."

    SOooo.... June 1st, 2011. Odometer on my nautical GPS (mounted to the stem) read 21,010 miles.... after my 45" ride this evening & 10 miles later, it now reads 21,020. Gotta go grill that chicken breast now, eat leftover raviolis from last night, and pour myself some wine. Next challenge, learning to eat right/nutritionally.... maybe even losing some weight some day.
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    Good job! You're taking steps in the right direction!

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    I've always admired all attemps at alliteration.

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    Day number 2:
    I loaded the bike up on my car's bike rack and drove to an area where I might find better roads and fewer intersections. I vowed to put my heart into pedaling non-stop ...... and lasted 7 miles and a little over 30 minutes. It's becoming increasingly more obvious that I am distributing my weight between the handlebar and my seat; my hands go numb and I change my grip often, my butt is still a bit tender.

    Also apparent, I gotta buy some more bike shorts! If I plan to get out and ride often, two pair of shorts ain't gonna cut it. Soooo.... my question is, should I avoid from washing those guys in a standard washing machine that doesn't have a "Gentle" cycle??? Is Woolite gonna cut the anti-chafe goop? Ignorant bachelor needs to know.

    By the way, what's the deal with "cadence"? Am I supposed to be shooting for a certain rpm, or just watch my heart rate monitor to keep my bpm up in the fat-burning/aerobic zone???

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    My bet is that you can wash them on any cycle, using cold water. Just try not to use the dryer.

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    I wash mine with the rest of my colors ... but don't dry them

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    Cool..... that'll be easy enough. But what about Woolite, will it be effective at removing that anti-chafe goop from the shorts?

    Gonna go out and stick a couple more shorts on my new REI visa card.... the balance indicated is what I've spent on this new bicycle hobby so far, just under $1,100. I still wanna git me some dem Bibs, and some sexy/thinning jerseys (vertical stripes, dark colors). Some day I wanna look as tough-n-fine as YOU guyz with the cool cycling outfits.....

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    LOL ... cool is a state of mind!

    Never used Woolite with my cycling duds, so I'm not sure. I typically just use Gain ...

    And once you go bibs, you'll never go back

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandoneeRider View Post
    SOooo.... June 1st, 2011. Odometer on my nautical GPS (mounted to the stem) read 21,010 miles....
    That's 24,178 statute miles! Congratulations!
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    Cadence: Most beginners spin the crank @ 60 rpm. Using a gear too hard for them leading to knee pain. Try to spin at 80 rpm using a easier gear this will put more load on your cardio system.

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    jethro56,
    Thank you..... was counting my rpm's day before yesterday (couldn't ride yesterday, hadda be responsible and help dad instead), and discovered that I was spinning right at about 80 rpm. It was simply too difficult for my newbie legs and clip'less pedals to roll at 60 rpm.

    Seatle forrest,
    Oh HAIL no, I haven't ridden 24,178 miles on the bicycle!!! I bought that GPS used ten years ago and mounted it to my BMW motorcycle and the motorcycles that followed thereafter. I've ridden only 80 miles on the new Randonee, and actually going through withdrawls not having gotten out yesterday.... and it's RAINING today (more rain tomorrow too), I wanna hit my target of "150 miles" (and some) this month.

    --- I've got 4 bicycle shorts having been washed (on Gentle), and rinsed in a water/vinegar solution, now drying on the clothes-line in the garage. I really LOVE wearing denim overalls, so I can understand the appeal of some bibs on the bike...... bibs will be the next purchase ---

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    Pat , good for you on all your endeavors !! I've just gotten back into cycling after a long absence from the saddle, and I'll tell you : It WILL get easier AND you will get FASTER.
    BTW, I've always washed and dried my shorts in with my regular dark laundry (cold/cold). It's never made any difference at all.

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    Rained, then I got to thinking how the entertainment center would look better over there....., and the couch here, my recliner relocated, and how hungry I was by 1:00......

    A buddy and I went out and had lunch, then we returned to our respective homes and continued with projects.... I decided to watch a movie, Divided We Fall. I make phone calls, chop it up on the phone with a biker friend, chat with my sister and her husband as they were driving, then I get a call, "HEY, let's go get a beer!"

    So guilt filled (and cheese nachos filled), I returned home an hour and half from darkness. Put my bike'n shorts on, sneakers, and added lights to the bike.... just in case.
    -- WooHOO! --
    I got myself a really cool ride in, saw a huge rainbow, then a DOUBLE rainbow, reflection of rainbows in the waterway, a little rain, beautiful "golden" light, and a nice ride on smooth roads as yet unexplored. All said, ten and a half miles, GREAT ride, back in under an hour.... even after having stopped to take pictures of rainbow with my phone (now if I can just figure out how to send it to my email address.....). My butt is getting use to the saddle, and those Slime puncture protectant shields I had installed didn't seem to make the ride any more rough than prior to having them installed.

    Life is good...... but I think they're saying thunderstorms tomorrow......

    This evening's ride:
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    It rained pretty hard this Sunday morning.... but my butt was await'n the opportunity to git out and ride some mo!

    Oatmeal & coffee by 6:am, cup-o-fruit & yogert, pickled egg, and fist full of vitamins by 10:00, rain lifted, streets dried, and in the saddle by 10:30. Found myself a 8 mile route with few stop signs & intersections, goes along the river for a couple miles too.... Completed the loop, and rolled into my driveway to raise the seat REI failed to return to it's corrected height. I also found out in my first 8 mile ride, that my pedals actually have a top-side and bottom not suitable for the foot...?!?

    So I set out again after a swig of Gatorade, this time finding my way to a local bicycle trail. The short section I explored was alright.... but I have yet to eplore the trail in the opposite direction. Returning home, a shower, a protien shake, and rambling again on the 'puter 'bout my new found hobby of fitness.

    (For what it's worth, and it remains to be seen if this is a trend, but after a couple weeks and 100 miles..... my weight is no longer hovering between 245 and 250 pounds, I'm at 240 this late morning.....)
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    I got out today and rode juuust short of 20 miles.... and learned a few things:

    Mud is slippery, especially when leaning into a turn.
    Entering into an underpass fast on the bike trail, can quickly become TOO fast for the unsuspecting.
    If you live where the gang-bangers wear red ("Nortenos") and they walk or hide out along the local bike path, it's not a good idea to wear the color of a rival gang (blue, "Surenos").

    So anyway...., my butt, my knee, and my body need a day off to rebuild, recover, rest, and recuperate. Since lugging the bicycle home a couple weeks ago, I've managed to log about 120 miles on it by riding virtually every day since. Maybe my 'new' plan will be to do some resistance training w/dumbbells Mon, Wed, Fri.... and try to replicate today's 20 mile ride on Tues, Thurs, Sat-or-Sunday.... one day a week will be a day of no exercise AND/or when the body suggests to me that I need another.
    (and I think I'll no longer wear that blue long sleeve shirt on the bike path anymore.......)

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    You have to just take it one day at a time. Some days I will only do 10-15 miles, others I do 20 miles, depends on how tired I get, and I will take a day off if anything aches. I am 5-05, am round as you are, and wore shorts in the beginning. I bought one pair of bibs, now have 2 pairs of bibs and won't go back to shorts. The shorts cut at my waist line, and would press on my bladder, thus any water I drank while riding would hit the bladder, and I would have to stop and go somewhere. When I first started I thought I was going to die when I hit 5 miles, but in time improved. I have lost 10 pounds, and most of that was in the last month. Don't get discouraged if you don't notice a decrease in your weight at first. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat, and you are loosing fat, but gaining muscle. I also try and mix up my route for variety, and a change a scenery. One of the bike paths I use also has a gangster problem on it, but none of them have given me any problems yet, they are usually hanging out underneath the overpass with their hoodrats, drinking and smoking. Keep peddling, your butt will get used to it, don't expect anything dramatic in the beginning, you need the muscle build up first before the scales will start tipping in your favor.

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    Thanks Dale_S,
    I had to return a pair of "mountain bike" bicycle shorts this afternoon, as I didn't have butt enough to keep them up and they didn't have a draw-string. Hadda trade 'em in for another pair of inexpensive Pearl Azumi bicycle shorts..... Given as how I wear Carharts overalls daily (can't stand anything with a belt), I'm SURE I'll love a pair of bibs. All in due time though, as I already have $1,100 into my new hobby.... the bike purchase (saved $500), as well as my clothing & equipment.

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    It is not a cheap, but I look at what I spend on Jennie Craig or NutriSystems, and in the cycling is cheaper, and is long term. I, like many friends did the Jennie and Nutri, worked until we stopped using the programs, then the weight came back with a few more pounds. Cycling IMHO is long term, and have found having carrot sticks and celery around for when I get the munchies, which is a few times a day as I love to eat, fills in the gaps between meals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandoneeRider View Post
    Day number 2:


    Also apparent, I gotta buy some more bike shorts! If I plan to get out and ride often, two pair of shorts ain't gonna cut it. Soooo.... my question is, should I avoid from washing those guys in a standard washing machine that doesn't have a "Gentle" cycle??? Is Woolite gonna cut the anti-chafe goop? Ignorant bachelor needs to know.
    You can get a few days of riding out of one pair of shorts by just rinsing them out in the shower after your ride.
    May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.
    May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. -Edward Abbey

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    You can get a few days of riding out of one pair of shorts by just rinsing them out in the shower after your ride.
    I CAN DO THIS??!

    I thought about it, but I didn't know if I could get away doing that without any soap. Cool.... I'll give it a go!

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    I used my recently discovered 8 mile course, doing it twice this morning. I stopped by the house to unload some coffee & water, but got back onto the saddle and continued.... I was a man on a mission!

    Imagine my surprise when I found the last 7 miles of my 16 to feel almost effortless(?). It was easy, the last 4 miles were 'fun', and with power to spare!?!

    WooHOO!

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    I went on a motorcycle ride yesterday..... 3/4's way through the trip & 150 miles from home.... in the middle of nowhere, I hit a pot hole and bent my front rim.
    Took off on the bicycle this morning, completed my 8 mile loop, unloaded water at home & set off again.
    Five miles through my loop I got a flat tire up front. Took the wheel off, started on the tire, then 3 fellow cyclists stopped to help me, one of whom recognized me from our days of frequenting the brewery....
    My entry level tire repair kit was left for lacking given the heavy duty nature of my bike's wire-reinforced tires. I wouldn't have known to reverse the mechanism in my hand pump for the type of tubes I had, was told to carry spare innertubes and CO2 instead.....
    Completed my loop, came home and fired up the blender of fruit, juice, milk, protien powder and a banana.

    (Gotta take that motorcycle wheel to the dealership today for a replacement..... thank God my tire/wheel warranty doesn't expire until October.....!)

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    Good advice ... I always carry at least one spare tube, in addition to a patch kit, and I have a CO2 inflator too, and I usually carry two CO2 cartridges.

    I once flatted three times on a ride ... talk about frustrating

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    I carry more than that for a ride. I carry at the minimum:

    1) a pump
    2) patch kit
    3) spare tube
    4) mini tool
    5) cash
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    7) tire irons
    8) pressure guage if its not built into the pump.

    sometimes I carry a CO2 inflator with at least 3 cartridges.
    I don't like to carry a CO2 inflator without a pump, because if I get more than one flat then I'm screwed. I normally carry at least three cartridges because 1 is used to fill the spare tube and the second is to find the hole in a second flat and the third is for filling the repaired tube. I like pumps since they don't run out of air.
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    Thanks guys, on my way to the bike shop now.....
    where one of the fellows who helped me this morning works
    (and who yelled to me as he rode by on his bicycle when we were BOTH 200 miles from home a few months ago, as I was stranded alongside the road because my motorcycle's rear shock puked all it's oil.....).

    Gonna get a psi gauge that reads as high as our bicycle tires go, CO2 kit, spare tubes, and better/stronger tools for prying the tire away from it's rim, and a conversion thingie for my 30 year old bicycle stand-up pump for these fancy tubes I'm running nowadaze.

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