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    first ride

    I got my new gaint talon1 yesterday .Went out this mourning and rode 2 miles. My legs gave out on me before i got winded this was kind of a surprise. I thought i would be abiut to pass out before my legs gave out.It felt good to be out riding though.Should i go out and do it again tommorrow or every other day at first.

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    Go out and do it tomorrow but it is up to you. If it was me, I would go out and do it. Gotta start somewhere.

    You did great by the way! You created a baseline and from there, you will bro.

    We went pics of you bike!

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    Piece of advice: if you have front shocks, lock them out when you are riding on the road. They suck energy out of you while riding.

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    There are trade offs to riding a certain speed. One can use an easy gear and spin the pedals quickly which works the cardio system harder. Or one can use a harder gear and spin the pedals slowly which works the anerobic system harder. In my opinion the cardio system responds to training quicker than the anerobic system. I also believe that you can train the cardio system more often than the anerobic system. I have a post in my profile where I talk about what I believe happens to many new riders.

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    My lack of leg strength was a big problem for me when I first started. For the first couple of weeks I rode every other day, then I was able to ride every day, sometimes twice a day. You'll be surprised how quickly your legs get stronger. Another big problem I had was getting comfortable on the saddle. Eventually I realized that the saddle that came with my bike was never going to be comfortable enough for me and I bought a new one, which has worked out fine.
    Trek 7100 purchased in April 2012. Trying to get back into biking after 45 years.

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    We rode every other day when we started.

    You'll be surprised how fast your mileage comes up after a few rides. Just keep at it!

    When we got to the point that we could ride 5mi, we'd ride out 5, take a break (drink some water), then ride home. Ten mile trip that way!

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    I rode every other day, but don't go too long between rides; two days max. Ride as far as you can, but not so far that it stops being fun.

    I started out about here you are, and now do about 80-100 miles per week, and have done four rides over fifty miles. I ride almost daily.
    As much as you paid for that Beemer [Mercedies, Audi, Escalade], I'm surprised it didn't come equipped with turn signals.

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