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Old 02-04-06, 09:27 AM   #1
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Road Newbie, just bought a Bianchi Giro - any advice?

Hi everyone, I just bought a Bianchi Giro to use for commuting and for my endurance conditioning to supplement my weight training. Just wanted to know if anyone had any advice on building endurance, and on commuting in general. What do you find helpful, and any advice on types of pedals. I like the feeling of straps and platforms cause I feel like I'm able to escape easily and not fall. Is my fear of clipless pedals unfounded, or are there clipless pedals that would allow me to escape just as easy?

Any advice, opinions, or stories is very much appreciated...
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Old 02-04-06, 10:09 AM   #2
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This website is one place to start. I never got that serious. To suppliment weight training I would bike 1-2 hours on my off days (3 days/week). Start slow and good luck. You have a nice bike there!

http://www.ultracycling.com/training/training.html
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Old 02-04-06, 10:18 AM   #3
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Going clipless is not that bad. Some SPD pedals like the Performance Campus have a clip on one side and a flat pedal on the other. Also riding with a MTB or a touring shoe is a good option. I use the Cannondale Roam with and SPD or TIME clip and can walk or ride in the most of the day. When you fall with clipless...you come right out. And I ride through Phila 2-3 time a week.
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What are your goals for weight training? If you want to cut down your %BF, then you'll need to put in a lot of time around 70% maxHR. If you want endurance and to become a better rider, you'll want to mix it up a bit and do high and low intensity workouts. Pick up Smart Cycling by Arnie Baker. There's a whole set of training plans in there that are designed to be 60 minutes long. They are tough. I've seen many a good rider humbled. On the flip side, they're based on HR, so they're challenging but certainly not impossible. You might also check out Joel Friel's Road Bikers Training Bible. Like Arnie Baker's book, it is designed for racers, but the training principles are the same for anyone, regardless of your starting ability. Challenging yourself a bit will pay off huge in the long run.

Feel free to get mtn clipless pedals [no cage] instead of road pedals. Since they're double-sided, they will be easier to get into than road pedals. Clipless pedals are ultimately safer than clips and straps. If you fall, you pop out - it's as simple as that.
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Old 02-04-06, 12:14 PM   #5
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Good info, I'm off to half-price books right now before I go to Barnes and Noble. I do believe my riding will be much better on clipless pedals, just one of those things I have to practice. I'm sure if I do enough riding I'll get good at exiting the clip quickly...
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Cayman, do go clipless as it allows you to use muscles in your pedalling action that you otherwise couldn't use - a more complete workout. SPD's when set at low tension are very easy to disengage, too easy in fact, so don't let it worry you.
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