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Old 07-05-07, 05:22 PM   #1
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A little advice for NOOB's

On the way to work this morning I noticed some things that may be useful to a NOOB.

When you are pushing hard and the legs and bum start burning. Shift up 2 gears faster, so that it is harder to pedal, stand up for 4-6 revolutions, then sit back down and go back down one gear. It will relieve the burning and you will actually be going a little faster.

When you see hills, donít panic, sit back as far as you can on your seat and you will use your thighs a little more. Donít worry about speed as much as keeping the rpmís up. When you are starting out, try to not stand up that much.

If you desire to stand going uphill donít let your body sway side to side. Make your bike sway so that you are pushing straight down, it saves the most energy.

Make sure to drink 8oz every 45min to and hour to stay hydrated.

These are things that were passed to me when I first started. I donít know why I was thinking about them on the way in, but maybe it will help someone.

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Old 07-05-07, 05:36 PM   #2
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Yup. I've found that on hills, I can shift the effort back and fourth between my muscules to my cardiovascular system. On a long climb, I sit and stand alternately; sitting tires my legs but lowers my heartrate and standing shifts the strain to my lungs and rests my legs.
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Old 07-05-07, 06:57 PM   #3
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Don't know of any, as I am a n00b but thanks for yours! I like the tips about hills, I'll be trying them next time I am going up one.
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Check your tire pressure before each ride and carry a spare tube, patch kit, and a pump. Know how to change a tire on the road. Having the ability to be self sufficient is a godsend.
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I actually do the opposite. Mash until the legs burn then spin to burn off the lactic acid. My lungs and heart have excellent stamina. My legs do not.
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Drink before you feel thirsty. By the time you have a noticeable thirst, you are mildly dehydrated and it is an uphill battle to rehydrate on the fly.
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Funny how theres already a sticky thread up there and no one noticed...
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Funny how theres already a sticky thread up there and no one noticed...
I thought everyone knew stickies were the best way to get a thread ignored...
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Judging from the size of the threads I don't think they're gonna be lonely anytime soon...
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I actually do the opposite. Mash until the legs burn then spin to burn off the lactic acid. My lungs and heart have excellent stamina. My legs do not.
My lungs burn fast, but my legs can keep up.

25 years riding bicycles will do that.
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