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Old 01-24-12, 07:13 AM   #1
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Getting back to riding

My wife and I are in Florida for the next two months and there's a small riding group that goes out on paved trails twice a week.

We just bought a Cannondale 400 and a Trek 7.3 which we are picking up tomorrow.

My question is the group goes out about 10-12 miles is that ok for a first ride or should we cut it short?

We're both fit and in good shape

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Old 01-24-12, 07:23 AM   #2
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If you have ridden any that is not a lot of mileage. Should be mainly flat here in Florida. The new bicycles need to be properly fitted to both of you, though. Tell the people you ride with your situation and that you may cut things short. Make sure you know the way back, too (no kidding intended here.) Have fun. Where are y'all in Florida?

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Fitness is often exercise specific. How long has it been since you've ridden? I'm guessing by the nature of your question, it's been some time. It might be a good idea to take a shorter ride just to check out the fitness levels before going on a group ride. As Bill mentioned above, bike fit is important. You may find the mileage well within your abilities, but with a poor fit the hands, arms, neck, shoulders, and/or backside may get mighty uncomfortable in a hurry.
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Old 01-24-12, 07:40 AM   #4
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As mentioned, fit is very important for even short 10-12 mile rides. Make sure the bikes are adjusted to fit both of you. You didn't mention what area of Florida you are coming to, but here in the Tampa Bay area, we have been having some exceptionally nice weather with temps into the 80's. Make sure that you bring plenty of water with you and keep hydrated throughout the ride. Make sure that you let the group know up front that you may not be able to make the entire route. In many cases, if it's a casual ride, they will make several stops in order for you to rest enough to finish. Our club does that for new riders on our Saturday casual rides. Other than that, I think that you will be fine if you are fairly fit, but you may have some sore legs after the ride.
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We haven't been riding but used to do 2-3 miles once in a while over the past few years on our old Walmart bikes but not regular or distance.

Since meeting a group here we got interested in upgrading to good bikes.

The bikes were given a quick fit to test ride them yesterday, and will be fit in detail when we pick them up tomorrow.

We are in Dade City and they go to the Withlacoochee trail often perhaps some others.

We will cut it short if we wish.

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You can always do a couple of shorter rides for preparation.
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If your bike is set up to fit you my bet is that you will be able to do a 10, 12 mile ride but your behind will hurt the next day. It takes awhile to adapt to the saddle.
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We will cut it short if we wish.
That's the ticket.

Don't lock yourself into too long or too short. Just play it by ear. You'll be doing longer rides than you can now imagine before very long.
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When I swim, several times I have had very "fit" and younger folks amazed that they can not swim the length of the pool. As mentioned, fitness is very activity specific, in that you use different muscles - they need to develop veins and capillaries and strengthening in these muscles.

That said, most folks can ride 10 miles OK, but be prepared if you can't, and be prepared for some soreness afterwards.

Good luck and have fun.
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