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Old 09-08-13, 05:14 PM   #1
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new to riding

just started riding in June of this year---so far have put 1,000 miles on new bike ---try to ride with some buddies at least 3 times a week ---
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Old 09-08-13, 05:16 PM   #2
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Hello wif,

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Thems good miles for a new rider.

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Old 09-08-13, 05:35 PM   #3
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Old 09-08-13, 05:48 PM   #4
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ride a giant--so far have enjoyed the riding----gym got old and buddy of mine got me into this ---have done 2 organized bike rides so far ---Katy Flat Lands 67 mile ride and just this weekend Poth did 44 mile ride ---where to do the 66 mile ride but hills killed me so only did 44 mile ride
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Old 09-08-13, 06:18 PM   #5
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welcome to the forum. Several things we all have in common. We all had to start somewhere and we all are still learning. And hills can be a acquired taste. Keep us posted with your progress.
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Old 09-08-13, 06:34 PM   #6
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Welcome wlf, and welcome to the forum. nice totals for a new rider
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Old 09-08-13, 07:14 PM   #7
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ride a giant--so far have enjoyed the riding----gym got old and buddy of mine got me into this ---have done 2 organized bike rides so far ---Katy Flat Lands 67 mile ride and just this weekend Poth did 44 mile ride ---where to do the 66 mile ride but hills killed me so only did 44 mile ride
Welcome!

That's pretty good mileage for starting fresh. You must have been in pretty good condition from the gym . I don't mind working out in a gym but prefer outdoors myself. The very worst thing in a gym is the stationary cycle. Ugh, try doing that on an uncomfortable seat for several hours, let alone one.
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Old 09-08-13, 07:58 PM   #8
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333 mi/mo is pretty decent starting out. I am doing about 400/mo, but it took me years to get there, starting from Clydeville as I did. Keep it up.
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Old 09-09-13, 12:30 PM   #9
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Welcome to the forum William.
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Old 09-09-13, 01:18 PM   #10
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That's a lot of mileage for a rookie. Are you by chance retired?
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Old 09-09-13, 04:44 PM   #11
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Climbing is tough for everyone which is why it is a category of cycling performance. I'm an old guy and asthmatic besides so on hills I'm trying to be conscious of everything that may rob horsepower, such as it is. There are a ton of videos on you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zam74qlzGtQ with advice from pros on technique. Of special interest is high cadence, first and foremost. Second is, notice how smooth those guys are.
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far from being retired ---try to ride no less than 90 miles a week
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