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slyjackson 06-11-07 02:54 PM

Hello all, I'm a newbie
 
Hello all, I'm a newbie to the forum and to biking. I purchased a Fuji absolute 3.0 recently and I am really starting to get the "Biking Bug". I can't wait to get home from work to ride. I'm 53 years old and not in too bad of shape, just about 2 inches of "Belly Jelly" and about the same amount of "luv handles". I'm 6'.2" 247 lbs, but I have thick bones and most of my weight is because of my thick bones. Anyway I'm riding between 5-6 miles a day after work. My ride is all asphalt. I have two choices.

1, 5.5 miles of a combination of flats and inclines/hills if I turn to right on this road (this hurts)
2. 6 miles of flat and no hills if turn to left on this road. (mellow ride unless wind is present)

I have been mixing this up, one day flats and no hills, the next day the combo thing with flats and hills mixed. Yes I'm sore, mostly in my butt area, but for the most part no real problems. I'm not sure about speed and all, but I think I'm doing a pretty good pace (i'm going to buy one of those "Speedo Gizmos" tomorrow). Do you feel my rides of 5-6 miles a day are ok or should I push to do more miles daily? I'm a newbie and I do not want to hurt myself,but I want to develope to point where I can ride with a club. Thanks in advance.:)

geo8rge 06-11-07 03:21 PM

It is unlikely you will hurt yourself unless the bike is fit wrong. If you have the bike bug consider taking a bicycle maintenance course. See if there is a club in your area. Check tourist authorities for suggested routes. Get a paper street map of the area and see what is worth riding around. Sometimes bike paths you did not know about are on such a map.

some links.
sheldonbrown.com
parktool.com
wikipedia.com

Sprocket Man 06-11-07 03:47 PM

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Originally Posted by slyjackson
Do you feel my rides of 5-6 miles a day are ok or should I push to do more miles daily? I'm a newbie and I do not want to hurt myself,but I want to develope to point where I can ride with a club. Thanks in advance.:)

Welcome to the tribe! Yes, 5-6 miles a day are ok for now. However, you will soon find that your body adapts and 5-6 miles that were once challenging is now too easy. I'd recommend tracking your weekly mileage, and as a general rule, don't increase your weekly mileage by more than 10% from one week to the next. Also, to progress, consistency is the key. Don't fall into the trap of working too hard one week, then taking off for a couple of weeks (unless you get injured).

Have fun!

slyjackson 06-11-07 04:27 PM

Thank you so much for the info. Almost time to get off work and hit the pavement.
One more thing, my bike came with the "Wellgo LU-962" pedals that has toe clips
and straps. Should I change to a "SPD" or "LOOK" pedal system or just keep what I have?

These staps and toe clips seem to be a pain for me at present, especially if I take
my foot out to stop at a traffic light. It's such a pain to get my foot back in when I
start rolling.

c_m_shooter 06-11-07 06:06 PM

Clipless pedals are great if you are doing longer rides, but for now I would ride for a set amount of time, not for mileage. When your speed starts to improve, then start going for mileage. If you can find a club to ride with on weekends it will help keep you going. I hated clips and straps too. Switched to eggbeaters and haven't looked back, but can't say that they're any better than the other brands.

Keith99 06-11-07 06:15 PM

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Originally Posted by slyjackson
I have been mixing this up, one day flats and no hills, the next day the combo thing with flats and hills mixed. Yes I'm sore, mostly in my butt area, but for the most part no real problems. I'm not sure about speed and all, but I think I'm doing a pretty good pace (i'm going to buy one of those "Speedo Gizmos" tomorrow). Do you feel my rides of 5-6 miles a day are ok or should I push to do more miles daily? I'm a newbie and I do not want to hurt myself,but I want to develope to point where I can ride with a club. Thanks in advance.:)

Well to ride with a club you need to up the mileage, quite a bit probably. My local social club has no rides less than 25 miles. That said you are far better off to up it 'slowly' rather than go hog wild and find yourself sore and off the bike for a few days or more. My advice - pick one of the weekend days and push that one up to 8-12 miles (for now).

You might also want to start trying to find a club local to you now. At this point a racing/fast touring club/ride is not what you want. You want a social ride. You may need to find 2, 3 or more clubs before you find what you need. Also My local social club has once a month newbie rides, where a 'guide' stays with you (or at leastthe slowest rider). Also once you find a club, any club you can find out what their rides are like and point to getting ready for them.

BTW 5-6 becomes 10-12 becomes 25+ faster than you might think.


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